Sources: Natalie Rauth, njrauth@k-state.edu;
and Maureen Orth, meorth@k-state.edu
Hometown connection: Clay Center, Derby, Enterprise, Hutchinson, Lansing, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Salina, Shawnee, Topeka and Valley Center, Kan.; and Lincoln, Neb.
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Senior leaders: K-State's Blue Key senior honor society selects 2012-2013 members

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University’s Blue Key, a senior leadership honor society, has selected its new members for the 2012-2013 school year.

Blue Key recognizes college students at senior institutions of higher education for excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

Membership is based on all-around leadership in student life, high scholastic achievement, service to others and citizenship. Students must also have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and significant leadership experience in at least two student or community organizations to be considered for membership selection.

Blue Key members participate in several activities at the university and in the community. Members facilitate uLeads, which are free leadership and team skills training sessions for K-State students, clubs and organizations. The society also annually awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to K-State undergraduates. The awards include $500 Leadership and Service scholarships.

Other activities of the organization include supervising Quest, the university's freshman leadership honorary; coordinating the annual U-Speak Conference for high school students interested in speaking out on today's issues; hosting the Leadership Appreciation Reception to recognize students across campus for their leadership; and teaching Catalyst, a self-development course.

New members of K-State's Blue Key, who will all be seniors in the 2012-2013 school year, their major and their Blue Key leadership position include:

Eli Schooley, political science, Clay Center, president; Courtney Frantz, family studies and human services, Derby, director of uLead; Hannah Miller, agricultural economics, Enterprise, director of membership.

From Greater Kansas City: Brad Ellis, marketing, Olathe, co-director of development; Liam Reilly, civil engineering, Overland Park, vice president; Maureen Orth, English, Prairie Village, director of public relations; and Carolyn Gatewood, secondary education,director of High School Leadership Conference, and Andrew Waldman, industrial engineering, director of scholarship and alumni, both from Shawnee.

Megan Barnett, modern languages and anthropology, co-coordinator of Quest, and Joe Falter, mass communications, co-coordinator of Quest, both from Hutchinson; Emilee Taylor, sociology, Lansing, co-coordinator of Catalyst; Theo Stavropoulos, management, Salina, co-director of development;Abbey Brown, entrepreneurship and management, Topeka, director of banquets and recognition; and Grant Hill, accounting, Valley Center, co-coordinator of Catalyst.

From out of state: Sophia Dongilli, Spanish-Hispanic studies, Lincoln, Neb., director of uSpeak.