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Source: Kim Frazier, 785-532-2682,
News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Friday, April 3, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Spring break 2009 was a time for several Kansas State University students to take part in alternative spring break community service projects coordinated by K-State's School of Leadership Studies.

Three different community service destinations were offered.

In Chicago, K-State students worked alongside students from the University of Kentucky to assist urban youth at the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club. The students also served at the Greater Food Depository, packaging more than 2,000 pounds of pasta to be redistributed to multiple food banks and shelters across Chicago and the Cook County region.

For the seventh consecutive year, K-State students helped provide support to AIDS Services of Dallas, a nonprofit organization that provides medically supportive housing to low-income people and families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Students assisted with an annual fundraising event. They also helped build a new fence at the housing site.

In Phoenix, students worked with the Welcome Home Project, a program of the Save the Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to help break the cycle of poverty, abuse and homelessness. Student volunteers prepared two homes for homeless families to move into by painting the interiors, cleaning and completing some exterior work.

K-State students participating in the alternative spring break projects, their major, hometown and spring break location include:

Ben Knoll, junior in arts and sciences-open option, Baldwin City, Phoenix; Megan Schmidt, junior in political science, Burlington, Chicago; Anna Rogers, sophomore in microbiology and premedicine, Clyde, Dallas; Haley Compton, sophomore in political science and pre-journalism and mass communications, Elk City, Phoenix; Kasi Wyatt, junior in family studies and human services, Ellis, Dallas.

From Greater Kansas City: Lecretia Morrison, graduate student in architecture, Kansas City, Mo., Chicago; Ariel Anib, sophomore in sociology and pre-law, Chicago, and Derrik Wiggins, freshman in arts and sciences-open option, Chicago, both from Olathe; and Jacob Devolder, senior in biology and pre-medicine, Dallas, and Kelsey O'Hara, sophomore in electrical engineering, Chicago, both from Shawnee.

David Bartlett, senior in communication studies, Hutchinson, Chicago.

From Manhattan: Josiah Cox, senior in biology and premedicine, Dallas; Jennifer Dawson, sophomore in pre-professional elementary education, Phoenix; Kristi Mendenhall, sophomore in family studies and human services, Phoenix; Michael Smith, graduate student in psychology, Chicago; and Russell Young, junior in information systems, Phoenix.

Amanda Bisnett, senior in management, Meriden, Phoenix; Logan Jones, junior in family studies and human services, Newton, Phoenix; Kate Glanville, junior in agronomy, Oskaloosa, Dallas; Miranda Everhart, sophomore in microbiology and premedicine, Salina, Dallas; Valerie Mahoney, senior in political science, Phoenix, and Natalie Umberger, junior in family studies and human services, Phoenix, both from Wichita; and Caitlin Muret, senior in mass communications, Winfield, Phoenix.