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From the beginning of the year through Wednesday, Feb. 9, all K-Staters need to change the passwords on their K-State eIDs for the spring semester. This mandatory password change, which occurs each fall and spring, applies to both individual and group eIDs.

An e-mail reminder will be sent to K-Staters with unchanged passwords two weeks prior to the password deadline. Note that K-State will never ask for your eID password via e-mail. Any message that asks for your password is a phishing scam and should be deleted immediately.

To change your password, sign in on the website. Click "Change your eID password or password-reset options," and follow the steps.

Forgot your password? Call the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722 and verify your identity. Staff can set a temporary password for you so you can sign in.


Two federal judges and the student body president will serve as panelists for the upcoming Landon Forum with Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

K-State has also announced some additional security and overflow arrangements for the forum, which will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m.

Asking Sotomayor questions at the forum will be Judge John Lungstrum of the U.S. District Court, Judge Deanell Tacha of the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and K-State student body president Danny Unruh.

No backpacks, handbags/purses or cameras -- still or video -- will be allowed at the forum. Also not allowed is picture taking via cell phone.

Overflow seating for the forum will be available in the Union's Little Theater and in the Town Hall at the Leadership Studies Building. The forum will be streamed live at and broadcast live on K-State TV, which is channel 8 on campus and on Cox Cable in Manhattan and Junction City.


The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art has drawn up a summer of fun for budding young artists and curators.

The museum is now taking names of youths who want to participate in Young Curators and Young Artists. It is a new two-part summer program offered by the museum with a $1,000 Youth Impacting the Community grant from the Manhattan Community Foundation.  The program provides real-life museum and art career experiences for children and teens.

"We're very excited about this new program," said Kathrine Schlageck, the museum's senior educator. "It's a chance for area youths to explore museum and art careers, and for us to demystify the museum exhibition process."

The Young Curators program is for youth in grades 5 through 8. They will work as a team one afternoon a week during June to create an exhibition using works on display in the museum's permanent collection galleries. After meeting with all members of the museum staff to learn about museum careers, the young curators will choose a theme and art, write opening text and labels for the exhibition, create a self-guided tour, and develop educational art activities for an open house event. Art chosen from the permanent collection for the exhibition will have special labels, and the exhibition will be on display through the end of July.

The Young Artists program will take place in July and consists of tours, activities and art workshops for children ages 6-12. Participants will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the Young Curators exhibition and learn about the featured works of art. Participants will then create their own art based on their favorite pieces in the Young Curators exhibition and write an artist's statement about their work. The kids will be able to choose from professional art materials such as acrylic, Cray-Pas, pastel and prisma colors, and the works will be matted. The museum will hire a high school student to serve as assistant art instructor.

Works and statements by the young artists will be on display July 29-31 in the museum's UMB Theater. A free open house with refreshments and special art activities for families will be 10 a.m. to noon July 30. The young curators will provide tours of their exhibition.

For more information on the program, contact Schlageck at 785-532-7718 or


K-State's master of interior architecture and product design degree program is doubling up on excellence.

The master's program, already accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, has earned first-time accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The accreditation is good through 2015.

The association of approximately 300 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, is the national accrediting agency for art and design and for art and design-related disciplines. K-State's former bachelor of interior architecture program was accredited by the association in 1999, but the master's accreditation was planned when the College of Architecture, Planning and Design transitioned to non-baccalaureate master's degrees in 2006.

Lorraine Cutler, professor and head of the department of interior architecture and product design, said the accreditation process was a rigorous one.

"We supplied pictorial evidence of student work, which we referenced in an extensive report," she said.

"We also were asked to supply additional evidence and support before the curriculum was approved by the association's Commission on Accreditation."

Cutler said the accreditation is important because the master of interior architecture and product design program offers a professional degree.

"We are preparing our graduates to lead the profession through the next challenges," she said. "Our students graduate with the ability to work in professional offices of interior designers, architects, product designers or multidisciplinary design firms. Accreditation guarantees the curriculum has offered the graduate student the opportunity to learn and apply aesthetic, conceptual and technical aspects of research and problem solving to physical design outcomes."

The program teaches the rudiments of design theory and professional practice to give students a broad context of what the profession expects, Cutler said. This allows firms to focus on shaping what they expect from their new employees.

The master of interior architecture and product design program has been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation since 2005.


The Chapman Center for Rural Studies is hosting its grand opening at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, in the west end of the main floor of Leasure Hall, rooms 109-112. Friends of the center are invited to join in the celebration.

The opening will feature tours, some brief remarks by Mark Chapman and center staff, and the unveiling of original art pieces commemorating Broughton, Kan., all accompanied by refreshments.

The Chapman Center for Rural Studies was founded in 2007 with a gift from Chapman, an alumnus of K-State and former resident of Broughton. The now "lost town" of Broughton was condemned by the Army Corps of Engineers for the construction of Milford Lake in the mid-1960s -- part of a regional flood control plan that also resulted in the construction of Tuttle Creek Dam and reservoir after the devastating floods of 1951.

In 2006 Chapman approached the department of history's then-chair, Sue Zschoche, for help in recovering and saving the story of Broughton before it was too late to speak to its original residents. The result was a book, written by center research director M.J. Morgan and students in her Kansas Communities class.

Chapman recognized this effort with a major gift in the form of a new dedicated space for students working on lost Kansas communities. The new Chapman Center for Rural Studies, which contains a state-of-the-art classroom, newly finished offices and a full-sized research room with space for four interns, was completed over the winter break.

Bonnie Lynn-Sherow, center director and professor, who specializes in environmental and rural history, envisions a new kind of center for undergraduates where hands-on research, in the field as well as the classroom and library, provides humanities students with the same kind of professional experience that students in the sciences often obtain from working in a research lab.

Any student on campus with an interest in rural Kansas is eligible to become a paid intern or fellow in the center after taking one of the foundation courses designed to familiarize them with doing field research.

For more information on the grand opening or center programs, email Bonnie Lynn-Sherow at