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November 28, 2016

College of Arts and Sciences announces Stamey and Gaches Teaching Award winners

Submitted by Noelle Blood

The College of Arts and Sciences has announced the 2016 winners of the William L. Stamey Awards for undergraduate teaching, as well as the winners of the first-ever Ronald N. Gaches Teaching Awards. All awardees are being recognized for outstanding teaching and/or advising practices within the college.

Recipients of the William L. Stamey Awards for undergraduate teaching:

• Ryan J. Rafferty, assistant professor of chemistry — Stamey Undergraduate Teaching Award.

• Craig Spencer, associate professor of mathematics — Stamey Undergraduate Teaching Award.

• Joshua Brummer, graduate teaching assistant in the mathematics department — Stamey Graduate Teaching Award.

• Tanya Gonzalez, associate professor of English — Stamey Advising Award.

William L. Stamey is a mathematician and served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for 17 years from 1970-1987. In recognition of Stamey's outstanding record in recruiting excellent faculty to Kansas State University and in recognition of the continuing need to foster excellence in teaching and advising, the College of Arts and Sciences established the Stamey Awards.

The college established the Ronald N. Gaches awards to acknowledge ongoing excellence in undergraduate teaching, as well as teaching innovations that improve pedagogical practices within the college and will present three such awards this year:

• Traci Brimhall, assistant professor of English — Gaches Undergraduate Teaching Award. 

• Mark Ungerer, associate professor of biology — Gaches Undergraduate Teaching Award. 

• Anne Phillips, professor of English — Gaches Lifetime Teaching Award. 

Gaches is the chair of the Arts and Sciences Alumni Advisory Council and a veteran lobbyist with more than 35 years of experience in government relations, public affairs and association management. His clients have included the largest private sector firms in Kansas, including Boeing, Pizza Hut, Sprint and Atmos Energy. Gaches's management experience includes service on the staff of the largest agriculture and business associations in Kansas, 16 years as executive director of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers, as well as extensive experience as a volunteer and consultant with local chambers of commerce, professional societies and trade associations.

The awardees will be recognized during the Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Bramlage Coliseum.