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 2021-22 Ambassador Team Open February 15, 2021.

Ambassador applications and supporting documents are Due March 5, 2021 by 5:00pm.

Ambassador Open House

Want to find out more about becoming an Ambassador?

Join our current 2020-21 Ambassador team on Monday, February 8 at 5:00pm in Badgley Hall 230 or via Zoom.

Meet Your Ambassadors

2020-21 Ambassadors

Abigail Berhorst

Senior majoring in Agricultural Sciences
Minor in Business Administration
2020-21 Student Director

I’m currently in my senior year here at EOU majoring in Ag Sciences with a minor in Business. Upon completion of my bachelor’s degree here at Eastern, I will work towards my Master’s in Ag Education with the plan to serve as a high school Ag teacher and FFA advisor.

I grew up in Yamhill, Oregon on my family’s small farm raising sheep and hogs. Growing up in a small school district, I was looking for a college where I could still make personal connections with my classmates and professors. EOU had everything I was looking for in a college from the smaller class sizes to the immediate sense of belonging after meeting the OSU/EOU faculty and professors. This program has given me many opportunities and experiences that I don’t think I could have gotten at another campus and I know it will aid me in my future.

After serving my first year on the College of Ag’s Ambassador Team for the 2019-2020 year, I was excited to return as the 2020-2021 Student Director. I look forward to representing EOU and the OSU partnership program once again to help students discover their path and find the best fit for them!

 

Amie Coffman

Senior majoring in Agricultural Sciences
Minor in Animal Science

I grew up in the small town of Athena, Oregon where my family raises cattle. My passion for agriculture started at a very young age and has continued to grow over the years. I started 4-H when I was in fourth grade and participated in showing livestock. Once I started high school, I immediately joined FFA and was elected into an officer position each year. Throughout high school, my FFA advisor was always there for me no matter what and she pushed me to be a better student and person. After graduating high school, a year early, I chose to go to Eastern Oregon University because it was close to home and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to go to school for. Once I learned more about the OSU program, I knew it was exactly what I wanted to be involved in. I chose to be an ambassador because I want others to know about the OSU program and have the opportunity to attend smaller classes and get to know the professors.

I am currently a senior studying Agricultural Sciences with a minor in Animal Science. When I complete my Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences, I will continue my education to earn a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Education in Corvallis. I plan to pursue a career as a high school Ag teacher and FFA advisor with the end goal of either continuing my education and becoming a university professor or teaching at a community college. I am honored and excited for the opportunity to serve as one of the 2020-2021 OSU Ambassadors.

 

Kaylee Littlefield

Senior majoring in Rangeland Sciences

I grew up in Silverton, Oregon on two acres where my family and I had a garden and two llamas. After graduating high school in 2005 I earned my Culinary Arts Management Certificate and Associate degree from Central Oregon Community College in 2008. While working in commercial kitchens and bakeries every spring and fall I helped at a ranch that my friends manage and this piqued my interest in animal science and range management. I went back to school in 2009 at Linn Benton Community College (LBCC) for Animal Science. While attending school at LBCC I learned about the OSU Ag and Natural Resources program in La Grande, OR. However, after going to community college and trying to support myself on a part-time job and full-time school my GPA took a huge deficit and I was put on academic probation so I quit and decided not to go back to school. At this point, I went to work on a blueberry farm in Albany for a couple of years as a pesticide sprayer till I was laid off for the winter. I ended up working in the service and retail industry for several years after that, and in 2016 I decided to start school again. I picked up where I left off, applied to Eastern Oregon University, and moved to La Grande. I ran into a few complications with the admissions process, financial issues, and my low GPA. In the fall of 2017, I was determined to make changes in my life and walked into the Admissions Office at Eastern Oregon University and wouldn't leave till my application was accepted. I was enrolled in classes in less than two weeks.

Opportunities:

Since my acceptance into Eastern Oregon University, I worked hard to increase my GPA and with the help of the OSU faculty, I was accepted into OSU in 2018. Since then I have been a part of the EOU Ag Club, and have attended and presented posters at the annual Society of Rangeland Management meeting (SRM) twice. Each summer I have had an internship related to Rangeland Management and have increased my work experience on my resume. Such as an internship with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation doing invasive weed surveys, a Branch Experiment Station Internship collecting data on the Zumwalt Prairie pertaining to native bee and pollinator habitat, and a Crew Lead position at the OSU Experiment Station in Burns, OR collecting data for a Wildfire mitigation and rangeland fuel and forage study. Participating in the Branch Experiment Station internship I was able to present a research poster at the regional and international SRM meetings in Denver, CO, and Pendleton, OR. My results will also be used in a bigger research project for native pollinator habitat.

As a non-traditional student, I am looking forward to being an Ag Ambassador to help traditional and non-traditional students, like myself, to get started in classes and be proactive in their education and involved in school activities.

 

Emily Gluch

Senior majoring in Agricultural Sciences
Minor in Global Foods and Agribusiness

In the heart of Western Idaho and Eastern Oregon lies my fundamental roots in the agricultural industry and the ambition to gain a bachelor’s degree through Oregon State. Growing up in Weiser, Idaho I have learned the values of agriculture through FFA and 4H. My aspiration for a career in the cattle industry has started when I bought my first Charolais female heifers. In the future, I envision a cattle analyst career to predict futures and managing a stocker operation.

