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  4. Jan. 17, 2008/Vol. 30, No. 12

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SEBELIUS PRAISES WEFALD

K-State President Jon Wefald was recognized by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius at the December Kansas Board of Regents meeting for his 21 years of service to K-State.

"To see President Wefald's impact on Kansas State University, one needs to look no further than the 2 million square feet of new buildings, 9,000 additional students and incredible athletics program that have all come into being under Jon's leadership," Sebelius said.

Wefald began his tenure as the 12th president of K-State in 1986. Under his leadership, K-State has led the nation's public universities in the total number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall scholarship winners.

In addition to the increase in building space and enrollment under Welfald, K-State also has built a healthy endowment program, established a national presence in athletics and has increased total research funding to record numbers.

AEROSPACE CONSULTANT TO TEACH AT K-STATE AT SALINA

Chuck Jarnot, a veteran Army Blackhawk pilot who organized unmanned aircraft missions in Afghanistan, will bring his expertise on such craft to aviation students at K-State at Salina.

Jarnot will teach an introduction to unmanned aerial systems starting this semester through K-State's Division of Continuing Education.

The course will cover the history of the rapidly developing field, "which should take about 10 minutes," Jarnot said, before delving into programming software, the many different airframes and the volatile regulatory environment.

 

OH, BY THE WAY

 

ON-SITE HEALTH SCREENINGS

K-State will offer on-site health screenings in April. Those eligible for the testing include benefits-eligible employees, spouses and dependents over the age of 18, retirees and their spouses and dependents over the age of 18, all with state health plan coverage. Benefits-eligible employees who have waived coverage also may register.

The screenings take about 15 minutes and include checks on cholesterol (tested via a single fingerstick), diabetes, blood pressure, body mass index, and measured height and weight. The screening is a fasting test, which means participants may consume only water or black coffee for the nine hours before the test. Participants should take any medications as usual.

The screenings will take place from 7 a.m. to noon April 15 at the Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex and from 7 a.m. to noon April 16 and 17 in the K-State Student Union Ballroom.

To register, visit http://www.
khpa.ks.gov/healthquest
. Select the link for the Dialog Center and click on the "sign up for a health screening" window.

Bring a current state health plan insurance card, employee badge or recent pay-stub to the screening. Walk-up screenings are available but may require a wait. Questions should be directed to Gina Lowe, 532-1878 or glowe@k-state.edu.

iSIS TRAINING FOR ADVISERS BEGINS JAN. 23

Training sessions for advisers for iSIS, the new student system to replace SIS and KATS that will be used for advising and enrollment for the fall 2008 semester, begin Jan. 23. Some colleges have requested specific training times and will communicate the dates and times to their advisers.

To register for a session: Visit http://www.as.ksu.edu/HRIS and sign in with eID and password. In the left side menu, click "employee self service," then click "training and development." Then click "KSU training enrollment" and "search by course name." In the "course name" field, type iSIS and then click "search" for a list of possible courses. Next to "iSIS: Advising using iSIS" (course number WS0011), click "view available sessions," then select the desired session number. On the next screen, click "continue." Confirm the date and time of the training session, and enter any comments. Click "submit," then click "OK." Then sign out from HRIS. Contact Brian Arthaud-Day, bcad@k-state.edu, 532-7657, for additional information.

 

On Campus - January

 

Jan. 17
Web training opportunity

"Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets," from 1:30-3:30 p.m., 202 Fairchild Hall. Call 532-4918 to register.

Jan. 23
Van operator training

K-State at Salina will conduct van operator training from 9:30-11:30 a.m., 101 Facilities Room, K-State at Salina. National Safety Council training will be conducted for all operators and potential operators of motor pool vans operated by K-State faculty, staff and students. This training is mandatory for all operators. Register by visiting http://www.k-state.edu/facilities/
depts/resources/signup.html

Jan. 24
Dreamweaver training

"Working with CSS in Dreamweaver," from 1:30-3:30 p.m., 202 Fairchild Hall. Call 532-4918 to register.

