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K-State Today

March 11, 2016



New Student Services selects 2016 summer orientation programs student staff

By Melissa Olsen

Encouraging new students to feel welcome and a part of the K-State family will be the job of 45 students selected for K-State's 2016-2017 orientation programs. 

K-State's orientation programs include orientation and enrollment and Wildcat Warm-up. These individuals inform new students about resources, services, activities and facilities available at the university through large and small group sessions. 

To prepare for summer orientation and enrollment sessions, the new orientation team participates in training sessions during the spring semester and early summer, fine-tuning their knowledge of services and resources on campus. They also develop interactive presentations for new students and learn leadership skills.

2016-2017 orientation leaders:

First-time orientation leaders: Abby Schlick, sophomore in marketing, Omaha, Nebraska; Lexi Zavala, junior in kinesiology, Wellington; Bailey Porter, sophomore in biochemistry, Overland Park; Cal Ballou, sophomore in business management, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Daphne Weber, senior in history and anthropology; Lincoln, Nebraska; Darby Huddleston, sophomore in education, Shawnee; Gina Avitia, sophomore in and family studies and human services, Shawnee; Jeff Bogner, sophomore in architectural engineering, Garden City; Jen Thompson, sophomore in dietetics, Germantown, Wisconsin; Jessica Pennybacker, junior in education and Spanish, Brenham, Texas; Jordan Kiehl, freshman in industrial engineering, Fairway; Matt Mindrup, freshman in biology and philosophy, Hays; Nate Faflick, freshman in education, Wichita; TJ Opakunle, freshman in political science, Independence, Missouri; Ryder Chaffee, sophomore in marketing, Topeka; and Victor Valdez-Herrera, freshman in political science, Dodge City.

Mario Garcia, sophomore in family studies and human services, Shawnee, is a returning orientation leader.

Dominique Robinson, senior in family studies and human services, Olathe, is the orientation and enrollment director; and Chase Brokke, freshman in industrial engineering, Topeka, will serve as orientation and enrollment parent host. 

2016-2017 Wildcat Warm-up counselors:

First-time Wildcat Warm-up counselors: Allison Lancaster, freshman in construction science and management, Lenexa; Anthony Mai, sophomore in psychology, Wichita; Cooper McGuire, freshman in music education and vocal performance, Gardner; Jackson Stevens, sophomore in advertising, Overland Park; Jaden Morrison, sophomore in entrepreneurship, Colby; Kaine Fredrickson, freshman in life sciences, Clay Center; Kelli Holder, freshman in philosophy, Highland; Kenedi Kelley, freshman in psychology, Cedar Park, Texas; Kennedy Schmitt, freshman in psychology, Gardner; Malorie Wagner, freshman in English, Lebo; Martin Ortega, freshman in electrical engineering, Dodge City; Matt Zajic, freshman in marketing, Omaha, Nebraska; Paige Engle, freshman in public relations, Olathe; Paloma Roman, sophomore in athletic training, Garden City; Sami Thomas, junior in family studies and human services, Rock Hill, Missouri; and Zayra Soto, sophomore in public relations, Kansas City, Missouri.

Returning Wildcat Warm-up counselors: Jake McIntire, sophomore in human ecology, Gardner; Joey Pepoon, sophomore in business administration, Wichita; Maura Hansen, sophomore in modern languages, Colby; Paige Nickell, junior in fisheries, wildlife, and enterprise management, Manhattan; and Will Orth, sophomore in business administration, Prairie Village.

Wildcat Warm-up directors: Emily Klesner, junior in hospitality management, Tyro; Tyler Aden, sophomore in mathematics, Hutchinson; Bailey Wright, junior in biology, Wichita; and Abigail Hammack, senior in mass communications, Waco, Texas.