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College of Education faculty recognized for excellence

The Kansas Counseling Association recently honored two College of Education faculty members for their excellence in the counseling field.

According to K-State Today, the association recognized the contributions of Judy Hughey, associate professor of special education, and Ken Hughey, department chair and professor of special education, counseling and student affairs.

Judy was named the association’s 2016 Counselor of the Year while Ken received the Kansas Counseling Association’s 2016 Distinguished Service Award.

“Ken and Judy have dedicated their professional lives to helping people, and it is wonderful that they are being recognized at the state level,” Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education, said to K-State Today. “They have contributed greatly to the caring culture in the college and their impact is truly remarkable when you consider all of the people they have touched through their scholarship and service.”

Manhattan receives honor as ‘Great American Defense Community’

For “providing unwavering support to service members and military families,” the Association of Defense Communities named Manhattan as one of 10 communities in its inaugural class of “Great American Defense Communities.”

The program, launched this year, acknowledges the efforts these communities carry out on behalf of military personnel and their families. According to the association’s press release, those honored were selected based on contributions in areas such as community appreciation, education, family support during deployments, job opportunities and housing.

“All 10 of our inaugural class of honorees truly embodied the ideals this initiative was designed to celebrate — making host communities for our nation’s military installations ‘Great Places to Call Home,’” Tim Ford, the association’s CEO, said in the press release.

The nine other honorees include:

  • Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Ft. Leonard Wood Region, Missouri
  • Goldsboro, North Carolina
  • Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Lawton, Okla.
  • Monterey, California
  • Okaloosa County, Florida
  • South Puget Sound, Washington