Vision Award

Vision Award plaque with names
The vision award identifies and extends our sincere appreciation to the individuals in the history of the K-State Student Union whose efforts, commitment, influence and dreams energized the growth and service of our student union.

2021 Recipient

Bill Muir, UGB ex-officio

Bill Muir has been an unwavering supporter of the K-State Student Union for more than 20 years. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1977 with a degree in business administration, and served as the Union Governing Board (UGB) faculty representative from 1997 through 2008.

Bill Muir headshot

After retiring in 2011 as the K-State assistant vice president for student life, he was given the title of assistant vice president emeritus. Muir accepted the invitation to return to UGB as a non-voting member in 2016. For the past five years, he accepted the request to return to the board each year to offer historical context as the group seeks to resolve new challenges.

In addition to his role on UGB, Muir is involved in the review committee for the Stanley L. Winter Alpha Tau Omega Leadership Scholarship. He has been heavily involved in his fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, over the years, holding both national and chapter offices. Muir continues to offer support and encouragement in every way possible to advance the mission of the Union.

Past Recipients

2004: Marianna Kistler Beach, student who organized the Union student fee campaign; and Franklin Richards

2005: Daniel Beatty

2006: Loren Kottner, first Union executive director

2007: Dr. Ed Gillette, first Union Governing Board officer; and Leon Armantrout, first Union Governing Board officer

2008: Dr. James McCain, university president who opened the Union; and Dr. C. Clyde Jones

2009: Green Construction of Manhattan, contractor that constructed the original building

2010: Dr. Chester and Mrs. Doris Peters, former vice president of student life; and O.D. Milligan Construction Company, contractor responsible for building expamsion

2011: Walter Smith, third Union executive director

2012: Richard Blackburn, second Union executive director

2013: Jon Levin, Jeff Levin and Steve Levin, bookstore contractors 2002-2012

2014: Pat Bosco, vice president of student life

2015: Ryan Patterson, SGA Privilege Fee chair who helped organize the 2015 Union renovation

2016: Nathan T. Spriggs, student body president who organized the 2015 Union renovation

2017: Jack Sills, fourth Union executive director

2018: Jack Connaughton, Union associate director

2019: Bernard J. Pitts, fifth Union executive director

2021: Bill Muir, UGB ex-officio