Moravian Ambassadors Make 26 Points

If you notice a Moravian student showing some visitors around campus, sidle a little closer and listen. Chances are you won’t hear a scripted speech or an unconnected string of factoids. Instead, you’ll likely be treated to an authentic sampling of the Moravian College experience, shared by the student ambassadors of the Twenty Six Points. Recently the group added 28 new members to its ranks.
 
"We encourage our students to take ownership of the tours they give," says Dave Weber, senior assistant director of admissions, who advises the group. "While they have to learn some basics and be factually accurate, we want them to be creative in adding their own experiences and anecdotes to the mix." The events that Twenty Six Points members are involved in—including tours, overnight visits, open houses and visits to high schools—are not just opportunities to share information about Moravian College, Dave notes. They’re a chance to form personal connections that help prospective students decide if the College is the right place for them. "Many of our current students tell us that their tour guide had a big influence on their impression of Moravian," he adds.

Any student is welcome to apply for membership in the Twenty-Six Points (the name doesn’t refer to the number of members, by the way, or to talking points made during the tours; it comes from the points on the Moravian star). And it seems there’s no shortage of students who want to try: typically there are three times as many applicants as needed. Training for the program gives students some communication skills that are likely to help them in the future: how to converse smoothly, how to handle a tough or unexpected question, how to present facts in an engaging and organized way. And while they do get paid work-study wages, the Twenty Six Pointers see their role as more than a way to pick up a little cash. "They see this as a leadership opportunity, a chance to be a role model." says Dave. "And they want to show off Moravian, and be a face of the College."