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New book celebrates CHE leaders

Monday, October 4, 2010

Leila Novelo

Senior Leila Novelo reads Legacy of Leadership

Throughout its 137-year history, College of Human Ecology leaders have made contributions that put K-State on the national map:

  • In 1873, K-State established the first for-credit academic program in the field in a land-grant institution. It became the national model for curriculum and facilities.
  • Nellie Kedzie lobbied for the first building ever constructed specifically to house human ecology students. In 1889, Domestic Science Hall (now Kedzie Hall) housed the Department of Household Economy and Domestic Science.
  • Dean Margaret Justin increased the number of departments offering graduate degrees and, in 1975, added a PhD in home economics.

This Legacy of Leadership is the focus of a new book to be available at the College of Human Ecology Celebration of Excellence Friday, Oct. 8. The awards luncheon, at 11:30 a.m. at the Manhattan Country Club, will recognize alumni, benefactors and friends for contribution to their professions and to K-State.

The soft-cover publication “focuses on the people – the deans and directors – who made the college a success,” said Carol Kellett, professor and former dean. The book is adapted from her scholarly work about the history of the College of Human Ecology to be published next year. Alexandria Teagarden, a 2010 graduate, worked on the project.

The 60-page volume contains nearly 200 photographs taken between 1873 and 2010.

Copies of the book are available for $25 by contacting Debby Hiett at hiett@ksu.edu.

This article was posted on Monday, October 4, 2010, and is filed under College News.