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Mortar Board taps 9 Human Ecology students

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mortar Board, the national senior honor society that promotes scholarship, service and leadership at Kansas State University, has 29 new members for the 2013-2014 school year.

New members of Mortar Board in the College of Human Ecology are:

* Angelique Foye, senior in psychology and family studies and human services, Junction City, is director of community service for Mortar Board. Foye is a research assistant in the Personality and Social Psychology Laboratory of Don Saucier, associate professor of psychological sciences. Her activities include College of Human Ecology Ambassadors and volunteering for Sunflower CASA and Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is a member of Psi Chi, the psychology honor society, Multicultural Student Honor Society and the McNair Scholars Program. She also is a career specialist at the university's Academic Career and Information Center.

* Tricia Brensing, senior in communication sciences and disorders, Lenexa, is director of membership for Mortar Board. Brensing is a member of the K-State cheer squad, Pi Beta Phi sorority and the College of Human Ecology Ambassadors. She also was a member of Silver Key, the sophomore honorary, and Chimes, the junior honorary.

* Derek Feist, senior in kinesiology and pre-physical therapy, Lenexa, is vice president of service for Mortar Board. Feist is a member of Theta Xi fraternity, where he has served as recruitment chair and vice president. He has been a peer mentor for the Pre-Physical Therapy CAT Community, was a member of the Cadaver Dissection Team, coached youth sports and taught religious education. He currently is an undergraduate researcher in the lab of Brett Wong, associate professor of kinesiology.

* Taylor Johnston, senior in kinesiology, nutrition, dietetics and gerontology, Lenexa, is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Student Dietetic Association, Kappa Omicron Nu and Phi Eta Sigma. She is a former Kansas State University cheerleader.

* Amanda Oakley, senior in dietetics, Manhattan, is director of selections for Mortar Board. Oakley has been an executive officer for her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega; an intern for the Student Homecoming Committee; and was a university orientation leader.

* Cheyanne Alvarado, senior in biology and gerontology, McPherson, is director of alumni relations for Mortar Board. Alvarado is a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority and is president of Phi Eta Sigma honor society. She was a member of Silver Key, the sophomore honor society, and Chimes, the junior honor society. She also has been involved with International Buddies and served on the Royal Purple yearbook staff.

* Angela Glean, senior in kinesiology, Overland Park, is director of communications for Mortar Board. Glean is a transfer student ambassador, vice president of the Kinesiology Student Association and a member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honor Society and the university's Philippine Student Association. She works in the anatomy and physiology and human exercise laboratories. She also volunteers at a local retirement center and is active in community service fundraising events.

* Megan Murray, senior in dietetics, Overland Park, is a member of the women's rowing team, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Athletes in Action, Kappa Omicron Nu and Phi Eta Sigma.

* Julie Perrini, senior in athletic training and pre-physical therapy, Overland Park, is president of Mortar Board. Perrini works with university athletes in the training rooms at Bramlage Coliseum and Ahearn Field House. She also is involved with Relay For Life.

Along with their demonstrated excellence in service and leadership, Mortar Board members must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Members provide service to the campus, community and the state of Kansas with activities like First Book, which fosters literacy by providing children access to books, and an annual reception to honor select faculty members for their achievements in teaching, advising or mentoring K-State students.

The university's chapter of Mortar Board has been recognized as one of the best in the nation, winning the national organization's Golden Torch award for six years in a row. The honor is presented to the most outstanding chapters in the nation.

Prepared by University communications and marketing and Human Ecology communications


This article was posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, Center on Aging, College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Kinesiology.