A&F Newsletter

Spring 2012


Cowley alumnus named Kansas Bachelor of the Year Thompson
by Rama Peroo 


The whirlwind year  continues for Manny  Thompson, the 2009  Cowley College alumnus  recently competed for  the national Bachelor of  the Year award given by  Cosmopolitan Magazine in  New York. 
Thompson competed for  the national title after being  named Kansas Bachelor  of the Year. 

“Being nominated meant  a lot for me, since it was so  competitive,” Thompson  said. 

The event spanned close  to six months and included  photo shoots in Los Angeles,  CA, and Malibu, CA.  The final event took place  in Manhattan Island, NY,  where Thompson participated  in “Media Week.” 

During the week, Thompson  appeared on shows  such as: The Today Show,  Entertainment Tonight, E!  News and Access Hollywood.  All were filmed in  New York with the exception  of Entertainment  Tonight, which was filmed  in both New York, and Los  Angeles, CA. 

Thompson accomplished  all this while completing his  final semester at Wichita  State University, where he  received a bachelor’s degree  in December. He has been  accepted to a master’s  degree program at WSU  to study criminal justice  and plans to complete nine  credit hours in his first  semester in the master’s  degree program. 

The always active Thompson  has stayed busy modeling  as he recently did a runway  show and photo-shoot  for the Wichita Eagle with  Bonnie Bing. He is also  preparing to begin coordinating  modeling work with  Silver Model management  in Manhattan, N.Y. 

Also an accomplished  boxer, Thompson, who won  two Golden Gloves boxing  championships and compiled  an amateur record of  38 wins and 11 losses, and  a professional record of 1-0,  has put boxing on hold until  graduation from WSU. 

Thompson joined the  U.S. Army Reserve after his  freshman year of college,  and last summer traveled  with the U.S. Navy to Hong  Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia  and Singapore, delivering  medical aid to poor regions.  He is currently pursuing a  graduate teaching assistant  position to help fund his  graduate tuition along with  his military aid. 

He has also begun participating  in the Boy Scouts of  America Quivira Council  Pack 614 and is looking  into joining the Citizens  Police Academy. 

“I want to gain some  sort of experience  with criminal and  judicial law and plan  to apply to selective  federal government  administrations after  I acquire my master’s  degree,” Thompson said. 

Spring 2012