The criteria for the Meritorious Service Award are:
- Distinguished service to Phi Kappa Phi
- Achievements in service to Kansas State University
- Honors and other forms of recognition for excellence in public
Dr. Molt received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from
the University of Nebraska-Kearney, a Master of Science in Foods,
Nutrition and Institution Administration from Oklahoma State University,
and a Ph.D. in Hotel, Restaurant, Institutional Management and Dietetics
from Kansas State University.
Mary has served our local Phi Kappa Phi chapter in a number of
ways. She is a past President of our chapter as well as advisor
for Phi Kappa Phi. The fall reception and spring banquet have been
planned by Mary for many years and they are always events of the
highest quality. Most everything you see tonight, from the flowers
to table settings, to arranging for the piano accompaniment, are
due to Mary's diligent planning.
Dr. Molt has been a very active member of KSU Faculty Senate, is
the Chairperson of the Kansas State University Intercollegiate Athletic
Council and serves as the K-State Faculty Advisor for Kappa Omicron
Nu National Honor Society for Family and Consumer Sciences.
She has authored a major textbook titled "Food for Fifty" and teaches
a course on Food Production Management.
Dr. Molt has received numerous awards and honors, including the
American Dietetic Association Foundation Award for Excellence in
Management Practice, the National Association of College and University
Food Service Theodore W. Minah Distinguished Service Award, the
Kappa Omicron Nu Award for Excellence, and was twice recipient of
the Richard Lichtenfelt Award for outstanding service to the National
Association of College and University Food Service.
Mary is active in both the American Dietetics Association and the
Kansas Dietetics Association, serves on the Food Systems Management
Education Council and on the editorial review board for the National
Association of College and University Food Service Journal, is Chairman
of the Board of Trustees of the Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship Trust,
and is on the Foundation Board of Saint Isidore Catholic Student
In the words of the individuals that nominated her, "Mary is the
type of person who continuously serves the organization even when
she is not an officer. She has always been quite considerate of
others. After the fall reception, Mary frequently takes left-over
cookies to retired Phi Kappa Phi members who can no longer attend
the event. She does this in her own, quiet caring manner. Mary doesn't
complain, she's excellent and thorough and she's very deserving
of the service award."