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K-State is planning a University Shred Day 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, for university paper records. Departments will be asked to place their paper documents with personal identity information (Social Security numbers, birth dates, credit card numbers, etc.) in designated bags and deliver to one of two locations: the median near Anderson Hall or the Dole Hall parking lots.

Departments that cannot bring their documents to the designated areas may contact iTAC at 785-532-4918 to schedule a time and location for pick-up. For security reasons, do not leave collection bags for shredding unattended in the hallways.

Before placing any documents in the bag for shredding, review Policies and Procedures Manual, chapter 3090: Retention of Records at The records retention and disposition schedule is available from

Note these excerpts from that schedule:
* Faculty grade books: Documents used by faculty to record class participation, attendance, homework, grades, test grades and other items concerning students in classes.
10/D (Retain ten years and destroy)

* Faculty grade reports -- paper: Reports prepared by faculty to report the grades students received in each class.
2/D (Retain two years and destroy)

If you are not certain about the records retention and disposition schedule, contact Tony Crawford, university archivist/curator of manuscripts, at 785-532-7456 or

This service is organized by information technology services in conjunction with Document Resources, Inc.

Suggested documents to shred: Scantron forms; greenbar grade sheets; rosters printed from K-State Online, iSIS, SIS, etc.; student papers with personal identity information and grades; data with credit card information; personnel files and more.

Please note: Personal papers can be shredded at the free Community Shred Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 9, at the offices of ESB Financial, 224 Poyntz Ave. Check the Manhattan Mercury for more details.


Faculty from the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University have donated more than 2,000 current business textbooks and journals for the development of undergraduate and master of business administration libraries at the University of Lagos in Nigeria.

The book donation was part of a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to K-State for strengthening business education in Nigeria.

"The books were donated through a book drive competition among the College of Business Administration's four departments: accounting, finance, management and marketing," said Ike Ehie, associate professor of management and co-director of the project. "The K-State donation makes it possible for both business students and faculty at the University of Lagos to have current and much needed textbooks and journals that will help strengthen the business curriculum."

The department of finance won the competition for donating the most books and journals.

"These books and journals make a world of a difference in the learning process of young people in that part of the world," said Myra Gordon, associate provost of diversity and dual career development and project co-director. "The value of these books is immeasurable in terms of the economic development potential they provide in that region of the world."

The University of Lagos offers courses for a bachelor of science in accounting, actuarial science, business administration, finance, insurance, industrial relations and personnel management. The master's degree program in business administration is specially designed to meet the requirements of Nigerian business executives. The school is widely recognized as the institution of choice in Nigeria, and the first institution in tropical Africa to offer an executive business education, according to Ehie.

The business administration faculty at the school has 80 regular and adjunct faculty members. They serve about 4,000 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students. The revised business curriculum will be implemented at the beginning of the next academic session, which starts in November.

"Our faculty recognize the needs of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Lagos, and firmly believe that everyone should have an opportunity to get the education they desire," said Anand Desai, associate dean of the College of Business Administration. "I thank Dr. Ehie for his leadership in this project and for his efforts in ensuring that these materials reach the libraries at the University of Lagos. To see these books and journals being read by these students is a gratifying experience for all of us."

Other units that assisted with the book drive included the Black Student Union at K-State, which conducted a book drive at eight of the Big 12 Conference schools; Varney's Bookstore; and McGraw-Hill Publishing.


The Kansas State University department of music is offering a full schedule of events in October.

Unless noted, all events are free and open to the public. They include:

* K-State Concert Choir and Collegiate Chorale concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, All Faiths Chapel. This performance, themed "Home This Day," will feature the Collegiate Chorale performing "Calling My Children Home," "My Homeland" and "The Road Home." The K-State Concert Choir will present a selection of songs focusing on the passing of a day, including "My Lord What A Morning," "You Are the New Day" and "Tonight Eternity Alone."

