Ambassadors show visitors #HilltopIsHome

HELPING OUT — West Liberty University’s student ambassadors, part of the university’s Office of Admissions, help to show visitors around the hilltop campus. -- Contributed

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s Office of Admissions has a special team of assistants that reach out to visitors and show them the Hilltop from a student’s perspective.

“Our student ambassadors give campus tours to prospective students and their families, assist with admissions events, and are liaisons for the campus. We couldn’t do our work nearly as well without them. Their contribution is invaluable,” said Event Coordinator Michelle Filberto, who works in the Enrollment Services Center.

Filberto is now in her seventh year working at WLU, beginning first as a financial aid counselor before taking on her current role this past June.

“This year we are focusing on the idea that the Hilltop is home. It’s a safe, friendly and comfortable campus — a home away from home for our students as they earn their college degree,” she said.

She plans all the on-campus admission events and schedules the campus tours throughout the year. She also supervises the 16 student ambassadors.

Campus tours are given Monday through Friday, every hour from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ambassadors also help set up and take part in Black and Gold Days and Open House events, both designed for all prospective students.

Student ambassadors include:

• Seniors: Kyle Patrick, Glen Dale; Jake Pancake, New Martinsville; Collin Lewis, Martinsburg and Zach Rhodes, Chester.

• Juniors: Olivia Kilban, Martinsburg; Olivia Baumhoer, Hudson, Ohio; Matthew Valentine, Weirton; Taelor Berryman, Salem, W.Va.; Taylor Curry, Columbus, Ohio; Morgan Vickless, Scenery Hill, Pa.; Calesha Williamson, Charleston; Kaylee Hilliard, Bradley, W.Va. and Kyle Caruso, Moundsville.

• Sophomore: Lauryn Fridley, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.; Mackenzie Rossi, Weirton, W.Va.; Kendall Souder, Bloomington, Ind.

Filberto recommends planning campus visits at least 10 days in advance. For more information on touring WLU, visit or call (304) 336-8076.