Schwartz Awarded Don L. Good Impact Award
K-State ASI alumni and friends re-connect during third annual Family & Friends Reunion.
Laughter and music filled the night air as Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry alumni and supporters gathered on Friday, October 13, at the Stanley Stout Center in Manhattan, Kansas. This evening marked the third annual ASI Family & Friends Reunion.
More than 1,000 attendees took the opportunity to re-connect with each other and interact with current students, faculty and staff.The annual event is hosted by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council (LMIC) in cooperation with the ASI department.
The highlight of the evening each year is the awarding of the Don L. Good Impact Award, which recognizes a person or business that has had an impact on the livestock and agricultural industry.
Sharon Schwartz, from Washington, Kansas, was presented with the 2017 Don L. Good Impact Award because of her work as a long-time pork industry leader and Kansas state legislator. She has served two terms on the National Pork Board and 20 years in the Kansas Legislature. Schwartz was an influential part of the “Pork. The Other White Meat” campaign.
Event coordinators strive to create a family atmosphere through entertainment, food and activities that is enjoyed by K-Staters of all ages. A live performance of traditional K-State songs by the KSU Marching Band entertained the crowd along with the Rusty Rierson Band. A meal including a variety of meat choices was topped off with legendary Call Hall Ice Cream.
“It was an eye-opening event that embodied the family atmosphere that I’ve come to love about Kansas State University,” said Austin Matheny, senior in Animal Sciences & Industry from Mays Lick, Kentucky. “This event is something I plan to come back to when I am an alumni.”
While adults are re-connecting, the Junior Wildcat Barnyard provides entertainment for future K-Staters. The life-size rocking horse and rope making were successful additions to this year’s barnyard. Kids enjoyed playing in the dirt with farm toys, practicing their roping skills and competing in the Kansas State Fair qualifying tractor pull.
The ASI Department encourages the next generation of K-Staters to show their Wildcat pride by signing a Letter of Intent. This puts their name in a drawing for the chance win one of 50 prizes, including custom-painted Happy Toymaker truck and trailer sets and various farm toys and ropes.
Ensuring this annual event continues is a priority of Patsy Houghton, event coordinator from McCook, Nebraska. "I'd like to see more events around the ASI Family and Friends Reunion that could bring mentors back to campus and interconnect with students in the classroom two or three days preceding this event,” she said. “The opportunities associated with this event are just limitless for both the department and the University."
ASI Family & Friends Reunion provides countless opportunities for current, past and future generations of K-Staters. For photo and video highlights visit the event Facebook page, www.facebook.com/KStateFamilyAndFriends.
Photo backdrop images and other candids from the night are posted to the ASI Family & Friends Flickr album.
The Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry serves students, livestock producers and the animal and food industries through teaching, research and education. The K-State ASI department prepares students for careers in the animal and food industries. The curriculum includes the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, meat science and food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills. For more about the K-State's ASI department visit asi.ksu.edu.
The Livestock and Meat Industry Council is dedicated to facilitating interdisciplinary research that identifies and addresses issues/opportunities facing animal agriculture and the efficient production of food. The Council solicits volunteer contributions including money, land, livestock, equipment and other bequests in support of approved priorities and initiatives within the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, in cooperation with the College of Agriculture at K-State.