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Higgins, McCants, Johannes earn top CHE awards

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mary Meck Higgins

Mary Meck Higgins

Mary Meck Higgins, Terrie McCants and Elaine Johannes received the College of Human Ecology faculty awards for 2010.

Higgins received the Dawley-Scholer Award for Faculty Excellence in Student Development. The award recognizes outstanding achievement resulting in the personal/professional/educational growth of one or more students. It includes $2,500.

She is a K-State Research and Extension human nutrition specialist and associate professor, Department of Human Nutrition. She received a PhD from Iowa State University.

McCants coordinates conflict resolution program

Terrie McCants

Terrie McCants

McCants receives the Myers-Alford Teaching Award for 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. The award includes $2,500.

McCants is the program coordinator for the graduate and undergraduate certificates in conflict resolution. Besides instructing many of the courses in these programs she also facilitates a study abroad course on Peace and Conflict in Northern Ireland. In addition, she works as a mediator at the School of Family Studies and Human Services’ Family Center.

The award recipient holds a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution and is a state approved mediator, mentor mediator, and mediation trainer. She has advanced training in workplace, public policy, divorce and child-custody, and parent/adolescent mediation.

McCants is also the facilitation coordinator for K-State’s Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy. In that capacity she facilitates various strategic/comprehensive plans and departmental/organizational leadership retreats for local, state, and regional entities, and is a co-developer and presenter of the national and international Public Issues Facilitation Workshop.

Johannes developed intergenerational community health program

Elaine Johannes

Elaine Johannes receives the College of Human Ecology Faculty Extension Excellence award and $2,500. The award goes to an individual who has developed, implemented and evaluated an extension program of outstanding quality. She was singled out for “Get It- Do It,” an intergenerational community health program that addresses the issue of inactivity and obesity through youth-adult partnerships in small Kansas communities.

She is assistant professor and extension specialist/youth development, coordinator of youth development masters program, School of Family Studies and Human Services. She received her PhD from Kansas State.

Johannes is a former Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar. Other recognitions include two –time Team Award Recipient, K-State Research and Extension; National Extension Leader Development (North Central Region) Fellow; and Builder (Innovation) Award Kansas State University, Research and Extension.

This article was posted on Monday, March 22, 2010, and is filed under Family Studies & Human Services, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.