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Students and Faculty in the News
Eight Students Become Certified
In April, Dr. Sid Stevenson (PMC Faculty and US Coast Guard Boat Captain) assisted John Miesner of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in certifying 8 PMC and WOEM students in the Dept of the Interior's Motorboat Operator Certification Course. A test of rescue techniques in the natatorium was part of the 3 day, primarily on-the-water course.
PMC trip to Germany!
PMC graduate and undergraduate students celebrate their time in the mountains of the Black Forest, in southern Germany, with their compatriots from the University of Freiburg. Spring 2017 marked the beginning of a new addition to the PMC course lineup, Heritage Interpretation - Germany. This spring our students are exploring the parks of Germany and France to better understand international interpretation. This fall, students from the University of Freiburg will be spending 2 weeks in Manhattan, MO, and CO to better understand how we do things in the states.
FFA Floriculture CDE Contestants 'Flower Bomb' K-State Building
The department hosted nearly 200 high school students who participated in the FFA Nursery/Landscape and Floriculture Career Development Events on April 30. To learn a couple of design techniques and about how green walls work, the Floriculture contestants 'flower bombed' the Throckmorton lobby, which left a floral display that was perfectly timed for May Day.
Hummert International Supports K-State Horticulture
Here's a shout out to Hummert International for the many ways that they support K-State Horticulture. Hummert's has been sponsoring a scholarship for a Horticulture production student for over a decade; 2017 recipient Karen Schneck accepts her award from Hummert's Dan McGinnis in the photo at left.
The company also recently donated containers to the KSU Gardens that were planted with seasonal color by students, including Andrew Fox, Hanna Cahalan, and Nate Meier (pictured), who are currently taking the course Herbaceous Crop Production. The mixed planters will be auctioned at the upcoming Garden Party to fund student internships.
Thanks to all of our industry supporters for contributing so much to the success of K-State Horticulture!
Floral Design Project
Congratulating Brett Williams on the great job of creating a beautiful and fun floral display for his individual floral design project as part of HORT 301. The inspiration for the design came from the sculpture Water Bird in the K-State Beach Museum of Art. Stop by and see the design displayed in the common area of the Throckmorton Hall.
Presidential planting: Tree honors K-State President
Horticulture students are planting a series of trees this week in honor of Arbor Day and Kansas State University President Richard B. Myers.
At each planting, Cathie Lavis, associate professor of landscape management, and her arboriculture students are demonstrating the correct tree-planting method.
Undergraduate Students Compete in Research Symposium
Last Friday, three undergraduate turfgrass science students completed in the Gamma Sigma Delta Undergraduate Research Poster Competition; Dani McFadden, Peyton South and Gage Knudson. Peyton South (right) received 1st place and a 100 dollar monetary prize. Congrats to Peyton and a job well done to Dani (middle) and Gage (right)!
Fits to a 'tee': Golf is 'fore' everyone, and economically it's a great time to be a golfer
Jack Fry, professor of Turfgrass Science, says new options make golf affordable for everyone. Because of the golf industry's downsizing after the Great Recession, the sport is more affordable and accessible than ever, according to a golf course management expert at Kansas State University. Read more...
K-State Hosts National Hort Judging Competition
K-State faculty hosted a Horticulture judging competition as part of the NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Judging Conference that was held by the College of Ag April 6-8, 2017. It was great to have so many horticulture students from 2- and 4-year hort programs from around the U.S. in Throckmorton Hall. Congrats to the winners!
Lavis Awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
Cathie Lavis, associate professor and extension specialist of landscape management, was one of four Kansas State University faculty members awarded the 2017 Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.
Two Hort Students Present Posters
Susi Algrim and Tyler Cribbs presenting their research posters at the George Wright Society conference in Norfolk, Virginia.
Horticulture Graduate Student Awarded First Place at K-State Graduate Research Forum
K-State HNR graduate student, Ross Braun competed in the poster competition against other K-State graduate students at the 2017 Kansas State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery Forum in Manhattan, KS. Ross placed 1st in the Agricultural Sciences poster session and was awarded a $500 scholarship prize, the title of his poster was “Nitrous Oxide Emissions in a Turfgrass Environment.” Congrats Ross!