NIC ambassadors provide student perspective to new, prospective students

Five new North Idaho College ambassadors will provide a fresh perspective to new and prospective NIC students this semester.
The NIC ambassador program was initiated to create a core of students who could assist the NIC Admissions Office with recruitment activities and act as representatives of NIC to help create a sense of community among students, employees and visitors.
To become an ambassador, students must be in good academic standing, be knowledgeable of NIC as well as college programs and activities and maintain professional standards when representing NIC.
The following are this semester’s ambassadors:
Robert Ingraham is a welding major from Coeur d’Alene. He plans to complete welding training at NIC before earning an education degree in hopes of becoming a welding instructor.
“Every day I am reminded of how grateful I am to be here,” Ingraham said. “I am still in shock over how much people care about not only my education, but my personal life.”
Dustan “Buck” Roop is a nursing major from Cocolalla. Roop enrolled at NIC as a nontraditional student after an on-the-job injury prevented him from continuing employment as a millwright. He has a 3.9 GPA and works as a tutor and mentor for NIC’s TRIO Student Support Services program.
“I see this as a way to pay back for all the help I got when returning to school,” Roop said.
Tamara Wischmeier is a drafting major from Hayden. Wishmeyer has served as an NIC ambassador previously.
“At first, I wasn’t aware of all NIC offers to help students succeed,” Wishmeyer said. “I like being an ambassador because I can tell new students that people at NIC are here to help and they really can make learning easier.”
Natasha Noort is an early childhood development major from Sandpoint.
“The small size makes it easy to meet people and participate in activities,” Noort said. “I also feel I can get more one-on-one time, whether it is to ask questions about financial aid or get help from my teachers.”
Laura Humphreys is a social work major from Coeur d’Alene. Humphreys also serves as an Associated Students of North Idaho College senator and vice president of the Gay-Straight Alliance.
“From the ivy growing on Lee-Kildow Hall to the pathways guiding students around campus, this school’s beauty is thoroughly impressive.” 
This semester’s North Idaho College ambassadors include (front) Tamara Wischmeyer, Laura Humphreys, (middle) Robert Ingraham, Natasha Noort and (back) Dustan “Buck” Roop.

For More Information
NIC recruiters Sara Schmelzer at (208) 769-3449, or Christa Thaxton at (208) 665-4523

Posted: Monday, Feb. 12, 2007

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