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College congratulates outstanding graduating seniors, academic honors students

Monday, December 8, 2014

The College of Human Ecology will honor 10 graduating seniors and 23 graduating with honors at ceremonies Friday, Dec. 12, on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan.

Every semester, each academic program may name an outstanding senior based on academic achievements and contributions to the program, the university and the community.

Dean John Buckwalter will present the awards at 4 p.m. in the Flint Hills Room, K-State Student Union.

School of Family Studies and Human Services

Katie Benson, communication sciences and disorders. Benson, from McPherson, has minors in leadership studies and women’s studies. She has mentored students as a lab leader in anatomy of speech mechanism and been a research assistant in the language and literacy lab. She completed an independent study experience working with children with autism. Benson served as a College of Human Ecology ambassador. She will pursue graduate study in speech-language pathology.

Tristen Snelling, early childhood education. Snelling, from Marion, has been active in several honor societies and education of young children conferences. She worked as a lead teacher in a community child care program and hopes to establish her own early learning center in South Central Kansas.

Scott Calovich, family studies and human services. Calovich, Topeka, has been a leader in residence hall life at K-State – from working as a residence assistant to recipient of the National Residence Hall Honorary Diamond Powercat Award. He interned with housing and dining services and was accepted into the national STARS College program. He hopes to be a university student affairs professional.

Rachel Ladenburger, family studies and human services. Ladenburger, Topeka, is graduating with minors in conflict analysis and trauma studies and in leadership studies. She completed internships with Safe Families Plus and with the K-State Alumni Association. She was on the Women’s Ministry staff at KSU Christian Challenge and hopes to continue working there after graduation.

Shelby Strickland, family studies and human services, Salina. Strickland, from Bennington, completed an internship through Eaglecrest Retirement Community and works as a childcare provider at Heartland Programs, Salina.

Kathleen Adams, personal financial planning. Adams, from Junction City, graduates with a minor in theater lighting design. She competed nationally with the financial planning team and was active in the Financial Planning Association student group. She has been an environmental education instructor at Rock Springs 4-H Center. She plans to work for a financial planning firm.

Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics

Jennifer Morris, dietetics coordinated program. Morris, from Rockledge, Fla., completed her dietetics internship with Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth and at the Riley County Women, Infants and Children Program. She was a food service specialist with the U.S. Army for seven years. A certified personal trainer, she was selected as the College of Human Ecology’s 2014 student commencement speaker.

Cindy Dexter, dietetics didactic program. Dexter is a distance student from Nashotah, Wisc. She served as a student volunteer at Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. An award-winning graphic designer who operated her own business, she served in communications and marketing for the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Dexter plans to work in preventative care, healthy aging and nutrition therapy for chronic disease.

Haley Kenig, hospitality management. Kenig, from Shawnee, completed internships with Pinstripes in Overland Park and Applebee’s in Shawnee. She was active in local chapters of Club Managers Association of American and Hospitality Management Society. She hopes to work in the private club industry.

Department of Kinesiology

Andrea Sweetwood, kinesiology. Sweetwood, from Arkansas City, has worked in the Functional Intensity Training and Cardiopulmonary Exercise Physiology research labs and received the Transfer Achievement Award after attending Cowley County Community College. She spent two summers in Alaska at Kodiak Baptist Mission summer camp.

Seniors earning academic honors will receive honor cords to wear at graduation ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in Bramlage Coliseum.

Awarded summa cum laude, with cumulative grade point average of 3.95 or higher during their academic career at K-State, are Katie Benson, communication sciences and  disorders; Darcie Darby, family studies and human services; Janelle Harvey, communication sciences and disorders; Rachel Ladenburger, family studies and human services; Lexi Milota, family studies and human services, and Katherine Mossie, family studies and human services.

Graduating magna cum laude, with cumulative grade point average of 3.850 to 3.949 during their academic career at K-State, are Charlotte Denning, hotel and restaurant management; Aimee Fowler, family studies and human services; Megan Murray, dietetics; and Tristen Snelling, early childhood education.

Students earning K-State cumulative grade point average of 3.750 to 3.849 and graduating cum laude are Elizabeth Chasteen, hotel and restaurant management; Erika Hoffman, family studies and human services; Troy Klaassen, kinesiology;  Zhe Lei, hotel and restaurant management; Tori Marshall, family studies and human services; Jennifer Morris, dietetics; Jane Opsahl, family studies and human services; Ashley Pihl, hotel and restaurant management; Ryne Schnabel, hotel and restaurant management; Shelby Strickland, family studies and human services; Andrea Sweetwood, kinesiology; Chantell Wessling, family studies and human services, and Yingjie Zhang, hotel and restaurant management.

Written by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Monday, December 8, 2014, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Hospitality Management, Kinesiology.