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News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-2535,

Monday, May 24, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Several Kansas State University faculty members and supporters have been recognized by their colleges for excellence in teaching, service, research or advising.

The College of Agriculture has recognized five faculty members for excellence in teaching and advising for the fall and spring semesters. David Grieger and Dan Moser, both associate professors in animal sciences and industry, were named the outstanding agriculture faculty for the fall 2009 semester, with Larry Hollis and Randy Phebus, both professors in animal sciences and industry, recognized as the outstanding agriculture faculty for the spring 2010 semester. Greg Davis, associate professor of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources, was named the College of Agriculture's outstanding academic adviser. The college also awarded the David J. Mugler Outstanding Teaching Award to Keith Lynch, associate professor of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources.

The College of Architecture, Planning and Design presented its Distinguished Service Award to Alton Barnes, professor emeritus of landscape architecture, and Dawn Kirkwood, executive director of the Kansas City chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

The College of Arts and Sciences presented its 2010 William L. Stamey Teaching Excellence Awards to Kristan Corwin, associate professor of physics; Rachel Manspeaker, graduate teaching assistant in the mathematics; Samuel Mwangi, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications; Jesse Nippert, assistant professor of biology; and Donald Saucier, associate professor of psychology. Daniel Kuester, director of undergraduate studies in the department of economics, received the 2010 William L. Stamey Advising Excellence Award.

The College of Business Administration has awarded its Ralph E. Reitz Outstanding Teaching Award to Bongsug Chae, associate professor of management, while the Kansas State Bank Outstanding Advising Award has been presented to Bente Janda, academic adviser in the college's office of student services.

The College of Education recognized Christy Craft, assistant professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, with the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, while Pedro Espinoza, associate director of recruitment and retention in the college's Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy, received the Excellence in Advising Award. The College of Education's Dan and Cheryl Yunk Excellence in Educational Administration award also was presented to G. Kent Stewart, professor emeritus and former head of K-State's department of educational administration.

The College of Human Ecology's Dawley-Scholer Award for Faculty Excellence in Student Development has been presented to Mary Meck Higgins, associate professor of human nutrition. Elaine Johannes, assistant professor and extension specialist in youth development, also received the college's Faculty Extension Excellence Award, while Terrie McCants, instructor of family studies and human services and a conflict specialist, received the Myers-Alford Teaching Award.

Joel Matthews, counselor and instructor of psychology, is the recipient of K-State at Salina's Marchbanks Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence, while Fred Guzek, associate professor of business, was recognized with the college's Rex and Jean McArthur Family Faculty Fellow Award.

The College of Veterinary Medicine's Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award recipient is Meredyth Jones, clinical assistant professor at the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital, and the college's Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence has been presented to David Poole, professor of kinesiology and anatomy and physiology.