* Guest pianist Kevin Ayesh, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, All Faiths Chapel. Recipient of the Naftzger Piano Award and the Baltimore Music Club Award, Ayesh is the head of the department of music at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, N.C. He will perform a special concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin's birth, which will include selections such as Chopin's B Minor and B-flat Minor sonatas.

* Recital by soprano Amy Rosine, assistant professor of voice at K-State, and guest artist Sandra Mosteller, associate professor of clarinet at Wayland Baptist University, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, All Faiths Chapel. With piano accompaniment by Anne Breeden, the eclectic concert will include the horticultural romp "A Garden of Weeds" and "I Never Saw a Butterfly" as set to texts written by children of Theresienstadt.

* Concert featuring K-State faculty artists Tod Kerstetter, associate professor of clarinet, and Slawomir Dobrzanski, assistant professor of piano, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, All Faiths Chapel. Kerstetter and Dobrzanski will present both the Brahms E-flat major and F minor sonatas.

* K-State Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, McCain Auditorium. The Concert Band will perform works by Hindemith, Beethoven and Sousa; and the Wind Ensemble will perform pieces by Fuchs and Bernstein, including the popular "Symphonic Dances" from "West Side Story." Paula Crider, professor of music at the University of Texas at Austin, will guest conduct both bands. K-State faculty directors of the ensembles include Frank Tracz, director of bands and professor of music, and Don Linn, assistant professor of music.

* Student Recital Series, 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, All Faiths Chapel. The one-hour concert will feature a variety of student performers from the department's vocal, wind, keyboard and string divisions.

* K-State Orchestra concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, McCain Auditorium. The concert will feature K-State faculty artist Patricia Thompson, mezzo-soprano and assistant professor of music, in arias by Vivaldi and Bach. The program also will feature Beethoven's "Leonore Overture No. 3" and Borodin's "Symphony No. 2." Suggested donations, which go to the K-State Chamber Orchestra's upcoming Ireland tour, are $5 for adults and $2 for students.

* Performances by the K-State Men's and Women's Glee clubs, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, All Faiths Chapel. Directed by K-State's Joshua Oppenheim, assistant professor of music, and Julie Yu-Oppenheim, assistant professor of music, the groups will perform a fun and varied vocal program.

* Concert by the Opera Workshop, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, All Faiths Chapel. Directed by K-State's Reginald Pittman, associate professor of music, the student group will perform a variety of scenes from operas, including "Falstaff," "Le Nozze di Figaro," "La Cenerentola," "The Dialogues of the Carmelites" and "The Mikado." Amanda Arrington, music staff accompanist at K-State, will accompany the performance.

* Central States Marching Band Festival, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The largest marching band festival in a six-state region, this year's event will feature 34 high school marching bands. The bands take part in on-field clinics and receive critiques from a panel of nationally recognized marching band experts. The festival includes a performance by the K-State Marching Band at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $5.

* Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble recital, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, All Faiths Chapel. K-State's Steve Maxwell, assistant professor of music, will direct the performance.

* Concert by the K-State Jazz combos, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, Union Station in the K-State Student Union. The ensembles are directed by Wayne Goins, professor of jazz at K-State.

* K-State's David Pickering, assistant professor of music, will present "Organ Music for a Wednesday Morning," 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, All Faiths Chapel. Pickering presents these half-hour recitals monthly, inviting people to hear standard and contemporary organ music and become familiar with the organ's repertoire.

* Guest clarinetist Carina Nyberg Washington and guest pianist Lois Hobbs Yu, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, All Faiths Chapel. The duo will perform a recital consisting of Scandinavian music featuring the clarinet. K-State's Tod Kerstetter also will collaborate with the artists in the performance.

* K-State Jazz bands recital, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, Forum Hall in the Union. K-State's Goins will direct the ensembles.

* Joint concert featuring the K-State Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble and the Clarinet Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, All Faiths Chapel. The program will feature student conductors, student soloists and a new arrangement of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" performed by both ensembles.

* K-State Singers Fall Show, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, McCain Auditorium. Directed by K-State's Oppenheim and Yu-Oppenheim.

