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K-State Alerts, the university's emergency notification system, will be tested at approximately 10 a.m. Monday, March 1.

Emergency notification channels to be tested are text messaging, automated phone calls, e-mail to all K-State accounts and the new alert beacons installed in several locations, including Eisenhower, all residence halls, Jardine, Throckmorton, Seaton Hall and court, the new Leadership Studies Building and engineering complex.

K-State Alerts is tested twice each year to ensure proper operation during an actual emergency. Following the test, a feedback survey will be e-mailed to anyone signed up for emergency text messages or automated phone calls.

To receive emergency notifications by text message or automated phone calls, students and faculty/staff with active K-State eIDs must be enrolled in K-State Alerts through the eProfile system. Eligible K-Staters can add contact information of parents, children and spouses when they sign up.

For text messages, factors such as service provider, coverage area and total load on local communication towers can impact whether and when users receive text messages.

For technical assistance with eProfile or K-State Alerts, contact the IT Help Desk. For more information, see the K-State Alerts Web site.

Informational videos about the new alert beacons and K-State Alerts are also available at


K-State's women's studies program is bringing author, speaker and electrical engineer Jill Tietjen to campus for a series of events as part of the university's observance of National Women's History Month in March.

Tietjen is the co-author of "Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America" and the "Setting the Record Straight Series," which explores the history of women in accounting, engineering and professional achievement. While most people have heard of Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt, Tietjen goes beyond these women to document the myriad of women who have broken barriers in science, politics, business, entertainment and sports.

During her visit to K-State, Tietjen will participate in the following activities, which are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted:
* Provost's Lecture Series at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 3, in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room. In her presentation, "Women in STEM: Where We've Been, Where We Are, Where We're Going," Tietjen will discuss why gender parity in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields still seems like a difficult goal and the steps needed to get there.
* "Women Leaders: The Power of the Women on Whose Shoulders We Stand," at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in the Town Hall Room at the Leadership Studies Building. The lecture will focus on the breadth and diversity of U.S. women's contributions to the intellectual, social and political development of our society. It will be followed by a book signing and reception with Tietjen.
* Tietjen will be the speaker at a dinner in honor of Women's History Month sponsored by the women's studies advisory board at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at the Holiday Inn at the Campus. She will discuss "Women Who Network: The Power of Women to Create Her Story." The dinner is the inaugural event sponsored by the women's studies advisory board, which was created in summer 2009 to advise and support the K-State women's studies program. The dinner and lecture are open to the public; ticket information is available on the women's studies program Web site at

All the events are co-sponsored by the women's studies advisory board; the office of the president; the office of the provost; the colleges of Agriculture, Arts and Sciences, Architecture, Planning and Design, Business Administration, and Engineering; the School of Leadership Studies; and the women in engineering and science program.

Tietjen graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics and a minor in electrical engineering, and received a master's degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She is a registered professional engineer in Colorado, and is currently the CEO of Technically Speaking, a national consulting company specializing in improving opportunities for women and girls to have more career options in technology.

More information is available at


The 2010 K-State Gardens Luncheon Series, which begins March 5, will include speakers throughout the year on cultivation of annuals from seed, carefree maintenance of the hardy daylily and home holiday decorating with plants.

"Knowing how busy work weeks can be, this educational program is scaled to fit within the normal noon hour with a gourmet box lunch served during the gardening lessons," said Judy Unruh, series coordinator for the K-State Gardens board of directors.

All the 2010 garden luncheon programs begin at 11:45 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. with an admission of $25 each, payable upon registration. This includes lunch and garden program. Proceeds of the series support special projects at the K-State Gardens.

The series dates and locations include:
* Friday, March 5, "Awesome Annuals for 2010," K-State Gardens Visitors Center conference room. The presenter is Mike DeRee of Ball Seed Co., Wichita.
* Thursday, July 8, tour the daylily collection of Steve and Maureen Thien at the height of the blooming season. The Thiens' home, 3400 Windsor Court, Manhattan, is designated an American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden with more than 600 daylily varieties.
* Thursday, Nov. 11, "Holiday Centerpieces and Table Decorations for Christmas," at the K-State Gardens Visitors Center conference room. The presenter is Bronwyn Douglas, co-owner of Kistner's Flowers, Manhattan.

For more information, contact Unruh at 785-587-8432 or To make a reservation contact or visit Anne Springer at the office of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources at K-State, 2021 Throckmorton Hall, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 785-532-1442