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The Division of Human Resources is hosting the annual benefits expo on Oct. 7, 2010, in the K-State Student Union Ballroom, with special events in Forum Hall. Representatives from Board of Regents voluntary and mandatory retirement providers, KPERS, health insurance providers, life insurance companies associated with K-State and many other agencies will be available in the ballroom from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Open enrollment health insurance informational meetings will be held at 8:30 am and again at 3:30 pm in Forum Hall. The sessions are identical. This is an opportunity for employees to learn about any changes, review a new plan provider and get updated information for 2011. This is an invaluable session to help employees complete the October online open enrollment process.

Retirement planning sessions are now a part of the expo. At 10:30 am in Forum Hall, Lori McGeehon Cathey, director, TIAA-CREF, will present a financial planning seminar: Understanding and Achieving Long-Term Financial Goals.

KPERS members will receive a special session presented by Alan Schuler, KPERS field representative for the state of Kansas at 12:30 p.m. This is a valuable session to those in the KPERS retirement plan desiring information on KPERS calculations, time in service and retirement dates. Employees within five years of their anticipated retirement will benefit most, but all are welcome to attend.

Flu shots will be offered again at the expo this year. Lafene Student Health Center will offer the shots to employees from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the ballroom for $20, cash, check or charge.

Questions should be addressed to Stephanie Harvey at 785-532-6277 or


Can I change my eID?
Yes, anytime you want. There is a $50 fee for each eID change. When your eID is changed, your old eID becomes an alias that points to your new eID. This causes e-mail sent to your old address to be forwarded to your new address. You will need to submit an eID change form, which is available at the IT Help Desk.

Note: The $50 fee can be waived if any of the following criteria are met:

* You legally changed your name after July 1, 2006, and your current eID is based on your old legal name. Verification of legal name changes for faculty and staff are done through human resources and personnel records. Verification of legal name changes for students are done through the K-State ID Center.
* If you are a former student who is now an employee and had a license plate eID (initials and four numbers, for example: abc1234.) However, if you chose your eID as a student and are coming back as an employee, the fee will not be waived. License plate eIDs were assigned to all students who attended K-State prior to the spring 2003 semester.


Register now for the fifth K-State Security training event scheduled 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the K-State Student Union.

October is Cyber-Security awareness month, and this year K-State will celebrate with a half-day of free training provided by the K-State IT Security team. The event will be open to all K-Staters and will feature a series of non-technical sessions designed to help you be more secure on K-State's networks.

Mark your calendars now so you don't miss this opportunity to learn more about securing your corner of cyberspace. 

Registration for this training is available at More information on each of the sessions is on the October 2010 training event site at


The university transitioned from Oracle calendar to K-State Zimbra calendar over the summer. Oracle calendar is still available as an archive, but will be decommissioned in early 2011.

Easy-to-follow instructions are available for you to export your Oracle calendar data and then import it into K-State Zimbra at This will allow you to have a copy of past events from your Oracle calendar accessible in your K-State Zimbra calendar. Other Oracle calendar archiving options are available if you'd rather not import your past events into K-State Zimbra.

Additionally, when you begin using the K-State Zimbra calendar, you should turn off the ability for others to invite you to events in Oracle calendar so you do not have overlapping or duplicated events.

For more information about the K-State Zimbra calendar, check out If you have questions or need assistance, contact the IT Help Desk at 785-532-7722 or


The Information Technology Assistance Center is offering a free online course, Web Design Fundamentals at K-State. This ten-week course begins Tuesday, Oct. 5, and is designed to introduce K-Staters to the fundamental concepts, terminology and best practices of Web design.

The course will be conducted online through K-State Online and will cover:
* HTML markup for structuring Web pages
* Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for presentation in Web pages
* Adobe Dreamweaver Creative Suite 4

Each week students will be required to do the readings and exercises assigned. Questions about the course can be sent to Sarah Silva at or Cathy Rodriguez at The course requires pre-registration, which can be found at


Nomination/application forms for the following two Commerce Bank presidential awards are available at the following websites:

The Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty/Staff Award for Distinguished Services to Historically Under-represented Students was established in 1978 to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the development of quality education for students of color at Kansas State University.

