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December 15th, 2015

Millán, professor of American Ethnic Studies, publishes in Chicana/o Studies Journal

Isabel Millán, assistant professor of American ethnic studies, published "Engineering Afro-Latina and Mexican Immigrant Heroines: Biopolitics in Borderlands Speculative Literature and Film" in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, fall 2015, volume 20, number 2.

Positioned in conversation with Chicanafuturist theorist, Catherine S. Ramírez, Millán compares Jacqueline Carey's speculative fiction character, Loup Garron, with cinematic figure, María Isabel "Isa" Reyes, in order to gauge their resonance and potential impact within broader Afro-Latina/o, Latina/o, and Chicana/o speculative narratives. Major themes include racialization, gender, sexuality, language, citizenship, and biopolitics.

This publication is part of a special issue, "Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture," co-edited by Cathryn Josefina Merla-Watson and B.V. Olguín.

Link to K-State Today Article

December 7th, 2015

Valenzuela publishes in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social

Norma A. Valenzuela, visiting instructor in American ethnic studies, published an article in Chicana/Latina Studies Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.

Valenzuela examines the documentary, "El diablo nunca duerme," which translates to "The Devil Never Sleeps," from 1994, directed by Lourdes Portillo. In it the director questions, from a transnational Chicana political framework, the sexist cultural traditions inherent in the Mexican family as a social institution. Such transgression takes place within the interstices of two interrelated national borders since the beginning of the 20th century. By questioning said traditions, Portillo creates transnational links that deconstruct family histories and oppressive positionalities. She reconfigures and negotiates new liberating possibilities of living based on a dual locality. Founded on counter-hegemonic discourses, Portillo reconfigures a U.S. transnational imaginary in which she confronts intimate discourses and, based on historical documentation, she is able to deconstruct the Mexican imaginary in order to reveal Mexican social and cultural convictions. Portillo is able to positively rewrite herself into the collective Mexican border imaginary through the filmic text, and forges a new transnational imaginary different from the Mexican imaginary of the Chicana: she openly explores the contradictions of the family unit and stops accepting the ideology of patriarchal hegemony.

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December 2nd, 2015

University distinguished professors issue statement on weapons policy

Forty of Kansas State University's university distinguished professors sent Kansas Legislators a letter urging them to allow universities to regulate the presence of guns on campuses. Following is the letter that was sent.

To the Kansas Legislature:

In July 2017, Kansas Regents Institutions will lose their exemption from Kansas legislation that permits the carrying of firearms in all public places. Until that time, colleges and universities have had the authority to restrict firearms if they believe them incompatible with the function and mission of their campus. Our university has done so, a policy which we strongly support.

Our administration and campus community have made that choice for a wide variety of reasons.

Suicide is a threat to people of traditional college age; death by gunshot is the most prevalent suicide mortality. We believe that easier access to guns will mean losing more of our students to suicide.

Accidental shootings injure both gun owners and those around them. University classrooms, labs, libraries, athletic venues, and other public spaces bring people in close proximity to one another. Accidental shootings cannot occur in the absence of guns and we believe more guns will increase the likelihood of accidental shootings of our co-workers, our students and the guests who come to our campuses.

There is no evidence that increased gun presence has decreased death or injury by guns on campuses. Whether on campuses or elsewhere, private citizens have had no appreciable success in preventing deaths by intentional shooters, accidental shooters, or suicidal individuals. Beyond the boundaries of universities, the evidence is that the presence of guns in homes increases the likelihood of death or injury by gunshot. We believe our community is safest without guns in our midst, except in the hands of on-duty law enforcement officials.

We think that officially allowing firearms on campus for students, faculty and staff will make it more difficult to recruit those who are uncomfortable with guns in their learning or working environment, and we worry that we will lose valuable members of our campus community to other universities.

We are dedicated teachers, mentors, researchers, and colleagues. We believe that the unrestricted presence of guns in our classrooms, offices, lecture halls and other spaces will make us and our students feel less safe. It will compromise the open door policy many of us maintain, in which students and others are free to drop by our offices to consult or converse. It will make students less open to working together with others whom they may not know well, and will adversely affect their educational experience. We believe that by compromising the safety of our community members, sanctioning guns on campus goes against the mission of the university.

