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Featured Stories From 2018

PMC Recognition Banquet

PMC_Banquet2018The Park Management and Conservation program had an awards banquet this past week to recognize the amazing achievements of students and faculty. The awards were granted to undergraduates, graduates, full and part time faculty and research assistants that make the program the asset that it is to KSU and the state of Kansas.

Two Attend Conference in Germany

AdamKarlKarl Noren, instructor and Adam Ahlers, assistant professor of Wildlife & Outdoor Management both presented research and findings at the 2019 Pathways Conference in Goslar, Germany.  This conference focused on the Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management.

Noren said, "This was the first scientific conference I have attended or presented at - an experience I greatly appreciate. I enjoyed sharing a small part of my research on attitudes towards Elk in Kansas and I benefited intellectually and from the networking aspect from interacting with diverse researchers from around the world. This conference reinvigorated me to continue to seek answers to new questions regarding my own project, but it also recharged my interest in the field of human-wildlife interactions in other settings. The conference was well organized and I would highly recommend Pathways to anyone interested in any conservation or wildlife management issues. I want to express my thanks to Ryan Sharp for helping with getting my research and abstract accepted and to the HNR department for making my attendance possible."

Upham Receives Award

WUphamWard Upham, extension associate, received the Professional Staff Employee of the Year Award from K-State Research and Extension. The award recognizes an unclassified professional whose exceptional contribution has been noted by their peers. The award will be presented during the K-State Research and Extension Annual Conference Awards Lunch in October. Congratulations Ward!

Barden Honored for Long-Term Leadership

BardenHonored_F2018Charles Barden, professor of forestry, was recently honored for his long service on the board of directors with the Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams. He began serving on the board in 2001, and was elected to chair the board from 2007-2011, when he led the effort to hire a full time executive director to move the organization forward. Brad Loveless, current board chair said, "Charlie Barden has been with KAWS since its earliest days, and really helped form and guide the organization as it was establishing its identity as a conservation leader. Our decisions are science-based, so Charlie has been exceptional at keeping staff and volunteers grounded and updated on state-of-the-art knowledge and practices. He operates with wisdom, good humor and integrity and has been instrumental to growing KAWS into its central role of protecting, enhancing and promoting Kansas streams, wetlands and riparian areas."

Horticulture Students Garner Over $90,000 in Non-University Scholarships

K-State Horticulture students have been awarded an all-time high of $91,600 in scholarship monies from national and regional horticultural organizations. Contributing to this total are Megan Haresnape, a senior from Lebanon majoring in Horticulture Production, who has received the top award of $5,000 from the Joseph Shinoda Scholarship for floriculture students and the Bettinger Scholarship for $2,100 from the American Floral Endowment.

Conner Nickerson and Geregly Motolai each completed six-month paid internships in greenhouse production operations during Spring 2018 that ended with $6,000 scholarships from the Vic and Margaret Ball Internship Scholarship fund. ShayeAlta Naaf and Alissa Wells both received scholarships from the Professional Grounds Management Society for $3,000 and $4,000, respectively. Michael Reece received a $5,000 scholarship from Trans-Mississippi Golf Association, and Danielle McFadden was awarded $3,000. K-State Horticulture is helping meet the nation's need for future green collar professionals, an

Horticulture & Natural Resources 2018 Spring Graduation


We have 15 horticulture students (first picture), 14 park management and conservation students (second picture), and 14 wildlife and outdoor enterprise management students (last picture) that graduated May 11 & 12. Congratulations to all!

Three Retire from HNR

RetirementPartyMay2018The horticulture and natural resources department hosted a retirement reception, on May 16, to acknowledge the long and meritorious service that Ted Cable, Sid Stevenson and Bill Reid have provided to K-State, their students and clientele. These three faculty have a combined 102 years of service to the university! (Pictured are Sid Stevenson, left and Ted Cable, right.)

Students Visit Campus

HaskellStudentsHaskell Indian Nations University students were recently hosted on a visit to campus by Charles Barden, Professor of Forestry. They came to check out future graduate study opportunities in Horticulture and Natural Resources, Vet Medicine, and Psychology. Barden is a frequent guest lecturer on the Haskell campus, and has conducted several collaborative projects with Haskell faculty and students. The group also met with the College of Agriculture Diversity Programs Office, and stopped at Call Hall for our famous ice cream!

