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College of Human Ecology awards 29 outstanding senior awards

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The College of Human Ecology is proud to recognize the 2018 Spring Commencement outstanding senior award winners. This year’s outstanding senior award winners were nominated by faculty, staff and fellow students within each of their respective programs.

Three different award categories are available. The Engagement Award is given to a graduating senior(s) who has made exemplary contributions that impact the well-being of the community or individuals in the community. The Leadership Award is given to a graduating senior(s) who has exhibited excellence in leadership; recognized for their contributions to the campus, college, program and professional organizations. The Outstanding Research/Creative Activity award is given to a graduating senior(s) whose research or creative activity has made a significant contribution to his or her field of study.

Winners of the engagement award:

Kate Bowen | kinesiology | Manhattan

Kate is an active member in the Manhattan community. She has served as a cross country coach for Manhattan XC Club, a bible hour teacher for a local church and has assisted in numerous departments within Meadowlark Hills, including the Physical Therapy and Parkinson’s departments. On campus, she was a member of the WellCAT ambassadors, serving on their body project team. She was also an International Service Learning representative, providing information on the organization to current students. Kate traveled to Puerto Penasco, Mexico with the International Service Learning organization, assisting with physical therapy in an underserved area.

Mallory Wilhite | family studies and human services | Shawnee

Mallory was one of the first four students selected to serve as a peer mentor for the Human Development and Family science program. As a peer mentor, she has gone above and beyond to provide guidance and answers to all students in the program, especially those with a desire to go into Occupational Therapy. Mallory also serves as an ambassador for the Gerontology secondary major, where she has been the communications chair for the past year and a half. Outside of the college, she has served as a community assistant in Marlatt Hall and was also the Vice President for the Marlatt Hall Governing Board.

Morgan Wedekind | communication sciences and disorders | Wichita

Morgan is a leader in and out of the classroom.  She is a member of the Kansas State Student Speech-Language- Hearing Association. She has provided assistance to multiple research projects, including research on Down syndrome and speech breathing. Morgan currently serves as an anatomy lab instructor for a 300-level class where she leads lab discussions, attends training sessions and proctors exams.  She is a member of Christian Challenge and the K-State Track and Field and Cross Country teams. In 2017, she won an individual title in the 3,000 meter steeplechase and also helped propel her team to a Big 12 title.

Scott McGehee | personal financial planning | Hesston

Scott has served as president of the Student Financial Planning Association (FPA) chapter, president of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, and event planning chairman for Powercat Financial. Through all these roles, he has organized and run many philanthropies benefitting the Manhattan community including a 3v3 basketball tournament and pancake feed. Under his leadership, his fraternity raised $14,000 during their Miss K-State competition for Delta Upsilon’s Global Service Initiative, which funds local and international service projects. He has also volunteered with Operation Breakthrough, Habitat for Humanity and the Kansas City Community Kitchen.

Abbygail Hogan | athletic training | Cimarron

Abby was a transfer student to K-State. The change to a new school inspired her to become a transfer ambassador, helping other transfer students arriving at K-State. Within her program, she has served as an Open House volunteer and she served as a student representative to the District 5 Leadership Council. She has assisted at the district convention, promoted the athletic training profession at the state capital and provided outreach to high schools, showing the importance of athletic trainers in high schools. Outside of her program, she is a member of Alpha of Clovia sorority, where she served on a variety of committees.

Laura Apel | hospitality management | Lenexa

Laura is an active leader for many K-State organizations. She has spent four years with the Union Program Council, serving from committee member to president. Her group organized over 200 events each year for K-State students, friends and community members.  She has been a committee member and team leader for the Travel and Dining Auction, raising scholarship dollars for the Department of Hospitality Management. Off campus, she is an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She served as the Service and Philanthropy Director, planning two events that helped raise over $19,000 for Sunflower CASA and increasing her chapter’s volunteering total by 500 hours.

