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LEADERSHIP STUDIES TO GET NEW HOME

Leadership studies, K-State's largest academic program, has outgrown its modest space three times since its beginnings in 1997.

K-State will have a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new three-story building at 3 p.m. Friday, April 18, at Old Campus Road and Mid-Campus Drive.

Warren and Mary Lynn Staley, Edina, Minn., contributed the lead gift for the 34,000-square-foot facility, which is to be built exclusively with private funds. Warren Staley is the retired CEO of Cargill Inc.

"Thanks to the Staleys' generosity, other supporters can see this dream becoming a reality," said Mike Holen, dean of K-State's College of Education.

"In all of history, the destiny of societies has been highly impacted by the quality of its leaders," the Staleys said. "K-State students have evidenced a desire to better their world by assuming roles in leadership. With pride we support this core value of education."

M. Duane Nellis, provost and senior vice president, said, "K-State's leadership studies program has gained national recognition for excellence. Now this beautiful new building will give our leadership studies faculty an opportunity to take these efforts to the next level."

Susan Scott, assistant vice president and director of leadership studies and programs, said no other major or minor tops the 1,400 students enrolled in leadership studies, an interdisciplinary minor.

The building will house a 250-seat lecture hall, three seminar rooms, classrooms seating 50-60 each, a library, faculty offices and more.

 

NOTEWORTHY

 

Gary BraseGary Brase published "Frequency Interpretation of Ambiguous Statistical Information Facilitates Bayesian Reasoning," Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Vol. 15, No. 2.

More Noteworthy

 

On Campus - April

 

April 10
Diversity Summit
"A Time for Bold Visions, Critical Analyses and Strategic Actions." With keynote speaker Mary Frances Berry, University of Pennsylvania, and featured speaker Mike Hill, State University of New York at Albany. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., main ballroom, Student Union.

April 11
McCain Performance Series
'Gypsy' blasts into town as part of a national tour. One of Broadway's favorite musicals, it serves up such standards as "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and "Let Me Entertain You." 7:30 p.m. in McCain Auditorium; for tickets call 532-6428.

April 10-12
'Dancing at Lughnasa'
Enter the world of 1936 Ireland through the memories of Michael as he recalls struggles of his boyhood in a poor Irish home full of his aunts and mother all trying to survive, and trying to live. Tickets at 532-6428. 7:30 p.m., Purple Masque, East Stadium.

International Week
Festivities continue with the Philippine Barrio Fiesta (April 10), international dance lessons (April 11) and the Central Kansas Japanese Festival (April 12). All events take place in the Student Union; schedule online at http://www.k-state.edu/icc/Activities/

April 11
Travel and dining auction

Annual auction raises money to support the Hospitality Management Society's scholarship and its travel to industry conferences. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Call 532-2210. 7-10 p.m., Alumni Center.

Ag for a Cure concert
Bleu Edmondson and the Randy Rogers Band entertain at this benefit concert. 8 p.m. in Weber Arena.

April 12
Country concert

Sara Evans, the Academy of Country Music's 2005 female vocalist of the year, performs the Changing Lives Campaign Thank-you Concert. 8 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.

April 15
Retiree reception

Come honor the contributions of retiring faculty members and unclassified staff. 4 p.m. in the Alumni Center ballroom.

April 19
Open House

Tours and exhibits, food and music across the campuses in Manhattan and Salina inform and entertain visitors and future Wildcats. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details, visit http://consider.k-state.edu/openhouse/

Spring Game
The Purple-White Spring Football Game. An autograph session will follow the game on the playing field. The Spring Fan Fest activities include carnival rides, barbecue contest and Willie's Fun Zone for kids. Kickoff at 6:30 p.m., Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Open invitation to campus

The annual All-University Open House once again is offering visitors the chance to see what life is like on the K-State campuses in Manhattan and Salina. Read more

 

Toward better aviation

K-State at Salina has formed a new center for applied aviation research and testing. The K-State Applied Aviation Research Center will advance aerospace technology through application of research in propulsion, airframe, avionics and aviation training. Read more

 

UP CLOSE

K-State's China connection

As director of K-State's Chinese language program, Wei Wu has the challenge of clarifying the complexities of Mandarin for her 60 or so American students. In her less formal role as cultural go-between, Wu has perhaps a bigger job of explaining America to Chinese students who find themselves on campus, but still at sea. Read more

 

PLAUDITS

 

CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES HONORED FOR SERVICE

The 31st annual Classified Employee Recognition Ceremony April 2 honored more than 200 workers for their service.

Thirty-eight classified employees who retired in 2007 were recognized, and more than 100 employees were honored for their length of service to K-State, ranging from five years to 35 years.

