Student Alumni Ambassadors

As a Student Alumni Ambassador, you become a part of a special community of students who form and build friendships that last a lifetime. This one-of-a-kind student organization upholds the values of Oregon State University and is committed to inspiring and bringing together the university’s community to celebrate Beaver spirit.

Becoming a Student Alumni Ambassador is a great way to make peer-to-peer connections, connect with campus leadership and network with the 205,000+ alumni around the world. It’s also an amazing opportunity to develop individual professional and leadership skills.

Apply to be a Student Alumni Ambassador

 

Opportunities and benefits

Becoming a member is open to all students but can be infinitely beneficial for freshmen and sophomores as they begin crafting their legacy at OSU. From networking and building professional skills to attending events and volunteer opportunities, the possibilities to be involved are endless.

The SAA brings peers together once a month (subject to change) to make new connections and plan, organize, volunteer and participate in a wide array of activities for OSU, the OSU Alumni Association and the OSU Foundation.

Other benefits and opportunities include:

  • Outreach: When selected to be an SAA, you have the distinguished opportunity to connect with alumni, prospective and current students, university leadership and other guests and friends of the university by creating and developing programs that seek to benefit Beavs from all walks of life.
  • Leadership: As an SAA, you'll be involved on campus, provided opportunities to engage in leadership roles within the organizations and work toward developing and refining your leadership skills. This includes holding a position on the executive committee and sitting on the OSUAA Board of Directors as SAA president.
  • Service: Members are actively engaged in volunteering for projects hosted by the OSU Alumni Association, as well as assisting other student organizations/departments on campus. This grants SAA members free attendance to events like the State of the University Address, the President’s dinner, football games and more. · Friendship: By becoming an SAA, you are bound to find a wonderful group of friends who enjoy giving back to the university they love.
  • Professionalism: Not only will you be having fun as a member of the SAA, you will also learn many skills that set you up for success for life after college. This includes skills like proper etiquette, how to network, time management techniques and event planning. The variety of experiences that SAA provides will make you a great candidate for any job and prepare you for your future.

As a subsidiary group of the OSU Alumni Association, the SAA encourages today’s students to see themselves as tomorrow’s alumni and valuable members of the OSU community.

Apply to be a Student Alumni Ambassador or contact the OSU Alumni Association.

Accommodation requests related to a disability should be made to Mamta Chowdhury.

Meet the Members

Mahek Chachar

What excites you the most about being a part of SAA?
"The people we meet and the connections we make; all the good memories."

What's your most profound/memorable experience with SAA/OSU?
"One thing common in all of the experiences I’ve had have been the people brought together by the community. Most of the people I know in SAA today were introduced to me three years ago through Global Village (ILLC)."

 

 

Matthew Hawkins

What excites you the most about being a part of SAA?
"The opportunity to help our team grow and positively impact OSU student and alumni life."

What's your most profound/memorable experience with SAA/OSU?
"Attending and assisting with the 2019 Black and Orange Gala Awards was amazing, and meeting all of the incredible people who are successful in their fields thanks to growth provided from OSU was inspiring."

 

Maham Haider

What excites you the most about being a part of SAA?
"Volunteer work at fun events!"

What's your most profound/memorable experience with SAA/OSU?
"The most memorable experience I have had at Oregon State University as a member of SAA was when I volunteered for Grad Night. I always dreamed of coming to the United States to pursue higher education. This event not only helped me improve my social skills but also inspired me to work harder toward achieving my goals and graduating with a bachelors degree in accounting and marketing."

 

Julia Hammel

What excites you the most about being a part of SAA?
"The opportunities it provides to me, which help to better my professional development skills."

What's your most profound/memorable experience with SAA/OSU?
"Volunteering at Grad Night 2019."

 

Megan Ward

What excites you the most about being a part of SAA?
"Getting to know some of the amazing individuals that have contributed to our success at OSU and being able to see the fruits of their labor in the real world because of their time here."

What's your most profound/memorable experience with SAA/OSU?
"I love how nice and welcoming everyone has been since the very first meeting! I think that’s really powerful and definitely helped me get out of my shell a bit."

 

Dylan Young

What excites you the most about being a part of SAA?
"The chance to work with both students and alumni to make the OSU community stronger, and leave an impact on both students and alumni!"

What's your most profound/memorable experience with SAA/OSU?
"Attending the State of the University and getting to hear all about the incredible things that this university does around the state, the country, and the globe. As well as getting the chance to meet with some of the most prominent alumni and hearing their experiences and getting life advice from them."

 

Allison Van Horn

What excites you the most about being a part of SAA?
"I’m excited to meet OSU alumni, students, and faculty and learn more about their stories!"

What's your most profound/memorable experience with SAA/OSU?
"My most memorable experience at OSU was attending President Ed Ray’s final State of the University Address. I was glad I got to see his last address and I enjoyed connecting with alumni!"

 

Alexis Kerekes

What excites you the most about being a part of SAA?
"Being able to make new connections I wouldn't have been able to without being a part of SAA!"

What's your most profound/memorable experience with SAA/OSU?
"I was able to attend the State of the University and the experience was like no other for me. Being able to see so many of the different programs within OSU represented in one room to talk about the accomplishments made over the year was so eye opening for me. Realizing how many different pieces and people are needed to make OSU function so efficiently has changed how I see Oregon State University as a whole."

 

Emanuel Aguilar Ledezma

What excites you the most about being a part of SAA?
"The chance to make new connections, learn from the experiences of alumni, and help students get more involved at OSU."

What's your most profound/memorable experience with SAA/OSU?
"One profound experience at OSU that comes to mind was reconnecting with alumni from my previous internship and high school class through one of SAA's sponsored events. I enjoyed hearing their experiences, struggles, and advice as well as seeing them succeed in their field."

 

Michael Lawrence Haffner

What excites you the most about being a part of SAA?
"Seeing all of the different paths our alumni have taken!"

What's your most profound/memorable experience with SAA/OSU?
"As a beneficiary of financial scholarship at Oregon State University, I was eager to share my opinions and perspectives about how scholarships can impact a student's success and growth while in school. Thank you to the OSU Foundation for inviting me to speak at their 'OSU Loyal Faculty and Staff' event last fall and giving me a platform to share my thoughts."

 

Seth Johnson

What excites you the most about being a part of SAA?
"The opportunity to foster relationships with both alumni and peers, and the ability to represent OSU with some of the most impressive student leaders I've met!"

What's your most profound/memorable experience with SAA/OSU?
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Dinner for 12 Beavers event, where students and alumni can casually have a conversation over a delicious dinner. It was a networking dream come true."

Request funding from SAA

The Student Alumni Ambassadors grant funding process gives student organizations at OSU an opportunity to receive funding to host events, attend conferences and participate in competitions. Once you fill out an application for grant funding, we will review and ask your group/organization to come present during an SAA meeting where we will approve or deny your request.

Limit for each request is $2,500. Other questions can be directed to Tyrell Warren Burnett.

Contact us

Student Alumni Ambassador office
204 CH2M HILL Alumni Center
Corvallis, OR 97331
541-737-2351 or 877-OStater (877-678-2837)
osualum@osualum.com

Mamta Chowdhury
Director of Early Engagement & SAA Advisor
Mamta.Chowdhury@osualum.com

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