Local students recognized for academic and other honors

 

The Kansas State University Sales Cat team recently beat out a field of 70 of the top university sales programs to win the overall team championship at the 2017 International Collegiate Sales Competition.

Hosted each year in Orlando, Fla., by Florida State University, the International Collegiate Sales Competition is the largest and most prestigious university sales competition in the world.

The K-State team is comprised of students in the College of Business Administration’s National Strategic Selling Institute, which has been named one of the top sales programs in the country for six straight years by the Sales Education Foundation. Making up the winning team at the contest were Lanessa Aurand, sophomore in business, Belleville, and Rachel Kipper, senior in marketing with a minor in economics, Olathe.

In addition to their team championship, Kipper also won first place in the individual competition, with Aurand taking home third runner-up honors out of a field of 140 student competitors. This was the second overall team championship win for the pair this fall, after also winning the E.J. Gallo Sales Competition at the University of Missouri in October. Aurand also won first place in the individual competition at that event.

Sales competitions allow students to test their selling skills against their peers from other top sales schools through role-playing scenarios, including cold calling, case competitions and speed selling. Marketing instructor David Lehman is the head coach for the K-State team.

In addition to competing as part of the K-State Sales Team, the students are earning a certificate in professional strategic selling from the National Strategic Selling Institute. The certificate program is open to all majors at the university and allows students to distinguish themselves by demonstrating professionalism and competency in selling skills. Beginning in fall 2018, Kansas State will become just the 19th university in the U.S. to offer a sales major.

The spring 2018 semester will see a number of Kansas State University students study in international locations with the help of scholarships offered through the Office of International Programs.

The university encourages students to take part in education abroad opportunities as part of its 2025 plan to be a Top 50 public research university.

The following K-State students have received a scholarship for education abroad in the spring 2018 semester; included is the scholarship amount and study destination:

Tori Agler, sophomore in open option, $5,000 Goss Discovery Scholarship, Costa Rica; Haley Reinhard, sophomore in anthropology, $300 University Study Abroad Consortium K-State Scholarship, Italy; and Isabelle Williams, junior in public relations, $675 International Studies Abroad K-State Scholarship, Italy, all from Topeka. Cassidy Harper, senior in industrial engineering, $750 Faculty-Led Programs Scholarship, Italy and Germany; Valerie Mays, junior in anthropology and communication studies, $675 International Studies Abroad K-State Scholarship, Peru; and Michelle Rooney, junior in music education, $750 Faculty-Led Programs Scholarship, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, all from Manhattan. Allison Howard, senior in mathematics, Ottawa, $5,000 Goss Discovery Scholarship, Spain; Heath Overmyer, junior in social sciences, St. Marys, $2,000 Education Planning Abroad Planning Scholarship, Czech Republic; Zachary Callaghan, sophomore in agricultural education, Tonganoxie, $750 Faculty-Led Programs Scholarship, Czech Republic; Catherine Campbell, junior in Spanish and management, of Atchison, $2,500 Mary Lynn Manning Study Abroad Scholarship and $2,000 Freshman Education Abroad Scholarship, Spain; Samuel Burdolski, junior in architectural engineering, $5,000 Goss Discovery Scholarship, Czech Republic, and Hannah Sutherland, junior in public relations, $675 International Studies Abroad K-State Scholarship, Spain, both from Lenexa; Carlos Bustamante, senior in agronomy, $500 Faculty-Led Programs Scholarship, Ecuador, and Elliott Pruss, junior in economics and finance, $1,200 Megan E. Taylor Czech Republic Student Award Scholarship, Czech Republic, both from Olathe; Steven Hein, sophomore in management, $750, Faculty-Led Programs Scholarship, China; Lauren Mansfield, junior in biological systems engineering, $500 Catherine Joyce Memorial Scholarship, Czech Republic; and Carlie Stenzel, senior in anthropology, $5,000 Goss Discovery Scholarship and $2,000 Education Abroad Planning Scholarship, Spain, all from Shawnee. Kennedy Morey, sophomore in athletic training, Linwood, $750 Faculty-Led Programs Scholarship, Paraguay; and Kaitlin Gehring, junior in family studies and human services, Madison, $5,000 Goss Discovery Scholarship and $2,000 Freshman Education Abroad Scholarship, Spain.

The College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University recently recognized its outstanding senior award winners at the annual Graduation Honors and Student Awards celebration held Dec. 8.

The outstanding senior award winners were nominated by faculty and staff within each of their respective programs.

