Student Alumni Board Recognizes First Distinguished Young Alumni
HonoreesK-State Alumni Communications
Sterling, a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished
awards, is congratulated by Amy Button Renz, president
and CEO of
the K-State Alumni Association.
Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Board’s honored the first recipients of its
Distinguished Young Alumni awards at a Feb. 26 dinner reception at the K-State
Nick Piper, a native of Shawnee, Kan., and Justine
Sterling, a native of Hardtner, Kan., are the inaugural recipients of this
award, which recognizes two K-State graduates younger than 30 who are using the
scholarship, leadership and service experience they acquired at K-State to excel
in their professions and contribute to their communities.
Piper, a 2008
graduate of the College of Business, is the founder and CEO of Phoria Energy
Solutions, a China-based company that promotes clean and efficient energy use in
developing economies. Piper also is involved in several philanthropic
organizations, including those that help children with special needs and
organizations that promote clean energy. Piper was unable to attend the dinner,
but he will be honored during the 2014 presentation next spring.
Sterling, a 2007 graduate of the College of Agriculture, serves as the director
of alumni relations for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas.
She also has organized large-scale events to recognize servicemen and women
wounded in combat, and she has traveled to Africa twice to support the Bush
family's trips there as part of their global health program.
campus Feb. 26, Sterling presented to several university classes and student
organizations. She gave a keynote presentation that evening in Forum Hall, and
it was attended by more than 200 students, faculty members and her family. There
were several campus dignitaries present for the event, including Amy Button
Renz, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association, and Fred Cholick,
president and CEO of the Kansas State University Foundation.
the keynote, Renz presented Sterling with a DYA plaque at a dinner attended by
Student Alumni Board seniors and executive members, members of Blue Key honor
society as well as Sterling's family members. Other guests at the dinner
included John Floros, dean of the College of Agriculture, and his wife,
Patricia; Don Boggs, associate dean of the college; and Mary Ice, member of the
Alumni Association board of directors.
For more information about the
program, visit www.k-state.com/DYA
For more photos from the event, visit facebook.com/KStateAlumniAssociation