Distinguished Young Alumni

The Distinguished Young Alumni program is in its tenth year. It recognizes two Kansas State University graduates who are excelling in their professions and contributing to their communities.

The program is sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association’s board of directors and Student Alumni Board. We encourage you to honor your outstanding graduates by nominating them for this award.

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2022 Recipients 

The K-State Alumni Association is proud to announce the recipients of our 2022 Distinguished Young Alumni Award: Sruthi Narayanan Kutty '11, '15 and James E. Millsap '11.

Sruthi Narayanan Kutty

Sruthi Narayanan Kutty '11, '15

Narayanan is an assistant professor of crop physiology at Clemson University. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate both in agronomy from K-State in 2011 and 2015 respectively. By ensuring that her research work and outreach activities benefit farmers and stakeholders, she is receiving attention by regional and national media.
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James E. Milsap

James E. Millsap '11

Millsap is manager of inclusion and diversity strategy for DICK’s Sporting Goods Inc. His focus has primarily been with the intersections of management and leadership with diversity, equity and inclusion work.
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Jamie Ball

Dr. Jamie Ball '10

Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare
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Kristine Davis

Kristine Davis '15

xEMU Space Suit Engineer
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Sarah Sexton-Bowser

Sarah Sexton-Bowser '08

Managing Director
K-State's Center for Sorghum Improvement
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Mindy McBee

Mindy McBee '12

Strategic Accounts Sales Leader
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Charley Cull

Dr. Charley Cull '12, '14, '16

Veterinarian, Clinical Research Associate, Director of Stocker and Grazing Cattle
Midwest Veterinary Services, Central States Research Centre Inc., Veterinary Biomedical Research Center Inc.
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Kale Monk

Kale Monk PhD '10, '13

Assistant Professor, State Extension Specialist 
Center for Policy and Family Research Fellow at the University of Missouri
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Megan McCall

Megan McCall '08, '11

Remote on-call Bridge Coordinator 
Rose Brooks Center’s Bridge Program
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Bryce Huschka

Bryce Huschka '07

Area Manager
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Dalton Henry

Dalton Henry '07

Director of Policy
U.S. Wheat Associates
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Jorge Mendoza

Jorge Mendoza '10

STEM exploration program manager 
The Ohio State University
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Kourtney Bettinger

Dr. Kourtney Bettinger '06

Physician and pediatric resident 
University of Colorado School of Medicine
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Clemente Jaquez

Clemente Jaquez '08

Design director
Hoefer Wysocki Architecture
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Corey Fortin

Corey Fortin '06

United States Foreign Service
United States Agency for International Development in Uganda
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Matt King

Matt King '07

Fund analyst
World Bank Group
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Molly Hamm

Molly Hamm '10

Planning and research coordinator
The DREAM Project

Matt Wolters

Matt Wolters '03

Co-founder and co-owner
SureFire Ag Systems Inc.

Nick Piper

Nick Piper '08

Founder and CEO
Phoria Energy Solutions

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling '07

Director of alumni relations
George W. Bush Presidential Center