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Students help visitors unfold their futures at K-State's All-University Open House

Thursday, March 26, 2015


MANHATTAN — A group of Kansas State University students is helping unfold a future of fun and exploration at this year's All-University Open House. On Saturday, April 11, the yearlong work of the event's core coordinating committee will pay off with a celebration to remember.

Students from disciplines across campus are volunteering in different capacities for this year's open house, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Manhattan campus and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Salina campus. Open house is an annual event to show the public and prospective students the excitement of the Kansas State University experience, and students play a big role in its organization.

"We're very proud of our student leaders," said Emily Lehning, assistant vice president for student life. "Open house is an excellent opportunity to showcase and enhance our students' leadership and academic achievements. Open house brings together our students, faculty and staff for a fun and educational day."

Interactive displays, enjoyable activities, games, informational booths and more will highlight all aspects of Kansas State University — including student life, research and academic programs — while celebrating the university's rich history and traditions.

This year's open house theme is "Unfold Your Future" and focuses on the numerous opportunities to personalize your experience at the university and lay a foundation for success.

Kyle Pelton, student coordinator and a senior in accounting from Ulysses, said the committee is excited to welcome guests to campus and invite them to experience everything that Kansas State University has to offer.

"This year's theme, 'Unfold Your Future,' captures all the exciting things going on across campus," Pelton said. "I've had the opportunity to work alongside a team of dedicated student leaders who are working hard to make sure open house is the best it can be. This incredible group has had a huge affect on me as I have unfolded my own future at K-State."

Joining Pelton on the All-University Open House Coordinating Committee and in other leadership roles throughout campus are the following students:

Katie VanDever, junior in communication studies, Augusta, parking/prizes/shuttles coordinator; Jordan Pieschl, junior in agricultural communications and journalism, Brookville, representing the College of Agriculture;Seth Dills, junior in elementary education, Clearwater, representing the College of Education; Austin Bosch, senior in chemical engineering, Derby, representing the College of Engineering; Rebekah Shirley, sophomore in human nutrition and kinesiology, Dodge City, quad entertainment coordinator; Justin Haun, senior in elementary education, Fall River, representing the College of Education; and Lindy Bilberry, junior in agribusiness, Garden City, external public relations coordinator.

From Greater Kansas City: Shai Washington, junior in political science, Lenexa, representing the College of Arts & Sciences; Gabi Armstrong, sophomore in political science, Olathe, representing the Staley School of Leadership Studies; Kaitlyn Ellis, senior in hotel and restaurant management, Overland Park, representing the College of Human Ecology; and Logan Pyle, senior in chemical engineering, Shawnee, representing the College of Engineering. 

Brandon Eastman, senior in secondary education-modern languages, Haysville, representing the College of Education; Caitlin Hinnergardt, junior in elementary education, Liberal, representing the College of Education; Elizabeth Bolan, third-year veterinary medicine student, representing the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Jared Rogers, senior in architectural engineering, representing the College of Engineering, both from Manhattan; Brett Sitts, sophomore in political science, McPherson, representing the College of Arts & Sciences; Robert Berglund, senior in construction science and management, Moundridge, representing the College of Engineering; Zach May, junior in industrial engineering, Oberlin, student life exhibits coordinator; Drew Ewing, junior in industrial engineering, Spring Hill, Bosco Plaza entertainment coordinator; Mark Johnson, junior in secondary education, Topeka, volunteer coordinator; and Shannon Oakley, junior in secondary education, Wamego, internal public relations coordinator.

From out of state:

Joshua Allen, senior in hotel and restaurant management, Riverview, Florida, representing the College of Human Ecology; Sarah Halpern, third-year veterinary medicine student, Scotch Plains, New Jersey, representing the College of Veterinary Medicine; and Paige Druffel, senior in agricultural communications and journalism, Pullman, Washington, representing the College of Agriculture.

Students are responsible for planning many aspects of open house, including coordinating with college and departments, arranging entertainment, developing the theme, and much more. Learn more about open house at http://www.k-state.edu/openhouse.


Emily Lehning


All-University Open House

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Augusta, Brookville, Clearwater, Derby, Dodge City, Fall River, Garden City, Haysville, Lenexa, Liberal, Manhattan, McPherson, Moundridge, Oberlin, Olathe, Overland Park, Shawnee, Spring Hill, Topeka, Ulysses and Wamego, Kansas; Riverview, Florida; Scotch Plains, New Jersey; and Pullman, Washington.

Written by

Megan Saunders

At a glance

Student volunteers help make Kansas State University's All-University Open House possible.