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Students and Faculty in the News
Koala Conservation
Last spring, Drs. Skibins and McBee traveled to Melbourne, Australia to work with Janine Duffy of Echidna Walkabout Wildlife and Nature Tours. Ms. Duffy has pioneered a new field technique for identifying individual koalas. Their collaboration is brining exciting new research and teaching opportunities for undergraduate and graduate PMC and WOEM students.  (Page 60, in the Wildlife Professional.)  Read more....

Horticulture Graduate Students & Faculty Participate at the ASHS Conference
Several graduate students, faculty and department head, Candice Shoemaker, from the Horticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources department recently attended the American Society for Horticultural Sciences annual conference August 3-7, in New Orleans to present their research findings.  Read more....

PMC Launches New Student Club

The George Wright Society student chapter promotes protected area stewardship by bringing practitioners together to share their expertise. Student chapters are open to all students and provide opportunities for visiting national parks, scholarships, undergraduate & graduate research, and participation in international conferences. First meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 5 pm in the newly remodeled Throckmorton 1st floor lobby. Food and refreshments will be served. See Drs. Sharp or Skibins for more information. Read more...

Story Featured by WOEM Student
WOEM student, Noah Parsons, is featured in the North American Gamebird Association News Publication. His essay is titled, "Professionalism."
While in the midst of pursuing a career as a professional in the outdoor industry, I often find myself daydreaming what life will look like later down the road. I used to read articles, listen to wise words of professionals and watch as these outdoor enthusiasts experienced the life that I dream of.  Read more....

Park Management and Conservation welcomes Ryan Sharp
Dr. Sharp has joined the HFRR department and will teach and conduct research in the Park Management and Conservation (PMC) program.  He comes to KSU from Eastern Kentucky University where his primary responsibility was teaching in the Recreation and Park Administration Department.  However, he was able to secure funding and conduct research at several state and national parks during his fours years at the university.  Read more....

Story Featured by WOEM Student
WOEM student, Elliot Matyac, is featured in the July/August 2015 North American Gamebird Association News Publication.  His essay is titled, "Predator Management". 

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!