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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.

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Students and Faculty in the News

Perennial Plant Association Scholar Winner

MeganHMegan 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. 
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Perennial Plant Association Award

CMillerChad 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

KSchneckKaren 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

WoolleyAmandaAmanda 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

SchwopeTTory 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

SpringItaly2017Eleven 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

AlicErpeldingAlic Erpelding spent his summer as a landscape management intern at Yellowstone Landscape in Charleston, South Carolina. Read about his experience....

Haresnape Receives Scholarships

MeganHHorticulture 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

AshleyKellyAshley 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

MarkisHill_BallInternMarkis 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

LiveBearCamStoryThousands 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.... 

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article161473098.html#storylink=cpy
U.S. National Parks

RSharpRyan 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).

Horticulture Graduate Student and Faculty Receive North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Awards

Miller_HochChad Miller, Associate Professor of Horticulture and Master’s student, Braden Hoch, both in the Horticulture and Natural Resources Department, recently traveled to Purdue University to attend the annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) conference.  Hoch presented a poster on behalf of fellow graduate student teaching assistant, Stuart Sprague, titled, Grocery Shopping for Geophytes.  This project is a part of the Plant Propagation course in which the two are TAs.  Miller gave an oral presentation titled, Plant Madness in Plant Identification, based on an activity implemented in his Landscape Plants II course.  Hoch received a NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award and Miller received a NACTA Educator Award at the conference.  Read more....

Recreation faculty offers boating safety tips for summer celebrations

KSU BoatIt is important to remember boating regulations and precautions before heading out on the water, says Sid Stevenson, Kansas State University associate professor of recreation resources. 

Before getting on any boat, Stevenson recommends making sure personal flotation devices, or PFDs, and lifejackets are in good working condition and fit each passenger properly. It is the law that every passenger in the boat needs to have a personal flotation device easily accessible onboard.  Read more....

Corpse Flower Time-Lapse

TitanArumTimeLapsLast week, Kansas State University was in the news for housing one of the largest blooms in the world. For those who didn't get to witness the magic, check out this time-lapse of its 15 minutes of fame!
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Rare corpse flower begins long-awaited bloom late Tuesday afternoon in K-State greenhouse

TitanArumTopeka Capital Journal
One of the rarest, largest flowers in the world, which earned the nickname “corpse flower” because it emits a dead-animal stench, is expected to bloom at Kansas State University in the next two days.  The Titan Arum, known for the unpleasant smell it emits in an attempt to attract bugs that feed off of carcasses, is close to blooming for the first time since it was planted 15 years ago.

Update: the "corpse flower" did bloom on Wednesday, June 28.