Special to The Hays Daily News

She was born in Emporia, has two bachelor's degrees from the University of Kansas and a master's degree from the University of Wyoming, but don't kid yourself, Jeanne Lambert is a Western Kansas farm girl at heart.

Lambert has lived in Hays for more than 30 years now and not only made her mark at Fort Hays State University but also with the Humane Society of the High Plains.

Lambert has a varied and interesting background. Following a two-year stint as a reporter for the Emporia Gazette, she ventured to Garden City where she also did some news reporting and then came to Hays to work for The Hays Daily News for two years. The Casper, Wyo., Morning Star beckoned Lambert in 1957, and she found a new home in Wyoming.

Lambert tried her hand at teaching in Casper and then went to work as a publications editor for the Wyoming Extension Service. A chance to return to teaching drew Lambert back to Kansas, and she served in many teaching and editing capacities for seven years at Garden City Community College.

When a teaching/news bureau director position opened up at Fort Hays State University in 1977, Lambert was an overwhelming choice for the job. Through her work at GCCC, she had earned a state-wide reputation as an excellent teacher and editor.

Lambert served FHSU for 15 years, teaching many different journalism classes to hundreds of budding young journalists, directing the activities of the News Bureau (or Information Services as it was known for many years) and was a student adviser as well. In the meantime she served the Kansas Scholastic Press Association in many capacities.

One of Lambert's proudest moments came in 1995, when she was inducted into the Kansas Scholastic Journalism Hall of Fame.

Always an animal lover, Lambert has raised several dogs through the years. Someone said Lambert found it very difficult to turn a stray dog away from her doorstep. It was her love of animals that drew Lambert closer and closer to the Humane Society.

A notorious recycler, Lambert's love for birds might also have been as strong as her love for dogs. She made her own feeders from parts of cans or plastic bottles and hung them from tree limbs or whatever she could find to place them on.

After retiring from FHSU, Lambert spent tons of energy helping the Humane Society with its many activities and programs. The highlight of her work there came when she helped write and lobby for a bill that eventually drew national television attention: a bill that prohibited sub-standard kennels in Kansas. It became known as the Puppy Mill bill. Additionally, Lambert served on the society's board of directors.

Lambert helped organize the Hays chapter of the AARP and is one of the original members of the Generations Advisory Group.

Ladies and gentlemen, simply put, Lambert Lambert is a lady who has helped make this big old world a better place in which to live.

By Bob Lowen is assistant director of development for athletics at the Fort Hays State University Foundation. He is former executive director of the Hays Medical Center Foundation and former director of FHSU's University Relations.