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Students and Faculty in the News
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.
Horticulture Student Selected as HortScholar
Karen Schneck, senior, in the Horticulture and Natural Resources Department recently attended Cultivate in Columbus, OH from July 11-18 as a HortScholar! Karen was selected as a HortScholar through the AmericanHort organization. The HortScholars program is a competitive scholarship program open to undergraduate and graduate students, attending 2 and 4-year institutions across the United States. Read more....
K-State Vic and Margaret Ball Intern at Tagawa Greenhouses
Amanda Woolley, a senior in Horticulture Production, was awarded a 3-month American Floral Endowment Vic and Margaret Ball Internship earlier this spring. Amanda just finished her internship at Tagawa Greenhouses, based in Brighton, CO. Tagawa’s is a large, primarily wholesale plug/liner and finished plant producer of annuals, perennials, succulents and other crops, covering nearly 60 acres. Read more....
Horticulture Alumni Operates KAT Nursery
Tory Schwope opened KAT Nurseries in 1997 and two years later, he graduated with a degree in business administration and a minor in horticulture from Kansas State University. Tory defines the word, “entrepreneur.” He quickly developed a vision for revolutionizing the industry. Since graduating Tory has built an incredible business that employs hundreds of people while contributing significantly to the horticultural industry; he is highly respected within the industry. Read more....
Students Travel to Italy
Eleven horticulture students experienced horticulture, history and culture during a two-week tour of the Tuscany area of Italy in May 2017. The trip was led by Dr. Cathie Lavis and Dr. Chad Miller. The trip focused on horticulture and historical sites allowing students to fully experience Italian culture and foods. Highlights were the famous Boboli Gardens in Florence, the Vatican in Rome, vineyards and landscapes of Cinque Terre, fruit production in Emilia Romagna, Italy and the many sights and sounds of Venice. Students are pictured in the Medieval Vegetable and Herb Garden at the University of Studies of Perugia, Italy.
Landscape Management Student Excels at Summer Internship in South Carolina
Alic Erpelding spent his summer as a landscape management intern at Yellowstone Landscape in Charleston, South Carolina. Read about his experience....
Haresnape Receives Scholarships
Horticulture junior Megan Haresnape has been awarded very competitive national floriculture production and marketing scholarships from the American Floral Endowment and the Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Much congratulations, Megan! Read more: American Floral Endowment and Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation
K-State Turf Faculty Take Leadership Roles in International Conference
Dale Bremer (Horticulture and Natural Resources, HNR), Jack Fry (HNR), Jared Hoyle (HNR), Steve Keeley (HNR), and Megan Kennelly (Plant Pathology) attended the 13th International Turfgrass Society Conference July 16 to 21 in New Brunswick, NJ. All KSU faculty served as technical editors, associate editors, or reviewers for manuscripts along with presenting their own papers. In addition, Fry chaired a "Zoysiagrass Symposium" which included presenters from Australia, Italy, South Korea, and the United States. Read more....
PMC Grad Student travels to Viet Nam to help save endangered wildlife
Ashley Kelly has the honor of living in a remote village in Cuc Phuong National Park, deep in the jungle of Northern Vietnam. She is working as a film-maker in residence with an organization called Save Vietnam's Wildlife, thanks to a collaboration with the Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Save Vietnam's Wildlife are active on the front line of defense against the illegal wildlife trade in Asia. So far they have rescued over 700 animals including Pangolins, Binturong, Leopard Cats and Civets, with over 400 animals being successfully released back to the wild. Read more....
K-State Vic and Margaret Ball Intern at Swift Greenhouses
Markis Hill, a senior in Horticulture Production, was awarded a 3-month American Floral Endowment Vic and Margaret Ball Internship earlier this spring. Currently, Markis is in the middle of his internship at Swift Greenhouses in Gilman, IA. Swifts is a 4-acre wholesale perennial, annual and herb plug and potted plant grower. This was the first intern Swift's have had from K-State! During a recent visit to Swifts, Dr. Miller, had an opportunity to tour the facility and visit with Markis. Congratulations, Markis!
PMC professors Skibins and Sharp Alaskan bear research featured in Kansas City Star
Thousands of people around the world are spending hours online this month watching a bear cam in Katmai National Park and Preserve in southern Alaska. It’s livestreaming the action at the noisy, bustling falls on Brooks River, where the salmon are leaping out of the water and brown bears are trying to snag the slippery sockeyes. Read more....
U.S. National Parks
Ryan Sharp, Assistant Professor in Park Management & Conservation was recently interviewed by KCET in Los Angeles about crowding in U.S. National Parks. The following video highlights this interview (click here to watch video).