Eight KU seniors named finalists for 28th-annual Ex.C.E.L. Awards

Posted on Sep 24, 2018 in Campus News and News

Homecoming 2018 | Home on the Hill | 2018 Ex.C.E.L. Awards

Eight finalists have been selected for the 28th-annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas. The finalists, all seniors, will participate in the Homecoming parade at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, along Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. Two winners will be announced during halftime of the KU-Oklahoma State Homecoming football game Sept. 29 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $250 scholarship to two students. Nominees were selected on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The selection committee included representatives from Student Union Activities, the Board of Class Officers, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Homecoming Steering Committee.

The award was first given in 1991 to recognize two students for achievement. Names of winners are listed on a plaque on the fifth level of the Kansas Union. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Each finalist completed an application and participated in an interview. The finalists and their academic majors are listed below, along with highlights of their campus achievements.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

From Lawrence

Autumn Crafton, management and leadership with a minor in psychology, is vice president of development for Student Union Activities and has coordinated events for the organization. She is a student assistant for School of Business career services and served as an Amazon Prime student lead brand ambassador. She volunteers at the Lawrence Public Library, where she assists with youth programs and services.

Ashley Dunn, communication studies with a minor in leadership studies, is a student ambassador for KU Admissions and an events coordinator for Student Union Activities. She served as a resident assistant for Student Housing and was a student assistant for the Center for Public Partnerships and Research. She is a Hawk Link graduate and participates in the Multicultural Scholars Program. She is a member of the Black Student Union and the Homecoming Steering Committee. She was a Student Senator for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy.

JOHNSON COUNTY

From Olathe

Harneet Sanghera, finance and political science, is president of the Kansas Memorial Unions Corporation Board and lead building manager for the Kansas Union. She has served Student Union Activities in several leadership roles, including president, vice president and special events coordinator. She participates in the University Honors Program and the Business Honors Program and is treasurer of Mortar Board. She was a Student Senator for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She has volunteered at Just Food, Kansas Appleseed, Project Create and KU Community Conversation.

From Overland Park

Nidhi Patel, English and biology, is a University Honors Scholar and student ambassador and peer mentor in the program. She also participates in the Honors Program Student Council and served as co-president. She has been a research assistant in medicinal chemistry and early childhood research, and she serves as academic chair of the medical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon. She participated in the KU Jeeva Dance Group and was an APEX peer tutor. She volunteers at the Lawrence Community Shelter and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was named a Global Scholar in 2016 and a Hall Center Scholar in 2018.

MORRIS COUNTY

From Burdick

Nellie Landon Kassebaum, English with a minor in public policy, is co-executive director of the student advocacy organization Rise KU and president of board of class officers. She is a student advisory board member for the Dole Institute of Politics and a member of the Student Alumni Leadership Board. She participated in Student Senate and was vice president and founding member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority. She is a student ambassador for the University Honors Program and served as Homecoming executive director in 2017. She volunteers at Camp Planet D and the Lawrence Public Library. She was named a Hall Center Scholar in 2017.

ROOKS COUNTY

From Damar

Hannah Berland, human biology and pre-medicine, is a KU School of Medicine Rural Scholar and participates in the University Honors Program. She is president of Phi Delta Epsilon and has served as the medical fraternity’s vice president of programming and technology chair. She directs recruitment for the KU Dance Marathon and oversees the rural medical brigades for the Jayhawk Health Initiative. She is a mental health peer educator at KU Counseling and Psychological Services and she interns at the JayDoc Free Clinic. She has volunteered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the St. Lawrence Center, where she currently serves as a eucharistic minister.

SHAWNEE COUNTY

From Topeka

Jonnette Oakes, political science with a minor in business, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority and served as the chapter’s president and nominating chair. She was secretary of the law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta and currently serves as vice president of outreach for the National Pan-Hellenic Council. She has been a student ambassador at KU and she assists new students as an Adidas peer mentor. She interned for the Kansas Legislature and was a desk assistant for the KU Office of Multicultural Affairs.

NEW MEXICO

From Los Lunas

Jose Montoya, sport management and journalism, is president of the Multicultural Greek Council. He is a Hawk Link Honors Program graduate and participates in the Multicultural Scholars Program. He is treasurer of the men’s music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and he served as vice president of the Latino fraternity Phi Iota Alpha. He is a Marching Jayhawks rank leader and press announcer for KU Women’s Tennis. He served as a sports reporter and crew member for Playmakers Central on KUJH-TV and was a volunteer crew member for Rock Chalk Video. He won the Earl Falkenstien Honor Award in 2018 and has interned in Washington, D.C., for the past two summers.

