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Students and Faculty in the News
Kansas Forest Service Names First Communications C
The Kansas Forest Service has named Jennifer Williams as its communications coordinator. Williams will be the first person to occupy this role within the Kansas Forest Service.
"Jennifer Williams brings impressive communication and marketing skills to the Kansas Forest Service which will increase the visibility of the agency and help Kansans understand the importance of trees in a state predominated by grass and cropland. She is a very enthusiastic communicator with experiences that will advance the agency’s programs and Kansas State University," said Bob Atchison, Rural Forestry Coordinator, Kansas Forest Service.  Read more...

University Park Celebrates 10th Year as a Recognized Firewise Community/USA
On Saturday, July 18, the lakeshore community of University Park, Kansas was recognized for its standing as a Firewise Community/USA for the past 10 years.
In September 2006, University Park received national recognition from the Firewise Communities/USA Program for being proactive in its efforts to reduce wildfire risk, and prepare and protect their homes against the threat of wildfire. University Park is the first and only community in Kansas to be recognized as a Firewise Community/USA. It joins nearly 1,141 other communities nationwide that have been recognized since the program’s inception in 2002.  Read more....

Kansas State Fishing Team
In April, at Table Rock Lake, MO, college anglers from schools all across the greater mid-west area, took off to compete in the 2015 Wal-Mart FLW College series FLW Regional Qualifier. It was a great weekend to be competing on the water as many bass were being caught all across the vast reservoir on a variety of different baits and techniques. The favorable spring time temperatures along with clear water conditions meant that many anglers reached for their jerk baits or wiggle-warts to produce a bag limit.

Kansas State University was well represented by the Kansas State University Fishing Team for this large tournament weighing in many big largemouth and having an overall standing of four teams in the top ten standings for the event.  Pictured are Quinn Fowler and Dylan McKee they took 2nd place.  Read more....

Fry visits New Zealand, Australia, Singapore & Southern China
Jack Fry, Professor of Turfgrass Science, was the keynote speaker at the New Zealand Fine Turf Seminar in Wellington, New Zealand June 14-17, and the Australian Turfgrass Conference in the Hunter Valley June 21-26.  In addition, he went to Singapore to speak at a gathering of the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology on June 29, and to Hong Kong to speak to the Southern China Turfgrass Managers Association on June 30.  In all, Dr. Fry gave fourteen presentations over eleven hours covering topics such as managing turf during environmental stress, and the positive contributions of turf to the environment.

Ruether Honored by Horticulture Industry Magazine
Horticulture research associate Robin Ruether has been named to the 2015 Class of “40 Under 40” by horticulture industry magazine, Greenhouse Product News. Honorees were nominated by horticulture and floriculture industry peers for their leadership, creativity, innovative thinking and accomplishments within and outside the horticulture field. 

Connecting with High School Students
Horticulture, Forestry & Recreation Resources played host to a group of Kansas City area high school students who toured our greenhouses and garden and learned about plants and research activities on Monday, June 22.  Brenden Armstrong, undergraduate researcher, discussed his research on phytochemicals in vegetables as they relate to human health. Students also got to participate in hands-on activities on phytochemicals and in extracting plant pigments. It was a great event!

Horticulture Graduate Student Wins NACTA Student Teaching Award
Matthew Wilson a Ph.D. candidate in the Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources Department recently received a North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Graduate Student Teaching Award.  This award is given to graduate students who excel as teachers in agriculture disciplines and are active in classroom instruction.  Applicants are reviewed by a committee of NACTA members and are evaluated based on the graduate student's teaching philosophy, their involvement in teaching outside the classroom, self-evaluation, support letters from supervising faculty, administrator, and student recommendations.  Congratulations, Matt!

Barden Leads International Cultural Exchange
A new tradition has begun, where Charles Barden organizes a trip for international students to the Wamego Tulip Festival each spring, followed by a cookout at his home. Most of the students and interns were alumni from Zamorano University located in Honduras, although the students come from throughout Central and South America. He notes that the interns are here on a J-1 Visa, and one of the requirements to host a scholar on that type of visa, is to provide some American cultural experiences, hence the visit to the arts and crafts festival. This year 25 students and interns participated in the experience! The cultural experience was a two-way street, with Barden providing the traditional U.S. cookout menu, while many of the students prepared favorite festival dishes from their countries.