Jan. 31
McCain Performance Series
Giselle"Giselle," a ballet popular with audiences and dancers alike, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at McCain Auditorium. This ballet has drawn the best dancers to its leading roles since its creation in the 19th century. For tickets call 532-6428.


Certified for our protection

If the highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza ever comes to Kansas, diagnosticians at K-State's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will be the first to know. Read more

 

New ways to recognize faculty

The K-State Alumni Association is providing two $5,000 awards for K-State faculty this year made possible with funding from Ron and Rae Iman, Albuquerque, N.M. Read more

 

Week of festivities planned to honor King

Lectures, entertainment and a fund drive to build a memorial to the late Coretta Scott King are some of the events organized as part of K-State's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week. The week, Jan. 20-26, is a celebration of the civil rights leader's legacy. Read more

 

UP CLOSE

 

'Myth buster' for Indians

Leslie Hannah, an assistant professor of English at Kansas State University at Salina, is on a mission to change the way the world sees American Indians. Read more

 

PLAUDITS

 

ROBEL TAPPED AS NATIONAL WIND TURBINE ADVISER

K-State professor emeritus of biology Robert J. Robel is one of 22 individuals appointed to a national Wind Turbine Guidelines Advisory Committee by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne.

Members will advise Kempthorne and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on measures to avoid or minimize impacts to wildlife and their habitats from land-based wind energy facilities.

Robel is an authority on the ecology and management of red deer and grouse in Scotland, where he travels frequently for research and consultation. He also is an authority on bobwhite quail, grassland birds and greater and lesser prairie chickens.

BUSINESS FACULTY HONORED FOR TEACHING, RESEARCH

Two faculty members in the College of Business Administration have been recognized for contributions in teaching and research.

Janis Crow, instructor in marketing, is the fall 2007 recipient of the Kansas State Bank Teaching Excellence Award.

Richard McFarland, associate professor of marketing and the L.L. McAninch Chair of Business Administration, is the fall 2007 recipient of the College of Business Administration Outstanding Contribution in Research Award.

FORESTRY PROFESSOR ELEVATED TO FELLOW

Wayne A. Geyer, professor of forest science, has been elevated to fellow status in the Society of American Foresters for his outstanding service to the American forestry profession.

This honor is reserved for the top 3 percent of the 15,000 members in the society. Geyer has been on the faculty of the College of Agriculture since 1966.

PROFESSOR RENEWS MASTER FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR STATUS

Eric Shappee, flight and ground instructor and associate professor of aviation at K-State at Salina, has earned renewed master certificated flight instructor accreditation from the National Association of Flight Instructors.

Shappee has held the professional accreditation continuously since 2001. He is one of only 15 Kansas aviation educators with the prestigious designation. According to the National Association of Flight Instructors, the title is awarded only to the top instructors in the nation.

In all, K-State at Salina has five faculty members who have earned this top designation -- the most of any college or university in the nation, according to the association.

 

POINTS OF PRIDE

International agribusiness course awarded

After 10 years of providing agribusiness distance education, K-State’s master of agribusiness program and its instructors continue to win awards while developing agribusiness leaders.

In October, the program was awarded the Association of Continuing Higher Education’s Distinguished Program Award for its Comparative Food and Agriculture Systems elective course.

 

 

NOTEWORTHY

 

Krishna K. TummalaKrishna K. Tummala, political science, was recognized in October by the national honor society for public administrators, Pi Alpha Alpha, for his "outstanding leadership and service."

More Noteworthy

 

 

OPPORTUNITIES

CLASSIFIED

• A recording of classified job opportunities is available 24 hours a day on the Employment Information Line, 785-532-6271.

• A list of employment opportunities is posted at www.k-state.edu/hr/

• For additional information, call 785-532-6277 or come to the Division of Human Resources in 103 Edwards Hall. Applications are accepted 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays.

UNCLASSIFIED

• A complete listing of vacancies can be seen at www.k-state.edu/affact/

• For additional information, call the office of affirmative action at 785-532-6220 or come by 214 Anderson Hall.