KU News Release

June 14, 2011
Contact: Christopher A. Stoppel, New Student Orientation, 785-864-4270

KU announces 2011-12 orientation assistants, coordinators

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LAWRENCE — Twenty-three students at the University of Kansas have been chosen as orientation assistants and orientation coordinators for this summer and the upcoming academic year.

The students will assist with all orientation programs as well as Hawk Week — the official welcome week for new students — Hawk Days, Rock Chalk Chow Downs and an orientation seminar course.

Orientation assistants are hired through a process that includes essay writing, group interaction activities, a five-minute speech and 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.

New student orientation programs are tailored to incoming students’ fields of study and offer information about KU to first-time freshmen, transfer students and readmitted students. The programs are designed to help students, parents and guests with their academic, social and personal transitions to KU and to reduce anxieties about attending college.

During June and July, there will be 12 freshman sessions, three transfer sessions and one readmit session. There are two August sessions — one for freshmen and one for transfer students.

Three students will be orientation coordinators: Ashley Anguiano, a senior from Berryton; Josh DeBoer, a senior from Overland Park; and Chris Paradies, a spring 2011 graduate from Lawrence.

Four students are returning for a second year as an orientation assistant: Becky Haddican, a senior from Satanta; Jon Sabillon, a spring 2011 graduate from Lawrence; Ernest Shepard, a senior from Kansas City, Kan.; and Kris Velasco, a junior from Wamego.

New orientation assistants and coordinators are listed below by hometown, major, parents’ names, high school, orientation role and campus activities.

From Garnett 66032 and Rantoul
Brandon A. Wiederholt, sophomore in political science; Michael Wiederolt (Garnett) and Janie Burkdoll (Rantoul); Anderson County High School; orientation assistant; member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, Student Senate, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Student Alumni Association and National Society for Collegiate Scholars; involved with the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, Interfraternity Council and several Lawrence-area service projects.

From Towanda 67144
Thomas Andrew Plummer, sophomore in chemical engineering; Jess and Dorothy Plummer; Circle High School; orientation assistant; Summerfield Scholar; member of the University Honors Program; Ellsworth Hall Council president; member of Student Senate, the Association of University Residence Halls and Student Alumni Association.

From New Strawn 66839 and Waverly 66871
Michaelyn Aleah Everhart, senior in physics; Diane Everhart (New Strawn) and Tony Everhart (Waverly); Burlington High School; orientation assistant; member of University Honors Program; New Student Orientation First-Year Photo Project participant; member of the Hashinger Hall Musical Theater Troupe.

From Lawrence 66047
Christopher James Paradies, spring 2011 graduate in political science; Jay and Betsy Paradies; Lawrence High School; orientation coordinator; scholarship hall resident for four years, two as proctor for Pearson Scholarship Hall; peer adviser in the University Advising Center; involved in community service programs.

From Lawrence 66049
Nadia Oye Imafidon, junior in journalism; Gilbert and Gail Imafidon; Lawrence Free State High School; orientation assistant; member of African Students Association; participated in KU’s 2010 Miss Africa Beauty Pageant; volunteer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Jubilee Café and Willow Domestic Violence Center.

Alejandro Jonathan Sabillon, spring 2011 graduate in communication studies; Alejandro and Waldina Sabillon; Lawrence Free State High School; returning orientation assistant; member of Comedy and Music Committee for Student Union Activities and the Board of Class Officers; founder of KZOO, a volunteer outreach program for the campus and community to foster appreciation and support for animals; works at student-run radio station KJHK 90.7 FM.

From Rantoul 66079 and Garnett
Brandon A Wiederholt. SEE ANDERSON COUNTY.

From Newton 67114
Ramona Elyssa Yoder, sophomore in psychology; Samuel and Sylvia Yoder; Newton High School; orientation assistant; resident of Watkins Scholarship Hall and serves on the hall’s judiciary board; participant in Relay for Life and KU blood drives.

From Satanta 67870
Rebecca Jean Haddican, senior in political science and journalism; Michael and Connie Haddican; Satanta Junior-Senior High School; returning orientation assistant; Watkins-Berger Scholar; studied abroad in London; member of University Honors Program, University Honors Program Student Council and Golden Key International Honor Society.

From Olathe 66062
Emily Alice Majerle, senior in foreign language and secondary education; Diane and Joseph Majerle; Saint Thomas Aquinas High School; orientation assistant; Student Ambassador; member of University Honors Program and St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, where she has held several leadership positions; studied abroad in France; tutors French.

From Overland Park 66213
Stewart William Alloway, senior in music education; Gordon and Cyd Alloway; Blue Valley North High School; orientation assistant; mellophone section leader for the Marching Jayhawks, as well as a four-year member of the KU Basketball Band; charter member of Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity; clinician for high school bands.

