What is the expected time commitment for a Bear Connection Ambassador?
The initial meeting between Ambassadors and their New Staff group will take approximately
75 minutes. This meeting includes a brief introduction during orientation, a group
photo outside Carrington Hall, a group lunch (on us), and an escort to the Welcome
Center for a campus tour (if desired). Following this initial interaction, you and
individual staff members will decide the frequency of future contacts. We ask that
you attend Clif's Connection (30-45 minutes) and schedule one Coffee Connection event
(30-60 minutes) for your New Staff group during your assignment period. Follow up
with individuals as needed.
Our recommendation for contact is once a month for their first 90 days, but it should
work to accommodate the request of your New Staff group while also fitting in with
your commitment ability. Interactions are not expected to be lunch each time and can
be a simple email or a phone call. New Staff can opt out of Bear Connection at any
What if I realize after beginning the relationship that the time commitment is too
much for me?
We value you as a volunteer and want Bear Connection to be a positive experience.
If the commitment becomes overwhelming, please let us know and we will assign a different
ambassador to your New Staff group. Communication is important in these partnerships,
and we value your input. Please let us know so we can help!
How much notice do I receive before being assigned a New Staff group?
A few times a year, we'll send you an email with a link to our sign-up sheet. There
will be two available Ambassador slots per New Staff orientation. You may sign up
for the day(s) you prefer on a first come, first serve basis. Once you sign up for
a specific day, you will be assigned to that group. We will send you a calendar invite
to the day(s) you've been assigned one to two weeks after the sign-up sheet is sent
Information about your New Staff group will be updated in your calendar invite closer
to your Bear Connection Lunch Date. New Staff and co-host information is finalized
the Thursday before your Bear Connection Lunch.
If you and your co-host’s New Staff group includes more than six New Staff, we will
reach out to additional ambassadors to help host. Additional hosts will be placed
a week in advance. When we ask you to help host, you can notify us at that time whether
you would be available for the following week.
What if something arises that prevents me from fulfilling my initial commitment?
We do not want Bear Connection to be a stress for you. A stressed Ambassador leads
to stressed New Staff and a poor experience with Bear Connection. If you have a personal
or professional matter arise that hinders your ability to fulfill your commitment
to Bear Connection, let us know and we will reassign your day to a new Ambassador.
How many New Staff groups will I be assigned at one time?
For the majority of Ambassadors, only one New Staff group will be assigned at a time.
If you are six to eight weeks into your first assignment and feel that you could take
on a second one, we will discuss assigning a second. The important piece here is that
Ambassadors and New Staff all have a positive experience and that you are available
to provide support if needed during their first 90 days.
Am I allowed to transport New Staff in my personal vehicle?
Ambassadors are not allowed to transport New Staff in their vehicle during Bear Connection
What should I wear during my first interaction with New Staff?
First and foremost, wear what is appropriate for your office. Wearing your alumni
polo or BearWear is a great way to show your Missouri State pride. We do ask that
you remember to wear your Bear Connection or office name tag.
What should I bring during my first interaction with New Staff?
Bring a business card or Bear Connection Contact Card for every New Staff in your
assigned group. For example, if your group includes 7 New Staff, bring at least 7
business cards with you to hand out.
What is the training like? Why is it mandatory to attend?
Attending introductory training is important to ensure that everyone receives the
same information and is consistent with the Bear Connection mission. During training
we cover the logistics and expectations of the program, provide you with campus resources,
and review existing onboarding practices.
Related training resources are available through LinkedIn Learning.
First Impressions to prep for your first Bear Connection Lunch:
Diversity Training to practice inclusivity in the workplace:
Communication & Interpersonal Influence for connecting beyond your meet & greet and providing a welcoming environment:
Additional training may be necessary to meet program objectives.