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K-State's Blue Key honor society selects members for 2008-2009

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's Blue Key Senior Honor Society has selected its new members for 2008-2009.

Blue Key members are selected based on their leadership in student life, high scholastic achievement, service to others and citizenship. The honor society sponsors and coordinates various activities and programs at K-State, including the Catalyst Self Development Experience; Quest, the freshmen honorary; Peer Leadership Consulting; and the USpeak Conference for high school juniors and seniors.

New members of Blue Key include:

Leann Spinden, senior in agricultural education, Burns. A K-State College of Agriculture Ambassador, she has been a member of Quest, the freshmen honorary; Silver Key, the sophomore honorary; Chimes, the junior honorary; and Alpha Tau Alpha, the national professional honorary agricultural education organization. She also is a member of Alpha of Clovia, serving as co-new member trainer and on the House Mother Committee. Spinden has been active in the Kansas FFA organization, serving as vice president and receiving an American FFA degree. A graduate of Peabody-Burns High School, she is the daughter of Sam and Becky Spinden.

Jamie Ball, junior in biology, Eureka. Ball has been active with the Student Alumni Board, serving as vice president of membership and alumni relations chair. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the premedicine honor society. She has served with K-State's Student Governing Association as a member of the student body president's cabinet. She also was a member of Quest, the freshmen honorary; Silver Key, the sophomore honorary; and Chimes, the junior honorary. A K-State honors list student and member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Ball is a Kassebaum, Foundation and June Sherrid Hull cancer research scholar. She also has received a Terry C. Johnson Cancer Center research grant. A graduate of Eureka High School, she is the daughter of Keith and Debbie Ball.

Allison Mense, senior in secondary education, Hoxie. Mense, a K-State honors list student, has served as president of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, has been a student chair for K-State's All-University Open House and has served on the All-University Homecoming Committee. A graduate of Hoxie High School, she is the daughter of Michael and Cheri Mense.

David Hoffman, junior in mass communications, Kansas City, Kan. Hoffman is a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He has served as director of interfraternal relations for K-State's Interfraternity Council. Hoffman has been active in K-State student government and Chimes, the junior honorary. A graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, he is the son of Tom and Cindy Hoffman.

Erin Gettler, junior in biology, Louisburg. Gettler is a member of the K-State Student Foundation and served on the K-State Proud campaign planning committee. A member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, she also was a member of Quest freshmen honorary, Silver Key sophomore honorary and Chimes junior honorary, where she served as activity chair. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Alpha Epsilon Delta, the premedicine honor society. She is a Foundation scholar, a recipient of the June Sherrid Hull cancer research scholarship and has served on summer medical mission trips to Guatemala. A graduate of Louisburg High School, she is the daughter of Bill and Deb Gettler.

Megan Dwyer, junior in history, Lyons. Dwyer is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, serving as director of standards and ethics and director of public relations. As a member of the Student Alumni Board, she served as director of its For Sophomores Only program. She also has been co-chair of the K-State Proud advisory board and is a member of Ichthus. A graduate of Lyons High School, she is the daughter of Kevin and Teri Dwyer.

Amy Schultz, junior in biology, Manhattan. Schultz is a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, where she has served a homecoming chair and Christmas in Haiti director. She also is active in the Student Governing Association, serving as Student Senate chair . She also has served as College Council Allocations committee chair. She is a Foundation scholar and she has been a volunteer for Mercy Regional Health Center. A graduate of Manhattan High School, she is the daughter of Tim and Angie Schultz.

Sarah Hurd, senior in kinesiology and pre-physical therapy, Olathe. Hurd has served as programming coordinator of the Pre-Physical Therapy Club. She also has been a resident assistant at Moore Hall. A K-State honors list student, she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honoraries. She has served on the St. Isidore's Retreat Committee and with the Women Mentoring Women and the Women in Engineering and Science programs. She also has been an international student volunteer, traveling to Costa Rica on a mission trip. A graduate of Olathe North High School, Hurd is the daughter of Dennis and Marisa Hurd.

Matt Ebert, junior in computer engineering, Rossville. Ebert is a member of FarmHouse fraternity, where he has served as president, and of the Order of Omega, the Greek honorary, where he has been technology chair. He also is a member of the College of Engineering Ambassadors, K-State Student Foundation and Phi Beta Lambda, serving as technology chair. A graduate of Rossville High School, Ebert is the son of William and Alexis Ebert.

Katie Hamm, senior in dietetics, Shawnee. Hamm is a member of Chi Omega sorority, the K-State Student Foundation and Up 'Til Dawn. She has served as president of K-State's Student Dietetic Association. She also has been elected to the Student Advisory Committee of the American Dietetic Association and is an alternate student representative on the association's Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. A graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Hamm is the daughter of Tim and Lori Hamm.

Katie Beye, senior in political science, Stilwell. A K-State Putnam and Presidential scholar, Beye also was nominated for a Truman Scholarship. She is president of Chimes, the junior honorary, and has served as a student senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. She also has been a Student Governing Association ambassador. She is a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, serving as vice president of fraternity relations, warden and public relations chair. A graduate of Blue Valley High School, she is the daughter of Bruce and Karen Beye.

Ashley Hanson, junior in public relations and advertising, Wamego. Hanson is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, where she has served as house manager and received the sorority's Democracy Award. She also is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honorary, the Student Alumni Board and Ichthus. A graduate of Wamego High School, she is the daughter of Dirk and Karen Hanson.

Taylor Symons, junior in speech, Wamego. a member of FarmHouse fraternity, Symons also is active in the Student Governing Association, serving as chair of its ambassadors, intern coordinator, a student senator for the College of Arts and Sciences and as a senate intern. He is a member of the Student Alumni Board and the K-State Student Foundation, serving as vice president of membership, social chair, events co-coordinator and on the advisory board of the foundation's K-State Proud campaign. A graduate of Wamego High School, Symons is the son of Stan and Susan Symons.

Dena Bunnel, senior in political science and agricultural communications and journalism, Welda. Bunnel has been a member of the Student Alumni Board, Collegiate Farm Bureau and the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, where she has served as second vice president and as treasurer. She also is a member of K-State's Fast-pitch Softball Club. A Kansas State University Foundation scholar, Bunnel is a graduate of Anderson County High School and the daughter of Russ and Margie Bunnel.

Erica Besler, junior in regional and community planning, Evergreen, Colo. Besler is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and has spent this semester studying abroad in Italy. A graduate of Clear Creek High School in Evergreen, Besler is the daughter of Chris and Linda Besler.

John Lantz, senior in finance, St. Louis, Mo. Lantz has been a Moore Hall resident assistant and a member of the Student Alumni Board. A graduate of Kirkwood High School, he is the son of Barb Lantz and the grandson of Jean Mueller.

Rebecca Tokach, senior in animal sciences and industry, St. Anthony, N.D. Tokach has been active with several organizations, including serving as president of K-State's Block and Bridle; vice president of administration for the K-State College of Agriculture Ambassadors; and a board member of the National Junior Angus Association, serving as foundation director. She has been a member of the K-State meats judging team and is a National Cattlemen's Foundation Scholar. A graduate of Mandan High School in Mandan, N.D., Tokach is the daughter of Richard and Kathy Tokach.

Source: Jackie McClaskey, 785-532-5736, jax@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Shelby Haag, 785-532-6415, media@k-state.edu

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