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Source: William Muir, 785-532-6237,
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News release prepared by: Diane Potts, 785-532-1090,

Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Heidi Hyland, a fifth-year student in architecture at Kansas State University, has been awarded The John E. Holstrom Alpha Tau Omega Architectural Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship, plaque and certificate were presented to Hyland, Saginaw, Mich., by William L. Muir, president of the Kansas State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund, and Nick Sevart, Alpha Tau Omega chapter president. Hyland's name also will be added to a plaque in the department of architecture office in Seaton Hall. She is the 22nd recipient of the honor.

"Heidi Hyland is one of our top students and possesses good, all-around qualities that fit the criteria for this scholarship," said Peter Magyar, head of the department of architecture.

Hyland is a member of several organizations, including the College of Architecture, Planning and Design Ambassadors, Students for Environmental Action and the American Institute of Architecture Students. She also was co-treasurer of the Architecture Plot Club. She has received the Bowman, Phi Kappa Phi, Humbert and Regnier scholarships.

The Holstrom Scholarship, established in 1990, is named after John E. Holstrom, a 1968 initiate of the K-State chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. The scholarship was created in Holstrom's memory and provides educational opportunities and assistance to fifth-year architecture students who possess exemplary attributes in scholarship, fellowship and character.

The K-State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund, in conjunction with the College of Architecture, Planning and Design, established the scholarship with help from an endowed gift of $20,000 from the architectural firm of Weeter-Kienast-Alexander, Dallas, Texas, where Holstrom worked.

Tim de Noble, dean of the K-State College of Architecture, Planning and Design, said, "We are very pleased to offer this scholarship to an outstanding fifth-year architecture student. Special thanks to the local Alpha Tau Omega Endowment Fund and the WKA architectural firm for making this scholarship a reality, and congratulations to Heidi Hyland on being the scholarship recipient."

"We are extremely proud to have the opportunity to award this scholarship in memory of John Holstrom to such an outstanding architecture student as Heidi Hyland," Muir said. "John loved architecture, he loved life in general, and he loved Kansas State University. It is very appropriate that we memorialize his life of service with this scholarship."

For more information, contact Muir at 785-532-6237 or, or Diane Potts at 785-532-1090 or