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K-State Today

March 21, 2016

Hugheys receive counseling associations' awards

Submitted by Patrice Scott

Two College of Education faculty members were recently recognized by the Kansas Counseling Association for excellence in and contributions to the field of counseling.

Judy Hughey, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, was named the association's 2016 Counselor of the Year. She also received the Counselor of the Year by the North Central Counseling Association and Counselor Educator of the Year by the Kansas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Ken Hughey, department chair and professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, received the Kansas Counseling Association's 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

Judy Hughey said she was humbled by the awards.

"I am honored to be recognized with these awards," she said. "We have been incredibly blessed to have worked with amazing students and colleagues throughout our careers and to work in an environment with faculty leadership that support activities that ultimately enhance the counseling program for our graduate students."

Ken Hughey was equally grateful.

"It was tremendously gratifying to receive the Kansas Counseling Association's Distinguished Service Award," he said. "I appreciate the many opportunities afforded me to develop and maintain relationships with professionals across Kansas and the country."

Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education, values the Hugheys' many contributions.

"Ken and Judy have dedicated their professional lives to helping people, and it is wonderful that they are being recognized at the state level," Mercer said. "They have contributed greatly to the caring culture in the college and their impact is truly remarkable when you consider all of the people they have touched through their scholarship and service."

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