KSU Lauds Rhodes, Carnegie Winners

Michael Wesch
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Achieving athletic success wasn't the only focus at Kansas State University Monday.

KSU President Jon Wefald began his portion of a new conference introducing Bill Snyder as the new football coach by announcing KSU professor Michael Wesch was named the Carnegie Foundation National Professor of the Year for Doctoral Universities.

He's a cultural anthropologist and media ecologist.

Also, Wefald announced 2008 agribusiness graduate Vincent Hofer of Franklin, Kansas was named a Rhodes Scholar. Hofer is currently a legislative correspondent for Sen. Sam Brownback.

Hofer is one of 32 winners nationwide. He will attend Oxford University in England, where he plans to study economics for development and Latin American studies.

“This is fantastic news for Vincent, and for the state of Kansas,” Brownback said in a statement. “I know that Vincent will take full advantage of all the opportunities that go along with a Rhodes Scholarship. I am certain that Vincent will make a great contribution to whatever field of study he pursues. We all wish him the very best.”

"K-State is about a committment to academic excellence," Wefald said at the Monday news conference. "We have a great faculty, an outstanding student body and we're doing very well."

Hofer is K-State's eighth Rhodes winner since 1986. Wesch is the third KSU professor to win the Carnegie award. Physics professor Chris Sorensen won just last year.