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Students and Faculty in the News
KSU Gardens Luncheon Series - Holidays with Hildegard
Holidays with Hildegard
Date: November 12
Place: Manhattan Country Club at 11:30
Cost: $30
Speaker: Hildegard Bembry

K-State Horticulture Club Quilt Fundraiser
We are raising funds for our trip to the National Collegiate Landscape Competition at Mississippi State University March 16-19.  Attending this allows students to become more involved in the landscape industry and allows them to meet companies within the industry along with meeting new students from other colleges in the U.S.  Drawing is February 19th.

The quilt was donated by Rhonda Wassenberg and her daughter, Addie, who is a current student in Landscape Management.  Together they arranged the quilt and then Rhonda pieced it.  It is machine quilted by Nancy Padgett.  The quilt pattern is called Maze.  Chances will be sold via Horticulture Club members and at other Horticulture Club events.  See flyer...

PMC Professors meet with National Park Service
Last week, Drs. Ryan Sharp and Jeffrey Skibins met with key leaders of the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey to discuss long-term research initiatives and undergraduate and graduate student opportunities. Additionally, Drs. Sharp and Skibins were asked to present their research to a multi-disciplinary multi-institutional seminar and webcast. The webcast was viewed by more than 35 additional agencies and institutions. "Our goal is to cultivate strategic partnerships for research and professional development, and create a professional network for our students at a national level. As visitor and natural resource management continues to evolve within federal agencies, partnerships will be a key growth area for the Park Management & Conservation program", said Dr. Skibins.

PMC Launches New Student Club

The George Wright Society student chapter promotes protected area stewardship by bringing practitioners together to share their expertise. Student chapters are open to all students and provide opportunities for visiting national parks, scholarships, undergraduate & graduate research, and participation in international conferences. First meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 5 pm in the newly remodeled Throckmorton 1st floor lobby. Food and refreshments will be served. See Drs. Sharp or Skibins for more information. Read more...

Koala Conservation
Last spring, Drs. Skibins and McBee traveled to Melbourne, Australia to work with Janine Duffy of Echidna Walkabout Wildlife and Nature Tours. Ms. Duffy has pioneered a new field technique for identifying individual koalas. Their collaboration is brining exciting new research and teaching opportunities for undergraduate and graduate PMC and WOEM students.  (Page 60, in the Wildlife Professional.)  Read more....

Horticulture Graduate Students & Faculty Participate at the ASHS Conference
Several graduate students, faculty and department head, Candice Shoemaker, from the Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources department recently attended the American Society for Horticultural Sciences annual conference August 3-7, in New Orleans to present their research findings.  Read more....

Park Management and Conservation welcomes Ryan Sharp
Dr. Sharp has joined the HFRR department and will teach and conduct research in the Park Management and Conservation (PMC) program.  He comes to KSU from Eastern Kentucky University where his primary responsibility was teaching in the Recreation and Park Administration Department.  However, he was able to secure funding and conduct research at several state and national parks during his fours years at the university.  Read more....

Story Featured by WOEM Student
WOEM student, Noah Parsons, is featured in the North American Gamebird Association News Publication. His essay is titled, "Professionalism."
While in the midst of pursuing a career as a professional in the outdoor industry, I often find myself daydreaming what life will look like later down the road. I used to read articles, listen to wise words of professionals and watch as these outdoor enthusiasts experienced the life that I dream of.  Read more....