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Jennifer E. Jones, a member of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland, Ontario, Canada, has been nominated to become Rotary International’s president for 2022-23, a groundbreaking selection that will make her the first woman to hold that office in the organization’s 115-year history.
Jones will officially become president-nominee on 1 October if no other candidates challenge her.
Jones says she sees Rotary’s Action Plan as a catalyst for increasing Rotary’s impact.

Eastern Kansas Rotary
              District 5710
District #5710, supports the Rotary International statement that Rotary has no tolerance for racism. As Rotarians. we work tirelessly to promote respect of others, celebrate diversity, and demand ethical leadership to advance peace in our District and our world. As Rotarians, we support our code of conduct, focus on peacebuilding, and address conflict with compassion while building peace.
“Rotary Opens Opportunities” is the theme for this Rotary year. The future is NOW and it is imperative that as Rotarians e open the door of opportunity to not only recruit new
members but place special emphasis on the recruitment of African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, and any underrepresented groups in our communities, such as LGBTQ, people with disabilities, women, etc. Anyone who is willing to serve while respecting Rotary values should have the opportunity to be a member of one of our
clubs. We have much work to do as we continue to provide opportunities and make a difference in our diverse Kansas communities.
Through Rotary, we have the strength and power to bring people together. Our district clubs, through projects and grants, work to address the community needs of all people and all ages. Our local and global projects impact minorities and address inequities of those who are most in need of our Kansas communities and the world.
As Rotarians, we have the “power to make a difference” as we do our part to listen, learn and take action (your ideas are welcome here) to ensure that we meet the challenge of making positive change for Kansas citizens including all persons of color and any underrepresented groups in our communities.
Our District, through its member clubs, is proactive and continues to recruit and attract men and women of all ages and ethnicities. Currently, our District composition is approximately 30% women and has many people of color in club memberships, but we do not yet fully reflect the makeup of our communities.
For over a century, Rotary has funded and encouraged global and local programs that promote goodwill and better understanding between people of different cultures and nationalities. Our District will continue to do the same and will move forward to celebrate diversity and find peaceful solutions to make our world a better place.

Story submitted to K-State Today.


Tom C. Roberts, assistant dean emeritus of Carl R. Ice College of Engineering, has been appointed by the National Society of Professional Engineers, or NSPE, to serve a three-year term as representative to the ABET Board of delegates and area delegate to Applied Natural Sciences and Engineering Technology.

Voting members of the ABET Board of delegates represent the interest of their Member Society, serve as a communication link between ABET and the society, and provide input to the strategic planning process. ABET — formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. — is a nonprofit, non-governmental agency that accredits programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates.

Roberts served as NSPE president in 2017-18. During his term on the board of directors, NSPE developed and implemented a new membership model and created an updated strategic plan. He also interacted with state and congressional delegations regarding a wide-range of engineering licensure issues including qualification-based selection, autonomous vehicles, and pipeline safety.

NSPE was established in 1934 to realize a simple but vital goal: create an inclusive, nontechnical organization dedicated to the interests of licensed professional engineers, regardless of the practice area, that would protect engineers — and the public — from unqualified practitioners, build public recognition for the profession, and stand against unethical practices.

Roberts has more than 40 years' experience in planning, organizational development, and leadership training programs. He worked for Black & Veatch for 16 years — including 11 years in human resources. He formed Upward Consulting in 1989 and has served as a continuous quality improvement consultant for many manufacturing and service companies and educational institutions. He has presented information on systems thinking, professional development and our changing society to a wide variety of national audiences.

For 21 years at Kansas State University Roberts was responsible for engineering recruitment and leadership development. He is currently a facilitator in K-State's Global Campus Executive Coach program.

As a 40-year member of NSPE, Roberts has held and continues to hold, numerous volunteer leadership positions including past president Kansas Society of Professional Engineers, vice president of the Engineers Foundation of Kansas and member of the Government Relations Committee. He is a past chair of NSPE's Professional Engineers in Higher Education and in 2010 was named an NSPE Fellow.

Roberts holds bachelor's and master's degrees in nuclear engineering from K-State and has been a licensed professional engineer since 1976.

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.

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