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The 2022 All-University Awards Ceremony

President Richard Linton and Provost Charles Taber will host the All-University Awards Ceremony and reception which is open to the entire university community, as well as the families of the awardees. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, May 12 | 3:30 p.m. | K-State Alumni Center Ballroom


University Support Staff Award of Excellence

This award was established to recognize exemplary performance and contributions of university support staff members who consistently excel in their positions and demonstrate integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of K-State. Award criteria include outstanding achievement and performance; inspirations of excellence in others; and initiative and creativity.

Award recipients:

  • Margo Gomez
  • Kallie Kolterman
  • Jesica Sellers
  • David Anderson

President's Award of Excellence for Unclassified Professionals

K-State's unclassified staff members are an integral part of moving the university forward. The President's Award of Excellence for Unclassified Professionals rewards and recognizes those staff members who achieve excellence and make exemplary contributions to the mission and values of K-State through service as team players, exceptional productivity, creativity, leadership and more.

Award recipients:

  • Megan Miller
  • Joel Sanneman
  • Travis Balthazor
  • Laura Schwartz
  • George Widenor

Dr. Susan Ariola Bosco Putting Students First Faculty/Staff Award

These awards are presented each year by the Office of Student Life to one faculty member and one staff member who go above and beyond to show commitment to helping students succeed.

Award recipients:

  • Susan Rensing
  • Kerri Day Keller

Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars

The Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars was created in 1995 to highlight Kansas State University’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching and learning. A faculty member acknowledged as a leading teaching scholar is appointed to the chair for one academic year, but all who are selected retain the title of University Distinguished Teaching Scholar throughout their careers.

Award recipient:

  • Nathaniel Birkhead

International Educator of the Year

The International Educator of the Year award, established in 2003, recognizes an individual who has contributed to advancing international education at the university.

Award recipient:

  • James "Jim" Drouillard

Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognize compassion, dedication and creativity to undergraduate teaching. The Office of the President and the Curtin Property Company sponsor three awards for faculty and one award for a graduate teaching assistant.

Award recipients:

  • Elizabeth Hale
  • Linda Yarrow

Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head

The Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head is presented each year to a department head who is proactive, positive, fair and equitable, and who cooperates with units across the university. The award is sponsored by the Office of the President and Curtin Property Company.

Award recipient:

  • Elizabeth Davis

Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award

The Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award is an opportunity to showcase faculty members who excel in teaching, research and the mentoring of students. The Commerce Bancshares Foundation and the William T. Kemper Foundation support these awards to help the university honor its exceptional graduate faculty.

Award recipients:

  • Caterina Scoglio
  • Barbara Valent

Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Outstanding Teaching Award

For more than two decades, Commerce Bank and the W. T. Kemper Foundation have partnered with Kansas State University to promote and support excellence in undergraduate teaching. These recipients are committed to having a positive effect on students.

Award recipients:

  • Ronald Brockhoff
  • Michael Grogan
  • Brianne Heidbreder
  • Michael Krush

Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty/Staff Award for Distinguished Services to Historically Underrepresented Students

The Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty and Staff Award for Distinguished Services to Historically Underrepresented Students was established in 1978 to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the development of minority students and quality minority education at Kansas State University.

Award recipient:

  • Marianne Korten

Commerce Bank Presidential Student Award for Distinguished Services in Enhancing Multiculturalism

The Commerce Bank Presidential Student Award for Distinguished Services in Enhancing Multiculturalism was established in spring 1997 to recognize outstanding individual contributions to diversity enhancement within the student sector.

Award recipient:

  • Shumin Li

University Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentoring of Undergraduate Students in Research

In Kansas State University's mission to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025, few things are more vital than teaching students the importance of research to advance our world. The University Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentoring of Undergraduate Students in Research recognizes a faculty member who has contributed to the development of undergraduates in research in the previous year.

Award recipients:

  • Dinh-Liem Nguyen

University Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Student in Research

The University Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Student in Research was originally established by the Developing Scholars Program to recognize outstanding individual contributions in research for the purpose of discovery and creation of new knowledge at Kansas State University. The award is for an undergraduate student who has demonstrated excellence in research in any field.

Award recipients:

  • Grant Brooke

University Outstanding Department or Unit Award for Enhancing Diversity

Established in 2003, the University Outstanding Department or Unit Award for Enhancing Diversity recognizes the exceptional efforts undertaken by a unit or department to enhance diversity at Kansas State University.

Award recipients: