Source: Kiley Moody, 785-532-6318, kmoody@k-state.edu
Hometown connection: Andover, Beloit, Colby, Effingham, Fredonia, Great Bend, Hutchinson, Junction City, Kansas City, Lyndon, Mount Hope, Overland Park, Paola, Phillipsburg, St. George, Salina, Valley Center and Wichita, Kan.; Greeley, Colo.; Naperville, Ill.; Delano, Minn.; and Fishkill, N.Y.
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-1544, bbohn@k-state.edu

Friday, March 9, 2012

Making Wildcats feel at home: Wildcat Warm-up program back for ninth year

MANHATTAN -- Counselors and directors have been selected for a Kansas State University program that helps new students get a head start in their K-State careers.

The Wildcat Warm-up Program, back for its ninth year, is offered in addition to the university's summer orientation and enrollment programs. New students spend three days and two nights at K-State to establish connections with current students and faculty and staff, learn student success strategies and find out about university traditions.

Wildcat Warm-up is aimed at student retention and is supported by registration fees and community sponsors.

This year's Wildcat Warm-up program will be offered June 8-10 and June 15-17.

Selected as Wildcat Warm-up counselors and directors are:

Cameron Banning, sophomore in mass communications, Andover, counselor; Ellen Collingwood, sophomore in marketing and public relations, Beloit, counselor; Kimberly Gerstner, sophomore in microbiology, Colby; Jodi Swendson, sophomore in arts and sciences-open option, Effingham, counselor; Kaitlyn Rogers, sophomore in management, Fredonia, counselor; Allison Niederee, sophomore in biology and pre-medicine, Great Bend, counselor.

From Greater Kansas City: Chayce Wynn, sophomore in biology and pre-medicine, Kansas City, Kan., counselor; and Cora Byrnes, freshman in business administration, counselor, Jessica Conwell, sophomore in journalism and public relations, counselor, Ariel Mendiola, sophomore in arts and sciences-open option and pre-law, director, and Austin Robisch, junior in regional and community planning, returning counselor, all from Overland Park.

Blaine Cash, junior in elementary education, Hutchinson, returning director; Courtney Hallenbeck, senior in political science, Junction City, director; Ryan Patterson, sophomore in management, Lyndon, returning counselor; Greg Lies, junior in advertising, Mount Hope, counselor; Lea Hauldren, senior in sociology, Paola, director; Cody Kennedy, sophomore in secondary education, Phillipsburg, counselor; Elizabeth Harner, freshman in agribusiness, St. George, counselor; Theo Stavropoulos, junior in management, Salina, counselor; Evan Hamm, sophomore in philosophy and pre-law, Valley Center, counselor; Heidi Hurtig, junior in marketing, counselor, and Megan Walden, junior in industrial engineering, returning counselor, both from Wichita.

From out of state: Sarah Swenson, sophomore in elementary education, Greeley, Colo., returning counselor; Eric Connor, sophomore in regional and community planning, Naperville, Ill., counselor; Joseph Thomas, sophomore in secondary education-social studies, Delano, Minn., counselor; and Brian Davis, junior in interior architecture and product design, Fishkill, N.Y., counselor.