K-State Student Ambassadors prepare to pass the torch 

K-State Alumni Communications

Hunter Post and Mandy Marchesini are the 2016 Kansas State University Student Ambassadors. (Photo: David Mayes '96)

Kansas State University's 100th Homecoming Oct. 11-17 was a time for celebrating old memories and making new ones. It also was a time for current Student Ambassadors Nathan Laudan and Katie VanDever to pass the torch to the new 2016 Student Ambassadors, Mandy Marchesini and Hunter Post.

The K-State Student Ambassadors were recognized on the field during the Homecoming football game. The Ambassadors represent the student body at K-State Alumni Association events throughout Kansas and at university activities, sharing their perspective on the K-State experience. 

Marchesini, a junior in Marketing from Albany, New York, said she wanted to share her passion for K-State and what the university has done for her.

“I want to be able to give back to the university more than what my tuition does every semester,” she said.

Post, a junior in Kinesiology/Pre-Medicine from Beloit, Kansas, said he wanted to become a Student Ambassador so he could tell future students why he thinks K-State is a great place to go to college.

“Since my first day on campus, K-State has given me many opportunities to grow as a person, become a well-rounded student, build relationships with friends and mentors, and to be successful within my career path,” he said. “I don't want anyone to miss out on the one-of-a-kind opportunity and experience that is offered at K-State.”

Since 1977, students have represented K-State through the Ambassador program. Candidates submit applications and interview with student, faculty and staff panels. Finalists are voted on by the student body during Homecoming week.

The Student Ambassadors said the program serves an important role at the university, introducing the next generation of Wildcats to K-State traditions and providing a student perspective at events. It also benefits the Student Ambassadors themselves through opportunities for professional development. 

Marchesini said she is looking forward to meeting Wildcat supporters across the state during her time as Ambassador.

“I'm an out-of-state student so the experience of getting to travel to different towns I've never been to before is very exciting, and I can't wait to meet the alumni and prospective students in those towns,” she said. 

Post is excited about making connections, as well.

“It would mean the world to me to hear a potential student say, ‘I was at a K-State event the other day and met one of the Student Ambassadors, and he really opened my eyes to the ways that K-State's experience will impact my life. I'm definitely going to take his advice and schedule a campus visit.’”

The 2015 Kansas State University Student Ambassadors Katie VanDever and Nathan Laudan speak at a 2015 Homecoming pep rally. Hunter Post and Mandy Marchesini will serve as the 2016 Ambassadors. (Photo: David Mayes '96)
Current Ambassadors VanDever and Laudan advise the new Ambassadors to remember to pause and “soak it all in,” savoring every moment of the experience. 

“My favorite part of being an Ambassador was getting to travel all over the state and give alumni and prospective students an update of what is going on around campus,” VanDever said. “It is such an exciting time to be a Wildcat, and I loved having the honor of sharing our recent awards and growth projects with members of the K-State family.”

Laudan echoed her thoughts. “Being an Ambassador allows you the chance to meet some incredible alumni and some great future Wildcats. But getting to go back home and present at my hometown event is a really special moment that I will hold with me forever. That event is when I was first exposed to the Student Ambassador program the summer before my freshman year of college and to go back as the Ambassador myself made it come full circle.”

Learn more about the Student Ambassador program. 

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