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K-Statement wants your 'savings stories'

K-Statement wants to know what you are doing to save K-State money. From truly creative solutions to everyday deeds, we want to know what folks are doing to meet our budgetary challenges. Send your information to K-Statement editor Katie Mayes at or give her a call at 532-6415. The information you send may be used in a future story or news release.


New air service from Manhattan

K-State faculty and staff can now book flights to Dallas, Texas, from the Manhattan Regional Airport. American Eagle Airlines will begin offering twice-daily flights starting Aug. 25 and seats can be reserved now.

Each day, flights will leave Manhattan at 7:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., and will arrive in Manhattan at 3:15 and 8:45 p.m. The new service will use 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 regional jets and will fly in and out of the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

From Dallas, American Airlines and American Eagle have flights to more than 150 nonstop destinations.

For more information, go to


K-State's mainframe retired

K-State's 11-year-old mainframe was recently dismantled and removed from the K-State Data Center by computing and telecommunications services staff, ending 42 years of IBM mainframes at K-State.

Since the arrival of the first IBM mainframe at K-State in 1967, maintenance and upkeep has been handled by a central computing unit that has had several names, but that today goes by computing and telecommunications services.

In the mid-1990s, the IBM mainframe environment was supporting both administrative and academic central computing for the campus, central e-mail, about 250 LISTSERV mailing lists and an abundance of research and grant projects. The move away from mainframe computing began in 1996, when e-mail moved from the IBM platform to Unix-based systems, followed by academic computing transitions. In June 1997, the LISTSERV mailing-list system was moved to Unix. By 2003, the mainframe was being used for administrative computing only.

Since 2003 more than 100 administrative systems -- including human resources, payroll, student records, student loans, purchasing and inventory, classroom scheduling and housing room assignments -- were moved off the mainframe. The physical removal of the mainframe is the final step.

This multiyear transition began at a time when the Internet, global communication and global data stores were in their infancy. Since then, the university has been moving to a more modern computing environment that facilitates the increase in processing capability in incremental steps. This newer approach emphasizes K-State's use of contemporary software solutions and the advantages afforded by the concepts of cloud computing.


K-State at Salina adds Garmin G1000 training suite

K-State at Salina has acquired a complete G1000 integrated avionics training suite to be used by students in the avionics maintenance and professional pilot degree programs. The ground-based suite includes line replaceable units, avionics racks, line replaceable unit racks and connector kits.

In addition to two new avionics classes, the training suite will be used to familiarize aviation maintenance students with the system and give students in the flight program a chance to be familiar with the system prior to climbing in the cockpit of one of the K-State aircraft equipped with the system. Students in the avionics program will learn theory and troubleshooting as well as how to install the Garmin G1000/900X.

Garmin's G1000 is an all-glass avionics suite for aircraft. It is a seamlessly integrated package that makes flight information easier to scan and process. The G1000 design brings new levels of situational awareness, simplicity and safety to the cockpit.


K-State Online to be unavailable during July 18 upgrade

K-State Online will be unavailable from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 18 during a scheduled upgrade to version 9.0.

K-State Online 9.0 will be more efficient and feature improved load time for Course Content and Message Board, a complete redesign of Course Content and a simplified method for granting assignment extensions.

For the complete list of new features, improvements and updates, go to

Course owners and instructors will not need to complete any additional steps following the upgrade. Courses will appear as before, but will include the improvements. Go to for information about training sessions and how to register for them.