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K-State wins regional awards from University Continuing Education Association

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University has received multiple Great Plains Region awards from the University Continuing Education Association for its distance education faculty, staff and technologies.

The awards were presented at the association's annual joint Great Plains-Mid-America Conference in Evanston, Ill., Sept. 28.

K-State received four of the nine regional awards presented, the most the university has received from the association at one time.

The following K-State individuals and programs were honored:

* Elizabeth E. Stevens, associate dean of continuing education since 2001, was awarded the John L. Christopher Outstanding Leadership Award for her leadership contributions to K-State, the University Continuing Education Association and its Great Plains Region, and the field of continuing education. Her leadership success includes participation in the development of more than 30 partnerships between K-State and community colleges in the Great Plains Region.

* Ann D. Murray, associate professor in K-State's School of Family Studies and Human Services, was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award. Murray has received several awards for her contributions to online teaching and learning, distance students and course delivery in the past few years. Her online courses include Assessment of Young Children (FSHS 728), Child Development (FSHS 810) and Infant Behavior and Development (FSHS 815).

* Aaron Stroot, administrative officer for continuing education credit registration, received the Outstanding Support Specialist Award for his strategic involvement in K-State management systems, such as the Student Information System, Enterprise Information System and Legacy Application Systems Empowered Replacement Student Systems Project. Stroot also was the recipient of the K-State Division of Continuing Education's Rising Professional Award in 2006.

* The ExpanSIS multi-institutional student information system received the Innovations and Contributions Award for technological services and functions in managing distance student information. ExpanSIS is a secure system that provides a consortium of universities with access to needed student data, including course scheduling and mapping, registration, enrollment, grades, reports, contact information and student tracking. ExpanSIS was co-developed by the Institute for Academic Alliances and the K-State office of mediated education.

"These awards speak to the excellence in teaching and service provided by dedicated faculty and staff for the outreach mission of the university," said Sue Maes, interim dean of continuing education. "K-State is truly proving to be a leader in online delivery across the Midwest."

For more information about K-State's award-winning distance education programs and a listing of continuing education opportunities, visit the K-State Division of Continuing Education Web site at http://www.dce.k-state.edu or send e-mail to informationdce@k-state.edu.

Source: Melinda Sinn, 785-532-5888, sinnpio@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Rosanna Vail, 785-532-2720, rvail@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Wednesday, October 3, 2007, and is filed under Family Studies & Human Services.