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Students and Faculty in the News
Hort Club Mum Sale
Saturday, October 4th:
at the Downtown Farmer’s Market – Parking lot West of Dillard’s at the Mall (3rd Street & Leavenworth)
We have approximately 275 Belgian Mums, in colors Purple, White, Red, & Yellow! The price for our fundraiser is $10 per mum, or 3 Mums for $25. All mums have been grown by KSU Horticulture Students over the summer in the greenhouses, and are just now starting to show color, so customers can expect weeks of color from their mums! Questions regarding mums sales, contact Nathan Nordstedt, at nathann@ksu.edu.

Miller & Williams awarded Innovative Teaching Awards
Two of the nine nationally available Innovative Teaching Award Grants from the APLU, were awarded to K-State faculty in the Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources Department.  The focus of the awards is three-fold.  First, is the goal to enhance faculty scholarship of teaching and learning through innovative teaching and learning experiences for students.  A second goal is to build and develop collaborative faculty relationships across institutions in the food, agriculture, and natural sciences, using the innovative teaching and learning approaches.  And lastly, these awards may serve as base or pilot studies for future grant proposals.  Read more...

Prairie Star Flower Blog is Award Winner
K-State's Prairie Star Flower blog has been named the winner of the Outstanding Education Materials Award by the American Society for Horticultural Science Extension Division. Read full story....

Horticulture Faculty Participate at the International Horticultural Congress
Elani Pliakoni, Cary Rivard, Candice Shoemaker and Kim Williams presented at the 29th International Horticultural Congress August 17-22, in Brisbane, Australia. The Congress, a meeting of the International Society for Horticultural Science, occurs every four years. This Congress included 43 symposia covering a wide range of topics on all aspects of horticulture.

Video: “I Am An Interpreter”
Individuals associated with the Park Management and Conservation program are featured in a new promotional video from the National Association for Interpretation.  Ted Cable was asked by the professional organization to solicit videos from his students and colleagues. Interpretation student Jordan McGuinn, graduate student Marisol Mayorga, and LuAnn Cadden a friend of the department and coauthor of two books and several articles with Dr. Cable all can be seen in the video “I Am An Interpreter.”  Click here to see video.

Shoemaker named Head of the Department
Candice Shoemaker, professor of horticulture and human health, has been named head of the department. She started in this position September 1. Shoemaker earned a master’s degree in horticultural therapy from Kansas State University and a doctorate in environmental floriculture physiology from Michigan State University. She was a post-doctoral research fellow in human issues in horticulture at Virginia Tech University. She joined the horticulture, forestry, and recreation resources department at Kansas State University in 2001 and has served as graduate program director.  Read media release....

"Will Koala's noses save them from extinction?"
K-State faculty, Peg McBee & Jeff Skibins, partner with ecotourism operators and volunteers in Australia to improve koala conservation efforts. Using a revolutionary technique for field identification, professional and volunteer koala conservation teams are able to track individual animals across their home range. This technique will help to minimize human-wildlife conflict and disease transmission, and improve regional development policies. Read media release...

Craver wins 3rd Place at ASHS National Conference
Joshua Craver, a recent graduate, presented part of his Masters research project in the Controlled Environment Student Oral Presentation Competition at the annual American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Conference in Orlando, Florida in late July. He competed against 11 other MS and PhD students and received 3rd place.  Congratulations and well-deserved, Josh!