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Students and Faculty in the News
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.

Miller Receives SoTL Award
Chad Miller, Assistant Professor of Ornamental Horticulture, received a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award from the K-State College of Agriculture Innovations in Teaching, Learning and Assessment Program.  The SoTL is the process by which faculty make scholarly inquiry into student learning to assist in advancing the practice of teaching by making research findings public, not only with colleagues at K-State, but around the country.  Since arriving at K-State, Miller has been active in learning how to integrate and conduct SoTL in all of his classes.  The award includes a stipend and travel funds to present SoTL research.

Sammons wins 2015 Top Shot Award
Zackary Sammons won the Wildlife and Outdoor Enterprise Management 2015 TOP SHOT Award.  This award is based on two weekends of instruction in and shooting the following shotgun sports: Sporting Clays, FITASC, 5-Stand, Trap and Skeet.   The instruction and competition took place at "Flint Oak" Resort located at Fall River, Kansas.  Zack is a Class 6 WOEM student (2014).  His overall score beat 26 students competing in the "shotgun" courses. Check out HFRR's Awards & Honors page.

Miller Receives 2015 Gamma Sigma Delta Award
Chad Miller, Assistant Professor of Ornamental Horticulture in the Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources Department, has been awarded the Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Teacher Award. This annual award is given to an active member of Gamma Sigma Delta that has been teaching for at least two years and has provided outstanding service in resident teaching.  Gamma Sigma Delta is an international honorary society of agriculture dedicated that is dedicated to excellence in scholarship, research, and service.