Alumni Association honors students with various awards

K-State Alumni Communications

Recipients of the Anderson Senior Awards, Graduate Student Awards and Tony Jurich Community Commitment and Leadership Award pose with presenters at a luncheon April 29. Front row (from left): Mohamed Ismail; Nicholaus Herrmann; Brady Rundel; Reagan Kays; back row: Michelle Elkins, Alumni Association associate director of awards and special events; Olivia Collins, assistant professor emerita and wife of the late Tony Jurich; Noel Schulz, K-State first lady and associate dean of research and graduate programs, K-State College of Engineering; Barrett Scroggs; Jonathan Bernard; Dennis Jilka; Ryan Broxterman; Amy Button Renz, Alumni Association president and CEO; Aubrey Abbott Patterson, Alumni Association board of directors member. (Photo: David Mayes)


Service. Leadership. Academic excellence. 

These are some of the values displayed by a group of Kansas State University students recently recognized by the K-State Alumni Association during a series of awards ceremonies. The awards give the Alumni Association a chance to celebrate with graduating students and honor their contributions to the university and their communities. 

"It is an honor to recognize these exceptional students for their achievements at K-State," said Michelle Elkins, associate director of awards and special events for the K-State Alumni Association. "These award winners were selected from a group of remarkable candidates."

 Anderson Senior Awards

Four recent graduates earned the Anderson Senior Awards, which recognize graduating seniors for academics, leadership, inspiration and service. The awards, established in 1998, were presented to:

• Jonathan Bernard, bachelor's in biology and pre-medicine, Hutchinson, Kansas, Anderson Senior Award for Outstanding Service.
• Dennis Jilka, concurrent bachelor's and master's in kinesiology and pre-medicine, Overland Park, Kansas, Anderson Senior Award for Outstanding Inspiration.
• Reagan Kays, bachelor's in agribusiness, Weir, Kansas, Anderson Senior Award for Outstanding Leadership. 
• Brady Rundel, bachelor's in agricultural economics, Colby, Kansas, Anderson Award for Outstanding Academics.

 Graduate Student Awards

The Alumni Association recognized two graduate students with its Graduate Student Award, which was established in 2010. The awards recognize outstanding graduate students for academics, service and leadership.

 Ryan Broxterman, doctorate in physiology, Topeka, Kansas, Graduate Award for Outstanding Academics.
 Mohamed Ismail, doctorate in nuclear engineering, Belbies, Egypt, Graduate Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service.

 Tony Jurich Community Commitment and Leadership Award

Two students were presented with the Tony Jurich Community Commitment and Leadership Award. The award was established in honor of K-State professor Tony Jurich, who taught in the College of Human Ecology for more than 39 years before his death in 2010. It recognizes both graduate and undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to community leadership and service through Jurich's core leadership tenets.

 Nicholaus Herrmann, bachelor's in agricultural economics, Holcomb, Kansas, Tony Jurich Community Commitment and Leadership Award.
 Barrett Scroggs, master's in theater, Duluth, Georgia, Tony Jurich Community Commitment and Leadership Award. 

 Multicultural and International Leadership Awards


Amy Button Renz, K-State Alumni Association president and CEO (far left), is pictured with three of the 2015 Multicultural Leadership Award recipientsTaneysha Howard, Mercedes Perry and Jessica Jasso. Also pictured is Jessica Elmore, K-State Alumni Association assistant director of multicultural programs (far right). Not pictured is award winner Justine Floyd. (Photo: Ashley Bergner)

The Alumni Association recognized eight recent Kansas State University graduates for outstanding achievements and leadership within the multicultural and international communities during their college careers. 

“These students have played an important role in providing leadership that supports multiculturalism and internationalism on our campus and in our Manhattan community,” said Jessica Elmore, assistant director of multicultural programs for the Alumni Association.

The honors include four graduates who earned the Multicultural Leadership Award:

 Mercedes Perry, bachelor’s in business administration, Austin, Texas.
 Jessica Jasso, bachelor’s in secondary education, Olathe, Kansas. 
 Taneysha Howard, bachelor’s in agricultural communications and journalism, St. Louis, Missouri.
 Justine Floyd, bachelor’s in agribusiness, Wichita, Kansas.







Jessica Elmore, K-State Alumni Association assistant director of multicultural programs (far left), is pictured with Mohamed Ismail, Youwei Yang and Abdulrahman Alkhiary, three of the inaugural International Leadership Award recipients. Also pictured is Amy Button Renz, K-State Alumni Association president and CEO (back row). Not pictured is award winner Marta Miletic. (Photo: David Mayes)

The Alumni Association also recognized four graduates with the inaugural International Leadership Awards:

 Youwei Yang, bachelor’s in agricultural economics, Baiyin City, China.
 Mohamed Ismail, doctorate in nuclear engineering, Belbeis, Egypt.
 Abdulrahman Alkhiary, bachelor’s in political science and economics, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
 Marta Miletic, doctorate in civil engineering, Zagreb, Croatia.

For more information about the awards programs, visit www.k-state.com/awards or call the K-State Alumni Association at 800-600-ALUM or 800-600-2586.

 

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