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Ten KU students named finalists for 27th-annual Ex.C.E.L. Awards

Posted on Sep 29, 2017 in Campus News and News

Homecoming 2017 Jayhawks of the Galaxy, Ex.C.E.L. Awards

Ten finalists have been selected for the 27th-annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas. The finalists will participate in the Homecoming parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, along Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. Two winners will be announced during halftime of the KU-Texas Tech Homecoming football game Oct. 7 at Memorial Stadium.

The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $250 scholarship to two students. The winners will present at the Blueprints Leadership Conference next spring in conjunction with KU’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center. Nominees were selected on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The selection committee included representatives from Student Union Activities, the Board of Class Officers, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and the Homecoming Steering Committee.

The award was first given in 1991 to recognize two students for achievement. Names of winners are listed on a plaque on the fifth level of the Kansas Union. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Each finalist completed an application and participated in an interview. The finalists and their academic majors are listed below, along with highlights of their campus achievements.

CRAWFORD COUNTY

From Pittsburg
Katie Phalen, molecular, cellular and developmental biology, is executive director of the KU Center for Community Outreach. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority and Mortar Board honor society. She serves on the KU Memorial Corporation board of directors and is a member and co-founder of KU Interfaith Alliance.

DOUGLAS COUNTY

From Lawrence
Kakra Boye-Doe, psychology with minor in sociology and pre-medicine, is a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, where he serves as external vice president. He is co-president of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students and a member of Phi Delta Epsilon and Order of Omega. He is a Peer Led Undergraduate Supplements (PLUS) leader and a teaching assistant in biology, and he conducts research in social psychology. He volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

Puja Shah, microbiology with a minor in Spanish, founded KU Habitat for Humanity and led the organization as president. She served on the executive boards of Jayhawk Health Initiative and the South Asian Student Association, and she chairs the Counseling and Psychological Services Committee. She has conducted research with KU Work Group for Community Health and Development, and she has been a resident assistant at Ellsworth Hall for three years. In 2015, she received the Millard Fuller Young Philanthropist of the Year Award.

ELLIS COUNTY

From Hays
Sana Cheema, biology, is vice president of the Pre-Medical Society and founder and president of KU Friends of Pakistan. She is a University Honors Scholar and serves as the historian for Mortar Board honor society. She is a member of Student Senate and vice president of membership for the Student Alumni Leadership Board.

JOHNSON COUNTY

From Leawood
Danielle London, peace and conflict studies/global and international studies with minors in French and Spanish, has served on the executive board of Students United for Reproductive and Gender Equity as treasurer, outreach coordinator and program director. She is an orientation assistant and peer mentor for the Office of First-Year Experience, and she serves as a student social justice educator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She was named a Global Scholar in 2016.

From Overland Park
Zoya Khan, political science and global and international studies with a minor in Middle Eastern studies. She has served as president of the Muslim Student Association, and she chaired the Student Senate Multicultural Affairs Committee. She has been a member of KU Students for Refugees, the Dole Institute Student Advisory Board and International Student Services.

SEDGWICK COUNTY

From Derby
Justin Kim, anthropology and visual art, is president of KU Young Democrats and the Student Alumni Leadership Board. He has been a board member of Student Union Activities and the Dole Student Advisory Board. He also created the Kansas Union Gallery Internship Program.

SHAWNEE COUNTY

From Topeka
Hannah Schifman, art history and psychology with a minor in leadership studies, is a founding member and vice president of the KU Art History Club and a representative for the Board of Class Officers. She is a Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute alumna and a LeaderShape graduate. She has been a student facilitator for the Colors of KU diversity retreat and a leader during Hawk Week. She interned at KU Hillel and participated in Israel Leadership Mission and Alternative Breaks. She is a member of Student Union Activities and she volunteers at Watkins Museum of History.

WASHINGTON

From Seattle
Tomas Green, chemical engineering with a minor in public policy, has been a member of Student Senate and the Dole Institute Student Advisory Board, and he has organized events for TEDxKU. He has volunteered at the Willow Domestic Violence Center and has worked with the Citizens Climate Lobby. He is a Self Engineering Leadership Fellow and a 2016 KU Man of Merit. In 2017, he was selected as a Udall Scholar and a Tau Beta Pi Scholar.

