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Emily Harris, bachelor’s candidate in agribusiness, Abilene, gave the reflections speech at the college spring commencement. Kurt Lockwood, bachelor’s candidate in agricultural economics, Caney, gave the student address. Faith Rasmussen, bachelor’s candidate in food science and industry, Salina, sang the National Anthem. 

Bakery science and management students Harrison Helmick, senior, and Ian Joliffe, junior, earned first place in the Product Development Competition with their Blueberry Oatmeal Focaccia. The American Society of Baking sponsored the event.

Melissa Riley, animal sciences and industry, is one of four students chosen nationwide as a 2016 Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology Fellow. The student spent the summer in the laboratory of Bruce Schultz, K-State professor of anatomy and physiology and American Physiological Society member. 

Satyra Jenkins, May 2016 bachelor’s graduate in food science and industry, College Station, Texas,was inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, the oldest and largest chapter-based honor society for full- and part-time undergraduate adult students.

Mortar Board Senior Honor Society selected Jacob Wilson, food science and industry, Merriam; Ellissa Heim, food science and industry, Hoxie; and Conner White, horticulture, Wichita, as members for the 2016–2017 school year.

Jessica Davis, junior in milling science and management from Illinois, was awarded a scholarship from Mennel Milling Company. It covers $10,000 of out-of-state tuition and $1,000 for travel costs. The scholarship is awarded to one student from Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, or Virginia.

Four K-State teams competed at the regional North Central Weed Science Society Collegiate Weed Contest July 28 at Purdue University. 

One of the three graduate teams took first, and the undergraduate team took second in their respective divisions.

Agronomy professors Anita Dille, Kevin Donnelly, and Dallas Peterson coach the teams.

The following students are new members of K-State’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter established in 1915: Anna R. Hickert, Hays, Brandi Feehan, Louisburg, and Rachel E. Sahrbeck, San Diego, California, all juniors in animal sciences and industry; Henry L. Ott, Madison, master’s student in agricultural economics; Ronald Sullivan, Paola, senior in agribusiness; Jill M. Seiler, Valley Center, junior in agricultural communications and journalism; Giovani Preza Fontes, Brazil, master’s student in agronomy; and Stephen M. Losey, Mauldin, South Carolina, and Zainab Ali Al-jbory, Iraq, doctoral students in entomology.

More than 25 horticulture students competed in the National Collegiate Landscape Competition at Mississippi State University. They placed eighth out of 63 schools and brought home a check for $500 for winning the Career Development Series. Team coaches are associate professors Cathie Lavis and Greg Davis. 

Top five placings
and their events:

Alan Rourke — Irrigation Design, National Champion

Alan Rourke and Justin Malone —  Irrigation Assembly, 2nd

Conner White — Business Management, 2nd

Eric Grant — 3D Exterior Design, 3rd

Brooke Evans and Karen Schneck — Employment Development, 4th

Alan Rourke and Jonathan Jessen — Irrigation Troubleshooting, 5th 

Students of the month

September — Gage Nichols, sophomore in animal sciences and industry with a minor in feed science, Russell 

October and Student of the Year Scholarship — Emily Beneda, senior in food science, Wilson

November — Lindy Bilberry,  junior in agricultural economics, Garden City

December — Karly Frederick, junior in agricultural economics, Alden 

January — Conner White, senior in horticulture, Wichita 

February — Rachel Sahrbeck, junior in animal sciences and industry, Springfield, Pennsylvania. 

March — Jeffrey Albers, senior in agronomy, Oakley

April — Melissa Poet, junior majoring in agricultural education with a minor in agronomy, Flagler, Colorado   

Graduate students

Corey Carpenter, Red Bluff, California, and Lori Thomas (M.S. ’16 animal science), St. Louis, Missouri, each received a $2,500 scholarship from Feed Energy for the 2016–2017 academic year. Both are pursuing doctorates and are members of the applied swine nutrition team. 

Alma G. Laney, plant pathology postdoctoral research associate, received a two-year $150,000 postdoctoral fellowship to lead a study on the genetics of barley yellow dwarf viruses, which cause barley yellow dwarf. This disease affects wheat and other grains worldwide. In 2012, the disease caused a 2.3 percent yield loss in Kansas, valued at an estimated $78 million.

MaryAnn Matney (B.S. ’14 agricultural economics) received the Outstanding Master’s Student Award and Kelsey Phelps earned the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award supported by the Larry Corah Graduate Student Enhancement Fund in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. Terry Houser advises Matney, and John Gonzalez advises Phelps.