The Commerce Bank Presidential Student Award for Distinguished Services in Enhancing Multiculturalism at Kansas State University was established in the spring of 1997 to recognize outstanding individual contributions to diversity enhancement within the student sector.

On behalf of the Commerce Bank Presidential Awards Committee, please consider applying for or nominating candidates for one or both awards.

The nomination application deadline for both awards is Oct. 22, 2010.

Past recipients of the presidential faculty/staff award are: James Boyer, Antonio Pigno, Bernard Franklin, Anne Butler, Veryl Switzer, Karen Hummel, Wayne Rohrer, Hakim Salahu-Din, William Sutton, Michael Holen, Harriet Ottenheimer, Barbara Baker, William Feyerharm, Phil Anderson, Reginland McGowan, Karen Martin, LaBarbara Wigfall, Teto Henderson, David Griffin, Kathleen Greene, Juanita McGowan, Doug Benson, Anita Cortez, Suzanne Mayo-Theus, James Coffman, Candi Hironaka, Keener Tippin II, Lorena Pasarelli, Farrell Webb, Rebeca Paz and Dawne Martin

The past recipients of the student presidential award are: Stacy Yeager, Colette McLemore, Leobardo Prieto, Tamara D. Goodson, Cindy Seto, Brad Crane, Louis Duncan, Jr., Erica Smith, Aranda Jones, Isabel Amaya, Yvonne Adame, Naureen Kazi, Abdul R. Yahaya, Clemente Jaquez-Herrera, Careem Gladney, Deborah Muhwezi and Robert Gomez

Let us have the opportunity to add your name or the name of someone you think deserves to be added to one of these lists.


At about 10:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, Kansas State University will conduct a test of K-State Alerts, the university's emergency notification system.

Emergency notification channels to be tested include text messaging, automated phone calls, e-mail to all K-State accounts and the new alert beacons in various buildings across the Manhattan campus.

K-State officials also now have the ability to post emergency information directly to the university's home page. This new feature also will be tested.

K-State Alerts is used when a dangerous condition exists on campus, such as an active shooter or university closure due to severe weather.

Steve Galitzer, director of environmental health and safety at K-State, said that K-State Alerts is tested twice a year to ensure that it will work during an actual emergency.

During the test, text messages, automated phone calls and e-mails will be sent out. In addition, the wall-mounted alert beacons will emit a loud siren, flash strobe lights and provide digital scrolling text for two full minutes. They cannot be turned off during the test.

To sign up to receive emergency notifications by text message or an automated phone call, students, faculty and staff with active K-State eIDs must enroll in K-State Alerts through the eProfile system. Eligible K-Staters can add contact information of parents, children and spouses when they sign up. The eProfile system is available at

For text messages, factors such as service provider, coverage area and total load on local communication towers can impact when and if users receive messages.

Those who already subscribe to text message and automated phone calls won't need to re-register, but officials recommend checking the website to make sure K-State has current phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Individuals who sign up for the service and do not receive the test alert or any other alerts should contact K-State's IT Help Desk at 800-865-6143 or 785-532-7722. Users are responsible for any messaging charges from their phone service providers and for keeping their emergency contact information up to date.

More information is available at


The University Award for Advancing the International Mission of Kansas State University was established by the provost to recognize an individual who has contributed to advancing international education at Kansas State University. On behalf of the International Educator Award Selection Committee, you are invited to apply for or nominate candidates for this award. One individual is recognized each fall during International Education Week. The recipient will receive a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium. The nomination application deadline is October 15, 2010.

Please visit the website for more information. Past recipients of the International Educator Award are: Michael Boland, Ted Cable, Elfrieda Nafziger, Walter Kolonsky, William Richter, Bradley Shaw, Michael Suleiman and David Norman.