PERU

From Lima
Sebastian Huayamares, chemical engineering and mathematics, is a member of Theta Tau fraternity and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He also participates in the University Honors Program and Tau Beta Pi honor society.

A complete schedule of Homecoming week activities can be found online. The Alumni Association and its Student Alumni Network oversee Homecoming 2017, which is sponsored by Crown Toyota Volkswagen and supported by Kansas Athletics, PepsiCo and Student Union Activities.

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University of Kansas concludes 104th Homecoming celebration

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 in Campus News and News

Homecoming 2016

The University of Kansas celebrated its 104th Homecoming Oct. 16-22. The annual event was organized by the KU Alumni Association and a student-led Homecoming steering committee, which was directed by Katie Gerard, a Hanover senior in supply chain management. She worked with Alumni Association adviser Jacey Krehbiel, assistant director of alumni programs. Homecoming sponsors were Crown Automotive, Coca Cola and Kansas Athletics.

The theme for this year’s event was “Rock Chalk Super Hawk.” Students and alumni participated in several activities throughout the week, including competitions, community service opportunities and reunions. Members of the KU and Lawrence communities collected more than a ton of non-perishable food items for Just Food of Douglas County during the Stuff the Bus competition. They also donated more than 1,000 books for the Lawrence for Literacy Children’s Book Drive, which was sponsored by the Homecoming steering committee and the United Way of Douglas County.

The Homecoming parade was Friday, Oct. 21, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence and featured Bob Davis, the former play-by-play voice of Kansas Jayhawk football and men’s basketball, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist and former KU track and field sprinter Kyle Clemons as grand marshals. A pep rally at Eighth and New Hampshire streets followed the parade. The weeklong celebration culminated with a KU football game against Oklahoma State University Saturday, Oct. 22, in Memorial Stadium.

The 2016 Homecoming event and award winners are:

ExCEL Awards
Jordan Hildenbrand, a senior from Blue Springs, Missouri, majoring in chemical engineering
Abdoulie Njai, a senior from Wichita majoring in human biology

Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award
Sarah Pickert, a junior from Wichita majoring in visual communication in graphic design

Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award
Linda Ellis Sims, e’79, from Independence, Missouri

Overall Winners

Greek Life
1st place: Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Delta Lambda Phi
2nd place: Delta Delta Delta, Theta Chi, Alpha Kappa Lambda
3rd place: Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Tau Delta, Beta Sigma Psi

Student Life
1st place: Omega Phi Alpha, Beta Upsilon Chi
2nd place: KU School of Engineering
3rd place: Student Union Activities, The Big Event, KJHK

For more information and a complete list of competition winners, visit homecoming.ku.edu.

 

2016 KU HomecomingKU’s 104th Homecoming celebration, Rock Chalk Super Hawk, takes place Oct. 16-22. For a full list of activities and events during Homecoming week, fun facts and historical information, visit www.kualumni.org/homecoming. Share your photos with us by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #kuhomecoming, and follow the hashtag to see more pictures of the celebration. Click here to read more stories about Homecoming.

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2016 Ex.C.E.L. Award winners announced at Homecoming game

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 in Campus News and News

Abjoulie Njai, 2016 Ex.C.E.L. Award winner

Two University of Kansas seniors received the 26th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards during halftime of the KU-Oklahoma State Homecoming football game Oct. 22 in Memorial Stadium.

The 2016 Ex.C.E.L. award winners are Jordan Hildenbrand of Blue Springs, Missouri, and Abdoulie Njai of Wichita.

Jordan Hildenbrand, who is majoring in engineering, is the daughter of Wendy Hildenbrand of Blue Springs, Missouri, and the late Wade Hildenbrand. She is a member of the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Class of 2016 and a KU Admissions student ambassador. She is a member of Delta Gamma sorority and has served on the Homecoming Steering Committee. She has also conducted research at KU and the Mayo Clinic.

Abdoulie Njai, a human biology major, is the son of Ousman and Mariama Njai of Wichita. He is director of diversity and inclusion in Student Senate and president of the Minority Association of Premedical Students. He is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon premedical fraternity, where he serves as academic chair, and he also served as a Hawk Link guide for the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $250 award to two students. The winners will present at the Blueprints Leadership Conference next spring in conjunction with KU’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center.

