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Students and Faculty in the News
Miller Receives SoTL Award
Chad Miller, Assistant Professor of Ornamental Horticulture, received a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award from the K-State College of Agriculture Innovations in Teaching, Learning and Assessment Program.  The SoTL is the process by which faculty make scholarly inquiry into student learning to assist in advancing the practice of teaching by making research findings public, not only with colleagues at K-State, but around the country.  Since arriving at K-State, Miller has been active in learning how to integrate and conduct SoTL in all of his classes.  The award includes a stipend and travel funds to present SoTL research.

Cable's Textbook Published in China
A widely used textbook, co-authored by Ted Cable, Professor of Park Management and Conservation, has been translated and published in China. "Interpretation of Cultural and Natural Resources," second edition, was translated by Dongying Wei at Beijing Normal University.  Wei reports that this text will be used in heritage interpretation classes at Beijing Normal University as well as at other Chinese universities and by frontline heritage interpreters and tourism guides in China.  Read more....

Sammons wins 2015 Top Shot Award
Zackary Sammons won the Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management 2015 TOP SHOT Award.  This award is based on two weekends of instruction in and shooting the following shotgun sports: Sporting Clays, FITASC, 5-Stand, Trap and Skeet.   The instruction and competition took place at "Flint Oak" Resort located at Fall River, Kansas.  Zack is a Class 6 WOEM student (2014).  His overall score beat 26 students competing in the "shotgun" courses. Check out HFRR's Awards & Honors page.

Miller Receives 2015 Gamma Sigma Delta Award
Chad Miller, Assistant Professor of Ornamental Horticulture in the Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources Department, has been awarded the Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Teacher Award. This annual award is given to an active member of Gamma Sigma Delta that has been teaching for at least two years and has provided outstanding service in resident teaching.  Gamma Sigma Delta is an international honorary society of agriculture dedicated that is dedicated to excellence in scholarship, research, and service.

Former Student, Brielle Eaton, Wins 2014 Cabela’s Founders’ Award
Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management 2012 graduate, Brielle Eaton, was presented the Cabela’s 2014 Founder’s Award on March 16, 2015.  This is the highest honor a Cabela’s employee can achieve in the company.

Undergraduates Armstrong & Culley Present Research Projects
Horticulture undergraduates Brenden Armstrong and Madison Culley presented results from their undergraduate research projects at the College of Agriculture Undergraduate Research Showcase sponsored by Gamma Sigma Delta on Friday, April 24. Brenden's project, directed by Channa Rajashekar, evaluated how light intensity increased accumulation of phytochemicals in lettuce, and Madison worked with Kim Williams to look at the effect of the anti-gibberellin uniconazole on height management and crop timing of two potted geophytes. Well done!

WOEM Team CamoCats
The first Place Winners of the Collegiate Outdoors Hunt Series Challenge was "Team CamoCats."  Team members are Chris Barnhart, Shane King, Brady Burks and Jonathan Owens. They submitted three videos for this competition, videos listed below. Cash prizes range from $600 - $1,000 per team member.
The Season  -  https://vimeo.com/120531456
The Addiction  -  https://vimeo.com/120523145
The Onward Pursuit  -  https://vimeo.com/120504529

Two WOEM Students Featured in Kansas State Agriculturist
K-State students combine their passions for shooting game and filming hunts.
When all his buddies were buying trucks to drive in high school, Brady Burks, a student in Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management, was purchasing his first Canon XA10 camcorder. Burks grew up in Wathena, Kansas; hunting dove, quail and pheasant with his dad. He also enjoyed watching hunters on the Outdoors Channel travel the world shooting different game. These experiences led to the idea of filming his friends' hunts by borrowing his parents' camcorder.  Read full story....

College of Agriculture Advisor of the Year
Chad Miller, Assistant Professor of Ornamental Horticulture was awarded the College of Agriculture's 2014-2015 Advisor of the Year Award.  Miller was nominated by the K-State Horticulture Club.  Selection of the award is based on survey responses from the advisor's undergraduate advisees.
Check out HFRR's Awards and Honors page.

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 Agriculture's Richard Elmore Brown Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Stuart's advisor is Dr. 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.