TrailBlazer Student Recruitment Team

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TrailBlazers team

Who are we?

The TrailBlazer Student Recruitment Team assists the Division of Enrollment Management by providing in-depth information about UAB to prospective students and their families.

The TrailBlazers conduct campus tours, meet with prospective and admitted students, and participate in receptions and UAB preview day programs. The TrailBlazers create the first impression of UAB and play a vital role in assisting in the recruitment of students to UAB and their college decision process. The TrailBlazers are a very important group on campus and must represent UAB in a positive light at all times (whether on-duty or off-duty).

What are we looking for?

We are seeking outstanding students who are committed to representing the University with enthusiasm and accuracy to prospective students, parents, and other guests. TrailBlazers must be comfortable speaking to students and others from all walks of life and sharing their “stories” and experiences about UAB with them.

Specific Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Daily Campus Tours, Group Tours, and Saturday Tours
  • Special Events and Receptions
  • Training/ Meetings
  • Social Events

What are the benefits to you?

TrailBlazers provides an opportunity for students to build leadership and organizational skills. TrailBlazers fosters a feeling of family, strives for an increased understanding and appreciation of others, and develops responsible and dedicated leaders.

TrailBlazer Application Process

TrailBlazers are chosen through a competitive application and interview process. Applications are typically available beginning in November and are usually due in January. All applicants must attend a mandatory interest session as part of the application process. The interview process typically takes place during February. Not every applicant is chosen for an interview.

Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Have a 2.50 overall cumulative GPA (without rounding) at the time of application and throughout their duration as a TrailBlazer
  • Be enrolled for the spring semester in which applications are due and the following fall and spring semesters (enrollment in summer semester is not required)
  • Be available to give campus tours during the summer semester (exceptions for class or study away trips can be discussed)
  • Be available for a one year commitment

Mandatory Job Requirements (include but are not limited to the following):

  • Attend and observe Spring UAB Days and event meetings following TrailBlazer selection
  • Attend TrailBlazer Retreat and Induction Ceremony during spring semester following selection
  • Shadow at least 5 campus tours during the spring semester following selection
  • Commit to a minimum of 1 campus tour each week beginning the summer semester after selection (daily campus tours are given at 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM each weekday and last approximately 2 hours)
  • Assist with special group tours as needed beginning in the summer semester after selection (give a minimum of 3-4 group tours per semester)
  • Attend weekly training sessions in the spring semester following selection
  • Attend monthly meetings following selection
  • Assist in all UAB recruitment events sponsored by Enrollment Management and the Office of New Student Programs
  • Assist with Campus Visit Center needs including, but not limited to VIP student visits, phone calls to prospective students, making information packets, assisting at the front desk and with event preparations, and more

Current Members

  • Barbara Awad - Leadership Team
  • Ohtra Awad
  • Ryan Barnett
  • Angie Bradley
  • Andrew Cash
  • Sam Castillo
  • Alex Clark
  • Kate Craig - Leadership Team
  • Olivia Crudup
  • Kristine Farag
  • Michaella Freitag
  • Malicia George
  • Tyler Goodwin - Leadership Team
  • Tyler Huang
  • Yulianna Jimenez
  • Anna Jones - Leadership Team
  • Rabisa Khan
  • Miki Kinugawa
  • Mickala Lewis
  • Brett McGee
  • Ramyashree Nyalakonda
  • Caroline O’Brien
  • Jean Paul Osula
  • Anna Parker
  • Viral Patel
  • Kayleigh Powers
  • Mary Beth Rodriguez
  • Alan Roper
  • Ryan Roque
  • Gracie Roth
  • Parker Saunders - Leadership Team
  • Zoey Sexton
  • Krishna Shah
  • Seeta Shah
  • Lyndsey Shelton
  • Wynton Sims
  • Dhruv Singh
  • Makenzie Snyder
  • Sawyer Summers
  • Ashish Thallapureddy
  • Lilly Vonderau
  • Callie Walls
  • Zachary Watson
  • Tyler Wells
  • Cayla Whitehurst
  • Layne Wood


  • Neha Balachandran
  • Matthew Quarnstrom
  • Olivia Walker

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