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Students & Faculty in the News

Department Hosts FFA State Floriculture and Nursery Career Development Events (CDEs) 

FFA CDE FacultyFFA CDE events from Sunday through Tuesday. Over 200 students visited the HNR Department this week, representing over 50 FFA chapters across Kansas to compete in Nursery/Landscape and Floriculture CDE competitions. The competition consisted of written exams, identification exams, and hands-on practicums.  FFA students also had the opportunity to learn more about the department and participate in a rose-flexing opportunity in their rotations. Irina Sheshukova, Drs. Williams, Boyer, and Miller, graduate student Lane Wiens, along with several graduate undergraduate students—Megan Nelson, Pierce Hayden, Tori Gilliland, Kate Schoenberg, Avery Wischropp, and Zach Rosenkrans prepped and conducted the events. The HNR department was happy to host and had a blast with the students. 

Brooke Garcia

Horticulture Alum Brooke Garcia Geatured in NARP Article

Recent K-State horticulture graduate Brooke Garcia has landed the job of her dreams as Gardens Director at Magnolia in Waco, Texas. Magnolia is the wide-ranging enterprise of Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's "Fixer Upper" series. 

Read more on the Edge.

Jack Fry honored with GCSAA’s Outstanding Contribution Award

Jack FryA fixture in turfgrass education, the scientist and researcher has influenced the expertise and career paths of many in the golf industry.

Jack Fry, Ph.D., professor and turfgrass Extension specialist at Kansas State University, has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Contribution Award from GCSAA. Fry will be recognized during the Opening Session of the 2022 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show on Feb. 8 in San Diego.

Read the rest of the story on GCM Online.


Horticulture Student Chosen to Give Commencement Address

Renata Goossen, a graduate of the Department of Horticulture, was chosen to give the commencement address for the College of Agriculture. 


Ted Cable named park and recreation 'Legend'

Ted Cable photo"The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration has named Ted Cable, professor emeritus of park management and conservation a "Legend" in the field of parks and recreation. The Legend Award recognizes distinguished practitioners and scholars who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the park and recreation field." Read more...

Cathie Lavis featured in the Manhattan Mercury

Credit: The Manhattan Mercury, Nickolas Oatley"Lavis, a horticulture professor at K-State, spends much of her time working with plants in the great outdoors, and her students get hands on lessons in caring for nature..." (Photo credit: The Manhattan Mercury, Nickolas Oatley) Read more...

Brunson Receives NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award

Michael BrunsonMichael Brunson, PhD candidate in Park Management and Conservation was recently recognized by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) with a graduate student teaching award. Read more...