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Amy Button RenzAmy Button Renz, president and chief executive officer of the K-State Alumni Association, is the 2009 recipient of the Michael C. Holen Outstanding Leadership Award from the School of Leadership Studies at K-State. The award will be presented at the School of Leadership Studies Recognition Celebration at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the K-State Student Union Ballroom.

President Jon Wefald said, "Amy Button Renz is not only arguably the best alumni president in the history of K-State, but she has become one of the top alumni association presidents in the nation."

Button Renz is responsible for overall planning, supervision, evaluation, administrative and financial management of the K-State Alumni Association with a staff of 31, a $3.3 million budget, and the $12 million K-State Alumni Center. Her additional responsibilities include strategic planning, membership and the Tradition Founders annual giving program. She works closely with university administration, the Kansas State University Foundation and the athletics department.




Jason BrodyJason Brody presented "Clarence Perry's Neighborhood Unit Concept: Organizing the Production of Space in Twentieth Century America," 2009 annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, March 22-27, Las Vegas.

More Noteworthy


On Campus March - April


March 30
Provost lecture series

Marilla Svinicki will speak at 1:30 p.m., Hemisphere Room, Hale Library.

April 1
Classified Senate meeting

12:45 p.m., Staterooms 1 and 2, K-State Student Union.

April 3
Hale Library Concert Series
Performing are Jenny Lee Cochran Vaughn, violin, and William Wingfield, piano. 7:30 p.m., Hemisphere Room, Hale Library. Call 532-7447 for tickets.

April 3-4
SpringDance 2009

The K-State dance students will celebrate spring with an outstanding evening of lively tap and jazz, elegant ballet and unique modern dance. Dance faculty and a professional guest artist will choreograph the pieces, many of which will be accompanied by live musicians. 7:30 p.m., McCain Auditorium. Call 532-6428 for tickets.

April 4
Local food fair
The last event for the 2009 Season of Nonviolence, the Local Food Fair, will feature local farmers and producers, community groups and grocery stores that support the local food economy. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Long's Park, Manhattan.

April 8
Vernon Larson Lecture

Series Luncheon
"Changes in Higher Education on a Chinese Campus: 1988-2008," will be presented by Bill Meredith, director of K-State's School of Family Studies and Human Services. Lunch will begin at 11:45 a.m., with the lecture to follow at 12:20 p.m. Holiday Inn Ballroom. Cost is $12 and reservations are required. Call 532-5990.

April 18
McCain Performance Series
Glenn MillerThe World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 18 in McCain Auditorium. For tickets call 532-6428.

The Wefald Years

Inspirational. Optimistic. Dedicated. And, above all, passionate. After 23 years as K-State's president these are only a few ways K-Staters will remember Jon Wefald. Read more

Photo gallery


Growing research

Since Jon Wefald took the reigns at K-State more than two decades ago, research has grown into a campuswide enterprise. Read more



A Woman's touch

Beach Museum archTwenty-three years ago when the Kansas Board of Regents chose Jon Wefald as K-State's 12th president, little did they know they were getting quite the package deal. Ruth Ann Wefald was an advocate for K-State's cultural side. Read more






Kathrine Schlageck, senior educator at K-State's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, will receive the Governor's Arts Award for Arts in Education. The Governor's Arts Awards, which were started in 1974, are given each year to distinguished Kansas artists, organizations, patrons and educators.

Schlageck has been with the Beach Museum of Art since before its official opening in 1996. She has 23 years of museum education and curriculum development experience in both art and history museums. She creates programming for a wide variety of museum patrons and her programs have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kansas Department of Education and the Kansas Arts Commission.

Schlageck will be recognized at an upcoming awards ceremony.


Evan BeckmanThe Association of Women in Aviation Maintenance honored two K-State at Salina teachers with scholarships during the Women In Aviation conference, Feb. 26 to 28 in Atlanta, Ga.

Evan Beckman, instructor in aviation maintenance, pictured at left, received the Abaris Training Scholarship, valued at $3,390. The scholarship will enable Beckman to take part in phases one and two of "Advanced Composite Structures" training. The training will benefit Beckman professionally, as well as his students. As a member of K-State at Salina's department of aviation, Beckman has been instrumental in improving and Raylene Alexanderexpanding the composite courses and is currently working on a composite certificate program that will bring the latest in technology to the classroom.

Raylene Alexander, assistant professor of aviation maintenance, pictured at right, was also recognized with the 2008 Mary Ann Eiff Teacher of the Year Award. The award, which is named for its inaugural recipient, honors the aircraft maintenance teacher who has inspired others and respects female students and their potential role in the future of aviation technology.




Snowy day

Whether you need creative candid shots for departmental publications, or a professional head shot, contact university photographer David Mayes at 785-532-6304 or






A statewide project evaluating health care for the underserved, a Shakespeare workshop for high school teachers, a healthy snacks initiative and a learning garden for a Manhattan elementary school are the four projects that will be funded by K-State's Center for Engagement and Community Development.

The Center for Engagement and Community Development works with campus and K-State Extension professionals across the state to leverage campus resources to address important issues in communities across Kansas.

* "Development and Promotion of Healthy Snack Products for School Children" is a collaborative project of Sajid Alavi, associate professor of grain science and industry; Koushik Adhikari and Tandalayo Kidd, assistant professors of human nutrition; and Nancy Muturi, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications.

* "Design and Development of the Northview Elementary Learning Garden" is under the leadership of Katie Kingery-Page and Jon D. Hunt, assistant professors of landscape architecture and regional and community planning. Rhonda Janke, associate professor of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources, will also consult.

* "Measuring and Analyzing Efficiency of Safety Net Clinics" will be led by David Ben-Arieh, professor, and John Wu, associate professor, both of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering.

* "Summer Institute: Camp Shakespeare," is a statewide project led by Donald Hedrick, professor of English, and Charlotte MacFarland, professor of theater, in collaboration with two Manhattan High School faculty members.

The deadline for the next round of proposals is April 1. These proposals should be related to the sustainability of rural grocery stores. Go to for more information.


To recognize and honor the university's inventors and creators, the sixth annual K-State Spotlight on Intellectual Property luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 10, in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom.

The featured speaker will be Jeffrey S. Hornsby, K-State's Jack Vanier Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and founding director of K-State's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship. The title of his speech is "Sustaining Organizational Entrepreneurship."

Hornsby is a nationally recognized scholar in entrepreneurship who was previously involved in the entrepreneurship program at Ball State University. That program is consistently ranked by Entrepreneurs Magazine.

The lunch is the finale to a three-day Celebration of Entrepreneurship. For more information, go to

The cost for the luncheon is $15 for students, $20 for all other guests. If you wish to attend, RSVP by April 6 via e-mail to or call 785-532-5720. Reservations are required.





• A recording of classified job opportunities is available 24 hours a day on the Employment Information Line, 785-532-6271.

• A list of employment opportunities is posted at

• For additional information, call 785-532-6277 or come to the Division of Human Resources in 103 Edwards Hall. Applications are accepted 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays.


• A complete listing of vacancies can be seen at

• For additional information, call the office of affirmative action at 785-532-6220 or come by 214 Anderson Hall.