Alumni Association welcomes new students K-State
|Laina Ewoldt, Highland
Village, Texas, places a pin on a map indicating her home state during
2015 student enrollment and orientation at Kansas State University.
(Photo: Ashley Pauls)|
New students from across the country began their journey as Wildcats and
got their first taste of campus life in June, visiting Kansas State University
for student orientation and enrollment. The K-State Alumni Association welcomed
those students to campus and served free samples of K-State's Call Hall ice
“For some families, this will be the first visit to our building.
We have a great opportunity to welcome and connect with incoming students and
their parents,” said Tamie Redding, alumni programs coordinator for the Alumni
Association. “Our goal is to build lifelong relationships with the students
while they are in college.”
Alumni Association staff served ice cream at
the Alumni Center to about 1,800 students and their families. Students also had
an opportunity to add a pin indicating their hometown on a map of Kansas or, if
they lived out of state, on a map of the United States.
“This was a
fun experience for our staff and the freshmen to see our state and country fill
up with location pins through June and a neat way to see where everyone comes
from,” Redding said.
Laina Ewoldt, Highland Village, Texas, was one of
the incoming students participating in orientation and enrollment. She said she
is the first in her family to attend K-State and decided to come to the
university to study dietetics. She said her chiropractor had recommended the
Luke Spexarth, Colwich, Kansas, said several of his siblings
have attended K-State. He’s still deciding on what career he wants to pursue and
is looking forward to exploring his options at K-State.
|During orientation and
enrollment, new students and their families line up for samples of Kansas
State University's Call Hall ice cream. (Photo: Ashley
During orientation, Mark Peterson '83, Lindsborg, Kansas, enjoyed ice cream
with his son, Nils, who is coming to K-State to study computer science. Mark
Peterson studied electrical engineering and said he enjoyed his time at K-State.
He has two other sons that have also attended K-State, one of whom is a current
"I've always been a K-State fan," Nils Peterson said. "It fit
with the major I was interested in."
Although orientation and enrollment
may be the first time students visit the Alumni Center, Alumni Association staff
hope it isn’t their last. They encourage students to get involved in the
organization — students don’t have to wait until they graduate. The Alumni
Association offers student programs such as the K-State Homecoming committee,
Student Alumni Board, Wildcats Forever and Student Ambassadors.
Amanda Lee, assistant director of student programs for the Alumni
Association, said Wildcats Forever is a student alumni association and is one
of the largest organizations on campus. For a $20 membership fee, students
receive a membership T-shirt, a collectible glass and a membership card with
discounts to popular businesses in Manhattan. There also are opportunities
throughout the year to participate in events, contests and
“We give away things such as snacks during finals week,
pizza, K-State apparel and scholarships,” Lee said. “It is an amazing way for
incoming students to begin their connection to K-State right away.”
join or purchase a gift membership for a student, visit Wildcats Forever online.