* ETHEL, astringquartet of Juilliard graduates, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, Forum Hall at the Union. One of the nation's premier postclassical string quartets, the group will present the lecture recital "Present Beauty." Coordinated by K-State's Cora Cooper, professor of violin, the program is sponsored by K-State's University Distinguished Lecturer Series, the department of music and the student chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

* Guest artist William McMullen, professor of oboe at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, All Faiths Chapel. Principal oboist of the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, McMullen will present a recital featuring works by Robert Schumann, Malcolm Arnold, Alessandro Longo and G.F. Handel. He will be joined in the performance by K-State's Arrington and Nora Lewis, assistant professor of music. Following the recital, McMullen will teach a free master class at 5 p.m. in 204 McCain Auditorium. K-State undergraduate oboe students will be featured in the class.

More information about the K-State music department's October performance events is available by calling 785-532-5740.


Two soldiers, two stories of life and death.

One is Capt. Joshua Mantz: felled by a sniper in Baghdad in 2007, technically dead. He flatlined for 15 minutes before medical teams revived him. "I could feel myself starting to die," he said.

The other is Maj. Jeff Hall: two tours in Iraq, lost troops. He and his wife, Sheri, faced another deadly type of military trauma: suicide, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Mantz and the Halls will share their personal journeys of trauma and resilience at the second annual Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families lecture. Combat Stress: Redefining the "Wounded" Warrior and Family will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room at Kansas State University. The lecture is open to the public.

Mantz and Hall are currently stationed with the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley.

Mantz was leader of a scout platoon in the 1-8 Calvary when he and his men were hit by an enemy sniper using high-powered, armor-piercing bullets. A hit to his right thigh severed the femoral artery. Five months later he returned to Iraq to complete his tour.

Currently, he is the aide-de-camp to Brig. Gen. David Petersen, deputy commanding general -- rear of the 1st Infantry Division. Mantz speaks about his experience throughout the country and has been featured on CNN, Fox News and BBC Radio, and in the New York Times and other newspapers.

He lives in Milford with his wife, Katie, and stepson, Xander.

Hall commanded A Battery 4-1FA out of Fort Riley. Following his second deployment to Iraq, in which he said he lost troops and a clear sense of mission, Hall became increasingly angry, began pushing away his family, and contemplated suicide until his commanding officer helped him get treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

He had the strength to seek help and today serves as the director of the Resilience Campus at Fort Riley. He has been awarded the Bronze Star.

Sheri Hall was a family readiness group adviser for two yearlong deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The couple has been involved with Defense Centers of Excellence programs addressing the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. They work closely with the Real Warriors Campaign helping to break down the walls of stigma associated with getting treatment for the disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Sheri Hall's awards include the Molly Pitcher Award and the Commander's Service Award. The Halls have two teenage daughters: Tami, 17, and Courtney, 16.

K-State's Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families in the College of Human Ecology is the primary sponsor of the annual lecture.

"Capt. Mantz and Maj. and Mrs. Hall made use of the extensive health tools -- physical and psychological -- and resources available for service members and their families," said Briana Nelson Goff, director of the institute and associate dean of the College of Human Ecology. "Today they are advocates for soldier and family wellness and the need for emotional health support for all service members and their families."


Science historian Naomi Oreskes will lecture and discuss her new book "Merchants of Doubt" on a tour across Kansas, stopping first at Kansas State University.

Oreskes' lecture, which is free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. She will sign copies of her book after the lecture. The agronomy and geography departments are hosting the event.

Oreskes is one of the world's leading historians of science. Her research focuses on consensus and dissent in science. Her 2004 essay "The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change" was cited in the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" and led to op-ed pieces in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

In "Merchants of Doubt" Oreskes discusses how science can be misconstrued to create doubt. Her research highlights the disconnect between the state of scientific debate and the way it is presented in the mass media and perceived by the public. Specifically, Orestes looks at public beliefs -- or disbelief -- about climate change.

"Climate change is about more than just increases in temperature," said K-State's Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of soil microbiology. "It's about climate variability, including precipitation, which would have a great impact on Kansas if current projections are correct. Even with doubts about climate change, climate and weather are still important for Kansas agriculture and Kansas citizens."

