K-State wins variety of awards 

K-State Alumni Communications

Manhattan, Kansas — home of Kansas State University’s main campus — is the No. 1 college town in the U.S., according to a recent Livability.com study. (Photo: K-State Communications and Marketing)

From happiest students to highest honors for Mortar Board chapters to best mascot, Kansas State University recently earned several top rankings.

The Little Apple — better known as Manhattan, Kansas, home of K-State’s main campus — is the No. 1 college town in the U.S., according to 2015 Livability.com rankings.  

The study examined college towns across the country, searching for cities that provided supportive places for students to thrive both academically and socially. Livability.com looked for cities with diversity and universities that made a significant impact on the local economy.

“Manhattan’s size makes it the perfect place to find great entertainment options, jobs and new friends while retaining a small-town feel,” the report stated.

The study highlighted the strong K-State Athletics program that brings fans back to town, the shops and restaurants in Aggieville, and outdoor recreation options throughout the city.

The Princeton Review's 2016 edition of "The Best 380 Colleges" also recognized K-State, ranking the university No. 4 for happiest students, No. 5 for students love these colleges, No. 5 for best-run colleges and No. 6 for best quality of life. The Princeton Review, an education services company, surveyed more than 135,000 college students to rank schools in 62 categories.

“This kind of recognition year after year reflects a culture that is a direct result of K-State's excellent faculty, academic advising and student life support,” said Pat Bosco '71, '73, the university's vice president for student life and dean of students. “It is wonderful to be recognized and celebrated for traits that we think are everywhere — but are obviously unique to the K-State way of life.”


Kansas State University’s Mortar Board chapter was recognized with the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award. Pictured at the recent Mortar Board conference are (from left) Candi Hironaka Pitts ’07, Jessica Pope Born ’09, Marty Starling ’63, Sophia Tolentino, Blake Evans ’07, Tracey Bamberger ’08, Katie Verschelden ’04, Jan Wissman ’63, ’68, Julie Hampl Davis ’78 and Jan Ayres ’70. (Photo: Mortar Board)
 Mortar Board receives highest award

During the recent Mortar Board National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, K-State’s Mortar Board chapter was recognized with the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award. The university previously received the award in 2004, becoming just the second university to receive the award twice. 

Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service. The Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award is the highest possible honor given for chapter achievement, recognizing superior chapter operations, participation, selection, advising, visibility and communications. 

Julie Hampl Davis ’78 also received an Alumni Achievement Award at the Mortar Board conference. 

K-State’s Mortar Board chapter participates in a variety of campus and community outreach activities, such as a “Reading is Leading” program that brought children from Manhattan schools to campus dressed as their favorite superheroes and monthly dinner events at a local low-income apartment complex.

 Willie the Wildcat named best college mascot

Willie the Wildcat was named “favorite college mascot” in Mascot Insider’s annual Favorite Mascot of the Year contest. Willie was the clear victor, receiving 4,285 votes. The next closest competitor had 1,583 votes. Thank you to all the fans who took the time to vote for Willie. 

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