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Public Presentation to Feature Distinguished Alumna’s Work With Maryknoll Sisters in Africa

Sister Mary Frances Kobets, one of the first female graduates in K-State agricultural economics, is shown with children in Zimbabwe, where she helps improve health, nutrition and educational opportunities.

Sister Mary Frances Kobets will share experiences from her 40-year career improving health, nutrition and educational opportunities with the Maryknoll Sisters in Africa at a public presentation at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, in the Kansas State University Student Union Little Theatre.

Kobets is being honored as the 2011 Distinguished Alumna for the Kansas State University Department of Agricultural Economics.

“Sister Fran has combined her knowledge of agriculture with her calling to help people,” said David Lambert, department head for K-State agricultural economics. “She is one of the many K-State graduates who have made a positive impact on people’s lives.”

In 1969, Kobets became one of the first two women to graduate from K-State’s Department of Agricultural Economics. She continued her studies at K-State, earning a master’s degree in animal science in 1980 prior to her African work.

For the past 10 years, she has worked in Zimbabwe in Career Development Education Support, helping children orphaned by AIDS victims get an education, acquire life skills and learn to care for their extended families.

“Please join us as Sister Fran shares her experiences of applying the skills she learned at K-State to improve the lives of the thousands of people with whom she has worked,” Lambert said.

The public presentation precedes the department’s annual Student and Alumni Awards Banquet, where Kobets will share her career experiences with students, faculty, alumni and guests.