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Outstanding Alumnus Award

The Pratt Community College Outstanding Alumnus award was established to honor outstanding alumni who have made contributions to career and community. Alumni who have completed at least 30 hours at PCC are eligible for this award, previous honorees are not eligible. The selection criteria are based on the following:

1. Exhibits outstanding leadership and character.
2. Achieved significant accomplishments in career area.
3. Exhibits outstanding service.
4. Evidence of support to PCC.
5. Other pertinent information.

Nominations may be submitted by completing a printed nomination form below or submitting this online form.

2017 Outstanding Alumni

Mark and Janae Melvin

Pratt Community College Foundation has selected Mark and Janae (Stucky) Melvin as the 2017 Outstanding Alumni of the Year. The Outstanding Alumni of the Year award goes to alumni who have made contributions to career and community and was originally established in 1966.
 
“Instructional Council members conducted a thorough analysis of all alumni of the year nominees,” said Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick, Vice President of Instruction. “Although they were impressed with the highly qualified candidates, they selected Mark and Janae based on the totality of their personal and professional accomplishments.”
 
Mark and Janae both graduated from PCC in May 2000. Mark, a native of Newton, Kan., graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology while Janae, a Pratt native, earned an Associate of Arts degree in Communication. PCC holds a special place for Mark and Janae as this is where they met during freshman year. They quickly became friends after learning of a shared interest in music.
 
Mark and Janae were involved in multiple student organizations while at PCC. Mark was a member of Encore! and the Pep Band while Janae was editor-in-chief of the PCC newspaper, a student ambassador, member of Phi Theta Kappa, and even was the mascot Becky Beaver. Janae was also named Journalist of the Year for 2-year colleges by the Kansas Collegiate Media Association for her work at PCC.
 
Mark knows his time in the auto shop helped shape his a career path and allowed him to grow as a mechanic. Janae points to her time at PCC as when she learned a lot about teamwork and leadership as well as balancing deadlines and priorities. After graduation, Mark returned to Newton to work full-time and Janae transferred to Fort Hays State University to complete her four-year degree. They were engaged during her junior year and married a month after she graduated from FHSU in 2002.
 
While Janae worked on her graduate degree at Wichita State University, she received a public relations internship at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After relocating from Kansas to Las Vegas, Mark received a job as a truck driver and part-time mechanic at the Richard Petty Driving Experience (RPDE). Janae was hired to be the Director of Speedway Children Charities, just six months into her internship.
 
During their eight years in Las Vegas, Mark was promoted to full-time mechanic and then mechanical operations manager for RPDE. Janae left the speedway and returned to traditional public relations work in Las Vegas. She worked for two boutique firms and spent two years promoting food and beverage options for MGM Resorts International.
 
In 2013, the Melvin’s had the opportunity to move back home to Kansas from Las Vegas. Mark was promoted to the Track Operations Manager at the Kansas Speedway. Since opening the full-time operations at the Kansas Speedway, Mark is overseeing one of the more successful locations for RPDE. He manages a staff of more than 20 employees in addition to overseeing the travel division of the company. Janae is the public relations and social media manager for Ottawa University, handling all the PR, social media and publications for OU’s six campuses.
 
Currently, Mark and Janae live in Kansas City, Kan., with their two children, Logan (9) and Kennedy (5). Both are involved with their children’s school activities and fundraisers through St. Patrick Catholic School. Free time is spent chauffeuring the kids around to their various practices, games and competitions as well as attending sporting events in town or relaxing at home. The family enjoys going to Kansas City Royals games, Sporting KC matches, and Kansas City Chiefs games when their schedules allow. The kids and Janae also enjoy going to the race track when Mark is working to say hi and spend some time with the crew and around the race cars.
 
"We have often said that if we could go back and relive anytime in our lives, it would be the two years we spent at PCC,” said Janae. “This college has played a major role in our lives, both individually and as a couple. We are so blessed and honored to be the 2017 recipients of this award. And to be able to celebrate this accomplishment together makes it even more special."