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Global Ambassador Program


Augustana's Global Ambassadors are a group of dedicated students who work closely with the International Student Life office to support the international student population.  Many of the Global Ambassadors are international students, have lived or studied abroad and often in multiple countries.  

The Global Ambassadors lead sessions during International Student Orientation, pick students up at the airport and plan programming throughout the year.

As mentors they work closely with international students helping them adjust to life not only on campus but also in the surrounding area.

2015-16 Global Ambassadors

Shawna Ables '17 — United States of America

Shawna Ables

Hi everyone! I'm a junior at Augustana, majoring in elementary education, and I also study Japanese.

In the future, I want to teach English in Asia for a few years and then teach in the US or at an International school. It all depends on where life takes me.

Aside from being a GA, I play clarinet in the concert band, and I'm a member of UNYK multicultural dance troupe. I also work in the library. A few of my hobbies are listening to music, dancing, and exploring the Quad Cities. I especially love to meet people from all over the world and learn about their culture, so I really want to travel to all these cool places I've heard about.

Luckily, this summer I am going to Japan, and I'm very excited! I look forward to meeting everyone on campus in the fall and getting to know more international students. It should be a fun year!  

Michaila Cooper '17 — United States of America (lives in China)

michaila cooper

I am American and was born in the US, but grew up overseas; living in Tianjin, China for over 10 years before I came to the States for college. I'm studying Biology and pursuing Augustana's Pre-Occupational Therapy program. 

I love creating art with my hands as well as running around outdoors; I play on our women's soccer club. I am the Vice President of Augie International, which is our international club on campus dedicated to developing intercultural competency through building relationships and engaging in awesome cultural activities.I also work as a student worker in the International Admissions Office with Liz Nino. 

Growing up abroad is such a crucial part of my identity, and I couldn't imagine my life without having lived in China. I value cultural experiences and know the challenges and benefits of going to a school away of your home country.

This will be my second year as a Global Ambassador and I could not be more excited. It is such a great opportunity to meet new people and encounter new cultures. I am looking forward to spending time and becoming friends with our upcoming international students.

Haimanot Dagnew '18 — Ethiopia

Haimanot Dagnew

I am going to be a sophomore for the upcoming year majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography. Like many international students I have a name that is difficulty for most to pronouns so I go by Haimi. Everyone uses it that it is often strange when someone calls me by my actual name.

I am a third culture kid and therefore I have been exposed to different kinds of people and have friends that currently live all over the world. I like gaining different experiences and so I am invalid with several things on campus.

I am a member of two sports clubs, lacrosse and badminton. I am also involved in the international club as well as S.W.A.G, a self-development and empowerment club, which will be officially up and running in the fall. There are several things that I cherish but my passions are food and the outdoors. I also love to travel and meet people of different cultures so I am very excited to be a Global Ambassador for the upcoming year.

I knew I wanted to be a Global ambassador as soon as international orientation was finished and now that I am I can't wait for it to start.

An Nguyen Dang '18 — Vietnam

An Nguyen Dang


I'm a sophomore international student from Vietnam.I'm majoring in Computer Science and Business right now, but I also interested in learning psychology and sociology. I found it great studying here in whichever class I had been on, since everyone was so kind and helpful.

Born and raised in Vietnam, I love Eastern culture like K-pop and Manga & Anime, so don't hesitate to talk to me if you like them too, I love to make new friends.I'm very excited to be a Global Ambassador to make friend and help new international students this year!

John Delorenzo '18 — United States of America

John Delorenzo

Hi there, my name is up above but you can call me Jeff (John) for short.

You must be here to find out a little bit about me for some reason. The following are my deepest darkest secrets - don't let anyone else know.

 I'm a sophomore at Augustana, intending to major in Philosophy and some other area of the humanities (History, English, Political Science or somewhere thereabouts) with the plan of attending Law School upon finishing undergrad.

I am from a large Irish- Italian family. No, I'm not in the mafia, though I do work for a family business over the summers.    

 I have travelled to Israel and across the States. Foreign countries and cultures have always interested me, however, growing up in Central Illinois I had little chance to experience them. Getting to know many international students my freshman year at Augie allowed me to begin having those experiences and has solidified my determination to more extensively travel and come into contact with people from all areas of the world.

Concerning interests, I enjoy good music (Jazz, Blues, Rock etc.), good food and a good argument. I also enjoy books, movies, driving, goofing around and staying up past my bedtime. I play the drums and ice hockey.

Feedback on my personality has had some variation so I'll leave that one to you to make your mind up on. Just know that I'm excited to work as a Global Ambassador and that I'm here to help with anything.

 I look forward to meeting you all in the fall

Camilo Duarte '17 — United States of America

Camilo Duarte

What's up! I'm from the far off land of Wisconsin. My parents migrated from Colombia to the US before I was born. I have lived in Wisconsin my whole life, but have traveled to multiple countries.

I am majoring in International business, Finance, and Management with a minor in Chinese. I am an aspiring Entrepreneur and Model and have yet to start my path towards success outside of Augustana.

Here at Augie I am part of the Varsity Track and Field Team, as well as Heywire (Improvisational comedy group), and make occasional appearances at other clubs on campus. I will also be working for the radio station here at Augie.I'm into sports, music, video games, and funny movies.

My favorite food is Pepperoni Pizza and it has been since 2nd grade. My favorite color is red and my favorite soccer team is Real Madrid, because James!

I can't wait until all the International students arrive so we can all be friends! We can hang out and play games, and if you're into soccer, shoot around a bit. I look forward to helping all of you out with any questions you may have.

