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Source: Trisha Gott, 785-532-6085,
Note to editor: Ariel Anib and Kirsten Samuelson are graduates of Olathe East High School; Nate Bozarth is a graduate of Olathe North High School; and Donte Bernard, Christian Burdett and Ryan Kacirek are graduates of Olathe South High School.
News release prepared by: Kayela Richard, 785-532-2535,

Friday, March 18, 2011


MANHATTAN -- More than 75 Kansas State University students are bypassing typical spring break activities like going to the beach and partying to spend their week off in service to others.

Alternative spring break 2011, March 20-25, is an opportunity for students to participate in service learning projects coordinated by the K-State School of Leadership Studies. The experience lets students serve and connect with people around the nation.

"The opportunity provides a team setting for students to learn through service and through interaction with their peers," said Trisha Gott, coordinator of programs at the School of Leadership Studies. "Learning about issues such as hunger, poverty and AIDS help students understand the delicate nature of humanity."

Alternative spring break locations include: Florence Crittenton School in Denver, an alternative school for pregnant and parenting teens; Roseland/Pullman Boys and Girls Club in Chicago; Katrina's Kids Project in New Orleans, La.; various service projects in Taos, N.M., including Shared Tables, a meals program for the hungry, and Stray Hearts, an animal shelter; St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.; AIDS Service in Dallas; and One Mission Galveston, a rebuilding project in Galveston, Texas.

"K-Staters share their passion for service nationally through their actions on site and through the connections they make with other college students serving in the same region," Gott said. "Several of our sites have been longtime partners of the program, such as AIDS Service of Dallas, with whom we have partnered for more than a decade."

K-State students participating in the alternative spring break program, their hometown and project location include:

Emily Robson, Abilene, Denver; Kayla Knoll, Baldwin City, Taos; Macy Warburton, Cedar Vale, Dallas; Anna Rogers, senior in microbiology, Clyde, Dallas; Rebecca Ast, Colwich, Denver; Phuoc Bui and Amberly Vasquez, both from Dodge City and both to New Orleans; Kristen Burton, Denver, and Ashley Leckliter, Memphis, both from El Dorado; Connor Hartpence, Eudora, Memphis; Grant Langhoefer, Goddard, Dallas.

From Greater Kansas City: Shauna Muelbach, Kansas City, Mo., Taos; Danielle Thomas, Leawood, Galveston; Josh Edwards, Taos, Keith Kennedy, Memphis, and Shayna Turk, Taos, all from Lenexa; Ariel Anib, Chicago, Donte Bernard, Galveston, Nate Bozarth, site leader in Dallas, Christian Burdett, Galveston, Ryan Kacirek, Galveston, and Kirsten Samuelson, New Orleans, all from Olathe; Bethany Caldwell, Denver, Lauren Cody, site leader in New Orleans, Sarah Cowden, New Orleans, Jessica Jones, Memphis, Jeanette LaFreniere, Memphis, Merrill Marine, Galveston, and Zach Nelson, Taos, all from Overland Park; Carolyn Gatewood, New Orleans, Amy Gasser, site leader in Chicago, and Stephanie Larson, Memphis, all from Shawnee; and Mark Gruber, Stilwell, site leader in Galveston.

Mason Grittman, Hoyt, New Orleans; Jordan Bever, Hutchinson, site leader in New Orleans; Graciela Orozco, Kanopolis, Chicago; Amanda Sarr, Kensington, Taos; Patrick Hinrichsen, Lecompton, Galveston.

From Manhattan: Eyad El-Hamoudeh, New Orleans; Erica Enlow, New Orleans; Jurdene Ingram, Denver; Alex Noblett, Dallas; Shawna Peters, site leader in Taos; Jessica Tracz, Memphis; and Kayla Zarek, New Orleans.

Nellie Hill, Marion, Galveston; Stephanie Wilson, Mulvane, Dallas; Bethany Roy, Norton, New Orleans; Taylor Mason, Olpe, New Orleans; Robin Helget, Onaga, Chicago; Annarose Hart, Chicago, and Emilie Patterson, Dallas, both from Paola; Samantha Carlson and Kasey Dassel, both from Rose Hill and both to New Orleans; Ann Huynh, Chicago, and Haley Mansfield, Chicago, both from Salina; Eric Zinke, Seneca, New Orleans; Brandee Werth, Syracuse, Memphis; Nicole Allan, Tonganoxie, Galveston; LeAnn Meyer, site leader in Memphis, and Erika Williams, site leader in Chicago, both from Topeka; Amanda Oakley, Wamego, Taos.

From Wichita: Meghan Kelly, Dallas; Monica Khurana, Memphis; Lee Oxler, Taos; and Jenna Simpson, Denver.

From out of state: Olivia Van Hook, Littleton, Colo., New Orleans; Adrian Szumilo, Glenview, Ill., Galveston; Sarah Milazzo, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., Denver; Nichole Finke, St. Charles, Mo., New Orleans; Alyssa Rippe, Danbury, Neb., Taos; and Erin Poppe, Burlington, Wash., Denver.

From China: Anzhi Chen, Galvenston; Qi Jia, Taos; Haoming Li, Galveston; Yingyin Liang, Chicago; Na Long, Taos; Shuo Ouyang, Chicago; Xian Wu, Taos; and Zhichao Yu, Chicago.