Two KSU business professors inaugurate faculty fellowship

By Bryan Richardson

Two award-winning instructors in Kansas State University’s College of Business Administration are being honored as the first recipients of the college’s new Edgerley Outstanding Instructor Fellowship

Scott Hendrix, instructor of finance and Gates Capital Management faculty fellow, and Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, instructor of management, will serve in the fellowships for the next two academic years: 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.

The fellowships were made possible by Paul and Sandra Edgerley, Brookline, Mass., who have established or contributed to a number of university scholarships, funds and faculty chairs - primarily in the College of Business Administration.

Hendrix and Whitney-Bammerlin were selected for the fellowships by a four-member faculty committee from the college.

“Scott and Donita each serve as outstanding examples of the high quality of the instructors we have in the College of Business Administration,” said Ali Malekzadeh, Edgerley family dean of the College of Business Administration. “I congratulate them both for their excellence in teaching, innovation and service to their students and the college. Their efforts demonstrate how the College of Business Administration is helping the university meet its goal of becoming a top 50 public research university by 2025.”

Since joining the university in 2002, Hendrix has earned multiple honors for his teaching and advising, including the university’s Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the college’s Kansas State Bank Outstanding Teaching Award, Ralph E. Reitz Outstanding Teaching Award and the Kansas State Bank Outstanding Advising Award. He also was recognized by the university’s office of student activities and services as the 2009 adviser of the year. The honor was based on his efforts in guiding the Student Finance Association and playing a key role in the group’s first face-to-face meeting with billionaire Warren Buffett in March 2009. Since then, Hendrix has helped the group meet with business magnate three more times in Omaha.

He was named the College of Business Administration’s Gates Capital Management faculty fellow in 2009.

Hendrix has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Along with teaching courses in organizational behavior, event planning management, honors and leadership, managing diversity, and training and development, Whitney-Bammerlin advises five university student organizations: Students in Free Enterprise, Collegiate Agri-Women, Golden Key International Honor Society and Phi Kappa Theta and Phi Gamma Delta fraternities. As adviser to Students in Free Enterprise, she was named a Sam Walton fellow for the organization.

Whitney-Bammerlin has been honored for her teaching and advising with the university’s Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence and the college’s Kansas State Bank Outstanding Advising Award.

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