Kyle Hooker named K-State Student Employee of the YearK-State Communications and Marketing
|Kyle Hooker, assistant
manager of the K-State Horse Unit, was named K-State Student Employee of
the Year In
the awards's inaugural year. (Video: K-State Communications and
In the awards's inaugural
year, Kyle Hooker, assistant manager of the K-State Department of Animal
Sciences and Industry's Horse Unit, was named K-State Student Employee of the
Year. Hooker is a senior in animal sciences and industry from Benton, Kansas,
and will graduate this month.
"During the 10-month period when the Horse
Unit did not have a permanent manager, Kyle stepped up from an undergraduate
student employee position to take on the title of assistant manager, which in
reality was a full-time manager position on top of being a full-time student,"
said Kallie Emig, Horse Unit manager.
"Kyle assisted our graduate
student in managing the breeding season, which included the daily collection of
stallions and breeding of mares on top of impressive clientele work," Emig
continued. "He contacted stallion and mare owners and worked out new
breeding contracts for the year. Kyle also has taken great pride in starting
colts through the K-State program and has gone above and beyond the required and
expected training that the student employees give their colts. Kyle has
continually hauled his K-State colts to outside ropings on his own time and
money in order to give the colts more experience and training in the roping pen,
as well as give them more exposure to outside clients, which increases the value
and selling ability of the colts. Kyle has always been heavily involved with all
activities of the Horse Unit and is eager to come to work and prove he cares
about his work and the success of the Horse Unit."
More than 40 students
were nominated for the 2015 award. Hooker was honored as Student Employee of the
Year because of his exceptional reliability, quality of work, initiative,
professionalism and adherence to the principles of the Wildcat Way.
information can be found on K-State’s Career and Employment Services’ website
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