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Faculty endowment supports females in STEM fields
Faculty endowments have a positive effect beyond just the faculty members who receive them. In Chardie Baird’s case, a donor-funded endowment fuels life-changing academic experiences for dozens of teenage girls each year.

As the Spainhour Family Chair for Women in Engineering and Science, Baird is an associate professor of sociology who also oversees outreach to middle school or high school girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Every summer, the girls visit campus to learn about these fields through the K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering (KAWSE), where Baird serves as executive director. She often witnesses the girls’ uncertainty with hands-on scientific learning through the office’s GROW and EXCITE programs.

To learn more about KAWSE, click here.


K-State student awarded for making world a better place

Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Ross Allen, a sophomore from Soldier, Kan., is one of those thoughtful citizens. His passion and dedication to community development has shown through during his time at Kansas State, and this commitment has led to his recognition as a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Allen was chosen to be a fellow because of his help developing the HandsOn Leaders program, packaging food for senior citizens, distributing fresh produce to families in need and assisting with the construction of a food pantry.

Read more about Allen’s good works here

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