Family & Friends Reunion
2020 Don Good Impact Award Recognition Video
Lechtenberg Family Honored Impact Award Recipient
Kelly & Marcie Lechtenberg and family, proud supporters of the Kansas State University mission, were selected to receive the 2020 Don L. Good Impact Award. The family was recognized Sunday, October 11 during an online presentation.
The award, presented annually by LMIC, is named in honor of Good, who is a former head of the ASI department, and recognizes positive impact on the livestock and meat industry or agriculture. Traditionally, the Impact Award has been presented during the K-State ASI Family & Friends Reunion. Due to COVID-19 this year's reunion has been canceled.
The Lechtenberg family's K-State pride took root in 1983 when Kelly started veterinary school at the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine. Kelly simultaneously completed a DVM and doctorate in ruminant nutrition through the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. During this time, Marcie taught at Riley County High School while working on a master's degree in Speech Communication from K-State. In 2014, Marcie completed her doctorate in what is now the College of Health and Human Sciences. She is currently serving as the clinic director for the Couple and Family Therapy Program and the K-State Family Center.
A passion for purple runs deep in the Lechtenberg family. Combined, the family, including their three daughters Jana, Brooke and Paige, and their spouses, have accumulated 18 K-State degrees – soon to be 19, when Jana completes her doctorate studies in 2021.
"Kelly's education at KSU was critical to founding successful research-based companies in Kansas and Nebraska that provide services focused on the development and regulatory approval of safe, efficacious products for cattle, swine and poultry," says Patsy Houghton, K-State ASI Family & Friends Reunion chairman from McCook, Nebraska, in her nomination letter to the Don L. Good Impact Award committee. "The Lechtenberg family is passionate about fostering lifelong relationships through the power of mentorship, education and friendship that makes us all part of the K-State family."
K-State ASI Family & Friends Reunion Cancelled for 2020;
Transitions to Virtual Impact Award Presentation
Check out highlights of the 2019 K-State ASI Family & Friends Reunion:
2019 Don L Good Impact Award Presentation Video
The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA), a trade organization protecting the business interests of livestock producers, has been selected to receive the 2019 Don L. Good Impact Award.
Members of the association are involved in many aspects of the livestock industry, including seedstock, cow-calf and stocker cattle production, cattle feeding, dairy production, swine production, grazing land management and diversified farming operations. The association's work is funded by voluntary dues dollars paid by its more than 5,500 members.
Check out highlights from the the 2018 K-State ASI Family & Friends Reunion:
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2018 Don L Good Impact Award Presentation Video
CattleFax, an organization created by cattle producers, has been selected to receive the 2018 Don L. Good Impact Award.
The award, presented by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council Inc. (LMIC), is named in honor of Good, who is a former head of the Kansas State University Department of Animal Sciences and Industry (ASI), and recognizes positive impact on the livestock and meat industry or agriculture. CattleFax will be recognized during the K-State ASI Family and Friends Reunion, set for Oct. 12 at the Stanley Stout Center in Manhattan, Kansas.
Started in 1968, CattleFax is a member-owned organization that serves producers in all segments of the cattle and beef business. For half a century, it has been a global leader in beef industry research, analysis and information. Its exclusive industry database has set the standard for market information and analysis.
"The Department of Animal Sciences and Industry is pleased to join with LMIC in recognizing CattleFax as the company celebrates 50 years of making contributions to the beef industry," says Evan Titgemeyer, K-State ASI interim department head. "We invite our ASI alumni and friends and all who have worked with CattleFax to join us as we recognize the organization and its staff and celebrate the organization's contributions to the agriculture industry on Oct. 12." >> Read more
Congratulations to our 2017 Award WinnerSharon 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 served two terms on the National Pork Board and 20 years in the Kansas Legislature. Sharon was an influential part of the “Pork. The Other White Meat” campaign.
Congratulations to our 2016 Award Winner
Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), the world's largest and most successful branded beef program, was presented the 2016 Don L. Good Impact Award Oct. 7 during the Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry (ASI) Family & Friends Reunion in Manhattan.
The award, presented by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council Inc. (LMIC), is named in honor of Good, who is a former ASI department head, and recognizes positive impact on the livestock and meat industry or agriculture.
"The Livestock and Meat Industry Council was excited to provide an opportunity for animal science alumni and friends to re-connect as well as celebrate the presentation of the Don L. Good Impact Award to Certified Angus Beef," says Craig Good, LMIC president. "The reunion was well attended and was a big success in giving folks a chance to visit the university that they love and support. The LMIC was proud to recognize Certified Angus Beef and the Kansas State alumni who have had a significant part in the development and success of the program."
Through the years, many K-State ASI alumni have contributed to the brand's success. Individuals recognized during the presentation included: Dr. Jerry Lipsey, Dr. Mike May, Mary Ferguson, Dr. Jim Riemann, Dr. Larry Corah, Steve Suther, John Stika and Bryce Schumann. >> Read Full Press Release
Another highlight of the Family & Friends reunion was the performance by the "best band in the land," the reigning Sudler Trophy Award winner, the K-State Marching Band. Following the performance, attendees participated in the Wildcat Walk as the band formed an aisle and played while attendees entered the Stout Center led by Willie and the kids. It was a family event with something for everyone, including the famous Junior Wildcat Barnyard, state fair qualifying pedal tractor pull and toy giveaway.