We, the undersigned University Distinguished Professors, strongly urge the legislature to allow colleges and universities to regulate the presence of guns on their campuses, granting them permanent relief from the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act.


Christer Aakeroy, Chemistry
John Blair, Biology
Frank Blecha, Anatomy and Physiology
Susan Brown, Biology
Yolanda Broyles-González, American Ethnic Studies
M.M. Chengappa, Diagnostic Medicine
Lew Cocke, Physics
Robin Denell, Biology
Elizabeth Dodd, English
Walter Dodds, Biology
James H. Edgar, Chemical Engineering
Bikram S. Gill, Plant Pathology
Wayne Goins, Music
David Hartnett, Biology
Dale Herspring, Political Sciences
Duy H. Hua, Chemistry
Ryszard Jankowiak, Chemistry
Anthony Joern, Biology
Michael Kanost, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
John Leslie, Plant Pathology
Robert Linder, History
Daniel C. Marcus, Anatomy & Physiology
Richard A. Marston, Geography
Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan, Biochemistry & Molecular Physics
T.G. Nagaraja, Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
Philip Nel, English
Harald Prins, Anthropology
Charles Rice, Agronomy
Juergen Richt, Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
Thomas Roche, Biochemistry & Molecular Physics
Ted Schroeder, Agricultural Economics
Chris Sorensen, Physics
Brian Spooner, Biology
Sandra Stith, Family Studies & Human Services
Xiuzhi Susan Sun, Grain Science & Industry
Michael Tokach, Animal Sciences & Industry
Barbara Valent, Plant Pathology
Philine Wangemann, Anatomy & Physiology
Ruth Welti, Biology
Dean Zollman, Physics

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November 17th, 2015

American Ethnic Studies presents at National Women's Studies Association

Shireen Roshanravan, associate professor of American ethnic studies, presented the paper "Integrity and Emptied Selves: Existential Navigations of Colonial Mimicry, Passing-as-if, and Ethnic Fraud," at the 2015 National Women's Studies Association annual conference gathering Saturday, Nov. 13, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Roshanravan's presentation was part of the panel session "Decolonial Sensing Against the Tortures of Precarity: Inspirited Haunting and Communal Reconstitutions of the Disappeared" that focused on the esoteric foretellings of queer-of-color networks, the disappearance of racialized classed bodies from trans and intersex case-study archives, the pained awareness of ghostly subjectivity in Asian American struggles against the model-minority racial project, and the simultaneous terror of disintegration and communal reconstitution in the process of coalitional becomings.

Revisiting her work on Asian American model-minority orientations to "pass-as-if" generic formulations of "women of color" identity, Roshanravan's paper addressed the recent high-profile public accusations of "ethnic fraud" against former leader of the Spokane NAACP chapter Rachel Dolezal and prominent academic and activist Andrea Smith to consider how historical anxieties, generated by the loss of communality in racialization toward white/Anglo identification, shape cross-racial desires for community and coalitional movement.

The NWSA annual conference regularly draws more than 1,600 attendees and is in the process of following other academic associations in passing a resolution that endorses the 2005 call by Palestinian civil society for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions, or BDS, of economic, military and cultural entities and projects sponsored by the state of Israel. Read more about this resolution.

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October 30th, 2015

American Ethnic Studies professor to present as part of National Endowment from the Humanities grant award project

Yolanda Broyles-González, American ethnic studies department head and university distinguished professor, will present a workshop for teachers designed to bring the history and experience of Latinos and Latinas in Kansas and the United States into the classroom. 

Broyles-González, Ben Chappell from the University of Kansas, and Christina Valdivia-Alcala from the Tonantzin Society will conduct the workshop from 9:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Topeka.

The workshop is part of the University of Kansas' "500 Years of Latin@ Americanidad in the Heartland programming, which was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association to produce programming inspired by the 2013 PBS documentary "Latino Americans."

The program's events will highlight the contributions of women and the importance of religion in Kansas Latina/o communities, with particular focus on the figure of the Virgin of Guadalupe/Tonantzin. All events and exhibits will be free and open to the public.

