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Kansas State University achievements

2010 Students


* Sam Brinton, senior in vocal music performance and mechanical engineering with a nuclear option, is one of the Top 12 Leaders in Action by Campus Pride, and a finalist for the organization's 2011 Voice and Action Leadership Award. Campus Pride is the only national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for lesbian, gay, transgendered and bisexual students on college campuses across the U.S. The 12 honorees were selected by the Campus Pride Youth Advisory Board based on their accomplishments in working for progressive change on their campuses, in their communities and in their regions. Jan. 2011

* Research by a Urska Bukovnik, doctoral student in biochemistry, on synthetic channel-forming peptides to treat diseases like cystic fibrosis has been honored by the Biophysical Society. Bukovnik received a travel award from the society to attend its 55th annual meeting in Baltimore, Md., in March 2011. Recipients of the competitive award are selected based on scientific merit, with priority given to those who will present a paper at the conference. Bukovnik's paper is Synthetic peptide-based channels: candidates for treatments of channelopathies. Dec. 2010

* The K-State student chapter of Associated General Contractors has been selected as the third best collegiate chapter in the nation by the Associated General Contractors of America. The chapter is being recognized for its work in revitalizing the Lower 9th Ward In New Orleans. It's the second consecutive year K-State has finished among the top three chapters in the nation. The K-State chapter was selected as the second best in 2009. Nov. 2010

* Scott Morey, who earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree in May 2010, is one of five recent veterinary medicine graduates chosen to have $100,000 in federal loans waived. Morey was chosen through the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation's Food Animal Veterinarian Recruitment and Retention Program, designed to combat a growing shortage of food animal veterinarians. Nov. 2010.

* Perla S. Salazar, senior in mathematics, received a $3,000 Trjitzinsky Scholarship from the American Mathematical Society. The scholarship is made possible by a donation from the estate of Waldemar J., Barbara G., and Juliette Trjitzinsky, which established a fund to assist needy students who may be in danger of not completing their degree program in mathematics for financial reasons. Salazar was born in Mexico, and her family moved to Dodge City when she was 11 years old. She is the first in her family to attend college. Her goal, after receiving her undergraduate degree, is to earn a graduate degree in mathematics. Oct. 2010

* Four students from the College of Veterinary Medicine took home an assortment of honors from the 2010 conference of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. Benjamin Wileman, a summer 2010 doctoral graduate from Belle Fourche, S.D., was the winner of the conference's Graduate Research Competition, for his work involving a novel vaccine technology to control a type of E. coli in beef cattle. Ruby Mosher, a doctoral candidate in pathobiology, Emporia, finished second in the research competition with her study of the effects of a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug on increasing the welfare of domestic livestock. Craig Pauly, Manhattan, and Austin Domek, Ypislanti, N.D., both graduate students in veterinary medicine, each received $5,000 scholarships from Pfizer Animal Health and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Foundation. Oct. 2010

* Kelli McMurphy Lambrecht, a May 2010 Kansas State University bachelor's graduate in finance, has received a 2010 Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award. Lambrecht, Topeka, was nominated for the honor by Scott Hendrix, instructor of finance in K-State's College of Business Administration. Hendrix called Lambrecht an exceptional student and leader. The award includes a year's subscription to both the print and online editions of the Wall Street Journal. Lambrecht's name also has been added to the plaque in Calvin Hall that lists the college's other recipients of the honor. Oct. 2010

* Jason Strachman Miller, senior in mass communications, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and current editor-in-chief of the Kansas State Collegian, won the 2010 Rolling Stone Collegiate Journalism Competition for his profile of a student who underwent a heterosexual conversion therapy program. The story appeared in the Collegian as part of a five-part series in December 2009. The package examined the relationship between the gay community, a local gay-friendly church and a local church offering therapy programs to live a heterosexual lifestyle. Two parts of the series were devoted to the student's story. Miller's award includes $2,500, and it was included in a mid-October edition of the magazine. Oct. 2010

* Seven K-State Army ROTC cadets rank in the top 20 percent of the nation's more than 5,300 cadets, earning them the title of distinguished military cadets. Four of the top-ranking K-State cadets also rank in the top 3 percent nationally. These four cadets finished higher in the national Order of Merit List than any other cadets in Kansas, and they were among the top eight cadets, out of 265, in the Big 12 Conference, including the No. 1 cadet in the conference, Kip Burba, a senior in history from Ada, Ohio.

