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College of Health and Human Sciences to recognize 11 alumni and friends during the annual Celebration of Excellence

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The College of Health and Human Sciences is pleased to welcome 11 alumni and friends to campus in October as part of the annual Celebration of Excellence. The two-day event brings these outstanding people back to campus to recognize them for their contributions to the college, devotion to their area of specialization and the difference they make in people’s lives.

This year’s winners are:

Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes alumni for achievements in their careers, leadership in their communities, and their support of K-State and the College of Health and Human Sciences. To be considered for this award, the recipient must have demonstrated significant achievements in his or her chosen career or in community service. Recipients also make contributions and provide leadership in community affairs, organizational and service groups.

Zoe Schumm- 2011 B.S. apparel and textiles. Zoe Schumm is a designer and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of the fair trade apparel brand “4 All Humanity”, which has empowered hundreds of workers worldwide and aids in providing education for girls in Guatemala.

Distinguished Research Award

The Distinguished Research Award recognizes a Health and Human Sciences graduate's significant contributions to humanity, K-State and his or her profession through research. To be considered for this award, the recipient must have demonstrated significant achievements in research in his or her chosen area. Recipients also make contributions to professional organizations and/or related professions and have demonstrated support of K-State and the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Matthew Johnson- 2012 Ph.D. marriage and family therapy. Matthew Johnson is an associate professor in family science at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on understanding the development of couple relationships. He is a co-director of the Edmonton Transitions Study (ETS) and is working with data from the German Family Panel, Pairfam, which is the largest study of families in the world.

Entrepreneur Award

The Entrepreneur Award recognizes a Health and Human Sciences graduate's entrepreneurial spirit and success in business. To be considered for this award, the recipient must demonstrate significant success in applying Health and Human Sciences knowledge as a business owner. Recipients also make contributions and provide leadership in community affairs, organizations and service groups and have demonstrated support of K-State and the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Scott Sieben- 2011 B.S. hotel and restaurant management. Scott Sieben is the owner and operator of Mr. K’s Café and Bar in Manhattan. He and his wife purchased the business after they saw a need for a local restaurant and bar on the west side of town that offered a unique menu. In 2015, they added Mr. K’s Mobile Kitchen and in 2018, the Sieben’s purchased Kite’s Bar and Grill in Aggieville.

Executive Leadership Award

This award recognizes a Health and Human Sciences graduate who provides leadership to a major business, association or institution and who has a sustained interest in the College of Health and Human Sciences. The award also honors leadership in community affairs, professional organizations as well as support of K-State and the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Kyra Dreiling- 2005 B.S. apparel and textiles. Kyra Dreiling is the director of retail operations for Champion Teamwear, formerly GTM, in Manhattan. She joined the company in 2005 and has held a variety of positions in buying, store operations and management. Dreiling managed the internal buildout in 2013 of the brick-and-mortar K-State Super Store at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and led the construction project for the flagship location on McCall Road in 2014.

Friend of the College

The Friend of the College Award recognizes significant ongoing support of the College of Health and Human Sciences. To be considered for this award the recipients must have demonstrated significant leadership on behalf of the College at the community, state or federal level. They also demonstrate support of the college through financial aid or in-kind contributions including, but

not limited to, corporate partnerships, internship sites for students, a strong record in hiring College of Health and Human Sciences graduates, or marketing Health and Human Sciences-related programs and resources.

IIDA Mid-America Chapter- The International Interior Design Association Mid-America Chapter is the commercial interior design association serving Kansas City, Wichita and surrounding communities. Through meaningful and relevant programming, events, information and data, IIDA addresses the business needs of design professionals, firms and industry affiliates, while providing support and connection to educators and students.

Jarrod Nichols- Jarrod Nichols is a chiropractic physician, entrepreneur and innovator. He opened Nichols Chiropractic, PA in 2005 with the vision of becoming a leading alternative healthcare option for the Manhattan community by offering diverse, individualized chiropractic care. In 2006, he established Nichols Therapy Systems, LLC, an enterprise created to research, design and develop state-of-the-art therapy technologies and protocols to assist the modern physical medicine specialist in treatment and prevention of common postural conditions, most notably cervical curve loss and forward head posture. The patented iTrac® is Nichols Therapy Systems’ flagship project and is the only computerized system currently available delivering gentle, effective spine remodeling therapy to the cervical spine for the purpose of restoring the cervical lordosis and correcting forward head posture.

Public Advocacy Award

The Public Advocacy Award recognizes a person or organization for their impact on issues important to the fields of health and human sciences. To be considered for this award, recipients must have made a significant impact on individuals and families as a result of activity in the public advocacy arena, either as a volunteer or a professional. Recipients also have made contributions to Health and Human Sciences-related issues in the community at large as an elected, appointed or volunteer leader, including service to organizations and programs.

The Crisis Center-  The Crisis Center was incorporated in 1981 to provide free, confidential services to sexual assault and domestic violence victims residing in Clay, Geary, Marshall, Pottawatomie and Riley counties, including Ft. Riley. The center provides 24-hour toll-free crisis hotlines, 24-hour face-to-face crisis intervention, supportive counseling, support groups (both for adult victims and for children who witness domestic violence), advocacy (including civil- and criminal court advocacy), case management and safe shelter for victims and their dependent children.

Vickie James- 1976 B.S. dietetics. Vickie James is a healthy eating/active living consultant with her own private practice, C.H.A.N.G.E4Good. She is a nationally recognized facilitator in the field of school wellness and child nutrition and has worked with hundreds of schools and community health programs across the country. James recently established an appointed Food and Farm Council of Riley County and the City of Manhattan, which serves as advisors to both city and county commissioners, and looks to improve issues such as food insecurity, food recovery, nutrition education and access to local healthy foods.

College Partner Award

The College of Health and Human Sciences Partner Award is given to honor individuals at corporations who have provided sustained partnerships with the college to enhance student and faculty

research, internships, or other educational opportunities.

Karen Hibbard- Karen Hibbard is the vice president of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has taken part in many things contributing to the growth surrounding the Manhattan area, including being the founding member of the Flint Hills Tourism Coalition. Hibbard serves as a voice on several tourism issues both locally and statewide, including representing tourism on the Kansas State Fair Board of Managers.

Jim Haney- Jim Haney currently serves as the Senior Director, Human Resources Business Partner for Williamson-Dickie NORA where he partners with senior business leaders in developing and supporting business strategies through organizational design and Human Capital Management. He joined Williamson-Dickie in February after 11 years with the Lee Brand, a former division of VF Jeanswear Limited Partnership based in Merriam, Kansas.

The Trust Company- The Trust Company, an independent wealth management firm, provides financial planning, portfolio management and fiduciary administration services to individual, family, business and institutional clients. The firm opened its doors in 1992 and currently has five locations in three states, a professional staff of more than 30 employees, and assets under management exceeding $1.1 billion.


This article was posted on Thursday, October 17, 2019, and is filed under Applied Human Sciences, College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Interior Design and Fashion Studies, Kinesiology, Personal Financial Planning.