Two members of the Kansas State University faculty will receive Alumni Awards from Fort Hays State University Friday during Homecoming celebrations.
Dr. Donald W. Kaufman, a professor of mammalian ecology, Division of Biology, will receive an Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Mark D. Haub, assistant professor of human nutrition, will receive a Young Alumni Award.
The FHSU Alumni Association Achievement Award is given for outstanding, unselfish contributions in service to community, state or nation, both as a citizen in the recipient's chosen career and through philanthropy. 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 awards will be presented at the annual Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet Friday, Sept. 30.
Kaufman earned two FHSU degrees, a B.S. in general science in 1965 and an M.S. in zoology in 1967. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Georgia in 1972.
"If you would ask animal ecologists anywhere in the world to name the top five researchers working with animals in a grassland environment, I am confident that Dr. Don Kaufman would be on that list," said Dr. Eugene Fleharty, professor emeritus of biology at FHSU, in a letter recommending Kaufman for an Alumni Achievement Award. Fleharty continued, "He has played an active role in the scientific community. He has served his scientific organizations by working on various committees, boards and serving in various offices. He is a consummate teacher and, in addition to touching thousands of undergraduate students, has mentored over a dozen doctoral students."
Kaufman has also taught at the University of Arkansas and at the State University of New York, Binghamton. From 1977 to 1980, he was the initial director of the Population Biology and Physiological Ecology Program of the National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C. He then became an assistant professor at KSU
and eventually a full professor in 1991. While at KSU, he has conducted research on mammalian ecology and behavior, prairie ecology and mammalian conservation biology and served as director of the Konza Prairie Biological Station from 1986 to 1987 and from 1990 to 1991.
Kaufman is a member of the American Society of Mammalogists and has served on its board of directors. He also belongs to the Central Plains Society of Mammalogists, is on its board of governors and is a member of the Kansas Chapter of the Wildlife Society, currently serving as president.
He is a long-time financial supporter of education activities at the Konza Prairie Biological Station. He and his wife, Dr. Glennis Kaufman, a research assistant professor in mammalian ecology, are also major contributors to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History building fund and are life members and adjunct curators.
They are also financial supporters of the Fleharty Graduate Assistantship in the biological sciences at FHSU, created and underwrite the annual Graduate Student Research Award of the Central Plains Society of Mammalogists and are strong supporters of preservation, revitalization and the arts in their hometown of Lucas.
He and his wife have one child, Dawn Kaufman, who also is a research ecologist.
Haub graduated from Fort Hays State in 1992 with a B.A. in psychology. He received 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 KSU, 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.