Savi Jayawardana '17 — Sri Lanka

Savi Jayawardana

"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." - Henry Miller

My journey to Augustana as an International Student has been the biggest adventure and being a Global Ambassador for the past year has been my tool for viewing the world from countless different perspectives. 

As an incoming Junior at Augustana, I can say that this school has been instrumental in my growth as a leader and a global citizen. With my majors in Business, Economics and minor in German, I am able to explore the world through different lenses.

If I was to introduce myself I would say that I am a Third Culture Kid, If you aren't familiar with this term-Google it. Living in five countries growing up, I was afforded the opportunity meet people from all over the world. It gave me a taste for travel and I will never loose it. 

In my second year as a Global Ambassador I hope to continue to meet future travel companions from all over the world and learn and share my experiences with them. 

My involvment on campus begins with being the President of the International Student Club, it is a club dedicated to raising global awareness on campus with the help of cultural activities from around the world. I am also an Alto in the Collegiate Choir Jenny Lind, as well as a member of the multicultural dance troupe UNYK. I am also very lucky to be a part of Sigma Pi Delta sorority on campus.

Besides my work as a Global Ambassador, I also work for the Office of Public Safety, the Office of Admissions and the Center for Student Life. 

In my opinion International Student Orientation is the best time of the year!

Trang 'Katie' Le '18 — Vietnam

Trang Le

Like most people, I find the fact of summarizing one life in a few well-chosen words much more challenging than it may at first appear. Nevertheless, isn't it worth giving it a try? 

My name is Trang Le (Katie) and I am a sophomore-to-be majoring in Business Administration and Accounting. 

Being born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam for over the past 17 years, I truly feel that coming to the U.S to study was the best decision that I've ever made.On campus, I'm actively involved in UNYK Multicultural Dance Troupe - a club for all the passionate dancers with a purpose of bringing various cultures all together. Besides being a future Global Ambassador, I am also going to be the entertainment for Relay For Life 2015-2016, which is an organization that raises money for the American Cancer Society; and student worker for the Public Safety Student Corps. With these experiences being said, for me, Augie would definitely be a home away from home!

I enjoy drawing, painting, as well as playing the ukulele and piano in my free time. I am passionate about music and art, which is also a reason why I want to have a minor in Graphic Design.

Perhaps the desire to travel around the world and learn about different cultures in general makes me so curious about becoming a GA in particular. Therefore, I'm very excited to meet all the upcoming international students in the fall! 

Kat Marquette '16 — United States of America

Kat Marquette

I'm from Cudahy, Wisconsin and I am a senior this year with majors in Graphic Design and Asian Studies, and  minors in Studio Art and Japanese.

I went on the Asian term in the fall of 2013 and also studied abroad on the Kobe Exchange over this spring/summer (2015).Once I graduate, I want to be a part of  the JET program (Japan Exchange and Teaching Program).

I'm overjoyed that I can be a Global Ambassador and I look forward to getting to know the international students! I am always happy to hang out or listen to stories. I love learning about different cultures and want to learn from the different viewpoints that everyone has.

Outside of being a GA, I am a social dancer, focusing more on the swing side of things. You can always find me on Sundays with the Martini Swingers. Since I love dancing, I also love listening to music and usually can be found attached to my iPod. If you happen to see someone dancing in a random spot on campus, that's probably me.

Wilma Nnoke '18 — Cameroon

Wilma Nnoke

My name is Helen-Wilma but everyone calls me Wilma. I come from Cameroon and I am fluent in French and English.

Presently I am double majoring in Augustana and my majors are Pre-Med and Biochemistry.

At Augie I'm part of clubs such as Augie International, Azonto Dance Crew (which everyone should join by the way), and SWAG. 

I look forward to be a GA this year because with this job I will be exposed to so many cultures. With this position, I look forward to meeting people from all over the world.

Harald Olsson

Harald Olsson '16 — Sweden

Hi !

I am a senior from Stockholm, Sweden, studying Economics and French.This will be my first time as a Global Ambassador and I am very excited to be part of the group.

I play tennis for the school team and I am part of one of the many many fraternities on campus. I also work for the Scandinavian and French department.

I love traveling and I very much enjoy being in America and taking part of what the Quad Cities has to offer. I am a very active person and I try to be part of as many sports clubs as possible and I enjoy hiking and biking around the area.I also like to think of myself as a positive and outgoing person and I look forward to meeting all of you and making some new friends.

Can't wait for the term to start!

Christopher Wilson '18 -United Kingdom

My name is Chris and I'm from the United Kingdom. I will be returning to Augustana as a Sophomore and could not be more excited for the year ahead.

1Chris Wilson

My passions are swimming, being with my friends, traveling and meeting new people. I would consider myself a pretty well rounded traveler with visits to four continents.

On Campus I am widely involved in many activities. Alongside being a Global Ambassador I am the International Representative on Student Government Association, an agent for Residence Hall Association, a Varsity Swimmer, a Graduate of the Augustana Emerge Program and a Member of the Social Fraternity Rho Nu Delta.

I am very excited to meet the new international students and I hope I will be able to give them the same experiences I received from my Global Ambassadors.

Zineb Zirari '18 —Morroco

Hey everyone! I am a sophomore majoring in Applied Mathematics and Economics.

Zineb Zirari

I am from Morocco, but I have been living abroad for the past four years. I went to high school in South Africa, after which I took a gap year in Malaysia.

I love travelling, dancing and meeting new people. I am passionate about cultures and languages.

I can speak Arabic, French, Italian, English and I am currently studying Chinese. I am excited to meet all the international students and I am sure you will have a lot of fun at Augustana!!