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Colleges taps seven outstanding graduating seniors

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Seven students have been tapped for Outstanding Senior Awards from the College of Human Ecology at commencement Dec. 11 in McCain Auditorium.

They are Jamie Klover, communications sciences and disorders, Overland Park; Lynette Hawes, early childhood education, Peyton, Colo.; Krystin Matuszewicz, family studies and human services, Ellsworth; Rachael Neihart, family studies and human services, Leawood; Erin Schneider, coordinated dietetics program, Beattie; Courtney Held, didactic dietetics program and public health and nutrition, Leawood; and Robert Tibbetts, hotel and restaurant management, Liberal .

Klover, a member of Kappa Omicron Nu honorary and Alpha Delta Pi sorority, has been accepted into the speech-language pathology graduate program at K-State. “The ability to provide someone with the tools to improve their quality of life is the most important aspect of this career for me,” she said.

Hawes worked full-time as a parent educator in Junction City and managed her family while attending K-State. She was in the Kansas National Guard where she was a diesel tank mechanic rebuilding M1A1’s and M1A2’s. She served 3 years in the Army at Ft. Riley. She hopes to teach kindergarten and pursue an advanced degree in special education.

Matuszewicz’s minor in Spanish took her to Santander, Spain, for a summer to study at Menendez Pelayo International University. She is a Kansas Board of Regents Scholar, a State of Kansas Minority Scholar and recipient of the Next Generation Nonprofit Leader Award and other honors. She has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manhattan and Children’s Ministry for University Christian Church. She was ambassador for the School of Leadership Studies.

During her sophomore year, Neihart was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer but with persistence and “compassionate professors,” she said, she continued her education. Neihart started the Thankful for Life Foundation and sponsored three Bone Marrow Registry Drives on campus. She hopes to be a patient advocate with cancer patients or work with children with cancer. She is active in Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Up til’ Dawn where she works at St. Jude’s Hospital with children who have cancer, Phi Upsilon and Sigma Alpha Lambda, the community service honor society.

After graduating with a degree in public health nutrition and working as a healthy coach for a major insurance provider, Schneider returned to K-State to earn registered dietitian credentials. Her practicums have been at K-State Van Zile Dining Center, HyVee Grocery Store and Via-Christi Health Center in Wichita. She received the Jean Lawson Bottger Scholarship this fall.

Held receives outstanding senior awards from two departments: human nutrition and hospitality management and dietetics. She has been involved in a wide range of public service and leadership groups such as Comfort the Children International where she worked with nutrition education in Kenya; promoting lifelong activity and nutrition in elementary schools; Kappa Omicron Nut honor society where where she served as interim president. She is co-founder of Fair trade Awareness, Africa’s Sustainability Together (FAAST) and organized a run and social justice fair for two years.

Tibbetts will receive degrees in horticulture – golf course management - and hotel and restaurant management. He has been an intern with US Golf Association, Far Hills, N.J., greens section; Tahoe Mountain Club in member relations; with Dallas Country Club in hospitality; and with Victoria National Golf Club, Newburgh, Indiana, as turf grass intern. He is a member of Blue Key senior honorary, Student Alumni Board, Beta Theta Pi and Club Managers Association of America.

Prepared by Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, and is filed under College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management.