Events are part of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment from the Humanities and the American Library Association as part of The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

Link to K-State Today Article

October 20th, 2015

FIRE's 2015 Film Series Presents The Harvest/La Cosecha

La CosechaFIRE, or Feminists Igniting Resistance and Empowerment, will be presenting The Harvest/La Cosecha: "The Story of the Children Who Feed America" directed by Roberto Romano on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. in Leasure Hall 001.

Every year there are more than 400,000 American children who are torn away from their friends, schools, and homes to pick the food we all eat. Zulema, Perla, and Victor labor as migrant farm workers, sacrificing their own childhoods to help their families survive.

The Harvest/La Cosecha profiles these three as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas' onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida's tomato fields to follow the harvest.

In order to further our mission of igniting communities toward progressive social change, while also creating a space for and centering the voices of those who have been erased, marginalized, or made invisible within these communities, we invite you to attend our first event in our FIRE film series.

October 7th, 2015

American Ethnic Studies professor gives invited panel presentation

FEASTShireen Roshanravan, associate professor of American ethnic studies, gave an invited presentation on Friday, Oct. 2, as part of a keynote panel honoring the work of Latina philosopher María Lugones at the Association for Feminist Ethical And Social Theory annual meeting in Clearwater, Florida.

The theme of this year's gathering, "Contested Terrains: Women of Color, Feminisms, and Geopolitics," centered on the voices of women of color theorists and philosophers whose work charts feminist resistance and liberatory movement against the ongoing legacies of colonial and racial violence.

Joined by prominent lesbian feminist philosopher Sarah Hoagland and queer Chicano and Latina/o scholars Michael Hames-García, Pedro Di Pietro and Mariana Ortega as fellow panelists, Roshanravan's presentation, "Integrity, Faithful Witnessing and the Politics of Women of Color Coalition Building," elaborated the central problematic of divide-and-conquer barriers to deep coalition addressed throughout Lugones' oeuvre.

Roshanravan is currently completing a co-edited anthology, "Speaking Face-to-Face/Hablando Cara a Cara: The Visionary Philosophy of María Lugones," with Di Pietro and Jennifer McWeeny. The anthology gives uptake to Lugones' interdisciplinary engagement of concepts and grassroots practices at the forefront of radical social justice politics and progressive social theory in the 21st century.

Link to K-State Today Article

September 23rd, 2015

'Selena' movie screening Sept. 23

SelenaK-State American Ethnic Studies Student Association will show the movie "Selena" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in 13 Leasure Hall. Food will be provided.

The film, released in 1997, stars Jennifer Lopez as Selena Quintanill-Perez, the queen of Tejano music, and is about the signer's vibrant life and quick rise to fame. The screening is in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and the 20th anniversary of Quintanill-Perez's death.

Contact Shaun Dowdell, association president, at shaunyd@k-state.edu for more information about the screening or association.

Link to K-State Today Student Edition Article


August 20th, 2015

College of Education launches 'Not Just a Year of Social Justice Education' program

Social Justice Education CertificateKeeping true to its heritage of diversity and inclusion, the College of Education and the Midwest Equity Assistance Center, or MEAC, will launch a universitywide and communitywide initiative to bring light to many of the defining social issues of our time.

"Not Just a Year of Social Justice Education" is the brainchild of Linda P. Thurston, College of Education associate dean of research and graduate studies and Lydia E. Skeen chair. The effort brings together researchers, subject matter experts, clergy, authors, community members and student organizations to weigh in on some of this generation's most pressing social issues. The activities supplement the college's Social Justice Education graduate certificate program.

Thurston tapped K-State leaders in women's studies, leadership studies, American ethnic studies, the student access center, the GLBTQ resource center, as well as leaders in the community and subject matter experts across the country for the yearlong program. The college's honors program students will be involved with the thematic activities and the college's Diversity for Community standing faculty committee is a partner in the planning.

"So many organizations across campus and in the community are doing great work in their areas," Thurston said. "What we have the opportunity to do here is to highlight many of these efforts together in one focused series of activities throughout a whole year."

"Not Just a Year of Social Justice Education" will offer monthly activities throughout the academic year to support a predetermined theme based on the logo for the word cloud for the college's social justice education certificate.