Joleen Murray | nutrition and health | Vandalia, IL

Joleen is an active member of her community. As a distance student, she not only focuses on her school work but also serves in numerous roles within the community. She volunteers for a local food pantry, helping to prepare the organization to provide a service to her community members. She is also an active member of her church, helping to coordinate the children and youth programs. She has received numerous scholarships including the K-State Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health Distance Education scholarship and the K-State Global Campus scholarship. She is also a member of the K-State Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.

Jaclyn Means | nutrition and health | Wichita

Jaclyn has been an engaged student since she arrived to campus as a transfer student. In the classroom, she served as a research assistant for biochemistry, where she studied the environmental degradation of drug delivery nanomaterial. She has completed numerous job shadowings and an internship. She is an active member of the Pre-Physician Assistant Club and is a member of the K-State Soccer team. She has been active in her community, volunteering with Special Olympics and Cats in the Classroom, reading with elementary aged children.

Kaitlyn Styve | nutritional sciences | Overland Park

Kaitlyn is an active member of the K-State community. In her program, she has served as an undergraduate teaching assistant, working to provide study sessions and evaluations for her peers. She is a member of the Pre-Pharmacy Club and serves on the executive board. She volunteers her time with Cat’s Cupboard and the Cats for Life programs. She is an active member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, having served as the chapter’s academic chair. Through the sorority, she has volunteered with numerous philanthropic events to help support Autism Speaks.

Winners of the Leadership Award:

Amanda Frakes | athletic training | Manhattan

Amanda is an active member of many organizations here on campus. She is a member of the K-State Women’s Ultimate Frisbee club team, serving as their fundraising chair, president and also team captain. She is president of the K-State Student Athletic Trainers’ Association. She serves as an ambassador for International Service Learning, an organization that offers global service opportunities to college students, and is a member of Rotaract. Off campus, Frakes can be found volunteering at the local animal shelter or with Toys for Manhattan, a local group that provides toys to families in need during the holidays.

Katelyn Bell | kinesiology | Paola

Katelyn is involved in many facets of the Kinesiology department. She is an active member of the Kinesiology Student Association where she has served as the publicity director, vice president and president. She helped organize the inaugural “Exercise is Medicine” week and walk. She has also played an active role on the Student Advisory Board and has been a department ambassador for two years. She also serves as a pre-health ambassador, meeting with current and prospective students interested in a health profession. Off campus, Katelyn is a member of Kappa Delta sorority and works as a CNA at Meadowlark Hills, working in long-term care.

Samantha Krause | dietetics | Olathe

Samantha has a passion in helping people live healthy lifestyles. She served as a WellCAT Ambassador where she was as a marketing coordinator and a Body Project Peer Educator, helping college-aged females resist sociocultural pressures and improve body image. She also served as an undergraduate management assistant with the Kramer Dining Center where she was able to develop her skills and develop skills for her future career. Away from campus, she was as a summer camp counselor and a Wildcat Wellness coach, helping children and adolescents learn healthy lifestyle behaviors.  She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Mackenzie Thrush | communication sciences and disorders | Wichita

Mackenzie has taken on many leadership positions while at K-State. She is a member of the Kansas State Speech-Language-Hearing Association, where she served as co-chair for the Audiology committee as well as president. She is also the student representative on the Kansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s executive board, where she provides innovative ideas and works to present the interests of students from all four CSD programs in the state. She also served as Vice President of Scholarship for her sorority, Sigma Kappa.  Off campus, Mackenzie is a volunteer at Meadowlark Hills Assisted Living Facility and a tutor at the Douglass Community Center for children.

Cailin Chapman | dietetics | Louisburg

Cailin is an active member of her community. She serves as a nutrition educator with two local food pantries and is also a contributor for the Vitamin D Council Medical blog. She also volunteers at the local hospital. Though she is a distance student, Cailin still works to provide for fellow classmates. She served as a teaching assistant for one of her courses where she was able to provide feedback, constructive guidance and direction. She takes on all of these additional responsibilities concurrently with her largest responsibility, being a mother to three children.

