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K-State Today

March 27, 2015

Retirement reception set for Canter, Barrett, Pesci

Submitted by Jane P. Marshall

When Deb Canter, Pat Pesci and Betsy Barrett retire from the hospitality management and dietetics department this year, they take 100 years of experience at K-State with them.

A retirement celebration will be from 6-8 p.m. May 2 in Hoffman Lounge in Justin Hall. The event will include food, drinks and the K-State faculty jazz ensemble.

Reservations for the event are requested by April 1 in the about section on the Facebook page or by calling 785-532-5521 between 8 a.m. and noon or 1-5 p.m. weekdays. Those who are unable to come are asked to leave messages on Facebook for the retirees.

Becca Dale, who is organizing the event for the department, is looking for photo contributions for a slide show at the celebration.

Canter has been in a leader in dietetics in the College of Human Ecology and the nation for 38 years. She joined the faculty in 1977 and has served as department head, director of the both the coordinated and didactic programs in dietetics and director of the graduate program. The professor has been honored as Professor of the Year for Kansas from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and as a recipient of multiple honors from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including the Award for Excellence in the Practice of Dietetics Education; the Medallion Award and as the 50th Lenna Frances Cooper Lecturer.

Pesci, known to students as Mr. P. and to people around the state as Mr. Etiquette, has worked with Kansas State University for 40 years. He has conducted dining etiquette workshops on and off campus for more than 15 years. Since he joined the department faculty in he has taught courses in hospitality management, tourism and service systems. He also directed internships and advised students. Before that he was administrative manager at Strong Complex and director of Kramer and Derby Dining Centers. He has received the Dawley-Scholer Award for Faculty Excellence in Student Development. 

Barrett, who has been with the hospitality management and dietetics department for 22 years, instituted the wine courses in the hospitality management curriculum in 2001 and, with Mr. P., has led wine and culinary study abroad. The associate professor came to K-State in 1993 and has served as director of the didactic program in dietetics, advised students and taught in hospitality management, dietetics and convention and event management. Her wine teaching repertoire includes contemporary issues in controlled beverages, introduction to wines and advanced wines. She received the Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

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