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Students and Faculty in the News


Costa Rica President visited K-State

CostaRica1CostaRica2On May 19, President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís visited KSU, invited by the prestigious Landon Lecture Series.  He talked about current trends related to security and democracy in Central America.  Two HFRR graduate students, Marisol Mayorga and Kenny Artavia participated with the Costa Rican Students Association in this event.  In addition, Marisol and her family were invited to meet with Costa Rican Ambassador Román Macaya and President Solís for a breakfast hosted by the office of President Myers for Costa Rican students, faculty, staff and their families at the President's Suite in the Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium.  Upon completing her Ph.D., Marisol and her family expect to return to Costa Rica, where she will join a university faculty.

Two Hort Students begin their Internships in Dallas

EgyptConnerFirstdayKSU Horticulture students, Egypt Edwards and Conner White, begin their summer internships at Southern Botanical in Dallas. Southern Botanical is one of the Top 50 Landscape Design, Build, and Management firms in the U.S.

Rourke Wins All-expense Paid Trip

AlanRourkeAlan Rourke, senior in Landscape Design, won an all-expense paid trip to the American Society of Irrigation Consultants 2016 Regional Conference in San Luis Obispo in mid-May. Alan was awarded this opportunity for earning first place in Landscape Irrigation Design at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition at Mississippi State University in March. Alan gained the National title by receiving first place out of thirty-one competitors.

Ahlers select as Participant in the Wildlife Society Leadership Institute

AdamAhlersDr. Adam Ahlers was one of 10 individuals selected from North America to participate in the 2016 The Wildlife Society Leadership Institute. Individuals were chosen based on their demonstrated leadership capability, academic record and current leadership roles within The Wildlife Society and their professional position.  Read more...

A Day of Service at Tallgrass Prairie

TallGrassPrairieSaturday, April 23, the Tallgrass Chapter of the George Wright Society Student chapter spent a day of service at Tallgrass National Prairie and Preserve. The students were accompanied by club co-advisor Jeffrey Skibins. Students spent the morning painting bison stalls and the afternoon on an interpretive outing on the prairie. The club is planning many additional service days and several trips for 2016-17 academic year. Everyone is welcome!

PMC Students Win Awards at National Conference

NAIRegional2016Earlier this semester, Tuesday Meredith won First Place and Anastasia Slough won Second Place in the Collegiate Interpretation Competition at the National Association for Interpretation Conference in Springfield, MO. Tuesday presented a talk on the Flint Hills and Anastasia presented a talk on Sunflowers. Marisol Mayorga won First Place in the non-personal interpretation category for interpretive signs designed to be used at Rock Springs 4-H Camp. Ten students from the Advanced Interpretation class (PMC 741) attended this conference.

WOEM Senior Presents Research Project

Michelle LeFave, a senior in the Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management program, presents her undergraduate research project at the Gamma Sigma Delta Undergraduate Research Showcase.  Michelle has been working with her adviser, Dr. Adam Ahlers, to understand how harvest data can be used to index population growth for carnivore species.

Braun Recipient of Graduate Student Teaching Award

BraunCOAawardRoss Braun was one of four recipients of the Richard Elmore Brown Outstanding College of Agriculture Graduate Student Teaching Award. The Richard Elmore Brown Agriculture Endowment for Graduate Student Teaching Awards in the College of Agriculture provides funding for these awards. A cash award is awarded to each winner. Dr. Don Boggs recognized each winner at the Graduate Student Awards and Recognition Reception on April 5, 2016.