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Leading by example
When Mark Jackson left his home in the United Kingdom, he may never have anticipated landing at Kansas State University Salina. Jackson is truly happy to be the new head of the Department of Engineering Technology. It was no small journey, but now that he’s here, a privately funded faculty fellowship will help ensure he stays a while.

As recipient of the three-year McCune-Middlekauff Faculty Fellowship, Jackson has big plans — much of which involves giving back. This year, Jackson is donating his $10,000 fellowship award to benefit student clubs and equipment on the Salina campus. This includes the student teams that produce the Baja Car and Cat Cannon, both popular features at outreach events like K-State Open House.

To read more about Jackson, click here.

Ensuring support for research continues
What began with the friendship between two neighbors has grown to be an everlasting gift of support for cancer research. Gene Klingler, a Manhattan physician and rodeo enthusiast, and Terry Johnson, the founding director of the Johnson Cancer Research Center, developed a partnership between the center and the Kaw Valley Rodeo Association (KVRA) that has strengthened over the years.

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Since 2007, the KVRA has consistently supported research at the center through activities such as an annual spaghetti dinner and the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign, which brings the sport of professional rodeo and the western community together to rally against breast cancer. The Tough Enough to Wear Pink night at the Kaw Valley Rodeo has raised more than $60,000 for cancer research since the first pink night in 2007.
The KVRA has recently created an endowed gift to the Johnson Cancer Research Center, ensuring that their support continues in perpetuity. “There have been many people in our organization affected by cancer,” said Randy Holle, KVRA president. “The research benefits all of society and by endowing our contributions to the center, we can ensure that our support continues forever.”

To learn more about KVRA’s support of cancer research, click here.

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