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K-State Today Student Edition

February 20, 2014



Community invited to distinguished young alumni presentations Feb. 25

By Dawn Furnas

The K-State Student Alumni Board, a program of the K-State Alumni Association, will honor 2014 Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipients Molly Hamm and Matt Wolters on Feb. 25.

The award, established in 2012, recognizes two K-State graduates who are younger than 35 and are using the scholarship, leadership and service experience they acquired at K-State to excel in their professions and contribute to their communities.

Hamm and Wolters will return to campus Feb. 24-26 to visit with student groups and university classes. The K-State community then is invited to attend their keynote presentations, which will take place at 5 p.m. Feb. 25 in Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union. Student Alumni Board also will honor the recipients at an invitation-only dinner at the K-State Alumni Center later that evening.

“We encourage everyone to join us for the keynote presentations, which are sure to be inspiring to current students as well as alumni,” said Amanda Brookover, assistant director of student programs and Student Alumni Board adviser. “This year’s recipients truly embody what it means to be a K-Stater and are not only succeeding professionally but also are using their time and talents to better their communities.”

Hamm, a native of Shawnee, is the monitoring, evaluation and learning coordinator for The DREAM Project, a nonprofit that provides educational opportunities to at-risk youth in the Dominican Republic. While at K-State, Hamm served as a senator in the Student Governing Association, president of K-State's Student Foundation and community service chair for Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, among other roles. She graduated summa cum laude in 2010 with degrees in secondary education, English and international studies with a minor in leadership studies — nonprofit focus. Hamm also earned a master’s degree in international educational development from Columbia University in New York.

Wolters, a native of Atwood, is the co-founder and co-owner of SureFire Ag Systems Inc., a company that designs and manufactures solutions to apply fertilizer and chemicals to crops and fields in the U.S. and internationally. He also co-founded the Dream Big Foundation, which promotes and provides resources to enhance science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math education in the Rawlins County school district. While at K-State, Wolters served as a College of Agriculture ambassador as well as a member of Blue Key Honor Society and Student Governing Association, among other roles. He graduated from K-State in 2003 with a degree in agricultural economics.

For more on the Distinguished Young Alumni program call the K-State Alumni Association at 800-600-ALUM or 800-600-2586.