Dr. Mark D. Haub, a 1988 graduate of Topeka West High School, will receive a Young Alumni Award from Fort Hays State University Friday during Homecoming celebrations.
Haub, an assistant professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, earned a B.A. in psychology from FHSU in 1992. The Young Alumni Award recognizes 10- through 15-year graduates for professional and educational achievement, community activities, honors and awards or other accomplishments since graduation.
The award will be presented at the annual Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet Friday, Sept. 30.
Haub earned an M.S. in exercise science from the University of Kansas in 1996 and a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from KU in 1998, earning an Outstanding Master's Student Award and an Outstanding Doctoral Student Award along the way. He also won a research fellowship from the University of Arkansas for Medical Science to study nutritional physiology.
"As a professional, Mark has made an impact on his department (Human Nutrition) and the College of Human Ecology," wrote a colleague at Kansas State University, Dr. Betsy Barrett, recommending Haub for a Young Alumni Award. "Mark has received numerous grants to study practical issues that relate to the human body and nutrition.
"He has published extensively and is one of the most prolific assistant professors I have known. He also has taught several graduate and undergraduate courses and students have told me he is an excellent instructor because he encourages them to think 'out of the box,' " Barrett wrote.
Haub was an instructor on the interim graduate faculty in the Department of Physical Education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1998. From 1998 to 2000, he was a research fellow in the Nutrition, Metabolism and Exercise Laboratory at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he was also a guest lecturer for the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition in 1999. He joined KSU in 2000 as an assistant professor in the Department of Human Nutrition, became a faculty associate for the
Galichia Center on Aging in 2001 and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Basic Cancer Research in 2002.
At FHSU, Haub attended on an athletic scholarship, earned all-district honors in track and field and lettered in track and cross country. He was a resident assistant and resident manager of Agnew Hall. He was also a member of Psi Chi.
He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Diabetes Association, the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, the International Association for the Study of Obesity and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity.
His volunteer work includes service in the vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Manhattan, at the Rocky Mountain Food Bank, at a Ronald McDonald House and at the Chicago Rescue Mission.
His wife, Michelle, a 1993 and 1994 graduate of FHSU, is a speech-language pathologist. They have one child, Trae.
The FHSU Alumni Association, established in 1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 37,000 graduates living throughout the United States and 61 foreign countries.