Written By: Demyah Jackson
On Friday April 19, 2013 SCAD staff, students, and Art the Bee set out to Barnwell Elementary on the school’s Artist Day, to surprise the Art teacher, Mrs. Melissa Nail, and her students with art supplies valued at $2,000, courtesy of SCAD Atlanta’s bookstore Follett.
The school was holding an Artist Day for the students, who earlier in the day got to see a range of artistic talent such as performing and culinary artists, scene designers, musicians, hip hop dancers, painters, and even ice carvers. The SCAD volunteers arrived in the SCAD Shuttle soon after and presented the supplies in the school’s cafeteria. The presentation opened with an introduction from Jennifer Liu, Enrollment Programs Manager, and the group of Student Ambassadors and Admission Student Assistants, who each got the opportunity to introduce themselves by name and career aspiration. Their introductions gave the 386 kids an idea of various exciting careers that can come about from studying different arts. The children were ecstatic to see Art the Bee and even more excited to hear that they were receiving new art goodies! It ended with presenting all the art supplies to the teacher, who from her reaction was very enthusiastic about the donation. “Now you and your amazing students can continue to create masterpieces year-round just like the artists you met today during your Artist Day,” said Jennifer Liu.
The student participants included: Xiaoyan Fan, Andrea Van Hintum, Nathan Pinney, Nino Flores, Demyah Jackson, Shala Boyd, Brandon Bryant, and Carlos Maldonado-Romero. Overall the event went great and SCAD cannot wait to do it again!
Earlier this quarter in the beginning of September, SCAD Student Ambassadors embarked on a retreat to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia at Camp Blue Ridge. Ambassadors from both Savannah and Atlanta attended the retreat. This was a great way to integrate our ambassador programs allowing ambassadors from each location to come together, meet new people, and make new friends. The retreat was held over the weekend from Friday-Sunday, the perfect amount of time for everyone to have a fun yet relaxing weekend in the mountains. The weekend focused on team building, compatibility, communication, and training.
Ambassadors were able to overcome many challenges through different group activities such as building a fire from scratch, jumping off the blob, climbing through ropes courses, and many others. These group activities paralleled real life situations teaching ambassadors how to work with others to overcome road blocks and barriers in everyday life and how to become unified as a team. To wrap up the weekend, we ended with an activity called Post Secret. Ambassadors were asked to anonymously compose a secret from the retreat, by writing a sentence and/or drawing a picture on a card. All secrets were collected and put on display Sunday morning for everyone to read. It was so inspiring to read everyone’s accomplishments and experiences they had on the retreat.
Overall, the retreat was a great start to our year bringing ambassadors closer together by allowing everyone to open up and feel comfortable with one another. We look forward to a successful year and can’t wait for our next retreat. Check out some of our pictures to really grasp how much fun we had.
Farewell Camp Blue Ridge.
The first SCAD Day of our 2012/2013 school year took place on Saturday,
The SCAD-Atlanta Student Ambassadors welcomed prospective
students and their families, as well as accompanied them all over campus to
wherever they needed to go. Ambassadors were stationed in key areas
including the DMC (Digital Media Center), ACA Sculpture Facility, and our
residence halls (ACA Residence Hall and Spring House), as well as all over
the main building, 1600 Peachtree ST, NW. There were shuttle tours
continuously throughout the day, with shuttles looping around all of our
buildings, including Ivy Hall!
A new concept was introduced this SCAD Day: instead of various workshops and
activities happening around campus, a “concierge” system was implemented.
With this system, prospective students would first check-in, and then they
were given their own customized list of places they could visit throughout
the day, based on their personal preferences and interests. Ambassadors
found this to be successful, and a different way for prospective students to
experience the campus, based on exactly what they were most interested in
seeing and doing.
This time we had an 88% participation rate and 100% NewBee Shadowing.
According to the post SCAD Day surveys from our ambassadors, they were all
satisfied with their assignments, the day’s schedule, as well as our brand
new teal ambassador shirts and backpacks!
After a long summer of being away from SCAD, all of the returning Student Ambassadors were excited to take part in the Leadership and Lemonade Fall recruitment on September 7th, 2012. What a great way to kick start the new school year!
Leadership and Lemonade invited incoming freshman, transfer and graduate students to travel up to 515C during orientation to introduce them to the SCAD Ambassador Program. While serving yummy fudge brownies and some fantastic lemonade to the students and their families (over 100 overall guests!), current Ambassadors had the chance to mingle with the NewBees, letting them in on their very own adventures here at SCAD.
After a brief presentation by our adviser, Jennifer Liu, and a select sampling of the ambassadors, everyone was invited to join in some icebreakers! Francesca led A Million Questions while Kelsey taught everyone how to make a proper Ninja “HIYAH!!” This sure did get the whole crowd in a fit of laughter, helping to ease the tension of pre-school jitters. Winners of both games got to snag some SCAD memorabilia!
We are all so excited to see who applies to our ambassador program for 2012-2013 fall recruitment. We have already handed out 50 applications, and are looking to hire a total of 15 new ambassadors of various majors and from various hometowns.