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Students & Faculty in the News
K-State Park Management & Conservation Associate Professor Wins Academic Leadership Award
Dr. Ryan Sharp, associate professor in the park management and conservation program at Kansas State University, was recently honored with the Benton H. Box Award by the Clemson University Institute for Parks in recognition of his academic and instructional leadership in the environmental field.
The institute presents the annual awards program, which is named for George B. Hartzog Jr., the seventh director of the National Park Service, to showcase leading figures in the field of conservation. Specific awards were named after visionary leaders that Hartzog respected and admired. Award recipients are following in Hartzog’s footsteps by making significant contributions to the management of parks and preservation of our natural, historical, and cultural heritage. Read more...
Miller to Judge International Proflora Floriculture Trade Show
Chad Miller, Associate Professor in the Horticulture and Natural Resources Department, recently participated in the 15th Proflora Exposition in Bogota, Colombia (Oct. 2-4). Miller was one of three invited international judges and served as the head judge for the exposition. Proflora is an international floriculture trade-show event held every two years and is organized by Asocolflores, the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters. Colombia has been a significant cut flower exporter to the United States for over 50 years. Read more...
Rivard to Receive Sustainable Agriculture Grant
Cary Rivard at Kansas State University in Olathe, KS has been recently selected to receive a $89,443 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) for the project, "Capacity Building in Urban Food Systems in the North Central Region."
"The goal of this project is to provide educators (extension, not-for-profits, K-12, and community college) with opportunities to establish themselves as leaders in urban food systems," said Rivard. Read more...
Sikorsky Receives Conference Scholarship
PMC graduate student, Kristen Sikorsky, receiving a scholarship to attend the National Recreation and Parks Association conference in Annapolis, MD.
Motolai Receives Two National Greenhouse Industry Scholarships
Gergely Motolai has been awarded two national scholarships through the American Floral Endowment, the Dedman Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) and National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association Scholarship ($500). Gary is a senior majoring in horticulture science and minoring in entomology. His focus is on in greenhouse production and entomology. Motolai is working at Bird’s Botanicals and at the Kansas State University Greenhouses. “I am interested in research and teaching. My main goal would be to work at a University and teach the next generation of horticulturists, conducting research that would help the horticulture industry as a whole,” said Motolai.