Rozanne Sparks, a 26-year veteran of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the department this spring. Sparks was a professor of education, coordinated the School Counseling Program, and was the director of the Teacher Education Program.

“This award is given to an individual who we believe deserves recognition for reflecting a lifetime career of achievements within their profession and who we believe has contributed to our department in a positive way,” said Becky Brannock, current director of the School Counseling Program.

Sparks earned her master’s in school counseling at PSU in 1982, and her Ed.S. in counseling at PSU in 1985. She was a school counselor and teacher at schools in Missouri and Arkansas for 19 years before returning to PSU as a faculty member.

Sparks was highly published, invited to be a frequent presenter, and was active in numerous state, regional, and national organizations including serving as the president of the Kansas Association for Counselor Education and as vice president of the Kansas School Counselors Association. Brannock, who had Sparks as an advisor when she completed her own Ed.S in counseling in 1990, is working on a children’s book that highlights the role school counselors have in schools. It’s called, “Meet my school counselor, Mrs. Sparks.”