Ronna Olivier, Midwest Equity Assistance Center project assistant, said this is the ideal time to remind educators that MEAC's resources, books, movies, journals and more, are available free. For more information, contact her atronna@k-state.edu or by calling 785-532-6408. She also can add other campus and community organization's social justice-related events to the MEAC calendar.

Following are just a few of the scheduled events in the first months of the semester for "Not Just a Year of Social Justice Education." Check MEAC's calendar for event information and the Website for updates and announcements. Stay connected by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter @NotJustAYear.

August — Faces of Social Justice Education, a video with children's voices from a local elementary school singing "We Shall Overcome."

September — Theme is education

Sept. 17: Ruben Parra-Cardona will present "Building Bridges of Social Justice: Embracing Prevention Research to Support Latino/A Communities in the U.S. and Mexico" as part of the Tony Jurich Lecture on Social Justice series.

Sept. 18: Sonia Nieto will present "Finding Joy in Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds: Culturally Responsive and Socially Just Practices in U.S. Classrooms."

Sept. 25: Multicultural Pride Day.

Sept. 30: Faculty panel discussing critical pedagogy.

October — Theme is empowerment

Oct. 1-2: Elaine Newman, will report about sexual assault and trauma journalism, sponsored by the women's studies department.

Oct. 5: Authors Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney will present "Social Justice Education Through Children's Literature."

Oct. 14: Author Wes Moore will present "The Other Wes Moore."

Oct. 15: Author and researcher Piya Chatterjee will present her book "A Time for Tea: Women, Labor and the Post/Colonial Politics on an Indian Plantation," sponsored by the women's studies department.

Link to K-State Today Article

August 11th, 2015

American Ethnic Studies faculty present at summer institute in Albuquerque

MALCS2015American ethnic studies faculty members Isabel Millán and Norma A. Valenzuela presented at the 2015 Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social Summer Institute July 29 through Aug. 1 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The organization is the oldest Chicana/Latina Indigenous women's association in the U.S. This year's theme was "Honoring our Intersectionality, Our Migration Roots/Routes."

Millán participated in the roundtable "Technology and Social Media: Building Strategies for Teaching, Research, Movement Building, and Activist Community Organizing." Millán, along with other members of the association's Ad Hoc Committee on Heteropatriarchal Institutional Violence shared strategies for engaging technology within Chicana/o studies. Millán also will serve another year on the association's Coordinating Committee as co-chair of the LBTQ Caucus.

Valenzuela presented "Transnational Spaces in Chicana/Latina Drama: Mujeres Revoltosas in Search of Home."  Valenzuela's study interrogates the manner in which Chicana/Latina playwrights center their characters economically, politically and culturally in order to redirect their gaze on the process of finding a "home" within a colonized space. Valenzuela's manuscript, "The Devil Never Sleeps/El diablo nunca duerme: Subvertido el imaginario mexicano sobre la chicana" will be in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.

Read more about Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social or Chicana/o studies at Kansas State University.

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May 21st, 2015

Highlights from the May 12 Faculty Senate meeting

Previous minutes from Faculty Senate meetings are available on the Faculty Senate website as they are approved. Highlights from the May 12 Faculty Senate meeting:


  • Provost April Mason spoke to senators about the new admissions standards going into effect for the fall 2015 semester and the ramifications this will have on the university. 

Consent Agenda:

  • President Elect Fred Guzek presented the consent agenda to senators, which was approved.

Standing committee and Student Senate reports: 

