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2015 All-University Achievements

• King of crops: K-State Crops Team wins seventh straight national championship.

• Fulbright winner: Master's student in curriculum and instruction receives Fulbright to study in Singapore.

• Double Grammy nominee: Bryan Pinkall, assistant professor of music, earns two Grammy nominations.

• A 'class' class: National Academy of Engineering recognizes engineering ethics course taught by Steve Starrett as exemplary.

• Among the best: Cheryl Polson joins International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

• Best program: K-State's Council for Public School Improvement program earns national award for excellence.

• At the top: Doctoral candidate in special education, counseling and student affairs named best school counselor in Kansas.

• Top young educator: College of Education's Susan Yelich Biniecki receives Early Career Award from national adult and continuing education association.

• Best work: Doctoral student in pathobiology receives 2015 Mark Gearhart Memorial Graduate Student Award for best research paper.

• Top graduate programs: GraduatePrograms.com, a student-rated guide, ranks the College of Arts & Sciences' political science graduate program No. 1 and sociology graduate program No. 5 in the nation.

• K-State tradition continues as a national scholarship leader: Jordan Thomas a Marshall scholar.

• First in nation: FAA grants Kansas State Polytechnic nation's first approval for unmanned commercial flight training.

• A true leader: K-State's first lady Noel Schulz, associate dean for engineering research and graduate programs at the College of Engineering, named fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, for leadership in advancing women in engineering and electric ship technologies.

• Plan for success: Financial Planning.com lists K-State among its list of personal financial planning schools.

• Among the best: K-State's landscape architecture program ranked No. 6 in nation by DesignIntelligence magazine, while K-State's interior architecture & product design program also is ranked as one of the best by the magazine.

• Groundbreaking research: Team led by Douglas McGregor, university distinguished professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, wins R&D 100 Award for second year in a row.

• Excellence honored: Contributions to aquatic sciences earn Walter Dodds, university distinguished professor of biology, fellow status in the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.

• Read all about it: K-State's student newspaper, The Collegian, earns two national awards.

• Honor society excellence: K-State's Phi Beta Kappa chapter among nation's best.

• Scooping up success: K-State summer school marketing campaign a national award winner.

• 2025 at work: K-State's six-year graduation rate sets record of 61.9 percent, up from 59.9 percent in 2014.

• Top pick: K-State remains the No. 1 choice of graduating high school seniors in Kansas.

• Business boost for diversity: K-State's home of Manhattan one of the best places for diverse business entrepreneurs.

• Head of the class: College of Education named great teaching school.

• Where design stars: Interior architecture & product design program ranked at top

• Ready to excel: University co-founded TechAccel wins award for its innovative approach to food solutions.

• Honored honorary: K-State's Phi Kappa Phi a chapter of excellence.

• Kansas kudos: Professor of agronomy Stephen Welch receives Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Award for scholarly excellence.

• High note: Book on blues great Jimmy Rogers by Wayne Goins, university distinguished professor of music, earns another prestigious honor.

• Physicists rule: Physics assistant professor Ketino Kaadze and postdoctoral research associate Lovedeep Saini selected as Fermilab Compact Muon Solenoid LHC Physics Center Distinguished Researchers for 2016.

• Best for kids: K-State Child Development Center one of few in nation with prestigious accreditation

• K-State's efforts in diversity receive prestigious honor for second year in a row.

• Among the best: K-State's online graduate engineering programs rank among best value in nation.

• National champs: Personal financial planning team takes top spot.

• Best college town: K-State's home, Manhattan, ranks No. 2 in the nation.

• K-State works: Survey finds university a top place to work in 2015.

• Fulbright winner: Recent graduate Hannah Rogers is latest K-Stater to receive prestigious honor.

• Educator excellence: National pathology association recognizes Steve Stockham's contributions to clinical pathology education.

• Career kudos: Entomological Society of America names Mike Kanost, university distinguished professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics, a fellow of the society.

• National recognition: Mike Apley, professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology, named to Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

• Workout warriors: K-State among the fittest colleges in the U.S.

• Nine and counting: Robotics Team takes championship for ninth year in a row.

• CASE for Excellence: K-State and the KSU Foundation receive a national award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for fundraising efforts.

• At the top: K-State's Sensory Analysis Center ranks first in influence according to survey by Journal of Sensory Studies. The center's director, Edgar Chambers IV, university distinguished professor, ranks first on list of most influential individuals, while the center's co-director, Delores Chambers, a professor, was No. 5.

• Gilman scholar: Marcus Dominguez, a sociology and pre-law major, receives prestigious Gilman Scholarship.

• Making a splash: Fountain Wars Team takes third at international completion.

• All that jazz: New book by university distinguished professor of jazz Wayne Goins is best in the blues. Goins also is serving as leading authority for new documentary film on jazz guitarist great Charlie Christian with rocker Brian Setzer.

• Our students are happy — and it shows: Princeton Review, Forbes rate K-State a top college with happy students.

• Manhattan rules: The best college town around is Manhattan, the home of K-State, according to a survey by Livability.com.

• Alumni loyalty: For 19th consecutive year, K-State ranks first in the Big 12 for the percentage of graduates who are members of their respective alumni associations.

• Purple is giving: KSU Foundation reports university's annual fundraising tops $140 million for fourth consecutive year.

• Tops in his field: Freddie Lamm, professor of biological and agricultural engineering and research irrigation engineer at the Northwest Research-Extension Center, is a new fellow of the American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineering.

