BISON AMBASSADORS

Mission

Cultivating a culture of philanthropy through educating students, engaging alumni and supporters, and growing future leaders.

Established in 1993

The Bison Ambassadors are an enthusiastic student public relations organization that promotes Bison pride and cultivates a culture of philanthropy amongst NDSU students, alumni, and supporters.

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Your gift to the Bison Ambassador Scholarship Endowment supports full-time students who are members of the university’s Bison Ambassadors, a student organization dedicated to serving students and advancing stories of philanthropy in action on campus.

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The NDSU Bison Ambassadors are a student public relations organization sponsored by the NDSU Foundation.

History of the Bison Ambassadors

1993
Creation of Bison Ambassadors

Bison Ambassadors is formed by merging the Student Alumni Association and the Office of Admission's Bison Ambassadors.

1993-2010
Program Involvement

Bison Ambassadors work in programs such as student tours, student recruitment, and alumni events

2010
Changes

Challenges with a growing NDSU prompt Bison Ambassadors to drop campus tours and create the Yell Leaders and Herd Club.

2012
Herd Club

Herd Club reaches 450 members

2013
Expansion

Bison Ambassadors begin Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day and expand to three Yell Leaders.

2015
Bison Pride Fridays

Bison Ambassadors take over the program Bison Pride Fridays from Student Government.

Meet the Bison Ambassadors

Jordan Aberle

Hometown:  Bismarck, ND
Major:  Political Science

Fun Fact
When I was 8 years old, I got to go to a Hannah Montana concert
What Does BA mean to you?
BA has helped me recognize all the hard work that others put in to make NDSU a great place to be. I am much more appreciative of my education here because of BA.

Drew Asche

Hometown:  Gwinner, ND
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Fun Fact
I enjoy spicy foods.
What Does BA mean to you?
Being a part of BA means that I have an opportunity and a responsibility to promote NDSU to the community and beyond. I enjoy that opportunity because NDSU is a great university and deserves to be known by everyone. Being able to positively impact NDSU is something that I enjoy as well, and leaving it a better place than I founds it is an awesome feeling.

Chase Bader

Hometown: Wishek, ND
Major: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Fun Fact
I’m mixed-handedness. Which means I favor my left-hand for some tasks but favor my right-hand for other tasks. Only 1% of the US is mixed-handedness.
What Does BA mean to you?
BA is very important to me because I want to be apart of an organization that does so much for NDSU. This organization has many great people that have such a great impact on many people in the surrounding area.

Katlyn Balstad

Hometown: Fosston, MN
Major: Management Communication

Fun Fact
I am the 16th member of my family to attend NDSU!
What Does BA mean to you?
BA means bettering the future for students and appreciating the alumni and supporters who better that future.

Cody Beaulieu

Hometown: Plymouth, MN
Major: Industrial Engineering & Management

Fun Fact

What Does BA mean to you?

Mikayla Bennett

Hometown: Bismarck, ND
Major: Psychology

Fun Fact
I have a rubber ducky collection
What Does BA mean to you?
To me Bison Ambassadors means connecting alumni and students who share a love for NDSU!

Laura Biewer

Hometown: Hickson, ND
Major: Nursing

Fun Fact
I love to camp and rock climb!
What Does BA mean to you?
Connecting with students and alumni through philanthropy

Victoria Braaten

Hometown: Kindred, ND
Major: Strategic Communication

Fun Fact
I got a kitten during quarantine 🙂
What Does BA mean to you?
BA has been such a fun opportunity to get involved on campus and make connections with alumni!

Emily Christmann

Hometown: Kindred, ND
Major: Biomedical Sciences (pre-medical)

Fun Fact
I have metal plates in my head
What Does BA mean to you?
BA brings a sense of community and togetherness between other members, alumni, and supporters

Greg Cramer

Hometown: Kindred, ND
Major: Marketing

Fun Fact
I have been playing guitar for 4 years.
What Does BA mean to you?
Making meaningful connections with students that you can be proud to surround yourself with.

Events & Programs

Bison Ambassadors participate in the President’s welcome by holding a sign for each of NDSU’s colleges so new students know where to gather. Bison Ambassadors then lead students to their designated college orientation, answer questions they have, and welcome them to NDSU.

Bison Ambassadors show new students around before classes begin. Students bring their class schedules, and Bison Ambassadors take them right to their classroom door so they are ready for their first day at NDSU.

Every year, Bison Ambassadors go on a fall retreat that serves as a bonding experience for the organization.

Bison Bidder’s Bowl
Homecoming Parade

Bison Bidder’s Bowl has been part of NDSU’s Homecoming since 1982. It is sponsored by the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association. The evening features a gourmet dinner, auctions, BA valet parking, and Heads or Tails.

The Evening of Distinction takes place every fall during Homecoming Week. Hosted by the NDSU Foundation, it aims to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated extraordinary generosity in their gifts to NDSU over the years. Bison Ambassadors attend the event as student hosts seated among the honored guests. It is not only an excellent networking opportunity for Bison Ambassadors, but it also provides the chance to express gratitude and appreciation for generous contributions from alumni.

To recognize the thousands of staff, faculty, alumni, family, and friends who give to NDSU, Bison Ambassadors team up with the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association on Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day. This CASE ASAP holiday  aims to increase student awareness of all the donations given by donors throughout the year.

Senior Day is an event held annually in the spring as a celebration of all of the seniors that are graduating. Bison Ambassadors team up with the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association to put on a fun afternoon event that consists of food, games, door prizes, and fun!

The Apple Polisher program honors NDSU faculty and staff who have made an exceptional impact on a student’s college experience. A Bison Ambassador selects a deserving recipient to bring a special gift to them each day of Apple Polisher week. These awards are for individuals who have truly gone above and beyond to serve students.

Contact Us

Bison Ambassadors
NDSU McGovern Alumni Center
1241 University Dr N
Fargo, ND 58102
701-231-6800

Advisers

Nicolette Bresnahan

Nicolette Bresnahan

Associate Director of Events

Email  |   701.231.6802
Sara Wald

Sara Wald

Senior Director of Development

Email  |   701.231.6810