  • Academic Affairs: Senator Andy Bennett presented changes to the curriculum in American Ethnic Studies. After brief discussion, it was approved. It was on the discussion agenda due to questions that came up about resources, which were addressed. Bennett also noted that revisions to the Approval, Routing and Notification procedures manual will be on the Senate's agenda for endorsement, as this seemed appropriate this time around. There also will be a proposal on the June agenda to update current policy regarding transfer credit and credit for prior learning.
  • Faculty Affairs: Senator Betsy Cauble reported that some edits were made to the approved language from senate on Section C10-12 of the University Handbook for clarification purposes only. She will bring these to senate next month to keep senators in the loop. She also made senators aware that any transfer to these titles by those in tenure or tenure track positions will constitute a change to a term position. The three-year contracts only apply to term appointments. However, no changes were made to clinical professor track. Cauble announced that a new ombudsperson will be appointed soon.
  • Professional Staff Affairs: Senator Danielle Brown reported that the committee is continuing discussion about regular vs term appointments for professional staff. They are also working with Human Capital Services with regard to position descriptions. A memo was sent to administration expressing concern that professional staff was combined with university support staff on the climate survey. Their detailed revisions of Section C of the University Handbook have been sent on to Faculty Affairs, who will begin their review at the start of the fall semester.  
  • Student Senate: Senator Kurt Lockwood reported that they had their last meeting of the term. The executive group will meet over the summer. Construction on the K-State Student Union will begin in early July.
  • FSCOT: Senator Don Crawford reported on their last meeting. Diana Blake and Steven Dandaneau were present at their meeting to report on Product Roadmap for KSIS and Release 3: Advising notes. Both general and sensitive notes can be issued; however, both are discoverable with regard to legal action. Over 40 percent of Spring 2015 KSOL courses have been migrated to Canvas. Training information and progress updates can be found at http://www.k-state.edu/canvas/training.html. ITS is working on building a business case overview and action plan for Office 365 Sharepoint. Also, a task force has been put together to create a strategic plan for Accessible Technology.  
  • FSCOUP: Senator Barbara Anderson reported on their May meeting. They began discussion of what projects should be proposed to use city/university funds. The three senate bodies signed an agreement that they will work together each year to submit a joint proposal of projects for these funds. The agreement is good for three years and is a good step forward in the process. They also discussed their charge and the possibility of a June meeting. 


  • The ombudsperson vacancy will be filled soon. 
  • KBOR meeting report: President Rintoul reported in detail on the mechanism being proposed to pay for bond funding for the Seaton Hall renovation, which has caused concern. 

Discussion period for senators. 

  • None.

2015-2016 president elect and secretary elections 

  • Andrew Bennett was elected as president elect of Faculty Senate; Loleta Sump was elected as secretary of Faculty Senate. 

David A. Rintoul
Associate director/graduate program director
Division of Biology 
Faculty Senate president
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

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May 1st, 2015

FIRE, AESSA, and Delta Sigma Theta Present "Silent Voices and the Fight for Justice," a Public Lecture by Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry

The event will be held on Monday, May 4th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Forum Hall at the KSU Student Union.

Please join FIRE, AESSA, and Delta Sigma Theta as we host Melissa Harris-Perry for a public lecture on the centrality and marginalization of women of color and trans people of color in struggles for racial justice. This is a timely and urgent topic in light of the growing visibility and publicity around police brutality and murder, as well as the failures of the criminal system to address this epidemic of state violence. There will be a question and answer period following Dr. Harris-Perry's talk. The event is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Melissa Harris-Perry is the Presidential Chair of Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She is the host of Melissa Harris-Perry, which broadcasts live on MSNBC on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to noon. She is the author of the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.

This event is sponsored by FIRE (Feminists Igniting Resistance and Empowerment) with the American Ethnic Studies Student Association, Delta Sigma Theta, Diversity Programming Council, the American Ethnic Studies Department, College of Education, Linda Thurston, the Women's Studies Department, and Leadership Studies.

March 30th, 2015

Chief George Tiger gives keynote address

Chief George TigerOn Tuesday, March 24, more than 200 people showed up to hear George Tiger, principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and regent for Haskell Indian Nations University, deliver a keynote address that outlined overcoming adversity to achieve progress and community advancement through themes of vision, education, leadership and unity.

Students, staff, faculty, community members and representatives from K-State and the state of Kansas gathered at the Little Theatre in the K-State Student Union for this exciting event, which served as the kick off for the inaugural K-State Alumni Powwow and Speaker Series.

The event opened with introductions from LaVerne Bitsie-Baldwin, Navajo, director of the multicultural engineering program, and Dwanna Robertson, Muscogee, assistant professor of American ethnic studies. Bitsie-Baldwin and Robertson discussed with the audience how this event was particularly significant for Kansas State University. The keynote was the first in a series of events leading up to the first powwow at K-State in more than 15 years.

