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