Currently, I am a dual-enrolled student at Eastern Oregon University and Oregon State University majoring in Agricultural Sciences as well as a minor in business. In the fall of 2020, I will be in a Senior with the intent to graduate in spring of 2021. Several experiences have led me to Oregon State including, snake river stampede calf scramble, earning an American FFA Degree, and working for a Reined cow horse operation. The opportunities Oregon State has brought in my undergraduate learning are networking with Corvallis professors and learning the principles of agriculture at a rural public school in La Grande. The most prominent experience this past year is lobbying for lowered tuition for public schools at the state capital while representing the Eastern Oregon Trapshooting team.

The ambassador role at Oregon State is an opportunity to represent the College of Agricultural Sciences with enthusiasm for the future students. Personally, I am ecstatic to network with local high school students and recruit students to a diverse university. I believe to recruit and network with high school students to an institution, enthusiasm, and energy will make a great impact on the future.

 

2019-20 Ambassadors

Abigail Berhorst

Junior majoring in Agricultural Sciences
Minor in Business Administration

I grew up in a small, rural community raising sheep and hogs on my family’s farm in Yamhill, Oregon. I found my passion for agriculture during my freshman year of high school when I became active in my FFA Chapter. This organization and my FFA advisor had a great impact on me during my time as an active member. This motivated me to pursue a degree in something I am truly passionate about Ag Education. Through FFA, I had the opportunity to travel around the State of Oregon for competitions and learn more about the agriculture industry. My chapter traveled to Eastern Oregon for multiple events and I immediately fell in love with the area. That is when I became interested in Eastern Oregon University and the OSU/EOU partnership program. Growing up in a small school district, I was looking for a college where I could still make personal connections with my classmates and professors. After meeting with the OSU/EOU faculty and professors, I discovered EOU had everything I was looking for in a college, from smaller class sizes to an immediate sense of belonging.

 

I am currently a junior studying Agricultural Sciences with a minor in Business Administration. After I complete my Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences, I will continue my education to earn a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Education in Corvallis. I will pursue a career as a high school Ag teacher and FFA advisor with the goal of making a positive impact on future generations in agriculture. I look forward to serving as an OSU Ambassador for the 2019-20 academic year!

 

Wyatt Neal

Junior majoring in Agricultural Sciences
Minor in Rangeland Ecology and Management

I knew from a very young age Agriculture was for me. I first attended Montana State University and competed on their Rodeo and Livestock Judging teams. After a term, I decided moving closer to home was the best option and the OSU Agriculture and Natural Resource Program at Eastern Oregon caught my eye. I visited the EOU campus and met with the Academic Program Coordinator, Michelle Hines, and Chad Mueller, Animal Science Senior Instructor. I then knew this was the place for me! The campus has a small community persona and the students in the Ag program have not only become my friends, they are my second family.

 

Emily Sandberg

Senior majoring in Agricultural Sciences (OSU) and Business Administration with a concentration in Global Foods and Agri-Business (EOU)
Minors in Animal Sciences and Crop Sciences

I was born and raised on a small farm outside of Newberg, Oregon, where I grew to love agriculture. Throughout school I was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA and raised sheep. These two organizations have taught me so much about the different sectors of agriculture, as well as providing me the opportunity to meet people in the agriculture industry.

After high school, enrolling in a small college with an agriculture program was something I knew I wanted to do. When I visited EOU, I was introduced to an OSU Ambassador. I knew right then and there La Grande was the perfect fit! I enjoy the OSU Ag Program in La Grande because class sizes are small and you get to know the professors, who truly care about the students and want you to succeed.

Over the past two years, I have been and EOU Ambassador. I have really fallen in love with this campus and connecting with prospective students. I am excited to travel, learn and recruit for the best hidden secret within the state of Oregon - Oregon State University's Agricultural and Natural Resource Program at EOU!

Ethan Gallant

Junior majoring in Agricultural Sciences
Minor in Business Administration

I grew up on a hay farm in Boring, Oregon and currently work for Rovey Farms in Union. After I graduate, I plan to partner with my dad on our family farm. I will be a 5th generation farmer in the Gallant family.

I chose to attend EOU because I love the small town feel and like how agriculturally centered this town is. My mom, aunt, and uncle all attended EOU, so I have always considered EOU an option. When I decided I wanted to study agriculture in college, I discovered OSU offers Ag degrees at EOU, and then my mind was set.

 

 

2018-19 Ambassadors

Amanda Courtois - EOU Biology/OSU Agricultural Sciences Minor; Weiser, ID

Hayley Hall - Agricultural Sciences; Paradise Valley, NV

John O'Toole - Agricultural Sciences; Drewsey, OR

Eduardo Salas Rodriguez - Crop and Soil Sciences; Mattawa, WA

 

2017-18 Ambassadors

Samantha Buhrig – Agriculture Sciences; Vale, OR

Codie Lagao – Agriculture Sciences; Sisters, OR

Katie Sotelo – Agriculture Sciences; Milton Freewater, OR

 

2016-17 Ambassadors

Tess Hamby - Agricultural Sciences

Olivia Morton - Agricultural Sciences

Wyatt Rodin - Natural Resources

Katie Sotelo - Agricultural Sciences

 

2015-16 Ambassadors

Myranda McFetridge - Agricultural Sciences

Wyatt Rodin - Natural Resources

Brandi White - Natural Resources

 

2014-15 Ambassadors

Celena Hefner - Agricultural Sciences and Business Administration

Marco Juarez - Agricultural Sciences

Kristine McMurray - Agricultural Sciences and Business Administration

Jessican Scriven - Agricultural Sciences