Recent Club Highlights

This article appeared in the K-State Today on 12/13/2019 and was submitted by Mary Rankin.

Gary Clark, interim dean of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Agricultural and Biological Engineering Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department.

The award is based on a recipient's accomplishments and outstanding service to the profession. Clark holds bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of Florida.

Also a professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University, Clark completed a doctorate in agricultural engineering from Texas A&M University. His technical expertise is in the design and management of irrigation systems and in the administration/oversight of engineering degree programs and program assessment.

His research has focused on the use of micro-irrigation technology for applying wastewater resources, hydraulics of irrigation systems, irrigation scheduling and the performance assessment of center pivot irrigation systems.

Clark has held a faculty position in teaching, research and extension. He has also served in administrative roles at K-State as head of the biological and agricultural engineering department and senior associate dean for the engineering college.

Rotary Club Update For Week of January 20, 2020
Mike thanked Ned Seaton for his program the previous week. Ned provided his annual “look back” at the previous year as well as a quick review of what we might expect in 2020. As always Ned was both a newsman and a humorist. The Club always looks forward to his programs, although some have to seek shelter when his humor turns in their direction.
Mike invited Dale Bradley to introduce the program. 
Dale Bradley introduced Todd Holmberg, director of the McCain Auditorium. Normally Todd does a preview of the upcoming shows, but this time he provided us an extensive overview of the McCain Auditorium construction project, complete with artist’s renderings of the exterior and interior of the finished product. Todd pointed out that 2020 will be the 50th year of the auditorium and we can expect some disruptions due to the construction, the finished product will make the McCain experience even better.   
The book “Pass Go” was presented in his honor to Theodore Roosevelt School.
New Members. Bill Richter introduced new member Ken Neils who is well known to many of our members. We are fortunate to have Ken in our club.
Leadership Training. We have leadership training opportunities coming.
  • February 15-16 in Lawrence
  • March 14-15 in Leavenworth
  • August 20 (business) with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
District Conference. Will be May 8 in Lenexa.   
Next Meetings.        
            - 23 Jan – Troy Munch – History of the Liberty Indoor Football Team who played at Tony’s Pizza Event Center in Salina.
            - 30 Jan – Bonnie Rush – Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine
Rotary on tap.
  • January 21, 4-7 p.m., JP’s Union
  • February 19, 4-7 p.m., Viking Grill
The Manhattan Rotary Club meeting on Dec. 5 was a club assembly, during which the various committees met to work on their projects. Stacy Kohlmeier served as greeter. In addition, some new members were introduced. Dale Bradley introduced Randy Peterson and Steven Graham introduced Georgina Clemens. President Mike Dodson noted upcoming events: MHS Pops Choir will perform at Rotary on Dec. 12; club assistance at the Manhattan Breadbasket on Dec. 16; KSU Rotaract will meet on Dec. 16; Rotary On Tap at Colbert Hills Dec. 17. Vern Henricks announced the results of Rotarians volunteering at the refreshment stands at KSU home football games.  Steven Graham received the Holiday Inn Appreciation.
The Manhattan Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon (except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2) at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. Visitors are always welcome.
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