Department of Communications and Agricultural Education

Kansas State University
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Manhattan, KS 66506-4004

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ACT elects two K-State students as national officers


Maggie Seiler, second from left,  was elected as national vice president of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow at the 2014 Ag Media Summit in Indianapolis. This fall she will return to K-state as a senior majoring in agricultural communications. Fellow senior Briana Jacobus, far left, was chosen as member relations coordinator.

Also elected (from left after Jacobus and Seiler) were Hannah Miller, president, Texas A&M University; Sidney Holland, communications coordinator, Texas A&M; and Taylor Kennedy, secretary/treasurer, Tarleton State University.

Not shown is national adviser Dr. Emily Buck from The Ohio State University.


University communications staff streamlines

News media services for K-State Research and Extension (part of the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education) is co-locating into Dole Hall. Parts of news media services have been located in McCain and Dole halls for several years. Better use of space already allocated to KSRE, along with assistance from the Division of Communications and Marketing, allows co-location of those staff members, except Mary Lou Peter, who continues to work out of Olathe.

Co-location provides a means to improve efficiencies and quality. No reporting structure is changing. The office assignments in Dole Hall are: Deb Pryor, 119 (no change); Kevin Block, 117A (move within Dole); Randall Kowalik, 122; Larry Jackson, 124 (move within Dole); Eric Atkinson, 125; Elaine Edwards, 126; Dan Donnert, 127; and Katie Allen, 127. Individual phone numbers are unchanged.

Also, the department is working together with the Division of Communications and Marketing and the KSU Institute for Commercialization to staff the Global Food Systems Initiative with existing personnel. Pat Melgares, Jeff Wichman, and Brad Beckman are moving to the KSU Institute for Commercialization to join that team at 2005 Research Park Circle. They continue to report to Kris Boone, and their phone numbers remain the same.

For additional information, contact Kris Boone,

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College of Agriculture selects ambassadors

By Logan Britton

The Kansas State University College of Agriculture has selected 24 students to serve as ambassadors to help recruit prospective students and share their own K-State stories. They will assist with more than 650 prospective student visits and represent the college and university at events throughout the year.

Before being selected as a part of the 60-member ambassador organization, the students had to pass an eight-week course about the college's departments and programs, apply, and be interviewed.

Congratulations to the Communications and Agricultural Education students chosen:

Kenzie Curran, freshman in agricultural communications and journalism;
Anissa Zagonel, freshman in agricultural communications and journalism;
Dana Schulz, sophomore in agricultural communications and journalism;
Zach Cooper, freshman in agricultural education; and
Celine Beggs, freshman in agricultural communications and journalism.

Deb Pryor produces Kaw Indian Nation e-book

Kaw Nation

During her sabbatical, video producer Deb Pryor worked with the Kaw Indian Nation to develop an e-book about their cultural heritage. The e-book includes firsthand accounts of Kaw history, the lifestyles of past and present Kaw members, and what it means to be a Kaw Indian. It also includes full-page color portraits of Kaw members in traditional dress, as well as some close-ups of artifacts and exhibits, and video clips from personal interviews with Kaw Nation members.

Pryor collected information last summer at various powwows and took photographs and did video interviews with members of the Kaw Nation in Council Grove. She visited with members of the Kaw Nation, including tribal elders and council members, as well as experts such as museum curators and Kaw language experts.

"It has been a rewarding experience and an honor to help preserve the Kaw culture, which nearly became extinct in the last century," Pryor said.

Last October, Pryor and her assistant, McKayla Brubaker, a K-State agricultural communications and journalism student, visited Kaw City, Okla., during the Kaw Powwow to take photographs, hand out surveys, and complete more video interviews. Brubaker was responsible for writing scripts for the book. Together, they edited the scripts and worked on the layout.

Brubaker said, "Working on this project has provided me with great industry experience, but I have also learned so much about the Kaw heritage and what they stand for as a people. I love that I am able to help them preserve their history. It's such an honor, and I'm blessed to have been a part of it."

The e-book will be placed on both the Kaw Nation and Kaw Mission websites, and Pryor hopes to publish a hard copy book in the next few years.

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