UM Student Alumni Ambassadors

Ambassadors and Sebastian

What are the UM Student Alumni Ambassadors?

The UM Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) is a prestigious and diverse group of dynamic and motivated volunteer student leaders, and the student face of the University of Miami Alumni Association (UMAA).  Members serve as liaisons between UM students and alumni by promoting the tradition of annual giving and involvement amongst the student body, through the development and execution of an annual fundraising campaign and by hosting various educational and philanthropic events to raise awareness of UMAA benefits and services.

Members also have the opportunity to volunteer and network with alumni at various UMAA programs.

What do the Student Alumni Ambassadors do?

Meetings are bi-weekly during the academic year, and include training in a variety of fundraising and communication techniques, planning discussions for programs and events, and fun!

Members host and/or participate in a variety of programs and networking opportunities throughout the year to educate current students on the impact of student and alumni philanthropy and involvement, including but not limited to Legacy, Orientation, Canefest, Family Weekend, Chick-IN and Check-OUT!, Alumni Awareness, Alumni Weekend and Homecoming, Philanthropy Awareness Day, Dinner with 12 Strangers, the Official Ring Tradition, Get Carded, and various alumni and/or donor events hosted by the University and the UMAA.

Members also plan and participate in a fundraising campaign that involves soliciting donations from current students to raise funds that create scholarships for fellow 'Canes through a variety of educational and philanthropic programs, including on-campus tabling.

Being a student at UM is just the beginning! You are a 'Cane for Life! If you are a creative student with a love for your alma mater and an interest in educating the University of Miami Community about the importance of staying connected to your UMAA through involvement and annual giving, then consider applying to be a Student Alumni Ambassador!

Mission and Purpose

The mission of the SAA is to support the University of Miami Alumni Association in establishing and enhancing a mutually beneficial and enduring relationship between the University of Miami, its alumni, current and future students.

The purpose of the SAA is to serve as an active liaison between the student body and the Alumni, sponsoring a wide variety of educational and philanthropic programs and benefits that foster a spirit of loyalty, involvement, annual giving, and a life-long commitment to the University of Miami.

Become a UM Student Alumni Ambassador today!

2013-2014 UM Ambassadors

Executive Board

President - Mari Pape
Vice President External - Connor Adams
Vice President Internal - Alexandra Merkert
Treasurer - Peter Mann
Secretary - Renuka Tolani
Public Relations Specialist - Maura Lapoff

Current Members

Suzanne Aldahan
Khadija Andrews
Michelle Ayazo
Lindsay Cecero
Emily-Kate Therese Chiusano
Chelsea Cook
Christina Cyprien
Alice Daramola
Natalie Diaz
Cindy Ferreiro
Suzanne Ghannam
Jacob Ginsburg
Tomomi Hiramine
Jennifer Levine
Marian Jen-Chieh Li
Michelle Lock
Kayla Lott
Aaron Midden
Suzette Morabito
Terra Noel
Adam Gerard O'Reilly

Sravana Paladugu
Marilyn Pape
Djevelyne Phileus
Nicole Price
Duyen Quach
Sarah Quigley
Arielle Starr Ray
Casey Ellen Rea
Talia Robinson
Morgan Rowland
Justine Schulz
Samantha Marie Sheehan
Theresa Socash
Whitney Steranko
Yuqing Su
Lynsey Patrell Gillian Ward
Kristen Watts
Jeremey Matthew White
Robyn Wojeck
Emily York
Rizelle Zabate

Weekly Sebastian Spotlight

The Sebastian Spotlight is a proud tradition of the SAA. Each week, SAA recognizes one student who has gone above and beyond the duties of a UM Student Alumni Ambassador. As part of the tradition, the new Sebastian Spotlight adds something to Sebastian (see below), and passes him on to the next Sebastian Spotlight the following week.

Week 1: Connor Adams

Week 2: Adam O'Reilly

Week 3: Casey Rea

Week 4: Ali Merkert

Week 5: Maura Lapoff

Sebastian SpotlightSebastian Spotlight

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For more information, contact
Kate Lake
Director, Alumni Programs

Gabriel Trieger, B.L.A. ’10
Assistant Director, Annual Giving