* Jessica Heath, master's student in counseling and student development, Manhattan, was appointed a student representative to the 10-member Mortar Board National Council. Heath was a member of K-State's chapter of Mortar Board, the national senior honor society, in 2008-2009. As a national council member, she meets with other national leaders of Mortar Board, travels as an official representative of the organization, and makes decisions that guide the long-term future of the organization. Her term will last until July 2011. Sept. 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

* Two K-State students interested in careers with nonprofit or philanthropic organizations were selected as fall 2010 Next Generation Nonprofit Leaders by American Humanics. Recipients are Lyndsay Bruns, senior in marketing, Lenexa; and Logan Jones, senior in family studies and human services, Newton. Both students have leadership studies minors in the American Humanics/nonprofit leadership focus offered through K-State's School of Leadership Studies. Twenty-six K-State students in the American Humanics/nonprofit leadership focus of the leadership studies minor have now been selected as Next Generation Leaders since the program was created in 2007. Sept. 2010

* For the second year in a row and the third time in the last four years, a K-State student architectural engineering team took first place in the Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The K-State team took first place in the systems selection category. Team advisers are Julie Keen and Fred Hasler of the department of architectural engineering and construction science. Aug. 2010

* K-State Salina student Allan Richardson, Adams, Neb., earned sixth place in the aviation maintenance event at the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City, Mo. Richardson earned 766.5 points out of the 1,000 available points. Richardson, a senior in aviation maintenance, had to complete 12 tasks in the competition. Aug. 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

* Johnathan Bostrom, junior in anthropology and history, received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in China. The scholarship provides up to $5,000 for undergraduate study abroad. Bostrom is K-State's 25th Gilman recipient since the scholarship program was created in 2002. July 2010

* When it comes to doing pushups, sit-ups, endurance running and other skills required in the U.S. Army's physical fitness test, few can top K-State's Christopher Robinette. The junior in sociology, Cedar Vale, finished ahead of nearly 500 other Army ROTC cadets in the Army physical fitness test at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He scored 354 points on an extended scale -- 300 is the Army's standard maximum score -- placing him in the top 2 percent of his 446-person regiment. The test is part of the 29-day Army ROTC capstone training and assessment exercise, called the Leadership Development and Assessment Course. It is taken by thousands of college students each summer. Passing the physical fitness test is a prerequisite for becoming commissioned as a U.S. Army lieutenant. Each cadet must pass the test on their fourth day of course training. July 2010

* A master's thesis project by K-State's Brian Bookwalter, Topeka, was adopted by the Kansas Department of Transportation for a statewide campaign to discourage drivers from texting while driving. Bookwalter designed five anti-texting-while-driving posters that used familiar texting acronyms. His posters display various images, such as a pair of feet with a toe tag that says "NT BSY JUST DRVN" and a tagline along the bottom that reads "What will your last text message say?" The posters are credited with helping the passage of a state law banning texting while driving. June 2010

* K-State's Viet Nguyen, graduate student in mechanical engineering, Phillipsburg, received a $500 monetary award and an internship opportunity in the industry's energy sector for his third-place finish in the graduate student poster session of an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers competition. The event was a part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Power and Energy Society's Transmission and Distribution Conference in New Orleans. Nguyen's entry examined the effects of turbulence caused by trees and buildings on wind turbines. To better understand these effects, Nguyen performed a variety of wind simulations on a computer-generated model of trees and buildings and analyzed the resulting data. June 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 Jamie Weiser, junior in life sciences and pre-optometry, Champaign, Ill., was selected to attend the five-week Fulbright Commission Roehampton University London Summer Institute, June 27-July 29. Weiser and other select undergraduates from across the nation explored the concepts of citizenship and identity as they visited the Houses of Parliament and Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the administrative center of the European Union. During the course, the participants produced a short film on human rights and citizenship, volunteer within the community and become ambassadors for studying in the United Kingdom. May 2010

