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26 K-State students named to Mortar Board senior honor society

Monday, April 23, 2007

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's chapter of Mortar Board, a national college senior honor society, has selected new members for the 2007-2008 school year.

Members are chosen in the spring of their junior year based on exemplary leadership, scholarship and service. The Mortar Board motto is "Scholars chosen for service, united to serve."

Mortar Board members are active in many leadership-, scholarship- and service-related projects, including reading weekly to children at local day care centers. Members also serve as ushers at K-State's Landon Lectures, host campus guests of the president at athletic events, sponsor an administrative forum for students and honor K-State's top faculty and
staff. In addition, Mortar Board is the only college student group in the nation to coordinate the state-level Academic Decathlon for high school students.

Along with selecting new members, the K-State Mortar Board chapter has recognized Bob Krause, the university's vice president for institutional advancement, as an honorary member. With more than 20 years of service at K-State, Krause is the namesake of two campus awards for outstanding leadership. He coordinates the university's on-going activities with the K-State department of intercollegiate athletics, the Kansas State
University Foundation and the K-State Alumni Association. Krause was instrumental in establishing The First Tee National Life Skills and Leadership Academy, a leadership opportunity for youth, at K-State, as well as the American Humanics program, which provides students the chance to develop skills in the nonprofit work sector during their time at the university. Krause also has been a staunch supporter of Mortar Board, including encouraging the start of a campus forum for administrators and students.

New K-State Mortar Board members are:

Ryan Robinson, senior in finance, Bonner Springs, is the distinguished/ethics lecture chair for the College of Business Administration Ambassadors, a Business Orientation facilitator and service chair for Chimes junior honorary. He also has served as pledge master and secretary of Alpha Phi Omega national service fraternity. Robinson is the son of Ben and Deanna Robinson.

Kevin Bryant, junior in management, Council Grove, is the vice president of recruitment for his fraternity, Delta Upsilon, and serves as a student intern for leadership studies and programs. He is a court-appointed special advocate for children and was an academy coach for The First Tee National Life Skills and Leadership Academy. Bryant is the son of Darrel and Rhonda Bryant.

Cody Catlin, senior in finance, Council Grove, serves the College of Business Administration as an ambassador and orientation facilitator. Catlin was the treasurer of his fraternity, Theta Xi, and is a tutor for K-State athletics, where he also is involved with Powercat Pride, a football recruiting initiative. He was selected to attend the Fulbright International Summer Institute in Bulgaria and studied in Granada, Spain, during summer 2006. Catlin is the son of Gary and Becky Catlin.

Erin Wetta, senior in marketing, Garden Plain, is a member of Order of Omega and Rho Lambda Greek honoraries. She has interned for Downtown Manhattan Inc., completed research for the Advanced Manufacturing Institute and is studying abroad in Valencia, Spain, this semester. Wetta is the daughter of Earl and Janice Wetta.

Susie Suozzo, senior in biology, Lansing, is active in Chi Omega sorority, Archon Leadership and the Greek honorary, Order of Omega. She has served as an immunology lab research assistant for Sherry Fleming, K-State assistant professor of biology, and also is responsible for a project that seeks to analyze a specific type of epithelial tissue within the intestine. Suozzo will participate in a Galapagos Island study abroad trip this summer to study evolution and the impact of man on this phenomenon. She is the daughter of Michael and Cindy Suozzo.

Katie McCauley, junior in English education, Lawrence, is president of her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. She was recently inducted into the Greek honorary, Rho Lambda; is involved with Kappa Delta Pi education honor society; and has served as secretary and public relations chair for the Education Council. McCauley is the daughter of Vickie Lowe and Jim

Tracey Bamberger, junior in philosophy, Lenexa, is active in her sorority, Phi Beta Phi, where she has served as the vice president of philanthropy and is currently the head of membership. She also has served as a court-appointed special advocate for children and is involved with Relay for Life. Bamberger is the daughter of Steve and Julie Bamberger.

Eryn Wood, senior in English and journalism education, Lewis, is the College of Education representative to the K-State All University Honor Council. She serves as the alumni events chair for the K-State Student Foundation, elections chair for the Education Council, the secretary/treasurer for Young Democrats and was recently selected for the Education Symposium Committee. A Tomorrow's Teacher Scholar and Marian H. Pelton music scholar, Wood is the daughter of Darrell and Natalie Wood.

Careem Gladney, junior in accounting, Manhattan, is the head delegate from K-State to the Big XII Council on Black Student Government. He is the vice president and co-coordinator of the Black and Gold Pageant for his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the treasurer for the National Pan-Hellenic Council and a student intern for K-State leadership studies and programs. Gladney is the son of Earl Gladney.

Ella Todd, junior in marketing, Manhattan, is president of the Leadership Studies and Programs Ambassadors. A Udall Scholar, she serves as a marketing assistant at Sunset Zoo and developed Primateopedia, a children's book and teacher's curriculum focused on primates, which she presented at the International ChimpanZoo Conference. Todd is the daughter of Mark and Susan Todd.

Allie Moore, junior in biology, Oberlin, is the treasurer of the National Residence Hall Honorary. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Scholar, a KU Scholars in Rural Health Care recipient and has done biotechnology research on peptides. A taps player for the American Legion Post No. 70, Moore has served as a summer camp counselor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association each summer since her freshman year. Moore is the daughter of Monte and Kelly Moore.

Mridu Gandhi, senior in biology, Olathe, is vice president of the West Hall Governing Board and an ambassador for housing and dining services. She is treasurer of the Arts and Sciences Council, a representative on the College Council Allocations Committee, and a member of the K-State Student Foundation. Gandhi is the daughter of Dinesh and Sunita Gandhi.

