Washburn honors First Year Experience Scholars


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

For the first time, Washburn University students who have completed their initial semester of college with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher will be recognized formally by the university.

Invitations to the First Year Experience (FYE) Scholars ceremony and related events were sent to 549 WU students from 11 states and abroad. The scholars and their families were invited to partake in an afternoon and evening of celebration today on the Washburn campus.

"The hardest semester any student will face is the first semester. Transition from high school to university can be very difficult," said Alan Bearman, dean of university libraries at Washburn. "What we're doing is recognizing students who have done exceptionally well in that first semester and connecting them to their chosen majors, faculty and opportunities."

Students from southwest Kansas being recognized as FYE Scholars are: Trevor Bollinger, Dighton, law enforcement; Heather Blackwood, Garden City, English; Jeffry Clayton, Garden City, English; David Dennis, Garden City, biology; Alexis Loya-Ruiz, Garden City, computer information services; Victoria Newell, Garden City, biology; Diana Vanegas, Garden City, psychology; Bryce Landgraf, Lakin, political science; Kalie Turley, Modoc, nursing; and Nicole Walker, Scott City, corrections.

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