Criteria: Faculty, staff, administrators or other members of the K-State community may be honored for major contributions and sustained commitment to advancing international education at K-State. Major contributions may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following criteria:

* Developing innovative programs to advance international education within a unit or the university;
* Recruiting students, faculty and staff from outside the United States;
* Mentoring international students, faculty and staff;
* Developing and implementing learning activities that prepare U.S. students for a diverse and global society;
* Integrating international education into the curriculum;
* Providing opportunities for professional development and international experiences for faculty and staff;
* Developing activities that support partnerships with international institutions, visiting scholars and guest lecturers from universities abroad;
* Contributing to scholarship in an international context.

Nomination/application process: Anyone may nominate a person to be recognized. The nomination must include information explaining how the nominee has advanced international education at K-State. The nomination should be forwarded to Office of International Programs, Attention: Jodi Caldwell, 304 Fairchild Hall, Manhattan, KS, 66506.

Contents of nomination packet:
* Curriculum vitae of the nominee
* Cover letter describing in detail why the nominee is deserving of the award (three pages maximum for cover letter)
* An additional letter(s) of support from at least two individuals connected to the university who can attest to the nominee's contributions (three pages maximum for each letter of support)

Deadlines: Nomination letters and letters of support should be sent to the Office of International Programs by Oct. 15, 2010.

Reception: The recipient will be awarded at a special reception held at the Hale Library Hemisphere Room on Friday, Nov. 19, 2010, at 3:00 p.m.

Selection committee: The selection committee will consist of past International Educator awardees and campus individuals involved with international initiatives.


There are a lot of communicators at K-State. But at the heart of the press releases and posts, tweets and teasers, banners and broadcasts, we should all be telling people the same thing: Why they should care about what goes on here. Our reach extends beyond Manhattan, beyond the state of Kansas, out into the nation and even the world.

At the request of the media relations task force, a group of communicators from several campus partners has organized a writing workshop with the goal of helping communicators develop stronger writing skills that effectively illustrate what K-State is all about. Your skills will help usher K-State into its future of being a top-50 research university by 2025.

The workshop will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, from 1-4:30 p.m. It will cover a variety of topics over the course of the afternoon, with presentations by communications professionals from across campus.

Do you have to be a full-time communications professional to attend? Absolutely not! If you use words to tell the public about what's going on in your college, department or program, we hope you'll join us!

Invitations will be sent via e-mail in early October, however, if you are interested and would like more information, please e-mail Shanna Williams at

Topics for the workshop include:
* Who, What, When, Where and Why -- And Why "Why" Matters Most
When writing hard news, and sometimes even feature stories, we're all too often guilty of focusing on "who" and forgetting the most important of the 5 W's in impact writing: "why."

* Audience Awareness: Who the Heck Are You Talking To?
Would you try to sell trips to the Amazonian jungle to an agoraphobic? No. Why? Because that's not who buys them. From feature stories about an alumna's purple pride to news releases about groundbreaking research in food safety at K-State, we need to know exactly who we're talking to.

* Do Interrupt!: How to Get the Most Out of Your Subject Interviews
It can be difficult for us to take control back from a story subject who's hijacked an interview. So what can you do to get your interview back on track? What kinds of questions can you ask to get more out of your story subject than "Yes," "No" and "K-State is awesome"?

* What's My Line?: Crafting Attention-Grabbing Headlines, Captions and Taglines
The first thing people look at in a feature story or news release is the picture (if there is one), then the headline, then the taglines and captions. If none of those strikes their fancy, good luck getting them to read your story.

* Making Them Care: Using Emotion and Description to Get the Reader to the Last Sentence
It's true: the longer a feature story is, the less likely people are to read it all the way through. This is especially true if your reader has a really narrow range of interests, or the lead is buried or particularly boring. (It's okay; we all write horrible leads from time to time.)

