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Brunkow, Tate named Student Life's outstanding graduating seniors

Monday, May 5, 2014

Two human ecology students - Kristen Brunkow and Rachel Tate - have been named Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Seniors by Pat Bosco, K-State vice president for student life and dean of students. They were recognized for leadership and improving campus life.

Brunkow, family studies and human services and gerontology, minor in leadership studies, is the founder and president of Strengths Advocates, served as president and director of standards and ethics of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, treasurer of Gerontology Club, vice president of Silver Key, a member of the Human Ecology Council, president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Campus Ministry, College of Human Ecology dean's student assistant, the Delta Chi Sorority Woman of the Year 2012 and a Kappa Omicron Nu member.

She is currently interning at Leading Age Kansas and her future plans include gaining job experience and then getting her master's degree in gerontology or organizational development.

"I never want to complain about a problem unless I am committed to being a part of the solution," Brunkow said. "I may think there are two sides to a story, but there are actually about 50-plus. I will not let the suggestions and thoughts of others drown out my own unique voice. I am blessed by adversity and challenges because through them can come the greatest learning. I will choose to utilize and promote my own and others strengths. Lastly, gaining trust and respect from others always comes down to the core of your character."

Tate, hospitality management, minor in business administration,  is a group visit coordinator and campus tour guide for new student services, an orientation leader, the director of Wildcat Warm-up, a Delta Delta Delta sorority officer, a K-State Olathe events intern, a Greek Woman of the Year nominee, on the advisory board of a presidential campaign for Student Governing Association and on the new student services 2025 Planning Committee.

She will work in management for Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue in Kansas City, Missouri.

"My experiences have given me more confidence to lead groups of diverse people and have prepared me for the working environment where I can draw from my past experiences to lead confidently and effectively," Tate said.

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This article was posted on Monday, May 5, 2014, and is filed under Center on Aging, College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Hospitality Management.