Source: Candi Hironaka,785-532-6085, cpitts@k-state.edu
Website: http://www.k-state.edu/mortarboard/
Hometown connection: Caldwell, Clay Center, El Dorado, Elk City, Garden City, Greenleaf, Greensburg, Lansing, Leawood, Lenexa, Manhattan, McPherson, Moran, Ottawa, Overland Park, Ozawkie, Riverton, Salina, Shawnee, Stilwell, Topeka and Wichita, Kan.; and Austin and Odessa, Texas.
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-1544, bbohn@k-state.edu

Friday, June 8, 2012

Senior leaders: New mortar board members named for 2012-2013

MANHATTAN -- Exemplary service, scholarship and leadership have earned 30 Kansas State University students selection to Mortar Board, a national college senior honor society.

Along with demonstrated excellence in service and leadership, candidates for Mortar Board must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Providing service to the campus, community and the state of Kansas is a Mortar Board focus. Past Mortar Board service projects have included creating an advice booklet for incoming freshman students and participating in the honor society's national theme, Reading is Leading, by raising funds for the First Book program to buy books for children in need at local schools and day care facilities. Members also host a reception each year to honor select faculty members for their achievements in teaching, advising or mentoring K-State students.

The following seniors are members of Mortar Board for 2012-2013. Included is their major, hometown and Mortar Board leadership position:

Logan Blunk, life sciences, Caldwell, scholarship team co-chair; Allison Penner, microbiology, Clay Center, usher/host chair; Rachel Allemand, psychology, El Dorado, public relations/historian co-chair; Andrew Strasburg, agribusiness, Elk City; Ayrika Bennett, social work, Garden City, communications chair.

From Greater Kansas City: Maggie Weller, communication sciences and disorders, Leawood, president; Allison Dorau, elementary education major and leadership team co-chair, and Taylor Johnston, nutrition and kinesiology major and design chair, both from Lenexa; Megan Kirtland, marketing major and selections co-chair, and Sarah Pavlu, industrial engineering, both from Overland Park; Phillip Gomez, marketing major and vice president, and Madeline Haas, finance major and new student advice co-chair, both from Shawnee; and Zach Boal, biology, Stilwell.

LeaAnne Diederich, family studies and human services, Greenleaf, alumni relations chair; Taylor Schmidt, anthropology, Greensburg, service team co-chair;Michelle Foster, American ethnic studies, Lansing, service team co-chair; Mariah Charland, life sciences major and selections co-chair, and Jared Rogers, architectural engineering major and social co-chair, both from Manhattan; Alycia McClarty, accounting, McPherson, treasurer; Kenna McWhirter, family studies and human services, Moran, social co-chair; Andrea Fouts, marketing, Ottawa, fundraising co chair; Nicholas Briney, kinesiology, Ozawkie; Nate Spriggs, agricultural economics, Riverton, new student advice co-chair;Jordan Fief, milling science and management, Salina, selections co-chair; John Brant, fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology major and Academic Decathlon co-chair, and Erika Williams, theater and premedicine, both from Topeka; and Rachel Hoppins, biology major and fundraising co-chair, and Rachel Weber, interior design major and leadership team co-chair, both from Wichita.

From out of state: Jocelyn Clemons, agricultural technology management, Austin, Texas, public relations/historian co-chair; and Joel Christiansen, electrical engineering, Odessa, Texas, Academic Decathlon co-chair.