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September 24, 2019

Honorees of the Women of Distinction Recognition Ceremony

Submitted by Amber Bebout

On Sept. 19, the K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering, known as KAWSE, hosted the eighth annual Women of Distinction Recognition Ceremony. 

The ceremony recognized K-State women faculty for achievements, such as earning tenure and promotion, being promoted to full professor, or winning a university-wide award. Those individuals recognized received a Women of Distinction lapel pin.

The following women were honored at the ceremony:

Universitywide awards

• Tamara Bauer, Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; Staley School of Leadership Studies.

• Lidia Montenegro Cadena, Kansas State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering Postdoctoral Researcher Travel Award; entomology department, College of Agriculture.

• Lynn Carlin, President's Award of Excellence for Unclassified Professionals; Office of the Provost.

• Gail Eyestone, President's Award of Excellence for Unclassified Professionals; anatomy and physiology department, College of Veterinary Medicine

• Tanya González, Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Presidential Faculty/Staff Award for Distinguished Services to Historically Under-Represented Students; English department, College of Arts and Sciences.

• K-State First, University Outstanding Department or Unit Award for Enhancing Diversity; K-State First Office — Greg Eiselein, Mandi McKinley, Mariya Vaughan and Brent Weaver.

• Kimberly Kirkpatrick, Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award;  psychological sciences department, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Barbara Nagel, President's Award of Excellence for Unclassified Professionals; Office of the Registrar.

• Jessica Nelson, Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award; special education, counseling and student affairs department, College of Education.

• Briana Nelson Goff, University Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentoring of Undergraduate Students in Research; School of Family Studies and Human Services, College of Health and Human Sciences.

• Ashley Nietfeld, President's Award of Excellence for Unclassified Professionals; K-State Global Campus.

• Marcella Reekie, Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award; English department, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Amber Vennum, K-State Excellence in Engagement Award; School of Family Studies and Human Services, College of Health and Human Sciences.

• Christine Wilson, Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; agricultural economics department, College of Agriculture.

• Elizabeth Yeager, Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award; agricultural economics department, College of Agriculture.

Advanced Distinguished Lecture Series Awards

• Tatiana Firsova, mathematics department, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Jennifer Francois, School of Family Studies and Human Services, College of Health and Human Sciences.

• Ketino Kaadze, physics department, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Shahideh Nouri, plant pathology department, College of Agriculture.

• Stephanie Shames, Division of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Nora Springer, diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department, College of Veterinary Medicine.

• Valentina Trinetta, animal sciences and industry department, College of Agriculture.

KAWSE Award

• Amanda Gaulke, economics department, College of Arts and Sciences.

New associate professors

• Kathleen Antonioli, modern languages department, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Genevieve Baudoin, architecture department, College of Architecture, Planning & Design.

• Alice Boyle, Division of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Melanie Derby, mechanical and nuclear engineering department, College of Engineering.

• Steffi Dippold, English department, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Jaymelynn Farney, animal sciences and industry department, College of Agriculture.

• Judy O'Buck Gordon, architecture department, College of Architecture, Planning & Design.

• Sara Gragg, animal sciences and industry department, K-State Olathe.

• Rebecca Hackemann-Bahlmann, art department, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Kadri Koppel, food, nutrition, dietetics and health department, College of Health and Human Sciences.

• Stacey Kulesza, civil engineering department, College of Engineering.

• Jocelyn McDonald, Division of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Valerie Padilla Carroll, gender, women, and sexuality studies department, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Kristin Pelczarski, School of Family Studies and Human Services, College of Health and Human Sciences.

• Megan Rolf, animal sciences and industry department, College of Agriculture.

• Sara Rosenkranz, food, nutrition, dietetics and health department, College of Health and Human Sciences.

• Leilei Shen, economics department, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Sarah Zukoff, entomology department, College of Agriculture.

Associate professors who have earned tenure

• Gaea Hock, communications and agricultural education department, College of Agriculture.

New full professors

• Christy Craft, special education, counseling and student affairs department, College of Education.

• Hulya Dogan, grain science and industry department, College of Agriculture.

• Teresa Douthit, animal sciences and industry department, College of Agriculture.

• Erika Geisbrecht, biochemistry and molecular biophysics department, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Angela Hubler, gender, women, and sexuality studies department, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Sara Kearns, academic services, Hale Library.

• Sonya Lutter, interim director, School of Family Studies and Human Services, College of Health and Human Sciences.

• Martha Mather, Division of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Kristin Michel, Division of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Julie Pentz, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, College of Arts and Sciences.

• DeAnn Presley, agronomy department, College of Agriculture.

• Gretchen Sassenrath, agronomy department, College of Agriculture.

• Jennifer Vellenga, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, College of Arts and Sciences.

• Julie Yu, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, College of Arts and Sciences.

Promotion to clinical associate professor

• Lalitha Peddireddi, diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Promotion to clinical full professor

• Mary Bagladi-Swanson, diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department, College of Veterinary Medicine.

• Emily Klocke, clinical sciences department, College of Veterinary Medicine.

New university distinguished professors

• Kimberly Kirkpatrick, psychological sciences, College of Arts and Sciences.

New endowed chairs and professorships

• Mary Bagladi-Swanson, Pet Tribute Professorship; diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department, College of Veterinary Medicine.

• Ellyn Mulcahy, James B. Nichols Master of Public Health Professorship; diagnostic medicine and pathobiology department, College of Veterinary Medicine.

New directors

• Jamie Henningson, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine.

New assistant deans

• Amy Betz, assistant dean for retention, diversity and inclusion, College of Engineering.

New associate deans

• Stacy Hutchinson, associate dean for research and graduate programs, College of Engineering.

• Katie Kingery-Page, associate dean for research, scholarship, creative activity, and discovery, College of Architecture, Planning & Design.

• Sheila Yeh, associate dean for collections, discovery and information technology services, K-State Libraries.

New deans

• Bonnie Rush, College of Veterinary Medicine.

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