* Sean McBride, K-State doctoral candidate in physics, was one of only 40 students selected to attend the first Faraday Discussion Graduate Research Seminar, April 10-11, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. An organizing committee selected students to attend the seminar based on scientific merit and academic credentials. McBride also was one of only six students selected to give an oral presentation at the seminar. His presentation was "An improved determination of the spring constant and slip length using large colloidal probe atomic force microscopy." In addition, McBride gave an invited poster presentation on his research at the 146th Faraday Discussion meeting, April 12-14, also in Richmond. May 2010

* A K-State graduate student and three recent K-State graduates were named 2010 Fulbright Scholars. The scholars and their destinations are Amanda Stueve, May 2010 bachelor's graduate in anthropology, Morocco; Kelsey Moran, May 2010 bachelor's graduate in political science and pre-law, Argentina; Molly Yochim, December 2009 bachelor's graduate in history, Germany; and Hyatt Frobose, master's student in swine nutrition and animal welfare, Australia. K-State has had 53 Fulbright scholars since 1975. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as leadership potential. June 2010

* Sean McBride, K-State doctoral candidate in physics, was one of only 40 students selected to attend the first Faraday Discussion Graduate Research Seminar, April 10-11, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. An organizing committee selected students to attend the seminar based on scientific merit and academic credentials. McBride also was one of only six students selected to give an oral presentation at the seminar. His presentation was "An improved determination of the spring constant and slip length using large colloidal probe atomic force microscopy." In addition, McBride gave an invited poster presentation on his research at the 146th Faraday Discussion meeting, April 12-14, also in Richmond. 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 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

* The American Physiological Society selected K-State's Jacob Hull, junior in biochemistry, Garden City, as a 2010 Undergraduate Student Fellow. Hull received a $4,000 stipend to cover living expenses for the 10-week summer fellowship working in the laboratory of Bruce Schultz, professor of epithelial cell physiology in K-State's department of anatomy and physiology. Hull is one of 24 students worldwide to be named a Fellow. The fellowship program aims to encourage students about careers in biomedical research. Among the selection factors were academic merit and quality of research experience. Hull's research project is "Role of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma on epithelial growth, differentiation and activity" and is related to work done in Schultz's laboratory on the link between mutations in the cystic fibrosis protein known as CFTR and loss of the male reproductive duct that occurs in cystic fibrosis patients. Hull also received an additional $1,300 in travel funds to present his research at the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting in Washington, D.C., which is expected to attract nearly 14,000 scientists. May 2010

* Lisa Beck, master's student in civil engineering, Leavenworth, received a $10,000 Selected Professions Fellowship from the American Association of University Women for the 2010-2011 school year. Beck was one of 21 students in the nation to receive the fellowship, which provides women with opportunities to pursue graduate degrees in fields where they are typically underrepresented, including law, medicine, science, technology, architecture, mathematics and engineering. Beck will use the fellowship to conduct research at K-State investigating how the incorporation of industrial by-products affects concrete's durability and resistance to freezing and thawing. May 2010

* K-State teams placed in the top three in multiple categories of the Architectural Engineering Institute's annual Charles Pankow Foundation Architectural Engineering Student Design Competition. K-State took first in both the integrated systems design category and the electrical and lighting systems design category, and second and third places in the mechanical systems design category. The competition required student teams to address the design aspects of a medical clinic that would be constructed to support an underserved community. Each student team had to submit a 50-page report for their specified design category, summarizing each component to their solution. Teams also had to present their projects to a panel of judges. April 2010

* K-State's student chapter of the Kansas National Educational Association received several honors at the KNEA Student Program Leadership Conference. The chapter received awards for outstanding local website and outstanding local newsletter. The chapter also received the Chapter of Excellence Award. Laurie Curtis, K-State assistant professor of elementary education and adviser to K-State's student chapter received the Outstanding Local Adviser Award. April 2010

