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An individual who successfully managed Web teams at four colleges and universities has accepted the position of university web director in Kansas State University's Division of Communications and Marketing.

William H. "Bill" Herndon Jr., currently the Web services manager at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, will direct the newly created web services unit in communications and marketing.

"We had outstanding candidates for this opening, but we selected Bill because his experience is an exact fit with what we need now at K-State," said Jeffery B. Morris, vice president for communications and marketing. "Web services will assist academic and support units on campus in getting their message out on the Web."

A reception to introduce Herndon to the campus community will be 1:30-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Dole Hall lobby.

In this new K-State position, Herndon will facilitate the creation and implementation of a university web strategy that sets the overall direction for the university web presence. As university web director he will have overall responsibility for navigation, look and feel of the K-State web experience and distributed content. He will provide expert consultation, leadership and project management for K-State’s web presence. At Indiana State, he held monthly brown bag lunches for webmasters and others to answer questions, offer assistance and improve communication about the university's website.

Herndon has been at Indiana State since 2005, where he led efforts to maintain and enhance the university website; to create and maintain social media sites to highlight the university for prospective students and parents; and to create tactical and strategic plans for Internet use and development for external audiences.

Previously he worked for the College of William and Mary in Virginia as associate director of university relations; Millikin University, where he served as director of publications and webmaster; and Lincoln-Land Community College, where he worked as webmaster. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Springfield.

Herndon and his wife, Deb, have two children, 10-year-old son Liam and 7-year-old daughter Eleanor.


The University Distinguished Professor opportunity, coordinated through the Office of the Provost in conjunction with the University Distinguished Professors Group (UDPG), will consider new appointments for 2011. In addition to this distinguished title, each appointee shall receive an enhancement of $10,000 added to their base.

The review of nominations will be conducted by the UDPG with additional review and input provided by a group of selected University Distinguished Professors from other Big 12 universities. The selection of the external Big 12 UDPs will be made by the provost. She will select the UDP appointees from the slate of nominees recommended by the UDPG in conjunction with input from the external UDPs, and in consultation with the Deans Council.

Eligibility for this title is restricted to tenured faculty with the rank of full professor on full-time appointment at the university. The general qualifications for this honor are based on an individual meeting the following criteria:

1. They are recognized as having made an outstanding (major and substantial) impact on their field.

2. That such recognition is recognized as continuing.

3. That this excellence has been recognized in important ways, such as major honors from professional societies, selection as a Distinguished Graduate Faculty recipient or Distinguished Teaching Scholar, or other equivalent types of recognition of excellence of the nominees.

4. That such recognitions of excellence of the nominees be sensitive to and appropriately consider the diversity of contributions, both national and international, our faculty have made within the broad context of outstanding scholarship as defined by Ernest Boyer.

Nominations of outstanding faculty for the title of University Distinguished Professor can be made to the provost by any Kansas State University tenured faculty member qualified to judge the nominee's work. An original and four copies of the nomination package should be submitted to the provost’s office by Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. A disk or CD with a PDF file of the entire nomination package (including the dean's letter of support) also must accompany the submission.

Nomination packages must contain the following materials:
1. A letter of nomination that should not exceed five pages. The letter must include the following: the special reasons that justify selection of the nominee for the title of University Distinguished Professor; complementary but not redundant material to that provided in the curriculum vitae and a description for the general academic audience of the importance of the nominee's scholarship and contributions to her/his field.

2. A detailed curriculum vitae of the nominee.

3. A list of four and no more than five eminent scholars (outside Kansas State University) recognized as nationally and internationally qualified to speak directly to the outstanding qualifications of the nominee. The professional qualifications of each potential referee should be described, and a statement describing any personal or professional relationships between the referee and nominee that may have existed in the past or currently exists must be included. Complete current mailing addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses must also be provided for each of these possible referees. In addition to three referees that will be selected from the above list, the provost will also, in consultation with the department head and/or other qualified faculty, solicit two additional eminent scholars in the candidate's specialty to provide letters of reference. Nominators should confirm all five referees are willing to write on behalf of the nominee if contacted by the provost to do so, keeping in mind that only three will be asked.

4. Letters of support from the college dean and either the department head or division/school director.

The nomination may also include additional supporting letters from faculty at Kansas State University, which are solicited and submitted by the nominator.

The nominator may every year:

* Add an updated curriculum vitae of the nominee.