Lori Goetsch, dean of libraries, was guest speaker at the event.

Honored as classified employees of the year were 43 people selected by their college, administrative unit or university agency:

Sam Allbritton, safety and security officer I, K-State Police; Beth Alloway, technical support consultant I, ITAC; Melinda Bainter, senior administrative assistant, department of biochemistry; Fredrick Black, agricultural technician, Southeast Agricultural Research Center; Sara Blankley, technology support consultant I, undergraduate admissions; Jack Carlson, project designer, Division of Facilities; Katherine Carlgren, senior administrative assistant, department of clinical sciences; Evelyn Dakken, administrative assistant, Educational Communications Center; Dona Deam, senior administrative assistant, dean's office, College of Education; Christy Dipman, administrative officer, department of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources; Carolyn Elliott, administrative specialist, office of student life.

Cindy Friedrich, administrative assistant, department of speech communication, theater and dance; Jeanne Gerhard, administrative specialist, office of educational and personal development; Mike Hays, microbiologist III, department of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology; Lisa Heller, senior administrative assistant, department of communications; Judy Jensen, administrative specialist, department of hotel, restaurant, institutional management and dietetics; Dennis Jones, accountant II, Division of Human Resources; Susan Koch, administrative specialist, department of economics; Joan Koehler, accountant I, dean's office, College of Architecture, Planning and Design; Kathleen Leonard, information technology licensing specialist, computing and telecommunications services; Mark Leuthold, senior equipment mechanic, department of agronomy.

Robin Loader, accounting specialist, controllers office; Robin Millington, administrative specialist, Lafene Health Center; Andrew Moeller, university police officer, K-State Police; Bonnie Mongeau, senior administrative assistant, admissions office, K-State at Salina; Barbara Nagel, public service administrator I, registrar's office; Debra Owens, administrative specialist, career and employment services; Jaime Lou Parker, administrative specialist, office of affirmative action; Tari Philips, accounting specialist, Division of Biology; Marcia Quick, administrative specialist, Division of Continuing Education; Colette Remsbecker, general maintenance and repair technician, Advanced Manufacturing Institute.

Sue Robinson, administrative specialist, office of the director, K-State Extension; Kim Saak, administrative officer, student financial assistance; Pam Schierer, administrative specialist, department of statistics; Connie Schmidt, administrative specialist, department of finance; Brenda Schoendaller, accountant II, counseling services; Kathy Shike, veterinary technician II, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital; Douglas Smith, facilities maintenance supervisor, parking services; Kathryn Talbot, library assistant III, Hale Library; Darla Thomas, public service administrator I, department of animal sciences and industry; Elsa Toburen, administrative specialist, Food Science Institute; Linda Towne, accounting specialist, budget office; and Jun Yang, microbiologist II, department of anatomy and physiology.

 

POINTS OF PRIDE

Greek organizations gain national honors

K-State's Panhellenic Council has been recognized as the top Greek sorority council, while K-State's Interfraternity Council has been recognized as the runner-up for the top Greek fraternity council award.

K-State's Panhellenic Council was named the winner of the 2007 Sutherland Award for Division III.

It is the seventh time in the last 12 years the K-State Panhellenic Council, which represents the university's 11 Greek sororities, has received the Sutherland Award, the top award for a Greek sorority council. Division III includes colleges in the U.S. with nine to 12 Greek sorority chapters.

Interfraternity Council was recognized as the runner-up for the 2007 Jellison Division IV Award. Division IV consists of all colleges in the United States with 24 or more Greek chapters.

Both recognitions came at the Mid-American Greek Council Association conference Feb. 21-24 in Chicago.

 

 

OH, BY THE WAY

 

GIFTS TO COSTUME MUSEUM ON DISPLAY

Mantles for WomenA collection of wearable fiber art recently donated to the Historic Costume and Textile Museum of the College of Human Ecology is on display through April 27 at Manhattan Arts Center, 1520 Poyntz Ave.

"Mantles for Women: Rites of Passage" shows the explosively colorful work of Anita Luvera Mayer.

"Mayer is known as an artist who transforms fiber into sculpture and elevates clothing to an artistic communication between cultures and generations," said Marla Day, curator for the Historic Costume and Textile Museum.

Newer work by Mayer also will be on display.

FIRST TEE NAMES PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Jeff Greene has accepted the position of program coordinator with The First Tee of Manhattan. His appointment was announced by Jon Kropilak, executive director.

A Manhattan native, Greene graduated from K-State with a bachelor's degree in social science. He was a two-year member of the football team at K-State. His professional experience includes 10 years with Manhattan-Ogden USD 383.

Greene will be responsible for delivering The First Tee Life Skills Experience to area youth and will coordinate community outreach.

 

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.