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Students and Faculty in the News
PMC Faculty Joins National Connection to Nature Think Tank
Jeffrey Skibins, assistant professor of park management and conservation, has been invited to join the national Connection to Nature think tank.
The inaugural event will involve a workshop leading off the North American Association for Environmental Education's Research Symposium. The project will identify strategies to characterize connection to nature in a variety of contexts and explore practitioners' needs for measuring this concept.
The culmination of this first meeting will be the development of a Guide to Conceptualizing Connection to Nature Measures, Assessments, and Strategies, which will be available online and through workshops offered through practitioner networks.
Dagan Wins Outstanding Graduate Student Poster Award
Dani Dagan won the Most Outstanding Graduate Student Poster at the Southeastern Recreation Research Symposium in Athens Georgia this past week. Her poster titled "Longitudinal variation in environmental impacts at rock climbing areas in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Kentucky," bested over 20 other graduate student posters at the conference.
2018 ACUI Collegiate Clay Target took 4th Place
The 2018 ACUI collegiate clay target championships is in the books! The team ended up 4th place high overall and 5th place American all around in division 3! Alex Hartman also placed 3rd in sporting clays in C class as an individual! Great shooting by everyone this week!
Two Grad Students receive the Freeman Tilden Graduate Student Scholarship
Congratulations to PMC graduate students Ashley Kelly and Andres Leon-Reyes for receiving the Freeman Tilden Graduate Student Scholarship from the National Association for Interpretation at the recent annual conference in Dallas, TX. The scholarship funded their travel, registration, lodging, and all other expenses associated with attending the conference. Students from several other universities attended, but only three such awards were given. We are proud to say that through the good work of Ashley and Andres, Kansas State University took home two of the three available awards.
Sprague honored at State Capital Event
Stuart Sprague, a Ph.D student in Horticulture at Kansas State University, received recognition for his research on heat stress in corn at the 15th Capitol Graduate Research Summit. He was one of two Kansas State University winners at the summit. Read more....
Chris Rea - 2014 Graduate of HNR, Passes Away
On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Chris Rea, a 2014 graduate of the Department of Horticulture and National Resources passed away suddenly in his sleep. Chris was attending the 42nd National Collegiate Landscape Competition (NCLC) at Alamance Community College in North Carolina. Chris was representing, Mariani Landscape, Lakebluff, IL, the company he worked for since graduating. Chris is pictured in the 2014 team photo, on the far left, back row. A memorial for Chris Rea has been established. Read more....
Students from Across the Country Visit National Parks
Ryan Sharp, Assistant Professor of Park Management & Conservation, led a group of 10 Ph.D. and M.S. students from across the country, in a week long experience in Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave National Preserve and Death Valley National Park in California. These student came together as part of the Park Break program sponsored by the George Wright Society, a professional conservation organization, and funded through the National Park Service. The students, along with mangers from the parks and faculty from Clemson University and Kansas State University spent the week discussing visitor use management. The students gathered a great deal of information that will be used to generate a report to the parks that will assist in long term visitor use management planning.