Works family honored by K-State

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October 25, 2019 - 5:05 PM

Descendants of the late Jane Works will be recognized today as The Family of the Year at Kansas State University. Among those included are, front row from left, Fred Works, Karen Works, Janie Works, Ginny Works Petersen and Tami Works; and back row, Judy Works, Dick Works, Joe Works, Jeff Petersen and Bob Works.

The Works family will be recognized today as the Family of the Year at Family Day at Kansas State University in Manhattan.

Six generations of the Works family have attended KSU, beginning in 1867 with Olive Pickett Dodge, the grandmother of the late Jane Dodge Works of Humboldt, according to the family’s application for the honor.

The Chimes Junior Honorary selects the Family of the Year and sponsors the annual competition.

“The Works family has been dedicated to K-State for more than 152 years, and we are so excited to honor them as the 2019 Family of the Year,” said Janie Failor, a co-chair of the Chimes selection committee, in a press release.

Jane Works’s five children — Bob, Virginia, Joe, Dick and Fred — all attended K-State, as have seven of her grandchildren.

“Jane Dodge Works espoused a family culture that encouraged her family members to be more than just students while at K-State,” said John Works, Jane Works’s nephew, who nominated the family for the award. “She encouraged her children and grandchildren to contribute and invest their time and talent to enhance both their K-State experience and better K-State for students who would follow.”

The following family members will accept the award to be presented during the football game against Oklahoma:

From Humboldt: Joe Works, ‘71, and Janie Wollen Works, ‘71; Tony Works, ‘98, and Kate Vantuyl Works, former student, and their children, Eli, Avery and Owen; Josh Works, ‘05, and Jess Talamantez Works, ‘01, and their children Jack and Cody Ballou; Dick Works, ‘75, and Karen Wiley Works, ‘76, and John Works, ‘81; Seth Barlow and Sophie Barlow; and James and Andrea Works, and the children Britnee, Ashlynn and Kendall.

From Iola: Fred Works, ‘79, and Judy Nott Works, former student, and their children Dylan, ‘14, Abby, ‘16, and Colby, a current KSU student.

From Manhattan: Virginia Works Petersen, ‘69, and Jeff Petersen.

From Overland Park: Ada Works, ‘08, and Kayla Briggeman Works, ‘07, and their children Ethan and Eliza.

From Houston: Sarah Works McIntire, ‘12, ‘14, and Mike McIntire, ‘12, ‘14, and their daughter, Charlotte.