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Communications and Agricultural Education

Communications and Agricultural Education

Kansas State University
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Manhattan, KS 66506-3402

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Honors and Awards

Our students, faculty, and staff have been honored for their academic work as well as in some of their professional endeavors in advising, teaching, conducting research, publishing, graphic design, news and feature production in multiple media, information systems management, technology support, and printing and distributing educational materials.

2016 Award Recipients 

Students

    • Andrea Mattas, Agricultural Education, 2016 outstanding senior
    • Brooke Harshaw, Agricultural Communications and Journalism, 2016 outstanding senior
    • Jennifer Ray, master's graduate '15, received the Outstanding Thesis award for "An Audience Focused Approach to Framing Climate Change Communication in Agriculture"
    • Jeremy D' Angelo, master's student, and Jason Ellis, associate professor, received the Outstanding Research Poster award for "A comparative Study of GM Diffusion Among Agricultural Undergraduate Students."
    • Cassie Wandersee, master's student, received the Outstand Thesis Proposal

Faculty

    • Lauri Baker, associate professor, Award of Excellence Academic Program, Association for Communication Excellence
    • Brandie Disberger, instructor, Agricultural Education, Unclassified Employee of the Year

Professional Staff 

    • Kristina Boone, professor and department head and Gloria Holcome, editor, $1,500 ACE professional development grant for Exploration of Digital Asset Management Systems
    • Gloria Holcombe, editor, Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Life and Human Sciences (ACE) Award of Excellence in the Publications and Graphic Design Learning Community
    • Phylicia Mau, graphic designer, and Carol Blocksome were part of a team that received a 2016 American Advertising Federation ADDY award for K-State Summer Campaign - Integrated Branded Content Campaign (smoke management flier)
    • Gloria Holcombe, editor; Megan Macy, marketing specialist; Brad Beckham, communications specialist; Bob Holcombe, graphic designer; Katie Allen, communications specialist; Dan Donnert, photographer and Ryan Barten received a bronze in the critique and awards competition, marketing communications campaign with budget of $1,000 or above category for Building for the Future, 2016 Annual Report
    • Rollin Mensch, printing coordinator, University Support Staff Employee of the Year, University Printing

2015 Award Recipients

Students

    • Logan Britton, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      2015 Outstanding senior for spring and fall
    • Kinzie Selke, Agricultural Education
      2015 Outstanding senior for spring and fall
    • Nicole Lane, senior, Agricultural Communications and Journalism, 2015 Forrest Bassford Award
    • Scott Stebner and Jessie Topp, graduate students, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      2015 Outstanding Research Poster, first runner up, Students' Perceptions of Undergraduate Research Experience
    • Jessie Topp, graduate student, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      Outstanding Research Proposal by the Association for Communication Excellence in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Life and Human Sciences Research Special Interest Group
    • Jennifer Ray, graduate student, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      Outstanding Research Paper, Ask the Audience: Determining the Organization Identity of a State Agency

Faculty

    • Shannon Washburn, professor, Agricultural Education
      Commerce Bank Outstanding Teaching Award
    • Brandie Disberger, instructor, Agricultural Education, Unclassified Employee of the Year 

Professional Staff

    • Gloria Holcombe, editor, Communications and Agricultural Education
      2015 President's Award for Excellence for Unclassified Professionals in the area of team building, group activity, and service to the university award category
    • Women of distinction spring from K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering

2014 Award Recipients 

Students

    • Logan Britton, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      2014 Livestock Publications Council Forrest Bassford Student Award winner
      American Agricultural Editors' Association/Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow Past Presidents' Scholarship recipient
      American Agricultural Editors' Association marketing communications intern for the National FFA Organization
    • Casey Droddy, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      1st place, single item public relations with project for International Grains Program, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
    • Paige Druffel, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      One of three undergraduate students recognized for outstanding poster presentations at Undergraduate Research Showcase sponsored by Gamma Sigma Delta, for Agriculturists and Consumers’ Perceptions of Sustainability
    • Melissa Grimmel, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      2nd place, scenic photo, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
    • Kate Hagans, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      2nd place, radio package, Catastrophic Disease in the Livestock Industry, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
    • Alicia Hampton, Agricultural Education
      Selected as summer intern for K-State Research and Extension’s Wildcat District office
    • Brooke Harshaw, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      3rd place, undergraduate student oral presentation at 19th annual K-State Research Forum
    • Taneysha Howard, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      Scholarship, Delta Chapter, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
      Winner of 2015 national theme contest at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANNRS) Career Fair and Training Conference
    • Briana Jacobus, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      Elected national member relations coordinator, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
    • Maggie Seiler, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      Elected national vice president, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
      3rd place, short feature story, From Cow to Consumption, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow
    • Kinzie Selke, Agricultural Education
      One of 15 students selected from across the United States to receive $750 scholarship from National Association of Agricultural Educators
    • Katelyn Vincent, Agricultural Education
      One of 15 students selected from across the United States to receive $750 scholarship from National Association of Agricultural Educators

2014 College of Agriculture Students of the Month

    • Lacie Jacobs, Agricultural Education, January
    • Jordan Hildebrand, Agricultural Communications and Journalism, February
    • Jordan Pieschl, Agricultural Communications and Journalism, April

Faculty

    • Brandie Disberger, instructor, Agricultural Education
      College of Agriculture Faculty of the Semester
      2014 recipient of inaugural Professional Development Grant to participate in National Academic Advising Association's annual conference
    • Jason Ellis, associate professor, Agricultural Communications and Journalism
      Vance Publishing's "40 under 40" 2014 award list
    • Shannon Washburn, professor, Agricultural Education
      Elected to Faculty Senate

Professional Staff

    • Dan Donnert, Photographer, News Media Services
      Department of Communications and Agricultural Education Unclassified Employee of the Year
    • Mandy Wilson, Bookstore Manager
      Department of Communications and Agricultural Education University Support Staff Employee of the Year

 

 

Photos

1st place animal photo and overall excellence in photography By Kate Hagans

First place animal photo and overall excellence in photography: Kate Hagans, sophomore in Agricultural Communications and Journalism, from Utica, Kan.

2013 ACT Nationals Awards

2013 ACT national awards