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Graduate Student Appreciation Week

The first ever campus wide graduate student appreciation week was celebrated April 6-11, 2015. Colleges and departments honored the graduate students by featuring special events, activities and free food in appreciation of their dedicated service and contributions to the teaching, research and scholarship, and outreach during the academic year. The inaugural Graduate Student Council Awards and Recognition Reception, held April 8 in the K-State Student Union, paid tribute to the notable achievements of the graduate students.

GSC members serving ice cream for graduate student appreciation week.
GSC members serving ice cream for graduate student appreciation week.

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K-State Alumna, Direct TV Exec Linda Simon Offers Career Advice

Linda Simon

Deciding to pursue a graduate degree is one of the hardest decisions a person will make. It is surely not a small investment. Yet, the relationships you make, the knowledge you gain and the experiences you receive are invaluable. If someone is looking for a great return on investment, look no further: A graduate degree will provide positive gains. For Linda Simon, K-State’s Graduate Alumni Fellow, her ROI for receiving a doctorate was measured in her successful career milestones.

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Dean’s Message

As we begin the spring semester, we reflect back to the success of our students who graduated in December and welcome the new graduate students. This issue of the newsletter features stories about graduation celebrations both on the Manhattan campus and at Ft. Leavenworth and highlights awards presented to outstanding faculty at commencement. We are proud of the achievements of our graduates and extend them congratulations and best wishes for continued success in their future.

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Alumni Reunion for classes of 1965 and 1990

The Kansas State University Graduate School looks forward to celebrateing the 50th year reunion of the class of 1965 and the 25th year reunion of the class of 1990.  Masters and doctoral graduates from these classes have been invited to attend a two-day celebration at the K-State Manhattan campus on April 16 and 17, 2015.  The reunion will include a variety of tours and opportunities to interact with faculty and students to reminisce about the past, see what is currently happening at K-State, and learn about future plans for the university.

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Faculty awarded for outstanding research and teaching

Uwe Thumm, professor of physics, and Kun Yan Zhu, professor of entomology, were recognized as Distinguished Graduate Faculty members during the Fall 2014 Graduate School commencement ceremony. The award honors faculty members who are recognized nationally and internationally for their excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching at the graduate level.

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Highlights of Fall 2014 Commencement

Ecuadorian dignitaries - Fall 2014 commencement
Ecuadorian dignitaries Monica Del Pilar Palacios Bernal, Geannine Claudé Alvarado Romero, and Vanessa Lucia Calvas Chávez, pictured with Debbie Mercer, College of Education Dean, attend Fall commencement.

The Kansas State University Graduate School awarded approximately 194 master’s degrees and 74 doctoral degrees at the commencement ceremony held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 in Bramlage Coliseum.  The ceremony also included the awarding of an honorary doctorate and recognition of graduate faculty members receiving awards for their contributions to research and education.

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Celebrating the Success of Those Who Serve

Kansas State University has an extensive tradition of serving those who serve to include officers attending the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth.  Future Army leaders are selected to attend CGSC, many of whom pursue their graduate degrees from an on-post master’s degree provider.  Since 1998 over a 1000 CGSC attendees have completed K-State degrees on post.  In December, the Graduate School honored and celebrated the upcoming graduation of 23 master’s degree graduates and 2 doctoral students from our Fort Leavenworth graduate programs in adult, occupational and continuing education, history and security studies.

Fall 2014 graduates at Fort Leavenworth


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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.”

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