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K-State Today

July 11, 2012



High achievers: 33 students complete university honors program

By Communications and Marketing

The University Honors Program has 33 new success stories -- students who completed requirements of the advanced academic program during the 2011-2012 school year.

The program is open to current and transfer students and incoming freshmen with records of high academic achievement. As members of the program, students are required to take 15 honors credits; participants from the College of Arts and Sciences must take 16 honors credits. Students also must maintain at least a 3.5 GPA while in the program.

The honors project is the capstone activity of the program, according to Stephen Kiefer, honors program director.

"For the honors project, students work closely with a faculty member, typically in a research setting, but always in some scholarly activity that is reflective of the students' interests and the faculty expertise," Kiefer said.

Completing the honors program is a distinction marked on students' academic records. Students completing the University Honors Program in the 2011-2012 academic year and their faculty mentor include:

Bethany Spare, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in history and political science, Ashland, with Robert Linder, university distinguished professor of history; Laura Wolters, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in chemical engineering, Atwood, with Mary Rezac, professor of chemical engineering; Annelise Masters, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in communication sciences and disorders, Burlington, with Jane Mertz Garcia, professor of communication sciences and disorders; Scott Jones, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in biology and psychology, Derby, with Matt Palmatier, assistant professor of psychology; Shane Scott, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in mathematics and physics, Dodge City, with Virginia Naibo, associate professor of mathematics;

From Greater Kansas City: Caleb Greinke, December 2011 bachelor's graduate in history, Kansas City, Mo., with Charles Sanders, associate professor of history; Sarah Kesler, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in interior design, Kansas City, Mo., with Migette Kaup, associate professor of apparel, textiles and interior design; Mitchell Loeb, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in public health nutrition, Leawood, with Mary Tolar, director of the School of Leadership Studies; Sarah Klankey, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in anthropology and modern languages, Olathe, with Tiffany Kershner, former assistant professor of linguistic anthropology; Bethany Caldwell, 2012 bachelor's graduate in psychology, Overland Park, with Mary Tolar, director of the School of Leadership Studies; Anne McClain, senior in secondary education-mathematics, Overland Park, with James Teagraden, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs; Sarah Satterlee, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in elementary education, Overland Park, with Laurie Curtis, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction; Gage Brummer, senior in biochemistry, Prairie Village, with Gary Conrad, professor of biology; and Emily Patton, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in anthropology, Prairie Village, with Harald Prins, university distinguished professor of anthropology.

Justin Brock, senior in horticulture, Hunter, with Jason Griffin, associate professor of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources; Amanda Weishaar, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in journalism and mass communications, Lawrence, with Dana Britton, former professor of sociology.

From Manhattan: Hannah Baker, December 2011 bachelor's graduate in anthropology, with Tiffany Kershner, former assistant professor of linguistic anthropology; Jessica Briggs, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in grain science and industry, with Jon Faubion, professor of grain science and industry; Sara Devine, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in geography, with Briana Nelson Goff, professor of family studies and human services; Daniel Hornsby, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in English, with Lisa Tatonetti, associate professor of English; Spencer Kaufman, senior in mechanical engineering, with Daniel Swenson, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering; and Carmen Wilson, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in Spanish education, with Della Perez, assistant professor and associate director of the ESL/dual language program.

Jammie Layman, senior in philosophy, Marysville, with John Tomich, professor of biochemistry; Roger Keyes, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in mechanical engineering, McLouth, with Kevin Wanklyn, instructor of mechanical and nuclear engineering; Richard Reed, master's student in mechanical engineering, McPherson, with Larry Erickson, professor of chemical engineering; Jacob Nagely, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in biological systems engineering, Sabetha, with Ed Brokesh instructor of biological and agricultural engineering; Autumn Kidwell, December 2011 bachelor's graduate in political science, Topeka, with Amanda Murdie, former assistant professor of political science; Teran Frick, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in early childhood education, Wakeeney, with Barbara Hammerli, instructor of family studies and human services; Lacey Hudson, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in accounting, Wichita, with Dan Deines, professor of accounting; and Sarah Rajewski, senior in secondary education-English and journalism, Wichita, with Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, instructor of curriculum and instruction;

From out of state:

Madhuri Kulkarni, May 2012 master's graduate in regional and community planning and bachelor's graduate in gerontology, Allen, Texas, with Jessica Canfield, assistant professor of landscape architecture and regional and community planning; Amy Benson, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in history, Cypress, Texas, with Charles Sanders, associate professor of history; and Tyler Rudder, May 2012 bachelor's graduate in history, Nokesville, Va., with M.J. Morgan, assistant professor of history.