* Recommend the name of one additional referee to the list of four or five eminent scholars (outside Kansas State University) recognized as nationally and internationally qualified to speak to the outstanding qualifications of the candidate that was submitted when the nomination was originally made. Supporting details associated with the additional proposed referee must also be included per instructions as outlined above. The original plus four copies of the information on the additional referee, along with a disk or CD containing the PDF files of the information, must be submitted by the deadline for new nominations.

Nominations will remain active for a period of three consecutive years. If the nominee is not selected as a UDP during this three-year period, one year must pass before the individual can be renominated, whereupon a new three-consecutive-year active period begins.

Nominations should be received no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, for consideration for appointment effective the following academic year. Please remember that the original nomination or updated package plus four copies should be provided, as well as a CD or disk with a PDF file of the entire nomination package.


The forms for collecting mid-term academic progress reports are now posted
on iSIS. These forms will remain available until 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 27, 2010.

Simply log into iSIS and check "My Teaching Schedule." Those classes with freshmen enrolled will have a "midterm grade" icon. Click on the icon and a roster of freshmen enrolled in that class will appear. Please check any class with a posted icon. If you have not administered a formal assessment in your course(s), please remember there are other reasons to assign an "unsatisfactory" rating at this time (poor class attendance, failure to complete homework assignments in an accurate and timely fashion, poor classroom participation, etc.) If you are unsure why the performance is unsatisfactory at this time, please mark the "Other" reason.


The objective of the Peer Review of Teaching Program is for faculty members to develop and document their teaching by producing course portfolios. These documents potentially will enhance the standing of teaching as a serious component of faculty members' careers. The project effort supports faculty in the development of a community of scholars who write about the intellectual work involved in their teaching and who share that writing with interested colleagues. A faculty member's experience begins with a yearlong fellowship that supports the writing of three short essays on different aspect of teaching (intellectual content, teaching practices, and student understanding).  Faculty then combine the essays into a reflective document (referred to as a course portfolio) in the form of an inquiry into the success of a course in helping students learn. These portfolios can be exchanged and discussed in an annual seminar for fellowship participants; general issues and readings on teaching are also part of the seminar.

Fall semester activities include matching new faculty participants with faculty mentors who have already produced a portfolio, a required project orientation meeting on Nov. 6, and planning activities for the spring semester. Faculty will complete their exercises and write their portfolio about a course taught in the spring semester of 2011. Following completion of the course portfolio, each participant receives a $1,000 fellowship in faculty development funds.

If you are interested in joining this exciting and important project, please contact Kurt Gartner at He is available to talk with you about the portfolio and the process or to field any questions or concerns you may have. All proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15. Program information (including application instructions) is available at:

The Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University is now accepting applications for its 2010-2011 undergraduate student cancer research awards.

The center annually grants up to 50 undergraduate cancer research awards to encourage undergraduate participation in cancer-related laboratory research. Winning students conduct research projects during the spring semester and receive $1,000 awards at the end of the semester. Faculty mentors also receive $1,000 per student to help cover research expenses.

Interested students choose a cancer center-affiliated faculty scientist to serve as a mentor. The two work together to design and propose a research project. The award application and a list of affiliated faculty researchers are available at

The deadline for submission is Oct. 1.

The mission of the center is to further the understanding of cancers by funding basic cancer research, and supporting higher education, training, and public outreach. This and all of the center's programs are made possible through private donations.


The Instructional Design and Technology Roundtable series starts off with Free Tools That Rule, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in the K-State Student Union, room 212. This is a joint session that kicks off K-State’s IDT Roundtable and TechBytes series for fall semester. Join us to learn about many of the free tools available on the Web.

The session will feature tools that can be used for collaboration, research, screen recording (video), screen capturing (screenshots) and more. Bring your favorite tools to share during the session. Presented by Artur Gregorian, Ben Ward, Cathy Rodriguez, Eric Dover, Jason Coleman, Marty Courtois and Rebecca Gould.

Prezi: Single Canvas, Dynamic Design, Presentation Pizzazz is the second presentation, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, in 212 Union. Want to make your presentation more visual? Want your materials to have more impact? Looking for a way to put more life in your teaching than PowerPoint can give you?

Find out how Prezi breaks the mold of boring and linear presentations. See demos, participate in discussions and share ideas about teaching with this new and free exciting software. Presented by Ben Ward and Huiming Lu.

Dramatized Videos for Higher Education will be the final presentation for fall, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov.18, in 212 Union. "Show rather than tell" should be a dogma instructors always think of when trying to maximize students' understanding and comprehension. But just how does one "show," and what all should one "show" with regards to higher educational content?

