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College of Human Ecology recognizes outstanding alumni and friends during the annual Celebration of Excellence

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The College of Human Ecology welcomed back nine alumni and friends to the K-State campus as part of the annual Celebration of Excellence. The two-day event brings these outstanding alumni and friends back to campus to recognize them for the extraordinary things they have accomplished in their careers.

This year’s award winners are:

Distinguished Research Award

Leonardo F. Ferreira - 2006 Ph.D. graduate in Anatomy and Physiology.  Leo Ferreira is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida. His research career began as a doctoral student at K-State where he investigated skeletal muscle microvascular function in health and disease.

Khursheed P. Navder -1988 Ph.D. Foods and Nutrition. Khursheed Navder is the director of the School of Urban Public Health at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY), the largest urban university system in the country. Her research interests involve studying the effects of various food components on biochemical and metabolic regulations of lipid and alcohol metabolism.

Distinguished Service Award

Mary Anne Trickle – 1963 B.S. Home Economics. Mary Anne Trickle is a retired educator out of Salina’s USD #305, where she served as the home economics department chair and instructor until her retirement in 2000. She has also served on the USD#305 school board for multiple years, serving as president for two terms.

 Entrepreneur Award

Jill Mason -2006 B.S. Hotel and Restaurant Management. Jill Mason is an event planner with experience working in large cities including Kansas City and Los Angeles. She spent time as an events planner for professional sports teams in both cities and events such as the Grammys. Mason is the owner and founder of Confetti & Cashmere, a Manhattan boutique that focuses on upscale trendy paper products, custom made items and gives and provides event and gala coordination and rentals.

 Executive Leadership Award

Phil Perkins – 1993 B.S. Hotel and Restaurant Management. Phil Perkins serves as a market manager for the Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers franchise with FFC Midwest. He oversaw the building and opening of nine new restaurants across four states. He is responsible for everything from being a voice during the construction process to hiring and training new staff. Once restaurants are established, he remains involved with marketing, local advertising, daily operations and all financial accountabilities.

 Friend of the College

James Reed -1970 B.S. Accounting. Jim Reed founded Reed Financial Services in 1984 and currently serves as president. Reed and his company believe in giving back time, talent and monies to help others. He is currently a member of the College of Business Administration Dean’s Advisory Board and the Personal Financial Planning Advisory Board in the College of Human Ecology. He provides professional development and real life experiences to students through seminars and classroom attendance and through mentorship opportunities.

Richard Rees – 1961 B.S. Feed Technology; 1964 M.S. Agricultural Economics. Richard ’Dick’ Rees spent his career with the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City until his retirement in 2004. Early in his career, he met and married his soulmate, Janet Lee Smith. After her passing in 2010, he was inspired to establish multiple memorial projects at K-State. One of his most devoted projects at K-State is the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design and its Historic Costume and Textile Museum.

 College Partner Award

Mariner Wealth Advisors. Mariner Wealth Advisors is a wealth management firm offering comprehensive advice in the areas of tax, estate planning and investment management. The firm holds a strong relationship with the Personal Financial Planning program, supporting the department financially as well as providing their students with internship opportunities.

Ody Maningat -1986 Ph.D. Grain Science. Ody Maningat is the chief science officer at MGP Ingredients, Inc. and an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Grain Science and Industry at K-State. He is an active supporter of research conducted in the Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, supporting multiple faculty members with their research projects, including the department’s Physical Activity and Nutrition Clinical Research Consortium.


To view photos from the awards ceremony, please visit our Facebook page. You may also visit our website to read full bios on each award winner.

This article was posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, College News, Costume and Textile Museum, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Interior Design and Fashion Studies, Kinesiology, Personal Financial Planning.