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KON Member Spotlight

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Member Spotlight - August 2012

Mary Molt

Jenna SethiMary Molt, Ph.D. serves as adviser to Omicron Theta chapter at Kansas State University.

Molt, assistant director of the university's housing and dining services and assistant professor of hospitality management and dietetics in the College of Human Ecology, received the Gold Plate award, the highest honor given by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. The award was presented May 7 at ceremonies in Chicago. It recognizes her contributions to food service operations.

Molt has worked in housing and dining services for 34 years. She joined the university in 1973 and served in administrative capacities at the Derby and Kramer dining centers before being appointed assistant director of housing and dining services in 1989. She also teaches courses and serves as adviser to Kappa Omicron Nu National Honor Society for Family and Consumer Sciences.

A longtime volunteer with the Midwest Region of the National Association of College and University Food Services, Molt was honored by the association with the naming of a scholarship in her honor in 2008. The association previously recognized her with its highest honor, the Theodore W. Minah Award, for service to the food industry, as well as the Richard Lichtenfeld Award for outstanding service to the association on a national level.

Molt earned a bachelor from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, a master's from Oklahoma State University and a doctorate from Kansas State University.

(This information is an abridged version of the article at )


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