KUWomenofDistinction

Kathy Porsch, M.S. (Left)

Kathy Porsch, M.S. (Left)

Honors, achievements, and special recognition:

  • National APME Instant Citation for outstanding cooperation with the Associated Press for meritorious assistance in coverage of the mid-February, 1985, crime spree in northwest Kansas.
  • National APME award for outstanding cooperation with the Associated Press for meritorious assistance in coverage of the mid-February, 1985, Crime spree in northwest Kansas.
  • Kansas Press Association 1985 Kansas Better Newspaper Contest, Division V: The Colby Free Press - First: "Spotlight Kathy Porsch," COMMENTS: "This is a meaty, personal column which is tight, well written and not too long .... She gets to the point, the point is interesting and it is obvious that her opinions are based on knowledge of the subject matter...."
  • Kansas Press Women 1985 Communications Contest Awards, daily newspaper under 5,000 circulation - Special Edition Editing: 1st place; Personal Column: 3rd place.
  • Kansas Press Women 1984 Communications Contest Awards, daily newspaper under 5,000 circulation - Special Edition Editing: 2nd place; News Story: 1st place; Feature Story: 2nd place.
  • Kansas Press Women 1983 Communications Contest Awards, daily newspaper under 5,000 circulation - Interview: 3rd place; Special Edition Editing: 2nd place.
  • Kansas Health Care State Media Award Winner, 1982.

How I became interested in my field:

As an undergraduate I had nearly as many credit hours in history and biology as I did in English, and gained state certification to teach all three. I became a journalist in part because journalists get to learn a lot about many things, especially if they don’t specialize. At KU I’ve had the pleasure to work across disciplines, first within engineering, then within the sciences, and now across the spectrum of humanities, social sciences, and arts. In my current position, I get to learn across a multitude of disciplines every day while helping really smart people to progress in their research more quickly than they could otherwise and to develop or expand programs of teaching, outreach, and research that might not be possible without infusions of external funding. I cannot imagine a more ideal situation for someone filled with insatiable curiosity.

An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me and why:

When I left the Center for Drug Delivery Research at the Higuchi Biosciences Center to take the position of Grant Development Officer for the Humanities, the graduate students banded together to purchase a blown-glass vase from the Phoenix Art Gallery in shades of blue. Knowing how funding is for graduate students, and that they knew me well enough to purchase such a personal and lovely gift, touched me deeply and still warms me every time I look at that vase glowing on the window sill in my home office.

Someone who has been a role model for me and why:

I have many role models, but my maternal Grandmother stands out as the first. She lost her husband to cancer and raised five children alone through the worst depression our country has known with no outside assistance. She was a tower of strength and will who molded a strong son and daughters, and those fiercely independent daughters did the same in their turn.

My favorite KU memory:

During my first spring as a graduate student at KU, the daffodils were so brilliant they seemed to vibrate and the scents of all the flowers went straight to my head as I walked various meandering routes around campus on my way to class at Stauffer-Flint Hall.

When times get tough, something that helps me get through it:

I know that bad times always pass; it’s just a matter of hanging tough and getting through them.

An important life lesson I have learned:

Cultivating an attitude of flexibility, tolerance, and forgiveness can go a long way towards making the great circle of life golden.

If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know…

I would want her to know that education is critically important and, even if she doesn’t know yet what she wants to do with her life, University is the best place in the world to explore the possibilities.

A favorite quote or saying and why it is meaningful to me:

This is meaningful to me because I absolutely know it to be true and it always comes to mind when times get tough:

“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche