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Graduate School

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How do you like those apples?

Ashley Pruett holds a variety of Big Slice Apples flavors. A portion of all proceeds from the snack is donated to the Sparkle charity to help women in need.

While her friends spent their afternoons watching MTV, Ashley Pruett spent hers watching Food Network.

Pruett’s love of food started at a young age as she gardened with her dad, canned with her grandma and helped cook homemade family meals. When her hobby of working with food spiraled into a passion, Pruett knew she wanted to pursue a degree in that direction.

“K-State has such a rich history in food and nutrition curriculums,” said Pruett, who earned a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and a master’s degree in food science from Kansas State University. “I was given an incredibly well-rounded education in my graduate program. My major professor, Dr. Fadi Aramouni, gave me opportunities to apply food science skills in order to develop skill sets.” Continue reading “How do you like those apples?”

Hard work pays off for alumna

Linda Uthoff knows she has done her job correctly when her hours of hard work go unnoticed by the audience.

“Live theatre acting and directing are ephemeral,” said Uthoff, a 1981 masters of art graduate. “It takes a lot of hours to create, but if you do it right the audience doesn’t notice the work.”

Although Uthoff was always interested in theatre, her eyes were opened to the world of theatre after seeing a traveling Continue reading “Hard work pays off for alumna”

Student participates in nuclear issues workshops

A Kansas State University doctoral student in security studies participated in two workshops discussing nuclear issues hosted by former Secretary of State George Shultz and former Secretary of Defense William Perry.

Rabia Akhtar, a Fulbright scholar from Pakistan, was invited to participate in the US-Pakistan Roundtable September 3-5, 2014 and the Stanford Nuclear Meeting September 6-14, 2014 at Stanford University. Continue reading “Student participates in nuclear issues workshops”

Important Graduate School announcements

Alumni Reunion for classes of 1965 and 1990

Plan a trip back to K-State and down memory lane as the Graduate School celebrates the 50th year reunion of the class of 1965 and the 25th year reunion of the class of 1990. This two-day celebration–planned for April 16 and 17, 2015–will include campus tours and visits with faculty and students. The celebration will conclude with a reception and dinner featuring President Kirk Schulz and other special guests. Continue reading “Important Graduate School announcements”

Life a series of open doors for alumnus

As the saying goes, “when one door closes, another door opens.” Some stories, like Ed Kaleikau’s, aren’t as much about doors closing as they are about being adaptable and having the courage to walk through the doors opening.

“When a door opens, walk through,” said Kaleikau, the 2014 Graduate School Alumni Fellow. “You may not know what that door is going to be but you will learn and grow.” Continue reading “Life a series of open doors for alumnus”

Honorary degree recognizes alumnus’ contributions to university

A Kansas State University alumnus who has led one of the nation’s largest oil companies and is now involved in energy security efforts received an honorary doctorate from Kansas State University.

John Hofmeister addresses Spring 2014 graduates during the Graduate School commencement ceremony. Hofmeister challenged the graduates to never stop learning and continue evolving their world view. Photo credit: Kansas State University Division of Communications and Marketing

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Student successes

University Distinguished Professors Graduate Student Award

Three Kansas State University doctoral candidates have been awarded University Distinguished Professors Graduate Student Awards for exceptional achievement in graduate studies.

Jessica Rupp, doctoral candidate in plant pathology, received a $5,000 scholarship. Bryan Cafferky, doctoral candidate in marriage and family therapy, and Clark Holdsworth, doctoral candidate in anatomy and physiology, each received $2,500 scholarships.

Rupp’s research focuses on reducing annual wheat loss due to the wheat streak mosaic virus and Triticum mosaic virus, where there is currently little resistance available. Her major professor is Harold Trick, professor of plant pathology. Continue reading “Student successes”

Alumni successes

Alumnus selected as College of Engineering Hall of Fame inductee

Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., 1989 graduate of Kansas State University with a master’s degree in industrial engineering, was inducted into the Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame March 29, 2014.

Induction to the hall is the highest honor bestowed on its alumni by the college. Honorees are recognized for their professional success and accomplishment, involvement with and support of the College of Engineering, dedication to the university, and professional and public service. Continue reading “Alumni successes”

Taiwan alumni events a success

Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School, and Chwen Sheu, the Paul Edgerley chair in business administration and professor and head of the department of management, hosted two alumni events in Tapei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

“It is always a pleasure to visit with K-State alumni and learn about their successes,” said Shanklin. They are passionate about the experiences they had as students and express appreciate to their faculty mentors for their encouragement and support. It is always special when you visit with K-State alumni, but especially rewarding when you get to visit in person with your former students.” Continue reading “Taiwan alumni events a success”