Mar 26, 2020 6:02 PM

Area students among FHSU VIP Student Ambassadors

Posted Mar 26, 2020 6:02 PM

HAYS – Area students are among the 21 who will serve as VIP Student Ambassadors for the 2020-2021 academic school year at Fort Hays State University.

Six returning ambassadors will be joined by 15 new ambassadors.

Ambassadors serve as official representatives for FHSU at a variety of special events, including Homecoming, athletic activities, presidential dinners and other gatherings. Students must be full-time undergraduate students with a minimum 2.5 grade point average and be able to assist with nine to 10 events per year.

Ambassadors, with classifications, majors and high schools, are listed by hometown.


Zoe Cooper, a sophomore majoring in tourism and hospitality management, is an Abilene High School graduate.


Trevor Meyer, a senior majoring in management information systems, is an Andale High School graduate.


Ryan Stanley, a senior majoring in management, is a Bennington High School graduate.


Isabel Rosales, a senior majoring in biology, is a Colby Community College transfer student.

Kellyn Wahlmeier, a junior majoring in communication sciences and disorders, is a Colby High School graduate.


Jennifer Gonzalez, a junior majoring in technology studies, is a Dodge City High School graduate.

Ryan Schultz, a senior majoring in psychology, is a Spearville High School graduate.


Haley Reiter, a sophomore majoring in tourism and hospitality management, is an Ellis High School graduate.


Jeanae Brungardt, a junior majoring in organizational leadership, is an Ellsworth High School graduate.


Audrey Muth, a sophomore majoring in agriculture, is a Great Bend High School graduate.


Sierra Eichman, a senior majoring in biology, is a Hays High School graduate.


 Brady Stephenson, a senior majoring in finance, is a Little River High School graduate.


Audra Boerger, a senior majoring in marketing, is an Elyria Christian School graduate.


Brandon Pfizenmaier, a sophomore majoring in accounting, is an Ottawa High School graduate.


David Schulte, a junior majoring in finance, is a graduate of Halstead High School.


Kimberly Stone, a sophomore majoring in political science, is a Stanford University Online High School graduate.


Rose Reilly, a sophomore majoring in biology, is a Lawrence Virtual High School graduate.


William Barfield, a sophomore majoring in communication, is a Wichita East High School graduate.

John Egan, a senior majoring in finance, is a Wichita Collegiate School graduate.


Renee Alexander, a junior majoring in management, is a Woodland Park High School graduate.


Carmen Fanning, a senior majoring in biology, is a Summit Christian Academy graduate.

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Mar 26, 2020 6:02 PM
UPDATE: SM Hanson cancels Heartland Bluegrass Festival

UPDATE: SM Hanson Music has canceled this year's Heartland Bluegrass festival because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music.

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The Temple in Salina. Salina Post photo

SM Hanson Music is bringing back bluegrass! A bluegrass festival, that is.

The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 is scheduled for April 26. The event is scheduled at The Temple, 336 South Santa Fe Avenue, with doors opening at 10:30 a.m. This venue is handicap accessible.

"The SM Hanson Heartland Bluegrass Festival 2020 will include several bluegrass bands from around the state, some general playing and picking sessions, an Instrument Petting Zoo (for kids and adults), open mic stage time, a few instrument vendors, and local food trucks," said Rick Hanson, CEO and president of SM Hanson Music, Inc. "Attendees are encouraged to bring their instrument to join in the music community during the day."

Admission to the event will be by a suggested cash donation or canned food donation for the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank, Hanson said.

"This will be our first bluegrass festival since the mid 1970s. We held several events in the '70s at Memorial Hall with bluegrass bands coming from Oklahoma and Arkansas," Hanson explained.

This year, however, the festival will be at The Temple.

"We will use the Grand Entrance on Santa Fe (big bronze doors)," Hanson noted. "The steps can be a place to begin picking if the weather is nice. The foyer and second floor space will provide adequate room for performances, picking areas, petting zoo and vendors."

The schedule of performers will be released closer to the date of the event, Hanson said.

The Kansas Bluegrass Association also plans to participate in the festival, he said.

Additionally, The Temple will have volunteers on hand to discuss the beautiful and historic facility that is being used for so many events.

"This will be a great opportunity for the public to see The Temple and listen/participate in the bluegrass music event," Hanson said.

According to Hanson, the festival is sponsored in part by Salina Arts & Humanities.