Awards and Recognitions

four plaques hanging on wall

The Union recognizes outstanding employees, volunteers and former employees through the Career Achievement Award, Vision Award, Employee Achievement Award and Stanley L. Winter Alpha Tau Omega Leadership Scholarship.

Vision Award

The Vision Award identifies and extends our sincere appreciation to the individuals in the history of the Union whose efforts, commitment, influence and dreams energized the growth and service of our student union.

2022 recipient: Cindy Bontrager, vice president, chief operations officer

Past recipients 

Employee Achievement Award

The Employee Achievement Award, given twice a year to a student and professional staff recipient, recognizes and honors employees for their dedication. Individuals are nominated by peers and selected based on outstanding achievements.

Fall 2022

  • Student recipient: Kirsten Gross, director's office
  • Staff recipient: Robert Howard, information technology

Spring 2022

  • Student recipient: Haley Krueger, retail services
  • Staff recipient: John May, manager, building maintenance


Past recipients

Winter Scholarship

The Stanley L. Winter Alpha Tau Omega Leadership Scholarship perpetuates the memory of Stanley L. Winter on the campus of Kansas State University and provides educational opportunities and assistance for upper-level students who possess exemplary attributes in scholarship, fellowship and character.

2021-2022 recipient: Ethan Doherty

Past recipients

Career Achievement Award

The Union serves the K-State community successfully because of the devotion, creativity, caring and hard work of its loyal staff members over many years. It is more than a building, but a community of people... people who make a difference.

The following individuals are honored for 25 or more years of service to the Union.​

  • Georgia Perez, accounting specialist: 1977-2020
  • John Frese, maintenance repair technician manager: 1966-2020
  • Rhonda McCabe, ID center assistant manager: 1983-2019
  • John Garetson, bowling center manager: 1982-2016
  • Michael Farres, custodial specialist: 1974-2016
  • William Wisdom, assistant director of retail services: 1968-2016
  • Jack Thoman, assistant director of business services: 1972-2016 
  • Elias Saig, custodial specialist: 1979-2012
  • Sandra Barnes, Cats' Den Coordinator: 1985-2012
  • John Anneberg, custodial specialist: 1965-2012
  • Kelly Umscheid, recreation mechanic: 1985-2011
  • Terri Eddy, recreation manager: 1976-2011
  • Jack Connaughton, associate director: 1980-2010