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College names 18 outstanding graduating seniors

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Eighteen students have been named outstanding graduating seniors in the College of Human Ecology. They were selected by their professors for their academic achievement, professional potential, leadership, participation and service.

They will be recognized at the college’s Graduation Honors and Student Awards Celebration at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, in All Faiths Chapel on the Kansas State University campus.

Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design

Lauren Nutt, apparel design and production. Lauren was an ambassador for apparel textiles, an undergraduate teaching assistant, a member of the Human Ecology student council and was open house chair in 2012. She has accepted a position as assistant designer for women’s outerwear at Land’s End where she was an intern last year. Her design won Best of Show at the ATID Showcase of Excellence this month. She is from Wichita.

Landon Kern, apparel marketing.  Landon served on the planning committee for the Showcase of Excellence runway this year and was as officer for the Apparel Marketing and Design Alliance Club a department ambassador. He was a visual intern at Anthropologie in Houston. He is from Wichita.

Hannah Querheim, interior design. Hannah has been an interior design teaching assistant, secretary of the Human Ecology student council and president of Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society.  She attended Leadership Honors Bootcamp and participated in an Interior Design Study Tour to Korea.  After graduation she will work with Quadrant Design Architect + Planners in Waterloo, Il. She is from Waterloo.

School of Family Studies and Human Services

Veronica Rottinghaus, communication sciences and disorders. She is a social justice minister at Saint Isidore’s Catholic Student Center, a program leader at the Boys and Girls Club and an infant room assistant teacher at Stone House. From Seneca, Veronica plans to work on a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at K-State and work with the infant toddler population.

Karolyn Barclay, early childhood education. Karolyn, a non-traditional student, has been a full-time student and sole support of her family as she completed her degree. She was a volunteer at several school programs. She hopes to study for a master’s degree and become an advocate for quality child care and early childhood education in Kansas. She is from Pomona.

LaCrista Brightbill, family studies and human services. LaCrista has served as president for Kappa Sigma Alpha and as senator in student government.  She interned at Salina’s Volunteer Center and has been a Red Cross volunteer.  She is from Salina.

Laura Walker, family studies and human services. Laura has studied conflict resolution in South Africa and Northern Ireland. She was an intern with the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families and a researcher with Trauma Research, Education and Consultation.  Laura plans to work for Colonial Presbyterian Church in Kansas in the areas of accessing resources, the elderly population and foster care/adoption initiatives. She hopes to go to graduate school. She is from Overland Park.

Kristen Brunkow, family studies and human services. Kristen was a member of the Human Ecology Student Council, treasurer of the Gerontology Club, president of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and vice president of Silver Key. She founded a student group called Strength Advocates and has interned with Research and Extension. She was one of the Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Seniors. From Ponca City, Okla., she hopes to continue her education in gerontology and organizational development.

Samuel Honey, personal financial planning.  Sam has served as a research assistant in the Institute of Personal Financial Planning, a peer financial counselor with Powercat Financial Counseling and an intern with Keating & Associates. He was a member of the 2013 Financial Planning Challenge which placed third in the nation. From Manhattan, he was president of the Invest-a-Cats Club and vice president of the Financial Planning Association chapter. Sam has accepted a job in financial planning in St. Louis.

Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics

Ann Vosbeek, dietetics coordinated program. Ann completed her 1,200 hours of supervised practice with Research and Extension, Kramer Dining Center, Stormont Vail Trauma Center, Aldergate Village Retirement Community Center and Shawnee County Health Department. She was an intern for Share our Strength Cooking Matters in Denver and was a Wildcat Wellness Coach. She is from Highlands Ranch, Co.

Courtney Bothwell, dietetics didactic program. Courtney majored in dietetics, human nutrition and kinesiology. She was an intern at Derby Dining Center and a nutritionist assistant at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan. She has received numerous scholarships, was on the cadaver dissection team and was an officer in the Student Dietetic Association. From Hutchinson, she has been accepted as a dietetic intern at KU Medical Center.

Devin Amos, hotel and restaurant management. Devin, who is from Overland Park, was president of the Professional Convention Management Association chapter and marketing chair for the Travel and Dining Auction for two years. She is also a singer and songwriter who has performed at many philanthropic events. Devin has accepted a position as a coordinator with The Wellington Group, specialist in incentive travel and special event management in Kansas City.

Department of Human Nutrition

Breanna Hamilton, athletic training. Breanna, from Clearwater, served as president of the student athletic training association which recognized her as an upcoming student leader. She was a resident assistant on campus and completed athletic training experiences with K-State football, cheerleading and track and field as well as the 4th Brigade and Warrior Transition Battalion at Fort Riley.

Shanna Stewart, nutrition and health. Shanna will graduate with a dual major in nutrition and health and dietetics with a minor in kinesiology.  She has been a K-State sports nutrition intern and a Human Ecology ambassador.  She was a Wildcat Wellness Coach, a member of the cadaver dissection team and volunteer with programs such as Flint Hills Breadbasket and Champions Are Readers.  Shanna is from Overland Park.

Taylor Johnston, nutrition and kinesiology. Taylor also graduates with a dietetics major and a gerontology secondary major. She was a K-State cheerleader and is a certified personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine. Taylor has received numerous scholarships. She will do her dietetic internship after graduation at The Ohio State University in Columbus where she hopes to complete a master’s degree. She is from Lenexa.

Samantha Kellerman, nutritional sciences. Samantha, from Leawood, is president of the Student Alumni Board and a Putnam scholar. She was part of a medical mission trip to Peru in 2012 and worked with at-risk youth during an alternative spring break trip to Oklahoma. After graduation, Samantha will attend an accelerated nursing program at Research College of Nursing in partnership with Rockhurst University in Kansas City.

Ben Harstine, public health nutrition. Ben, recipient of the prestigious Presidential Scholarship, spent seven weeks in an immersive Chinese language and culture studies in China in 2011. He has been an orientation leader and a new student services volunteer at K-State and a training intern with Target Training Services in Oman. He’s also been involved in community projects. Ben is from Towanda.

Department of Kinesiology

Benton McGivern, kinesiology with minor in biology. Benton received a Mark A. Chapman Scholars Program scholarship and several others. He has volunteered with the Flint Hills Community Clinic and at Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for chronically ill children, and has been active in a funded cancer research program at K-State. From Topeka, he has been accepted into the University of Kansas Medical School this fall and hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 and is filed under Apparel, Textiles & Interior Design, Center on Aging, College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Hospitality Management & Dietetics, Human Nutrition, Kinesiology.