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NO 'DOCTOR'S NOTE' REQUIRED WITH THE ONSET OF H1N1
The reported number of students with H1N1 or flu-like symptoms is on the rise at K-State. As predicted, Lafene Health Center has become very busy with students seeking medical attention and treatment. As a result, Lafene does not have the capacity to provide "excuse notes" for students.

Students have been advised to report their illness to Lafene; their respective housing director; or the office of student life.

The office of student life is collecting this information and maintaining a list of all ill students. This list is shared with the associate deans of each college who will then notify the student's faculty.

Faculty members requiring verification of a student's illness should first check with their associate dean. If more information is needed, they should then contact the office of student life at 532-6432 or stulife@k-state.edu.

If neither contact has verification of a student's illness, the student may still be ill, but has yet to report the illness.

 

K-STATERS EXCITED ABOUT NEW EPSCoR GRANT
Since the announcement that K-State would share in a $20 million grant to Kansas NSF EPSCoR -- also known as the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research -- K-Statement has learned that faculty in several departments are involved in the research program. This grant's focus is climate change and renewable energy challenges.

The following K-State faculty, will be doing research under this program:

Jason Bergtold and Jeff Peterson, agricultural economics; Stacy Hutchinson and Donghai Wang, biological and agricultural engineering; Harold Trick, biology; Keith Hohn, chemical engineering; Stefan Bossman, Viktor Chikan, Daniel Higgins, Ryszard Jankowiak, Ken Klabunde and Jun Li, all of chemistry; John Harrington, geography; Susan Sun, grain science and industry; Z.J. Pei, industrial and manufacturing engineering; and Lazlo Kulcsar and Theresa Selfa, sociology.

The Climate Change and Renewable Energy initiative spans a variety of disciplines, with five team leaders. As previously reported, K-State's Charles Rice, agronomy, will lead the group that will use climate modeling tactics to predict the effects of climate change and develop strategies for adaptation and mitigation. This portion of the project makes up about $5 million of the total funding.

 

KIDS CAN MAKE BUGGY DECOR AT HALLOWEEN-THEMED WORKSHOP OCT. 23 AT BEACH MUSEUM
Children age 6 and older can make their own creepy, crawly Halloween decorations at an upcoming workshop at K-State's Marianna Kistler Beach of Art.

Kathrine Schlageck, senior educator at the Beach Museum of Art, will guide children through the "Robert J. Lang: Insect Origami" exhibition at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Children will then make 3-D creepy crawlies, such as insects and spiders, out of origami paper, clay and other found materials. Each child can create up to six sculptural pieces, with the final products to go into a display box to be taken home and used for Halloween decorations.

The workshop, scheduled on a day when local students are out of school, costs $3 per child. Reservations can be made by calling 785-532-7718.

The Beach Museum of Art is on the southeast corner of the K-State campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Free visitor parking is available next to the building. Normal museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays.

 

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER DURING COMMUNITY SERVICE WEEK OCT. 24-30
More than 500 K-State students, employees and Manhattan community members will have a chance to donate their time and energy during Community Service Week, Oct. 24-30.

This year's week of service, organized by K-State students and hosted by the K-State Volunteer Center of Manhattan, offers numerous projects to match an array of interests and help service agencies in the community.

Anyone interested in volunteering can view project descriptions and the week's events at: http://www.k-state.edu/volunteercenter

Directions for signing up are listed on the Web site. Volunteers also may sign up on the volunteer center's Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/yhrpn65

For more information contact Laura Cline at userve@k-state.edu or 785-532-3670.

 

K-STATE'S ASSESSMENT SHOWCASE OCT. 30
The office of assessment would like to invite faculty and staff associated with assessment of student learning to attend the Fall 2009 Assessment Showcase featuring best practices in assessment of student learning. The showcase will be from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 30 on the second floor of the K-State Student Union.

There will be two 50-minute breakout sessions, beginning at 9 and 10 a.m., a keynote address by Cia Vershelden and award presentations beginning at 11 a.m.

We encourage all College Assessment Review Committee members and those responsible for student learning outcomes to attend. For session topics and times, go to http://www.k-state.edu/assessment/