News from the Bush School

Bush Students Establish Ambassadors Council

October 05, 2012

October 5th, 2012

A new student organization called the Ambassadors Council has been established at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, aimed at increasing the visibility of Bush School students on the campus of Texas A&M University and in the wider community.

The Ambassadors Council was founded in the spring of 2012 and is currently comprised of seventeen second-year students enrolled in the School’s master’s or certificate programs. Four additional first-year students have been selected to serve on the Council for this academic year.

“Our goal is to increase the visibility of Bush School students with various constituencies at Bush School events and around campus and the state, including supporters, potential students, and the community at large,” said Ambassadors Council president, Rob Altman. “We’re looking for members who are dependable and comfortable in leadership roles and social settings,” he added.

In this inaugural year, the Council is focused on establishing a strong foundation for the organization and making it sustainable for future classes. Ambassadors will work with other Texas A&M student organizations on various initiatives, as well as support a variety of Bush School events.

The Council’s first event of the academic year was participation in Service Day, which was part of the grand reopening of Texas A&M University’s Memorial Student Center on September 5. The Ambassadors joined many other service-oriented student organizations in the event, talking to visitors about the Bush School’s service efforts and academic offerings, and answering questions from prospective students.

“All of us on the Council are very excited about the opportunities to spread the word about the Bush School and demonstrate what our organization can give to the community, the student network, and the School itself,” Altman said. “We see this as an extension of President Bush’s legacy of public service,” he concluded.

Second-year MPSA student Taylor Smith commented about participating in the recent Service Day. “We were able to talk about the success of the Bush School and answer questions from potential students,” Smith said. “I joined the Ambassadors Council because I wanted to give back to the school that provided me with so many unique learning experiences. This event was a perfect example of that.”

Ranked among the top public affairs programs at public universities, the School’s mission is to educate principled leaders in public and international affairs, conduct research, and perform service. The Bush School offers two degrees—a Master of Public Service and Administration and a Master’s Program in International Affairs—as well as Certificates in National Security Affairs, Advanced International Affairs, China Studies, Nonprofit Management, and Homeland Security.