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TWIP: The Week in Preview

September 16 - 20, 2019


The Horticulture Club’s mum sale will be Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the KSU Gardens north entrance by the visitor’s parking lot. Get 8 inch plants for $8 each, We have 55 total mums left, with all colors available: white, pink, purple, red, orange, and yellow.


HORT 590 Students—Reminder, written reports are due October 1. Oral presentation schedule will out soon. Be watching your email. Questions? Ask your academic advisor.

Students in math courses can get help from math GTAs in the math help sessions which start Tuesday, September 3 in Cardwell 41 and 144. View the Course Help Schedule (PDF) or access using the Courses -> Help link in the top bar on the math department homepage.

Helping Students in Math Courses (PDF)

How to Succeed in K-State Math Courses (PDF)

Scholarship Opportunities

Contact Dr. Lavis with questions regarding scholarships.

The Heart of America GCSA Scholarship offers educational aid to deserving students in the turfgrass program at an accredited college or university in Kansas or Missouri. Applicants will be judged based on their academic achievements, employment history / potential in the industry, leadership, and the content and composition of their scholarship application as determined by the Scholarship and Research Committee. Please complete this application as thoroughly as possible. Must carry a 2.75 GPA or higher for consideration.

Please complete all information listed below:

  • Application must be typed (both Word & PDF formats available online for your convenience at the Heart of America Golf Course Superintendents Association
  • Return completed application with current transcript and three recommendation letters and be “postmarked” by October 31, 2019

For the past 20 years, GPN and Nexus Greenhouse Corp. have been recognizing outstanding college students with the GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year Scholarship. And now we are looking for number 21!

Here is a reminder of what 2020 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year will receive: A check for $3,000; Be featured in an article and on the cover of the January 2020 issue of GPN; Receive travel and hotel expenses to Cultivate ’20 in Columbus, Ohio, next July as well as a full Cultivate ’20 registration (compliments of AmericanHort).

To be considered for the 2020 scholarship, the student must meet these requirements: Must be enrolled in a four-year accredited university during 2018-2019 and 2019-2020; must be working on an undergraduate degree in horticulture/floriculture; and have completed a greenhouse-related internship in 2019.

To apply for the 2020 GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year Scholarship the student needs to: Write a cover letter requesting consideration for the scholarship and state what university he/she attends; Secure a letter of recommendation on university letterhead from the applicant’s academic advisor; and Write a minimum 1,000-word essay describing the internship experience including where the applicant interned, what his/her responsibilities were and what was learned during the internship. All application materials should be sent to thodson@greatamericanpublish.com. The deadline to apply is October 14, 2019.

The Toro Company and the NFL are pleased to announce the 19th annual Toro Super Bowl Intern Program. In January 2020, one lucky student will travel to Miami Gardens, Florida expense free, to help the grounds crew prepare the field for the biggest day in football. To be considered for the program, you must complete the online application, as well as a 500-word typed essay, describing where you see yourself, professionally, in 5 years and what you hope to accomplish during that period. Also required – your resume and at least one reference from a professor, teacher or employer.

Please do not submit additional items such as videos or pictures as these will not be considered a part of the application process. As a winner you will experience, first-hand, what it takes to prepare the field for the Super Bowl. You will work with Ed Mangan, George Toma and the rest of the grounds crew prior to the big day. You must be available to work from Saturday, January 25, 2020 through Monday, February 3, 2020. Ed Mangan is the field director at Sun Trust Park in Atlanta, home of Atlanta Braves baseball club and Field Director for the Super Bowl. George Toma has served as a consultant and advisor to prepare the field for every Super Bowl played.

You can expect a variety of experiences including: Turfgrass maintenance: Field lining: Logo painting: Field preparation for media day: Half time preparation and clean-up. Entries must be received by Friday, October 11, 2020. You must be enrolled in the second year of a 2-year turf program or in at least the junior year of a 4-year turf program. Winner will be notified no later than Friday, October 25, 2020. Complete the online application.

Questions can be emailed to boyd.montgomery@toro.com.

PAID INTERNSHIPS Application Deadline: October 1st offered by the American Floral Endowment (AFE) is accepting applications for two floriculture/horticulture internship programs! Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program: The Vic & Margaret Ball Intern Scholarship Program provides the opportunity to gain experience at a commercial production greenhouse or nursery. The program offers paid internships in three, four or six-month durations and provides scholarships of up to $6,000.

Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program: The Mosmiller Intern Scholarship Program provides students pursuing a career in retail or wholesale operations with internship experience and honors the late Colonel and Mrs. Walter E. Mosmiller, Jr. The program offers paid internships in 10-16 week durations and provides scholarships of $2,000. Learn more and apply online.

Internship Opportunities

View all Internship Opportunities (PDF) in the full TWIP weekly newsletter.

Employment Opportunities

View all Employment Opportunities (PDF) in the full TWIP weekly newsletter.

Contact Us

Dr. Cathie Lavis

Dr. Cathie Lavis


Kansas State University
Horticulture and Natural Resources
3736 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-1433
Fx: +1-785-532-6949