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July 2012 News Releases

Washburn students serve as First-Year Experience peer educators

A group of Washburn University students will assist new students participating in the First-Year Experience class this fall as First-Year Experience peer educators.  

The First Year Experience Peer Educator program was created in 2011. Peer educators serve as advocates and mentors for the interests, needs and rights of first-year students and work collaboratively within an instructional team in a section of the class WU 101 – The Washburn Experience. This team includes two peer educators, a faculty instructor, an academic advisor and a librarian.  

Qualifications for selection as a First Year Experience peer educator include being a full-time student who has completed a minimum of one year at Washburn with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, demonstrated involvement on campus or in the community and a willingness to assist first-year students with transitioning successfully into Washburn University. For more information about First Year Experience peer educators and the First Year Experience program at Washburn, visit     

Students serving as peer educators are (listed by hometown):  

Carbondale: Elizabeth Burgett

Edna: Amanda Sorrell           

Gardner: Emma Jordan

Great Bend: Randi McAfee

Hattiesburg, Miss.: Rachel Prior

Haysville: Shelbie Konkel

Kansas City: Katty Vasquez

Kensington: Beth Nech

Lawrence: Kelsey Schweer    

Overbrook: Ciara Walter

Rossville: Christopher Bird

Salina: Jordan Loomis  

Topeka: Adam Cloyd, Joe Ehalt, Mary Heinen, Danielle Jones, Sarah Powell, Nicole Stormann, Sierra Valdivia  

Troy: Garrett Fenley

Wichita: Kelsey Rose

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John Dahlstrand, assistant dean, Center for Student Success, (785) 670-1972 

Amanda Hughes, university relations, (785) 670-2153