Sophomore nursing student Madison Kindred is a Pioneers Student Ambassador this year. Being a student-athlete representative has been a wonderful experience for Madison, with meeting so many new people within the conference and working to improve the CAL PAC conference. As a member of the Student Athletic Council (SAC), she attends meetings once a month to discuss matters about the schools that want to improve, share what they are proud of, and are in charge of making policies in the conference that will help student-athletes.
How long have you been a student ambassador and how did you get this role?
I have been a SAC member for about a year. J.R. Rogers reached out to me last Spring quarter, asking if I would like to fill the role of representing PUC.
What is the most challenging part about being a student ambassador?
The most challenging part is balancing meetings with my studies. There have been times when school has taken priority over our meetings, but that just means that I read over meeting notes and reach out to the SAC president with any input I may have.
What do you enjoy the most about this role?
What I really enjoy about this role is meeting all the new people from all the schools in the conference. I know at least one person from every school I travel to with my team. There is a sense of family among the members. We all support one another.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Pioneers family?
My favorite thing is the feeling of community. Each student-athlete knows of one another here, and it makes for a small but strong community.
What makes PUC Pioneers special?
PUC has gone through some major changes since I have been an athlete here, but our department still continues on and I think that is what makes us special.