Alumnus and chapter of the year recognized for service

06/27/14 sry

The Fort Hays State University Alumni Association is proud to announce Ashley Adorante, a 2001 Overland Park graduate, as the recipient of the 2013 to 2014 Chapter Volunteer of the Year award. Adorante was invited to receive her award and be recognized by the Alumni Association Board of Directors at its annual meeting in early June.

Adorante served as the Kansas City Area Tiger Alumni and Friends chapter vice president, attended and hosted numerous KCAC events, participated in the 2013 FHSU Alumni Leadership Conference in Hays, played a key leadership role in the inaugural FHSU Kansas City Golf Classic geared to raising scholarship funds for students, monitored and kept the chapter's Facebook page up to date, and organized the Salvation Army bell ringing service.

She brings a wealth of experience in volunteer management, event planning and social media to the success of the Tiger chapter by attending, leading and participating in events.

The Chapter of the Year award, announced at the same time went to the Kansas City Area Tiger Alumni and Friends chapter. The chapter, established in 2011, consists of Allen, Anderson, Atchinson, Bourbon, Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Johnson, Leavenworth, Linn, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Buchannan, Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri. Chapter President Darcy Tenbrink '88, Overland Park, accepted the honor on behalf of the chapter.

Throughout 2013 and 2014, the chapter hosted the Kansas City Student Recognition Program, where the chapter awarded its first-ever scholarship, hosted MIAA basketball tournament pre-game parties, KCAC receptions, Tiger Meet and Greet Happy Hours, and the Kansas City Golf Classic and participated in Salvation Army Bell Ringing. The chapter award includes a $500 cash stipend to use for further chapter development.

Established in 1916, the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association serves the population of FHSU graduates by identifying needs and providing solutions. More than 56,000 graduates live throughout the United States and approximately 74 in foreign countries. Eight chapters are active across the state of Kansas. If interested in participating, contact the Alumni Office at 785-628-4430, toll free at 1-888-351-3591 or by email at

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