Bitsie-Baldwin closed the introductions with a traditional prayer and gratitude to the first peoples of this land.

Many in attendance extended warm messages of welcome to Principal Chief Tiger. Representing the Office of the Governor was Mildred Edwards, executive director for the Kansas African American Affairs Commission, and Mark Dodd, executive director of the Kansas State Gaming Agency and director of the Kansas Native American Affairs Office.

Edwards expressed her appreciation of K-State's diversity efforts and outreach to indigenous peoples that had culminated in Chief Tiger's visit. Dodd, Cherokee, first brought warm greetings from Gov. Brownback to Chief Tiger. Dodd then emphasized the importance of recognizing tribal governments as sovereign entities, pointing out the common misconception that relations with tribes are race-based, whereas they should be understood as nation-to-nation interactions.

Provost and Senior Vice President April Mason, Associate Provost for Diversity Myra Gordon, and several committee members from the College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Committee welcomed Chief George Tiger, First Lady Frances Tiger and their daughter, Molly Moore, and addressed the audience. Mason warmly welcomed Chief Tiger and stressed the importance of supporting diversity initiatives like the K-State Alumni Powwow and Speaker Series that serves to engage K-State alumni, faculty, students and community members and celebrate the achievements of indigenous faculty, students and alumni, as well as to gain cultural awareness about contemporary indigenous peoples. Gordon extended greetings as an African chief, but also pointed out that making this initial connection with Chief Tiger and Muscogee (Creek) Nation is in line with K-State initiatives to increase recruitment and retention efforts for indigenous students.

Chief Tiger and Provost Mason participated in a traditional gift exchange to represent the compact between Muscogee (Creek) Nation and K-State. A citizen of the Muscogee Nation, Robertson, introduced Chief Tiger with a brief account of growing up in Oklahoma within Muscogee (Creek) Nation's jurisdictional boundaries. Robertson described living in abject poverty, feeling fearful of getting ill because of the lack of accessible health care and enduring discriminatory label, and then contrasted that to current progressive record of Muscogee (Creek) Nation, particularly in the last three years of Chief Tiger's first term as principal chief.

Chief Tiger's talk, "The Mvskoke Way," had the audience's attention with stories of overcoming childhood polio, playing college football, fighting against racism and discrimination, and serving indigenous peoples in numerous capacities. He recounted the numerous advancements of Muscogee (Creek) Nation and his administration's nationally recognized contributions in human, health, economic, education and community services. At the end of his talk, Chief Tiger was met with a standing ovation. Chief Tiger expressed gratitude for the invitation.

Future events include a film screening of what is billed as the first Native American Zombie movie, "The Dead Can't Dance," at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, in the Little Theatre in the K-State Student Union and the first K-State Alumni Powwow from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in Ahearn Field House.

The K-State Alumni Powwow and Speaker Series was established in January 2015 with an award from the Academic Excellence Fund from the Office of the Provost. Other sponsors include the Office of Diversity, College of Engineering, K-State Alumni Association, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Committee, Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies, and Multicultural Engineering Program.

For more details and donation and/or volunteer opportunities, please contact Bitsie-Baldwin at lbaldwin@k-state.edu or Robertson at dwanna@k-state.edu.

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February 26th, 2015

American Ethnic Studies faculty testify at ethnic studies House Bill 2207 hearing

A small delegation from K-State's American ethnic studies department helped make history on Feb. 20 at the launch of ethnic studies House Bill 2207 at the State Capitol.

The new bill, put forward by State Rep. John Alcala, District 57, calls for the implementation of programs that would teach ethnic studies in seven through 12 grades in Kansas.

Professors Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez, American ethnic studies department head; Tosha Sampson-Choma, English department; and Ben Chappelle, University of Kansas; testified before the House Committee on Education in Topeka.

Shaun Dowdell, American Ethnic Studies Student Association president, and Megan Larosh, association secretary, also attended the historic event.

