Kyle Pelton named 2016 K-State Student Employee of the Year

K-State Communications and Marketing and K-State Alumni Communications

Watch a video about 2016 K-State Student Employee of the Year Kyle Pelton. (Video: K-State Communications and Marketing)

When prospective students decide to visit Kansas State University, one of the first people they interact with might be Kyle Pelton. 

Pelton, a senior in accounting from Ulysses, Kansas, is an ambassador and scheduler for K-State’s New Student Services. He helps schedule appointments for potential students who are visiting campus, and he also gives campus tours. To Pelton, this is more than just a job — it’s a mission to help the next generation of K-Staters feel at home. 

For his efforts, Pelton was honored as the 2016 K-State Student Employee of the Year. Cole Grieves '12, assistant coordinator for New Student Services, nominated Pelton for the award and praised his exceptional reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism and adherence to the principles of the Wildcat Way. He goes the extra mile to help people feel welcome at K-State, whether it’s walking someone down the hall to their next academic appointment or helping a frazzled student check-in late during an event day. 

“Kyle Pelton eats, sleeps and breathes the principles of the Wildcat Way,” Grieves said. “His enthusiasm and love for K-State is easily seen on a daily basis as he works toward New Student Services’ mission of assisting students and families in the college search process and transition to the K-State family. His belief in family values can be seen in the way he interacts with his peers. Kyle treats everyone as an equal and is an excellent role model for students with whom he interacts.”

The other finalists for the 2016 award were Katie Harrison, Nelson Pence, Jessica Stieben and Trevor Witt. All nominees were recognized for their hard work and dedication as student employees at K-State during an award ceremony April 13 at the K-State Alumni Center. Watch videos of all five finalists at the K-State Career and Employment Services website. 

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