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Students and Faculty in the News
Skibins Travels to California & Australia
Jeff Skibins, assistant professor in the Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreational Resources, visited Oakland, CA where he presented at the George Wright Symposium on National Parks. He was lead author, presenter, and session chair on the paper, "Are grizzly bears more than just scenery? Strategies to improve visitor-based conservation actions". He was also co-author of a University of Utah graduate student poster titled, "Understanding visitors' commitment to grizzly bear conservation at Denali National Park and Preserve.”
Jeff also traveled to Australia this semester visiting in January at the invitation of Professor Betty Weiler and Associate Professor Kevin Markwell. Jeff shares research interests with Betty and Kevin in improving biodiversity outcomes through visits to tourist attractions such as zoos and aquariums and while he was at Lismore the three of them discussed possible research collaboration opportunities. He is also a contributing author to Kevin’s soon to be published edited collection, Animals and Tourism, Understanding Diverse Relationships.

Graduate Teaching Award
Stuart Sprague, Ph.D. horticulture student received the College of Ag Graduate Teaching Award.  Stuart's adviser is Sunghun Park. 
Check out HFRR's Awards and Honors page.

Honoring Jim Heinze as the Alumni Fellow for Agriculture
This year we will honor Jim Heinze as the Alumni Fellow for Agriculture.  The goal of the Alumni Fellows program is to create opportunities for successful alumni to interact with our students.  Jim Heinze is the Director of Sales, North America for the Commercial Division of The Toro Company. He serves on the management team contributing to business strategies for revenue growth, new products, and market development. He directs a team of sales professionals delivering innovative product solutions and exceptional customer service through the industries’ leading distribution channel.  Read more....

Ten Hort. Club Members Visit KAT Nursery
KAT nursery in Olathe, KS hosted ten members of the K-State Horticulture Club on Saturday, March 28. 2015. The objective of the trip was two-fold, students were shown around the nursery facility and they returned back to campus with $3000.00 of plant materials. Read more...

ASHS Outstanding Education Publication Award
A SoTL paper by Horticulture's Kim Williams and former M.S. student Joshua Craver has been named the ASHS Outstanding Education Publication Award winner for papers published in 2014 by the American Society for Horticultural Science. “Assessing Student Learning from an Experiential Module in a Greenhouse Management Course using Hydroponics and Recirculating Solution Culture” [HortTechnology 24(5):610–617] was funded by the College of Agriculture's Innovations in Teaching and Learning Program. 
Check out HFRR's Awards and Honors page.

Faculty of the Semester
Steve Keeley, Professor of Turfgrass Science, was awarded Faculty of the Semester from the College of Agriculture.
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Save-the-Date - KSU Gardens Gala
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Friday, June 5, 2015
6:30 pm, in the KSU Gardens
Dueling Pianos Plus
Cost: $100 per person

K-State Graduate Research Forum Competition
Jake Reeves (MS Turfgrass Graduate Student) won 2nd place in the Agriculture Poster Session at the K-State Graduate Research Forum Competition.  His poster was titled;"Bermudagrass Control with Glyphosate, Fluazifop and Mesotrione for Spring Renovation."  (Jacob A. Reeves, Jared A. Hoyle and Cole S. Thompson)
Evan Alderman (MS Turfgrass Graduate Student) won 3rd place in the Agriculture Oral Session at the K-State Graduate Research Forum Competition.  His oral presentation was titled; "Influence of Nitrogen Fertilizer Source and Rate on Buffalograss Divot Recovery."  (Evan J. Alderman, Jared A. Hoyle, Jack D. Fry and Steve J. Keeley)

Young Writers Award
The North American Gamebird Association, in conjunction with Dr. Peg McBee of Kansas State's Wildlife and Outdoor Management program, held a competition for students in which articles on various subjects pertinent to the gamebird industry were selected for publication in editions of the NAGA News from May 2015 to January 2016.
Five finalists were selected, awarded a $100 prize, and an Associate Membership to the North American Gamebird Association.  Finalists are (front row in picture): Brady Waldeier "Chukar Hunting,"Noah Parsons "Professionalism," Joseph Prud'homme, III "Passionate Perceptions & Perspectives" Back row: Brady Burks "Women and Hunting,"  Elliot Matyac "Predator Management." Congratulations to these Young Writers!  Check out HFRR's Awards and Honors page.

Davis, Educator of the Year Award
Dr. Greg Davis was awarded the 2015 Academic Education Foundation Educator of the Year Award. This prestigious, national award recognizes educators who have been passionate supporters and tireless ambassadors of the landscape industry. Recipients of the award are individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty by contributing time, energy and enthusiasm to their programs; and show dedication to the education of future industry leaders. This video was shown during the award presentation.

PLANET Team Places 8th out of 65 Collegiate Teams
The Kansas State Landscape Contracting Team, consisting of 26 members, was awarded 8th out of 65 colleges and universities on March 15 at the competition closing ceremony at North Carolina State. This is an annual three-day competitive event among students enrolled in horticultural programs across the country; entirely sponsored and judged by industry leaders. Students compete in 28 events directly related to the skills necessary for professional landscape industry careers. This event also hosts the largest career fair in the country allowing students to meet and interact with prospective industry employers.  Read more....

Kansas State Agriculturist, spring 2015 has three articles with HFRR’s faculty and students featured.  The first one is on page 36, K-State Knows Koalas, Jeff Skibins and Peg McBee; the second article page 38, Irrigating Excellence, Cathie Lavis; and the third, page 56, Pack that Patio, about the Horticulture Club preparing a patio in front of Throckmorton.  Click here to see the Kansas State Agriculturist, click on Spring 2015 issue and go to the top, right side of the page to turn it.