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Human Ecology names 17 outstanding graduating seniors

Friday, May 1, 2015

The College of Human Ecology will honor 17 graduating seniors at ceremonies Friday, May 15, on the Kansas State University campus.

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

Associate dean Bronwyn Fees will present the awards at 4 p.m. in the K and S Ballrooms of the K-State Student Union.

Outstanding seniors from the School of Family Studies and Human Services are:

Eleanor Musil, communication sciences and disorders. Ellie served as an undergraduate research assistant, anatomy lab instructor and is an active member of the Student Speech and Hearing Association. She is chairwoman for the Smurthwaite House for Women. From Blue Rapids, Ellie plans to pursue a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at K-State.

Gabriel Lierz, early childhood education. Gabriel, who goes by Katie, was president of the Early Childhood student Association, presented at the Kansas Division of Early Childhood Annual Conference, was a research assistant for Special Education in Tanzania and has been involved in community volunteer work. She will pursue a master’s degree in child life at the University of La Verne in California. She is from Hiawatha.

Caysi Gatts, family studies and human services with a minor in conflict analysis and trauma studies. Caysi served the honors college as a mentor and was on the human ecology council. She was an intern with Project YES! and the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families. From Ozawkie, Caysi plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work at Washburn University.

Yesica Swenson, family studies and human services. Yesica, a first generation college student at K-State’s Salina campus, has been involved in the Salina community in Big Brother Big Sisters, Health Lifestyles Panel and the Friends of the Lindsborg Library board. She plans to work at OCCK as a case manager to help people with disabilities reach their goals.

Morgan Streeter, family studies and human services with a secondary major in gerontology and minor in American ethnic studies. Morgan has been a member of Kappa Omicron Nu and a volunteer at Meadowlark Hills. She will join the occupational therapy program at the University of Kansas Medical Center where she will specialize in geriatrics. She is from Valley Falls.

Logan Wardyn, personal financial planning with a minor in business. Logan served as lead peer financial counselor in the K-State Salina Student Money Management Center and was a peer tutor in mathematics, statistics and economics. He is concurrently enrolled in a master’s degree in business at Kansas Wesleyan. He is from Salina.

Outstanding seniors from the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design are:

Arianna Levin, apparel design and production. Arianna was an apparel textiles ambassador and co-chair for the ATID Student Symposium. She interned last summer in New York City with Sapphire Bliss, a luxury intimates apparel company, and will become a design assistant there. She is from Manhattan.

Mackenzie Schmeidler, apparel marketing. Mackenzie served as an apparel textiles ambassador, was co-chair for the annual Symposium and worked as a museum assistant and undergraduate teaching assistant. After an internship with Geneologie, which specializes in Greek apparel, she will manage the company’s university accounts throughout Kansas. She is from Hays.

Foster Kutner, interior design. Foster was an interior design ambassador, president of the student chapter of the International Interior Design Association and an interior design teaching assistant. She participated in interior design study tours to Korea, Italy and France. She hopes to work for a multidisciplinary design firm. She is from Englewood, Colo.

Outstanding seniors from the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics are:

Emily Wilson, dietetics coordinated program. Emily has attained her 1,200 hours of supervised practice at St. Joseph Medical Center, Kramer Dining Center and Hy-Vee Grocery Stores. She served on the human ecology council and plans to become a registered dietitian. She is from Leawood.

Dayna Pachta, dietetics didactic program with a minor in business. Dayna has been president of KSU WellCAT ambassadors, Student Dietetic Association vice-president and member of the university Honors and Integrity Board. She has accepted a post-baccalaureate dietetic internship at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City. She is from Riley.

Joshua Allen, hotel and restaurant management with a secondary major in gerontology and minor in business. Josh served as president of the Hospitality Management Society, human ecology open house chair and human ecology council member. He completed an internship last summer at Piping Rock Country Club in Long Island. He is from Leavenworth.

Outstanding seniors from the Department of Human Nutrition are:

Lindsay Schmidt, athletic training. Lindsay was president of the Student Athletic Training Association and volunteered for open houses and National Athletic Training Month. She has worked as a camp nurse in Oklahoma and a certified nurse’s assistant at Asbury Park Retirement Home. She plans to continue her education in physical therapy or athletic training. She is from Newton.

Lauren Fischer, nutrition and health and dietetics dual major. Lauren has been vice president and secretary/historian of the department’s Health and Nutrition Society. Lauren held chair positions Chimes Junior Honor Society and Silver Key Sophomore Honor Society. She will complete an internship through K-State’s coordinated dietetics program in order to become a registered dietician. She is from Leawood.

Samantha Claassen, nutritional sciences and dietetics. Samantha served as an undergraduate teaching assistant, was an ambassador for the college and a scholar tour guide. She was a member of Mortar Board, Chimes and Silver Key honorary societies. Samantha will attend the University of Kansas Medical School. She is from Whitewater.

Danielle Dobratz, public health and nutrition with a secondary major in gerontology and minor in Spanish. Danielle was a member of the honors program and secretary of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. She worked as a certified nursing assistant at Meadowlark Hills and the Good Samaritan Society. Danielle will attend the physician assistant program at Jefferson College. She is from Olathe.

The outstanding senior from the Department of Kinesiology is:

Taran Carlisle, kinesiology. Taran has served as a research assistant in a public health lab and Kinesiology Student Association officer. Through the K-State International Service Team, he went on a two month trip to Kenya, volunteering at a children’s home. Taran plans to attend medical school. He is from Kansas City.

This article was posted on Friday, May 1, 2015, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Kinesiology.