As the semester comes to a close, we are celebrating our Fall 2018 graduates from the Chapman Center.
We are so proud to share some of their accomplishments while here at K-State.
Thomas Lachowsky walked the stage in the Fall 2018 commencement ceremony to receive his Bachelors of Arts in English. Thomas returned to school at K-State after being employed as a software compatibility tester at Microsoft and working as a writer and video game developer. He has worked on several video game projects including the multiplayer online roleplaying game Legends of Equestria as well as other projects where he did all the writing, implementing and testing. Thomas was a recipient of a research award from the College of Arts and Sciences to work with faculty mentor Steffi Dippold. Since starting at the Chapman Center in 2018, Thomas has converted hours of footage from film reels to digital formats and scanned pictures for digital archival. He also began developing a virtual educational exploration project of the lost town of Broughton, Kansas. Thomas hopes to make his home in Manhattan, Kansas.
Karen Schneck has been a beloved member of the Chapman team since 2015. During commencement, Karen was conferred a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture degree from the College of Agriculture with a minor in Entomology. Karen has been an active member of Alpha of Clovia 4-H House, the K-State Horticulture Club, and competitor on the National Collegiate Landscape Competition Team. In 2017 the American Society for Horticulture Science recognized her as a collegiate scholar awarded to the top 15% of students in horticulture based on academic standing and achievements. She was awarded the American Floral Endowment Vic and Margaret Ball internship scholarship to work at Skagit Horticulture, a commercial greenhouse in Mount Vernon, Washington for six months. In January 2018, she was recognized as Greenhouse Product News’ GPN/Nexus Intern of the Year. At the Chapman Center, she has produced content for the Facebook page and scanned and archived 4,000 postcards from her personal collection. Since returning to the Center in 2018, Karen has grown our Facebook following by 300 and continues to captivate people with her postcards and research of Kansas history. Karen will return to K-State to pursue a Master’s in Horticulture with aspirations to become a greenhouse grower and, eventually, a horticulture extension educator.
We wish them success and happiness as they use their K-State degrees to launch into the future.