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December 2009

 

Thursday, December 24, 2009

 

K-STATE PSYCHOLOGISTS SHOW THAT FUTURE-MINDED PEOPLE MAKE BETTER DECISIONS FOR THEIR HEALTH; SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY METHODS BETTER TO MEASURE FUTURE-MINDEDNESS: When New Year's Eve rolls around and you're deciding whether to have another glass of champagne, your decision may be predicted by your perspective of the future.

NOTED CRIMINOLOGIST AND FORENSICS STUDIES EXPERT TO SPEAK AT K-STATE: A noted criminal psychologist, consultant and the dean of the largest forensics studies program in the United States will discuss his work in presentations at Kansas State University, including for the intersession course, Social Construction of Serial Murder.

K-STATE RESEARCHERS IN DEMAND BY NATIONAL MEDIA FOR THEIR EXPERTISE ON A VARIETY OF ISSUES: From food safety to the use of social media like Twitter and Facebook, the expertise of Kansas State University researchers drew the attention of national media in 2009.

SEVEN K-STATE STUDENTS EARN AWARDS FROM COLLEGE OF EDUCATION: Seven new graduates of Kansas State University's College of Education were honored at the college's commencement ceremony Dec. 12 for their outstanding undergraduate work or their potential as future teachers.

 

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

 

K-STATE CAMPUSES IN MANHATTAN AND SALINA TO BE CLOSED DEC. 24 DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER: Due to the forecast for severe winter storms overnight and into tomorrow, Kansas State University campuses in Manhattan and Salina will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24.

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES HONOR SOCIETY GAINS NEW MEMBERS FROM K-STATE: A national honor society in family and consumer sciences that recognizes and encourages excellence in scholarship, leadership and service has new members at Kansas State University.

FIVE K-STATE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR DESIGN WORK AT 11TH ANNUAL BOWMAN FORUM: Five Kansas State University architecture students took honors for their design work at the recent 11th annual Bowman Design Forum at K-State.

K-STATE PLANT PATHOLOGY PROFESSOR AWARDED INTERNATIONAL PROFESSORSHIP FOR LATIN AMERICA BY THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR MICROBIOLOGY: The American Society for Microbiology has awarded one of its international professorships to John Leslie, professor and head of the plant pathology department at Kansas State University.

K-STATE WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR NEW RECRUITMENT VIDEO: A new recruitment video inviting potential Kansas State University students to come be part of the best university experience in the nation has won an Ava Platinum Award.

K-STATE TO OFFER ONLINE CREDIT FOR FACILITATION WORKSHOP: Kansas State University's Division of Continuing Education and College of Education will offer a three credit-hour course in conjunction with the K-State Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy's Public Issues Facilitation Workshop.

 

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

 

K-STATE DEPARTMENT OF SECONDARY EDUCATION SELECTS FIRST RECIPIENTS OF TEACH SCHOLARSHIPS: Two Kansas State University graduate students are the inaugural recipients of a special scholarship created to attract science majors to the teaching discipline.

K-STATE HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT STUDENTS EARN SCHOLARSHIPS FROM WICHITA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF WINE AND FOOD: The Wichita chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food has awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships to hospitality management students at Kansas State University.

 

Monday, December 21, 2009

 

K-STATE COURSES ON CRIME AND CRIMINALS ATTRACT MANY STUDENTS AND PROVIDE INFORMATION USEFUL IN REAL-LIFE AND EXTREME-LIFE SITUATIONS: When Kansas State University graduate student Lindsay Weber-Rowley was held hostage in her home this fall, she used her knowledge of the criminal mind to escape the situation unharmed.

K-STATE FINANCIAL PLANNING EXPERT OFFERS TIPS ON MAKING NEXT HOLIDAY SEASON MORE AFFORDABLE: The bills now rolling in for the holiday season can be a good incentive to start budgeting for next Christmas, according to a Kansas State University personal financial planning expert.

 

Friday, December 18, 2009

 

NINE FOR 2009: UNUSUAL, INTRIGUING AND DOWNRIGHT FUN RESEARCH BY K-STATE FACULTY AND STUDENTS IN THE PAST YEAR: Among the research and scholarship projects by faculty and students at Kansas State University are a few that stand out as unusual, intriguing and downright fun. Here's a look at some of those projects that were published, presented or worked on in 2009.

 

Thursday, December 17, 2009
 

K-STATE LEADS KANSAS IN GRADUATING FUTURE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS: Kansas State University is leading the state in producing mathematics education students who are ready for the challenge of engaging youths in the classroom.

K-STATE TEAM ACHIEVES SIXTH TOP-10 FINISH IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING CAR COMPETITION: A Kansas State University student chemical engineering design team has earned its sixth top-10 finish in the eight consecutive years that it has participated in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' National ChemE-Car Competition.

K-STATE'S COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION RECOGNIZES TWO FACULTY MEMBERS IN TEACHING AND RESEARCH: Two faculty members at Kansas State University's College of Business Administration have been recognized for their contributions to teaching and research.

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2009
 

K-STATE JUNIOR RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP TO SPEND SEMESTER STUDYING IN JAPAN: Erin Waymire, a Kansas State University junior in anthropology from Manhattan, has been awarded a scholarship to study in Japan for a semester.

K-STATE STUDENT FROM MANHATTAN IS COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION'S OUTSTANDING SENIOR IN BUSINESS: Nathan Garcia, Manhattan, is the Kansas State University College of Business Administration's Outstanding Senior in Business. The award is presented each semester to a graduating senior who has made outstanding contributions to the college.

