Meet the Homecoming Committee

 
 
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megan Coates, Director of Homecoming 

Hometown: Princeton, NC

Major: Business Administration

Committee: Director of Homecoming

3rd Year Ambassador

Why did you decide to apply to be an Alumni Ambassador? I decided to apply to be an Alumni Ambassador because I grew up in an NC State family. I've been cheering for the Wolfpack for as long as I can remember, and I was excited for the opportunity to foster traditions and school spirit at the university that has had such an amazing impact on my life. 

What excites you most about being an Alumni Ambassador? I am most excited for Red and White Week 2016! I believe that it will be an awesome week of celebration and school spirit. 

What is your favorite AASAP event? All of the Homecoming events are my favorites!

What is your favorite AASAP memory? My favorite AASAP memory is our D.C. Trip. It was so great to spend time with ambassadors while exploring our nation's capitol. 

What is something you are involved in outside of the Alumni Ambassadors? Outside of AASAP, I am involved in the Poole College of Management Peer Leaders, Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, and Women in Business. 

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maddie lohr, co-Director of Homecoming

Hometown: Colfax, NC

Major: Business Administration

Committee: Co-Director of Homecoming 

2nd Year Ambassador

Why did you decide to apply to be an Alumni Ambassador? I wanted to be apart of an organization campus that truly made a difference.  I felt like the Alumni Ambassador Program is going to allow me to leave behind a legacy that I'm proud of while I'm at NC State.

What excites you most about being an Alumni Ambassador? I love being able to connect with my fellow ambassadors every other Tuesday and know that I have friends who love to collaborate and all work towards common goals. I've made friends in AASAP that I'll have beyond my college years which is a fantastic thing to know.

What is your favorite AASAP event? My favorite event is the Homecoming Kickoff event because I love seeing tons of students come together to start the celebration of NC State. It's such a fun event filled with freebies, food, and inflatables.

What is your favorite AASAP memory? My favorite AASAP memory would be this past year's Fall Retreat. I hadn't laughed so much in a weekend in a really long time. That weekend was one of the first times we got to get to know our new ambassadors, so being able to make connections with them in such a fun setting was really meaningful.

What is something you are involved in outside of the Alumni Ambassadors? I am also involved in my sorority, Delta Gamma, where I am currently the Vice President of Social Standards. 

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Catherine Ritchie, Group Spirit Chair 

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, NC

Major: Communications - Public Relations concentration

Committee: Homecoming - Group Spirit Chair

1st Year Ambassador

Why did you decide to apply to be an Alumni Ambassador? As a transfer student I was looking for a place to make a difference on campus and to get involved. I thought being an Alumni Ambassador would connect me with other students who love NC State in pursuit of making a difference in our school's community.

What excites you most about being an Alumni Ambassador? I am most excited about being an Alumni Ambassador because of the impact I am actively making on the NC State community. To know that future generations will see what I have done makes me not only proud to be part of the Wolfpack, but proud of my role as an Alumni Ambassador.

What event are you looking forward to most as an ambassador? I am looking forward to the Homecoming events the most because being on the committee has made me excited. I am also super excited to be presenting the group spirit award on the field during half time at the homecoming game. It is a moment that will forever tie me to the NC State community.   

What is something you are involved in outside of the Alumni Ambassadors? I am involved in Delight - A Women's Campus Ministry, Lambda Pi Eta - an honors society for communication majors,  and University Ambassadors for NC State Football.

 
 

Rachel Kiker, Parade Chair 

Hometown: Unionville, NC

Major: Human Biology

Committee: Homecoming - Parade Chair

3rd Year Ambassador

Why did you decide to apply to be an Alumni Ambassador? I decided to be an ambassador because I wanted to be able to leave my mark on NC State by influencing our traditions and starting new ones! 

What excites you most about being an Alumni Ambassador? The ability to change another students experience at NC State. Knowing something we planned could be the event where a student meets their new best friend, completes their last tradition for the brick, or maybe gets their photo with Mr. and Mrs. Wuff.

What is your favorite AASAP event? The Homecoming Parade. I think this event is the perfect tie of alumni and students. Hillsborough street is always filled with families from the community. It shows that NC State isn't just built into the city of Raleigh, it is a part of the community.  