Rice said that climate research is essential at K-State, citing two separate National Science Foundation grants that have created partnerships between K-State and other Kansas universities for climate change research and education.

After Oreskes' stop at K-State, she will be at Kansas University Oct. 19, and Fort Hays State University Oct. 20. The three universities are collaborating to sponsor her visit.


K-State Libraries will be taking part in the international celebration of Open Access Week with a variety of activities Oct. 18-24. Events will take place in Kansas State University's Hale Library, and are all free and open to the public.

Highlights of the week include an open forum and a lecture.

The open forum will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, on the second floor of Hale Library. Invited speakers will talk briefly about what open access means, new publishing business models, open source textbooks, open sharing of research results, and how new media encourage open engagement and participation. Three K-State faculty members and one K-State student will speak, and the forum is structured to allow audience members to come and go. Questions and discussion during and after the presentations are encouraged.

Scheduled to present are:

* Michael Wesch, associate professor of cultural anthropology. Wesch explores the effects of new media on society and culture. The 2008 national professor of the year for doctoral and research universities, Wesch has received Wired magazine's Rave Award and was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic.

* Christopher Sorensen, a university distinguished professor and Cortelyou-Rust distinguished professor of physics. Sorensen, who also served as a Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars, was the 2007 national professor of the year for doctoral and research universities. He recently chaired K-State's Research Infrastructure Task Force.

* Dale Askey, e-publishing librarian and director of the New Prairie Press, a digital open-access imprint sponsored by K-State Libraries.

* Danny Unruh, senior in food science and industry and political science, K-State student body president.

Molly Kleinman will present "The Beauty of Some Rights Reserved: An Introduction to Copyright, Publishing and Creative Commons" at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Hale Library's Hemisphere Room. Her talk will focus on the impact of copyright law on the professional lives of faculty, researchers, librarians and students, who are all users and creators of copyrighted material. It will provide an introduction to common copyright issues and the Creative Commons concept. Kleinman is the special assistant to the dean of libraries at the University of Michigan, a strong advocate of Creative Commons, and an experienced educator in copyright issues.

"This is our second year participating in Open Access Week, and we've tried to include something to interest everyone," said Beth Turtle, department head for scholarly communications and publishing at K-State Libraries. "In addition to the forum and lecture, we'll have a series of posts on our library blog, Talking in the Library, at, and via our Twitter account at, so those who aren't able to participate in person can still participate virtually.

"Open access to information is such an important issue for everyone -- from the researcher who needs the most current access to major research findings to everyday people who want to download images, read books or research the medical literature without restrictions or barriers," she said.

Open Access Week is an international celebration among libraries and other research institutions organized by The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. For more information about the week, contact Turtle at 785-532-2830 or


The Great Plains Radio History Symposium invites participants to learn more about the history of Midwestern radio and its programming.

The fifth annual symposium begins at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 22, in Room 212 at the K-State Student Union.

The panel discussion "Homemaking Programs: Radio's Recipe for Attracting Women Listeners" begins at 9 a.m. The panel includes Evelyn Birkby, historian and radio program host at KMA in Shenandoah, Iowa; Vernadell Yarrow, former radio program host from Clay Center; and Deanne Wright, professor emeritus, K-State Extension.

The panel will discuss how the radio homemaking programs helped guide the lives of farm women and how women's roles have changed over time, according to Steve Smethers, event organizer and K-State associate professor of journalism and mass communications.

"These shows started out helping women keep the family farm running," Smethers said. "They were mostly cooking and canning tips, managing family finances and raising children. But over time they often became something even more personal to the listeners."

Birkby, who said she had to learn how to cook so she could test the recipes she shared on the air, started her radio homemaking show in 1950; 60 years later she is still on the air.

"We answered letters and talked about anything because women are interested in everything," Birkby said. "Even in the early days we picked up on what was going on in the world and organized the fixing up of boxes of items for orphanages or getting food together for people in the community who needed it."

