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Human Ecology honors outstanding alumni, 'friend of college'

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A young dietitian who works with overweight children, a leading national advocate for quality child care and a marriage and family therapist who created a new business model are among the Kansas State University alumni to be honored Oct. 25 by the College of Human Ecology.

The seven honorees were selected for their outstanding contributions to their disciplines. They will be recognized at a private luncheon and will meet with students and faculty during the day. The salute is part of the college’s annual Celebration of Excellence weekend.

Pat Keating, president and CEO of Keating & Associates, receives the Friend of the College Award. He provides internship and job opportunities for students in the School of Family Studies and Human Services’ personal financial planning program. His business has offices in four Kansas cities, including Manhattan, and in Chicago and Edmond, Okla. Those receiving the annual alumni awards of excellence are:

Lynette M. Fraga, Public Advocacy Alumni Award. The executive director of Child Care Aware ® of America in Arlington, Va., earned her Ph. D. in 2006 in family life education and consultation. She has spent her career working on behalf of children and families as an early childhood teacher, then nationally with special populations, child development with military families, infant mental health and, now, initiatives to give every child access to high quality child care and early learning experiences.

Angie Hasemann, Young Professional Alumni Award. The 2007 graduate in dietetics, nutrition and exercise science works with overweight children and their families at the University of Virginia’s Children’s Fitness Clinic. She has been named Top Innovator in Future Practice by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is president of the Virginia chapter of the academy.

Cheryl Johnson, Alumni Partner Award. The Topeka resident is director of Child Nutrition & Wellness with the Kansas State Department of Education. A member of the Dietetics Advisory Council and the advisory board for the Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs, she collaborated with the department of hospitality management and dietetics on Advancing Child Nutrition Programs in Kansas which won a 2013 Excellence in Engagement Award from K-State.

Julie Martin, Distinguished Service Alumni Award. The 2002 graduate in apparel design is founder and executive director of WE CARE of India which helps implement sponsorship programs and community outreaches that work for women’s empowerment and children’s advancement in rural villages in India. She is partnering with the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design to begin research for a Women’s Training Center in South India that will train and employ rural women in natural dying. She lives in Olathe.

Dora Rivas, Executive Leadership Alumni Award. Rivas is executive director of Dallas Independent School District Food and Child Nutrition Services. She earned her Master of Science degree in 1980 in restaurant and institutional management. Throughout her career she has focused on eliminating hunger by providing all students in at-risk school meals at no charge. In Dallas she oversees more than 150,000 meals a day in 230 foodservice outlets. She has served as president of the national School Nutrition Association.

Jonathan J. Swinton, Entrepreneur Alumni Award. Swinton, who earned his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy in 2011, built a private practice in his home town of Salt Lake City by taking advantage of on-line marketing and communications. He also offers services that more easily fit the geographic and time needs of his clients. Additionally he developed an entirely paper-free office.

This article was posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Interior Design and Fashion Studies.