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Winter Family Honored as 2023 K-State Family of Year


By K-State News and Communication Services


MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Kent and Susan Winter family has been selected as the Kansas State University’s 2023 Family of the Year by Chimes Junior Honorary.

The family was recognized at the K-State football game on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium as part of the university’s 95th annual Family Weekend celebration.

“It’s an honor to call Kent and Susan, and the entire Winter family, alumni of K-State,” said Andrew Bergmeier, junior in elementary education and Chimes director of events. “We are grateful to be able to call them Wildcats and are thankful for all the time they have dedicated to our university. Their commitment to the K-State family hasn’t gone unnoticed.”

Kent and Susan Winter. Photo credit: K-State News and Communication Services

According to the family’s application, Kent Winter, of Andale, began his K-State story in 1973. While on campus, he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho, even serving as chapter president for a year, and met some of his lifelong friends whom he remains connected to now. He graduated from K-State in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, and in 1979 he earned a master’s degree in soil fertility.

After graduation, he worked as an agronomist for several years until returning to the family farm in rural Sedgwick County when he married Susan in the spring of 1984. The Winters built their legacy there through raising crops and eight children as well as contributing to their community through a variety of organizations.

Seven of the Winters’ children have attended K-State, and their eighth is a current K-State student: Mary Winter Subramanian, ’06; Anne Winter Tibbets, ’09; Alan Winter, ’11; Jill Winter Baalmann, ’11; Grace Winter Crouch, ’15; Phillip Winter, ’18; Kurt Winter, ’20; and Claire Winter, senior in biological systems engineering.

Kent serves as the Winter family representative for an annual scholarship honoring his brother, Stan, who died in 1992. The Stanley L. Winter Alpha Tau Omega Leadership Scholarship assists students who exhibit leadership and dedication to the K-State Student Union.

“In the early years of the scholarship, Kent would bring along two or three of his grade school age children to the banquet,” said the family nominator. “Kent and the broader Winter family’s commitment to this scholarship is unwavering, and a testament to their belief that one should give back to causes and organizations which have shaped them into the people they are today.”

In 2023, the Kent and Susan Winter family have reached several K-State milestones: 50 years since Kent first attended the university, 30 years of continuous funding for the Stanley L. Winter Alpha Tau Omega Leadership Scholarship and 20 consecutive years as a parent of a current K-State student.

According to their nominators, the Winters are hard-working individuals who have bettered themselves, and in turn their broader community, through their education and experience at K-State