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The Spirit of Human Ecology: Saying 'thank you' to benefactors, friends, leaders and each other

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Willie listens to the dean

The dean addresses ground breaking crowd in front of Justin Hall

The two-day celebration -- culminating with a gold-shovel groundbreaking and birthday cake -- demonstrated the strength and spirit of the College of Human Ecology.

The purple love fest began Thursday afternoon in the traditional Hospitality Tent before the K-State vs. Nebraska football game. Fans of all ages wore powercat tattoos (temporary) on cheeks stuffed with roast pork and cookies. Hospitality management students organized and served the buffet to about 400 faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the college.

Fan at white tent

Fans in the hospitality tent

On Friday noon, men in K-State ties and women in purple dresses and jackets honored the award recipients and donors at the college’s Celebration of Excellence luncheon at the Manhattan Country Club.

Students in purple t-shirts added to the mix at the Friday afternoon groundbreaking for the privately-funded Justin Hall expansion project. Willie the Wildcat led the shout out for KSU to thank donors. Everyone wore “we thank you” buttons, acknowledging what Dean Virginia Moxley called “a milestone in the history of Kansas State University and the College of Human Ecology.”

“Today’s celebration is possible because of the vision of Human Ecology faculty members, students, K-State administrators, loyal alumni and friends and generous benefactors who have helped our dreams to become a reality,” she said.

Watch the video of the groundbreaking ceremony below or on Vimeo.

Benefactors for Justin addition honored

Dean and Amy Chu

Dean honors honor of alumna Amy Chu, Hong Kong

Dean Moxley recognized benefactors of the Justin Hall project: Mary and Carl Ice, Westlake, Tx.; Amy and Patrick Chu, Hong Kong; Robert McKay, Edmonds, Wa., whose gift was in memory of his wife Louise E. Boyle McKay, a 1940 college graduate (John McKay represented his father at the ceremony); Betty and Bob Tointon, Greely, Co.; Ruth Lee, Aliso Viejo, Ca.; Pat and Larry Kendall, Fort Collins, Co.; Bernard and Sherry Butler, Manhattan; Sally and Thane Baker, Granbury, Tx.; Lucile Hawks, Hiawatha, Ks., and Janet and Henry Hyndman, Hesston. The dean also named estate gifts in memory of Ursula Pettengill, a 1946 graduate, and Mary Fletcher, a 1928 graduate.

One speaker was Barbara Stowe who started planning a Justin Hall expansion during her tenure as dean from 1983 to 1998. “How very proud I am to note that you have joined together in recognizing that the forward movement of this college in research, instruction and public service is so great that there is a demand for new space and facilities. Dean Doretta Hoffman, who oversaw the design and construction of Justin Hall, would be very pleased.”

Also speaking from the podium against a backdrop of students were Dean Emeritus Carol Kellett; President Kirk Schulz; Provost April Mason; Kristin Van Scoy, president of the advisory board; Judy Mai Millen, who cut the ribbon at the 1960 dedication of Justin Hall, and Kelsie Ball, president of the college student council.

Mother-daughter leadership team

Judy Mai Millen and daughter Kristin Van Scoy

Judy Mai Millen and daughter Kristin Van Scoy

Van Scoy and Millen represented two generations of Human Ecology leadership.

As president of the Home Economics Club in 1960, Millen cut the ribbon at the dedication of Justin Hall. “Fifty years ago, I challenged my fellow students to have a positive impact on their families and communities; today, our graduates impact all facets of the human condition in many parts of the world.”

Van Scoy, her daughter, represented the alumni at the ground breaking. “This cutting-edge facility will help our faculty and students push boundaries and remain at the forefront of the ever-evolving field of Human Ecology,” she said.

Founders donated $100,000

Members of the College of Human Ecology Legacy of Excellence Society Founders have each contributed more than $100,000 in cash to the college. Dean Virginia Moxley recognized new members at the luncheon Friday. They are Mary and Carl Ice from Westlake, Tx., and Mary Ruth Bedford of El Paso, Tx.

11 endowed funds established this year

“Scholarship funding has never been more critical,” pointed out Karen Pence, assistant dean for academic and student services. An in-state undergraduate student who takes 15 hours a semester pays at least $7,376 a year in tuition and fees.

We Thank You

Students will get high-tech classrooms.

She announced those who have established endowed funds for the college this year:

  • Dean Emeritus Barbara and Howard Stowe: The Dean Barbara S. Stowe Faculty Development Award.
  • Mary Ruth Bedford: Dr. Mary Ruth Bedford Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Dietetics and the Bedford Distinguished Faculty Award in the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics.
  • Carol Maas, Sun Lakes, Ariz., through a bequest: The Carol Maas Scholarship in Human Ecology and the Carol Maas Internship in Human Ecology.
  • Terrie McCants and Colin Nobel, Manhattan: The Nobel-McCants Study Abroad Award for Northern Ireland.
  • Carolyn Jackson, Arlington, Va.: The Carolyn Jackson Leadership Fund to support leadership development for students.
  • Jean and Charles Eby, Wichita, through a bequest: Support for the Human Ecology Dean’s Fund in Excellence.
  • Carol Ann Holcomb, Manhattan, through a bequest: The Carol Ann Holcomb Scholarship in Gerontology.
  • The Kellogg Company: The Kellogg Company Endowed Scholarship in Sensory Analysis.
  • Sarah and Shane Lanning, Fayetteville, Ark.: The Sarah and Shane Lanning Scholarship in Human Ecology.
  • Victoria Seitz, San Bernardino, Ca., through a bequest: The Victoria Seitz Visiting Professorship for Advancing Apparel and Textiles.
  • Jane and Ronald Woellhof, Fredericksburg, Tx., through a bequest: The Woellhof Family Excellence Fund for financial assistance to the Communication Sciences and Disorders program.

Story and photos by Human Ecology Communications. Photo below by student Robin Helget.

Crowd at the groundbreaking

Groundbreaking ceremonies crowd filled the west Justin Hall landscape

You can view more photos from the 2010 Celebration of Excellence on Flickr.

This article was posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management.