* K-State at Salina student Samantha Scharff, senior in aviation, Halstead, was one of five students selected for a summer internship with the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Canada. The other four interns are from Colorado, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. The five-week internship included shadowing the aviation organization's director of flight operations and the director of air traffic management. The internship is offered through a partnership between the aviation organization and Women in Aviation International. April 2010

* Kelsey Moran, K-State senior in political science and pre-law, Hays, has received a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship. She has been named the 2010 Kathleen Greey Fellow through Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, for which she will receive $5,000 for graduate study. She is among 60 students nationally to receive the Phi Kappa Phi fellowship this year. She will use the fellowship to go to law school. April 2010

* K-State's Elizabeth Ploetz, fifth-year senior in biochemistry, received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, while Katerina Voigt, senior in chemical engineering, and Emily Mangus, Manhattan, a 2008 K-State summa cum laude graduate in biological and agricultural engineering, were both named honorable mentions. The fellowship award provides a $30,000 stipend and $10,500 cost-of-education allowance annually for three years of education. The National Science Foundation awards students funding for research-based master's or doctoral degrees in programs relevant to the foundation's mission. Ploetz will attend K-State through the fellowship and will continue working with Paul E. Smith, K-State professor of chemistry. They are studying the mechanism by which proteins are denatured by their environment, and the resulting process of protein aggregation. April 2010

* A K-State Soil Judging Team won third place winner in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture national soil judging contest. The competition was April 15-17 at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. A total of 22 teams -- including two teams from K-State -- and 93 individuals competed in the event. Paul Hartley, graduate student in agronomy, Strong City, and Mickey Ransom, professor of agronomy, served as coaches for the team. Kelsey McGie, senior in milling science and management, Iola, served as assistant coach. April 2010

* The K-State Crops Team took first place in the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture national crops contest April 16 at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. A total of 22 teams competed, 13 in the four-year division and nine in the two-year division. The K-State team also took home four of the top five individual placings. It is the second straight title in the contest for the K-State team, and the team's ninth title in the last 12 years, according to Kevin Donnelly, team coach and a K-State professor of agronomy. The contest has four components: laboratory practical, agronomic exam, math practical, and plant and seed identification. The K-State team placed first in the laboratory, math and identification components, and second in the exam. April 2010

* Kansas State University's Shane Scott, Dodge City, and Emily Tummons, Leawood, have won 2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, and Andrew Satterlee, Overland Park, has been recognized as an honorable mention. April 2010

* Chad Maulsby, K-State senior in social sciences, Clay Center, received the George C. Marshall Leadership Award, which is presented to the top Army ROTC cadets in the nation. Out of the nearly 4,800 cadets in the U.S., Maulsby is ranked 48th. The award honors Army Gen. George C. Marshall, who served as chief of staff of the Army and secretary of both state and defense. He was the author of the restorative Marshall Plan and was the only career soldier to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Following graduation from K-State, Maulsby will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the aviation branch and attend helicopter flight training and aviation officer training at Fort Rucker, Ala. April 2010

* K-State psychology students took the top three places in research presentations at the Great Plains Student Psychology Conference in St. Joseph, Mo. The students all work in K-State's Visual Cognition Laboratory and work with Lester Loschky, an assistant professor of psychology at K-State. Taking first place for "Attention modulates gist performance between central and peripheral vision" were Margarita McQuade, Gabriel Hughes and Caitlyn Badke; receiving second place for "The effects of story structure and order on recognition memory for a picture story" were Christopher Wallace and Suzanne Goddard; and earning third place for "The effects of image rotation in scene gist recognition in ground-based versus aerial views" were Joshua Davis and Ryan Ringer. April 2010

* Students from Kansas State University earned 53 awards -- the most by any school at the collegiate level -- in the Kansas Association of Broadcasters' 2010 Student Broadcast Awards competition. In addition, three K-State mass communications students received scholarships from the broadcasting association. In all, K-State students earned 24 first-place awards, 13 second-place honors and 16 honorable mentions for both individual and group efforts. In the undergraduate radio competition, K-State finished first in 12 of the 18 categories offered. Most of the entries in the competition were for work done by students at K-State's student FM radio station, Wildcat 91.9, or for K-State's cable television channel, K-State TV. Among K-State's first-place winners were several student-produced programs, including "Wildcat Watch," which airs on K-State TV and receives funding support from the K-State Student Governing Association and production support from the Educational Communications Center, now a part of K-State communications and marketing; Wildcat 91.9's "Sports Talk" and "The Conscience of Kansas" programs; and "Purple Power Play," a TV sportscast, which airs on K-State TV and is produced by K-State journalism and mass communications students. April 2010

