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CHE names 13 outstanding seniors

Monday, May 13, 2013

Thirteen students have been named outstanding seniors in the College of Human Ecology. They were selected by their professors for their academic achievement, professional potential, leadership, participation and service.

They will be recognized at the college’s Graduation Honors and Student Awards Celebration at 4 p.m. Friday, May 17, in Leadership Studies Building on campus.

From the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design:

• Kelsie Doty in apparel design and production. Among Doty’s achievements are participation in juried shows such as the International Textile and Apparel Association Design Exhibition and Fiber to Fashion sponsored by the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association. She has been an undergraduate teaching assistant and research assistant. The recipient of several scholarships, she has been accepted in the master’s degree program and been awarded a graduate assistantship. She is the daughter of Rodney and Carolyn Koehn, Burns. She lives in Council Grove.

• Leah Parsons in apparel marketing. Parsons completed internships in Kansas City, New York City and London where she also studied at the American InterContinental University. Leadership roles include apparel and textiles student ambassador, ATID Symposium and Apparel Marketing Design Alliance. Leah graduates with a minor in business administration and public relations. She is the daughter of Greg Parsons, Topeka.

• Lauren Koepp in interior design. Koepp served as president of the Human Ecology Council, is in the honors program and has been involved in student government, Gamma Phi Beta sorority, Kappa Omicron Nu honor society and student chapters of both the national and international interior design professional organizations. She was co-chair of the ATID symposium and interned with RVK Architects in San Antonio. She has a secondary major in gerontology and is the daughter of Patricia and Dwight Koepp, La Vernia, Texas.

• Andrea Sisk in interior design. Sisk was a member of the student team that won first place in the 2013 IDEC student design competition. She is an interior design student ambassador and has been a leader in Gamma Phi Beta and the student chapter of the both the national and international ID professional organizations. A member of Kappa Omicron Nu honor society and recipient of numerous scholarships – including the KSU Leadership Scholarship, she has accepted a job as interior designer with PGAV Architects in Kansas City. She is the daughter of Brenda and Randall Sisk, Overland Park.

From the School of Family Studies and Human Services:

• Margaret Weller in communication sciences and disorders. Weller has been selected student commencement speaker for the College of Human Ecology. She is president of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society and has received awards for her accomplishments in student leadership, debate and forensics. She plans to attend graduate school in speech-language pathology. Other activities include the Student Alumni Board and the Student Foundation. She’s the owner of Maggie’s Cakes. She is the daughter of Coleen and Rick Weller, Overland Park.

• Jenna Simpson in early childhood education. She has been an assistant teacher with infants and toddlers at Hoeflin Stone House and at Northridge Academy in Wichita. Volunteer work includes work with children at Wesley Medical Center and Via Christi Hospital, activities coordinator for the American Cancer Society’s Camp Hope and leadership at St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center. Jenna hopes to become a certified child life specialist in a hospital setting. She is the daughter of Janice and James Simpson, Wichita.

• Rachael Capsey in family studies and human service, Salina. Capsey is a first generation college student who plans to attend graduate school and become a social worker. She serves as events coordinator for the multicultural student union in Salina and interned at the Department of Children and Families. Volunteer work includes Heartland Policy Council president, PTOs at two schools in Salina and Mothers of Preschoolers International. She is a member of Phil Kappa Phi and Kappa Omicron Nu and is from Salina.

• Jessica High in family studies and human services, internship program. When Jessica was not playing piccolo in the K-State Marching Band or serving as vice president of the McCain Student Ambassadors, she was working toward three minors: music, Spanish and conflict resolution/trauma studies. She was a volunteer translator/interpreter for the Crisis Center and an intern at the Family Center. She has been accepted into the marriage and family therapy graduate program. She is from Wichita.

• Simone Dorsey in family studies and human services, without internship program. Simone graduates with minors in Spanish and American Ethnic Studies. A Human Ecology ambassador, she has worked on research multicultural couples and families. She is president of LGBT and Allies at K-State and is an activist for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students’ rights on and off campus. Simone hopes to enter graduate school in marriage and family therapy. She is from San Bernardino, California.

• Joel Reimer in personal financial planning. Reimer has served as a peer counselor with Powercat Financial Counseling on campus since the program started and was a research assistant in the Institute of Personal Financial Planning. He works full time as paramedic captain and training coordinator for the Riley County Emergency Medical Services. During tax season he volunteered with the VITA program. He will graduate with a minor in business and is from Manhattan. He is the son of JeElla and Vernon Reimer, Reedley, Calif.

From the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics:

• Marie Montoya in dietetics coordinated program. Montoya researched trayless dining options within the university dining environment and created a bilingual calendar to motivate children to eat better and exercise more at part of Walk Kansas for Kids. She developed and implemented an employee wellness program at a hospital in El Dorado, has been a volunteer at Mercy Hospital in Miami and Peruvian Air Force Hospital in Lima, Peru. Marie plans to become a registered dietitian; she is the daughter of Veronica and Jaime Montoya, Lima, Peru.

From Hospitality Management and Dietetics and Human Nutrition:

• Gretchen Strathe in dietetic didactic program and in public health nutrition. Strathe graduates with degrees in dietetics, public health nutrition and kinesiology. She was Recreation Services Nutrition Consultant of the Year in 2011 and was active in the student dietetic association and health and nutrition society. She was on the K-State cadaver team, worked at a weight loss camp in Pennsylvania and was an International Service Learning volunteer in Liberia, West Africa. The recipient of numerous scholarships, she is the daughter of Julie Strathe, Wichita, Jim Strathe, Gonzales, La.

From the Department of Human Nutrition:

• Theresia McCollum in nutrition and kinesiology. McCollum studied for a semester at Lorenzo de’ Medici University in Italy. In Kansas she has volunteered with Mercy Regional Health Center, Meals on Wheels and Wildcat Wellness Coaching Trial. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and was on the K-State cadaver team. She interned with KidZercise Program is a certified senior pharmacy technician. McCollum, from Severy, has received 10 different scholarships and plans to go to medical school. She is the daughter of Jill McCollum of Dodge City and Patrick Mahaffey, Surprise, Ariz.


This article was posted on Monday, May 13, 2013, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, Center on Aging, College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Interior Design and Fashion Studies, Kinesiology.