Rising Professional Award
The Rising Professional Award is given to honor significant contributions in the field of human ecology by a graduate in the early stages of his or her career. To be considered for this award, the recipient must have demonstrated significant accomplishments in his or her career, as well as contributions to human ecology through publications, professional organizations and programs. A recipient has made efforts to improve conditions in the community using human ecology-related skills.
2017 Recipient: Josh Mathiasmeier
Josh Mathiasmeier, RD, received his Kinesiology, Nutrition and Dietetics degrees in 2011 from K-State. A Division I track and field athlete, Mathiasmeier developed his interests in health and wellness his freshman year of college. After completing his undergraduate degrees, Mathiasmeier completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics in 2012. After serving two years with the Kansas State Department of Education, Mathiasmeier pursued his career goals of being a Foodservice Director where he could work directly with people and resources. In 2014, Mathiasmeier took the Director of Nutritional Services position with Kansas Public Schools, USD 500. Since becoming Director, Mathiasmeier has increased the number of meals served to 32,000 daily by using innovative techniques to expand the breakfast and afterschool meal programs. He has also increased the food quality and customer satisfaction. Under his direction, USD 500 has been able to offer meals free of charge to all elementary and middle school children. Mathiasmeier remains connected to his alma mater by proctoring Dietetic students and serving on the K-State Dietetics Advisory Board.