Presentation at National Outdoor Recreation Conference

RyanJulieSharpDr. Ryan Sharp and Julie Sharp of the Park Management and Conservation program gave an invited presentation last month at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference in Burlington Vermont. Their presentation titled "Methods that work: Visitor use management monitoring protocols for protected area managers" was part of an inaugural effort to bring outdoor recreation practitioners and researchers together. The conference is managed by the Society for Outdoor Recreation Professionals and is held on an annual basis.

PMC Faculty Joins National Connection to Nature Think Tank

JeffSkibinsJeffrey 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.

2018 ACUI Collegiate Clay Target took 4th Place

ShotgunSportsTeam2018The 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!

Sprague honored at State Capital Event

StuSprague 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

ChrisReaPLANET2014_600px 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. NCLC is an annual three-day powerhouse event which brings together the top landscape and horticulture students, top industry companies and dozens of the biggest industry manufacturers and suppliers. Each year more than 700 students from two- and four-year colleges demonstrate their skills in real-world, competitive events and network with top companies at the largest Career Fair in the industry.

Chris attended and enthusiastically participated in this event three years in a row, in the same two events, starting in 2012 when Kansas State University hosted. Chris fulfilled his dream and hard work by placing 1st in both Woody Ornamental Plant Identification and Compact Excavator Operation at Colorado State in 2014. Chris graduated in May 2014. Chris is pictured in the 2014 team photo, on the far left, back row. Drs. Davis and Lavis, the team coaches, have often referred to Chris when they strive to encourage the team, both in their competitive events and in life, Chris was a true inspiration. The 2018 NCLC team took 11th out of 62 schools, they indeed were inspired by Chris to do their best.

A memorial for Chris Rea has been established at the Kansas State University Foundation. Contributions may be sent to: KSU Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Ste 200, Manhattan, KS 66502, please indicate fund M47201. To make a gift online, go to www.ksufoundation.org/give/rea.

Students from Across the Country Visit National Parks

Sharp_NtlParks2018Dr. Ryan Sharp 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.

North Texas GCSA Assistant Superintendent of the Year

Former K-State student, Cody Crowther, was 2017 North Texas Assistant Superintendent of the year. Watch video.

Two Universities, One Versatile Innovation™ Zoysia Grass

Fry_Innovations2018Two prestigious land grant universities, Kansas State and Texas A&M worked together to develop what is likely to be a very impactful improved turf grass that will be used in applications from landscapes to golf courses.

Leading the collaboration were Dr. Jack Fry, Professor - Turfgrass Science, Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources at KSU and Dr. Amika Chandra, Associate Professor - Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics, Texas A&M. Read more...

Cable Publishes New Book

Cable_BookCover2018 Ted Cable, Professor of Recreation Resources, is pleased to announce the publication of his new book Interpreting Cultural and Natural Heritage for a Better World published by Sagamore/Venture. This book is a complete revision his previously published textbook Interpretation of Cultural and Natural Resources and features entirely new approaches including starting each chapter with a story to illustrate the contents of the chapter.

It also features a cover (pictured above) with original artwork by nationally-known artist Tina Christiansen and a Foreword by New York Times best-selling author Eric Blehm. This is Ted's 17th book and the only comprehensive textbook covering the entire breadth of the heritage interpretation profession.

GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year Award - Growing Plants & Relationships

SchneckAwardKaren Schneck is a senior K-State and the 2018 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year. Her love for flowers and gardening was passed down to her from her mother and grandmother. After learning about horticulture and greenhouses through 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America), "something just clicked" for Schneck and she realized she wanted to have a career working with plants. Her time at K-State has repeatedly confirmed she chose the right path. Read more...

Lavis Irrigation & Green Industry Close-Up

LavisCathie Lavis, an associate professor in the department of Horticulture and Natural Resources, teaches landscape maintenance, arboriculture and horticultural irrigation. Lavis has taught and nurtured hundreds, if not thousands, of students during her almost thirty years in the department.

In addition to teaching, mentoring, and advising the Horticulture Club, she co-coaches students to compete at the National Collegiate Landscape Competition. She also runs her own small landscape business—something she's done since 1990. These days, she only has a handful of clients, but the major bonus is that these properties offer her real landscapes that she can take her students to, for learning and practice. Read more...