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Source: Tamara Bauer, 785-532-7091,
Note to editor: Heather Houchen is a graduate of Olathe East High School, and Mollie Winter is a graduate of Riley County High School.
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Thursday, March 25, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Twenty-two Kansas State University students will serve as counselors and one student as a sponsorship intern for Wildcat Warm-up.

Wildcat Warm-up is an opportunity for new students to spend three days and two nights at K-State in the summer before their first semester at the university. The program helps establish connections to current students, faculty and staff, as well as teach new student success strategies and K-State traditions. Wildcat Warm-up is aimed at student retention and is in addition to orientation and enrollment.

Students serving with Wildcat Warm-up include:

Carissa Rogers, junior in kinesiology, Fredonia.

From Greater Kansas City: Christopher Cunningham, freshman in computer engineering, Kansas City, Kan.; Demarkus Coleman, senior in finance and marketing, Kansas City, Mo.; Newell Bowman, sophomore, women's studies, Heather Houchen, junior in mass communications, Brooke Lindell, junior in secondary education, and Lauren Swirbul, freshman in pre-journalism and mass communications, all from Overland Park; and Jordan Bluhm, sophomore in interior architecture and product design, and Cooper Mach, sophomore in electronic journalism, both from Shawnee.

Megan Barnett, sophomore in anthropology and French, and Blaine Cash, freshman in elementary education, both from Hutchinson; Margaret Sorrick, sophomore in finance, Lawrence; Ryan Willcott, junior in business administration, Leavenworth, sponsorship intern; Mollie Winter, junior in mass communications, and Katy Zapletal, sophomore in kinesiology, both from Manhattan; Chris Littrell, sophomore in political science, Topeka; Mindy Highberger, sophomore in agricultural economics, Westphalia; and Rachel King, sophomore in political science, Wichita.

From out-of-state: Bobby Torres, sophomore in business administration, Chula Vista, Calif.; Michael Boeck, sophomore in arts and sciences-open option, Omaha, Neb.; Matt Marchesini, junior in finance and management, Loudonville, N.Y.; Grant Campfield, junior in marketing, Weatherford, Texas; and Caiel Noble, freshman in applied music, Woodbridge, Va.