From Overland Park 66221
Joshua Dean Deboer, junior in communication studies; Gregory and Donita DeBoer; Blue Valley West High School; orientation coordinator; Student Ambassador coordinator; member of the National Orientation Directors Association; worked as a student assistant with New Student Orientation and served as a chair for the New Student Orientation Student Advisory Board; participated in Freshman Leadership Council, KU Men’s Glee Club and intramural sports.

From Prairie Village 66208
Bernadette Ann Myers, senior in English; Sheila and Patrick Joseph Myers; Shawnee Mission East High School; orientation assistant; Watkins-Berger and University Scholar; involved in University Honors Program Ambassadors, KU Water Polo and Association of University Residence Halls; studied abroad in the Great Britain and Costa Rica and will study in Bologna, Italy, this fall.

From Inman 67546 and Wichita
Dakota Myles Strange, junior in sport science; Stoney Strange (Inman) and Debi Strange (Wichita); Wichita Southeast High School; orientation assistant; coordinator for the Spirit Committee for Student Union Activities; director of community outreach for KZOO, a volunteer outreach program for the campus and community to foster appreciation and support for animals; participated in Blueprints Leadership Conference; graduate of LeaderShape.

From Louisville 66547
Kristopher Noah Velasco, junior in political science; Kelley Velasco; Wamego High School; returning orientation assistant; coordinator for Student Union Activities; member of Student Senate; founding member of KZOO, a volunteer outreach program for the campus and community to foster appreciation and support for animals, and the Big Event, a community outreach day; member of University Honors Program; graduate of LeaderShape.

From Wamego 66547
Patrick Ryan Blanchard, sophomore preparing to study law; Patrick Blanchard; Wamego High School; orientation assistant; member of Student Union Activities and debate squad.

From Hutchinson 67501
Katelyn Elizabeth Law, senior in biology; Barry and Melissa Law; Hutchinson Senior High School; orientation assistant; member of University Honors Program, 2010 Homecoming Steering Committee and Alpha Chi Omega sorority; participated in Alternative Breaks; graduate of LeaderShape; studied abroad in Paris, France.

From Wichita 67220
Eman Pervaiz Siddiqui, senior in architecture; Shaista Rafiq; Karachi Grammar School; orientation assistant; member of Pakistani Students Association, Muslim Students Association and American Institute of Architecture Students; served on the Pakistani Students Association board and Muslim students’ publicity committee for the annual Fast-A-Thon; led a fundraiser for flood relief.

From Wichita 67226 and Inman
Dakota Myles Strange. SEE MCPHERSON COUNTY.

From Berryton 66409
Ashley M. Anguiano, senior in social work; James and Linda Anguiano; Hayden High School; orientation coordinator; works in the Office of Multicultural Affairs as a student assistant; worked as a Hawk Link guide for the Office of Admissions; member of the Kauffman Scholars Mentor Program and the Multicultural Scholars Program; served on numerous committees including the Relay for Life planning committee, the Coca-Cola programming committee and the Retention and Graduation Task Force; resident of Rieger Scholarship Hall.

From Topeka 66610 and 66615
Katherine Elizabeth Farrington, senior in management and leadership; William Farrington (66610) and Mary Farrington (66615); Hayden High School; orientation assistant; senior staff resident assistant in Lewis Hall; director of recognition for the National Residence Hall Honorary; LeaderShape graduate; Relay for Life participant; member of the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center outreach team.

From Kansas City 66104
Ernest Ramon Shepard Jr., senior in communication studies; Linda Union; Sumner Academy of Arts and Science; returning orientation assistant; first-generation college student; member of the Student Alumni Leadership Board, Black Student Union and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; peer adviser in the University Advising Center.

Terry F. Thomas Jr., junior in communication studies; Pamela and Terry Thomas; Sumner Academy of Arts and Science; orientation assistant; president of the Zeta Omicrion chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; member of the Black Student Union; involved in intramural sports and community service.

From Colorado Springs 80924
Ryan Leron Burton, junior in English and political science; Andrea Burton; Air Academy High School; orientation assistant; running back on the football team; named to Athletics Directors Honor Roll; member of Student Senate.

From Fairfax Station 22039 and Lorton 22079
Shannon Marie Collins, junior in political science; Jamie Collins (Fairfax Station) and David Collins (Lorton); County Secondary School; orientation assistant; member of University Honors Program, Freshman Leadership Council, Alpha Chi Omega sorority and National Society of Collegiate Scholars; director of her sorority’s Rock Chalk Revue performance; will be assistant coordinator for cultural arts for Student Union Activities in the fall.

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