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2022 All-University Achievements

• Little Apple is big value: Manhattan ranks as one of nation's most affordable college towns.

Higibotham Gate

• Well-versed: Traci Brimhall named Kansas poet laureate.

Traci Brimhall

• Planted in success: Crops Team ties for national championship.

Crops Team

• Coming together: K-State named Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center.


• Hitting the right note:
Distinguished Professor Goins named to board of Blues Foundation.

• Results that work:
K-State staffers receive Outstanding Research to Practice Award.

• Writing honor:
Social transformation studies professor's work part of award-winning book.

• Distinguished selection:
K-State Salina to participate AAC&U Institute on ePortfolios.

• Vocal leader:
Julie Yu conducts Louisiana All-State Choir.

Julie Yu

• Top teachers:
College of Agriculture's Cassandra Jones and Chad Miller recipients of the 2022 U.S. Department of Agriculture Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Jones and Miller

• Shining star:
APDesign's LaBarbara Wigfall earns As Astra Award from Kansas Planning Association.


• Rising star:
International student advisor receives NAFSA Region II Rising Star Young Leader Award. 


• Excellent educator:
Kimberly Kramer named 2022 American Concrete Institute Education Award winner.

• National winner:
Veterinary student one of three winners of Throlson American Bison Foundation scholarship.


• Prizeworthy program:
Master of Arts in teaching program winner of the 2022 University and Professional Continuing Education Association Central Region Outstanding Program Award.

• A vision to lead:
Engineering's Stacy Hutchinson serving one-year term as chair of NSF's Engineering Research Visioning Alliance.


• National scholars:
Phi Kappa Phi awards Love of Learning Award to six K-Staters.

• Outstanding veterinarian:
James Carpenter honored by the American College of Zoological Medicine as the recipient of the Murray E. Fowler Lifetime Achievement Award.


• Young leader:
Kansas Prevention Collaborative presents Kansas Prevention Young Leader Award to K-State biomedical engineering student.

• Design champ:
Interior architecture student wins Student Award for submission to regional design contest.

Design champ

• Promotional excellence:
K-State earns 21 Best of CASE honors for creative work.

license plates

• Best of the best: Royal Purple yearbook named No. 1 college media publication over last 100 years.

• For the win: Sabita Ranabhat, doctoral student in entomology, won the first-ever graduate student poster competition at the World Food Prize Foundation's annual meeting.

poster winner

• Climate champion: Chuck Rice appointed to expert review panel for Fifth National Climate Assessment.

Chuck Rice

• A high finish: Financial planning team takes second at national competition.

PFP team

• Perfection in print:
Collegian, Manhappenin' are Pacemaker finalists; student staff members earn individual honors.

• High recognition:
APLU names Ferraro a 2022 Board on Human Sciences Award winner.


• Artful read:
Rebecca Hackemann-Bahlmann write new book on 3D experimental virtual reality.

• Leadership in action:
Trisha Gott named inaugural member of International Leadership Association Committee on the Advancement of Leadership Programs.

• Excellent place to work:
K-State is top university employer in Kansas.

Anderson Hall

• Diversity champion: College of Veterinary Medicine receives Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for second year in a row.

Health Professions HEED

• Royal finish: K-State Meat Judging Team takes first-ever American Royal competition win.

Meat Judging Team

• Honored project: Landscape architecture student earns Award of Excellence honor from American Society of Landscape Architecture.

• The write way: Multidisciplinary K-State faculty author book about the world of unmanned aerial systems, counter-unmanned aerial systems, underwater unmanned vehicles and space; K-State Salina professor publishes book on computational engineering; and College of Veterinary Medicine's Chengappa pens fourth edition of veterinary microbiology textbook.

New books

• 4-H honors for five: Kansas 4-H honors five faculty members for leadership and service to the organization at state and national levels.

• Drawing top finishes: APDesign professors earn honors for work at the Design Communication Association 2022 International Juried Drawing Exhibition.

Librarians rule: K-State Libraries employees recognized at Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology.

• Award-winning MANNRS: Students earn honors at MANNRS regional conference.

• Super software:
K-State-created software PEARS earns 2022 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Partnership Award. 

• Powerful opportunity:
Chemical engineering doctoral student awarded national laboratory residency through U.S. Department of Energy program.

• Select scholars:
Veterinary medicine student receives prestigious Amstutz scholarship from the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, while architectural engineering student earns American Institute of Steel Construction Education Foundation Scholarship.

• Distinguished publications:
Collegian, Manhappenin' magazine finalists for national honors.

• Cyber-defenders:
Engineering doctoral students on winning team of international cybersecurity competition.

• Compliments to the chefs:
Housing and Dining Services' dietitians recognized in national burger competition.

• Doing good:
Postdoctoral researcher receives AAUW fellowship for innovative community service project empowering women, girls.

• Diversity matters:
For the ninth year in a row, K-State receives HEED Award for diversity and inclusion efforts.

HEED Award logo

• Free speech champion: K-State No. 2 in nation in college free speech rankings.

• No better school: National survey ranks K-State among the best.

Princeton Review

• Tops in his field: Steinmetz named Critical Criminologist of the Year.


