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Source: Nicole Simonson, 913-461-3833,
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-2535,

Friday, May 14, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's chapter of the Golden Key, the international honor society, has recognized two graduate assistants for their outstanding contributions during the 2009-2010 school year.

The chapter named Ryan Button, doctoral student in sociology, Manhattan, the 2010 outstanding graduate teaching assistant of the year, and Megan Jacob, a doctoral student in pathobiology, Manhattan, the 2010 outstanding graduate research assistant of the year.

Button and Jacob were both recognized at a recent banquet designed to highlight what an asset graduate teaching and research assistants are to K-State.

"Our graduate assistants have inspired students with their enthusiasm and passion for teaching," said Nicole Simonson, K-State senior in psychology, Olathe, and public relations chair for K-State's chapter of Golden Key. "Our graduate research assistants have helped to expand the breadth of knowledge that great minds will build on for years to come."

Golden Key recognizes and encourages academic achievement and excellence among college and university students in all academic disciplines. The honor society has more than 375 chapters in eight countries.