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Source: Martin Courtois, 785-532-4428,

Thursday, April 23, 2009


MANHATTAN -- An electronic thesis submitted by a Kansas State University graduate student has won an Innovative Electronic Theses and Dissertations award from the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.

The network is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations.

Lara Fackrell, Garden City, Mo., completed her master of landscape architecture degree from K-State in May 2008. Her thesis, "Equestrian communities: design features and development process," was submitted electronically and can be viewed in the K-State Research Exchange at

In her thesis, Fackrell uses color, multicolumn layouts, visual motifs, maps, photographs and illustrations to create her research paper. Her major professor was Stephanie Rolley, professor of landscape architecture and regional and community planning. The thesis, which met the content requirements of the K-State Graduate School and her department, also has the appearance of a proposal or presentation a landscape architect would deliver to a client.

Fackrell's award is $800.

The Electronic Theses and Dissertations awards program, sponsored by Adobe Systems Inc., recognizes students whose electronic theses or dissertations make innovative use of software and serve to transform the genre of print theses and dissertations. More information on the awards is available at and information about K-State's electronic theses, dissertations and reports program is available at