April 17, 2019
Faculty and staff receive Division of Student Life awards
On April 11, the Division of Student Life presented several awards to K-Staters for their outstanding support of students. Barbara Braga, chair of the Student Life Staff Engagement Committee, coordinated the awards nomination process and Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students, hosted the ceremony and presented the awards.
Awards presented to K-Staters include:
Outstanding unclassified professional: Deana Core, assistant director and transfer coordinator.
In the last eight years, Core has participated in the overhaul of the transfer equivalency tool and creation of transfer pathways, two online resources that assist future transfer students with planning their transfer into K-State. She's strengthened the Transfer Ambassador Program to include 20-25 volunteer students who assist with on-campus recruitment efforts and transition support for future and current students, and also developed and taught K-State's first transfer orientation course, DED 350 Transfer Connections. Core has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communication from K-State and a Master of Education in higher education with an emphasis in community college leadership from Iowa State University.
Outstanding new unclassified professional: Justin Frederick, assistant dean in student life.
For the last two years, Frederick has worked with many students, primarily in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and the military-connected communities. His areas of supervision include the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education, or CARE, and Non-Traditional and Veteran Student Services. He was selected for and participated in the James R. Coffman Institute in August 2018. Frederick has focused on and intentionally attended conferences in the last two years focusing on education to improve programs for both CARE and Non-Traditional and Veteran Student Services. He is actively involved in the Manhattan area running community and served for one year on the Flint Hills Human Rights Project Board, as an At-Large member. He has a Bachelor of Science in social work from Pittsburg State University and a Master of Science in college student personnel from the University of Central Missouri.
Putting Students First award for Student Life staff: Maggie Borders, program specialist for the McNair Scholars Program and Educational Supportive Services.
Borders primarily helps students with their writing development. She maintains the McNair Scholars Program's Facebook and Twitter accounts. Previously, she worked in the English department teaching expository writing, business writing and literature courses on the short story form and on film adaptations of fiction works. She earned her Masters of Arts in English emphasizing creative nonfiction from K-State in 2012.
Putting Students First award for faculty: Mohammad Hosni, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the University Engineering Alliance.
Hosni joined the faculty in mechanical engineering at Kansas State University in 1991 and in 1993 assumed a leadership role as the director of the Institute for Environmental Research, a multidisciplinary research center at K-State, where he was responsible for the development of research programs in human thermal comfort and indoor air distribution. Hosni served as the director of the center until 2001, when he was named department head of mechanical and nuclear engineering. After serving eight years as the department head, he was appointed as the director of the University Engineering Alliance in 2009. Hosni has served the university, local community and professional organizations in various capacities, including a member of the K-State Presidential Search Committee, a board member and vice president for Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASA, chair of technical committees, member of international advisory committees and more. His service recognitions include Dedicated Service Award from ASME, Exceptional Service Award from ASHRAE, and the International Educator of the Year Award from K-State.
Outstanding graduate student: Jin Woo Kim, graduate assistant for the Career Center.
Kim is pursuing a Master of Science in counseling and student development and expects to graduate in May. Currently, he is the president of the Higher Education Student Association, chair of the Chester E. Peters Lecture Series, participant of the 2018 Graduate Student Leadership Development Program hosted by the K-State Graduate School and Staley School of Leadership Studies, graduate representative for the 2018-2019 Honor Council, and a volunteer for many other departments and organizations during his two years at K-State. During his time at the Career Center, he has completed more than 480 drop-in appointments and scheduled more than 170 appointments. Kim has supported the Career Center in multiple ways such as giving presentations, teaching classes, helping with career center events, and assisting with hiring, training and supervising. Kim earned his Bachelor of Science in applied biological sciences from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota, and his academic advising graduate certificate from K-State, in addition to completing his practicums in the Division of Student Life and the Office of the Registrar at K-State. When Kim isn't at work or school, he enjoys doing anything outdoors, especially in the mountains in his hometown of Sheridan, Wisconsin.
Inaugural Ad Astra Award: Kiley Moody, managing director for Scholar Services in the Academic Achievement Center and adjunct instructor for the Staley School of Leadership Studies.
Moody previously served as an economic development specialist for Knowledge-Based Economic Development at the K-State Institute for Commercialization and before that role, served as a coordinator for New Student Services at K-State. Moody is a graduate of Leadership Manhattan and currently serves on the Leadership Manhattan Board. In addition, she is a board member for Girls on the Run and Friends of the Sunset Zoo. Moody has a Bachelor of Arts in justice studies from Fort Hays State University and a Master of Science in college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri. Moody is passionate about helping others realize their potential and is incredibly passionate about education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, working out, watching and playing sports, and reading.
In addition, the animal sciences and industry department received the Friends of Cats' Cupboard award for its dedication to providing K-State students with complete nutrition through the voucher program.