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Arts and Sciences honors three with alumni awards

By The Mercury

Three distinguished alumni of Kansas State University’s College of Arts and Sciences received alumni awards from the college at a ceremony Thursday.

Evan Stewart, a 1965 graduate in mathematics, and Steve Physioc, 1977 graduate of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, received Alumni Merit Awards. April West, a 2001 bachelor’s graduate in psychology, received the Young Alumni Award.

Peter Dorhout, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, made the award presentations at the K-State Alumni Center.

“The College of Arts and Sciences takes pride in the accomplishments of our alumni — they remind us of why we are here, at K-State,” said Dorhout. “Our goal is to prepare students to go out into the world and make a difference — to use their Arts and Sciences core and the specialization in their major to ‘move the needle.’ These three Wildcats are being recognized for doing just that.”

Andrew Bennett, head of the university’s mathematics department, nominated Stewart for the Alumni Merit Award to recognize his distinguished career in the aerospace industry, most notably as the chief information officer for B/E Aerospace in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Stewart has also been a strong supporter of the mathematics department and university as an alumnus.

Stewart is a retired vice president and chief information officer for B/E Aerospace Inc. He lives in Leawood with his wife, Karen.

Physioc, who grew up in the Kansas City area, was nominated for his long career as a sports play-by-play announcer, which has included announcing major league baseball, NFL, NBA and NCAA football and basketball games. In 2012, Physioc returned to Kansas City as the voice of his hometown team, the Kansas City Royals. He lives in the Greater Kansas City area with his wife, Stacey.

West, originally from Mulvane, is the director of human resources for the Ritz-Carlton Co. in Kapalua, Hawaii.

A McNair Scholar at Kansas State University, she was the first member of the university’s program to earn a doctorate. West earned a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 2003 and her doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego in 2006.

She has rapidly ascended in her career, beginning in 2007 as a leadership development specialist for the MGM Grand University in Las Vegas before becoming the director of human resources for the Mirage Casino and Hotel, also in Las Vegas, prior to her current position with the Ritz-Carlton in Hawaii.

West was nominated for the Young Alumni Award by Michael Young, head of Kansas State University’s psychological sciences department.

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