Students Gather at 2018 Western in Kansas City

Students from colleges and universities in the Midwest will gather at the 2018 Western in Kansas City January 17, 18 & 19.
The Western Nursery & Landscape Association established a Student Advisory Committee in 2016 to strengthen the ties between the association, the industry and Midwestern horticulture students.  Each committee member serves a 2-year term on the Committee.

The Student Advisory Committee is charged with developing ideas and recommendations on educational programming, networking opportunities and other member benefits that would better serve WNLA's student members now and into the start of their horticulture careers.  
Sven Svenson, Ph.D. of Southeast Missouri State University moderates the Student Advisory Committee discussion at the 2018 Western, followed by the students enjoying lunch with the WNLA Board of Directors to share their ideas and recommendations.

The 2018 Western Student Advisory Committee members:

Serving 2017-2018     
  • Vince Metz, Iowa State University 
  • Tyler Wood, Southeast Missouri State University 
  • Madison Culley, Kansas State University
  • Kayla Johnson, University of Nebraska – Omaha 
  • Blake Kruse, Oklahoma State University 
Serving 2018-2019
  • Kelsey Tarrell, University of Nebraska - Lincoln 
  • Melanie Stollhans, Southeast Missouri State University
  • Connor Evers, Iowa State University
  • Markis Hill, Kansas State University
  • Olivia Kmitta, Oklahoma State University
The Western Student Volunteer Program is NEW in 2018.  Professors in the region have recommended ten top students to represent their college and the Western Nursery & Landscape Association at the 2018 Western in Kansas City as they provide 4 hours of service, providing the students an opportunity to work “behind the scenes” with WNLA staff and Board Members and connect with the industry. 
The 2018 Student Volunteers:
Sandra May – University of Central Missouri
         Emily Dunlap – University of Central Missouri
         Erin Goss – St Louis Community College
         Anna Bonfili – St Louis Community College
         Tony Krenning – Missouri State Technical College
         Blaine Murry – Missouri State Technical College
         Ellie Preusser – Des Moines Area Community College
         Jack Unger – Oklahoma State University
         Amanda Wooley – Kansas State University
         Leah Schumacher - Southeast Missouri State University
Special student events at the 2018 Western include a Student Forum by Keynote speaker Rebecca Lindenmeyr and a Thursday evening reception for students and student sponsors to enjoy refreshments and the views of Kansas City from the 40th floor of the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center.
The 2018 Western will be January 17, 18 & 19 in Kansas City, MO and will focus on celebrating Plants with Purpose!  This timely theme will highlight the economic, environmental, and quality of life benefits plants offer.  Join us for the trade show, the fashion show of new plants, networking, and a packed-full education program featuring a keynote by Rebecca Lindenmeyr, a design workshop and keynote with Rick Darke, learning centers, roundtable discussions, Western University, Grow Native education sessions, and a new Demonstration Center.  Details at