* Three Kansas State University engineering students received prestigious scholarships from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The K-State recipients included Jacob Wagner, sophomore in mechanical engineering, Manhattan, $10,000 Reuben Trane Scholarship for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years; Sean Kolich, senior in architectural engineering, Olathe, $10,000 Reuben Trane Scholarship for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years; and Andrea Gregg, senior in architectural engineering, Overland Park, and president of K-State's student chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, $5,000 Willis H. Carrier Scholarship for the fall 2010 semester. April 2010

* Kimberly Jones, a K-State architectural engineering student, took second place in the American Concrete Institute's international pervious concrete competition. Jones received a plaque and a $300 award for her second-place finish. The competition consisted of two parts: creating a pervious concrete specimen and writing a sustainability report. Jones worked with a K-State team of civil engineers in further developing her specimen design that was permeable to water and stress resistant. She individually wrote the sustainability report outlining the benefits of using pervious concrete in everyday structures. April 2010

* K-State's Order of Omega, the Greek honor society, has been recognized as one of the best chapters in the nation. In addition, two K-State Order of Omega members have received 2010 national Order of Omega scholarships for their leadership and service. The K-State chapter received a best chapter award at the recent Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference in St. Louis, Mo. The award includes $1,000 that the chapter can use for relevant training, programming, scholarships or as a gift to the university. K-State was one of only four chapters to receive the honor out of the more than 300 Order of Omega chapters in the nation. Along with the best chapter award, Andrew Harris, senior in industrial engineering, Manhattan, and Ashley Dohrmann, senior in industrial engineering, South Hutchinson, both received $500 scholarships. Harris, a member of FarmHouse fraternity, served as vice president of K-State's Delta Gamma chapter of Order of Omega in 2009, while Dohrmann, a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, was 2009 chapter president. April 2010

* A video game helped a K-State student place highly in a prestigious Japanese language speech contest. Xavier Gavin, freshman in arts and sciences-open option, Wichita, placed second in the category for students with less than a year of college Japanese instruction at the 24th annual Japanese Language Speech Contest, March 6, at the Consulate General of Japan, Chicago, Ill. It is the fourth year in a row that a K-State student has placed in the competition, including a first-place finish in 2009. Gavin's speech was "Bring in Guitar Hero!" In his presentation, he discussed the use of high technology in the classroom and shared his idea to introduce video games like "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band" to promote music education. Gavin's instructor is Kumiko Nakamura, director of K-State's Japanese language program. March 2010

* Kansas State University student Amy Sents is K-State's 32nd Harry S. Truman Scholar. Sents, McPherson, is a senior in animal sciences and industry and pre-veterinary medicine with a minor in international agriculture. As a winner of the Truman scholarship, she will receive as much as $30,000 for graduate studies toward a career in public service. March 2010

* A K-State team of construction science and management students took first place in the American Concrete Institute's international concrete construction competition. Students presented their winning entry and received a $300 award at the American Concrete Institute's convention in Chicago. Team members also received $500 as travel support to the convention, and their work was to be published in Concrete International magazine. The competition involved determining the most environmentally conscientious concrete formula for a pre-designed parking structure in Chicago. After determining the formula, students also had to decide if any changes needed to be made to the pre-designed structure and describe any impacts of the new concrete formula. According to the team's faculty adviser Kimberly Kramer, associate professor of architectural engineering and construction science, K-State has finished first or second in the competition since 2005. March 2010

