Timeline of LSU Ambassadors
1991 :: In February of 1991, Ambassadors was conceptualized by Dr. Perry Prestholdt. “Dr. P” felt that the university needed a link between faculty/staff and incoming students. A committee comprised of professional and academic staff members selected approximately 60 students to serve as the first LSU Ambassadors.
1992 :: An At-Large member was added to the Ambassador Executive Council. Their purpose was to act as a liaison between the general membership and council. In the fall of 1992, 36 students were chosen as an addition to the 60 original members of the organization.
1993 :: The first draft of the LSU Ambassador Constitution was written. It included basic qualifications for membership at the time (a 2.5 GPA, at least one semester of enrollment, and election to membership) and also included the terms of office. In the fall, 43 new members were selected. A point system, along with priority registration, had been established by this point. All Ambassador news was reported in the “Ambassador Forum.”
1994 :: Although the Ambassadors had been attending SROW since 1991, this was the first year a SROW chair was added to Council and a committee was formed. In the spring, they placed 1st in the spirit competition. A second At-Large position was added to Council.
1995 :: In the spring, the Constitution and the accompanying Bylaws were ratified. The constitution included the organization’s name and purpose, eligibility and selections, meetings, finances, amendments and ratification. The bylaws included membership selection, committee structures, membership participation criteria, political activity and LSU Ambassador apparel.
1996 :: The LSU Ambassadors collaborated with Student Government to form HTDL 1001 (How to Do LSU). The class was an orientation-type class that would acquaint freshmen with the university.
1997 :: At SROW, the Ambassadors won 1st in spirit, 5th in song, 1st in presentation and had Orientation Leader of the Year, Marty Loupe.
1998 :: The largest Associate class ever, consisting of 71 new members, was selected in the fall.
1999 :: A Year of Growth and Rebirth. The organization became classified as a university organization, no longer simply a student organization. Thus, it was now part of the university flowchart. Dr. Prestholdt was also transferred to another department, which no longer enabled him to serve as Advisor. Therefore, a committee of LSU Ambassadors, in conjunction with the Vice Chancellor, began a search for a new Advisor.
2000 :: Kelli Stevens Webber was selected as the new Ambassadors Advisor. At SROW in Starkville, Mississippi, the Ambassadors placed 5th in banner, 3rd in spirit and 1st in presentation. The winning presentation committee flew to San Diego, California, to present at the National Conference (NODA).
2001 :: SROW traveled to Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. There, they placed 2nd in spirit, 4th in the song/skit competition and Katie Smith was awarded the alternate position for Orientation Leader of the Year. An Associate Class of 66 was selected, and the Ambassadors rejoiced at their 10 Year Anniversary Celebration.
2002 :: The Ambassador Constitution was updated and ratified. The Ambassadors traveled to Natchitoches, Louisiana for SROW. Once there, they placed 3rd in the song/skit competition and won 1st for presentation. Therefore, in the fall, the winning presentation committee traveled to Baltimore, Maryland to present at NODA. Also, an Associate class consisting of 66 new members was selected.
2003 :: The SROW Committee traveled to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. At SROW, the Ambassadors won Best in Block for the presentation titled "Viewer Discretion Advised: How to handle negative publicity." In the fall, the Constitution went through 4 amendments. An Associate class consisting of 80 new members was selected, the largest number selected to date.
2004 :: The SROW committee traveled to the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Ambassadors took home second in the song/skit competition. An Associate Class of 81 was selected, the largest class yet. Spring Testing was renamed Spring Invitational Program. The Ambassador polo logo was redesigned.
2005 :: The SROW committee traveled to the Clemson University at Clemson, SC. An Associate Class of 63 was selected. Events of the fall semester were restructured due to the effects of the hurricane season. The Constitution was ratified; transfer status and abroad status were added as well as one special program and an extra tiger call being required for priority status.
2006 :: The SROW committee traveled to the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. They won 3rd place in the dance competition. The Constitution was ratified, with simple maintenance changes and new clauses added to the main body and bylaws.
2007 :: The SROW committee traveled to Florida State University, FL. They won 3rd place in the song competition.
2008 :: The SROW Committee traveled to Columbus State University in Columbus, GA. “McOrientation: I’m Lovin’ It” won 1st place in its category and the team members traveled to Boston to compete nationally. Graduate assistant Chris Landry also won the Outstanding Graduate Student award. The Communications Committee was formed this year as the Historian and Publicity Committees were merged. We also (excitedly) welcomed Parish Race Webber into our Ambassador family and participated in the Buddy Walk, which benefits children with Down syndrome, in honor of him.
2009 :: The SROW Committee traveled to Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. “Seusabilities: Orientation Possibilities for Students with Disabilities” won 2nd place, and the committee won 3rd in the song/skit/dance competition. Graduate assistants Chris Landry and Ryan Denham won an award for their case study presentation, and Kelli won Advisor of the Year! Parish celebrated his 1st birthday. His picture was also selected to be shown in Times Square for the National Down Syndrome Awareness week. LSU successfully completed a bid to host SROW in 2011 with the theme, “SROWcean’s ’11… Let the Good Times Roll!”
2010 :: The Chris Landry Award was awarded and presented for the first time in Spring of 2010. The SROW Committee traveled to University of Louisville in Kentucky. The Committee won 2nd Place in Song Competition, Best Undergraduate Case Study- Lizzie Horner and Jake Landry, and 2nd Place in Graduate Case Study by Desmond Robinson. In the fall semester, Kelli’s son Parish was chosen for the second year in a row to have his picture shown in Times Square for National Down Syndrome Awareness Week. LSU Ambassadors also selected an Associate class of 82, breaking yet another record for largest Associate class in the History of Ambassadors by one Associate!
2011 :: With the help of all of the LSU Ambassadors, SROW was successfully hosted at LSU. The SROWcean's 11 theme was a complete success, having one of the largest attendance rates the conference has ever seen. Guest speakers and former Ambassadors, Adren Wilson and Krista Allen, led the crowd to a standing ovation.
2013 :: The 2012-2013 Executive Council made influential changes for the betterment of the organization. They introduced the Ambassadors’ Constitution Tracking System (ACTS), which will allow future Councils to better track our General Members each semester and proactively help them obtain their desired status. Additionally, they created the idea of an official LSU Ambassadors’ Creed. A group of eight General Members were nominated and selected by their peers to work together to create the Pledge of Character, which represents what our organization stands for as well as our vows to the organization, one another, ourselves and those that we serve. The SROW Committee traveled to Memphis, Tenn. for Blue Suede SROW and had the most successful year in the history of LSU Ambassadors. The Committee won 1st place for Educational Presentation for All Audiences with Spinning Your Web: Connecting Social Media and Orientation and first place for Themed T-shirt. For undergraduate case study, Brandon Guillory and Margaret Price won Best Communication. Guillory also took home the Most Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Kyle Nixon, our Graduate Assistant, was awarded the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Award.
2014: The 2014-2015 Executive Council made changes to the slogan and purpose of the organization, adding an emphasis on service. Also, the requirements for Active Status in the organization were increased.