LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 6, 2010) – When people think of the University of Kentucky, many names come to mind - President Todd, Coach Cal, and Coach “Joker” Phillips to name a few. But for the incoming Class of 2015, it will be the names of two students that they recognize. For them, Christie Baughman and Cameron Hamilton will be the “face” of the UK.
Baughman and Hamilton were recently selected as UK’s 2011-2012 K Crew Coordinators. These outstanding students were chosen from an extremely competitive candidate pool to help coordinate K Week, the University’s fall welcome week, and the K Team yearlong mentoring program for freshmen and transfer students.
Each fall nearly 5,000 new students begin their college careers at the University of Kentucky and participate in K Week. K Week is coordinated through the Office of New Student and Parent Programs, a division of Student Affairs, with the assistance of over 400 student leaders, called the K Crew, who will be supervised by Baughman and Hamilton. Each member of the K Crew will mentor a small group of incoming students during the opening of school as well as throughout their entire first year on campus. K Crew leaders will help their groups make a successful transition from high school to college by attending events together, answering students’ questions, and referring them to university resources. In addition to supervising the K Crew, Baughman and Hamilton will assist in coordinating over 300 events that take place during K Week.
“The K Crew Coordinator position is one of the most prestigious student leadership opportunities on campus, since they are the ones who become the face of the campus for all the new incoming students,” said Jared Tippets, director of New Student and Parent Programs. “We are confident that Christie and Cameron will do an outstanding job supervising the K Crew and will help us create a welcoming environment for all our new students next fall.”
Hamilton is from Elizabethtown, Ky. and is majoring in biology in preparation for medical school. In addition to his position as K Crew Coordinator, Hamilton serves as an Arts & Sciences Ambassador, conducts research with General Surgery, and is a member of Farmhouse Fraternity.
Baughman is from Atlanta, Ga. and is a psychology major. In addition to being a K Crew Coordinator, she conducts research in a psychology lab, is involved with DanceBlue, and is fostering a future service dog through Four Paws for Ability.
“The pair begin their 18-month journey immediately and will bring a fresh energy and many new ideas to the table. Their leadership will no doubt make K Week 2011 the best the University has seen,” said Tippets.