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2016 All-University Achievements

• Best of the best: Steven Stockham receives nation's most prestigious veterinary teaching honor.

• Printmaking perfection: Art's Jason Scuilla receives National Endowment for the Arts grant for sustainable printmaking.

• Testing excellence: Testing Programs and Services Center receives test center certification from National College Testing Association.

• Royal fellow: Architecture's Peter Magyar receives honor of fellow from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

• Still the champs: Crops Team wins national championship for eighth-straight time.

• Problem-solver: Mitchell Scholarship sends graduate student to Ireland to seek international solutions to global hunger.

• A worthy "endeavor": Doctoral student receives 2017 Endeavour Research Fellowship from Australian government.

• "EXCELL"-ent honor: College of Education's Project EXCELL earns national award for service to an underserved population.

• Research that works: Professor of grain science and industry receives the Phil Williams Applied Research Award from American Association of Cereal Chemists International.

• Study abroad boost: Senior recipient of select Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant.

• "Booked" for success: Socorro Herrera presented the World Science and Research Award from the World Council of Academics and University Researchers for her book on culturally responsive teaching.

• CASE for success: University creative teams earn honors for excellence.

• High research recognition: Nel, Aakeroy selected for Higuchi awards.

• Flight leaders: Kansas State Polytechnic team lands place in national aviation competition.

• Chemistry in leadership: Vice President for Research Peter Dorhout president-elect of American Chemistry Society.

• Award-winning design: Interior architecture & product design students win top prize in international haute couture competition.

• Setting the pace: Royal Purple Yearbook wins coveted Pace award.

• Economic Excellence: K-State KBED program named winner of national contest recognizing success in stimulating economic development in Kansas and the surrounding region.

• Making history: Latest book by Jim Sherow wins Midwestern History Association's prestigious Hamlin Garland Prize.

• International honor: Poland recognizes Slawomir Dobrzanski with Badge of Honor for Outstanding Contributions to Polish Culture.

• Fantastic physicists: Ketino Kaadze and Abdollah Mohammadi named LPC Distinguished Researchers for 2017.

• Safety first: K-State ranks as one of the safest large universities in the nation, according to College Choice.

• Best in Kansas: Highest average starting salary for graduates, best student retention rate make K-State best value in state, according to SmartAsset.

• High salute for service: K-State's Briana Nelson Goff receives Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for exception support of military.

• Feeding success: K-State doctoral student takes top honors as nation's best Feed the Future lab grad student.

• Workplace for wellness: K-State Olathe named one of K.C. area's healthiest places to work.

• Among the best, by design: K-State's interior design program continues to rank in nation's top 10.

• Designed for success: APDesign programs in architecture, interior architecture and landscape architecture among the best in latest DesignIntelligence rankings.

• Select few: Two K-State students named prestigious Cargill Global Scholars.

• Invested in success: Burns & McDonnell pledges $500,000 to support new Engineering Hall.

• Purple pride: Interim President Gen. Myers receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Air Force Association.

• Happy landings: Textron Aviation donation to help Kansas State Polytechnic Campus make flight program even better.

• On board: Personal financial planning's Martin Seay to join Financial Planning Association's board of directors.

• Best for business: Professional Master of Business Administration program earns best value ranking.

• Entomology elite: Graduate students receive top honors at International Congress of Entomology.

• Soybean savers: Researchers patent soybean variety that prevents losses from nematode parasitic infestation.

• I thee rank: K-State's marriage and family therapy program rates among nation's best.

• Excellence in development: K-BED event series, TechAccel up for national honor.

• Vanquishing vaccine: Patent awarded to researchers for vaccine that protects from Fusobacterium infections in humans and animals.

• Golden spotlight: K-State's chapter of Mortar Board receives Golden Torch award for excellence.

• Student innovator: Adriana Meneses receives Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service award.

• A model of assessment: K-State is one of 10 exemplary college and universities to be named in the inaugural class of Excellence in Assessment designees, the first national designation of its kind to showcase institutions at the leading edge of integrated student learning outcomes.

• Industry trailblazer: Hospitality management's Kristin Malek named one of 2016's top 20 industry agents of change by Meetings Today.

• Professional excellence: American Society of Civil Engineers bestows fellow status on civil engineering's Sunanda Dissanayake.

• Author of excellence: Management's James Bloodgood receives Louis W. Stern Award from the American Management Association for an outstanding article.

• Purple rules: K-State earns several Top 5 national ratings from Princeton Review.

• Among the best: Royal Purple finalist for prestigious Pacemaker award.

• Research rewarded: Society for Freshwater Science names Walter Dodds one of its inaugural fellows.