The winners were selected from among 10 finalists on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The selection committee included representatives from Student Union Activities, the Board of Class Officers, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, and the Homecoming Steering Committee.

The award was established in 1991 to recognize one male and one female student for achievement and to add student interest to annual Homecoming festivities. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Each finalist completed an application and participated in an interview.

Jordan Hildenbrand, 2016 Ex.C.E.L. Award winner
 

2016 KU HomecomingKU’s 104th Homecoming celebration, Rock Chalk Super Hawk, takes place Oct. 16-22. For a full list of activities and events during Homecoming week, fun facts and historical information, visit www.kualumni.org/homecoming. Share your photos with us by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #kuhomecoming, and follow the hashtag to see more pictures of the celebration. Click here to read more stories about Homecoming.

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Ten KU seniors named finalists for 26th annual Ex.C.E.L. Awards

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 in Campus News and News

Homecoming float
Ten finalists have been selected for the 26th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas. The finalists, all seniors, will participate in the Homecoming parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, along Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. Two winners, one male and one female, will be announced during halftime of the KU-Oklahoma State Homecoming football game Oct. 22 at Memorial Stadium.

The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $250 scholarship to two students. The winners will present at the Blueprints Leadership Conference next spring in conjunction with KU’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center. Nominees were selected on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The selection committee included representatives from Student Union Activities, the Board of Class Officers, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and the Homecoming Steering Committee.

The award was first given in 1991 to recognize one male and one female student for achievement. Names of winners are listed on a plaque on the fifth level of the Kansas Union. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Each finalist completed an application and participated in an interview. The finalists and their academic majors are listed below, along with highlights of their campus achievements.

JOHNSON COUNTY

From Gardner

Stephonn Alcorn, finance, is student body president. He was a member of Student Senate, where he served as director of government relations, and he also served as director of member and leadership development of the Interfraternity Council. He has been a peer mentor for the School of Business and the Black Student Union. He is a first-generation college student and Hawk Link graduate.

From Leawood

Kevin Tenny, chemical engineering, is an engineering student senator and co-founded the Electrochemical Society at KU. He has worked for three years as a teaching assistant for the Kansas Algebra Program, and he has conducted research at Iowa State University, the University of South Carolina and MIT. He was awarded the national Barry M. Goldwater scholarship in spring 2016.

From Olathe

Sean Murray, business and journalism, is president of the Student Endowment Board and vice president of the advertising club. He is a member of Beta Sigma Psi fraternity, where he serves as recruitment chair.

From Prairie Village

Elizabeth Gray, business management and applied behavioral science, serves on the Panhellenic Association, where she is director of interfraternal relations and member development. She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and is a CARE sister. She is president of the Society of Human Resources Management Club and works as a peer instructor and adviser in Business Career Services.

From Stilwell

Rajvi Shah, neurobiology, psychology and French, was president of the Honors Program Student Council. She served on the Student Health Advisory Board and the executive boards of MEDLife KU, the KU Society of Scientists and the South Asian Student Association. In 2015, she was honored as a KU Woman of Distinction, and she received the Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett Outstanding Contribution Award in 2016.

POTTAWATOMIE COUNTY

From Wamego

BreShawna Briggs, management and leadership with a minor in leadership studies, was vice president of Mortar Board. She has been involved with the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute for three years, and she helped found the Women’s Leadership from the Heartland Program. She was the finance coordinator for Alternative Breaks.

SEDGWICK COUNTY

From Wichita

Abdoulie Njai, human biology, is director of diversity and inclusion in Student Senate and president of the Minority Association of Premedical Students. He is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon premedical fraternity, where he serves as academic chair.

SHAWNEE COUNTY

From Topeka

Travis Kesinger, elementary education, is a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and serves as director of member development and leadership on the Interfraternity Council. He is executive director of KU Dance Marathon and a member of the University’s Sexual Assault Task Force. He was student leadership coordinator for the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, and he served on the executive board for KU’s Big Event.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

From Hanover

Katie Gerard, supply chain management and information systems, is president of the supply chain management club and senior vice president of Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity. She is vice president of administration for the School of Business Ambassador Program, and she also serves as a teaching assistant and peer mentor in the school. She has served on the Homecoming Steering Committee for two years.

