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College of Human Ecology honors two faculty members

Thursday, April 10, 2008

MANHATTAN -- The College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University is recognizing two of its faculty members for excellence.

The college has named Paula Peters, assistant director of family and consumer sciences and an associate professor of human nutrition, the recipient of its Faculty Extension Excellence Award for her development of a nutrition education program aimed at low-income Kansans. Kevin Sauer, an instructor in the department of hotel, restaurant, institution management and dietetics, is the recipient of the college's biennial Myers-Alford Teaching Award.

Both Peters and Sauer will receive $2,500 and be recognized at the college's commencement ceremony in May.

The Faculty Extension Excellence Award recognizes Extension work with a single theme that benefits the state of Kansas.

"Dr. Peters' leadership on the Kansas Family Nutrition Program has brought distinction to Kansas Extension and to this college," said Virginia Moxley, dean of the College of Human Ecology. "It is a pleasure to recognize her contributions."

The Kansas Family Nutrition Program educates Kansans of any age who are eligible for food stamps. Sponsored by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program works in more than 80 counties and serves a growing range of ethnicities and age groups. In its 11 years of existence, it has expanded awareness of sound nutrition habits, safe food handling and the importance of balancing diet with exercise. It also has garnered more than $60 million in federal, state and local funding.

Materials developed within this program, such as the Kids A Cookin' Web site at http://www.kidsacookin.ksu.edu/ and the "Feeding Our Youngest" newsletters, have been adopted by other states across the country.

Peters came to K-State in 1990. Her bachelor's and master's degrees are from South Dakota State University; she earned her doctorate in human nutrition from Ohio State University.

The Myers-Alford award, given in even years, comes from a memorial fund established by Jean and Philip S. Myers of Madison, Wis., who sought to reward outstanding ability not only in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, but also in providing valuable information to colleagues, peers and other practitioners in the field.

"Kevin exemplifies dedication to students and a commitment to providing them with opportunities to achieve their potential," Moxley said. "His colleagues and students commend his ability to challenge students, mentor others and encourage those around him."

Sauer joined K-State in 2004. He earned both a bachelor's degree in dietetics and a master's in food service, hospitality management and dietetics from K-State. He is now a doctoral student with research interests in the career paths of dietitians, leadership and management theory, food service technology and food safety.

Note to editors: Kevin Sauer is a graduate of Cimarron High School.
News release prepared by: Andy Badeker, 785-532-6415, abadeker@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Thursday, April 10, 2008, and is filed under College News, Hospitality Management.