Lydia Peele, senior in math education, Olathe, is the new vice president of the K-State student body. She serves as privilege fee vice chair for the Student Governing Association, vice president of membership for the K-State Student Foundation, as a Greek Ambassador and as selections co-chair of Chimes junior honorary. Peele is the daughter of Alex and
Cathy Peele.

Mark Anderson, senior in accounting, Ottawa, is the chapter president of his fraternity, Delta Upsilon, and a student intern for leadership studies and programs. He has taught the freshmen University Experience class and was an academy coach for The First Tee National Life Skills and Leadership Academy the past two summers. A former member of Quest freshman honorary and Silver Key sophomore honorary, Anderson is the son of Steve and
Roberta Anderson.

Danielle English, senior in public relations, Overland Park, is a recipient of the Mortar Board Outstanding Junior Book Scholarship and is both a resident assistant at Haymaker Hall and the student coordinator for American Humanics. As a Developing Scholar, she has completed research on international communication satisfaction with Young-Ok Yum, K-State assistant professor of speech communication, and on Kansas Public Television Broadcast Initiative with Tom Grimes, K-State professor of journalism and mass communications. English is the daughter of Paul and Sylvia English.

Alison Peterson, junior in chemical engineering, Overland Park, is vice president of the Society of Women Engineers. A member of the College of Engineering's Honor Program, Peterson conducts research on determining a more efficient way to produce ethanol. She is a member of Chimes junior honorary, Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and Omega Chi Epsilon chemical engineering honor society. Peterson is the daughter of Alge and Kathleen Peterson.

Katelyn Schmidt, senior in public relations, Overland Park, is the director of international affairs for the Student Governing Association. She is a member of numerous honor societies, including Silver Key sophomore honorary, Chimes junior honorary, and Order of Omega, a Greek honorary. Schmidt is also a K-State Student Ambassador. She is the daughter of Robert and Lesley Schmidt.

Jessica Pope, junior in hotel and restaurant management
, Pittsburg, has served as president and treasurer of her sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma. A transfer student from Pittsburg State University, Pope was involved with the Presidential Emerging Leaders Program and Lambda Sigma honor society and also has been selected for a position on the Union Program Council. She is the daughter of James and Debby Pope.

Jessie Daniel, junior in management, Topeka, serves as president of her sorority, Pi Beta Phi. The director of community and internal relations for the Panhellenic Executive Council, Daniel is a member of Greek honoraries Rho Lambda and Order of Omega, co-chair of the senior sidewalk for the K-State Student Foundation and has served as an ambassador for leadership studies and programs. Daniel is the daughter of Jim and Linda Daniel.

Jessie Stone, senior in anthropology, Bakersfield, Calif., is social chair and vice president of her sorority, Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority Inc. She has been the operations chair for Leadership Studies and Programs Ambassadors, floor president in Haymaker Hall and a group counselor for Wildcat Warm-Up. Stone is the daughter of Norm and Debra Stone.

Jacinda Mein, senior in public relations, Cupertino, Calif., is member of the College of Arts and Sciences honors program and Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After studying abroad in Florence, Italy, at the Lorenzo de'Medici School this semester, she will work with Seong-Hun Yun, K-State assistant professor of journalism and mass communications, on a research project involving international relations and troops at Fort Riley. Mein is the daughter of Jacqueline Bohn and John Mein.

Amanda Robinson, senior in business administration-pre-professional, Rolling Hills, Calif., is president of her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and the chapter president and treasurer of Kappa Omicron Nu, a national honor society for human sciences. She has served as publicity chair of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society in family and consumer sciences, and was selected to the dean's list for academic honors for seven semesters. Robinson is the daughter of Barry E. and Marcia Kay Robinson.

Jim Mosimann, senior in political science, Lee's Summit, Mo., serves as a student senator and as selections chair for the K-State Student Foundation. He has had internships with U.S. Sen. Jim Talent of Missouri and U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, and in the Kansas House of Representatives with Rep. Ed O'Malley. Mosimann is a former member of Quest freshman honorary, Silver Key sophomore honorary where he served as president, and Chimes junior honorary. He is the son of Jim and Lori Mosimann.

Amber Tyler, junior in agricultural economics, Omaha, Neb., is president of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. An assistant researcher for the Developing Scholars Program, she has done research on cost effectiveness and water quality, and downside risk and farm assessment, is Miss Black and Gold for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and has served as treasurer of West Hall. Tyler is the daughter of Warren and Robbie Summers.

Kyle Sherwood, senior in interior architecture and product design, Tulsa, Okla., is a member of the K-State track and field team and a senator in the Student Governing Association. He serves as chair of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design's Dean's Student Advisory Council and was part of a design and build project team that went to Peru during winter intersession to help build a school for a small village using indigenous building techniques. Sherwood is the son of Bill and Sally Sherwood.

Amy Jackson, junior in elementary education, Houston, Texas, is a Global Education Initiative Scholarship recipient and recently studied abroad in Florence, Italy. She has served as a floor president in Putnam Hall and floor vice president in West Hall, and as an assistant teacher and work group leader at Brightstone Inc., a special needs facility in Franklin, Tenn., for adults after high school. Jackson is the daughter of David and Linda Jackson.

Sources: Candice Hironaka, 785-532-6085, cpitts@k-state.edu; and Jan Wissman, 785-532-5765, wissman@k-state.edu

Note to editor: Careem Gladney is a graduate of Wichita High School Southeast.

News release prepared by: Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, 785-532-6415, ebarcomb@k-state.edu, and Sara Shellenberger, 785-532-6415, media@k-state.edu

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