If you spot a yellow vest and "How can I help?" badge, make sure you are on your best, COVID-19-safe behavior — you just might win a golden ticket.
With on-campus classes ramping up this week for the spring semester, members of the Carolina Together Ambassadors program are stepping up to provide campus operational support in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rick Wernoski, the senior vice provost for business operations, said the Carolina Together Ambassadors Program’s purpose is to make campus a more welcoming environment, while also providing a community solution to pandemic challenges.
This semester, the program is accepting applications from students, staff and faculty members. He said staffing will also come from work-study positions for undergraduate students.
"We’re trying to build our pool around work-studies to create opportunities for them as well, where those positions were limited because of the pandemic,” Wernoski said.
The ambassadors will provide three main services:
- Enforcing social distancing guidelines
- Directing traffic flow in and out of buildings
- Acting as a customer service resource for students and visitors to the campus
Ambassadors will also run the golden ticket program, which will allow students and faculty to be rewarded for positive, healthy behavior. Ambassadors will hand out the golden tickets to individuals following community guidelines around campus. Each week, winners will be randomly selected to receive a $25 gift card to a local business partner.
“We know that each member of the Carolina community plays a vital role in promoting health and safety for our fellow students and neighbors,” Wernoski said. “This is a program that we will grow as we go along and evolve to the needs of the campus, helping students navigate the changing campus as well.”