Graduating Student Ambassador
Students in our College who volunteer in their sophomore or junior years to become student ambassadors are trained to help new and prospective students personalize their experiences in our College. Ambassadors learn leadership and communications skills, and train in all of our academic programs to provide expertise about what our College has to offer. They conduct tours, visit high schools, help with events for parents and students, and serve on an advisory committee. They also recruit new students and mentor them. Once ambassadors earn their degrees, we honor them as graduating student ambassadors. Our College thanks them for their hard work, dedication and sacrifice, as they have made a difference for our College and our students.
For Falon Funkhouser, coming to the University as a freshman was one of the scariest things she ever had to do. She was moving away from home for the first time, had to make new friends, and had to find her way around Reno and the University. She quickly became involved in Greek life and other clubs on campus, including the College’s Pre-Vet Club and Student Ambassador Program, which helped her meet people and become comfortable around the University. While pursuing her degree in veterinary science, Falon also fell in love with science as a whole and decided to pursue a second major in biology. She also realized that she loved helping incoming freshman feel like Nevada was home for the first time being away from home, and she enjoyed showing them everything the University and community have to offer. After graduation, she will continue her education at veterinary school at Oklahoma State University. She says, "I am honored to be receiving this award and I am going to miss my time at the University of Nevada, Reno, but am super excited to be heading to veterinary school at Oklahoma State University! I am beyond grateful to have such a great support system within the University, and will always be thankful for all the amazing opportunities that have been presented to me and have helped shape me as a person!"