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2018 Faculty/Staff Achievements


• Top planner-to-be: Personal financial planning's Martin Seay to serve as president-elect, then president of Financial Planning Association.

• Exemplary professor: Dietetics professor Kevin Saur named fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

• Top tech: College of Veterinary Medicine's Lesa Reves 2018 Technician of the Year Award from Kansas Society for Healthcare Central Service Professionals.

• Going above and beyond: National Association of State Foresters honors Kansas Forest Service's Tim McDonnell for extraordinary contributions to state and private forestry.

• Excellence recognized: American Association of Bovine Practitioners presents College of Veterinary Medicine's Dan Thomson with prestigious distinguished service award.

• Publication kudos: Spanish professor receives Adela Zamudio Prize for 2017 article, "Fashion, Ekphrasis, and the Avant-Garde Novel: Carmen de Burgos's La mujer fantástia (1924)."

• Talented teachers: APDesign's de Noble and Rolley among 25 most admired educators in architecture, interiors and landscape architecture.

• Safety champion: Extension Engineering's Bruce Snead named 2018 Radon Hero.

• Read all about it: Historian and university distinguished professor's sixth book focuses Chisholm trail and Joseph McCoy.

• On board: College of Education's Lisa Rubin serving two-year term on National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals.

• Patented success: Saeed Khan granted Kansas State Polytechnic's first patent for wireless power transfer.

• Awesome architect: Project by Peter Magyar and recent graduates selected as finalist in international competition.

• International recognition: Veterinary Medicine's Hans Coetzee again honored for work in livestock animal welfare and pain management.

• Early-career honor: Agronomy's Colby Moorberg named an open education resource fellow.

• Cracking the wheat code: K-State researchers help produce the complete genome of bread wheat.

• Professional distinction: College of Engineering's Ronaldo Maghirang a new fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

• Distinguished recognition: Agricultural education associate professor receives honorary degree from American FFA.

• International honor: Maureen Olewnik serving as president-elect of the American Association of Cereal Chemists, known as AACC International.

• Up-and-comer: Communication studies' Tim Shaffer receives Early Career Recognition Award from international engagement association.

• Elite recognition: Animal sciences and industry's Joel DeRouchey receives Extension Award from American Society of Animal Science.

• Recruiter recognition: Human Capital Services' Rebecca Laessig earns certification as diversity and inclusion recruiter.

• Exceptional scholar: Leadership studies' Kerry Priest named 2018 Outstanding Scholar by Association of Leadership Educators.

• High position: Architectural engineering and construction science's Julia Keen new vice president of ASHRAE.

• Among the best: Peter Zang named one of 18 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

• Read all about it: University distinguished professor of history co-authors new book.

• Leadership leader: Kerry Priest receives a top honor from Association of Leadership Educators.

• Prestigious honor: Soil Science Society of American honors Nathan Nelson with Soil Science Education and Extension Award.

• Check this out: Engineering librarian honored for distinguished service.

• Something to sing about: Assistant professor of music releases solo compact disc recording.

• Waste not: K-State's recycling supervisor honored for outstanding involvement in community sustainability measures.

Agronomy faculty, students receive honors at national conference.

• Key designation: Four more K-State staffers join ranks of Certified Research Administrators.

• Buzzworthy: Stephen Higgs, Dana Vanlandingham co-edit new book on chikungunya and Zika viruses.

K-State Student Union, staff receive honors from Association of College Unions International.

• Lauded work: Erin Yelland receives Jeanne M. Priester Award for Outstanding Individual and/or Family Programming at the National Health Outreach Conference.

• Piloting success: Polytechnic aviation professor Bill Gross receives prestigious FAA Wright Brothers MasterPilot Award.

• Research excellence: University distinguished professor Barbara Valent earns high honor from American Phytopathological Society for her research on wheat and rice blasts.

• Among the best: Interior design and gerontology professor Migette Kaup named fellow of Gerontological Society of America.

• Elite company: K-State's Stefan Bossmann and Ron Wilson named among 50 Kansans to know.

• Author acknowledged: College of Education's Kay Ann Taylor author of chapter in award-winning book on student debt.

• Striking the right note: Clarinet professor Tod Kerstetter elected to fourth term as treasurer of the International Clarinet Association.

• Charting the universe: Physics' Lado Samushia selected for DESI, the international space exploration project.

• National service: Vice president for human capital services selected for board of directors of leading human resources organization.

• Of note: Tuba, euphonium professor releases new CD.

• Most influential: Diverse magazine recognizes College of Education's Kakali Bhattacharya as among top 25 women in higher education.

• Fulbright recipient: Philosophy's Jon Mahoney earns Fulbright grant for Kyrgyz Republic.

• Prestigious fellowship: English professor named 2018-2019 fellow of National Humanities Center.

• Key position: American ethnic studies' Isabel Millán re-elected Chicana caucus chair of National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

• Emerging leader: College of Education's Kelly Briggs selected for elite academic advising leadership program.

• Salute for service: American Association of Swine Veterinarians presents Howard Dunne Memorial Award to College of Veterinary Medicine's Hesse.

• Divine dissertations: Industrial and manufacturing systems engineering professor and civil engineering professor earn dissertation awards from national organizations.

• Recognizing excellence: Weed Science Society of America presents agronomy's Dille with Outstanding Teacher Award.

• Leading the way: Jim Sherow elected president of Kansas History Association.

• Global leadership: College of Education's Augustine-Shaw to serve on International Mentoring Association board.

• Agriculture excellence: K.C. Agricultural Business Council presents Odde with Jay B. Dillingham Award.

• Selected to serve: Human Capital Services' Legleiter to serve on CUPA-HR Midwest Region board.

• National recognition: Educational leadership professor recognized with American Educational Research Association honor.

• Elite fellow: Frederick Burrack named Lowell Mason Fellow of the National Association for Music Education.

• Touchdown for service: Recreation Services' Armando Espinoza named the 2017 Kansas High School Football Official of the Year by national association.

• State's best: Assistant professor of counseling is Kansas Counselor of the Year.

• 'Plum' fellowship: Rachel Palinski named Transboundary Animal Diseases fellow at Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

• Prestigious landing: Mechanical and nuclear engineering's Chen named fellow in U.S. Air Force Research Lab Summer Faculty Fellowship program.

• Kudos for excellence: Human Capital Services' Legleiter cited for service by Midwest Region of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

• National service: Honor and Integrity System's Camilla Roberts named vice president of International Center for Academic Integrity.

• Recipe for success: Van Zile Dining Center director wins national recipe contest.

• Excellent educator: College of Education dean named to Icons of Education for 2018.

• Career honor: Biological and agricultural engineering department head Joe Harner named to Rural Builder Hall of Fame.

• Leading the way: Hospitality management's Kristin Malek receives Emerging Leader Award from Heartland chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association.

• National service: Exercise physiology professor elected to national council

• Just 'write": Journalism and mass communications researchers earn best paper honors.

• Serving up excellence: Hanson named member of the year of Research Dietetic Practice Group of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

• Meriting attention: Keen receives Award of Merit from ASHRAE.

• Handbook help: Management's Diane Swanson first author of chapter in Handbook of Industrial, Work and Organizational Psychology.

• Top teacher: Geology teaching assistant recognized nationally for excellence.

• Conservation kudos: Three K-State engineers receive National Water and Conservation Award.