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May 1, 2014



K-State Alumni Association honors four K-State students with Multicultural Leadership Awards

By Jessica Elmore

Four graduating Kansas State University students are being recognized by the K-State Alumni Association with Multicultural Leadership Awards. Amy Button Renz, alumni association president and CEO, will present the students with plaques during the Multicultural Graduation Celebration on May 16 at the K-State Alumni Center.

Each year since 1998, the alumni association has presented Multicultural Leadership Awards to four students for their achievements during their college careers at K-State. The award recipients are nominated by faculty, staff and student organizations.

"We are proud to honor these students for their years of service and leadership through multicultural organizations and activities," Renz said. "The results of their efforts in encouraging diversity will leave lasting marks on the university."

Recipients of awards from the Alumni Association are:

Ariel Mendiola, pre-law, sociology and criminology with minors in political science and leadership studies, De Soto. Mendiola served as the community service chair for the Hispanic American Leadership Organization, on the advisory board for Student Foundation and K-State PROUD, in multiple roles with Student Governing Association and as a campus tour guide.

Melisa Posey, counseling and college student development with a graduate certificate in women's studies, Junction City. She is a member of the Asian American Student Union, HUES: Graduate Students of Color, the Black Faculty Staff Alliance, Alianza and a former president and member of FIRE: Feminists Igniting Resistance and Empowerment.

Marcus Bragg, management information systems, Kansas City. Bragg is president of the K-State Black Student Union and treasurer for Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. He also is a recipient of the Commerce Bank Presidential Student Award for Distinguished Service in Enhancing Multiculturalism and the Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.

Anita Easterwood, fine arts, Kansas City. Easterwood is a member of the K-State Black Student Union and Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She also is a recipient of the Lilian Taylor Orme Scholarship Award, Stacey Hall Humanitarian Scholarship Award and the Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.

More information about the awards program is available online.

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