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K-State Today Student Edition

March 28, 2013



Raising the Volume: Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit 2013 volunteers and presenters

By Emily Campbell

Students and leadership studies faculty volunteered and presented at the third Universities Fighting World Hunger, or UFWH, Summit in Overland Park this month. The summit is an annual event that engages students, faculty, administrators and community organizations in conversations about the role of higher education in fighting world hunger.

This year, more than 250 people attended the summit. Keynote speakers included Alastair Summerlee, president of the University of Guelph; Ritu Sharma, co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide, and Max Finberg, acting director of the USDA Office of Tribal Relations. Twenty-five Kansas State University students and seven leadership studies faculty engaged in the summit as volunteers, presenters and attendees.

Student volunteers included: Theo Stavropoulos, senior in management; Sarah Henkle, freshman in biology; Kayla Day, senior in marketing; Ross Allen, sophomore in economics; Mackenzie Mong, sophomore in political science; Laura Rose, senior in social work; Olivia Miller, master's student in security studies; Morgan Peelen, senior in social sciences; Stevie St. Clair, junior in family studies and human services; Clarissa Sents, senior in family studies and human services; Alexandria Anderson, senior in social work; Shandell Gallardo, junior in mass communications; Amber Vossen, senior in apparel and textiles; Andrew Norton, sophomore in agronomy; Mallory Patten, sophomore in mass communications; Hana Johnson, junior in mass communications; Nichole Gentry, senior in social sciences; Lukus Ebert, junior in sociology; Teryn Greer, junior in family studies; Arlerta Ndlela, master's student in public health; Courtney Weerts, senior in social work; Bethany Roy, junior in family studies and human services; Patrice Lyon, master's student in grain science; and Holli Kroeker, junior in management.

The volunteer students worked alongside students from Fort Hays State University and Ottawa University to assist with conference logistics and hospitality.

Leadership studies faculty and staff included: Lynda Bachelor, HandsOn Kansas State; Mike Finnegan, instructor; Trisha Gott, assistant director of service learning; Lori Kniffin, adviser for academic programs; Chance Lee, instructor, Bethany Miles, special projects assistant; and Mary Tolar, director.

Presentations given by leadership studies students and faculty included:

“Cats For Cans: A Large Lecture Community Service Project” by Mike Finnegan, Bethany Miles, Sarah Henkle and Theo Stavropolous.

“Full Circle Hunger Awareness and Impact: Curricular and Co-Curricular Perspectives” by Lynda Bachelor, Chance Lee and Kayla Day.

To find out more about UFWH and how you can get involved, visit k-state.edu/kscc/worldhunger.