House Bill 2207 in part states that "ethnic studies means an interdisciplinary enterprise, which acknowledges that race and ethnicity are social and cultural forces in the United States and around the world." The new bill calls for the development of curriculum standards "within the existing history, social studies or civics curriculum or another appropriate subject-matter curriculum." The testimony of each ethnic studies professor entered into the public record. In addition, members of the House Committee on Education asked each professor questions concerning ethnic studies and the reasons for including ethnic studies in Kansas' school curriculum.

Once House Bill 2207 leaves the House Committee on Education it will go to the Senate Education Committee; from there it would go to the Senate floor and House floor for passage. Read the bill.

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February 24th, 2015

Academic Excellence funded proposals for FY15

A wide variety of projects were supported by the Academic Excellence Fund during the academic year. All of the supported projects help advance Kansas State University toward its goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.

The fund combines the resources of the offices of the president, provost, and administration and finance. Faculty and staff have two opportunities during the academic year to propose projects for funding. For each round of funding, proposals are reviewed and selected projects are funded. The funded projects for each round during the 2014-15 academic year are shown below.

Funded projects from fall 2014:
Joel DeRouchey, animal science and industry, Mike Tokach, animal science and industry, Cassie Jones, grain science and industry, Steve Dritz, diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, swine nursery pig feeders at the K-State Swine Teaching and Research Center; Lorn Clement, landscape architecture and regional and community planning, Ryadi Adityavarman, interior architecture and product design, attendance at three workshops to complement a new freehand drawing course; Bruce Law, physics, Chris Sorensen, physics, attendance at Faraday Discussion meeting in Chicago; Stephen Kiefer, psychological sciences, improvements to surgery and wet laboratories; Gary Brase, psychological sciences, renovations to the Student Reading Room in the psychological sciences department; Cora Cooper, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, bring violinist/teacher Charles Castleman to campus for a recital and master class in March 2015; Ping Li, chemistry, software license for KinTek global kinetic explorer with SpectraFit add-on; Karin Westman, English, public lecture by Laura Micciche and a symposium on cross-disciplinary collaboration in the digital humanities; Jennifer Vellenga, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, direct a workshop of the final draft of the play, "Forward" with Norwegian theatre artists; Shannon Blake Skelton, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, provide opportunity to student playwrights to have their works staged.

Fred Hasler, architectural engineering and construction science, blackout shades and solar shades in the department's building lighting and electrical systems lab; Craig Harms, kinesiology, creation and development of a new anatomy and physiology teaching lab in Justin Hall; Sandra Stith, School of Family Studies and Human Services, Marcie Lechtenberg, School of Family Studies and Human Services, bring Ruben Parra-Cardona to campus for a full-day program in March 2015; Sarah Pilgrim, inter-campus academic programs, equipping a digital audio/video recording studio on the K-State Salina campus; Greg Stephens, arts, sciences and business, continued funding for the Civic Luncheon Lecture Series.

Leigh Fine, school of leadership studies, technology for the Staley School of Leadership studies to allow tracking of student engagement in classes and activities; Trisha Gott, Staley School of Leadership Studies, Mary Hale Tolar, Staley School of Leadership Studies, bring Dr. Patti Clayton, an expert on engagement, in as a consultant for the university; Linda Duke, Beach Museum of Art, Prairie Studies Initiative, a program designed to foster cross-disciplinary research related to the prairie and high plains regions of Kansas; Casey Pennock, K-State Student Sub-chapter of the American Fisheries Society, signage around Campus Creek focusing on keeping it clean; Scott Velasquez, totally tutoring, peer tutoring collaboration.

Funded projects from spring 2015
Duane Davis, animal science and industry, Jeff Stevenson, animal science and industry, Jim Drouillard, animal science and industry, Tim Carson, animal science and industry, Cassie Jones, grain science and industry, Steve Dritz, diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, wireless networking equipment to provide high speed internet access to the K-State livestock teaching and research facilities; Shawn Hutchinson, geography, John Harrington, geography, renew K-State's membership in the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science and re-establish the University GIScience Lecture Series; David Stone, history, translate a series covering the Russian Civil War, 1918-1921; Andrew Casto, art, and Stephen Kiefer, interim art department head, travel, artwork shipping and materials for the 2015 annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in March 2015; Marci Maullar, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, production of a presentation "The Power of The People, Civil Disobedience in America: Songs and Perspectives;" Karin Westman, English, dissertation writing camp; Tom Hallaq, journalism and mass communications, production of a video documentary about the history of flight in Kansas.