* Step Away from the Feature with Your Hands Up!
Want to become a better writer overnight? It's totally achievable. Here's what you do: stop writing. What? Yeah, it's confusing. We'll explain it all in this session.


The fifth annual K-State Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign will be Oct. 4-8 at Kansas State University.

Members from the Collegiate Cattlewomen and K-State's Alpha Omega chapter of Sigma Alpha, the professional agricultural sorority, have joined forces for this year's campaign.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink T-shirts will be sold near the K-State Student Union food court from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4-7. The shirts are $10 for sizes adult small through 2XL, and $15 for sizes 3XL-5XL.

T-shirts also can be ordered online at The cost is $15 per shirt, which includes shipping.

The group will have a free barbecue on the Weber Hall lawn from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7; rain location will be the Weber Hall Arena. T-shirts also will be for sale at the barbecue.

A new event for the K-State Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign is a silent auction. Items will be available for viewing at the Union and at the barbecue, with the winners announced at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 7.

All proceeds from the T-shirt sales and silent auction items will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Mid-Kansas Affiliate, based in Wichita. In 2009 the K-State Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign donated $12,500 to the fight against breast cancer.

For more information, contact Robin Kleine at or 219-306-0323.


Kansas State University Theater will present the Greek tragedy "Antigone" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7-9 and Oct. 13-16 in Nichols Theater.

Written by Sophocles, "Antigone" portrays themes of social injustice and civil disobedience. The play follows the story of Antigone, Oedipus' daughter, as she fights to bury her deceased brother Polyneices -- an act punishable by death according to a new law set down by her uncle, Creon, the king of Thebes. Antigone views burying her brother as a moral imperative and is willing to sacrifice her own life in the service of this greater justice.

The K-State production of "Antigone" is directed by Ginny Pape, instructor of theater; set design is by Kathy Voecks, assistant professor of theater; costume design is by Dana Pinkston, associate professor of theater; and lighting design is by John Uthoff, associate professor of theater.

Tickets are $14 for the general public, $12 for seniors and military, and $9 for students. They can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or by calling McCain at 785-532-6428 during box office hours. Tickets also may be purchased at the Little Theater box office in the K-State Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays.

Groups of 10 or more may receive a discount rate. For more information or assistance in planning a theater party, contact Marci Maullar at 785-532-6878.


Kansas State University has become the new home of the Journal of Public Deliberation, with K-State's David Procter and Timothy Steffensmeier serving as co-editors.

Procter is a professor of communication studies and director of K-State's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy; Steffensmeier is an assistant professor of communication studies and an associate with the institute.

The decision to move the journal to K-State was made in July by the executive committee of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, which publishes the journal. K-State was selected because of the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy's experience with democracy scholars, practitioners, extension educators and public officials.

"We were particularly struck by the highly interdisciplinary work of the institute, which fits well with the diversity of academic interests in deliberative democracy," said Matt Leighninger, executive director of the consortium.

Procter and Steffensmeier will pursue several initiatives as new editors of the journal. They want it to be the premier, peer-reviewed journal in deliberative democracy. They also want to increase the number of issues published per year, broaden the readership, and increase international submissions and readership.

In addition, Procter and Steffensmeier want to expand the journal's presence in online deliberation issues, as well as increase essays and articles on the value and process of public participation in political governance.

The interdisciplinary journal was created as a scholarly forum for deliberative democracy. The journal publishes information on research, opinions, projects, experiments and experience of practitioners and academics. Its board of editors consists of leading international scholars from a variety of disciplines, including political science, philosophy, communication studies, economics, government, computer science, sociology, community and regional planning, journalism and mass communications.

The journal is open to scholars and practitioners from all disciplines and welcomes diverse methodologies. The first call for papers from Procter and Steffensmeier will be announced Nov. 1.


With the concept of a store-within-a-store growing across the country, a Kansas State University researcher's work shows the increasing importance of brand reputation and its strong role in governing decisions.