After the panel, papers on topics such as women in radio, collegiate sports radio, and specific stations and radio personalities will be presented. Presenters include Ralph Titus, K-State professor emeritus of extension communications, and individuals from several other universities, including the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Wartburg College and Oklahoma State University.

From 12:30-2 p.m. the symposium will break to honor Richard Ward Fatherley at a luncheon in the Landon Room at the Holiday Inn. Fatherley, who died in March 2010, was dedicated to preserving radio's legacy, said Smethers.

Fatherley was a radio voice talent and producer who was entranced by radio at an early age, said Dave MacFarland, K-State associate professor emeritus of electronic media. Fatherley was a proponent of the hugely successful Top-40 radio format, and he worked at two major Midwestern radio stations, both owned by the Storz family: WHB in Kansas City, Mo., and KXOK in St. Louis, Mo.

"He could walk into a room and windows would rattle," Smethers said. "His voice had such a booming, resonant sound. His voice was so prevalent in this area, most people would recognize it if they heard it."

Fatherley also was one of the originators of the Great Plains Radio History Symposium, along with Smethers and MacFarland. He used his vast connections to the radio business to help get the symposium off the ground.

"This is something that really is special to the Great Plains area," MacFarland said. "It never would've happened if Dick hadn't said, 'This history is being missed and going to waste.' He helped widen the appeal of the symposium and knew how to get people to come to the first couple iterations and present at them."

The symposium is sponsored by the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the Huck Boyd Institute for Rural Development and the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media.

To attend both the conference and the luncheon, please register by Friday, Oct.15. The conference is $10; the luncheon costs an extra $15. If you wish to register only for the conference presentations, you may register in advance or at the door. Students will be admitted to any of the presentations at no charge. Register at:


The Faculty Exchange for Teaching Excellence announces the first Swap Session of the 2010-2011 series, "Facebook Use Among College Students" to be held in the Paslay Auditorium of Rathbone Hall from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14. Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP if you plan to come join the discussion at or 785-532-7828.

The swap session format encourages active participation in a dynamic exchange of ideas. Attending faculty learn about a variety of pedagogical approaches, share their own ideas on effective teaching and learning, and establish informal networks of support with other faculty across campus.

Natalie Pennington will facilitate the first swap session that is certain to help us understand our students through an analysis of their use of social networks, particularly Facebook. Her research explores shifting norms regarding what is understood to be acceptable sharing of personal information online.

She will describe the basic uses of Facebook, and how it can be used in the classroom. Are social networks forcing us to rethink student-teacher relationships? To what degree can social networks contribute to a student’s comprehensive ability to work with others outside of class?

Pennington holds bachelor's and master's degrees in communication studies from Missouri State University and K-State respectively. As a doctoral candidate at KU, she is investigating constructed identities that use computer-mediated communication. Pennington is the author of several articles and conference papers, has served on a number of discussion panels and regularly shares her insights with students through teaching and guest lecturing.

You can also join the discussion afterward at:


The All-University Campaign is well on its way to surpassing last year's record-breaking participation.

As of Monday, Oct. 11, campuswide participation is already at 30 percent, just a few points away from last year’s final participation rate of 34 percent.

The All-University Campaign is an opportunity for faculty and staff to work together to advance K-State. Your gift to the campaign can be directed to the area of the university you care about most. You can browse through just a few ways you can make a difference by visiting

If you haven't given yet, you can help break records again. Make a gift online at, or fill out the gift form included in your participation packet.

Already made your gift? Check out participation stats by department at

If you participate, you are automatically entered to win fabulous prizes! See prize information at Prize winners will be announced on Mondays on the All-University Campaign's Facebook page ( and Twitter (, as well as on the All-University Campaign website at

Through participation, faculty and staff can show their K-State pride and send a powerful message to our donors, legislators, corporations and foundations, alumni, and friends that we believe in K-State’s future. Every gift, regardless of the size, makes a difference.

For more information, and to watch a video about the All-University Campaign, visit our website: