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Students and Faculty in the News


K-State Hort Alum's Interiorscaping Business Provides Plants for Super Bowl Coverage
SuperBowlPlants1SuperBowlPlants2Hort alum Joanne Rush, located in Houston, TX, provided plants for ESPN's coverage of the 2017 Super Bowl. Rush's interiorscaping business, Thriving Botanicals, got the call a couple weeks before the big game to contract with ESPN for the set decorations. Wildcat Pride!

PMC Students Receive Award at Kansas Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference

StudAwardKRPAConf20172017 starts off with PMC students clinching award at Kansas Recreation and Park Association annual conference. PMC undergraduate and graduate students were out in force at this year's KRPA conference, held in Manhattan. Our students won the annual student leadership event and many volunteered throughout the 3-day conference as session moderators, registration/welcome assistants and general support.

Drs. Cable, Skibins, and Stevenson were there too. They were asked by the KRPA executive director to present keynote lectures on interpretation and connecting people to parks.

Three Kansas Arborist Association Scholarships Awarded

KAA_2017ScholarWinersThe Kansas Arborist Association (KAA) awarded three $2000.00 scholarships to three tree-loving students. Students received the checks first-hand at the KAA awards banquet, January 12 at the Shade Tree Conference. From left to right, Dr. Cathie Lavis, Horticulture Scholarship Coordinator, Bruce Moore, Wichita, KS; Lauren Walz, Garden City, KS and Caitlin Carlson, Falun, KS.

Fall 2016 Horticulture Graduates

HortGrads2016December 2016 horticulture graduates gather for a photo prior to receiving their diplomas. All are headed to careers in various parts of the country in a variety of areas within the green industry. The range of employment is as diverse as the industry is broad, from greenhouse production, golf course management and sports turf, to landscape companies and vegetable production within urban environments. Most of these graduates had several job offers to select from before settling on their ideal situation and location, salaries range from the $35,000 to $55,000 this includes benefits.

K-State faculty contribute to LED Lighting book

MillerWiliamsNov2016_300pxKim Williams and Chad Miller, with former graduate student Joshua Craver, have co-authored a chapter about the physiological disorder intumescence in a recently-released book about using LED lighting published by Springer [Kozai, Fujiwara and Runkle, eds. LED Lighting for Urban Agriculture]. Williams and Miller have been studying this disorder since 2007. Their chapter is titled "Light Quality Effects on Intumescence (Oedema) on Plant Leaves."