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Source: Bill Muir,

Friday, May 13, 2011


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Robert J. "Jack" Mosimann, a graduating senior from Lee's Summit, Mo., has received the second annual Michael E. Brown Alpha Tau Omega Mortar Board Leadership Scholarship.

The $1,000 Brown Mortar Board Scholarship is awarded by the K-State Alpha Tau Omega Endowment Fund to a Mortar Board member who attains at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, who is judged to be of good character and sound academic standing, and who has substantially contributed to the quality of student life and outstanding leadership at K-State.

Mosimann is majoring in finance with a minor in leadership studies. He served as 2010-2011 president of Mortar Board. He also has been involved in several other campus activities and programs, including the Big Brothers Big Sisters, Beta Theta Pi fraternity, Up 'til Dawn, Student Finance Association and the K-State student life advisory committee. He received the Gates Capital Management Scholarship, K-State Legacy Scholarship, Mortar Board National Scholarship, Howe Academic Excellence Scholarship and Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. Mosimann has worked for Waddell & Reed Financial, the K-State athletics department, the Kansas City Royals, ESPN on ABC and Fox Sports Network.

This scholarship, donated by William L. "Bill" Muir through the K-State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund, was established in 2009 to perpetuate the life of Michael E. "Mike" Brown on the K-State campus and to provide educational opportunities and assistance for upper-level students who possess exemplary attributes in leadership, scholarship, fellowship and character. Brown was treasurer of the Alpha Tau Omega in 1980-1981 and has been treasurer of its endowment fund for 23 years. He was a member of Mortar Board his senior year and then served as its adviser for more than 13 years. He now lives in Urbandale, Iowa.

"We're so proud to have this Scholarship named after Mike Brown, a former Mortar Board member and adviser," said Mary Tolar, director of the K-State School of Leadership Studies. "Jack is one of K-State's outstanding student leaders, and possesses good, all-around qualities that fit the criteria for this scholarship."

Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students, said, "We're happy to present this scholarship to an outstanding Mortar Board member who is involved in university leadership activities and programs. Special thanks go out to the local Alpha Tau Omega Endowment Fund and Bill Muir for making this scholarship a reality, and congratulations to Jack Mosimann on being the second scholarship recipient."

A permanent plaque will be placed in the School of Leadership Studies, with an individual plaque given to Mosimann. He received the award from Muir, representing the endowment fund, and Candi Hironaka, senior associate director of the School of Leadership Studies.

"It's a pleasure to award this scholarship in honor of Mike Brown to an outstanding student like Jack Mosimann," Muir said. "Mike has been involved with K-State and its programs for more than 20 years. He was a member of both Mortar Board and Alpha Tau Omega. It's very appropriate that we honor his life of service with this scholarship."