• Smithsonian salute: Xiuzhi "Susan" Sun, university distinguished professor of grain science and industry, and Annelise Nguyen, associate professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, will represent Kansas State University at the Smithsonian U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Innovation Festival.

• Award of distinction: Michael Dryden, university distinguished professor of veterinary parasitology, receives the 2015 AAVP-Merial Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award.

• Select appointment: Gary Pierzynski, university distinguished professor and head of the department of agronomy, will serve a two-year term as the U.S. representative to the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils.

• Long-term success: K-State's personal financial planning student team advances to 2015 Financial Planning Challenge finals. K-State is the only university to make it to finals every year since the competition began in 2001.

• Licensing leader: Recent data from the Association of University Technology Managers finds that K-State research produces the 22nd most licensing revenue among U.S. public research universities.

• Prestigious tradition: May 2015 graduate Reagan Keys earns K-State's 26th Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship in last 30 years.

• Meaty reward: Amanda Wilder, master's student in food science, earns $10,000 national scholarship from the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance for her research to control Shiga toxin-producing E. coli across the beef chain.

• Cream of the crop: Ingrams magazine names K-State's David Nichols, professor animal sciences and industry, to its "50 Kansans You Should Know" list.

• Growing success: Horticulture research associate Robin Ruether makes Greenhouse Product News' "40 Under 40" list for leadership, creativity, innovative thinking and accomplishments within and outside the horticulture field.

• On the list: State Library of Kansas names Jim Sherow's "Railroad Empire Across the Heartland: Rephotographing Alexander Gardner’s Westward Journey" a Kansas Notable Book.

• Classic college town: K-State's home, Manhattan, is being recognized as one of the 20 best small cities in the U.S. by the financial website NerdWallet.com, which based its rankings on quality of life, economic health and affordability.

• International recognition: K-State Video News, offered through the university's Division of Communications and Marketing, earns Silver Circle of Excellence Award from CASE.

• Big-time success: For 17th time in last 18 years, quarter-scale tractor team lands in top three at international competition. This year's team places second.

• Emmy-nominated work: College of Education documentary "A Long Road: 150 Years of Experience from Five African-American K-State Alumni" vying for regional Emmy Award.

• For service, patriotism: President Schulz and Art DeGroat earn honor from Topeka Military Order of the World Wars.

• Pickering Fellowship winner: K-State's Shai Washington one of 10 students nationally to receive a 2015 Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship with the U.S. State Department.

• A new fellow: Center on Aging's Gayle Doll named fellow of Gerontological Society of America.

• It's a deal: K-State's online MBA program recognized as a top value.

• Distinguished honor: John Blair, university distinguished professor of biology, named a fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

• International scholar: Political science major Joel Blankenship receives David L. Boren Scholarship to study Russian in Kyrgyzstan during the 2015-2016 school year.

• Four-star assistance: Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff helps commission K-State ROTC cadets.

• A smart choice: SuperScholar ranks K-State Salina's online bachelor's program in computer science as among the best.

• Fulbright opportunity: Marketing major Whitney Jael to attend Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute.

Computing leader: K-State recognized as Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment national supercomputing partner.

• Aviation excellence: K-State Salina inaugural Top Hawk program.

• Sealing the deal: K-State's National Strategic Selling Institute named one of nation's best sales program for fourth year in a row.

• Outstanding research earns biology students NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, honorable mention.

Architectural engineering senior earns top industry scholarship.

• Concrete results: American Concrete Institute recognizes K-State for excellence.

Engineering senior earns $10,000 Tau Beta Phi fellowship.

• Best on the PLANET: Horticulture professor named outstanding educator of the year.

• King of green: K-State tops Big 12 Conference in Recyclemania competition.

• Why go anywhere else: Report finds K-State the best value in Kansas.

• Our library rules: College Rank names Hale Library the fourth most amazing collegiate library in U.S.

• Academic heavyweights: Three K-State graduate programs rank among nation's best.

• Cited for savings: K-State's Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative profiled in national report on use of open/alternative textbooks. Through 2014, the university's initiative has saved K-State students more than $1 million in textbook costs.

• Best in the land: Dan Thomson named 2015 National Beef Quality Assurance Educator of the Year.

• Making a difference: The growth of K-State's endowment in fiscal year 2014 among the best in nation, according to a study.

• Leading the way: President Kirk Schulz is the new chair of the NCAA board of governors, which is the organization's highest-ranking committee.

• Up and coming: Gurpreet Singh, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award for his nanotechnology research.

• Special salute: University's service to military students earns national honor.

• Going the distance: Online graduate programs in engineering and education among best in nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

• Design star: Emma Montgomery, a fourth-year interior architecture & product design student, is the grand prizewinner of the NEXT Student Design Competition, sponsored by Steelcraft.

Ray Buyle, assistant professor of architectural engineering and construction science, is the recipient of the Associated General Contractors of America 2015 Outstanding Educator Award.

• Patented success: A K-State research team has received a patent for its use of a peptide that has been shown to prevent or reduce damage to intestinal tissue.

• Making a difference: The growth of K-State's endowment in fiscal year 2014 among the best in nation, according to a study.

• Degrees of success: Recent K-State graduates having success in the job market.

• Excellence recognized: Uwe Thumm, professor of physics, receives Humboldt Research Award award for his lifetime achievements in physics research.

• They made an app for that: Engineering students take first in mobile app design contest.


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