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Source: Tamara Bauer, 785-532-7091,
Note to editor: Chris Wallace is a graduate of Blue Valley West High School.
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Monday, March 22, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Several Kansas State University students have been selected to teach incoming students what K-State is all about.

K-State's orientation leaders inform new students about resources, activities, services and facilities available at the university. Orientation leaders take part in training sessions in the spring and summer to fine-tune their knowledge of the university and develop interactive presentations for new students.

In addition to selecting orientation leaders, one K-State student was chosen to serve as an orientation program assistant and another student will serve as parent host.

K-State's 2010 orientation leaders, program assistant and parent host include:

Molly Hinman, junior in mass communications, Andover, parent host; Cole Grieves, sophomore in business administration, Auburn; Rebecca Wieneke, freshman in arts and sciences-open option, Beverly.

From Greater Kansas City: Darren Ricketts, freshman in hotel and restaurant management, Kansas City, Kan.; Chris Wallace, senior in psychology, Olathe; Stephanie Larson, junior in elementary education, and Madison Peak, sophomore in nutritional sciences, both of Shawnee; and Rachel Tate, sophomore in bakery science and management, Stilwell.

Leigh Luina, junior in speech, and Lauren Ollila, sophomore in elementary education, both of Lawrence; Casey Dwyer, sophomore in arts and sciences-open option, Lyons.

From Manhattan: Trevor McCarty, sophomore in biology; Kelley Nelson, sophomore in public health nutrition; Christopher Hazen Short, sophomore in microbiology; and Wes Strouts, sophomore in biological systems engineering.

Kenna McWhirter, freshman in human ecology, Moran; Jeremy Pelton, sophomore in mass communications, Ulysses; Sam Holden, senior in secondary education-mathematics, Weir, program assistant; and Kelsey Flickner, senior in family studies and human services, Wichita.

From out of state: Lauren Parker, junior in agricultural communications and journalism, Greenwood, Ark.; Jamie Weiser, sophomore in life sciences, Lincoln, Neb.; and Ryan Dillon, freshman in music, Plano, Texas.