• International appointment:
Economics' Gaulke named fellow at IZA — Institute of Labor Economics.


• Hear this:
Speech Language Hearing student organization earns national recognition.

• Making headlines:
Collegian Media Group students are national finalists, K-State among Top 100 Pacemaker Award winners.

• Career honor:
Agronomy's Presley named fellow of Soil and Water Conservation Society.


• Best of the best:
K-State named one of most LGBTQ+-friendly colleges in nation.

Campus Pride

• In the spotlight: American Library Association magazine showcases Hale Library as among most impressive new and renovated libraries.

Sunderland lab

• Bright scholars: Four architectural engineering students earn Besal Lighting Fund scholarships.

• Award-winning author: Sociology's Travis Linnemann receives American Society of Criminology's Division on Critical Criminology and Social Justice Book Award.

• Researcher on the rise: Crop Science Society of America recognized Vipan Kumar with its Early Career Award.

Vipan Kumar

• National service: Center on Aging's Laci Cornelison selected for the Moving Forward Coalition for nursing home quality.

Laci Cornelison

• Up-and-coming designers: Interior design students take top two places in Interior Design Educators Council's video competition.

• No debate about it: Communications studies professor and debate coach Alex McVey named Kansas Speech Communication Association's Educator of the Year.

• Fantastic financial planner: Megan McCoy wins top paper award from National Council on Family Relations.

Megan McCoy

• Quality, excellence confirmed:
K-State's accreditation renewed for next decade.

Anderson Hall

• No. 1 in Kansas: K-State ranked best value in Kansas.

Higinbotham Gate

• Going places: Six K-State students earn Gilman international scholarships.


• Agronomy accolades:
American Society of Agronomy names Ciampitti a fellow, honors Rice with Distinguished Service Award.

Ciampitti and Rice

• Design stars:
Interior architecture and industrial design students earn top honors in international design competition.

• Top paper:
Two K-State business faculty members co-authors of top paper honor from Academy of Management.

Business professors

• Passion for fashion:
Fashion studies student takes second in alpaca association design competition.

• Acing the test:
New vet med grads excel on national licensing exam.

• Write stuff:
Briana Nelson authors upcoming book on war deployments and trauma in military couples and families.

Briana Nelson Goff

• Attracting attention:
K-State research in spotlight as Seek magazine a finalist for prestigious publishing award.

Seek cover

• We mean business:
K-State's Technology Development Institute receives $2 million federal grant and offers latest technology to help Kansas manufacturers.

• Teacher leader:
Leadership's Kerry Priest earn national outstanding teacher award.

Kerry Priest

• Building success:
Four architectural engineering students earn ASHRAE scholarships, most of any school.

• Singing sensation:
K-State's Bryan Pinkall performs at Kennedy Center.

Bryan Pinkall

• Exceptional professional:
Adam Ahlers named fellow of The Wildlife Society.

Adam Ahlers

• Double scholar:
May graduate Cadence Ciesielski earns Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship and Mortar Board Fellowship.


• Worthy endeavor:
K-State neuroscience research center receives $11.2M NIH grant.

• Invention success: Recipients of patents, plant variety protection certificates in second quarter of ’22 recognized.


• Potential rewarded: Two leadership communication students win national awards.

award winners

• Wordsmiths: NSF-backed faculty team wins best paper award at national engineering education conference.

best paper

• Elite selection: Khosla, Launius selected, attend HERS Institute.

HERS Institute

• Cited for excellence: Amir Bahadori receives American Nuclear Society Presidential Citation.


• Creative excellence: University earns international recognition for promotional, creative work.

Circle of Excellence

• Going national: College of Education documentary, "Becoming Trauma Responsive," being shown across nation.


• High honor: Ornelas earns National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' Presidential Medal for Distinguished Service.

Wendy Ornelas

• Elite scholars: Four College of Agriculture students named 2022 Seabord Royal Scholars.

• Way with words: Gloria Freeland earns national communications honors.

• Excellent essays: Two veterinary students place in national veterinary essay contest.

Essay winners

• Reward for service: Plant pathology's Marty Draper earns divisional Distinguished Service Award from American Phytopathological Society.

• International winner: Management student recognized in international X-Culture Competition.

Kevin Rau

• Game on: Civil engineering's Aziz selected for NSF Game Changer Academies.

• National champs: Wildcat Wind Power wins Collegiate Wind Competition.

Wildcat Wind Power team

• Fulbright trio: K-State chemist to serve as Fulbright scholar in Hungary; ag economist to serve in Brazil; and operations and supply chain management professor to serve in Nigeria.

• Global learners: Three students earn Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants.

PKP scholars

• Informing the future: Landscape architecture's LaBarbara Wigfall selected for NEH institute exploring new ways to teach histories of Black, Indigenous peoples and landscape.

LaBarbara Wigfall

• Service rewarded: International electrical engineering organization names Pahwa to select committee, honors Scoglio for editorial service.

• Environmental champion: Pollution Prevention Institute's Nancy Larson honored with Karen V. Brown Leadership Award for environmental assistance to small businesses.

