September 28, 2010
Cowley employee’s family named Kansas State University’s
Honorary Family of the Year
Four generations and more than eight decades of involvement with Kansas State University have earned the Andy J. Schuler Jr. family, the honor of being K-State's 2010 Family of the Year.
Janice Stover, Director of Academic Enrichment at Cowley College, is the daughter of Andy J. Schuler Jr., and a 1982 graduate of Kansas State University. The Schuler family was recognized Saturday at the K-State football game against the University of Central Florida and at a special brunch as part of the university's Family Day activities. Twenty members of the family were in attendance.
"If Webster's Dictionary had a definition for Purple Pride, it would reference the Schuler family, with our family portrait as its illustration," said Stover’s cousin, Charlene Nichols, who was the nominating family member in the application. "We Schuler family members didn't just attend K-State: we were actively involved along the way."
Between them the Schuler family holds 21 degrees from five of K-State's colleges. They were members of Phi Delta Theta, Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Delta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Phi Kappa Theta, Chi Omega and Triangle.
Members of the Schuler family were elected to serve as student senators, class officers and SGA executive committee members, according to the nomination application. They marched with the Pride of Wildcat Land, helped paint K-Hill, played on the K-State soccer club and various intramural teams, served K-State ice cream at Call Hall, participated in the Union Program Council, served as Block and Bridle Queen, wrote articles and columns for the Collegian and Royal Purple, participated in numerous judging teams, and worked on basic cancer research. They were members of countless departmental and college organizations, where they held numerous leadership roles.
"There are very few corners of the K-State campus that have not been touched in some way by some member of this family," one family member said.
K-State's junior honorary, Chimes, selects the K-State Family of the Year based on three criteria: how the family is affiliated with the university; the way they show their loyalty and pride in K-State; and what role family plays in their lives.
The Schulers’ involvement with K-State started in the early 20th century, when Stover’s grandfather, A.J. Schuler's Fairview Angus Farm loaned steers to Kansas State Agriculture College. He was selected by K-State Block and Bridle as outstanding stockman of the year, and his portrait still hangs in the student lounge in Weber Hall.
A.J.'s son, Andrew Schuler Jr., attended K-State for one semester before being called home to work the farm during World War II. Andrew and his wife, Rosie, raised nine children, including their niece, Charlene. All nine graduated from K-State.
Stover said her father would have liked to have finished his education at KSU, but was proud to see his children go on to earn their degrees from the school.
“Basically through all of us he experienced a KSU education,” Stover said.
It was during her time at KSU that Stover met her future husband, Tad, who also graduated from the school in 1982. The couple’s daughter, Andrea, graduated from KSU with a degree in Family Studies in 2007, while their youngest daughter, Stacia, will graduate from the school in May, 2011.
Stover’s brother, Steve, also met his future wife, Sally, while the two were students at KSU. As did her cousin, Charlene, who met her future husband, Greg Weisenborn, at the school.
To continue with the long tradition the family has had with KSU, Janice’s sister, Julie, is the Assistant Director of Admissions at the school. While, Julie’s husband, Dr. Jeff Katz, is employed at the college as the Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Programs in the College of Business Administration.
“We have been a family that has bled purple,” Stover said. “You could see the pride in our dad’s face on Saturday. Family is so important to him.”
Last October, Cowley College became one of the first schools in the south central Kansas area to establish a 2+2 partnership with Kansas State University. This partnership allows students at Cowley to earn their associate degrees at the school and then transfer credits to complete a Kansas State bachelor’s degree through distance education without leaving their community.
The 2+2 agreements between Cowley College and Kansas State University allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science degree in General Business or a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management.
The five programs at Cowley College included in the agreement are: Accounting, Business Administration, Computer Forensics, Web Design and Criminal Justice.