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2010 Human Ecology Achievements

* Missy Schrader, a dietitian with housing and dining services and an instructor of hospitality management and dietetics, received the American Dietetic Association Foundation's Mary Abbott Hess Award for Recognition of an Innovative Food and Culinary Effort. The honor is for Schrader's creation of the annual on-campus Culinary Enhancement Workshop. Nov. 2010

* K-State's athletic training education program has earned continuing accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. The commission found the program met all of the nationally recognized standards for entry-level athletic training education. The accreditation is good for 10 years. The process included an 18-month self-study review that addressed teaching, supervision, student learning and more. It also involved a campus visit by an external review team, which met with students and faculty, and toured facilities. The program has been accredited since 1992. Oct. 2010

* Laura Romig, senior in dietetics, Leavenworth, received a $3,000 Mead Johnson Nutrition Scholarship from the American Dietetic Association Foundation. The scholarships are awarded for academic performance and extracurricular and professional involvement. Romig currently serves as the chair of the American Dietetic Association's National Student Council Advisory Committee; she previously served as council vice chair. The council represents the interests of all dietetics students and interns. More than 20,000 students nationwide are enrolled in didactic programs, coordinated programs, dietetic internships and dietetic technician programs. Sept. 2010

* Rebecca Strong, senior in human ecology, received a $5,000 educational grant from the Our Family for Families First Foundation. The scholarship award recognizes her high academic performance and commitment to military community service. The foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of Army families by providing scholarships and grants to the children and spouses of active duty soldiers. Strong, whose husband is stationed at Fort Riley, has participated in Army Family Readiness Groups, been an instructor for Army Family Team Building and volunteered with the Protestant Women of the Chapel military ministry. Aug. 2010

* Dedication to their fields of study earned two students from K-State's department of hospitality management and dietetics $5,000 scholarships from national professional associations. Lynette Conklin, senior in dietetics and public health nutrition, Argonia, received the Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship from the National Association of College and University Foodservices; and Alisha Ernst, senior in hotel and restaurant management and in human resource management, Prairie Village, received the Roy B. Evans Scholarship from the Professional Convention Management Association. June 2010

* K-State's Amy Boesen, senior in interior design, Sedgwick, received the Student Gold Award at the third annual Mid-America Design Awards, sponsored by the International Interior Design Association's Mid-America chapter. Boesen earned the top honor for the New York City loft design project she completed in 2009 for an interior design studio class taught by K-State's Lindsay Clark, assistant professor of interior design. Boesen's project was praised for implementing well thought out space planning supported by detailed 3-D renderings and an appropriate application of color. May 2010

* A team of two K-State interior design students took first place in the international student design competition of the Interior Design Educator's Council. Members of the winning K-State team are seniors Kristen Henricksen, Courtland, and Morgan Zwickel, Overland Park. The students were asked to design a learning commons in a university library, which is a relatively new approach to creating libraries that meet the needs of students in the digital age. Students researched best practices in the design of university libraries and were then given an empty 3,800 square foot floor plan and only one week to design a flexible learning environment. May 2010

* K-State's master's program in communication sciences and disorders has been accredited for another eight years by the Council on Academic Accreditation for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The accreditation process took a year and included a 119-page report that covered assessment of knowledge and skills at the undergraduate and graduate levels on 190 certification standards, as well as a two-day site visit by a three-member council team, according to Robert Garcia, director of K-State's communication sciences and disorders program. April 2010

* The Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education has reaccredited both of K-State's programs in dietetics for another 10 years. The commission is the American Dietetic Association's accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitians or dietetic technicians, registered. The accreditation process for K-State included submission of an eligibility study, a self-study completed by K-State's two dietetics programs and a site visit by a commission-appointed team of dietitians. All of the information collected was then submitted to the commission's board of directors, which approved the reaccreditation for the maximum period. K-State offers both a didactic program in dietetics and a coordinated program. Both programs are key to earning the Registered Dietitian credential. April 2010

* The Council for Interior Design Accreditation has reaccredited K-State's bachelor's degree program in interior design. Accreditation is based on a program's compliance with 16 standards and more than 100 indicators of quality including faculty qualifications, facilities and resources, comprehensiveness of curriculum and evidence of student learning. K-State is one of 167 interior design programs based in North America accredited by the council. K-State’s bachelor's degree in interior design also is ranked third among accredited programs, according to DesignIntelligence. The ranking reflects an annual survey of leading architecture and design firm principals who were are asked from which interior design programs they have had the best hiring experience. April 2010

* Three K-State faculty members are founding members of the Financial Therapy Association's board of directors. Sonya Britt, an undergraduate and doctoral program instructor for the Institute of Personal Financial Planning and financial therapist at the Financial Therapy Clinic, was elected president of the Financial Therapy Association board; John Grable, the Vera Mowery McAninch Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and director of the Institute of Personal Financial Planning, was elected board treasurer; and Kristy Archuleta, co-director of the Financial Planning Clinic and an assistant professor of family studies and human services, is serving as the board's research liaison. Association members study the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, relational, economic and integrative aspects of financial wellness. Membership consists of individuals from around the world who blend aspects of financial planning, financial counseling, marriage and family therapy, sociology, social work and psychology. March 2010

* Megan Lazzo, senior in family studies and human services, Wichita, is among 29 college students nationwide earning the Scholar of Promise Award from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. The award, which includes a certificate and a signed letter from America's Promise, recognizes exceptional commitment to improving the community through dedication to youth-oriented service and education. Recipients were required to complete at least 50 hours of service to earn the honor. During 2009, Lazzo served as a volunteer at a Manhattan church and at elementary schools in Manhattan and Fort Riley. Feb. 2010


2009 Human Ecology

College of Human Ecology