Retired K-State Professor Miles McKee to Receive Inaugural Impact Award

June 6, 2015 12:17 PM
Retired K-State Professor Miles McKee to Receive Inaugural Impact Award

Back in 1950, the national champion livestock judging team was from Kansas State University and was coached by Don Good. A member of that team, Miles McKee, will be the first recipient of the Don Good Impact Award.

Named for the former head of the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, the award recognizes positive impact on the livestock and meat industry or agriculture. Presented by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council (LMIC), the award will be presented at the Kansas State University Animal Science Family and Friends Reunion, set for Oct. 9 at the Stanley Stout Center in Manhattan.

“Miles McKee taught thousands of students in beef production, pregnancy diagnosis and introductory animal science,” said Dave Nichols, professor of animal sciences and industry and the award nominator. “His greatest impact at Kansas State was his outstanding academic advising. Along with Dr. Good, he laid the foundation and culture of our department for student service and success.”

McKee is professor emeritus at K-State, where he worked from 1959 through his retirement in 2005. He received several teaching and advising awards during his tenure.

Warren Weibert of Manhattan, Kansas is president of the LMIC and received a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013 from the department. He said the Family and Friends Reunion is designed to bring alumni and friends of K-State Animal Sciences and Industry home to Manhattan for a weekend of fun. “It will provide an opportunity to reconnect with college classmates, faculty and staff as well,” he said.

Ken Odde, head of animal sciences and industry, said there are many people connected to the department from all over the country.

“We need to reach these committed K-Staters and give them a reason to come to Manhattan,” Odde said. He commended the LMIC on their work with the reunion, citing reconnecting the department faculty, staff and students with alumni and friends as a reason for attending.

Odde said the department numbers are up 500 students in the last seven years. In the 2014-15 academic year, 1,250 undergraduates and 209 graduate students were enrolled in the department.

More information and registration is available online for the Oct. 9 K-State Animal Science Family and Friends Reunion

Source: K-State Research & Extension News

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