* K-State's Black Student Union was named the most outstanding council at the 33rd annual Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government, Feb. 25-28, at the University of Texas-Austin. It's the third year in a row and fourth time in the last five years the K-State black student leadership group earned the honor. The group also was named best council in 2006, 2008 and 2009. In addition two K-State Black Student Union members received honors for their service to the organization. Marcus Bragg, freshman in industrial engineering, Kansas City, Kan., was named the most outstanding freshman, and Deborah Muhwezi, senior in mass communications, Wichita, the most outstanding senior. Also at the conference, Brandon Hall, junior in marketing, Overland Park, and president of the K-State Black Student Union, was elected chair of Big 12 Council on Black Student Government. 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

* K-State's Mock Trial Team has qualified for its first-ever trip to the American Mock Trial Association's Championship Series. The team earned its bid by placing fourth out of 23 teams at the association's regional tournament, Feb. 19-21, hosted by Washburn University. Team members Kelsey Heft, senior in political science and pre-law, Greensburg, and Nikki Marcotte, senior in philosophy and pre-law, Manhattan, received All-Region Outstanding Witness awards. Marcotte also received an All-Region Outstanding Attorney Award and was one of only two students recognized for both attorney and witness roles. Feb. 2010

* Erin Gettler, senior in biology and gerontology, Louisburg, was named the outstanding member of Blue Key, the national senior leadership honorary. Gettler, who served as 2008-2009 president of K-State's Blue Key chapter, received the President's Award, which is presented to a Blue Key chapter president or student member who has demonstrated an exemplary record of leadership, scholarship and service to Blue Key and the chapter institution. Feb. 2010

* Danielle Devlin, senior in accounting, Manhattan, and 2009-2010 vice president of K-State's Blue Key chapter, was unanimously elected to a two-year term as a student member of the Blue Key board of directors. The board is responsible for the organizational welfare, structure and functioning of Blue Key and its affiliated chapters. Blue Key is a national senior honorary that recognizes college students at senior institutions of higher education for balanced and all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Feb. 2010

* Two K-State theater students and a faculty member were honored by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 5, Jan. 17-23. Joe Klug, junior in theater, Overland Park, received first place in the regional scenic design competition; Dylan Harris, senior in theater, Wichita, received a meritorious certificate for her set design used in the fall 2009 K-State Theater production of "Speech and Debate; and Dwight Tolar, instructor of communication studies, theater and dance, who received a meritorious certificate for his work as director of "Speech and Debate." Jan. 2010

* A K-State graduate student's efforts to raise awareness about global poverty netted him an invitation to the "Power 100 Summit" in Washington, D.C., Jan. 29-Feb. 1. David Westfall, a doctoral student in sociology, Arcadia, earned a spot at the third annual summit by participating in the ONE Campus Challenge, a competition that engages college campuses to take action in the fight against global poverty. The schools that earned the most points and that rank within the top 100 schools in the competition have students attending the national summit. The summit is organized by ONE, a global advocacy and campaigning organization dedicated to fighting extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. It brings together top student leaders from 100 campuses from across the country. Jan. 2010

* K-State students won the Collegiate Quiz Bowl in San Antonio during the 2010 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. The contest helps develop future beef industry leaders and provides students an opportunity to be a part of the convention. The Collegiate Quiz Bowl was sponsored by a grant from The Farm Credit System Foundation, as well as the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.  Team members were Anna Pesta, Hyatt Frobose, Thomas Wilson and Clement Neely. Ken Odde is faculty adviser. K-State bested Penn State University in the final of the double-elimination competition. Teams earned the right to compete in the 2010 Beef Quiz Bowl by winning their section of the American Society of Animal Science Academic Quadrathalon in 2009.  Jan. 2010

* Four students from K-State's College of Business Administration received $1,000 scholarships in a case competition sponsored by the Target Corporation. The case challenge was to help Target hit a "home run" with its home furnishings, a sector that is facing multiple threats including fierce competition from similar stores, the economic recession and changes in consumer spending patterns, and a slowdown in the housing market. The winning team proposed that Target expand into interior paint sales to complement its existing home furnishings line. Team members included Katrina Cotter, senior in marketing; Nathan Kohake, senior in finance; Sarah Kuhlmann, senior in marketing and management; and Carson Coffman, senior in marketing. The students each received a $1,000 scholarship for the win. Jan. 2010


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