Admissions Staff

Brandon Pierce
Interim Senior Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
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Angie Haug
Admissions Counselor
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Tatsuya Hidano
International Public Relations Specialist

Tat Hidano, who is originally from Japan, has written professionally for companies like Nikon and Canon. He moved to Wichita in 2008 to attend Friends University, and received his bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism and Public Relations in 2011. Within a few months, the University hired him as the international public relation specialist.

At Friends University, Tat is in charge of developing international public relations programs to increase the visibility of the institution both nationally and internationally. He also recruits and helps retain international students.

Outside of campus, he is actively involved in musical venues, art galleries, and churches in Wichita, as well as appearing as a guest musician at other colleges and universities in and out of state. He often represents the University’s fine jazz program as its alumnus.

Call or Email Tat
316-295-5225
tatsuya_hidano@friends.edu

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Joe McDowell
Admissions Counselor

As an admissions counselor, Joe serves the following areas:

Wichita Area High Schools: Campus, Collegiate, E-cats, El Dorado, Flinthills, Frederic Remington, Kaupan Mt. Carmel, Maize, Maize South, Northfield School of LA, Sunrise Academy, Trinity Academy, Wichita East, Wichita Heights, Northeast Magnet

KS Counties: Barton, Cheyenne, Clay, Cloud, Decatur, Dickinson, Ellis, Ellsworth, Gove, Graham, Greeley, Jewell, Lane, Lincoln, Logan, Marion, McPherson, Mitchell, Ness, Norton, Osborne, Ottawa, Phillips, Rawlins, Republic, Rice, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Saline, Scott, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego, Wallace, Washington, Wichita

Outside of KS: CT, IA, IL, IN, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WI

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April Murphy
Admissions Counselor

As an admissions counselor, April serves the following areas:

All transfer students

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Kelsey Vinopal
Campus Visit Coordinator

Kelsey Vinopal is excited to be back in her hometown. After being away for six years, she looks forward to building her future in Wichita. From the moment she walked on campus she knew the faculty, staff and students at Friends would make her feel right at home.

As a campus visit coordinator in the Admissions Office, Kelsey’s key role is scheduling individual and group visits for prospective students. She coordinates appointments for faculty visits, meetings with athletic coaches, auditions for fine arts students, campus tours, classroom visits, visits with student clubs or organizations, and visits with admissions counselors and financial aid representatives.

Kelsey recently got married in August 2013. Outside of work she enjoys shopping and spending time with friends and family!

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Sarah Washee
Administrative Assistant

Sarah Washee has been with Friends University since 2011 and can truly say that she has enjoyed every aspect of it. She appreciates the welcoming and friendly environment that Friends offers, including interacting with the students, staff and faculty. 

As the administrative assistant in the Admissions Office, she has the pleasure of greeting those that are visiting the campus for the first time. She enjoys the exciting process of assisting the admissions team as a guest goes from campus visitor to full-time student.  

On a personal note, Sarah is a wife of almost 19 years and mom to three children. She and her husband enjoy attending the kids’ athletic events, praising their scholastic achievements and actively participating in church activities. They also take every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, movies and occasional trips. 

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Nate Williams
Admissions Counselor

Nate Williams graduated from Friends University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry in the fall of 2010. When the opportunity to return to Friends University came about, Nate jumped at the chance.

As an admissions counselor, Nate wants to walk alongside students. He remembers the stress of trying to decide where to go and what to study, but above all he remembers being cared for by his Friends University admissions counselor. Nate was involved in many areas while studying at Friends, including Singing Quakers, jazz band, student government, residence life, intramurals and Campus Ministries.

As an admissions counselor, Nate serves the following areas:

Wichita Area High Schools: Andover, Bishop Carroll, Bluestem, Circle, Douglass, Goddard, Goddard Eisenhower, Homeschools, Metro-Meridian, Wichita North, Wichita Northwest, Wichita South, Wichita Southeast, Wichita West

KS Counties: Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Bourbon, Brown, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Doniphan, Douglas, Elk, Franklin, Geary, Greenwood, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Labette, Leavenworth, Linn, Lyon, Marshall, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Nemaha, Neosho, Osage, Pottawatomie, Riley, Shawnee, Wabaunsee, Wilson, Woodson, Wyandotte

Outside of KS: AL, AR, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

Call or Email Nate
316-295-5816
nate_williams@friends.edu

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