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Professor establishes international travel fund for faculty members

Wednesday, April 6, 2005

MANHATTAN, KAN. - Esther M. Maddux, Manhattan, Kan., has made a commitment of $50,000 to the Kansas State University Foundation to establish the Esther M. Maddux International Travel Fund.

The purpose of this fund is to honor Esther M. Maddux, KSU professor of family studies and human services, and to support international travel for faculty in the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University. The fund will provide the dean of the College of Human Ecology with the opportunity to support faculty members pursuing an international experience to enrich their area of expertise.

"Many human ecology faculty members are international leaders in their disciplines," said Carol Kellett, dean of the College of Human Ecology. "This fund will position K-State as a university that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for families and communities around the world."

Maddux is a native of Dublin, Ga. She graduated from the University of Georgia, Athens, with a bachelor's degree in home economics in 1972 and went on to earn a master's degree in family economics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1973, and a doctorate in family resource management from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., in 1979. Maddux is a former faculty member in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Georgia and financial adviser of AIG Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company in Athens. Maddux is currently a professor in the Personal Financial Planning Unit in the School of Family Studies and Human Services.

Maddux said, "Funds from this scholarship will enable faculty to participate in educational and scholarly pursuits to foster a healthy global community."

The KSU Foundation coordinates fundraising efforts with alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to secure private support for Kansas State University.

This article was posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2005, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.