Lallemand Animal Nutrition has announced the addition of Wendy Mayo, a Garden City native, as the marketing communications manager for the North American business. In this position, she will be working alongside the product management team on the development and implementation of marketing strategies across the Lallemand Animal Nutrition portfolio in the United States, Canada and Mexico. She will be based out of the North American headquarters office in Milwaukee, Wis.

Mayo brings with her more than seven years of livestock marketing communications experience and a lifelong passion for agriculture. Prior to joining Lallemand, she was a member of the Bader Rutter & Associates animal health team, working in both public relations and account management.

She is a 2005 graduate of Kansas State University, where she received a dual degree in animal sciences and industry and agriculture communications and journalism, after graduating from Butler County Community College, where she competed on the livestock judging team.

Lallemand Animal Nutrition is dedicated to the development, production, and marketing of profitable, natural and differentiated solutions for animal nutrition and health. Our core products are live bacteria for Direct Fed Microbials and silage inoculants, specific yeast for probiotics, and high value yeast derivatives. Lallemand is a major supplier of live yeast and silage inoculants in Europe, North America and Africa. It has a growing presence in Asia and South America. More news from Lallemand Animal Nutrition can be seen on

GCCC awards employees

Garden City Community College recently bestowed Years of Service Awards for 2013 in a campus-wide celebration at the end of the spring semester. The awards were presented by President Herbert J. Swender for a total of 29 faculty and staff members who have served a combined total of 260 years. Awards were given for five, 10, 15 and 30 years of service.

The honorees included:

Five years

Sarah Wells, allied health coordinator; Rose Wilson, physical plant office manager; Tracy Munoz, academic building secretary; Juana Betanco, Project Destiny tutoring coordinator; J.D. Irsik, HVAC technician; Crystal Moore, assistant athletic trainer; John Cheney, physics instructor; Dawnnel Francis, math instructor; Amy Waters, nursing instructor; Abelardo Munoz, custodian; Nora Salazar, transition adviser; Whitney Corley, assistant women's basketball coach; Cindy VenJohn, agriculture instructor; Terry Crain, industrial technology instructor; Micah Kasriel, student activities coordinator; Ashley Rutti, administrative assistant to the athletic director; LoriLynn Landgraf, nursing instructor; and Cricket Turley, director of human resources.

10 years

Jayre Lee, assistant director of admissions; Jean Ferguson, ESL instructor; Brian McCallum, art instructor; Jill Lucas, financial aid adviser; and Dr. Jim McAllister, instrumental music instructor.

15 years

Deborah Robinson, business instructor; Ron Smith, security officer; Kay Davis, math instructor and division director; and Jana Ulrich, records assistant.

30 years

Kathy Winter, library secretary, and Larry Walker, English instructor and division director.

USD 457 bus drivers place at state competition

The Garden City Public Schools Transportation Department had three school bus drivers place in the Kansas State Pupil Transportation Association's School Bus Rodeo Safety Competition held in Hutchinson.

Melanie Turner took fifth place, Justin Guerrero placed sixth, and Debra Brungardt placed ninth in the competition. The competition was held during the association's School Transportation Safety Symposium Monday through Thursday.

The school bus safety competition is designed to recognize excellence in school bus drivers while demonstrating skills needed in their demanding jobs of safely transporting students. The competition consists of a written exam and a series of skills tests.

The written examination tests the school bus drivers' knowledge in all areas of school bus operations, laws, rules and regulations. This portion of the competition tested the drivers' knowledge, as well as their ability to comprehend and respond to written instructions.

The driving skills portion of the competition requires the drivers to demonstrate exemplary skills in such areas as law/regulation knowledge, school bus inspections, and bus driving skill maneuvers. Drivers were challenged to maneuver a school bus around obstacles and demonstrate that they know all the ins and outs of operating a school bus.

G.C. Hampton Inn recognized

Hampton Inn Garden announced that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.

The accolade, which recognizes hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive the award.

"We are pleased that Hampton Inn Garden City received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence," said Phil Cordell, global head, focused service and Hampton brand management, Hilton Worldwide. "We strive to provide our guests with high-quality accommodations, delivered with friendly, authentic service that we call Hamptonality to create a memorable experience for each traveler, and we're thrilled to see that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor."

Hampton Inn Garden City is one of 1,320 Hampton properties to receive this award. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

Sublette native spends summer with OKC firm

Sublette native Brennen Menzie secured an internship with Vann Associates, a public relations and marketing agency based in Oklahoma City. The Kansas State University senior began her internship with the firm on May 29 and will continue her summer training through the end of July.

"We are delighted to have Brennen join us for the summer," said Tony Vann, president of Vann Associates. "Although she has only been with us for a couple of weeks, I think she has learned a variety of important 'real world' lessons. Truth be told, we might learn a little from her too while she's here."

During her two-month term, Menzie will learn to craft effective press releases, research pertinent background information on current and potential clients and get a taste of working with media outlets including television, newspaper, radio and new media. During her first week, Menzie worked with Vann Associates staff to arrange an interview with the Oklahoma City Fox television affiliate, as well as the newspaper, The Oklahoman.

Menzie applied and secured the position prior to the end of the spring 2013 term. She was the top candidate out of nine applicants for the summer internship program.

Upon completion of her internship, she will receive college credit, as well as experience working in marketing and public relations

"It is always amazing to see the transformation of students through internship programs," said Vann. "The more we expose students to real-life public relations, we believe there will be a better pool of candidates to choose from once it is time to hire."

Vann Associates is an award-winning public relations and marketing firm.

The agency provides media relations, marketing and graphic design services to clients across Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona.