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Two K-State students from Lenexa receive Stanley L. Winter Alpha Tau Omega K-State Student Union leadership scholarships

Friday, September 9, 2005

MANHATTAN -- Two students from Lenexa have received Kansas State University's Stanley L. Winter Alpha Tau Omega K-State Student Union Leadership Scholarship.

Daniel Sobek, senior in hotel and restaurant management, and Zachary Hauser, junior in political science, are the 17th and 18th recipients of the $1,000 scholarship. They were presented with the scholarships Aug. 31 at the K-State Student Union's Union Program Council/Union Governing Board welcome back dinner.

Sobek is past president of the Union Governing Board. He is a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, Greeks Advocating the Mature Management of Alcohol and the American Cancer Society. As a Winter scholarship recipient, he was recognized for his leadership quality and skills in conducting Union Governing Board meetings during the last school year.

Hauser has been active with the Union Program Council for the last two years, including serving as a committee chair. He was responsible for organizing several council-sponsored debates, as well as K-State's first observance of "V-Day." He also is a member of Delta Chi fraternity, the K-State Student Senate and vice president of K-State's Interfraternity Council. He was recognized for being a "go-getter" and a leader for the Union Program Council.

The Winter scholarship was established 1992 and was named for Stanley L. "Stan" Winter, a 1986 graduate of K-State who died in February 1992 at the age of 27 from cancer. Winter joined K-State's chapter of Alpha Tau Omega in 1984 and served in various offices, including scholarship chair, brotherhood chair and as a member of the executive committee. In 1986 he received both the chapter's Thomas Arkle Clark Outstanding Senior Award and the chapter adviser's Brotherhood Award.

Winter also was involved in many campus activities, most prominently with the Union. He served as president of the Union Program Council, receiving its Outstanding Leadership Award in 1986, and was a member of the Union Governing Board. Winter graduated with honors in agricultural economics and served as a program adviser to the Union. He earned his master's in student counseling from K-State in 1989, and then served as program director of the University of Northern Colorado Student Union.

The purpose of the Stanley L. Winter Alpha Tau Omega K-State Student Union Leadership Scholarship is to perpetuate the memory of Winter at K-State and to provide educational opportunities and assistance to upper-level students who possess exemplary attributes in scholarship, fellowship and character.

The K-State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund established the scholarship with donations from the Winter family, members of Alpha Tau Omega and friends. To be eligible, a student must have at least a 2.5 grade point average; be of good character and sound academic standing; and have contributed to the quality of programs and activities at the K-State Student Union.

Recommendations for scholarship recipients are received by a three-member committee which includes the president of the endowment fund, a member of Winter's family and the director of the K-State Student Union. They are evaluated on potential, scholastic aptitude, exemplary fellowship, outstanding character and contributions to the quality of programs and activities of the Union.

"We are very pleased to be able to again offer this scholarship to outstanding students involved in Union programs and activities," said Bernard Pitts, director of the K-State Student Union. "Special thanks to the local Alpha Tau Omega Endowment Fund and the Winter family for making this scholarship a reality, and congratulations to Dan Sobek and Zach Hauser on being the scholarship recipients."

Kent Winter, representing the Winter family, said, "We are extremely proud to have this scholarship named after my brother. Dan and Zach are the K-State Student Union's outstanding student leaders and possess good, all-around qualities that fit the criteria for this scholarship. I know that Stan would be proud of both of them."

"We are extremely proud to have the opportunity to award this scholarship in memory of Stan Winter to outstanding students like Dan Sobek and Zach Hauser," said Bill Muir, president of the K-State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund. "Stan loved the Union, he loved his fraternity, he loved K-State and he loved life in general. It is very appropriate that we memorialize his life of service with this scholarship."

A permanent plaque with all of the scholarship recipients' names is in the Union's main concourse. Sobek and Hauser each also received individual plaques, which were presented by Muir and Josh Ault, senior in microbiology and premedicine, Olathe, and president of K-State's chapter of Alpha Tau Omega, both representing the endowment fund; Kent Winter, representing the Winter family; and Pitts, representing the K-State Student Union.

This article was posted on Friday, September 9, 2005, and is filed under Hospitality Management.