The Engagement Award is given to graduating seniors who have made exemplary contributions that impact the well-being of the community or individuals in the community. The Leadership Award is given to graduating seniors who have exhibited excellence in leadership and have been recognized for their contributions to the campus, college, program and professional organizations. The Outstanding Research and Creative Activity award is given to graduating seniors whose research or creative activity has made a significant contribution to his or her field of study.

The following local students were recipients of an outstanding senior award:

Taylor Gnagi, human development and family science, of Topeka, received the Outstanding Student Research and Creative Activity Award.

Jennifer Jackson, kinesiology, of Topeka, received the Outstanding Student Leadership Award.

Allison Vollintine, communication sciences and disorders, of Topeka, received the Outstanding Student Research and Creative Activity Award.

Anna Sunderland, communication sciences and disorders, of Sabetha, received the Outstanding Student Engagement Award.

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University recently selected students to participate in its undergraduate research mentoring and awards program.

The center’s Cancer Research Awards program promotes student participation in laboratory research. It encourages undergraduate students to consider careers in cancer research and medicine early on while they are still deciding what academic and professional paths to take.

The awards program, which is open to K-State undergraduate students interested in doing cancer-relevant research, provides $1,000 awards to up to 50 students a year, and $1,000 per student for research expenses.

Students applied for the awards by co-writing research proposals with faculty mentors affiliated with the center. The recipients conduct their research in the mentors’ laboratories during the spring semester.

The students will be recognized in the spring at a banquet attended by their families and faculty mentors, cancer research center supporters and university administrators.

The Johnson Cancer Research Center supports the research and training of affiliated faculty, undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. All programs are funded through private gifts.

The following local students received Cancer Research Awards; included is each student’s faculty mentor:

Kelsey Ferguson, senior in biochemistry, mentored by Ryan Rafferty, assistant professor of chemistry; and Kyler Weingartner, senior in biochemistry, mentored by Kathrin Schrick, associate professor of biology, both of Topeka. Alexis Bieker, sophomore in biology, mentored by Lorena Passarelli, professor biology; Yusuf Ciftci, freshman in biochemistry, mentored by Revathi Govind, associate professor of biology; and Vaithish Velazhahan, senior in microbiology and biochemistry, mentored by Kathrin Schrick, associate professor of biology, all from Manhattan. Jennifer Coats, senior in chemical engineering, Allen, mentored by John Tomich, professor of biochemistry and biomolecular physics; Micah Meyer, sophomore in biochemistry, Bern, mentored by Chingakham Singh, research assistant professor of biology; Emily Roggenkamp, senior in biochemistry, Onaga, mentored by Greg Finnigan, assistant professor of biochemistry and biomolecular physics; Johnathon Dallman, senior in chemistry, Silver Lake, mentored by Ryan Rafferty, assistant professor of chemistry; Jordan Disberger, junior in electrical engineering, Wamego, mentored by Punit Prakash, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering; and Alexandria Bontrager, junior in microbiology, Whiting, mentored by Erica Geisbrecht, associate professor of biochemistry and biomolecular physics. Connor Horn, sophomore in microbiology, mentored by Govind Vediyappan, assistant professor of biology; Jazmine Snow, senior in microbiology, mentored by Nick Wallace, assistant professor of biology, both of Olathe; and Marta Stetsiv, junior in biochemistry, Shawnee, mentored by Erica Geisbrecht, associate professor of biochemistry and biomolecular physics.

Vanessa Alexandra McCauley, a Kansas State University nontraditional student has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Switzerland for the spring 2018 semester.

McCauley, a junior in hospitality management, from Manhattan, will study international business and hospitality in Switzerland for six months through a credit-earning partnership with Robert Gordon University. She also will participate in a six-month apprenticeship in Europe following the study opportunity.

The Gilman Scholarship, awarded to students with the potential to assume significant roles in a global economy, gives U.S. undergraduate students funds to participate in study abroad programs and internships worldwide.

After raising two children — both now attorneys — as a single mom in Texas, McCauley came to Kansas to finish her undergraduate degree. She has been recognized with several honors and awards. She has received a scholarship from the Doris Buffett National Women’s Independence Scholarship Program, the Goss Discovery International Scholarship, the Kansas State University Achievement Award, the Order of the Purple Society, the American Institute of Food and Wine Scholarship and the President’s Winning Spirit Award from Southwest Airlines.

She is a board member and events chair of the National Society of Leadership and Success at K-State, and a member of Professional Event Management Society, Club Managers Association of America, Phi Theta Kappa international honor society and Wildcats Forever. She is an alumna of Grand Prairie High School in Texas. The Gilman Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.

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