What is your favorite AASAP memory? The spring social where we went to the Durham Bulls game for dollar hot dog night. It was a fun relaxed night where we shared laughs and memories of the year that had past before we said goodbye to our seniors!

What is something you are involved in outside of the Alumni Ambassadors? I am a WakeMed employee!

 

 

Jack Kiker, Wear Red, Get Fed Chair

Hometown: Unionville, NC

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Committee: Homecoming - Wear Red, Get Fed Chair

1st Year Ambassador

Why did you decide to apply to be an Alumni Ambassador? To become more involved with major events that occur on campus and to work with students and alumni who cherish NC State as much as I do.

What excites you most about being an Alumni Ambassador? The professionalism of AASAP that is preparing me for companies I may work for, both before and after graduation.

What event are you looking forward to most as an Ambassador? I am very excited for Wear Red, Get Fed because I've been working on it for a couple months now and want it to be a successful and fun event for everyone during Red and White Week.

What is something you are involved in outside of the Alumni Ambassadors? I am an RA in Bragaw Hall.

 

Ashley Williams, Entertainment CHair

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Major: Textile Technology

Committee: Homecoming - Entertainment Chair

3rd Year Ambassador

Why did you decide to apply to be an Alumni Ambassador? I applied to be an Alumni Ambassador because I wanted to be an integral part of helping the traditions stay alive on NC State's campus! I've always had a passion for planning large scale events and seeing them come to life is always rewarding, especially when you're doing it for the love of your university!

What excites you most about being an Alumni Ambassador?  What excites me the most about being an Alumni Ambassador is being able to host many different events that keep that Wolfpack Spirit alive on campus! 

What is your favorite AASAP event? My favorite event is our Fall Retreat! We always have a great time building connections with the new and returning ambassadors.

What is your favorite AASAP memory? My favorite memory was seeing the first Wolf Watch event! It was such an awesome and fun way to support NC State Athletics when they were away from home!

What is something you are involved in outside of the Alumni Ambassadors? I am the President of the African American Textile Society, an organization built to help students of minority make connections with their peers and industry members in the Fashion & Textile Industry. We are also proud to run NC State's longest running, student-produced fashion show Fashion Exposé! 

 

Isaiah Ragan-Johnson, Individual Spirit Chair

Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina

Major: Psychology and Intended HR Management

Committee: Homecoming - Individual Spirit Chair

1st Year Ambassador

 Why did you decide to apply to be an Alumni Ambassador? I became an ambassador because I love NC State and I really wanted to be a part of the body that makes a large impact across campus, especially with planning Homecoming which will make memories for so many people.

What excites you the most about being an Alumni Ambassador? I would say that the planning part of being an Alumni Ambassador is the most exciting. You basically have a part in knowing what is coming up on campus, and you come into contact with a variety of people as well.

What event are you looking forward to most as an Ambassador? I'm really looking forward to the Red and White Week Kickoff this year. It'll be my first Homecoming as a part of AASAP and I am more than ready for it!

What is something you are involved in outside of the Alumni Ambassadors? I am also a part of the Black Males Initiative (BMI) which is now a learning village at Avent Ferry resident hall, I'm part of the Society of African American Culture (SAAC), and I also currently work for NC State's Benefits division of the Human Resources Department.

 

April Neumann, Service Chair

Hometown: Holly Springs, NC

Major: Political Science and Sociology

Committee: Homecoming - Service Chair

1st Year Ambassador

Why did you decide to apply to be an Alumni Ambassador? I applied to be an Alumni Ambassador because I wanted to be more involved with some of the things that make NC State such a unique place. I wanted to have a more hands on experience with the traditions and events, but also wanted to help give other students fun opportunities to build a stronger connection to the aspects of NC State that they'll remember long after graduation.

What excites you most about being an Alumni Ambassador? The most exciting thing about being an Alumni Ambassador is how many university events and programs we get to be involved in or help plan and having such a great group of people to do it with!

What event are you looking forward to most as an ambassador? The event I'm looking forward to the most as an Ambassador is Homecoming, or Red and White Week. Before becoming an Alumni Ambassador, I was really involved in other organizations that participated in the week's events, and getting be on the other side to help organize and plan all of it has been a really rewarding and exciting experience!

What is something you are involved in outside of the Alumni Ambassadors? I am the Director of Fundraising for Delta Gamma, a lot of volunteering for various organizations around Raleigh, and clubs on campus for both of my majors.