Kerstina “Macy” Burkett | apparel and textiles | Olathe

Macy has been a leader since her time on campus began. She was a Residential Learning Assistant in Ford Hall for the What Not to Wear: The Psychology of Fashion CAT Community, where she assisted first-year students with schoolwork and general issues. She was director of the 2018 Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design Showcase of Excellence gallery exhibit and runway show. Macy has been active within the Department of Music, serving as a section leader in the Collegiate Chorale, the Choral Service Manager and a chorale ambassador. She will receive a second bachelor’s degree in applied music this spring.

Kaylee Seyferth | family studies and human services | Garden City

Kaylee is a dedicated member of the Human Development and Family Science program. She serves as a peer mentor and as Executive Director of the Human Development and Family Science Association. In her roles, she meets with fellow students to provide advice and guidance on topics such as academic success, campus resources and community involvement. As executive director, she not only leads but collaborates and motivates her organization to succeed, which has led to a participation increase within the group. She has also served as a research assistant in the department and a student assistant with Research and Extension.

Nolan Keim | personal financial planning | Sabetha

Nolan has served in many leadership roles during his time at K-State. On campus, he has served as a peer mentor for Powercat Financial and the personal financial planning, PFP, program. He is currently president of the Financial Planning Association, where he helps students prepare for the financial services profession. He has also been a member on two of the PFP national competition teams, one of which was awarded third place, and a member of the 2017 AFCPE Knowledge Bowl team, which was awarded second place. Off campus, Nolan is an active member of Christian Challenge and serves on their leadership team.

Katelyn Dugan | nutritional sciences | Clearwater

Katelyn has been an active member of the College of Human Ecology Council. The council provides a student voice to top administration and helps facilitate decisions made in the college. She has been able to provide input from a student perspective on issues including course fees, student retention and student involvement. She served as the Open House chair for the group, helping to secure funding and present information to the visiting public. Outside of Council, Katelyn has volunteered with Wildcat Buddies, a group who pairs K-State students with someone who has developmental disabilities.

Allison Sears | family and consumer sciences education | Plainville

Allison has served as a College of Education ambassador for 3.5 years and served as a College of Human Ecology Student Council member. She is a member of the Family and Consumer Sciences Interest group, where she served as the Open House representative and then president for two years. She is a member of three honorary societies: Kappa Omicron Nu, an honorary society for the human sciences; Order of Omega, a greek honorary group; and Mortar Board, a senior honorary society. She is an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta where she served as Chief Recruitment Officer and then Director of Recruitment.

Catherine Lochner | hospitality management | Chanhassen, MN

Catherine is an active member of the hospitality management department. She is a member of the Hospitality Management society and has served as the Human Ecology liaison and president of the organization. She is also a department ambassador, meeting with prospective students and families. She has served as a representative of K-State and the hospitality management department at the National Restaurant Association’s annual trade show in Chicago. She is a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority, where she enjoys the philanthropy efforts used to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Madeline Heeter | hospitality management | Overland Park

Madeline is a member of the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) K-State chapter and has held the positions of vice president and president. As president, she works with the organizations parent chapter, Mid-America chapter of CMAA along with other national chapters in the organization. Under her leadership, her K-State chapter won first place for a club renovation concept that was submitted to a national conference. Outside of the classroom, Madeline is a member of Chi Omega sorority, where she served as song chair and was an active participant in the chapter’s philanthropy efforts.

Winners of the Research/Creative Inquiry Award:

Daniel Winslow | kinesiology | Mainz, Germany

Daniel began his research in January 2017. He developed a strong interest in the interaction between social and built environments and their effects on physical activity. He has served as a research assistant for over a year in the FIT lab, assisting Dr. Katie Heinrich and he is also a research assistant for Dr. Gina Besenyi’s Physical Activity Research in Community Settings Lab (PARCS). He has studied various environmental, technological and social variates of physical activity. Daniel was awarded a scholarship from the Office of Undergraduate Creative Inquiry to investigate the opinions of Manhattan residents towards public physical activity events.

