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Students and Faculty in the News
Turfgrass Science Student Dani McFadden on GCSAA Membership
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America recently contracted an advertising company to shoot a series of promotional videos at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan. One of K-State's undergraduates in Golf Course and Sports Turf Operations, Daniele McFadden, was featured on one of these videos. See Daniele's story here.
Kansas State Turf Program Grows Well-Rounded Careers
Sure, the K-State Turfgrass Science program has plenty to do with the science of growing grass, managing water, and more. But what they’re also growing are graduates ready to succeed and advance through a variety of career stages.
“We have evolved over time to incorporate coursework into our program that we consider most important for students to succeed,” notes Jack Fry, Professor of Turfgrass Science at Kansas State University. Read more and watch video here.
Toro Hosts K-State Turf Students and Faculty at World Headquarters
Fourteen students and five faculty and staff visited Toro World Headquarters in Minneapolis between September 27 and 29. Toro sponsored the trip that allowed attendees to get an up-close look at the Toro Company and its manufacturing processes. In addition, the group visited US Bank Stadium where the Minnesota Vikings play (and location of the 2018 Super Bowl) and Hazeltine National Golf Club, which hosted the 2016 Ryder Cup. Chris Tritabaugh, golf course superintendent, led the group onto the course to discuss some cutting-edge maintenance practices he uses. Our thanks goes out to all those at Toro for hosting us, and more specifically to Mr. Jim Heinze and Mr. Boyd Montgomery who encouraged us to take the trip, and then led us on an incredible two-day visit.
PMC Professor Wins Award for Work in Wildlife Conservation
Jeffrey Skibins, assistant professor of park management and conservation, was awarded the Dwight A. Holder award, one of the prestigious Hartzog Awards from the Clemson University Institute for Parks.
Skibins was presented with the award for his outstanding work and sustained achievement that fosters understanding, wise use, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. The award recognizes his pioneering work in the field of emotional connections to wildlife and pro-conservation behaviors.
Faculty and Spouse Assist With New Trail Opening in Honduras
During a recent visit to Zamorano University in Honduras, Dr. Charles Barden, Professor of Forestry, and his wife, Dianne were honored as ribbon cutting dignitaries, to officially open the first nature trail "Eco Sendero" on the expansive Zamorano campus grounds. They are pictured here with Director Laura Suazo, trail designer Dr. Oliver Komar, and Zamorano President Jeff Landsdale. The trail crosses a number of habitat types, from upland grass meadow to wetlands and forested riparian areas, and will be popular with bird watchers. During his visit, Dr. Barden also caught up with recent HNR Master's grads Dalila Maradiaga and Merilin Barahona who have returned to Honduras, and found fulfilling jobs in their fields of study.
Perennial Plant Association Scholar Winner
Megan Haresnape, a junior, in the Horticulture and Natural Resources Department recently attended the annual Perennial Plant Association (PPA) conference, in Denver, CO. Megan was one of six PPA Student Scholars from the US and Canada to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the organization.
Perennial Plant Association Award
Chad Miller, Associate Professor of Horticulture, recently attended the annual Perennial Plant Association (PPA) conference in Denver, CO. Miller was recognized at the symposium, receiving the PPA Academic Award. The award recognizes an PPA member that is a professor, researcher, teacher, master gardener, cooperative extension agent, librarian, public garden director, or horticultural lecturer, who has provided exceptional leadership in education to students, to green industry members, and to the general garden public. Check out HNR's Awards and Honors page.