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Students and Faculty in the News
Graduate Student Earns National Turfgrass Science Award
Mingying Xiang, Ph.D. Graduate Student in Turfgrass is one of this year's recipients of the prestigious Chris Stiegler Travel Award. She will formally receive the award at the annual meeting of the Crop Science Society of America/American Society of Agronomy/Soil Science Society of America.
Congratulations Mingying! She is recognized for her academic achievements in the classroom, research accomplishments, and leadership activities.
Mingying's research is focused on evaluating zoysiagrass breeding lines for cold hardiness, quality, and resistance to the disease large patch along with studying the potential for tall fescue-zoysiagrass blends to reduce the disease brown patch while maintaining overall summer quality.
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.