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April 16, 2009
Contact: Rebecca Cates, University Advising Center, (785) 864-0184.

Peer Advisers chosen to help incoming students transition to KU

LAWRENCE — Twenty students at the University of Kansas have been chosen as Peer Advisers for 2009.

The Peer Advisers will work throughout the summer to assist new, transfer and readmitted students with their academic transitions to KU, particularly with the advising and enrollment process of orientation.

Three students from Olathe — Molly Jones, senior; Michael Partridge, junior; and Godfrey Riddle, sophomore — are returning for the second time as Peer Advisers. Samir Kashyap, a senior from Shawnee, will be a Peer Adviser for a third time.

Among their duties, the students will assist faculty, staff, incoming students, parents and guests with the advising process, act as resources for incoming students, help to prepare materials and provide other services as needed during orientation activities.

In addition to strong knowledge of KU’s academic areas, demonstrated leadership and communication skills, Peer Advisers have more than 70 hours of training to help to prepare them to work with incoming students.

The new Peer Advisers are listed below by hometown, major, level in school, parents’ names and high schools.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence 66047
Jon Samp, freshman planning to major in biology, son of Ed and Cheryl Samp; Lawrence High School.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From De Soto 66018
Stacy Marie Carter, senior in psychology, daughter of Bill and Cathy Carter, Mill Valley High School, Shawnee.

From Gardner 66030
Kevin Charles Jones, junior in mechanical engineering, son of Charles and Susan Jones; Gardner Edgerton High School.

From Leawood 66206
Christine Elane Gordon, senior in industrial design preparing to study nursing, daughter of John and Carolyn Gordon; Shawnee Mission East High School.

From Olathe 66061
Molly Kathryn Jones, senior in exercise science, daughter of Dave and Jayne Jones; Olathe North High School.

Heather Ann Luth, sophomore in political science, daughter of Gerard and Kathryn Luth; Olathe Northwest High School.

Godfrey Jarvis Riddle, sophomore in architectural studies, son of Godfrey Riddle; Olathe North High School.

From Olathe 66062
Monique Shaunta Cooper, sophomore in American studies preparing to study law, daughter of Stephanie Cooper; Blue Valley West High School, Overland Park.

Michael D. Partridge, junior in human biology preparing to study nursing, son of David and Patricia Partridge; Olathe South High School.

From Shawnee 66214
Samir Kashyap, senior in human biology and psychology preparing to study medicine, son of Usha and Bhola Kashyap; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.

From Shawnee 66216
Ashley Barforoush, junior in strategic communication, daughter of Mohammad and Kathle Barforoush; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.

MITCHELL COUNTY
From Beloit 67420
Kristen Marie Meier, sophomore in biology and Spanish preparing to study medicine, daughter of Mike and Roberta Meier; Beloit Junior-Senior High School.

RILEY COUNTY
From Manhattan 66503
Nathan Doubek Phillips, sophomore in biochemistry, son of Thomas and Debra Doubek Phillips; Manhattan High School.

RENO COUNTY
From Hutchinson 67502
Madison Shipley, sophomore in mathematics preparing to major in mathematics education through the UKanTeach Program, daughter of Howard and Sarah Shipley; Buhler High School.

SALINE COUNTY
From Assaria 67416 and Salina 67401
Alex Earles, junior in communication studies and political science preparing to study law, son of Robin Earles of Assaria and Peter Earles of Salina; Southeast of Saline Senior High School, Gypsum.

WABAUNSEE COUNTY
From Eskridge 66423
Emily Ann Burgen, junior in economics and mathematics, daughter of Ron and Linda Burgen; Mission Valley High School.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY
From Kansas City 66102
Adam Ryan Smith, sophomore in atmospheric science, son of Brian and Sheridan Smith; Bonner Springs High School.

ILLINOIS
From Chicago 60625
Jessica Ann Melhuse, senior in foreign language education, daughter of Jon and Connie Melhuse; Lane Technical High School.

UTAH
From Sandy 84093
Vanessa Copple, junior in classical antiquity and history of art, daughter of Kennis Wessel and Susan Copple; West High School.

CHINA
From Luoyang, Henan
Xiao Liang, junior in chemical engineering and mathematics, daughter of Guofang Liang; Yangpu Senior High School.

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