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K-State Today

April 26, 2013



K-State honors 15 graduating seniors for leadership, improving campus life

By Carla Jones

Kansas State University students from fields as diverse as aeronautics and biology have been named outstanding graduating seniors. The awards were presented at a April 25 reception by Pat Bosco, K-State, vice president for student life and dean of student life.

For the first time, Payless Shoe Source will be the signature corporate sponsor of the event.

The awards, first given in 1999, recognize the significant contributions these seniors made to student life at K-State. Directors and staff members in the division of student life nominated candidates and Bosco made the final selections.

"It's always a difficult decision," Bosco said. "K-State has so many remarkable seniors who go out of their way to improve the campus experience for other students, but this group's accomplishments really stand out."

Each student received a plaque. Recipients of the awards include:

  • Bronson Blackwell, finance and minoring in leadership studies, Wichita;
  • Brandon Brunner, electrical engineering and mathematics, Hutchinson;
  • Martin Cram, family studies and human services with a certificate in conflict resolution, Galva;
  • Kaitlyn Dechant, psychology with a minor in conflict analysis and trauma studies, Garden City;
  • Elizabeth Foster, political science and American ethnic studies and pre-Law/women’s studies and leadership studies, Lansing;
  • Cole Grieves, marketing, Auburn;
  • Courtney Hallenbeck, political science and international studies, Junction City;
  • Rachel Hoppins, biology with secondary majors in natural resources and environmental sciences and leadership, Wichita;
  • Rachel King, political science with a minor in public relations and leadership studies, Wichita;
  • Eric Swenson, technology management and computer systems technology with a minor in business, Lindsborg;
  • Angela Muhwezi, biology with a pre-dental emphasis and a minor in leadership studies, Wichita;
  • Emilee Taylor, sociology with a minor in women’s studies, Lansing;
  • Phuoc Van Bui, microbiology and premedicine, Dodge City;
  • Macy Warburton, political science and international studies with minor in nonprofit leadership studies and American ethnic studies, Cedar Vale; and
  • Dylan Works, economics and political science, with a minor in business, Iola.