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Source: Tamara Bauer,, 785-532-6250
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Student counselors and directors for Kansas State University's Wildcat Warm-up, June 12-14 and June 19-21, have been selected.

Wildcat Warm-up is a chance for incoming students to spend three days and two nights at K-State so they can connect with current students, faculty and staff, as well as learn student strategies for success and K-State's traditions. Wildcat Warm-up is an optional program, associated with orientation and enrollment, and aims to improve student retention. It is offered through K-State's new student services.

The 2009 student directors and counselors include:

Connor Hartpence, sophomore in biology, Eudora; Kelsie Ball, sophomore in family studies and human services, Eureka; Carissa Rogers, sophomore in biology, Fredonia.

From Greater Kansas City: DeMarkus Coleman, junior in marketing and finance, Kansas City, Mo.; Ariel Anib, sophomore in sociology, and Alex Edwards, sophomore in elementary education, both from Olathe; Bethany Caldwell, freshman in psychology, Laura Cline, junior in family studies and human services, Heather Houchen, sophomore in journalism and mass communications, Lauren Porterfield, sophomore in mass communications and modern languages, and Herbert Thompson, senior in biology, all from Overland Park; and Andrea Stockwell, freshman in elementary education, Prairie Village.

Taylor Reed Pankratz, sophomore in mass communications, Hutchinson; Kelsey Stout, sophomore in open option, Lane; Margaret Sorrick, freshman in business administration, Lawrence; Ryan Willcott, sophomore in business administration, Leavenworth; Becky Thiessen, senior in secondary education, Manhattan; Lauren Bauman, senior in elementary education and mass communications, Neodesha; Kylie Ankerholz, senior in secondary education, and Chris Littrell, freshman in journalism and mass communications and political sciences, both from Topeka; and Eliot Hardin, sophomore in landscape architecture, Wichita.

From out of state: Victoria McKeenan, junior in regional and community planning, Fort Collins, Colo.; Jordan Kenney, sophomore in interior architecture and product design, Sterling, Colo.; Russell Propp, sophomore in construction science and management, Columbia, Mo.; Michael Boeck, freshman in business administration, Omaha, Neb.; and Matt Marchesini, sophomore in business administration, Loudonville, N.Y.