Transfer Ambassador Program

TRANSFER YOUR POTENTIAL

 

TRANSFER AMBASSADOR PROGRAM:

Making the decision to transfer to a new college/university can often be an overwhelming experience for many students.  Through the Transfer Ambassador Program (TAP), incoming transfer students will be assigned a Transfer Ambassador, a current WMU student. The Transfer Ambassador will assist incoming students as they make their transition to the University by helping to facilitate a supportive network through regular communication (phone, email or in-person).  In addition, the Transfer Ambassador will help to raise awareness of services/resources available on campus and throughout the Kalamazoo community.  Ambassadors are responsible for planning regular programs, activities, workshops and events specifically for transfer students.

Take a minute to meet our staff.  As you read the biographies, you may find yourself with a question or two, go ahead and reach out to that ambassador.  Please note, some ambassadors may not be on campus at this time and unable to respond to messages in a timely manner (date of return to campus is noted in red).

 

MEET THE STAFF:

 

Brenna Ingram

Position: Transfer Student Services Intern

Class Standing: Senior

Major/Minor: Marketing with minors in General Business, Business Analytics, and Economics

Transfer From: Grand Rapids Community College, in Grand Rapids, MI

 Email: transfer-services@wmich.edu

 Words from Brenna: Hello, my name is Brenna Ingram and I am in my 5th year of college here at Western Michigan University. I transferred here after spending three years at community college. Both my older brothers went to WMU, so I knew it would be a good fit for me. I spent my first year in the transfer residence halls and met a lot of my close friends through that experience. I also made a point to join a couple registered student organizations at the business college, but wish I would have branched out more throughout campus my first year. My advice for incoming transfer students is to be open to new experiences and not to be afraid of putting yourself out there. There are a lot of cool opportunities and experiences for WMU transfer students so make sure you take advantage of those! I am always available for questions or concerns that you may have. Don't hesitate to reach out to me, or anyone at Transfer Services!

Shelby Allard

Position: Transfer Ambassador Captain

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education with a minor in English

Transfer from: Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan

Email:  ost-transfer1@wmich.edu

Words from Shelby: Hello! My name is Shelby Allard and I am a senior here at WMU.  I transferred to Western in 2016 to pursue my passion for teaching.  I am very passionate about teaching and love kids! In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, shopping, playing any kind of sport, crafts, board games and hanging out with my friends and family. Coming to Western was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I absolutely love our campus and all the opportunities the university has to offer. My biggest advice would be to not be afraid to get involved! There are so many student organizations available for just about everyone!

Tim Belcher

Position: Transfer Ambassador Captain

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Accountancy with a minor in General Business

Transfer from: Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Email:  ost-transfer4@wmich.edu

Words from Tim: I will be graduating in December of 2018 and plan on pursuing my Masters of Science in Accountancy here at WMU. I really love all the activities available to me at Western Michigan University. Some of the activities that are my favorite are Miller movie night, being involved in an RSO, and Bronco Bash during the fall. In addition to the student life activities available at WMU, I really enjoy being a business student. I also really enjoy all kinds of sports. My favorite sports to play are disc golf and bowling. Besides sports I really like to play video games and hang out with friends whenever possible. Some advice I would have for any new transfer students is to try and get involved in something you love and really enjoy. I would also really recommend going to your RA’s programs, if you are living in the residence halls. They are a great way to meet people and make new friends. I would also recommend to not be afraid to ask questions, if you would like to know something people are really nice and willing help you.

Allie Adent

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Aerospace Engineering/Mathematics

Transfer from: Purdue University

Email:  ost-transfer6@wmich.edu

Words from Allie:  Hi!  I love playing soccer, running, as well as hanging out with the amazing friends that I've made here. I am always out and about enjoying the many things there are to do on campus, as well as the countless number of clubs here for students to join! You'll never have a dull moment at WMU, so make sure you get out, have some fun, and see how much this school has to offer!

(Jack) Tuiasi Burgess

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Junior

Major/minor: Computer Information Systems

Transfer from: Tarrant County College

Email:  ost-transfer3@wmich.edu

Words from Tuiasi:  Talofa and Malo Lelei, welcome to WMU.  I transferred to WMU after receiving my Associates degree in Texas.  One of my favorite things to do (when I have time away from school and work) is to be outdoors. Michigan gives me a lot of chance to be out, although as an islander walking in flip-flops in February is tough.  I love that Kalamazoo is a college town but also keeps its small-town feel.  The school seems to welcome you in like family.  The four-year world is very different from the community college, but part of the college experience is to step outside your comfort zone.  As a Polynesian just coming so far North away from my friends, family and culture was part of that experience.  My advice to incoming students is to explore yourself, your culture and your perceptions by stepping outside your box too!

FaithAnn Harp

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Junior

Major/minor: Elementary Education Special Education

Transfer from: Muskegon Community College

Email:  ost-transfer4@wmich.edu

Words from FaithAnn: Hi! I was in the Early College program of North Ottawa County and from that program came to Kalamazoo to complete my degree. Coming to WMU I wanted to become involved, and Western does not disappoint with the opportunities. I became a part of some RSO's, joined Sigma Kappa Sorority, and was a student orientation leader over the summer. My favorite thing about Western is the culture on campus. The students are welcoming, the faculty is warm, and the amount of activities available to students makes it so easy to feel at home and have so much fun!

