Student Ambassadors

The Ag & NR Ambassadors @ EOU serve as student representatives of Oregon State University, Eastern Oregon University, and the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences.  The Ag & NR Ambassadors participate in promotional and recruiting activities including on and off campus events, professional conferences, as well as stakeholder and alumni events.  In essence the Ag & NR Ambassadors are the student ‘face’ of the OSU Ag & NR Program @ Eastern Oregon University. 

OSU Ag & NR Ambassadors are selected during winter term through an application and interview process.  Selected ambassadors are then required to attend EOU’s Student Ambassador Training program to develop their leadership, teamwork and presentation skills.  Selected ambassadors receive a $1200 scholarship, along with official ambassador dress and privileges. 

If you are interested in having the OSU Ag & NR Ambassadors visit your program or school to learn more about the OSU Ag & NR Program @ EOU, please contact us at 541-962-3612 or email EOUAG@oregonstate.edu.

Become an Ambassador

We are looking for qualified leaders to serve as student representatives for the OSU Agriculture and Natural Resource Program at EOU.

Since 1984, exceptional students in the College of Agricultural Sciences have been selected to participate in a professional development and service program. Students selected as Ambassadors are given opportunities to develop and enhance their leadership and time management skills, explore individual and group dynamics, and prepare for student and pre-professional success. Ambassadors also contribute to the advancement of OSU and the college through participation in marketing and promotion efforts.

Applications for the 2023-24 Ambassador Team TBA.

Ambassador applications and supporting documents are due TBA, 2023, by 5:00 pm.

Ambassador Open House

Want to find out more about becoming an Ambassador?

Join our current 2022-23 Ambassador team on TBA February at 5:00 pm in Badgley Hall 230.

Meet Your Ambassadors

2022-23 Ambassadors  

Deidre Schreiber

Deidre Schreiber, Student Director

Junior majoring in Agricultural Sciences
Minor in EOU Communications

I am currently a Junior in the OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources program at Eastern studying Agricultural Science. I plan to have a career in agriculture, sharing the story of our lifestyle and the people who provide the world with food, fuel, and fiber.

I grew up in rural Wallowa County, splitting my time between Enterprise and Imnaha. On the ranch, we raised commercial cattle and spent lots of time on horseback. I was an active member of both 4-H and FFA, where I served as a State FFA Officer in 2019. I have always loved hands-on learning and knew I wanted to go to college somewhere that fit my learning style. The small class sizes and rural environment made my transition to EOU easy. I currently work at DDRC Marketing as the Social Media manager and as a Brand Inspector for the sale yard in Union county.

Outside of school, I can be found in the boardroom serving on the EOU Board of Trustees, planning events as the EOU Ag Club president, working with cattle in Wallowa County, or on horseback representing the Pendleton Round-Up as a 2023 princess!

As an ambassador, I hope to share the benefits of attending EOU while completing an OSU degree. I look forward to representing EOU and OSU and helping students find the best fit for them!

Ellie Hanson

Ellie Hanson

Junior majoring in Agricultural Sciences and EOU Business Administration

I am Ellie Hanson, and I am a junior majoring in agricultural sciences and EOU Business Administration.

I grew up outside Woodburn, Oregon on my family’s century farm where we raise purebred Hampshire and Southdown sheep. I have been privileged to show around the state and country in 4-H, open, and junior sheep shows. Once attending Silverton High School, I was actively involved in FFA where I developed leadership and professional skills and was able to serve as a state officer in 2019. This environment has given me a deep passion and appreciation for agriculture and the people in it. Following this passion, I know I want my career to serve agriculture; whether through agriculture business, finance, trade, or policy.

So, when it came time for me to decide where I was going to college, I wanted to go where I knew I could expand my knowledge of Oregon agriculture.

Attending EOU and being a part of the OSU program has allowed me to experience and learn about commodities and practices that are very different from those I grew up around. During my time at EOU in the OSU program, I have loved getting involved in the Ag Club as an officer and experiencing the culture here on campus.

The small class sizes, inviting community, and personal development opportunities that have been offered through this program have made this a remarkable experience.

This year, I am incredibly excited to be a returning OSU Ambassador. Last year, I loved working with students on campus and representing the OSU Agriculture and Natural Resource Program. This year, I look forward to continuing to recruit new prospective students. The OSU program at EOU offers so many opportunities for students to continue their education, and I am eager to help them find the right option for them.

Alyson Yates

Alyson Yates

Lakevew, OR

Junior (3rd year) majoring in Agricultural Science with minors in Animal Science, Comparative International Agriculture, and Art

My interest in agriculture began when I joined the 4-H program in elementary school. As a member, I bred and showed registered Boer goats and meat rabbits for 9 years. I also served as an Oregon Delegate to National 4-H Congress in 2018, and an Oregon 4-H State Ambassador in 2020. These valuable leadership and skill development experiences led to my current educational path, as I work towards earning my degree with the goal of becoming an agricultural Extension agent in 4-H program development.

I came to Eastern Oregon University to take advantage of a small university community. During my time here, I have been a part of the Agriculture Club officer team and am currently working as a Student Marketing Photographer for EOU and a photographer for The Voice. I also completed internships with OSU Extension in the summers of 2021 and 2022, and work around the state judging small animal shows. Throughout the next two years, I plan to study abroad to learn more about global agriculture and get hands-on experience with a variety of agricultural techniques.

As an ambassador, I look forward to sharing the benefits of this program with prospective students and being a positive, welcoming representation of EOU and OSU. I also hope to inform students of the many opportunities for immersive and unforgettable international learning experiences that are offered through our program!

Saira Amaral Ramirez

I am currently a sophmore majoring in Agricultural Science with a minor in Spanish.

Growing up in the small town of Adrian, Oregon, I have always had a close connection to agriculture. From living in the middle of nowhere with a crop field in between my neighbors and I, participating in FFA during high school, to raising cattle in our backyard. During my 4 years in FFA, I have been able to make wonderful connections and friendships that have helped me be where I am today by helping me with my leadership and professional skills from competing to being in office. This also includes the help of my advisors who would push me out if my comfort zone, in order to improve my skills. One thing I also discovered was a passion for welding. Never would have guessed that I would enjoy playing with “fire”. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t trade my love for agriculture and welding for anything else as they have helped me become the person I am today. After high school, I attended Treasure Valley Community College, where my passion for agriculture grew even more! I knew that I wanted to pursue a degree in Agricultural Science. After receiving my Associates degree from TVCC, I enrolled into Eastern Oregon University and Oregon State University in the OSU Agriculture & Natural Resources Program. Now at EOU, I am finishing up my bachelor's degree in Agricultural Science with a minor in Spanish to later on receive my Master’s in Agricultural Education to become both an Ag teacher and FFA Advisor.

Eastern Oregon University has given me the opportunity to pursue my degree in a small classroom size while also creating connections with my professors. Even though, I am a transfer student, I still felt very welcomed and EOU has helped me with the transition from my previous college to supporting me with the dual enrollment with Oregon State University. While at EOU, I am involved in the EOU Ag Club as well as the Latino Impact Club along with other activities.

Looking into the incoming school year, I am excited to be able to represent such and amazing program. I am also looking forward to being able to talk about this program to students that may not know this program is here to help them pursue a career in Agriculture or Natural Resources. Once again, I am honored and excited to serve as one of the OSU ambassadors for the 2022-2023 school year.