Richard McFarland, associate professor of marketing, and four colleagues recently completed "Understanding Governance Decisions in a Partially Integrated Channel: A Contingent Alignment Framework." Their research will be published in the elite Journal of Marketing Research next year.

The research looks at separate companies who entered a store-within-a-store agreement, which occurs when a manufacturer has its own store and salespeople inside a retailer store. Examples of a store-within-a-store include Estee Lauder using cosmetic stores in department stores, Jones Apparel Group placing salespeople in department stores and Apple Inc. using the Apple Sales Consultants Program, which places Apple salespeople in retail stores. In such stores the manufacturers hire and train their own sales force so that they can control how their brand is marketed and the customer service they provide.

"It's interesting in a practical sense because more companies are starting to do this," McFarland said. "It's important to be able to provide companies with advice on whether they should do it or not. For companies who are doing it, how they manage those relationships has practical implications for retailers."

Although the concept of a store-within-a-store is growing in importance in the United States, it has been popular for years in Asia, and it is beneficial for global companies in the U.S. to be familiar with the store-within-a-store model, McFarland said. The research team used data from Korea for the study and coined the term "partially integrated channel," or PIC, to describe a store-within-a-store.

The store-within-a-store concept is especially common among strongly branded consumer markets for cosmetics, apparel and technology goods, McFarland said.

"These are generally characterized by short product lifestyle and rapidly changing customer preferences," he said. "Because things are changing so quickly, manufacturers want to have flexibility, but at the same time, they want to have salespeople there so that they can have good customer service and good customer support."

While the benefits for both sides are mutual, the research shows that cooperation between the manufacturer, the manufacturer's sales force and the retailer is key for a store-within-a-store to succeed, McFarland said. Manufacturers with rapidly changing products like the flexibility that a retailer can provide, and a store-within-a-store lets the manufacturer have more control of its brand and brand reputation. On the other hand, retailers are able to attract more customers with well-established and well-known products, as well as a knowledgeable sales force.

Brand reputation, market uncertainty and sales force performance ambiguity are key factors in how the three entities interact, McFarland said.

"If brand reputation is high and feedback from the retailer is high, then the manufacturer is going to give more decision power to the salespeople," McFarland said. "If environmental uncertainty is high and brand reputation is high, the manufacturer will be more flexible with negotiations with the retailer."

Other researchers involved in the project included: Stephen Kim, associate professor of marketing at Iowa State University; Soongi Kwon, a visiting professor of Korean Studies at Suzhou University in Suzhou Jiangsu, China; Sanggi Son, dean and professor at Daejin University in Suzhou Jiangsu, China; and David Griffith, professor of marketing at Michigan State University.


Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium will kick off its 2010-2011 Performance Series with a live show by zookeeper "Jungle" Jack Hanna.

The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, in McCain Auditorium.

Hanna's show, "Into the Wild Live," features many of his favorite animal friends, as well as fascinating and humorous stories and footage from his adventures around the world. Audiences give him rave reviews, and everyone from the youngest child to the oldest adult can be entertained and inspired.

Recognized around the country as America's favorite zookeeper, Hanna has made countless television appearances since 1983. He has been featured on TV shows such as "Good Morning America," CNN's "Larry King Live," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and the "Late Show with David

Hanna also has created two of his own nationally syndicated television programs: "Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures" and most recently, "Jack Hanna's Into the Wild," which won an Emmy for outstanding children's series in its first season.

Tickets for the performance are on sale now. Prices start at $12 for K-State students and $24 for the general public. Discounts for K-State faculty and staff, military and children are available.

Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428. More information is available online at


Work cleaning up an old research waste landfill on the Kansas State University campus will begin soon. The site was a burying ground for low-level radioactive waste and chemicals.

The Kansas Board of Regents has given approval to a remediation plan for the Old Chemical Waste Landfill, which is in a fenced-in area north of Kimball Avenue and to the west of K-State's grain science complex. The university's clean-up plan is being done in collaboration with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency. A public notice about the project will be issued soon by the state Department of Health and Environment.

