2012 CET Campus Ambassador Awards!
While CET is proud of all our program alumni, we are especially happy to brag on a special group of returnees today!
Each year we invite approximately 50 students to serve as CET Campus Ambassadors upon their return from study abroad. Our hope is to give these CET program alumni a professional platform from which they can discuss their experiences abroad and internationalize their home campuses.
These students are nominated by our overseas staff as exemplary participants and leaders on their program. Members of our Campus Relations team train these students to organize events and coordinate projects which assist study abroad offices and appropriate academic departments. These outreach projects include things such as helping at a PDO, writing an article about study abroad for a school newspaper, teaching a cooking class or presenting at a conference. Creativity is certainly encouraged!
The 50 Campus Ambassadors then write reports, submit reflective essays, and gather recommendations for a committee that evaluates the professionalism of their projects, creativity, depth to which they internationalize their home campuses, and level of helpfulness.
This year the top five CET Campus Ambassadors were given a partial plane ticket in order to return to the country where they studied abroad! Congratulations to the following students who were selected for their excellent CET alumni achievement for the 2011-2012 academic year:
* Quincy Ross – Vanderbilt University – Chinese Studies & Internship in Shanghai
* Terral Boisfontaine – Vanderbilt University – History of Art & Italian Studies in Florence
* Julie Hooper – Bowdoin College – History of Art & Italian Studies in Siena and Intensive Italian Language in Sicily
* Tin-Yan Chan – Clark University – Vietnamese Studies & Service-Learning in Ho Chi Minh City
* Melanie Bianco – University of Virginia – History of Art & Italian Studies in Siena
Each year, our students do amazing things with the award. For example, a China program alum won the award two years ago, and she returned to do volunteerism for an extended period of time. Two girls who studied in Siena for a semester used it to return and see the biggest event of the year there which takes place each summer – the Palio.
Everyone at CET would like to thank our 2011-2012 Campus Ambassadors. They have worked hard throughout the year and certainly deserve recognition! We are incredibly proud of all CET alumni who tell others about the value of study abroad and share what they learned with their classmates and communities.