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16 named Human Ecology outstanding students

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sixteen students have been named outstanding seniors in the College of Human Ecology at ceremonies Friday afternoon on the K-State campus.

They were chosen for their academic achievements, professional growth and development and service to others. Each has demonstrated strong leadership abilities and professional potential.

Kati Michelle Chinery, dietetics

Kati Michelle Chinery

Chinery is completing her clinical internship in dietetics at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. She was a management intern at Van Zile Dining Center and co-chair of Eating Disorders Awareness Week at K-State. She was a peer educator for Sensible Nutrition and Body Image Choices (SNAC) and received that group’s Dare to Shine award. The honoree was a community mentor for preschool children in Platte County, Mo. She is from Stilwell.

Deanna Renee Coughlin, family studies and human services

Deanna Renee Coughlin

Coughlin has volunteered with SHAPE (Sexual Health Awareness Peer Educators), K-State Health Decisions and Ph Upsilon Omicron. She also has worked with local community and school groups. She was in the university honors program and belongs to several honor societies.  With the International Services Teams, she worked with children in Nyeri, Kenya, and was student coordinator for the program. She is from Hayes.

Leslie Erin Graves, nutrition and exercise sciences

Leslie Graves

Graves will graduate with degrees in human nutrition, kinesiology and dietetics  - and a 4. grade point average. She has worked as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant at Peters Recreation complex on campus. Volunteer work includes Sensible Nutrition and Body Image Choices. She has received the Ruth Hoeflin Home Economics Scholarship, and others, and is a member of several honor societies. She is from Tescott.

Rachael Ann Heck, family and consumer sciences

Rachael Ann Heck

Heck has participated in an ESL Study Abroad program in Chihuahua, Mexico, and was an Extension summer intern in Douglas County. She has served as a student ambassador and was co-captain of Big Cats for three years. She was president of the Family and Consumer Sciences Interest group. Her honors project was called “A-Mazing-ing Lost Recipe Recovery Project” which she designed and tested during as a student teacher. She is a member of several honor societies and the recipient of scholarships that include the Kansas Board of Regents. She is from Linn.

Stuart Joseph Heckman, personal financial planning

Stuart Joseph Heckman

Heckman learned Mandarin Chinese and participated in a study trip to the Asian country last summer. An undergraduate research project resulted in a paper presentation at the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Educators annual conference. He has served as a career specialist at the Academic and Career Information Center on campus and worked for four years as an associate wealth manager with Prism Financial Group in Overland Park. He is from Shawnee.

Kristen Kaye Henriksen, interior design

Kristen Kaye Henriksen

Henriksen is a leader of the campus Emerging Green Builders student group and is an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professional. She has served as ATID ambassador and was a regional finalist in design competition this semester. A member of several honor societies, she is from Courtland.

Laurie Dawn Hildebrand, athletic training

Laurie Dawn Hildebrand

Hildebrand, from St. John, made first team academic honors at the Kansas Athletic Training Society for two years. She has served on several boards and honor societies. Last summer she traveled to South Africa on a medical mission trip. Volunteer works includes home health care for AIDS and TB patients, children’s clinics, Habitat for Humanity and highway clean-up projects. She will attend physical therapy school at KU starting this summer.

Kelcie Lanae Hubach, nutritional sciences

Kelcie Lanae Hubach

Hubach received the Virginia Peine Excellence in Aging grant and has worked on research projects involving sport beverages, high protein diets, snack projects and grain products. She co-authored an article published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. A certified Nurses Aide and has been involved in a wide range of campus activities, she is from Holton.

Catherine Jean Metzgar, dietetics

Catherine Jean Metzgar

Metzgar was a nutrition intern at the Hershey Company in Pennsylvania. On campus she was president of the Human Ecology Ambassadors and works as a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant for recreational services. She is a member of Mortar Board and other honor societies. During a trip to Italy she studied at the Apicius Cooking School. She is from Mound City, Missouri.

James Kale Monk, family studies and human services

James Kale Monk

Monk studied conflict resolution in Ireland and marriage and family therapy education in China. A member of Mortar Board and other honor organizations, he is student founder and program coordinator for the K-State Volunteer Center of Manhattan.  In addition he was a student interviewer in the search for a new K-State president. He worked with AmeriCorps and the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Team in 2005. Monk is from Bennington.

Chelsey Mueller, family studies and human services

Mueller worked with the Lutheran Church’s world mission in Kyrgyzstan last summer and is working on a project to send supplies to orphanages there. For her efforts on campus, she has received awards in rowing, community service, leadership and scholarship. She has also volunteered with Flint Hills Bread Basket, Court Appointed Special Advocates and home rebuilding post Hurricane Katrina. She is from Lindsborg.

Mary Elizabeth Ohmes, communication sciences and disorders

Mary Ohmes

Ohmes has served as a clinician for Speech and Hearing and a pre-educator for special needs children in public schools. She is a member of honor societies Phi Upsilon Omicron and Kappa Omicron Nu and vice president of the Kansas State Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is from Shawnee.

Anna Maria Perry, public health nutrition

Anna Perry

Perry, president of the Pre-Physician Assistant club, has worked with Homecare and Hospice in Manhattan and Right at Home in Wichita. She is a certified nurse aid and has worked with children at the campus child development center. She is an honor-roll student who has received a number of scholarships. From Garden Plains, she has been accepted into the physician assistant program at Wichita State.

Danielle Mischelle Rodriguez, hotel and restaurant management

Danielle Rodriguez

Rodriguez has served as president of the Hospitality Management Society and worked with the Human Ecology council, the international hospitality honor society and the Professional Convention Management Association. She interned with Armark at Denali Park Resorts in Alaska and has accepted a management position with Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City. She is from Shawnee.

Alexandria Suzanne Teagarden, apparel marketing

Alexandria Teagarden

Teagarten is the student speaker at 2010 commencement ceremonies for the College of Human Ecology. The senior has served as president of the Human Ecology Council, delegate to the Leadership Honors Bootcamp in Washington, D.C., and student ambassador in the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design. Her honors project included work on a history of the college. She is a KSU Foundation and Board of Regents Scholar and member of Kappa Omicron Nu, the national human ecology honorary. In July, Allie Teagarden will join the university as an admissions representative in Dallas, Tex. She is from Tecumseh.

Anne Marie Wasson, apparel design

Anne Marie Wasson

Wasson has been a product development intern with GTM in Manhattan and will join the company’s staff after graduation. She has been a leader in Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and is recipient of the KSO Leadership and Activities Scholarship. Wasson is from Selden.

This article was posted on Saturday, May 15, 2010, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Interior Design and Fashion Studies, Personal Financial Planning.