These are the types of questions that will be explored in this presentation. The use of drama within a course video can go a long way toward explaining or simply motivating. Come and experience it for yourself. Presented by Brent Anders.

Coffee, tea and water will be available, and you are welcome to bring your lunch. RSVP to the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning,, 785-532-7828. For more information, see the IDT Roundtable website.



IBM SPSS pricing is going up Sept. 28. While this will not impact the campus SPSS-PC license renewal costs this year, it does impact purchases of add-ons made after that time.

Faculty/staff and departments that are considering adding SPSS AMOS, Data Entry, Data Collection, Exact Tests, and so forth should contact Kathy Leonard at or 785-532-4926 no later than Sept. 23 to take advantage of current pricing.


The K-State Alumni Association is once again awarding the Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Awards for research and teaching, each in the amount of $5,000.

Please visit to download a nomination form and view a complete list of the criteria for each award. Nominations are due to the K-State Alumni Association by Oct. 4, 2010.

The Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Research will be awarded to a full-time K-State faculty member who has distinguished him or herself in their chosen profession and who has contributed significantly through research to improve the betterment of the educational experience or whose research has had a significant impact on their area of study. Previous recipients of this award are Daniel Marcus (2009-10), university distinguished professor of veterinary medicine; Kenneth J. Klabunde (2008-09), university distinguished professor of chemistry; and Gary Conrad (2007-08), university distinguished professor of biology.

The Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching is designed to honor excellence in high quality of instruction, strong relationships with students inside and outside of the classroom and reputation for scholarship and distinguished service to the university. Previous recipients of this award are Derek Mosier (2009-10), professor of veterinary medicine; Douglas K. Benson (2008-09), professor of modern languages; and Medhat M. Morcos (2007-08), professor in electrical and computer engineering.

The awards presentation and reception will be held at the K-State Alumni Center on Nov. 8, 2010, from 4-6 p.m.

Please feel free to contact Jodi Weiberg at or 785-532-5056.


Thursday, Sept. 16, the College of Engineering held their fall convocation in Fiedler Hall Auditorium and handed out awards to faculty and staff. Those honored were:

* Julie A. Thornton, Clair A. Mauch Steel Ring Advisor of the Year
* Hayder A. Rasheed, James L. Hollis Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
* Sunanda Dissanayake, Myers-Alford Memorial Teaching Award
* James F. Goddard, Bob and Lila Snell Distinguished Career Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Goddard was also mentioned in the University of Florida College of Building Construction alumni magazine as an "alumni in higher education."
* James E. DeVault, Commerce Bank Undergraduate Outstanding Teacher Award
* Hani G. Melhem, Larry E. and Laurel Erickson Public Service Award
* Julia A. Keen, Charles H. Scholer Faculty Award
* Mary E. Rezac, Frankenhoff Outstanding Research Award
* Jane M. Cox, Engineering Classified Employee of the Year


The Pride of Wildcat Land, the Kansas State University Marching Band, will perform at a variety of locations throughout the fall 2010 semester.

The band will perform at all home football games and at other events throughout the semester. Performances include:

* K-State vs. Central Florida Football game, Saturday, Sept. 25, Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The band will be joined by the K-State Pershing Rifle Company's G-7 Precision Drill Team in a halftime performance that will highlight the university's close relationship with the U.S. Army, Fort Riley and the 1st Infantry Division.
* K-State vs. KU football game, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence. The marching band will travel in full force to support the team and perform at this year's Sunflower Showdown. Their halftime performance, "Blood, Sweat and Tears," features "Lucretia MacEvil," "And When I Die" and "God Bless the Child."
* The 24th annual Central States Marching Festival, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The largest festival of its kind in the region, it has become the premier marching festival in the state. Thirty-five high school bands will perform throughout the day, culminating in a finale performance by the K-State Marching Band. The festival's format includes a one-hour clinic for each band administered by the directors and staff of the K-State band, a performance evaluation from a panel of nationally recognized judges and a video critique in the indoor football facility immediately following each performance.
* K-State Marching Band Concert, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in Ahearn Field House. The marching band will play musical selections from the season with performances by the Classy Cats, color guard and twirlers.


Paul and Sandra Edgerley, Brookline, Mass., have made a commitment of $5 million to the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University to establish the Edgerley Family Endowed Deanship in the College of Business Administration.

The fund will provide support for an endowed deanship in the college, and will provide perpetual funding for advancing excellence in the mission and vision of the college. It also will provide assistance for equipment, operating support and travel. This gift will qualify for the State of Kansas Faculty of Distinction Program, which augments the fund with additional support once it is funded at the $500,000 level.