Nancy Larson

• Twice as nice: K-State Salina again selected to support national UAS prize competition.

• Exceptional engineer: Amy Betz named fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Amy Betz

• Select service: Plant pathology's John Leslie named Jefferson Science Fellow.

John Leslie

• Rising researchers: Engineering's Suprem Das and Jeongdae Im winners of CAREER awards from National Science Foundation.

Das and Im

• National fellowship winners: Two regional & community planning master's students receive Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Graduate Fellowship for second time.

• Elite editor: Ric Rosenkranz new editor-in-chief of International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Ric Rosenkranz

• Coveted scholar: English's Shirley Tung adds fourth prestigious fellowship for sabbatical research.

Shirley Tung

• Just published:  K-State Salina's Randall Nichols teams up for "Drone Delivery of CBNRECy — Dew Weapons: Emerging Threats of Mini-Weapons of Mass Destruction and Disruption"; Pascal Hitzler authors book on neuro-symbolic artificial intelligence; and Andrew Barkley releases released "Imperfect Heroes: Teaching in Challenging Times to Motivate Student Achievement." 

• Leading the way: K-State retention, graduation rates best in state.

diploma cover

• Working to be better: K-State to take part in 2022 Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Summer Institute.

• Future design star:  Interior design senior named to Future100 list.


• National leader:  Barbara Anderson elected president of Interior Design Educators Foundation Inc.

Barbara Anderson

• Connection for excellence: Agronomy doctoral student selected for elite program through American Seed Trade Association.


• Patent power:  Faculty members turn discoveries into new patents.

Patents first quarter

• Championing forensics:  Darren Epping receives Distinguished Service Award from prestigious forensics organization.

• Standout presenters: Office of Institutional Research and Assessment's Liu and Ning receive best presentation award from international research group.

• National competitors: Two K-State Salina Upward Bound students national finalists in business pitch competition.

• Scholar U: Newest Truman scholar aspires to advance international cooperation; graduate student is NSF National Graduate Research Fellowship winner, second student earns honorable mention; two students recognized as Goldwater scholars; students earn Fulbright recognition; and student receives Udall scholarship honorable mention.


• Purple is green leader: K-State wins 2022 Race to Waste competition.


Select scholar: Veterinary student receives USDA-Boehringer Ingelheim summer research opportunity.

Michaela Long

The write way: Collegian Media Group sweeps gold at state collegiate conference.

Collegian Media Group winners

• Champions: Classy Cats claim national invitational title.

Classy Cats

• Going the distance: Online student earns outstanding student honor from national online education association.

• Why work anywhere else? K-State named top employer for third year in a row.

top employer
• Tops in their fields: Three agronomy professors earn elite fellow status.

agronomy fellows

• King of yearbooks: Royal Purple named best collegiate yearbook; Collegian earns best website honors.

Pacemaker awards

• The top choice: Carl R. Ice College of Engineering leads state in engineering grads, enrollment, highest average starting salaries.

Carl R. Ice College of Engineering

• Our degrees work: 97% of K-State's 2021-2022 grads found jobs or are continuing education.
Post-grad success

• Scoring a big victory: Marketing student earns sixth place at national sports ales championship.

sports sales championship

• Best in class: Two doctoral students, recent graduate named Animal Science Young Scholars.

• Career honors: Stu Duncan, agronomy professor emeritus named 2022 cotton specialist of the year, while Clenton Owensby receives lifetime achievement award from range management society.

• Best in his field: Brandon Haddock receives Distinguished Service Award from Kansas Geographic Alliance.

• Prestigious honor: K-State researchers receive international award in biomedicine.

biomedicine award

• Leadership potential: Two Human Capital Services staffers selected for Emerging Leaders Network program.

Emerging Network Program

• Cross-campus collaboration: English Language Program, Department of Aerospace Studies and K-State Salina develop aviation course for Panamanian aeronaval forces.

• The right pitch: K-State Sales Team takes second at intercollegiate competition

• National recognition: College of Education Professional Development School Network receives Award for Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement.

Among the best: Online programs earn high rankings from U.S. News & World Reports.

K-State Online

• Scholar travelers: Students earn Gilman scholarships for education abroad experiences.

Gilman scholars

• Rising star: Engineering's Hongyu Wu receives NSF CAREER award for power grid defense research.

Hongyu Wu

• Worthy read: English's Mary Kohn earns prestigious book award from Linguistic Society of America.

Mary Kohn

• Career recognition: Gurpreet Singh named fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Gurpreet Singh

• Sunflower tribute: Ron Wilson pens poem read in Kansas Day video from Kansas Tourism.

• Research honor:Agronomy grad student earns first place for poster, presentation at prestigious international meeting.

• Elite scientist: Marcellus Caldas named fellow by American Association for the Advancement of Science, and earns prestigious Enlaces Award from Latin American Geographers.

Marcellus Caldas

• Design star: Interior architecture & industrial design student named semifinalist in elite national competition.

NEXT semifinalist

• Harvesting excellence: Crops team finishes season as national runners-up.

Crops team

• Top 5 program: Interior design program ranked No. 4 in nation.