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March 17, 2005
Contact: Trina J. Ramirez, New Student Orientation, (785) 864-4270.

KU selects 20 undergraduates to serve as new student orientation assistants

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

Six of the 20 will return for a second year to be orientation assistants. They are Charles Alexander Forsyth, Harper junior; Matt Goble, Lawrence sophomore; Jennifer Meitl, Rush Center senior; Amanda Ostgulen, Fargo, N.D., sophomore; Daniel John Peters, St. Paul, Minn., senior; and Brian M. Thomas, Plano, Texas, senior.

Orientation assistants were chosen through a selective 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 that covers KU academic and student services, 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 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 29 and 30 and July 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25 and 26. Summer orientation for transfer students will be May 24, June 27 and July 1, and for readmitted students on June 27. Fall orientation for freshmen will be Aug. 16 and for transfer and readmitted students on Aug. 15 and 16.

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

Orientation assistants and their hometowns, majors, parents' names (if available) and high schools attended are:

From Wakefield
Cayla Jo Witty, junior in history of art, daughter of Ben and Janita Witty; Wakefield High School.

From Lawrence
Matthew Grant Goble, sophomore in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of James and Dana Goble; Lawrence Free State High School.
Kori Elizabeth Green, senior in pre-education who earned a bachelor's degree in women's studies in 2000, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Green; Great Bend High School.

From Anthony
Charles Alexander Forsyth, junior in religious studies and journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Jim and Becky Forsyth; Chaparral High School.

From Mission
Andrea Rose Pantoja, senior in applied behavioral sciences, daughter of Robert Pantoja; Bishop Miege High School.

From Prairie Village
Lauren Burdette Pierson, junior in English and political science, daughter of George and Jo Pierson; Shawnee Mission East High School.

From Shawnee
Claire Marie Scharenberg, junior in sociology, daughter of Carl and Anna Scharenberg; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.

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

From Salina
Ben Joseph Ryan, sophomore in English and pre-education, son of Joe and Christie Ryan; Southeast of Saline Senior High School.

From Derby
Kyle Mathew Stearns, senior in communication studies, son of Jim and Lynn Stearns; Derby High School.

From Topeka
Amy Bainum, senior in communication studies, daughter of David and Lucinda Bainum; Mission Valley High School.
Kathleen Kelly Daughety, senior in history, political science and women's studies, daughter of Ted and Laura Kelly Daughety; Topeka High School.

From St. Paul
Daniel John Peters, senior in geography and in journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis), son of Roger and Marilyn Peters; Concordia Academy.

From Kansas City
Rona Princess Remmie, sophomore in English, philosophy and pre-law, daughter of Chea Tardey; North Kansas City High School.
Antwan De'andre Winkfield, sophomore in pre-social welfare, son of Patricia Thornton; Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts.

From Kearney
Donna Marie Bascom, sophomore in pre-pharmacy, daughter of George and Roxanne Bascom; Kearney High School.

From Fargo
Amanda J. Ostgulen, sophomore in applied behavioral science, daughter of Robert and Ruth Ostgulen; South High School.

From Tulsa
Brian J. Bizjack, sophomore in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Paul and Nancy Bizjack; Bishop Kelley High School.

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

From McLean
Ryan Todd Colaianni, sophomore in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Peter and Lisa Colaianni; McLean High School.


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