Mission Statement for the ambassador program:

To facilitate the accessibility and awareness of opportunities for students in the College of Social Sciences to provide them with the tools to become more active empowered members of campus, local, and global communities.

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Mission Statement for the ambassador program

Mission Statement for the ambassador program

The Office of Student Engagement is establishing new traditions in the College that signify major milestones in the experience of our students.This academic year, we developed the College Ambassador program staffed by five (5) culturally diverse student leaders. Ambassadors are nominated, interviewed, and trained during the summer and serve for the entire academic year. The Ambassador program will provide, high-achieving students with a drive to succeed and hands on educational experiences to prepare them to be leaders in the changing global world.

Ambassadors serve the college in many ways including:

  • Participation in the College fair, assisted with High School recruitment fairs and represented the college at the Mānoa Experience
  • Creation of a Talk Story series, speakers include: Senator Brian Schatz, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and Kamuela Enos (to be rescheduled)
  • Attended the Legislators in Residence breakfast
  • Hosted International guest from Shizuoka Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo and the Tohoku campus Exchange program visits
  • The Ambassadors created a new Registered Independent Organization (RIO) on campus called Social Leaders at Manoa (S.L.A.M.)
  • Hosted the first annual SLAM Kickball Tournament open to anyone in the UHM community
  • Creation of a Club Mixer to exchange information between CSS clubs for future collaboration

2015-16 College Ambassadors

Aubrey Thomas

Aubrey Thomas
afkt@hawaii.edu
Sociology B.A.; minor in Political Science. Spring 2016
- Judicial Intern at the Honolulu, Department of the Prosecuting Attorney
- Former Intern, United States Congress, Office of Congresswoman Mazie Hirono
- Resident Assistant, Frear Hall, University of Hawaii at Mānoa
- Teaching Assistant, Sociology 100 Fall 2015

I enjoy connecting with other students and hearing their experiences and look forward to serving the university community in this facet!

Joshua J. Orcutt

Joshua J. Orcutt
jjorcutt@hawaii.edu
Political Science, B.A.
- Former intern, Hawaii State Legislature, Office of Representative Mark Nakashima
- Currently Vice President, Pi Sigma Alpha, Tau Pi Chapter, UH Mānoa Political Science Honor Society
- U.S. Army Veteran, OEF VIII. Bronze Star for Valor, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, National Infantry Association Order of St. Maurice Legionnaire award.

Melody L. Kaohu

Melody L. Kaohu
mkaohu7@hawaii.edu
Political Science, B.A.
- Former intern, United States Congress, Office of Representative Mark Takai
- Former intern, Hawaii State Legislature, Office of Representative (Speaker Emeritus) Calvin K.Y. Say
- Current intern, U.S. House of Representatives, District Office of Representative Mark Takai
- Member Golden Key International Honour Society

Ieva Bytautaite

Patisepa Correia
pcorreia@hawaii.edu
Political Science, B.A
- Former intern, Hawai'i State Legislature, Office of Senator Brian Taniguchi
- Fellow, Manoa Career Center, Office of Student Affairs Fellowship
- Opinion Writer, Ka Leo O Hawai'i
- Member, Pi Sigma Alpha, Tau Pi Chapter, UH Mānoa Political Science Honor Society

Former College Ambassadors

Ieva Bytautaite

Ieva Bytautaite
ievab@hawaii.edu
Journalism, minor in Political Science certificate in Spanish.

- Former Intern, Executive Officer of the Governor
- Flight Commander at AF ROTC
- Staff Writer Ka Leo o Hawaii
- Member Golden Key Honor Society

Senior, Mahesh Cleveland

Senior, Mahesh Cleveland
clevelan@hawaii.edu
Interdisciplinary Studies, focus on Law and Public Policy, '15

- Former intern, United States Senate, office of Senator Brian Schatz
- Mānoa Pre-Law Association
- Member, Pi Sigma Alpha, Tau Pi Chapter, UH Mānoa Political Science Honor Society

Michelle Herr

Michelle Herr
mherr@hawaii.edu
Political Science, Religion B.A.; Certificate in Islamic Studies. Spring 2016

- Legislative Aide, Hawaii State Legislature, Office of Representative Scott Nishimoto
- Former Intern, United States Congress, Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
- Upper Division Honors Program at UH Manoa
- Sophomore Honors Award

Senior, Joshua Nam

Senior, Joshua Nam
namjosh@hawaii.edu
Political Science, Korean B.A.

- Former Intern, United States Senate Office of Senator Mazie K. Hirono
- President, Hanwoori Korean Club at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

Heather Schulz

Heather Schulz
hmschulz@hawaii.edu
Economics, B.A.

- Former Intern, United States Congress, Office of Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa
- Senator for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
- Would like to pursue a career in politics and running for political office in the future.
- 2013 Presidential Scholarship Recipient

Senior, Jennifer Wong

Senior, Jennifer Wong
jwong927@hawaii.edu
Journalism, English B.A. '15, Minor: Political Science

- Former KHON-TV Intern
- Former Associated Students of the University of Hawai'i Senator for the Colleges of Arts and Sciences
- Producer, Reporter, Editor and Photographer for Ka Hui Ho'olauna
- Immediate Past President, Society of Professional Journalists at UH Manoa
- Hawai'i Association of Broadcasters Scholarship Recipient 2012-2014
- Pierre Bowman Memorial Scholarship Recipient

 

Senior, Karim Troost

Senior, Karim Troost
ktroost@hawaii.edu
Political Science and History B.A. '13

- Former Intern of Representative Nakashima, Hawaii State House of Representatives Labor Committee
- Member of Phi Alpha Theta

Senior, Antonia Agbannawag

Senior, Antonia Agbannawag
aagbanna@hawaii.edu
Political Science B.A. '14

- Former Intern of Executive Office of the Honorable Neil Abercrombie, Governor of Hawai'i
- Committee Member of Pi Sigma Alpha

Louise Kubo

Senior, Carolina Torres Valle
cetv@hawaii.edu
Ethnic Studies B.A. '14

- Certificate, Latin American and Iberian Studies
- President, Ethnic Studies Student Association (ESSA)
- SEED Fellow (OSA)
- Student Helper, Marion Kelly Archive
- Roland Kotani Scholarship Recipient

Junior, Doorae Shin

Junior, Doorae Shin
doorae@hawaii.edu
Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus on Global Sustainability '15, Certificate, Peace Studies Opinions

- Editor, Ka Leo o Hawai'i
- Student Researcher, Hawaii Presidential Center
- Student Liaison, Mānoa Sustainability Council
- UHM Campus Leader, Surfrider Foundation
- Member, SustainableUH and UH Ecology Club

Senior, Robert Moran

Senior, Robert Moran
moranr@hawaii.edu
Economics B.A. ‘14, Dean’s List, 4 semesters

- Senator of the College of Arts & Sciences
- The Associated Students of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Vice-Chairperson, Committee on Student Affairs
- Committee on Campus Life Summer Leader, New Student Orientation 2013
- Mānoa Political Internship Scholarship Recipient

Junior, Rio Kwon

Junior, Rio Kwon
riokwon@hawaii.edu
Political Science, English B.A.‘15

- Senator of the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, The Associated Students of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa
- Chairperson, ASUH Committee on Finance
- Former Intern, United States Senate Office of Senator Brian Schatz