Ten West Virginia University students are vying to become royalty as part of the 2005 Homecoming court.
Homecoming queen candidates are Kelley N. Burd, Bristol; Sarah Ashley Greaser, Fairmont; Allison Marie Latos, Wheeling; Kimberly Strauss, Lehigh Valley, Pa.; and Tanisha Chanti Travis, Oak Hill.
Candidates for Homecoming king are Milo A. Austin, Bowie, Md.; Brian R. Barnett, Cranberry Township, Pa.; MatthewNoahCampbell, Middlebourne; Michael Joseph Lamp, Martinsburg; and Shawn Robert Seager, Belleville, Pa.
Online voting begins at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.
The entire court will ride in the Homecoming Parade Friday, Oct. 14. The parade gets under way on North High Street at 6:30 p.m.
The 2005 Homecoming king and queen will be crowned during a special halftime ceremony at the WVU -Louisville football game Saturday, Oct. 15. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m.
Here is a snapshot of each candidate:
* QUEEN CANDIDATES :
*Kelley N. Burd is a senior majoring in international studies, history and womens studies from Bristol. As a member of Alpha Phi Omega National Co-ed Service Fraternity, she serves as the chapters ambassador and has logged more than 300 hours of community service, including projects with the United Way, Shack Neighborhood House, American Red Cross, Mountaineer Week and Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners. She is also involved in Young Democrats and Female Equality Movement and is the fund-raising chair for the Mortarboard Senior Honorary. Besides her many extracurricular activities, Burd is a tutor with Athletic Student Services. Last year, she represented WVU in theJeopardy! College Championshipand made it to the semi-finals. Burd is sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega. Her parents are Warren Spellman and Shelley Burd-Spellman.
An industrial engineering major from Fairmont, senior Sarah Ashley Greaser is a Chi Omega sorority member and has served as sisterhood and career and personal development chairs for that organization. Her other activities include the Society of Professional Engineers, Institute of Industrial Engineers, Habitat for Humanity, National Exemplary Scholars in Service, Triathlon Club and Honors Program. Through the Make-a-Wish Foundation, she and her sorority have helped grant three wishes for local children. Among her academic distinctions are the WVU Higher Education Foundation Scholarship and membership in Gamma Beta Phi National Honors Fraternity and Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Fraternity. Greaser recently completed an internship with General Electric. She is sponsored by Chi Omega. Her parents are Jeff and Susan Greaser.
Allison Marie Latos is a senior broadcast news major from Wheeling. She has a minor in French and studied abroad as part of the WVU program in Vendee, France. Latos is involved with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Honors Program and Society of Professional Journalists, but most of her time is spent at her favorite place on campus, WVU s U92 radio station. She has been a member of the U92 news staff for more than three years and is now the news director. Latos was recently awarded second place for Best News Talk Show by the West Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Association. During weekends, she is a part-time reporter for WDTV NewsChannel Five in Bridgeport. Aside from school and work, she has participated in fund-raisers benefiting Hurricane Katrina, Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity. Latos is sponsored by U92 . Her parents are Gary and Cathy Latos.
Kimberly Strauss , a senior accounting major from Lehigh Valley, Pa., is on track to attend graduate school next fall and obtain her masters degree in professional accountancy. She is the vice president of membership for her business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, and a member of Beta Alpha Psi, a national scholastic and professional accounting fraternity. Additionally, she serves as the student representative for the dean of the College of Business and Economics academic affairs committee. Her other leadership roles at WVU have included being a resident assistant and a University 101 teaching assistant. Strauss said her involvement on campus helped her land an internship and a full-time job with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. When she has spare time, she enjoys tutoring and volunteering at local shelters. Strauss is sponsored by Alpha Kappa Psi. Her parents are Paul and Karan Strauss.
Graduate student Tanisha Chanti Travis hails from Oak Hill. She is pursuing her masters degree in legal studies at WVU . She is a member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society and the National Honor Society. An outstanding student, Travis received the Americorps Education Award and was named an outstanding citizen in her hometown. In 2002, she was recognized as Mountain State Universitys student of the year. Traviscommunity service includes several literacy projects in addition to Make a Difference Day and the United Ways Day of Caring. She is currently employed with the United Way of Central West Virginia LifeBridge AmeriCorps. As a member, she has helped families overcome poverty, assisted adults in obtaining their General Education Diploma and mentored at-risk children in her community. In the future, she plans to seek employment within the juvenile or family court systems and is considering seeking a law degree or a doctorate. Travis is sponsored by WVU Extended Learning. Her mother is Norma Travis.
* KING CANDIDATES :
An athletic coaching education major from Bowie, Md., senior *Milo A. Austin has been a member of the WVU varsity football team. He has also been a mentor for the Health Sciences and Technology Academy and a counselor for the WVU summer football camp. One of the highlights of his athletic career was being a part of the 2004 Big East Championship WVU football team. Austin has been active in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and his community involvement includes heading the Big Brothers program at a local elementary school. As an employee with WVU Enrollment Services, he is responsible for taking prospective students on campus tours. Austin is sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha. His father is Ivan Austin.
Brian R. Barnett is a senior news-editorial major from Cranberry Township, Pa.
He is president of WVU s Campus Crusade for Christ and a staff writer for The Daily
Athenaeum campus newspaper. He has also served as a columnist and city editor. Beyond his involvement in these activities, he has worked at the WVU Office of Information Technology Support Services and at the West Virginia Book Exchange. He also led a Bible study that is now an established Boreman Hall activity. Barnetts accomplishments include receiving the WVU Blue&Gold Scholarship. He is sponsored by Campus Crusade for Christ. His parents are Gary and Barbara Barnett.
Matthew NoahCampbell is a second-year physical therapy student from Middlebourne. He is the president of the Physical Therapy Class of 2007 and the recipient of the Mountaineer and PROMISE scholarships. Cambell has helped with community activities such as the Special Olympics, the Kids Fair at the Morgantown Mall and a fund-raising bowl-a-thon. He has enjoyed participating in intramural football and basketball, among other extracurricular activities. Campbell is sponsored by the School of Medicine. His parents are Randall Campbell and Linda Hoover.
Senior Michael Joseph Lamp is a public relations major from Martinsburg. He is minoring in political science. For the past two years, he has been involved with the Student Government Association as both a member of the Board of Governors and the public relations team. Some of his other campus activities include the Public Relations Student Society of America, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and National Exemplary Scholars in Service. In addition, he has served as a mentor in the School of Journalism and a campus representative for Sports Illustrated and the Walt Disney World College Program. Lamps resume includes a number of honors, including the PROMISE Scholarship and a WVU journalism scholarship. His community activities include volunteer work with the Morgantown Alzheimers Association and St. Johns University Parish. Lamp is sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America. His parents are Robert and Theresa Lamp.
Shawn Robert Seager, a senior communication studies major, is from Belleville, Pa. He has been a member of the WVU Rugby Team and cheerleading squad for four years. He is also an active participant in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corpsholding key leadership positions in the cadet organizationas well as the Arnold Air Society and Scabbard and Blade, two honorary service organizations for cadets in both the Army and Air Force ROTC . Visits to the Shack Neighborhood House and Suncrest Nursing Home are just a few of his many community service activities. Additionally, Seager helps coach the Cheat Lake Chargers, a football team for third through fifth graders. He is sponsored by the Arnold Air Society. His parents are Robert and Janice Seager.