• Global learners: Two K-State students earn congressionally funded Gilman scholarships to study abroad.

• Professional excellence: College of Engineering's Julia Keen named fellow, distinguished lecturer by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.

• Purple power: Philanthropic gifts and commitments to the university for fiscal year total $150.6 million — third highest total in KSU Foundation history and fifth consecutive year that giving passes the $100 million mark.

• Water wonders: Fountain Wars team takes second in international competition.

• Making a difference: A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications' Kim Baltrip receives 2016 Robert Knight Multicultural Recruitment Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

• Research distinction: Animal sciences and industry's Evan Titgemeyer named 2016 American Society of Animal Science Fellow Award in the research category.

• Inspiring dean: Kansas State Polytechnic CEO and Dean Verna Fitzsimmons recognized with 2016 Inspiring Women in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

• Fulbright winner: LeRoy Prine, May 2016 bachelor's graduate in German and anthropology, receives Fulbright U.S. Student Award to teach in Germany.

• Reeling in the big one: K-State anglers win college bass championship.

• An Olympic touch: School of Music, Theatre, and Dance's Bryan Pinkall to help with opening ceremony of 2016 Summer Olympics.

• Good things come in threes: Three College of Engineering faculty members — Gary Clark, Joe Harner and Susan Sun — named fellows of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

• Planning for success: Regional & community planning student Emma Rearick receives Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Graduate Fellowship.

• Conference domination: Biological and agricultural engineering faculty and students earn honors at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

• In the spotlight: Cancer research by the College of Veterinary Medicine's Annelise Nguyen highlighted in select research as art exhibition by the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute.

• Select honor: Postdoctoral fellow named to American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene's American Committee of Medical Entomology.

• Distinguished service: Electrical and computer engineering's David Soldan receives Distinguished Service Award from Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

• Supply-side success: Two College of Business Administration students earn scholarship awards from Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' Heartland Roundtable.

• Leadership rewarded: College of Education's Sally Yahnke celebrated as a legend in family and consumer sciences by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

• Honored communicators: Communication Sciences' faculty and students earn recognition from Association for Communication Excellence.

• The Kansas choice: Money magazine ranks K-State best college in state.

• Best in nation: Students rank K-State's graduate programs in political science as No. 1 in country.

• High honors: Elizabeth Boyle becomes fellow of the American Meat Science Association, receives its Signal Service Award for career contributions.

• Top teacher: Ag economist Aleksan Shanoyan receives Western Agricultural Economics Association's Undergraduate Teaching Award.

• Buzzworthy: Screwworm fly research by K-State alumnus Raymond C. Bushland that was once deemed wasteful is receiving a prestigious Golden Goose Award for saving consumers billions of dollars. The award, to be presented posthumously, is for research by Bushland, a 1953 K-State doctoral graduate, and Edward F. Knipling. The pair also won the 1992 World Food Prize for their work on biological insect control.

• Scholar U: For 25th time in last 30 years, K-Stater wins prestigious Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.

• Music maestro: Frank Tracz, professor of music and director of bands, new member of Conn-Selmer Institute Hall of Fame.

• A career of excellence: Kinesiology's Timothy Musch a new fellow of the American Physiological Society for his demonstrated meritorious research in cardiovascular and exercise physiology, scientific and professional accomplishments and outstanding leadership and service to the society.

• Decorated dean: 2016 Distinguished Career Contribution to the Scientific Understanding of Sport Business Award from the American Marketing Association's Sport and Sponsorship-Linked Marketing Special Interest Group goes to Kevin Gwinner, Edgerley family dean of the College of Business Administration. The honor, the highest given by the group, recognizes longtime members of the group for the quality of their scholarship and their willingness to mentor students.

• Select research honor: K-State student Melissa Riley is just one of four in nation to be selected as a 2016 Integrative Organismal Systems Physiology fellow.

• This professor's a champ: School of Family Studies and Human Services' David Thompson receives Champion for Family and Consumer Sciences award from the National Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.

• Flower power: Book about Kansas wildflowers and weeds co-written by K-State librarian Michael Haddock a 2016 Kansas Notable Book selection.

• Purple, get ready to roll: ESPN names Wabash Cannonball the Big 12's best football pregame tradition.

• Power pullers: Quarter-scale tractor team takes second in international contest, finishing in top three for the 18th time in last 19 years.

• Patented success: Veterinary Medicine researchers and physicists latest K-State researchers to earn U.S. patents.

• Tops for sales: For fifth year in a row, College of Business Administration's sales program named one of best in country by the Sales Education Foundation.

