K-State Conferences Win Regional Awards

Kansas State University’s Conferences and Noncredit Programs team brought home two awards from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) regional conference Sept. 25-27 in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Engineering Summer Institute received the Innovative Noncredit Program Award, presented to an outstanding new program offered within the last two years. Evaluation criteria included cost effectiveness, innovation, diversity, extent to which the program has fulfilled its objectives and contribution to adult and continuing education. The Engineering Summer Institute provided the opportunity for students from Gujarat Technological University in Gujarat, India to travel to K-State to complete two eight-week courses in electrical and mechanical engineering disciplines taught by K-State faculty.

The Mature Noncredit Program Award was given to the Kansas Transportation Engineering Conference. This award is given to a mature program that has been offered for the past five years and demonstrates sustained innovation. Other evaluation criteria match that of the Innovative Noncredit Program Award. The 2013 KTE featured 38 speakers and more than 550 attendees. This annual conference plays a leading role in the development of and communication surrounding transportation innovation in Kansas.

Debbie Hagenmaier, K-State assistant director of conferences and noncredit programs, serves as the regional chair for UPCEA.

“As regional chair, I preside at regional business meetings held during regional and annual conferences,” Hagenmaier said. “This year I also had the privilege of being the emcee at the awards ceremony at the regional conference.” In her role as regional chair, Hagenmaier also serves on the UPCEA regional cabinet.