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Human Ecology student wins Humanics Academic Award

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

MANHATTAN -- Outstanding academic performance, demonstrated leadership and a commitment to careers in the nonprofit sector have earned five Kansas State University students awards from American Humanics.

The students are Kylie Zibell, senior in family life and community services, Holton, $1,000 American Humanics Academic Award; Danielle English, senior in public relations, Courtney Graham, senior in accounting, and Jessica Silfverberg, senior in public relations, all of Overland Park, and all $4,500 NextGen Leader awards; and Molly Hamm, junior in English and secondary education, Shawnee, $1,000 American Humanics Academic Award. All of the students are in the nonprofit leadership/American Humanics certification focus of the K-State leadership studies minor.

American Humanics is a national alliance of colleges, universities and nonprofits dedicated to preparing the next generation of nonprofit sector leaders. American Humanics is affiliated with 67 colleges and universities, including K-State, and 58 national nonprofit organizations and their local affiliates.

The American Humanics Academic Awards to Zibell and Hamm are in recognition of their academic performance, leadership, involvement in K-State's American Humanics program and commitment to a career in the nonprofit sector.

Zibell is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society; Phi Upsilon Omicron, the national honor society in family and consumer sciences; Golden Key International Honor Society; and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She also is the recipient of scholarships from the College of Human Ecology. Zibell has served as treasurer of the American Humanics Student Association; on the Haymaker Hall Governing Board and the board of directors of the Ecumenical Campus Ministries; and as a member of the Flint Hills Veterans Coalition. She has worked at the RSVP of the Flints Hills as youth programs coordinator, and recently served a summer internship with K-State Research and Extension in Sedgwick County. An intern at the YMCA in Junction City, she plans to graduate from K-State in December.

Hamm, a K-State honors list student, is the campus American Humanics student coordinator and vice president of the American Humanics Student Association. She is a volunteer with the Ogden Elementary School after-school program, where she teaches a community leaders club. In the 2006-2007 school year, she completed her term as an AmeriCorps member with 300 hours of community service with youth.

Hamm also serves as a student representative on the start-up team for the K-State Volunteer Center of Manhattan and is chair of the K-State Student Governing Association's University Relations Committee. In addition, she is director of community and internal relations for the K-State Panhellenic Council and is vice president of student relations for the K-State Student Foundation, where she is helping to plan and organize this year's K-State Proud Campaign.

The NextGen Leader awards to English, Graham and Silfverberg are stipends to cover living and education expenses while completing internships with nonprofit organizations. The awards are funded through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and help racially and ethnically diverse American Humanics students with demonstrated leadership potential complete the nonprofit internship required for certification by American Humanics in nonprofit leadership and management.

The NextGen Leader award to English helped with her summer internship at the Mid-America chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Mission. An American Humanics student coordinator, she also has served as secretary and vice president of fundraising for the American Humanics Student Association. English is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma national honoraries and the K-State Multicultural Student Honor Society. She also served in Silver Key, the sophomore honorary. English is a member of K-State's Developing Scholars Program and has received several scholarships, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship, Kansas Minority Scholarship and a K-State Foundations Scholar/Journalism Scholarship. She has served as a floor president at Putnam Hall, community assistant and resident assistant at Haymaker Hall and a delegate to the Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls. English also has studied abroad at El Instituto Tecnologico y Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Queretaro, Mexico.

Graham will use her NextGen Leader award for an internship at the Kansas State University Foundation this semester. She has previously worked as an accounting assistant with the foundation's Changing Lives Campaign. A K-State honors list student, she is among the inaugural members of the ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholar Program at K-State. She also has been a member of Chimes, Silver Key, Quest and Beta Alpha Psi honoraries. She is a member of the K-State Student Foundation and Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and has been active with the Adopt-a-School and Big Brothers Big Sisters programs. Graham has studied abroad in Italy. She also has participated in the Institute for Humane Studies Exploring Liberty: Poverty and Prosperity Seminar at Brown University, and the Monster's Diversity Leadership Seminar at St. Xavier University.

Silfverberg used her NextGen Leader award as an intern for Coro Kansas City this summer. Coro trains ethical, diverse civic leaders nationwide. A member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, the National Society for Collegiate Scholars and Blue Key, a senior leadership honorary, she also was a member of Chimes, the junior honorary.

Silfverberg is a member of the American Humanics Student Association, International Buddy Program and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships, including the Finlandia Foundation Study Abroad scholarship, Blue Key scholarship, Kappa Kappa Gamma academic scholarship and K-State office of international programs study abroad scholarship. She has studied abroad at the University of Tampere in Finland. She also has served as a student intern with the Manhattan Community Foundation, has been a peer adviser with the K-State office of international programs and was a camp counselor at the Barney Goodman Camp, sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City.

Source: Olivia Collins, 785-532-6502, ocollins@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2007, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services.