MISSOURI

From Blue Springs

Jordan Hildenbrand, chemical engineering, is a member of the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Class of 2016 and a KU Admissions student ambassador. She is a member of Delta Gamma sorority and has served on the Homecoming Steering Committee. She also has conducted research at KU and the Mayo Clinic.

2016 KU HomecomingKU’s 104th Homecoming celebration, Rock Chalk Super Hawk, takes place Oct. 16-22. For a full list of activities and events during Homecoming week, fun facts and historical information, visit www.kualumni.org/homecoming. Share your photos with us by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #kuhomecoming, and follow the hashtag to see more pictures of the celebration. Click here to read more stories about Homecoming.
 

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2015 Ex.C.E.L. Award winners announced at Homecoming game

Posted on Oct 31, 2015 in Campus News and News

Homecoming 2015
Two University of Kansas seniors received the 25th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards during halftime of the KU-Oklahoma Homecoming football game Oct. 31 in Memorial Stadium.

The 2015 Ex.C.E.L. award winners are Hannah Reinhart of Parkville, Missouri, and Evan Traylor of Edmond, Oklahoma.

Hannah Reinhart, who is majoring in journalism and political science, is the daughter of Michele and Tony Reinhart of Parkville. She is president of the Panhellenic Association and previously served as the director of interfraternal relations and membership development. She directed fundraising for Rock Chalk Revue and served on Student Senate. She was a recruitment committee coordinator for the Big Event and volunteers at Kansas Audio Reader, Natural Ties and Service for Sight.

Evan Traylor, a political science and Jewish studies major with a minor in leadership studies, is the son of Eddie and Ann Baumgarten Traylor of Edmond. He is an intern at KU Hillel and a board trustee for the Union for Reform Judaism, where he also served as a Kutz Camp co-program coordinator. He is a KU peer leadership consultant and a LeaderShape graduate. He participates in the Mortar Board Honor Society.

The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $500 award to two students. The winners will plan the Blueprints Leadership Conference next spring in conjunction with KU’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center.

The winners were selected from among 10 finalists on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The selection committee included representatives from Student Union Activities, the Board of Class Officers, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, and the Homecoming steering committee.

The award was established in 1991 to recognize one male and one female student for achievement and to add student interest to annual Homecoming festivities. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Each finalist completed an application and participated in an interview.

Hannah Reinhardt, Ex.C.E.L 2015 recipient

Evan Traylor, 2015 Ex.C.E.L. recipient
The 2015 recipients of the Ex.C.E.L. award are pictured above with Tammara Durham, vice provost for student affairs at the University. Photos by Dan Storey.

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Ten KU seniors named finalists for 25th annual Ex.C.E.L. Awards

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 in Campus News and News

2014 ExCEL Award Winners | www.kualumni.org
Ten finalists have been selected for the 25th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas. The finalists, all seniors, will participate in the Homecoming parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, along Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. Two winners, one male and one female, will be announced during halftime of the KU-Oklahoma homecoming football game Oct. 31 at Memorial Stadium.

The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $500 scholarship to two students. The winners will plan the Blueprints Leadership Conference next spring in conjunction with KU’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center. Nominees were selected on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The selection committee included representatives from Student Union Activities, the Board of Class Officers, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and the Homecoming Steering Committee.

The award was first given in 1991 to recognize one male and one female student for achievement. Names of winners are listed on a plaque on the fifth level of the Kansas Union. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Each finalist completed an application and participated in an interview. The finalists and their academic majors are listed below, along with highlights of their campus achievements.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Alex Kong, pharmaceutical studies with a minor in creative writing, serves Mortar Board as president and is founder and president of the KU Society of Scientists. He is an advisory board member for the School of Pharmacy peer mentor program and volunteers at the Lawrence Community Shelter and Kansas Audio Reader.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Overland Park
Elliott Brady, biology, is on the executive board of the Jayhawk Health Initiative and a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He is the drum major for the Marching Jayhawks and also served as rank leader. He volunteers at the Heartland Community Health Center and has been a children’s camp counselor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Camille Douglas, business marketing, is a multicultural recruitment student ambassador for KU admissions and president of the National Panhellenic Council. She served as vice president and secretary of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and is a member of the Black Student Union. She is a Sunday school teacher and a Christian youth camp counselor.

Michael Schugart, finance with a minor in psychology, is president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and also served as chaplain and historian. He is a student ambassador for KU admissions and the University Honors Program and is a sponsorship committee member for KU Dance Marathon. He volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.

