Hometown connection: Andover, Augusta, De Soto, Derby, Fredonia, Great Bend, Hutchinson, Inman, Iola, Junction City, Kingman, LaCrosse, Leawood, Lenexa, Lyons, Manhattan, Olathe, Ottawa, Overland Park, Pittsburg, Plainville, Prairie Village,Salina, Shawnee, Topeka, Valley Center, Whitewater and Wichita, Kan.; San Francisco, Calif.; Columbus, Ga.; and St. Louis, Mo.
Note to editor: Joyce Chen is a graduate of Olathe North High School, and Suhani Gandhi is a graduate of Olathe South High School.
Website: http://www.k-stateproud.org
Logo available: http://www.k-state.edu/media/images/jan12/proudlogo2112.jpg
News release prepared by: Andrew Zender, 785-532-7648, andrewz@found.ksu.edu

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012

Proud to help their peers: K-State Proud campaign selects 2012 leadership

MANHATTAN -- K-State Proud, the first ever all-university, student-led campaign at Kansas State University, is back for its sixth year of students helping students.

Guided by the leadership of the K-State Student Foundation, as well as four co-chairs, an advisory board of K-State students and two honorary chairs, K-State Proud is designed to give students the opportunity to help their fellow students and show their pride through philanthropy. The honorary chairs for this year's campaign are President Kirk Schulz and first lady Noel Schulz.

All student campaign donations establish K-State Proud Student Opportunity Awards for fellow K-State students. This year's campaign goal is to raise $120,000.

The students helping students theme extends to K-State Proud's promotional material, as each year's campaign logo is selected from a number of prospective designs created in the Matrix Studio and Business Practices, an undergraduate graphic design class. The winning design for the 2012 logo, which was selected from a pool of 40 designs, was created by Jordan Washington, Wichita. The logo will appear on all of the campaign T-shirts, which will be available during K-State Proud Week, Feb. 27 through March 3.

K-State Proud co-chairs and advisory board members, all university students, include:

Paul Lewis and Kyle Reynolds, Andover; Martin Cram, Augusta; Ariel Mendiola, De Soto; Courtney Frantz, Derby; Carissa Rogers, Fredonia; Allie Niederee, Great Bend.

From Greater Kansas City: Matthew Loeb, Mitchell Loeb and Maggie Weller, all from Leawood; Blair Konczal and Ariel Sinha, all from Lenexa; Joyce Chen and Suhani Gandhi, Olathe; Newell Bowman, Rob Breeden, Mike Ellis, Mariel Martinez, Jake New and Kyle Reynolds, all from Overland Park; Madeline Sanders, Prairie Village; and Claire Carlson, Carolyn Gatewood, co-chair, Jay Timmerman and Andrew Waldman, all from Shawnee.

Megan Barnett, Joe Falter and Brennen Richman, all from Hutchinson; Drew Goering, Inman; Abby Works and Dylan Works, co-chair, both from Iola; Courtney Hallenbeck, Junction City; Anna Govert, Kingman; Nicholas Moeder, LaCrosse; Casey Dwyer, co-chair, Lyons.

From Manhattan: John Grice, Jared Rogers and Katy Zapletal, all from Manhattan; Abby Guenther, Ottawa; Reagan Kays, Pittsburg; Heath Rath, Plainville; Hillary Boyle and Eric Swenson, both from Salina; Abbey Brown and Drew Hansen, Topeka; Jake Pritchard and Brett Seidl, both from Valley Center; Grant Hill, Whitewater.

From Wichita: Erin Clopine; Chris Kellenbarger; Rachel King, co-chair; and Allison Morris.

From out of state: Javi Lopez, San Francisco, Calif.; Tyrone Williams, Columbus, Ga.; and Aaron Bisch, St. Louis, Mo.

From out of country: Tanmay Varma, Bhopal, India.

"When students work together toward a common goal, it builds a sense of community and value at the university,” Noel Schulz said. "Giving students the opportunity to help their peers benefit creates strong leaders who are proud to support their campus and their community."

"In these difficult economic times opportunities can be limited to some," Kirk Schulz said. "Over the past five years, our students have helped raise more than $450,000 for student awards through the K-State Proud campaign. That generosity creates and furthers opportunities for students. The K-State Proud campaign is a chance to show solidarity and support for the academic mission of Kansas State University. We encourage all students, alumni, friends and fans to participate and show their Wildcat pride."

Alumni, friends and fans can purchase the 2012 K-State Proud T-shirt at any GTM location, including the K-State Super Store and Cats Closet in Manhattan, and the Bramlage concourse at the K-State Proud basketball game on Saturday, March 3, or by visiting the K-State Proud website at http://www.k-stateproud.org. From every T-shirt sold, $10 is donated to K-State Proud.

The K-State Proud Campaign is sponsored by Cox Communications, Wichita, Kan., and GTM Sportswear, Manhattan.

The K-State Student Foundation focuses on raising awareness among current and future alumni about the importance of giving back to K-State, and cultivating philanthropy across the university.