• Icons of ag econ: G. Art Barnaby and Barry Flinchbaugh among Farm Credits Fresh Perspectives Top 100 Honorees, with Flinchbaugh in the top 10.

• Lauded landscaper: Alpa Nawre serves as inaugural Mellon fellow in urban landscape studies.

• Excellent engineer: Industrial and manufacturing systems engineer Zhijian Pei elected to the 2016 Society of Manufacturing Engineers College of Fellows.

• Big salute: Army ROTC alumni retired Col. H. Duane Saunders and retired Lt. Gen. Richard Seitz earn place in national Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

• Flying high: Kansas State Polytechnic's UAS program ranks second in nation.

• Horse sense: Veterinary student earns prestigious $75,000 scholarship through American Quarter Horse Foundation.

• A world of opportunity: Fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology student earns Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Belize.

• Outstanding scholar: Committee of Fellows of the American Council of Engineering Companies selects K-State's Jeremy Ensz, senior in architectural engineering, as its 2016 Scholar of the Year.

• The tradition continues: K-State student named university's 73rd Goldwater scholar, which is most among state and public universities.

• National Science Foundation honors: Three K-State students receive Graduate Research Fellowships from NSF.

• National excellence: National Society of Black Engineers names K-State organization best small chapter in nation.

• Meeting with the second lady: Dean of Education Debbie Mercer, instructor Sandy Risberg participate in White House meeting.

• Producing success: Wildcat Watch crew wins prestigious Bronze Telly Award.

K-State researchers part of new $317 million national advanced fabric initiative.

• Best of the best: Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture names Stephanie Rolley outstanding administrator, fellow.

• Financial Planning Association names K-State professor and doctoral student recipients of the 2016 Montgomery-Warschauer Award.

• Excellence in design: Landscape architecture and regional & community planning programs honored by American Society of Landscape Architects with regional awards.

K-State researchers part of new $317 million national advanced fabric initiative.

• Design stars: APDesign's design+make studio project awarded design-build award from Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

• Internationally-recognized chemist: Christer Aakeröy receives prestigious BCA Prize Lecture.

• Hearten for our tartan: Student-designed The Denison becomes university's official tartan.

• Exceptional program: K-State's community development program receives Exceptional for Credit Program Award from the Great Plains Region of the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

• Best in nation: Student chapter of National Society of Black Engineers named best small chapter by national society.

• Top young professor: Animal science society recognizes Barry Bradford with Outstanding Young Teacher Award.

• Making fabrics of the future: University selected as member of Fabric Innovation Network.

• Award-winning designers: College of Architecture, Planning & Design's design+make studio project at Camp Daisy Hindman wins the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 2016 award in the design build category.

• Big 12's best: For the eighth time in last 11 years, K-State's Black Student Union honored as best in Big 12.

• Winning video: K-State senior Anthony Williams wins prestigious Best in Festival honor from the Festival of Media Arts for his video on research by plant pathologist Anna Whitfield.

• Among the best: OnlineEngineeringPrograms.com rates Don Gruenbacher and Medhat M. Morcos, faculty members of electrical and computer engineering, as two of the 25 top professors of electrical engineering in the nation.

• Tops in research: K-State earns "highest research activity" classification — the highest level — from the Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education.

• Grammy winner: Assistant professor of music Bryan Pinkall is member of group receiving a 2016 Grammy for choral performance on "Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil."

• A great place for students: K-State Student Union among "most phenomenal" in nation — and that's before the $25 million renovation now underway — according to EdSmart.

• Well-grounded: K-State recognized for having one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

• International scholars: University's Gilman scholarship recipients to study around the globe.

• Check it out: K-State Libraries' Sara Kearns and Joelle Pitts receive the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries Instruction Service Innovation award for their work on the New Literacies Alliance project.

• Top degrees: University's food science degree rates among best values in U.S., and Master of Engineering Management ranks No. 4 among best online management degree programs.

• Artful honor: Master of Fine Arts student receives $10,000 grant from Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission's Arts Integration Program.

• Best of the best: Mechanical and nuclear engineering professors William Dunn and Terry Beck named two of the 25 top professors of mechanical engineering.

• Top contemporary art honor: K-State's April Bojorquez and Matt Garcia receive prestigious Creative Capital Award to expand their work examining relationships between art, ecology and society specifically.

• We know our stuff: K-State has one of the best value food science degrees in the United States in a recent ranking by College Values Online.

• He's NEXT: For second year in a row, K-State interior architecture & product design student wins national Steelcase design competition.

• Top researcher: Biological and agricultural engineering's Ajay Sharda is the 2016 Conservation Systems Precision Ag Researcher of the Year.


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