Carol W. Shanklin receives Alumni Association’s 2018 Flinchbaugh Family Wildcat Pride Award
Whenever Carol W. Shanklin travels as dean of Kansas State University’s Graduate School, it’s not unusual for her to return with a large stack of business cards — each card representing a connection she’s made with a K-State alumnus during her trip. Shanklin, who also is a professor of dietetics, is a passionate advocate for keeping K-Staters connected to their alma mater, and networking with Wildcats while traveling is just one of the many ways she supports the Alumni Association’s efforts. In honor of her contributions to alumni engagement, Shanklin has been selected to receive the 2018 Flinchbaugh Family Wildcat Pride Award. She received the award during the K-State Alumni Association’s winter board of directors meeting Jan. 26.
“Dean Shanklin has long exemplified the spirit of this award through her in-depth understanding of, and appreciation for, the value of alumni relations,” said Amy Button Renz ’76, ’86, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association. “Her support of outreach efforts worldwide has been an invaluable asset to the Alumni Association, and we deeply appreciate her ongoing commitment to actively promote our programs to current and prospective students, graduates and friends of the university.”
The Flinchbaugh Family Wildcat Pride 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. Shanklin was nominated for the award by Jessica Elmore ’06, ’15, associate director of diversity programs at the Alumni Association.
As dean of the Graduate School, Shanklin coordinates all aspects of graduate education at K-State, including recruitment and retention of graduate students, promotes graduate and professional education, and coordinates professional development and the Summer Undergraduate Research Program. She represents the Graduate School on numerous university committees and task forces.
Shanklin assists with coordination and sponsorship of alumni events, both domestically and internationally. As she travels, she takes the time to interact with K-State alumni across the globe and provides the Association with valuable contact information for alumni engagement. She also is a life member of the Alumni Association.
“Carol is an active leader on campus spreading the word about the importance of supporting the Alumni Association,” Elmore said in her nomination form. “[She] intentionally makes the Association a priority in her professional interactions, and she leads the way through offering her time, personal networks and resources to the Association.”
Shanklin has served the dietetics profession for more than 25 years. Since joining K-State in 1990, she has taught master’s and doctoral courses in food service and hospitality management and has mentored many graduate students. She was named dean of the Graduate School in 2009.
“I was honored to receive the Finchbaugh Family Wildcat Pride Award,” Shanklin said. “I have enjoyed my partnership with the Alumni Association’s outstanding team as we have collaborated to increase graduate students and alumni engagement in Association events. I look forward to continuing building strong relationships with KSU alumni and my partnership with the Association.”