2015 Student Ambassadors

Nathan Laudan and Katie VanDever were named the 2015 K-State Student Ambassadors during halftime of the K-State Homecoming football game on Oct. 25.

The two will represent the student body at alumni and student events for one year. Each received a $1,500 scholarship, clothing from Borck Bros. and official K-State ring.

The Student Ambassador program is sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association. Each year a female and male student are elected. Laudan and VanDever were selected after completing a nomination and application process followed by a first-round interview with a student panel and a second-round interview with K-State faculty and alumni. Both were then elected by a student ballot during K-State's Homecoming week activities.


Nathan Laudan

Year in school: Senior
Major: Food Science & Agricultural Communications and Journalism
Hometown: Paola, Kan.

 Favorite Quotes
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" 
- Marianne Williamson

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge… Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.”
- Mary Ann Radmacher

Living Life

 About Me
I am an adventure-seeking enthusiast, always down for a new trail to be hiked or nook to be explored. I bleed purple and love reading, sitting in on random lectures and in general, knowledge. Oh, and if you need a friend to introduce you to cookie bakes, I’m your guy.

Ambassador Related Questions 
1. Why is K-State important to you? 
K-State has become a home for me that has constantly challenged and inspired me to become the best student, friend and person I can be. Whether it was learning life lessons in Dr. Flinchbaugh’s Ag Policy course or discovering peanut butter tacos over life chats with friends, this campus has given me opportunities to build a network and family that means the world to me and given me more than I could ever return. 

2. Why did you decide to run for Ambassador? 
To represent the student body and personify the breadth and scope of what it means to be a K-State student to alumni, current and prospective students. This role is about helping people realize that incredible and transformative experiences still take place here on this campus, as they have in the past and will continue to do so in the future. What better job is there than to talk about something you are passionate about? 

3. What is your greatest challenge to overcome in projecting a positive image about K-State? 
Conversation’s with prospective students and alumni about financial hardship while attending school is something that I believe is extremely difficult. We are fortunate to have back-to-back years in foundation giving and are continually working to make K-State an affordable option for those who are at risk of not joining our family due to financial reasons. But I firmly believe that coming to K-State means more than a degree, but a lifetime network and support system.

4. What qualities do you have that will allow you to succeed in the role of an Ambassador? 
The role of ambassador asks you to visit with prospective students, past alumni and help plan and coordinate different events throughout the year. To succeed I believe I must be adaptable to sudden changes and situations, relatable to my audience and their experiences, positive about the university and related interests and approachable to those I encounter.


Katie VanDever

Year in school: Sophomore  
Major: Communication Studies
Hometown: Augusta, Kan.

 Favorite Quote
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
- Jeremiah 29:11

Crafting, Coffee, and the ‘Cats

Ambassador Related Questions 
1. Why is K-State important to you? 
K-State is important to me because I know that I will graduate with so much more than a degree. I’ll leave Manhattan with relationships that last a lifetime, experiences that have shaped who I am, and more purple t-shirts than I can count. To me, this place is more than the limestone buildings or a full stadium – its home!

2. Why did you decide to run for Ambassador? 
I decided to run for ambassador because of my passion for this university and the incredible community I have found here. It would be an honor for me to be able to share my experiences with students who are searching for the same support, tradition, and sense of family that I continue to discover every day at K-State. 

3. What is your greatest challenge to overcome in projecting a positive image about K-State? 
The greatest challenge I would face as a student ambassador would be communicating to students that they can only get out of their K-State experience what they put in. College can be really hard sometimes; but, if students are aware of the resources available to them and proactive in reaching out to the K-State family, they’ll find no challenge too great and no dream too big.  

4. What qualities do you have that will allow you to succeed in the role of an Ambassador? 
I think I would be successful as an ambassador because of my genuine love for people and desire to serve others. K-State has given so much to me and I am eager to give my time and energy back to the students who have made my college experience so incredibly special.

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