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News release prepared by: Olivia Blanco,

Monday, June 20, 2011


MANHATTAN -- It's the first time that Tracy Gettinger, Kansas State University junior in marketing, Overland Park, will go abroad.

Years ago she set her mind to learning Spanish and travel to a Spanish-speaking country. This summer she will meet this goal and write about her experience.

Gettinger and four other College of Business Administration students are contributing to a student summer blog, writing about their activities and anxieties as they enhance their lives with international experiences and they work on their careers.

For Nick Moeder, senior in accounting and finance, the summer means experiencing life in the big city. As an intern with Koch Industries, the LaCrosse native whose high school class had 22 students is living in Wichita, a city of more than 350,000.

Other students contributing to the college's student blog are: Kyle Landau, senior in finance, accounting, management and economics, Leawood, who is doing service work and learning Swahili in Tanzania; Tricia Bastine, senior in marketing, Manhattan, who is serving an internship in Denver; and Blake Leonard, senior in accounting, Wichita, who is spending the summer in Peru.

The blog, which is updated several times a week, is written by the students in their own voices and is not edited. Their experiences are reflected in their writing and photos, available on the college's website.

"I hope to climb Mount Kilimanjaro," Landau wrote in his first blog post. His trip includes volunteering at a hospital in Tanzania and doing an independent study with K-State's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship.

"I have been trying for weeks to make arrangements with several people so I won’t have to make the climb alone, but I’ll keep you posted as the summer continues."

You can subscribe to the College of Business Administration's student blog at