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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.

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Students and Faculty in the News

Horticulture Faculty Wins USDA National Teaching Award

ChadMillerChad Miller, Associate Professor of Horticulture, was recognized as one of two recipients of the 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture's Best New Teacher Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences. The New Teacher Award recognizes a faculty, with no more than seven consecutive years of experience in higher education teaching, who has demonstrated a commitment to a career in teaching, has exhibited meritorious teaching through scholarship of teaching and learning, and exemplary service to students. The award also includes a $2,000 stipend for the purpose of strengthening the honoree's teaching and advising program.  Read more....

Ph.D. Student wins Research Competition

SpraguePosterCompStuart Sprague, Ph.D. candidate advised by Dr. Park in Horticulture, was selected as a top 10 presenter at Research and the State Graduate Student Poster Session on November 9 by K-State faculty and post-doc judges. He will present his poster, Expression of AtGRXS17 in Maize increases yield under heat stress, at the Capital Graduate Research Summit being held in Topeka in February.  Congratulations Stuart!

PMC Masters Student wins Graduate Research Competition

AshleyKellyAshley Kelly, MS student in PMC who was one of 10 winners in last week's Graduate Research Competition. Ashley's poster, entitled, "Inspiring Future Conservationists through a Junior Zookeeper Program" will represent K-State at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit in February.

Ashley's research project, led by Dr. Skibins, is a 2 year study at Manhattan's own Sunset Zoo examining the impacts of youth programming. Fellow PMC graduate student Susi Algrim contibuted to the project.  Congratulations Ashley!

Graduate Student Earns National Turfgrass Science Award

Mingying2017AwardMingying 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.

Check out Horticulture and Natural Resources Awards & Honors page.

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

FryVideo2017Sure, 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

Toro2017Fourteen 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

Skibins2017AwardJeffrey 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. 
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