Alvaro Papa Silva, mechanical engineering, is president of the Engineering Student Council and service chair for Mortar Board. He serves as vice president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and is a member of the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Class of 2016. He is a University Honors Program student and studied abroad in India.

From Prairie Village
Madeline Sniezek, finance and accounting, is treasurer of Student Senate and a justice for the Panhellenic Association Judicial Board. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority and serves as the leadership and involvement chair. She is a founding member and past fundraising director of Hawks Helping Hawks, and volunteers for the Girl Scouts of America and KU’s Big Event.

From Stillwell
Lauren Arney, biology with a minor in public policy, chairs the Student Health Advisory Board and is a member of Student Senate. She is president of the KU Memorial Unions Corporation Board and a member of Chi Omega sorority, where she has served as director of outreach cabinets, chapter secretary and community service chair.

MISSOURI
From Parkville
Hannah Reinhart, journalism and political science, is president of the Panhellenic Association and previously served as the director of interfraternal relations and membership development. She directed fundraising for Rock Chalk Revue and served on Student Senate. She was a recruitment committee coordinator for the Big Event and volunteers at Kansas Audio Reader, Natural Ties and Service for Sight.

NEBRASKA
From Swanton
Angela Bass, elementary education, is vice president of membership for the Student Alumni Leadership Board and a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, where she served as vice president of membership programming. She is on the family relations committee for KU Dance Marathon and cofounded KU Students Together Against Cancer.

OKLAHOMA
From Edmond
Evan Traylor, political science and Jewish studies with a minor in leadership studies, is an intern at KU Hillel and a board trustee for the Union for Reform Judaism, where he also served as a Kutz Camp co-program coordinator. He is a KU peer leadership consultant and a LeaderShape graduate. He participates in the Mortar Board Honor Society.

Photo: The 2014 Ex.C.E.L. Award winners, Ellie Eastes and Graham Naasz. Learn more. 

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KU Alumni Association sets dates for Homecoming 2015

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 in Campus News and News

 

Homecoming 2015 save the date | www.kualumni.orgThe University of Kansas will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 25-31, 2015, culminating in the KU football game against Oklahoma University Oct. 31 in Memorial Stadium.

The KU Alumni Association and a student-led steering committee will coordinate the week of Homecoming activities. Association staff members leading the effort are Paige Hofer, coordinator of student programs, and Jacey Krehbiel, coordinator of alumni programs. KU’s Homecoming tradition began in 1912.

Homecoming leaders will meet throughout the spring semester to select a theme and finalize the schedule of activities, which will include competitions for student organizations, community service activities, various reunions, the Homecoming parade and pep rally, and the selection of 10 student finalists for the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards (ExCEL). The winners will be announced during halftime of the football game Oct. 31.

The Alumni Association will continue to update kualumni.org/homecoming as information becomes available.

Kansas Athletics has announced 2015 football season ticket prices, including a “loyalty pricing” campaign that enables fans to lock in 2014 prices for the seven-game 2015 season and save money on single-game tickets. The loyalty pricing campaign is open to everyone and will end Jan. 18, 2015. Fans can order by logging into their ticket account at KUAthletics.com/renewals or calling 800-34-HAWKS.

For more information on 2015 ticket packages and how fans can get all seven games for the price of six, click here.

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2014 ExCEL Award winners announced at Homecoming game

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 in Campus News and News

2014 ExCEL Award Winners | www.kualumni.org

Two University of Kansas seniors received the 24th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards during halftime of the KU-Texas homecoming football game Sept. 27 in Memorial Stadium.

The 2014 ExCEL award winners are Ellie Eastes of Pratt and Graham Naasz of Overland Park.

Ellie Eastes, who is majoring in applied behavioral science with a minor in sociology, is the daughter of William and Dee Dee Eastes of Pratt. She was an orientation coordinator and assistant for the Office of First-Year Experience and vice president of Best Buddies, a group dedicated to working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also has participated in Mortar Board, the University Honors Program, and Omega Phi Alpha, the campus service sorority. She served as a site leader for Alternative Breaks.

Graham Naasz, a biology major, is the son of Steven and Donna George Naasz of Overland Park. He is a member of the Student Endowment board and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He was selected to attend the LeaderShape campus conference, and he created an Easter Egg Hunt to benefit Douglas County Special Olympics.