The project is estimated to cost $3.7 million and will be paid for from a combination of sponsored research overhead funds and bond funds, according to Bruce Shubert, K-State vice president for finance and administration.

The landfill was used by K-State from the mid-1960s to 1987. It was created with the approval of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and was a burying ground for tritium, carbon-14 and other short-lived radioactive elements. The university also disposed of some chemicals at the site from 1979 to 1983. The university has been monitoring the site since 1990 to ensure there are no problems with contamination to the community.

Steve Galitzer, director of the department of environmental health and safety at K-State, said burying such waste was a common practice for research universities at the time, and that K-State followed all government regulations on hazardous and radioactive waste disposal. Galitzer also said that by having its own site, the university was not disposing of radioactive waste and chemicals in the Riley County landfill.

"The times and regulations on handling of hazardous wastes have changed," Galitzer said. "K-State no longer buries such waste; all of it now goes to a treatment storage or disposal facility, as required by law."

Galitzer said the university has a detailed record of the radioactive waste that was buried at the site, along with a general idea of the chemical waste that was buried.

"It's time to get it cleaned up for good," Galitzer said. "We have spent about $250,000 a year since 1990 to monitor the site, with costs expected to escalate in the future."

The clean up will begin in October or November with groundwater remediation. Galitzer said monitoring, done several times a year for the past 20 years, has shown groundwater at the site does not go off campus.

The remediation plan starts with building a 100-foot by 4-foot trench on university property to capture a plume of contaminated groundwater and then clean it with a treatment system. By July 2011 sampling of the landfill soil will start. Workers will begin digging up the landfill in January 2012, removing its contents, sorting and screening them, and then shipping them to the proper facility for disposal. Workers involved will wear hazardous materials suits, and signs will be placed on the site to inform the public of the project.

A final assessment of the remaining soil at the landfill, to ensure that it is clean according to KDHE and EPA standards, will be done by April 2013. The landfill will then be filled and the site restored.

Galitzer encourages anyone with questions about the site, the remediation plans or other concerns to contact him at 785-532-5856 or


A Kansas State University professor who was a standout student-athlete in college and a coach at the collegiate level is K-State's new faculty athletics representative.

BeEtta "Be" Stoney, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, has been appointed to the position by Kirk Schulz, K-State president. Stoney will work closely with the K-State athletics department and Big 12 Conference on issues related to academic integrity, rules compliance and student-athlete welfare.

Stoney replaces Mike Holen, dean of K-State's College of Education, who stepped down in June after serving 11 years in the position.

"Dr. Stoney's background makes her ideal for the role of K-State's faculty athletics representative," said Kirk Schulz, K-State president. "As a hall-of-fame women's basketball player at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she also served as an assistant coach, and as an award-winning faculty member, she has a well-rounded perspective on the issues confronting both faculty and student-athletes when it comes to collegiate athletics and academics."

John Currie, director of athletics at K-State, said Stoney is the right person for the job.

"We look forward to working with Dr. Stoney in her new role as faculty athletics representative," Currie said. "She brings great perspective to the position, understands the challenges and issues that face all students, including our student-athletes, and is a perfect fit to represent the faculty and ensure that our student-athletes are successful both on the field and in the classroom."

Stoney, a K-State faculty member since 1999, has been indirectly involved in athletics as a mentor to student-athletes at K-State and other institutions. She is about to start her eighth year as a Big 12 Conference evaluator of basketball officials. She also has coached and been a basketball official at all levels.

Stoney teaches classes on multicultural issues and was promoted to associate professor in 2005. She is a K-State Tilford Fellow and served as special assistant to the provost in 2006-2007. She is the author of several book chapters. She has been president-elect of the Research Association for Minority Professors and is active with K-State's Black Faculty Staff Alliance, including serving as chair of the organization. She currently serves as a member of the President's Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics.