Robert F. Nelson named the 2024 Flinchbaugh Family Wildcat Pride Award recipient

Posted June 10, 2024

Flinchbaugh Family Wildcat Pride Award

From producing a variety of promotional, informative and celebratory videos, to streaming live events and meetings, Robert F. Nelson, executive director of video/engineering services for K-State’s Division of Communications and Marketing, has been called upon time after time to deliver quality AV for the K-State Alumni Association.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nelson helped the Alumni Association produce the Wildcat Chats virtual series, Distinguished Young Alumni keynote presentations, video conferencing for Association board meetings, among many other video endeavors. Robert F. Nelson

In recognition of his service, the K-State Alumni Association honored him with the 2024 Flinchbaugh Family Wildcat Pride Award at the Association’s board of directors meeting on June 7. The award honors a current or emeritus K-State faculty or staff member for his or her advocacy of alumni relations, with a special emphasis on support and participation in alumni programs that engage members of the Wildcat family.

“Robert Nelson established himself as the ‘go-to’ contact and mentor for the Alumni Association staff in May 2020 as the Association delved into virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said his nominator Terin Walters, assistant vice president of development and communications. “As the world learned to Zoom, Robert was able to advise the staff how to run our board meetings via Zoom, how to host virtual Bingo events for Alumni Clubs and so much more. Robert has always been available and willing to assist in any way he can — from an actual set up to helping advise us on future upgrades and needs.”

“Robert has gone way above and beyond in so many ways to assist and has always been a tremendous partner to our staff,” said Adam Walker, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association. “The Association is more effective at our mission because of his willingness to deliver quality video products. We are thrilled to honor him with the Flinchbaugh Family Wildcat Pride Award.”

Nelson earned a master’s degree in engineering management from Kansas State University in 2012. He has served as chair, vice-chair and secretary/treasurer of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 3 and is the SBE frequency coordinator for Kansas. Nelson served two years as president of the board of the Kansas Masonic Foundation and is a life member of the K-State Alumni Association.