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2012 Alumni Fellows
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The Washburn University Alumni Association is honoring seven Alumni Fellows on Oct. 26 at Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center.

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2012 Homecoming candidates

Washburn crowned Madelyne Martin and Bear Hollins Homecoming queen and king during halftime of the Oct. 27 game against Northwest Missouri State University. Here were the 10 finalists:

Caprice Cortez | Nominated by Bod Squad

Caprice CortezCaprice is the vice president of the 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. Caprice was named outstanding new Greek member of the year in 2010. She received the WSGA Silver Bod Senator Award and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Gamma Sigma Alpha. Caprice is a senior majoring in radiologic technology and medical imaging. She is from Topeka and plans to pursue a career in health services administration. Her parents are Louis and Francie Cortez.

Madelyne Martin | Nominated by Zeta Tau Alpha

Madelyne MartinMadelyne 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. Madelyne is member of Mortar Board and Resident Assistant Council. She is a volunteer for 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. Madelyn 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 first-grade classroom. Madeylne is from Augusta, Kan., and her parents are Michael and Kristen Martin.

Jessie McGown | Nominated by WSGA

Jessie McGownJessie 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, community Thanksgiving and Can Emporia. She formerly volunteered for the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon and Numana. Jessie 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. Jessie is from Mound City, Kan., and the daughter of Rhonda McGown and the late Doug McGown.

Bonnie Robson | Nominated by CJA 

Bonnie RobsonBonnie 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. Bonnie’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. Bonnie, who is from Kansas City, Kan., plans to pursue a master’s degree in criminal justice and hopes to work for a federal agency when she completes college. Bonnie is the daughter of Scott Robson and the late Tonja Robson.

Brooke Rollison | Nominated by Dancing Blues

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

Eric Benedict | Nominated by Zeta Tau Alpha

Eric BenedictEric is the president of WSGA and Kappa Sigma and a member of Bod Squad and Mortar Board. He formerly 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 and formerly volunteered at Washburn career fair, the Topeka Zoo and Numana. Eric was named Greek man of the year this past spring and received the Soar Outstanding Emerging Leader Award. The Andover native is a senior majoring in political science and plans to attend law school. Eric is the son of Philip and Susan Benedict.

Ryan Haverkamp | Nominated by Sigma Phi Epsilon

Ryan HaverkampRyan 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 is also a member of Sagamore, Mortar Board and Gamma Sigma Alpha. Ryan’s volunteer work includes Race Against Breast Cancer, Festival of Trees, Young Women Christian Association and Women in Science. He has also volunteered for Lose the Training Wheels, Run for Life and The Big Event. Ryan is a senior majoring in kinesiology and plans to attend Wichita State University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. He is from Auburn, Kan., and is the son of Allan and Donna Haverkamp.

Bear Hollins | Nominated by Future Alumni Network

Bear HollinsBear 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. Bear 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 has also volunteered at Kansas Medical Dermatology Center, Midtown Medicine and Stormont-Vail HealthCare. Bear 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 from Kansas City, Mo., and is the son of Michael Hollins Sr. and Sandra Adero.

Michael Kitowski | Nominated by Alpha Phi

Michael KitowskiMichael is a past president and current alumni relations chairman of Kappa Sigma and former vice president of WSGA. He is the president of Sagamore and a member of Mortar Board, Phi Alpha Theta and Bod Squad. Michael 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. Michael is a senior majoring in history and plans to attend law school. He is from Marysville, Kan., and is the son of Theodore and Sheila Kitowski.

Ryan Ladner | Nominated by the CJA

Ryan LadnerRyan is a member of the Criminal Justice Association at Washburn. His volunteer work has included stints with the Topeka Rescue Mission, Let’s Help and highway cleanup. Ryan 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 a senior majoring in criminal justice and a native of Onaga, Kan. Ryan is the son of Robert and