Paul Edgerley is a 1978 graduate of K-State, with a bachelor's degree in accounting. After leaving K-State, he earned a master of business administration at Harvard Business School in 1983. He is a managing director of Bain Capital LLC, one of the world's leading private, alternative asset management firms, in Boston.

Sandra Edgerley earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard University in 1984, and received her master of business administration from Harvard Business School in 1989. She worked at Bain & Company, a leading global business consulting firm, for 10 years. She is currently an active volunteer in the Boston area, serving as chair of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston and as a member of the board of directors of Horizons for Homeless Children, Be The Change Inc., the United Way of Mass Bay and the Boston Foundation. She is also a member of the executive committee of the Harvard College Fund.

In 2002 Paul Edgerley was recognized as an alumni fellow in K-State's College of Business Administration. He also was named a Distinguished Business Leader of 2004, and that same year was inducted into the college's Business Leaders Hall of Fame. In addition to participating in the college's dean's advisory council, he is an active and dedicated alumnus. In the past 10 years, he and his wife have established or contributed to a number of scholarships, funds and faculty chairs, including the Paul B. and Sandra M. Edgerley Business Administration Leadership Scholarship (1998); the Paul B. Edgerley Chair in Business Administration (2000); the Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship (2006), in honor of his friends, Bernard and Elsia Franklin; the Robert M. Edgerley Chair in International Business (2007), in honor of his father; the Edgerley Family Chair in the College of Business Administration (2007); and the President Wefald Leadership Chair in Business Administration.

The Edgerleys are members of the Kansas State University Foundation's Presidents Club, a philanthropic leadership organization for friends and alumni of K-State. Paul Edgerley is a former member of the KSU Foundation Executive Committee, and is a lifetime member of the K-State Alumni Association. He and his wife have served K-State in a number of capacities, notably as national chairs for the university's most recent large-scale fundraising effort, the Changing Lives Campaign.

"K-State has had a huge impact on my life, both in preparing me for a career in business and as a source of lifetime friendships," Paul Edgerley said. "Sandy and I are pleased to support the business college's mission to be the business school of choice in the region by providing excellence in the advancement and dissemination of knowledge consistent with the needs of students, business, faculty and society."

"Paul and Sandra Edgerley are a fantastic example of the dedication and loyalty that I have the privilege of seeing every day," said Kirk Schulz, president of K-State. "Their generosity will have a profound and lasting effect on the College of Business Administration. Contributions like theirs will help Kansas State University to achieve our goal of becoming a top 50 public research university."

Philanthropic contributions to K-State are coordinated by the Kansas State University Foundation. The foundation staff works with university partners to build lifelong relationships with alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students through involvement and investment in the university.


"The best wines you've never tasted" will be featured at a wine and cheese tasting, Friday, Sept. 24, sponsored by the Kansas State University student chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association.

The event will be from 5-7 p.m. in Hoffman Lounge at Justin Hall. Wines to be sampled retail for $15 to $20 a bottle. They include sparkling, white, red and dessert wines such as Ca Vittoria Prosecco from Italy, Gysler Silvaner Halbtrocken from Germany, Olivares Altos de la Hoya Monastrell from Spain and the French Le Tertre du Lys Sauternes.

Each will be paired with exotic and traditional cheeses.

Tickets cost $10 for students 21 and over and $15 for faculty and guests. Tickets are available by contacting or a Professional Convention Management Association student representative.

Profits go toward student expenses at the annual association meeting in Las Vegas and other chapter travel. Some funds will be donated to the Manhattan Emergency Shelter, the chapter's charity.

Chad Bowman, account manager at LDF Sales and Distributing, is donating the wine. He teaches wine classes in the department of hospitality management and dietetics.


Kansas State University's Center for Child Development has earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, or NAEYC -- the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals. Only 8 percent of all programs in the nation achieve the association's accreditation.

"We are very proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC," said Debra Ring, director of the child development center. "The center's teachers and administrators worked tirelessly on the accreditation process; this honor reflects their dedication and commitment to the highest professional standards in early childhood education."

The center serves families in the K-State, Manhattan and Fort Riley communities. It cares for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age, and currently accommodates 160 kids. The center will have a new home in November, with the completion of the new early learning and educational facility, which can serve 230 children. The program will expand to include additional infant and toddler classrooms, before- and after-school programs and a summer school-age camp program.