LaVerne Bitsie-Baldwin; K-State multicultural engineering program, Dwanna Robertson, American ethnic studies, re-establish the Alumni Pow-Wow at K-State to engage alumni, campus and community members; Nathan Bean, computing and information sciences, Ben Ward, computing and information sciences, support for first Annual Invitational Game Jam; Mei He, biological and agricultural engineering, ultra violet ozone cleaning system; Meng Zhang, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, equipment to advance undergraduate research and creative inquiry activities on additive manufacturing/3D printing; Bin Liu, chemical engineering, attendance at the 2015 Cottrell Scholars Collaborative New Faculty Workshop; Briana Nelson Goff, Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families, conduct a 10-year follow-up study with this cohort of 50 Army couples to determine areas of stability and change since 2005; Dorothy Durband, School of Family Studies and Human Services, improving the entryway to the school to accurately identify the school with appropriately branded signage; David Poole, kinesiology, Timothy Musch, anatomy and physiology, travel funds to send five students to the Experimental Biology meeting in Boston in March 2015 and the American College of Sports Medicine national meeting in San Diego in May 2015.

Livia Olsen, faculty and graduate services, Cindy Logan, undergraduate and community services, support for exhibit and activities during Open House; Lori Kniffin, school of leadership studies, attendance at the 2015 International Service-Learning Summit at Duke in March 2015; Mary Hale Tolar, Staley School of Leadership Studies, travel with an undergraduate student presentation team to the McDonough Leadership Conference, Marietta College in April 2015; Eric Hartman, Staley School of Leadership Studies, arrange a faculty learning community dedicated to deepening understanding of internationalization best practices; Linda Teener, UFM Community Learning Center, 2015 Lou Douglas Lecture Series; Wing Wong, international programs, start up a tutoring center for international students; Anthony Ybarra, career and employment services, Susana Valdovinos, office of academic personnel, support for Alianza.

Link to K-State Today Article

February 22nd, 2015

American Ethnic Studies faculty testify at ethnic studies House Bill 2207 Hearing!!

HB 2207 Presenters and AttendersA small delegation from K-State’s American Ethnic Studies Department helped make history on February 20, 2015 at the launch of ethnic studies House Bill 2207 at the State Capitol. The new bill, put forward by State Representative John Alcala (District 57) calls for the implementation of programs that would teach ethnic studies in grades 7 through 12 in Kansas. Professors Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez, Head (American Ethnic Studies Department), Tosha Sampson-Choma (English Department), and Ben Chappelle (University of Kansas) testified before the House Committee on Education in Topeka. They traveled to Topeka with the Rev. Dr. Tracy C. DeWitt, Sr. (Pastor of Manhattan’s Pilgrim Baptist Church) who led the blessing prayer before the hearing began. American Ethnic Studies Student Association (AESSA) President Shaun Dowdell and AESSA Secretary Megan Larosh also attended the historic event. Ms. Christina Valdivia-Alcala, founder and Director of the Tonantzin Society, was present as a Topeka community witness.

House Bill 2207 in part states that “ethnic studies means an interdisciplinary enterprise which acknowledges that race and ethnicity are social and cultural forces in the United States and around the world.”  The new bill calls for the development of curriculum standards “within the existing history, social studies or civics curriculum or another appropriate subject-matter curriculum.” The testimony of each ethnic studies professor entered into the public record. In addition, members of the House Committee on Education asked each professor questions concerning ethnic studies and the reasons for including ethnic studies in Kansas’s school curriculum.

Once House Bill 2207 leaves the House Committee on Education it will go to the Senate Education Committee; from there it would go to the Senate floor and House floor for passage. Please click here if you would like to read the bill.

February 1st, 2015

The New Black 

Film Screening and Discussion with Filmmaker, Yoruba Richen



Here is a video of Yoruba Richen speaking at a TED Talks lecture:

SPONSORS: FIRE, Diversity Programming Council, American Ethnic Studies, Hale Library, DOW Center for Multicultural and Community Studies, English