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Phillips 66 renews support for K-State

With its $500,000 gift, Phillips 66 has renewed its support for several K-State programs.

The gift is the company’s way of investing in student organizations, special initiatives and general department funding within the College of Business Administration and College of Engineering. According to K-State Today, this investment includes the new Engineering Leadership and Innovation program, which will cross-train select engineering students with coursework from the College of Business Administration and Staley School of Leadership Studies.

“Phillips 66 has sought K-State graduates to join its global workforce for generations,” Tim Taylor, alum and president of Phillips 66, said to K-State Today. “K-State and Phillips 66 share a commitment to excellence, leadership and service. We are happy to invest in professional development and student success at a university that produces many of the graduates we hire.”

In addition, Phillips 66 has also renewed its commitment to several campuswide initiatives like career services, peer-led tutoring and the SHIELD Scholar Program. SHIELD, of which K-State is one of 10 universities selected for participation by Phillips 66, provides 24 junior and senior students with $3,500 scholarships annually.

“Phillips 66 offers inherent value to the Kansas State University educational experience,” Greg Willems, president and CEO of the Kansas State University Foundation, said to K-State Today. “In the midst of our $1 billion Innovation and Inspiration Campaign to advance K-State’s 2025 vision, we depend on generous partners like Phillips 66 to reach our goals and promote student success.”

Landscape architecture program wins four regional awards

The landscape architecture program brought home four regional awards from the 2016 Central States American Society of Landscape Architecture meeting last Friday in Little Rock, Arkansas.

According to K-State Today, during this annual meeting the society honors the best in landscape architecture from the Central States region. The region is comprised of six individual chapters that encompass eight states, including Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota.

In all, the program took home two excellence awards, a honor award and a merit award for their work, according to K-State Toady:

An excellence award was given to the summer 2015 landscape architecture studio and seminar project, Parcels and Peppers strategic master plan for the city of St. Louis, led by associate professors Blake Belanger and Howard Hahn.

An excellence award was given to the Wichita Pop-Up Park project, completed by students from both a graduate studio and an undergraduate materials course. Their effort was led by Katie Kingery-Page, associate professor of landscape architecture, and Chip Winslow, professor of landscape architecture, along with Richard Thompson, instructional technologist from the College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

An honor award was given to the Re-Envisioning Campus Creek project, completed by landscape architecture and biological and agricultural engineering students from the fall 2014 Specialization Studio with Jessica Canfield, assistant professor, and Tim Keane, professor.

A merit award was given to the Landscape Architecture and Public Welfare project, completed by students in the Landscape Architecture Site Planning and Design studio during spring 2015 with Alpa Nawre, assistant professor, and Blake Belanger, associate professor.