To earn accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Center for Child Development went through an extensive two-year self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the association's early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria. The program received accreditation after making the changes needed to meet all criteria, and then being assessed during an on-site, two-day visit by association assessors to ensure that the program meets standards. Programs are accredited for five years and can receive unannounced visits throughout that period.

In the 25 years since the association's accreditation program was established, it has become the widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. Manhattan has only one other accredited child care center: Hoeflin Stone House Early Education Center, which also is on the K-State campus.

"NAEYC accreditation tells families in our community that children in our program receive the best care and early learning experiences possible," Ring said. "They can be assured that their child is in one of the highest-quality programs in the nation."

"The NAEYC accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs," said Jerlean E. Daniel, executive director of the association. "Having earned NAEYC accreditation is a sign that K-State Center for Child Development is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education."

Our current board president Nancy Bolsen and our past board president Renee Fehr continually encouraged us through the accreditation process," Ring said. "Our Parent Teacher Organization, led by Anya Martin, also has shown our staff amazing support. They kept us going, and I am thankful for their support."

The association's accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006 the association revised program standards and criteria to introduce a new level of quality, accountability and service for parents and children in child care programs. The new standards reflect the latest research and best practices in early childhood education and development. The association is committed to using the newest studies and analysis on positive child outcomes to ensure young children continue receiving the highest quality care and education possible.

The accreditation system was created to set professional standards for early childhood education, and to help families identify high-quality preschools, child care centers and other early education programs.

More information on the association's accreditation is available at


Adam Gussow, an associate professor of English and Southern studies at the University of Mississippi, will give a lecture to cap off Community Cultural Harmony Week at Kansas State University.

Gussow will present "It's All Mississippi to Me: Promoting the Blues and Forging Beloved Community in the Contemporary South" at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in the Leadership Studies Building's Town Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Gussow will talk about his experience as the founder and producer of Hill Country Harmonica, a blues-focused event that took place in north Mississippi this past spring. Drawing on his training as a scholar of African-American literature and culture, he'll speak frankly about race relations in the contemporary South, and offer a message of hope for those seeking to increase the peace.

In addition to his academic credentials, Gussow is a professional harmonica player and master teacher. He will perform at Pat’s Blue Rib'n Barbecue, 1200 Moro St., with Wayne Goins, K-State professor of music, and the Red State Blues Band starting at 9 p.m. Sept. 24. He will perform material from his new CD "Kick and Stomp." The performance is free but limited to adults 21 and older.

As a member of the blues duo Satan and Adam for more than 20 years, Gussow has played all the major blues, jazz and folk festivals; recorded three CDs for Flying Fish Records; and been featured on the cover of Living Blues magazine. He has produced instructional videos on YouTube that have received more than 6 million views.

More information about the lecture and performance are available from Walter Dodds at


Bring your tap shoes and a friend to the Kansas State University Tap Dance Ensemble's first-ever improvisation night, 5-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at Salsarita's in the K-State Student Union.

The improvisation night features live music and a tutorial on basic tap-dance steps, as well as a finale performance by the ensemble. The event is free and open to the public.

"The K-State Tap Dance Ensemble is committed to sharing tap dance locally and regionally," said Julie Pentz, ensemble director and associate professor of dance at K-State. "Join us for a special evening of tap dance. All are welcome."

Composed of 17 K-State student tap dancers, the ensemble offers a variety of services, including live performances, lecture demonstrations, themed programs, brief presentations at employee or faculty retreats and even tap-a-grams. The ensemble' s services are free, but donations are accepted to support and fund the group.

More information about the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble can be found at


Glass beverage bottles and plastic bottles may now be recycled at the same location. All recycling bins taking plastic bottles now also take glass bottles. Facilities is in the process of changing the signage on the collection bins to indicate this change.

The addition of glass bottles to recyclable items on campus was added in response to the recycling survey conducted in April/May. Complete survey results may be viewed at

As a reminder, here is what you can currently recycle on campus:

* Paper: newspaper, mixed paper (i.e., white and colored, index cards, computer
paper, white envelopes), shredded paper, magazines, phone books

* Cans: aluminum only

* Cardboard: regular and corrugated, cardstock, paperboard, poster board, file

* Plastic: #1 and #2 plastic (take lids off of bottles!)

* Glass beverage bottles

In addition, you may recycle by arrangement:

Computers: Facilities will pick up, contact at 785-532-6446 or

Batteries, light bulbs, transparencies: make pick up arrangements with the Dept. of Environmental Health and Safety, 108 Edwards Hall via 532-5856 or Small batteries may be mailed via campus mail to 108 Edwards Hall.

More recycling info can be found at