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 December 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 2.75 UAB cumulative GPA (without rounding) at the time of application and throughout the duration of your TrailBlazer experience.
  • Be enrolled in classes for the Spring 2019, Fall 2019, and Spring 2020 semesters (enrollment in summer semester is not required.)
  • Be available to give tours in Summer 2019 (exceptions for study away trips or class can be discussed)
  • Serve as a TrailBlazer for at least a one year commitment. Applicants scheduled to graduate before Spring 2020 will not be considered.

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

  • Attend and observe the recruitment events and pre-event meetings following TrailBlazer selection
  • Attend the TrailBlazer End of Year Celebration and Induction Ceremony on April 20, 2019 at 4:00 PM.
  • Attend the overnight TrailBlazer Retreat on Monday, April 29 through Wednesday, May 1).
  • Shadow at least 5 tours during the Spring 2019 semester led by current TrailBlazers.
  • Attend weekly training sessions in the spring semester following selection
  • Commit to a minimum of 1 daily campus tour per week beginning in the Summer 2019 semester. Daily campus tours are given at 9:30 AM and 2:00 PM each weekday with an additional 12:00 pm tour time on Mondays and Fridays. Tours last approximately 2 hours.
  • Assist with group tours as needed beginning in the Summer 2019 semester (minimum of 3-4 per semester).
  • Attend planning meetings prior to each event and other TrailBlazer meetings as scheduled.
  • Assist in all UAB recruitment events sponsored by Enrollment Management and the Office of New Student Programs.
  • Assist in all Campus Visit Center needs including, but not limited to, VIP student visits, phone calls, making information packets, organizing materials, assisting with event preparations, working at the reception desk, and more.

Current Members

  • Barbara Awad - Leadership Team
  • Ohtra Awad
  • Neha Balachandran
  • Ryan Barnett
  • Angie Bradley
  • Andrew Cash
  • Sam Castillo
  • Alex Clark
  • Kate Craig - Leadership Team
  • 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
  • Anna Parker
  • Viral Patel
  • Matthew Quarnstrom
  • Mary Beth Rodriguez
  • Alan Roper
  • Ryan Roque
  • Gracie Roth
  • Parker Saunders - Leadership Team
  • Zoey Sexton
  • Krishna Shah
  • Seeta Shah
  • Lyndsey Shelton
  • Dhruv Singh
  • Makenzie Snyder
  • Sawyer Summers
  • Ashish Thallapureddy
  • Lilly Vonderau
  • Olivia Walker
  • Callie Walls
  • Zachary Watson
  • Tyler Wells
  • Cayla Whitehurst
  • Layne Wood