March 10, 2004

Contact: Trina J. Ramirez, New Student Orientation, (785) 864-4270.

KU selects 20 undergraduates to be new student orientation assistants

LAWRENCE -- Twenty University of Kansas students have been chosen as assistants for KU's new student orientation this summer.

Orientation assistants were chosen through a selective four-step process that included essay writing, group interaction activities, a five-minute speech and a final interview.

The assistants prepare for orientation sessions by attending three weeks of training. The training covers KU academic and student services, as well as public speaking, interaction with the public and diversity issues.

New student orientation programs, which are tailored to students' major fields of study, offer first-time freshmen, transfer students and readmitted students information about the university.

The programs are designed to help students with their academic, social and personal transition to KU and to reduce anxieties about attending college.

Freshman orientation programs are scheduled for June 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 22, 24 and 25, and July 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28 and 29. Summer orientation for transfer students will be June 28 and 30 and July 2.

For more information, visit or contact New Student Orientation at KU, 213 Strong Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045; phone: (785) 864-4270.

Orientation assistants, their hometowns, majors (not all have declared majors), parents' names and high schools/secondary education are:

From Lawrence
Matthew Goble, freshman in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, son of James and Dana Goble; Free State High School.
Patrick Ross, sophomore in pre-journalism, son of Rebecca Ross; general equivalency diploma.

From Anthony
Charley Forsyth, sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, son of Jim and Becky Forsyth; Chaparral High School.

From Olathe
Andrea Froese, junior in sport science and exercise science, daughter of Charles Froese; home schooled.

From Overland Park
Pat Downes, sophomore in pre-business, son of Phil and Karla Downes; Blue Valley Northwest High School.

From Shawnee
Kelly Rifenbark, junior in social welfare and social work, daughter of James and Deborah Rifenbark; Shawnee Mission North High School.

From Beloit
Jessica Kimple, senior in foreign language education, daughter of Kris and Melinda Kimple; Beloit Junior-Senior High School.

From Coffeyville
Holly Rauch, senior in dance, daughter of Steve and Vicki Rauch; Field Kindley Memorial High School.

From Rush Center
Jennifer Meitl, junior in speech-language-hearing, daughter of Duane and Nancy Meitl; La Crosse High School.

From Bavaria
Matthew Carazo, senior in chemistry, son of Christopher and Suzie Carazo; Ell-Saline High School.

From Salina
Anton Bengtson, freshman in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, son of Greg and Roberta Bengtson; Salina Central High School.

From Topeka
Anna Gregory, senior in history, daughter of Marilyn and Guy Gregory Jr.; Topeka High School.

From Littleton
Elisa Zahn, senior in journalism, strategic communications emphasis, daughter of Stanley and Jenny Zahn; Columbine High School.

From St. Paul
Dan Peters, junior in journalism, news and information emphasis, son of Roger and Marilyn Peters; Concordia Academy.

From Kansas City
Edward Thomas II, junior in architecture, sone Joyce Thomas; Southeast High School.

From Springfield
Scott Aripoli, senior in journalism, strategic communications emphasis, son of Don and Becky Aripoli; Kickapoo High School.

From Bellevue
Steve Munch, sophomore in American studies, son of Mike and Joli Munch; Bellevue East High School.

From Fargo
Amanda Ostgulen, freshman in human development and family life, daughter of Robert and Ruth Ostgulen; South High School.

From Norman
Blair Thompson, junior in English, daughter of Teresa Thompson; Norman North High School.

From Plano
Brian Thomas, senior in political science, son of Lane and Jeff Thomas; Plano Senior High School.


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