Emily Hausman

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Speech Language Pathology and Psychology

Transfer from: Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Michigan - fall 2017

Email:  ost-transfer2@wmich.edu 

Words from Emily:  It was definitely a very big change coming from such a small community college to a bigger university, a bigger town and such a difficult program. My biggest piece of advice to transfer students is to get involved in at least one club, organization, group, etc. on campus. It is a great way to make friends, find ways to be more involved, more informed, and even find leadership opportunities. I am a member of the Lee Honors College, Vice President of AOM Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, Volunteer coordinator of AOM Phi Theta Kappa, Vice President of The National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA), a member of the National Stuttering Association (NSA), and a member of Tau Sigma. Being involved on campus has provided many opportunities for me to be involved in the Kalamazoo community and to meet some incredible friends and people who have helped me throughout this very busy time. WMU offers such a wide variety of experiences and opportunities for students, especially transfer students, so it is so important to look into those and take advantage! Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have!

 

Brinsley Kubiak

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Dietetics

Transfer from: Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Email:  ost-transfer6@wmich.edu

Words from Brinsley: Hey everyone! My name is Brinsley Kubiak and I’m a Dietetics major with passions for health and fitness. I also love to cook. My favorite part about being a WMU student is spending time with the friends I’ve made on campus in both my job and my program. My advice for other transfer students is to continue to do the things you enjoy on your new campus, and to make friends along the way who share the same interests. There are so many things you can get involved with and I’d be happy to help you on your journey! Feel free to reach out to me with questions, concerns, or if you need some advice.

Keiwon Lambert

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Senior

Major/minor: Music Voice Performance specializing in Operatic and Classical Tenor Repertoire

Transfer from: Started at WMU as a first-year student

Email:  ost-transfer5@wmich.edu

Words from Keiwon:  Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;} Greetings everyone! I have an undying and relentless passion for everything music, leadership, and production. I’m a first generation college student and Bronco as well. I sincerely love to uplift the people around me and help them to achieve their fullest and greatest potential in all aspects of their life; I aim to be a beacon of light for everyone I encounter. Connect with me on an intellectual level and you too will begin to truly develop, blossom, and manifest into everything you’re meant to be and more! Your manifestation should begin here at this wondrous institution.  Here are some tips on how to get started: spend as much time as possible in communal areas of campus; try to get involved in the campus community immediately - our institution offers over 400 RSOs (registered student organizations) which grows each semester, allowing every student an opportunity to find something they are passionate about and wanting to get involved with. I’ve only begun to scratch at the surface here; however' I look forward to meeting you, getting to know you, and hopefully developing a lifelong networking connection too. I’m here as a resource, so please truly take advantage of that. We can all be successful if we do it together. That’s all for now!

Jessica Poling

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Junior

Major/minor: Global and International Studies/Family Studies - Minors in Spanish, Writing and Rhetoric Studies, and Holistic Health

Transfer from: University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio - spring 2017

Email:  ost-transfer4@wmich.edu

About Jessica: Jessica has gotten actively involved in the campus community during her time at WMU. She is currently the Vice President of the Western Student Association, WMU’s student government, the Panhellenic delegate for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, Volunteer Coordinator of Refugee Outreach Collective, a fitness instructor at the Student Rec Center, and a member of the Lee Honors College. Family and friends are crucially important to Jessica and she enjoys kayaking, biking, babysitting, traveling, and playing with play-doh.

McKenzie Reilly

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Junior

Major/minor: Early Childhood Education

Transfer from: Kalamazoo Valley Community College - Kalamazoo, Michigan

Email:  ost-transfer3@wmich.edu

Words from McKenzie:  Hello! In my spare time I like to run, play lacrosse, do DIY projects, and hangout with family and friends! My advice to incoming transfer students is to get involved and don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! Choosing to come to Western to further my education was the best decision I could have made and I am looking forward helping other transfer students with their transition to such a great school!

Nautika Tyler

Position: Transfer Ambassador

Class standing: Junior

Major/minor: Accountancy

Transfer from: Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Email:  ost-transfer5@wmich.edu

Words from Nautika: My name is Nautika Tyler and currently I am a Junior at Western Michigan University. I love hanging out with friends, as long as we are together I am having a great time. There are multiple different activities that I love to take part in, but I love movies the most, especially romance. My favorite part of Western Michigan University has to be the community. Everyone is really welcoming and helpful. There are so many different activities and groups of people that are open to all. My biggest advice to all incoming transfer students is to not be afraid to join in new things. It may be hard to be coming into a new place, but joining in the different organizations and meeting new people makes it so much easier.

 

BEGINNER COMMUTER STUDENT AMBASSADORS:

Lauren McCrea

Position: Commuter Ambassador

Class standing: Sophomore

Major/minor: Sales & Marketing and Finance

From:  Fort Wayne, IN

Email:  ost-commuter@wmich.edu 

Words from Lauren:  Hi!  I just finished my first year at WMU.   I love people, my friends, and sports. On campus I’m involved in Greek Life and Dance Marathon. My favorite things about Western are how diverse the campus is, and how friendly everyone on campus is. In addition, there are endless opportunities to get involved here. Whatever it may be, you will find something that you are passionate for. I always advise everyone to get out of their comfort zone and try something different. I’m an out-of-state resident and came to Western knowing nobody, but met awesome people to spend my time with, and I absolutely love it.

Sydney Woods

Position: Commuter Ambassador

Class standing: Sophomore

Major/minor: Computer Science and Entrepreneurship

From:  Detroit, MI

Email:  ost-commuter@wmich.edu

Words from Sydney:  Hello!  I see myself as a friendly, helpful, funny, and genuine person. I love to meet new people, be with my family as well as create memories with my friends. I chose to come to Western because of the environment and how helpful and warm everyone was here. I can truly say that I’ve felt at home so far and Western is a great fit for me. I like how western has so much to offer within different resources to the clubs and RSO, there's never a dull moment here! And, you are guaranteed to make many friends and have someone to help guide you along the way