Katelyn Waldeier | communication sciences and disorders | Tonganoxie

Katelyn is an active member of the communication sciences and disorders program. Her passion for research was developed early. She has assisted in the Memory and Aging Lab with Dr. Heather Bailey and the Child Language Lab with Dr. Debra Burnett. She began her independent research project- “Older Adults’ Perceptions of Hearing Aids” under Dr. Robert Garcia and Dr. Heather Bailey. Outside of the classroom, Katelyn has held many leadership positions including president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (K-State Chapter), team captain of the Women’s Rugby Sports Club and Audiology Committee Chair of the Kansas State Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Yiya Wang | apparel and textiles | Xinanjiang, China

Yiya began her research in October 2017 under the direction of Dr. Yingying Wu. Yiya’s project, titled ‘development of shirt design and fabrication to fit around breast size’, was started in collaboration with Dr. Wu’s research on clothing fit and sizing. She completed a comprehensive literature review on patternmaking, reading literature in three different languages. From her research, she proposed a novel drafting method of basic slopers to fit women with larger breast sizes. Her work was submitted to the highly competitive International Textiles and Apparel Association Annual Conference.

Kolbyn Allen | apparel and textiles | Humboldt

Kolbyn’s research project was developed out of her interest in pursuing a museum career. Working with Dr. Genna Reeves, she looked to develop a project that allowed her to learn the techniques and processes to preserve and photograph dress artifacts. She also looked to develop a full display for such artifacts. Her project, ‘Flower and Power’, displayed artifacts from the 1960s and 1970s. She developed an exhibit guide which contained photos of all artifacts along with their information. That book is now used to help promote the K-State Historical Costume and Textile Museum along with the apparel and textile department.

Lara Hoss | family studies and human services | Salina

Lara began her research in 2016 with Dr. Michelle Toews. She serves on a team of researchers investigating the role of parental factors on dating violence among adolescent parents. She has been involved in various parts of the research, from literature reviews and interviews, to coding data and manuscript development, to preparing and conducting presentations. She was awarded first place for her research findings at the 2017 College of Human Ecology Undergraduate Research Forum. She has also submitted a manuscript for publication, as first author, to the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Garrett Wilkinson | nutritional sciences | Hutchinson

Garrett was a 2017 Marshal Scholarship winner. His research and outreach has touched all corners of the K-State campus and the Manhattan community as he focuses on food insecurities. He has received numerous awards not limited to: winner, 2016 SPARK Tank Undergraduate Research Competition; Prins-McBride Scholar; Morse Family Community and Public Policy Scholar. He led a student advocacy movement which led to the creation of Cats’ Cupboard, an on-campus food pantry for students facing food insecurities. He is also extremely active in policy changes in Washington, working to improve the health of poor populations.

John Saiki | hospitality management | Desoto

John’s research looks to find connections between online hotel reviews and key hotel performance indicators in the St. Louis market. With guidance from Dr. Jichul Jang, John learned to study the “Star Report”, a national statistical tool from Smith Travel that produces data on U.S. hotels, and he and Dr. Jang developed a process to review those connections. His research on these connections was recently accepted by a national conference in Las Vegas. Outside of research, John has received many certifications, including a Certificate of Hotel Industry Analytics, ServSafe certification and Cvent, an event management certification.

Allison Becker | personal financial planning | Horton

Allison is a member of the Powercat Financial solution focused research team and is a member of the both the Society of Financial Professionals (FSP) Industry Issues and Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) Knowledge Bowl competition teams. She works with research looking to compare the solution-focused financial counseling approach to the traditional method. She presented the findings in San Diego in November. As a member of the Knowledge Bowl team, she helped her team place third at the annual AFCPE conference and third at the FSP ConNEXTion national conference.

This article was posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Interior Design and Fashion Studies, Kinesiology.