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Pirate Parent Ambassador Program

What is the Pirate Parent Ambassador Program?
Members of the Parents Ambassador ProgramThe Pirate Parent Ambassador Program is an opportunity for parents and family members of current students and recent alumni to get involved at Seton Hall University by reaching out to both prospective and current students and families, locally and regionally. Ambassadors share their knowledge and offer support as well as assist with recruitment, involvement, retention, and philanthropic support.

Why the Pirate Parent Ambassador Program?
Research has shown that “family” in the form of parental involvement is one of the best predictors for postsecondary educational aspirations and student success in college (McCarron & Inkelas, 2006). It is important that the University partners with parents from the very beginning of the college student experience — when students are applying for college until they graduate and even beyond. Similar programs exist on various university and college campuses and have been very successful.

As an ambassador, you will become increasingly knowledgeable about Seton Hall (i.e. campus resources, top stories, etc.). This knowledge will equip you to serve as mentors to other parents and families and equip you to better support your student. Pirate Parent Ambassadors are also the first to know about upcoming Seton Hall events.

With over 40 percent of Seton Hall’s incoming class coming from outside of New Jersey, the Pirate Parent Ambassador Program provides an opportunity for ALL of our parents to get involved — no matter where your hometown is!

Meet Parent Ambassadors Fred and Donna Picciano of Carlsbad, CA.

What is the level of commitment to be involved in the Pirate Parent Ambassador Program?
The Rizvi FamilyAmbassadors must commit to a one-year renewable term and will include attending some meetings, training and volunteering for events. In the future, you may be invited to serve on the Parents Leadership Council (PLC).

We know that our families are very busy, so the level of participation is as much or as little as you can do. There are a variety of ways to help and opportunities exist on campus at Seton Hall as well as locally or regionally near you. Examples of activities include: 

  • Conducting welcome calls to new Seton Hall families
  • Attending admissions receptions
  • Participating on parent panels
  • Assisting with Summer Send-Offs and Move-In Day
  • Volunteering at Seton Hall Weekend, Parent Recognition Brunch and Commencement
  • Helping to publicize and support events
  • Hosting events at your home to engage families with the university

Pirate Parent Ambassadors also set an example for all Seton Hall families. The university strives for 100 percent yearly participation in the Parents Fund campaign. There is no set giving level — we encourage each member to make a gift commensurate of your family’s resources. When possible, we invite families to make an annual leadership gift of $2,500 and become a member of the Parents Leadership Council. In appreciation, you will receive recognition at our Parents Recognition Brunch in May and The Bayley Society Celebration of Philanthropy Cocktail Reception in October.

Pirate Parent Ambassadors in Your Area

Pirate Ambassadors
Rossy Azcona, P19 Nutley, NJ
Catherine Boccard, P18 East Hanover, NJ 
Leigh Chapman, P19 Aberdeen, NJ
Kristine Coniglio, P19 Mantua, NJ
Marycatherine Cunningham, P12 Dayton, ME
Todd Diamond, P17 Simsbury, CT
Lynnette Easter, P17 Washington, DC
Krista Elwell, P19 East Windsor, NJ
Marlyn Escalona, P18 Nutley, NJ
Nancy Garriga, P18 Jersey City, NJ
Carolyn Greenwood, P19 Brooklyn, NY
Lauren Johnson, P18 Bayonne, NJ
Irmina Jose, P19 Green Brook, NJ
Natalie Koutsokoumnis, P20 Kinnelon, NJ
Elizabeth Kubeck, P19 Flemington, NJ
Denise Kwityn, P18 Downers Grove, IL
Patty Lewis Roenau, P17 Clifton, NJ
Thomas Mangi, P17 Commack, NY
Susan Minor, P20 Franklin, TN
Trina Moumblow, P17 Staten Island, NY
Betty Munoz, P13, 17 Chicago, IL
Sharon Muzeni ‘86, P19 Whippany, NJ
Beth and Alvin Najera, P18 Laguna Hills, CA
Carol Nemetz, P17 Annandale, NJ
Jennie Nelson, P18 Pittsgrove, NJ
Paul Patel, P19 Belle Mead, NJ
Margo Peters, P21 Warwick, RI
Frederick & Donna Picciano, P18 Carlsbad, CA
Marie-Antoine Pierre-Louis, P17 Durham, NC
Jessica Rodriques, P19 Kearny, NJ
Elijah Rodriguez, P16, 17,19 Jackson, NJ
Christine Rosa, P19  
Sylvia San Miguel, P20 San Ramon, CA
Purvi Shah, P18 Edison, NJ
Nancy Smith, P19 Manlius, NY
Robert Yeckley, P18 Medford, NJ

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