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iTAC is in the process of removing some hardware from university computing labs, technology classrooms and other offices around campus -- and making the equipment available to interested K-State units. Some of the equipment is in working order, some is not. All equipment is available at no cost.

K-Staters are invited to browse the equipment through 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 1. Contact Tim Bagby, instructional assistant manager, at 785-532-4919 or to set up a date/time or stop by the IT Help Desk, 214 Hale Library, to ask for a viewing.

The equipment includes:

  1. Six HP 8150 printers
  2. Panasonic TV and cart
  3. Epson LCD projectors
  4. Epson document cameras
  5. Gateway PCs: Profile IV and Profile V
  6. Video switchers
  7. Miscellaneous computer peripherals

While everything must go, there are limitations. They are as follows:

  1. Equipment must be transferred to K-State affiliated units, not to individuals.
  2. iTAC will complete the transfer-of-property paperwork before transferring equipment to the receiving department.
  3. No warranties and no service agreements are available for this equipment.
  4. All sales are final. All equipment is in "as is" condition.


To help with departmental spring cleaning, Apple is offering free computer recycling for educational institutions until Aug. 31.

A minimum of 25 recyclable items is required.

Equipment accepted for recycling are Mac and PC computers, monitors, laptops, printers, fax machines, scanners, desktop-sized copy machines, CD drives, hard drives, televisions, VCRs, projectors, overhead projectors, networking equipment, cables, keyboards and mice.

To register for the program, visit and fill out the online form found on the right hand side of the page.


With summer in season and to-do lists in tow before the start of the fall academic semester, officials at K-State's parking services are trying to make life a little easier when it comes to ordering that parking permit.

Faculty and staff wishing to purchase a parking permit for the 2010-2011 academic year can navigate to the employee self services Web site – -- to do so.

Permits will not be available until after June 1.

Parking is also available in the new parking garage, with prices for the preferred and reserved stalls being reduced. The new prices will take effect July 1.

The new price for the preferred parking permit in the garage will be $400, reduced from $600. The price of a reserved parking permit will be $900, reduced from $1,200. Preferred parking allows the driver to park in nonreserved stall in the garage. A reserved stall is an assigned stall marked for a driver.

"When you run, say $900, over the course of a year for five days a week, that's not very much," said Darwin Abbott, director of parking services. "Not only are you getting a parking permit and a RFID card, but all of the sudden you're also a lot closer to where you need to be on campus."

To sign up for preferred parking in the garage, contact K-State's parking services at 785-532-7275 or at

The garage, which features more than 1,300 parking stalls, opened Jan. 14. 



Bruce ShubertBruce Shubert, vice president for administration and finance, will remain in the post.

Shubert had originally requested to return to his prior post of associate vice president, which he held from 2003-2008. He became vice president for administration and finance Jan. 1, 2009, when he succeeded Tom Rawson.

"After a national search to find a new vice president, it was clear that Bruce was and is the best person for the job. The search process helped us better understand the many qualities and capabilities Bruce has brought to the position," said Tim de Noble, head of the search committee and dean of K-State's College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

"Bruce has been doing outstanding work as vice president for administration and finance," said K-State President Kirk Schulz. "His knowledge, experience and leadership in helping guide the university through this difficult economic period have been invaluable. I'm thrilled he has decided to remain in his current position."

Shubert came to K-State after 21 years at Fort Hays State University, where he held increasingly responsible positions, including vice president for administration and finance. He earned both his bachelor's and his MBA from Fort Hays State University, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He is a Certified Public Accountant and also has experience in systems analysis, programming and other information technology functions.

"I simply want to help K-State move forward during dynamic times," Shubert said of his decision to remain as vice president. "I believe my knowledge of the university and Kansas budget systems will be important as we continue to face challenges and plan for the future."


An administrator with extensive experience in guiding higher education information technology services is joining K-State as chief information officer and vice provost for information technology services.

Ken Stafford, currently vice chancellor for technology at the University of Denver, will join K-State in his new post Aug. 9.

"As K-State's senior technology executive, Ken will work closely with university leadership and the university community to shape and implement K-State's IT investments, plans and strategies to meet institutional goals and needs of students, faculty and staff," said April Mason, K-State provost and senior vice president.

Stafford, who will report to Mason, will lead K-State's information technology services, or ITS, which has approximately 200 technical and nontechnical professionals. He will have strategic oversight of university information technology services including communications, networking and server/storage infrastructure and services; academic, administrative and instructional technologies and support services; desktop support; technology training; information and technology security; infrastructure for research computing; and data and information management.

In addition, Stafford is responsible for ensuring the development and communication of university IT policies, standards and procedures.

"I am delighted with the appointment to K-State. This is a wonderful opportunity to serve one of the outstanding public land-grant universities," Stafford said. "I very much look forward to working with the faculty, staff and students at this world-class institution. The expectations for technology in research, education and the administrative process are ever increasing and rapidly changing. I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities."

Stafford will replace Lynn Carlin, who has been serving as interim vice provost for information technology services since July 2007.

"Lynn has laid a firm foundation for Ken, and I appreciate her leadership as the interim vice provost for information technology services," Mason said.


Students in Kansas State University's Food Writing course have published their newest edition of the Kansas Food Journal, a Webzine devoted to stories on food production, preparation and consumption in the state.

This is the third edition of the and the largest yet. Students produced nearly 50 stories in topics ranging from 1950s drive-in restaurants in Topeka and Oakley to eating disorders among college students, from a Wichita chocolatier to an Olsburg couple whose meat from purebred Duroc hogs is wowing chefs nationwide.

The site,, is the only one of its kind in the state and one of the first class-produced Webzines at K-State. Jane P. Marshall teaches the course in the College of Human Ecology's department of hospitality management and dietetics.

The Webzine also includes family recipes and the stories that go with them, book reviews and commentaries.


Gayle SpencerIn response to a recently released Greek affairs task force report, Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students at K-State, has assigned Greek affairs to Gayle Spencer, former assistant dean of student life and coordinator of student activities. On May 24, was promoted to associate dean of student life and director of student activities. She also continues her work advising K-State's Student Governing Association and directing the Healthy Decisions program while realignment of her other duties are examined.

"Gayle has been an outstanding staff member and has been active in Greek life for many years, locally and nationally," Bosco said. "This new assignment compliments her work in leadership development and student organizational advising."

"We have one of the strongest and best Greek communities in the nation. I'm really excited to work with our Greek students and alumni and continue strengthening our Greek community," Spencer said.

Personnel with the Kansas Department of Environmental Health and Safety are currently conducting their annual inspection of laboratories, shops, studios and other areas that use hazardous materials and may have hazardous waste.

These inspections are being conducted to evaluate, note discrepancies and to assist in the improvement of hazardous waste, hazardous materials and general safety programs.

Personnel and can be identified with a badge and are looking at the following areas:

* Open containers of materials and waste.

* Missing dates on containers. Full hazardous waste containers must be dated when full.

* Lack of hazardous waste label. Hazardous waste containers must have the words "hazardous waste" on the container. Free labels are provided by the personnel.

* Unidentified contents. All containers of material and waste must be labeled, even water. Contents of hazardous waste containers must be written on the hazardous waste label.

* Container contents must be identified using words. Acronyms, abbreviations and chemical formulas are not allowed.

* Multiple containers of the same hazardous waste stream. Only one container of each type of hazardous waste is allowed.

* Other items such as medical waste and laboratory safety.

After the inspections, the department head and Environmental Health and Safety committee chair at K-State will receive a letter regarding the inspections and the findings.

For any questions regarding these inspections, contact Kelly Phillips, environmental manager, at 785-532-5856 or