Deb Bolen remembers playing at Friends University as a child. Her grandparents lived down the street, and they would come play on the grass and slide down the rail of Davis Administration Building. Consequently, Friends University has memories of family that are priceless. Of course, it never dawned on Deb at that time that she would eventually work here, earn her bachelor’s degree and have another group of people she would call family.
As a Campus Visit Coordinator in the admissions office, Deb’s key role is scheduling individual and group visits for prospective students, appointments for faculty visits, meetings with athletic coaches and auditions for fine arts students. She also schedules campus tours, classroom visits, visits with student clubs or organizations and visits with admissions counselors and financial aid representatives.
One of the highlights for Deb has been hiring, training and developing Student Ambassadors. These Ambassadors are the first impression of the student life at Friends University. They give tours of the University and assist with the everyday running of the Admissions office. Deb considers it a privilege and a joy to be a part of these student’s lives.
As an employee, past student and parent of two that attended here, Deb says that Friends University has impacted her life in ways she would have never dreamed. Deb believes she has the perfect job – being able to help future falcons create memories of their own.
Laura Church has felt Friends University was very special since the day she first stepped foot on campus. There is just something about this institution that is unlike any other. From being a student and earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, to becoming a full-time employee and helping students find the right fit for college, Friends University has been a place of comfort and happiness for Laura since 2003.
As a student, she met some of her best friends through being active on campus. Laura was a member of the women’s soccer team and participated in student government, campus ministries, intramurals, on-campus living and the business club.
As a campus visit coordinator in the Admissions Office, Laura’s key role is scheduling individual and group visits for prospective students. She plans 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.
Friends University changed Laura’s life as a student and continues to impact her on a daily basis. Laura can say without hesitation that the caring, lively, friendly community of Friends University makes this place worth taking a look at! She hopes you will take the opportunity to come see for yourself if Friends University is the right fit for you.
Heather Dellinger has been an admissions counselor since 2010, assisting students from local high schools, Northwest Kansas and the Southwest United States.
She graduated from Friends University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Organizational Management and Leadership in 2010 and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration, with an anticipated graduation date of May 2013.
When not working hard recruiting students and helping families through the admissions process, Heather enjoys reading and spending time with her family, and loves a spirited game of backgammon and watching “The Golden Girls.”
As an admissions counselor, Heather serves the following areas:
Wichita Area High Schools: Campus, Wichita Collegiate, El Dorado, Flinthills, Frederic Remington, Kapaun Mt. Carmel, Maize, Maize South, Sunrise Academy, Trinity Academy, Wichita East, Wichita Heights, Northeast Magnet
Hilary Gaschler graduated from Friends University with a Bachelor of Business Administrator in Business Administration in 2007 and a Master of Business Administration in 2011.
She enjoyed her experience as a student at Friends and made many lifelong friends. She wanted to be an admissions counselor to help future students reach their educational goals and fall in love with Friends University the way that she did as a student. Her main job is recruiting students from Southwest Kansas counties, Northeastern states and several schools around the Wichita area.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking and watching “I Love Lucy” reruns.
As an admissions counselor, Hilary serves the following areas:
Wichita Area High Schools: Andale, Andover Central, Augusta, Berean Academy, Cheney, Clearwater, Derby, E-School, Garden Plain, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Valley Center, Word of Life
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.
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 feels as if he has been given a chance to walk alongside students. He remembers what it was like trying to decide where to go and what to study, and all of the stress that came with it. But above all he remembers what it was like to be cared for by his Admissions Counselor at Friends University.
Nate was involved in many areas at Friends. He sang in the Singing Quakers, played in the jazz band, and was involved in student government, residence life, intramurals, and Campus Ministries. “The time I spent at Friends was uniquely formative and beautiful. I can see the opportunities Friends gave me to find and grow into the man I am today, and for that I am truly thankful!”
Nate is excited to be back in the community at Friends University, and cannot wait to share all that Friends has to offer with those he encounters.
As an admissions counselor, Nate serves the following areas: