Kansas State University


Graduate School

Category: Spring 2013

Alumni Fellows

2013 Graduate School Alumni Fellow John Ruffin, Ph.D.

The ultimate measure of a university’s success is not its curricula, facilities or programs, but the quality of its alumni.

As a well-respected leader and visionary in the field of minority health and health disparities, John Ruffin, Ph.D. ’71, has devoted his professional career to improving the health status of racial and ethnic minorities and other medically underserved populations.

In acknowledgement of the significant contributions he has made to minority health and health disparities, Ruffin has been named the 2013 Graduate School Alumni Fellow. Continue reading “Alumni Fellows”

Student successes

MAGS Excellence in Teaching Award Winners

Whether you want to design buildings or write stories for a living, it is always nice to know that you are pursing the right career. Two graduate students with a passion for educating others recently received confirmation that teaching was the right choice for them.

Tammy Sonnentag, doctoral candidate in psychological sciences, and Jarred Pfeiffer, master’s student in fine arts-ceramics, both received the 2013 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award. Sonnentag received the award at the doctoral level and Pfeiffer received the award at the master’s level. Continue reading “Student successes”

Generations of success

Planting seeds into a machine, a plant pathology graduate student records observations with leaf rust. The caption and photo are from the 1968 Royal Purple yearbook. Previous editions of the Royal Purple can be viewed online for free.

Kansas State Agricultural College in Manhattan, Kan., became the first fully operational land-grant college in America in 1863.  As the first public university in Kansas, the college opened with 52 students enrolled.

In the 150 years since its doors first opened, there has been more than a name change. Continue reading “Generations of success”

Advice from the “job search guru”

K-State graduate students recently had the opportunity to learn about professional communication from “America’s job search guru.”

Donald Asher is an internationally recognized author and expert on careers and higher education. He is the author of 12 books, including “Cracking the Hidden Job Marketing,” and has written columns for USAirways magazine, MSN and the Wall Street Journal’s CareerJournal.com. Continue reading “Advice from the “job search guru””