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K-State Today

August 20, 2014



College of Education earns national award from Military Child Education Coalition

By Patrice Scott

Sandy Risberg, left, and Jane Fishback, far right, accept the MCEC award.

Kansas State University's College of Education was presented with one of the Military Child Education Coalition's Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Awards at the coalition's 16th National Training Seminar recently in Washington, D.C. Only three universities were recognized with the higher education awards. The College of Education received the 2014 Recognized Higher Education Partnership Award.

"The military has been one of our key areas of concentration, and the fact that we were selected from an outstanding group of educators speaks to our innovation and on-going commitment the military and military-connected children," said Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education. "I want to personally thank Linda Thurston, Judy Hughey, Jane Fishback and Sandy Risberg for their expertise, guidance and leadership in this important area."

This award will be presented annually and encourages and applauds the outstanding partnerships formed between military installations and school districts that serve military children. Award winners are selected from schools and military installations around the world by Military Child Education Coalition, a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the transition and educational issues affecting the highly mobile military child.

The college was recognized for its collaboration with Geary County Schools USD 475, which includes Fort Riley; Manhattan-Ogden USD 383; Riley County USD 378; and Chapman USD 473.