The ExCEL Award provides an annual $500 award to two students. The winners will plan the Blueprints Leadership Conference next spring in conjunction with KU’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center.

The winners were selected from among 10 finalists on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The selection committee included representatives from Student Union Activities, the Board of Class Officers, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and the homecoming steering committee.

The award was established in 1991 to recognize one male and one female student for achievement and to add student interest to annual homecoming festivities. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Each finalist completed an application and participated in an interview.

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Ten KU seniors named finalists for 24th annual Ex.C.E.L. Awards

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Campus News and News

Homecoming 2014

Ten finalists have been selected for the 24th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas. The finalists, all seniors, will participate in the Homecoming parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, along Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. Two winners, one male and one female, will be announced during halftime of the KU-Texas homecoming football game Sept. 27 at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is at 3 p.m.

The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $500 scholarship to two students. The winners will plan the Blueprints Leadership Conference next spring in conjunction with KU’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center. Nominees were selected on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The selection committee included representatives from Student Union Activities, the Board of Class Officers, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center and the Homecoming Steering Committee.

The award was first given in 1991 to recognize one male and one female student for achievement. Names of winners are listed on a plaque on the fifth level of the Kansas Union. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Each finalist completed an application and participated in an interview. The finalists and their academic majors are listed below, along with highlights of their campus achievements.

FINNEY COUNTY
From Garden City
Vicky Reyes, applied behavioral science with a minor in Italian, is vice president of the Hispanic American Leadership Organization and founder and president of the Latina sorority, Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha. She was a Hawk Link Guide for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and a 2013-’14 KU Woman of Distinction.

FRANKLIN COUNTY
From Ottawa
Allyson Briggs, biochemistry with a minor in leadership studies, is the co-director of Alternative Breaks and has served for two years on the executive board. She was a resident assistant in Lewis Hall and a rank leader for the Marching Jayhawks. She participates in the Mortar Board Honor Society and was part of the inaugural class for the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa
Michael Garrett, journalism and Spanish with a minor in leadership studies, is executive director of the 2014 Big Event, an annual day of volunteer service in the spring to unite the KU and Lawrence communities. He leads the Class of 2015 as president, and he co-chairs campus outreach efforts for the Homecoming Steering Committee. He has served for two years on the executive board of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

From Mission Hills
Kevin Simpson, finance and accounting, leads the Interfraternity Council as president and serves Mortar Board as treasurer. He is a Chancellors Club Scholar and a University Honors Program student. He served as president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and was a member of the Student Alumni Leadership Board.

From Overland Park
Mitchell Cota, marketing and international business, is president of Spectrum KU and chief of staff for Student Senate. He also directs legislative affairs for Students United for Reproductive & Gender Equity and serves on the Title IX Roundtable. He is a member of Mortar Board and was selected as a 2014 KU Man of Merit.

Graham Naasz, biology, is a member of the Student Endowment board and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He was selected to attend the LeaderShape campus conference, and he created an Easter Egg Hunt to benefit Douglas County Special Olympics.

From Prairie Village
Micah Melia, anthropology, is executive director of the Center for Community Outreach, where she also served as development director and program coordinator. She is a Hall Center Scholar and was a finalist for the Truman Scholarship. She participated in Alternative Breaks and studied abroad in Costa Rica and Ireland.

PRATT COUNTY
From Pratt
Ellie Eastes, applied behavioral science with a minor in sociology, was an orientation coordinator and assistant for the Office of First-Year Experience and vice president of Best Buddies, a group dedicated to working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also has participated in Mortar Board, the University Honors Program, and Omega Phi Alpha, the campus service sorority. She served as a site leader for Alternative Breaks.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Beatrice Tretbar, journalism with minors in business and economics, leads Student Union Activities as president in her third year of involvement with the group. For Peer Leadership Consultants, she is the outreach chair, and she served on the first Hawks Helping Hawks executive team. She is a LeaderShape graduate and was a student facilitator for the first KUnity retreat. She is a member of Mortar Board as well as Kappa Delta sorority, where she has served on the executive council.

WILSON COUNTY
From Fredonia
Drew Carlburg, applied behavioral science with a minor in leadership studies, is a member of Jayhawks DREAM (Developing Relationships Through Education and Mentoring), Hispanic American Leadership Organization and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He served as a Hawk Link Guide for two years.

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