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October 2012 News Releases

Washburn University Homecoming candidates announced

Washburn University students have been selected as candidates for 2012 Homecoming king and queen. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned on Saturday, Oct. 27 at halftime of the football game vs. Northwest Missouri State University, Yager Stadium at Moore Bowl. The football game begins at 1 p.m.

Selected as Homecoming queen candidates:

Caprice Cortez, Topeka, was nominated by Bod Squad. Cortez is vice president of Washburn Student Government Association and the ritual chairwoman for Zeta Tau Alpha. She is secretary of Order of Omega and co-public relations chairperson of Lambda Nu. Her volunteer work includes AmeriCorps, Habitat for Humanity, El Centro de Topeka, Topeka Race Against Breast Cancer, Harvesters and Numana. Cortez was named Outstanding New Greek Member of the Year in 2010. She also has received the WSGA Silver Bod Senator Award and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Gamma Sigma Alpha. Cortez is a senior majoring in radiologic technology and medical imaging. She plans to pursue a career in health services administration. Her parents are Louis and Francie Cortez.

Madelyne Martin, Augusta, Kan., was nominated by Zeta Tau Alpha. Martin is vice president, director of sisterhood, new member assistant and activities chairwoman for Zeta Tau Alpha; vice president of Greek Council; and a resident assistant for residential living. She is a member of Mortar Board and Resident Assistant Council. Martin volunteers with Zeta Tau Alpha Breast Cancer Awareness and Education and Run for a Reason and has been involved with Washburn Transformational Experience, the Rescue Mission and the American Red Cross. She also is a member of Gamma Sigma Alpha and Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. She is majoring in elementary education and plans to teach in a Montessori preschool or a first-grade classroom. Her parents are Michael and Kristen Martin.

Jessie McGown, Mound City, Kan., was nominated by Washburn Student Government Association. McGown is the budget director for WSGA and a member of the Biology Club, American Medical Student Association and Bod Squad. She volunteers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Bayley Hanna Spillman Memorial Ropin’, bible school, The Big Event, a community Thanksgiving and Can Emporia. She formerly volunteered for the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon and Numana. McGown also is a recipient of the Miller Trust and McGrew scholarships. She is a junior majoring in biology and plans to attend medical school, obtain a license to practice family medicine and pursue a career in health care. She is the daughter of Rhonda McGown and the late Doug McGown.

Bonnie D. Robson, Kansas City, Kan., was nominated by the Criminal Justice Association. Robson is treasurer of the Criminal Justice Association, a member of the Pre-Law Association and a past member of Bod Squad. She volunteers for Junior Achievement, participates in Leadership 20/20 and formerly volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Harvesters, Washburn Move Crew, Turner Recreation Summer Camp and highway cleanup. Robson’s accolades include Sigma Lambda Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta and the Kansas Honors program. She is a senior majoring in criminal justice with an emphasis in law enforcement. Robson plans to pursue a master’s degree in criminal justice and hopes to work for a federal agency when she completes college. She is the daughter of Scott Robson and the late Tonja Robson.

Brooke Rollison, Independence, Kan., was nominated by the Washburn Dancing Blues. Rollison is co-captain of the Dancing Blues and a member of Mortar Board, Nonoso, Bod Squad and the Leadership Institute. Rollison also served as speaker pro tempore and spirit committee chairwoman of Washburn Student Government Association. Her volunteer work includes the Salvation Army clothing drive, Lung Cancer Partnership, Community Food Bank and Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Rollison received the Gold Senator Award, Residential Living Diversity Experience Award, Residential Living Community of the Year and was a Homecoming royalty candidate in 2011. She is a senior majoring in public relations, plans to pursue a master’s degree and hopes to work for a design department. She is the daughter of Bill and Sandy Rollison.

Selected as Homecoming king candidates:

Eric Benedict, Andover, Kan., was nominated by Zeta Tau Alpha. Benedict is the president of the Washburn Student Government Association and Kappa Sigma. He is a member of Bod Squad and Mortar Board and formally participated in debate, Washburn Residential Council and Greek Council and was the chief of staff for WSGA in 2011-12 and student affairs director in 2010-11. Eric volunteers for Can Emporia, The Big Event and Live Strong. Benedict formerly volunteered at Washburn Career Fair, the Topeka Zoo and Numana. He was named Greek Man of the Year in spring 2012 and received the Soar Outstanding Emerging Leader Award. Benedict is a senior majoring in political science and plans to attend law school. He is the son of Philip and Susan Benedict.

Ryan Haverkamp, Auburn, Kan., was nominated by Sigma Phi Epsilon. Haverkamp is the chaplain, senior marshal and academic chairman for Sigma Phi Epsilon; president of the Physical Therapy Club; and president of the Cyclists at Washburn Club. He also is a member of Sagamore, Mortar Board and Gamma Sigma Alpha. Haverkamp’s volunteer work includes Race Against Breast Cancer, Festival of Trees, Young Women Christian Association and Women in Science. He also has volunteered for Lose the Training Wheels, Run for Life and The Big Event. Haverkamp is a senior majoring in kinesiology and plans to attend Wichita State University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. He is the son of Allan and Donna Haverkamp.

Bear Hollins, Kansas City, Mo., was nominated by the Future Alumni Network. Hollins is a member of the Biology Club, Washburn American Medical Student Association and Washburn sports event staff. He played linebacker on Washburn’s football team and was a member of the squad’s leadership council. Hollins is a former public relations officer for the Black Student Union and volunteers as a physician’s assistant at Marian Clinic and for Big Brothers Big Sisters. He also has volunteered at Kansas Medical Dermatology Center, Midtown Medicine and Stormont-Vail HealthCare. Hollins is a senior majoring in biology and pre-medicine and plans to attend the School of Optometry at University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the son of Michael Hollins Sr. and Sandra Adero.

Michael Kitowski, Marysville, Kan., was nominated by Alpha Phi. Kitowski is a past president and current alumni relations chairman of Kappa Sigma and former vice president of Washburn Student Government Association. He is the president of Sagamore and a member of Mortar Board, Phi Alpha Theta and Bod Squad. Kitowski has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Washburn Day of Service, Live Strong, Jam Fest and Sharefest. He is a member of Order of Omega and former president of Alpha Lambda Delta, former secretary of Greek Council and former intern in the First Year Experience Peer Educator Club. Kitowski is a senior majoring in history and plans to attend law school. He is the son of Theodore and Sheila Kitowski.

Ryan Ladner, Onaga, Kan., was nominated by the Criminal Justice Association. Ladner is a member of the Criminal Justice Association. His volunteer work has included stints with the Topeka Rescue Mission, Let’s Help and highway cleanup. Ladner is a senior majoring in criminal justice and plans to work for the Kansas Highway Patrol, or a local law enforcement agency such as the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office or Topeka Police Department. He is the son of Robert and Lisa Ladner.

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Contact:
Student activities and Greek life, 785-670-1723
Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153

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