CST Industries earns Pollution Prevention Award

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) presents Pollution Prevention Awards annually to those communities, businesses and industries who have made a significant improvement in protecting our environment by preventing pollution or conserving natural resources. Pollution prevention (P2) encompasses many different activities that prevent or reduce the generation of pollutants or wastes at the source. Opportunities for preventing pollution occur in all sectors of economic life – industry, agriculture, energy, and/or the design and use of consumer products. This annual award program recognizes excellence in working towards a cleaner environment.

On Aug. 9, CST Industries in Parsons was recognized as a 2017 Pollution Prevention Award recipient. The award ceremony was in Topeka in conjunction with the annual KDHE Environmental Conference. Matt Kuhel was present to accept the award on behalf of CST. Matt has been in charge of the Pollution Prevention Intern (PPI) program for the past four years and leads interns from Kansas State University in the effort to reduce waste, energy and hazardous waste at the Parsons facility. This program has resulted in many improvements and cost savings projects, including LED shop lighting, cutting e-room powder consumption by 50 percent, better top coat transfer efficiency resulting in lower paint usage thus reducing our HAPs (hazardous air pollutants) and annual air and gas line leak audits. These activities have been a team effort with participation from all levels work groups within the plant.  Since joining the program, CST has been recognized for three pollution prevention awards.


College staff recognized for work years

Labette Community College honored employees with years-of-service pins during the opening in-service on Aug. 14.

Phylis Coomes, library, received a pin for 30 years of service.

Jill Coomes, nursing instructor, was honored for 25 years as were Leanna Doherty, vice president of finance and operations, Kathy Johnston, enrollment management, and David Beach, math instructor.

Tonya Evans, print shop, was honored for 20 years.

Ben McKenzie, exercise science instructor, Tom Duran, communication instructor, and Connie Nance, accounts payable, were honored for 15 years.

Those earning pins for 10 years of service were Pat Duncan, Talent Search, Cindy Dyson, registrar, Deborah Newby, English instructor, Robert Bartelli, economics instructor, and Julie Page, nursing instructor.

Those receiving pins for five years of service were Seth Roach, music instructor, Brian Vediz, sonography director, Kimi Dowling, public relations, Tammy Kimrey, radiography instructor, Mark Watkins, president, Rebecca Roach, Student Support Services, Mike Brotherton, Talent Search, Kevin Doherty, facilities, Alan Pommier, math instructor, Trudy Hill, workforce education, Robert Harris, evening custodian supervisor, Travis King, facilities, Diane Thompson, biology instructor, and Jonathan Wilhoft, facilities assistant.

Adjunct instructors honored included Sara Davis for 35 years of service; Linda Bennett, Lucille McCune and Scott Nelson, 25 years; Thomas Robson, 15 years; Lacey Finley and Seth Roach, 10 years; Joan Allen, Michelle Bernd, Stephanie Best, Pamela Blackburn, Stephanie Blackburn, Leslie Bowman, Deborah Burke, Cathy Campbell, Rhonda Etter, Lisa Farris, Amanda Fields, Debra Gatton, Bobby Handshey, Cindy Miller, Gina Miller, Rebecca Perez, Ron Patchin, Rebecca Roach, Bruce Rea, Robert Walker, Morgan Webb, Angela Yarbrough and Scotty Zollars, five years.


Karstetter named to nursing board

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced new appointments to boards and commissions recently.

The appointments included Mandy Karstetter of McCune to the Kansas Board of Nursing.

“I’d like to thank these individuals for committing their time and skills to serve the people of Kansas,” Brownback said in a prepared statement.

The governor’s office is always looking for qualified, interested Kansans to serve the state on commissions and boards in their areas of expertise.

Anyone interested in serving on a commission or board should visit governor.ks.gov/serving-kansans/office-of-appointments.

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