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Linda PuntneyLinda Puntney, director of student publications at K-State, received two awards at the College Media Advisers Convention, March 13-16, in New York City.

They are the 2010 Reid H. Montgomery Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contributions to college media and college media advising and the Charles R. O'Malley Award for excellence in teaching.

Puntney has been the longtime adviser to the Royal Purple yearbook, which has garnered several national collegiate journalism honors, including the Gold Crown, all-American honors and several Pacemaker Awards recognizing the top college yearbook in the nation.


Outstanding accomplishments in public health and contributions to K-State's Master of Public Health program have earned a faculty member honors.

Lisa FreemanThe 2010 outstanding Master of Public Health faculty honoree was Lisa Freeman, associate vice president for innovation at K-State at Olathe and a veterinarian and professor of pharmacology in the department of anatomy and physiology at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Freeman has been a driving force for improved public health education, research and practice throughout Kansas. She has served on the Master of Public Health coordinating committee since 2008 and as an adviser for Master of Public Health students. She also has helped developed a public health collaboration network between Kansas community colleges and K-State to inform undergraduate students about public health jobs and educational opportunities. In addition, she has been a catalyst for the development of the One Health Kansas Initiative.

Freeman is leaving K-State at the end of the school year to become vice president for research and graduate studies at Northern Illinois University.

The awards were presented by Carol Shanklin, dean of K-State's Graduate School, at the Excellence in Public Health awards reception April 5 at K-State.