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The people of the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at Kansas State University are dedicated to improving lives through dynamic, diverse education and research programs. If you have any questions that cannot be answered via our website, Contact Us. We are eager to assist you.

We are delivering the news to you! Find out what the HNR faculty, staff and students are doing and major events that are coming up. If you missed one of our news stories that you would like to review, all news stories can be found on the HNR News Page.

Now accepting nominations for our Distinguished Alumni Award. The deadline is May 1. Go here to learn more.

Students and Faculty in the News

Horticulture and Natural Resources 2018 Spring Graduation


We have 15 horticulture students (first picture), 14 park management and conservation students (second picture), and 14 wildlife and outdoor enterprise management students (last picture) that graduated May 11 & 12. Congratulations to all!

Three Retire from HNR

RetirementPartyMay2018The horticulture and natural resources department hosted a retirement reception, on May 16, to acknowledge the long and meritorious service that Ted Cable, Sid Stevenson and Bill Reid have provided to K-State, their students and clientele. These three faculty have a combined 102 years of service to the university! (Pictured are Sid Stevenson, left and Ted Cable, right.)

2018 Top Shot Award Winners

Norin_ShanksCongratulations to James Norin and Marty Shanks, this year's Hodgdon Top Shot Scholarship recipients! James and Marty each received a $500 scholarship from Hodgdon Powder Company.

Students Visit Campus

HaskellStudentsHaskell Indian Nations University students were recently hosted on a visit to campus by Charles Barden, Professor of Forestry. They came to check out future graduate study opportunities in Horticulture and Natural Resources, Vet Medicine, and Psychology. Barden is a frequent guest lecturer on the Haskell campus, and has conducted several collaborative projects with Haskell faculty and students. The group also met with the College of Agriculture Diversity Programs Office, and stopped at Call Hall for our famous ice cream!

Presentation at National Outdoor Recreation Conference

RyanJulieSharpDr. Ryan Sharp and Julie Sharp of the Park Management and Conservation program gave an invited presentation last month at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference in Burlington Vermont. Their presentation titled "Methods that work: Visitor use management monitoring protocols for protected area managers" was part of an inaugural effort to bring outdoor recreation practitioners and researchers together. The conference is managed by the Society for Outdoor Recreation Professionals and is held on an annual basis.

Two HNR Faculty Receive Awards

AhlersParkAwardsCongratulations to two of our department’s excellent faculty for recognition by the K-State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta. Adam Ahlers, assistant professor of Wildlife & Outdoor Management received the Early Career Award and Sunghun Park, associate professor of Horticulture Crop Improvement received the Outstanding Research Award at the Spring Recognition Reception on April 27. Check out HNR's Awards & Honors page.

Hoch receives Grad Student Teaching Award

BHochBraden Hoch was one of two recipients of the Richard Elmore Brown Outstanding College of Agriculture Graduate Student Teaching Award. Braden is advised by Drs. Chad Miller an Jason Griffin. The Richard Elmore Brown Agriculture Endowment for Graduate Student Teaching Awards in the College of Agriculture provides funding for these awards. Dr. Ernie Minton recognized each winner at the Graduate Student Awards and Recognition Reception on April 23, 2018.

PMC Faculty Joins National Connection to Nature Think Tank

JeffSkibinsJeffrey Skibins, assistant professor of park management and conservation, has been invited to join the national Connection to Nature think tank.

The inaugural event will involve a workshop leading off the North American Association for Environmental Education's Research Symposium. The project will identify strategies to characterize connection to nature in a variety of contexts and explore practitioners' needs for measuring this concept.

The culmination of this first meeting will be the development of a Guide to Conceptualizing Connection to Nature Measures, Assessments, and Strategies, which will be available online and through workshops offered through practitioner networks.

Dagan Wins Outstanding Graduate Student Poster Award

DaniDaganDani Dagan won the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Poster at the Southeastern Recreation Research Symposium in Athens Georgia this past week. Her poster titled "Longitudinal variation in environmental impacts at rock climbing areas in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky," bested over 20 other graduate student posters at the conference.

2018 ACUI Collegiate Clay Target took 4th Place

ShotgunSportsTeam2018The 2018 ACUI collegiate clay target championships is in the books! The team ended up 4th place high overall and 5th place American all around in division 3! Alex Hartman also placed 3rd in sporting clays in C class as an individual! Great shooting by everyone this week!

Two Grad Students receive the Freeman Tilden Graduate Student Scholarship

AshleyKellyAndresLeonCongratulations to PMC graduate students Ashley Kelly and Andres Leon-Reyes for receiving the Freeman Tilden Graduate Student Scholarship from the National Association for Interpretation at the recent annual conference in Dallas, TX. The scholarship funded their travel, registration, lodging, and all other expenses associated with attending the conference. Students from several other universities attended, but only three such awards were given. We are proud to say that through the good work of Ashley and Andres, Kansas State University took home two of the three available awards.

Sprague honored at State Capital Event

StuSpragueStuart Sprague, a Ph.D student in Horticulture at Kansas State University, received recognition for his research on heat stress in corn at the 15th Capitol Graduate Research Summit.  He was one of two Kansas State University winners at the summit.  Read more....


Chris Rea - 2014 Graduate of HNR, Passes Away

ChrisReaPLANET2014_600pxOn Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Chris Rea, a 2014 graduate of the Department of Horticulture and National Resources passed away suddenly in his sleep. Chris was attending the 42nd National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) at Alamance Community College in North Carolina.  Chris was representing, Mariani Landscape, Lakebluff, IL, the company he worked for since graduating. Chris is pictured in the 2014 team photo, on the far left, back row. A memorial for Chris Rea has been established.  Read more....