K-STATE AT SALINA GETS GO-AHEAD FOR STUDENT CENTER
The Salina campus has received state approval to start construction of the campus' new $5.9 million Student Life Center.
The center, scheduled to open in July 2009, will provide a place for students and members of the Salina community to meet, develop leadership, maintain physical health and promote academic achievement.
It will include a basketball gymnasium, racquetball/handball courts, a cardiovascular area, free weights, aerobic/fitness areas, a second-level running track, administrative offices and relaxation areas.
The need for the student center was apparent 20 years ago — before K-State at Salina existed. In the mid-1980s the Kansas Technical Institute began to plan a student hub and developed a campus master plan.
That plan grew and changed through the institute's merger with K-State in 1991. When Dennis Kuhlman was appointed dean of K-State at Salina in 1997, he began to pursue the creation of a student life center.
"We have put a great deal of time and effort into planning, fundraising and constructing the Student Life Center," Kuhlman said. "It has been at the top of my agenda since my arrival at K-State at Salina, and has been the single focus of all fundraising activities since 2003."
Cheney Construction Inc., Manhattan, is the general contractor for the project. The site is southeast of the College Center.
"It is fantastic that the construction clock has finally started ticking," Kuhlman said. "Getting phase one started has been a monumental task for the entire K-State at Salina team."
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Gary W. Conrad, University Distinguished Professor of biology, and Medhat M. Morcos, University Distinguished Teaching Scholar in electrical and computer engineering, have been named the first two recipients of the Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Awards.
The two were honored at an April 9 reception in the K-State Alumni Center ballroom. Each received $5,000. The awards, sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association, were made possible by Ron and Rae Iman.
Conrad earned the Outstanding Faculty Award for Research, designed to recognize a full-time K-State faculty member who has contributed significantly through research to improve the educational experience, or whose research has had a significant effect on his field.
Morcos earned the Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching, which goes to a full-time K-State faculty member for excellence in instruction, strong relationships with students inside and outside the classroom, and a reputation for scholarship and distinguished service to the university.
The National Association of College and University Food Services has named a scholarship for Mary Molt, an assistant professor in hotel, restaurant, institution management and dietetics.
The Mary Molt Student Excellence Award was announced at the association's Midwest Region conference March 12 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
"Mary Molt is a mentor, a teacher, a leader, someone with a passion for student success," said Nona Golledge, president of the association's Midwest region.
A longtime instructor of food management and dietetics, Molt also is the author of "Food for Fifty," a standard text for culinary professionals.
Ruth Williams, K-State executive coordinator for Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, was among three key developers of the alliance honored at the group's annual meeting April 7-9 in Kansas City, Mo. About 100 representatives from 11 U.S. universities attended.
"Students from around the country are connected with faculty from across the nation, and have the opportunity to be admitted to one institution, while taking online courses from any participating institution," said Virginia Moxley, dean of K-State's College of Human Ecology and a founding board member of the Great Plains group.
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K-State extends a hand to Fort Riley troops
K-State and Fort Riley are strengthening their commitments to assisting soldiers and their families by creating a Cooperative Extension program tailored to the needs of military personnel. A new memorandum of understanding allows K-State Extension family and consumer science programs, affiliated with the College of Human Ecology, to give military families information on diverse family-related issues.
Topics could include parenting, family communication, child and youth development, nutrition and food preparation, physical activity and health, and money management. K-State also will be contracting with the Department of Defense and Fort Riley to deliver education based on their specific needs. In a related effort, the College of Human Ecology is working to increase the clinical services it provides to Fort Riley families through K-State's Speech and Hearing Center and the Family Center.
STARRETT IS TECHNICAL CHAIR OF UPCOMING GLOBAL WATER RESOURCES CONGRESS IN KANSAS CITY
Steven K. Starrett, associate professor of civil engineering, has been named technical chair for the 2009 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress to be staged in Kansas City.
The conference theme is "Great Rivers: To protect the quality of life and biodiversity while supporting development and growth critically important for a sustainable future."
This conference series is the main annual event of the Environmental and Water Resources Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. About 1,200 participants are expected.
Some of the topics to be covered: large watershed planning, non-point source pollution, great rivers of the world, climate change, biofuel crops, stream restoration and sustainable development.
Starrett will lead about 80 volunteer leaders in organizing a dozen technical sessions, symposia, student activities, technical tours and partnerships with various organizations.
K-STATE AT SALINA TO OFFER BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVICES
K-State at Salina will offer a general option bachelor's degree in family studies and human services beginning in fall 2008.
The degree program, offered through the School of Family Studies and Human Services in K-State's College of Human Ecology, will provide students with a strong foundation of course work in human development and family studies.
"We are excited to offer this option to students at K-State at Salina," said Dennis Kuhlman, dean at K-State at Salina. "Family studies and human services graduates will have a wide variety of career choices in many different areas."
Graduates enter such fields as family and community service programs, the judicial system, Cooperative Extension Service, elder-care facilities, religious institutions and public health programs.
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.
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.