MORE THAN 130 K-STATE STUDENTS JOIN K-STATE'S CHAPTER OF GOLDEN KEY: More than 130 Kansas State University students from a wide variety of disciplines were recently inducted into the university's chapter of Golden Key, an international honor society.

K-STATE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES AMBASSADORS HELP PROMOTE THE COLLEGE: Promoting the many departments and programs of Kansas State University's College of Arts and Sciences to prospective students, visitors and guests of the university is the job of the Arts and Sciences Ambassadors.

ROTARY AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLARSHIP TO HELP K-STATE GRAD JAMIE SMIDT BEGIN GRADUATE STUDIES IN CHILE: A Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship will help a Kansas State University graduate study in Chile. Jamie Smidt, who earned a bachelor's in agricultural communications and journalism from K-State in May 2008, was one of two recipients of Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships awarded by the Northeast Kansas Rotary District No. 5710.

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
 

K-STATE'S POWERCAT FINANCIAL COUNSELING NAMED 2009 INNOVATIVE EDUCATOR BY VISA'S PRACTICAL MONEY SKILLS PROGRAM: A fledgling financial literacy program at Kansas State University has been recognized by Visa's Practical Money Skills program as one of its Innovative Educators for 2009.

K-STATE PROGRAM SENDING TEACHERS TO ETHIOPIA TO BRING LESSONS ON DIVERSITY AND CULTURE BACK TO AMERICAN CLASSROOMS: A new Kansas State University program will send 12 American teachers to Ethiopia to study the African nation's culture and develop classroom lessons for U.S. schoolchildren.

TWO K-STATE STUDENTS, FACULTY MEMBER TO RECEIVE HONORS FOR THEIR DIVERSITY EFFORTS: The work of two Kansas State University students and a faculty member in the College of Business Administration are being recognized with Commerce Bank Presidential awards for helping multicultural students get the most out of their college education.

 

Monday, December 14, 2009
 

SUSTAINABILITY SEMINAR BEING OFFERED AT K-STATE: A seminar on sustainability, "Greenhouse Gases, Carbon Taxes and Trading, and Carbon Sequestration," will be offered Jan. 6-8, 2010, at Kansas State University.

BOOK BY K-STATE JOURNALISM PROFESSOR LINKS K-STATE TO PROGRESSIVE BROADCASTING IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY: A new book by a Kansas State University professor of journalism and mass communications reveals a key K-State connection with the early development of American broadcasting.

 

Friday, December 11, 2009
 

K-STATE CHAPTER OF PHI KAPPA PHI INDUCTS MORE THAN 100 NEW MEMBERS FOR FALL 2009: The nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society recently inducted more than 100 new members from Kansas State University.

 

Thursday, December 10, 2009
 

FINALISTS NAMED FOR K-STATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING: Three finalists will be interviewed for the position of Kansas State University's new vice president for communications and marketing. This is a new position at K-State and the vice president will oversee the creation of an integrated communications and marketing strategy and provide leadership for the following units: news services, university publications, Educational Communications Center, printing services and two proposed units -- a Web design team and a marketing research team.

K-STATE DOCUMENTARY ON THE HARDSHIPS OF DEPLOYMENT ON FAMILIES OF RESERVISTS AIRING ON KANSAS PUBLIC TELEVISION STATIONS IN DECEMBER: A new Kansas State University documentary that captures how deployment affects the families of military reservists will air on public television stations in Topeka and Wichita starting Dec. 17.

K-STATE'S ARMY ROTC WILDCAT BATTALION TAKES SIXTH PLACE IN RANGER CHALLENGE COMPETITION: Kansas State University's Army ROTC Wildcat Battalion varsity team took sixth place out of 18 teams at the recent Task Force Dodge Regional Ranger Challenge, a premier intercollegiate competition at Camp Dodge in Iowa.

K-STATERS RECOGNIZED AS DISTINGUISHED GRADUATES OF THE U.S. ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE: Army Maj. David K. Anderson will be recognized today as a distinguished graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

K-STATE AT SALINA AVIATION PROFESSOR RENEWS MASTER CERTIFIED FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR ACCREDITATION: William "Bill" Gross, chief pilot and professor of aviation at Kansas State University at Salina, has renewed his Master Certificated Flight Instructor accreditation for a fourth time.

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2009
 

AMERICAN HUMANICS RECOGNIZES K-STATE FOR HAVING BEST NONPROFIT SECTOR INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT RATE IN THE NATION: The American Humanics/nonprofit leadership focus program at Kansas State University is being recognized as the best among American Humanics Academic Alliance members at placing students in nonprofit sector internships.

THREE STUDENTS RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS FROM K-STATE'S CHAPTER OF MORTAR BOARD: Kansas State University's chapter of Mortar Board announced three students for its 2009-2010 student scholarships.

MORE THAN 1,250 STUDENTS CANDIDATES FOR GRADUATION FROM K-STATE: Kansas State University has more than 1,250 candidates for graduation in December. Commencement ceremonies will be Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12, on the K-State campuses in Manhattan and Salina.

 

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
 

FOLLOWING HIS STUDY OF BUSINESS STUDENTS, K-STATE PROFESSOR SAYS LESSONS ON ETHICS, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT CAN PREVENT UNETHICAL BEHAVIOR IN THE WORKPLACE: A Kansas State University professor's research is showing a gap between the character traits that business students say make a good executive and the traits they describe having themselves.

PAPER BY K-STATE GRADUATE STUDENT THAT EXAMINES METH-RELATED CRIMES IN THE MIDWEST TO BE PUBLISHED IN CRIMINOLOGY JOURNAL: An award-winning paper by a Kansas State University doctoral student in sociology has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the journal Critical Criminology.

K-STATE'S SCHOOL OF LEADERSHIP STUDIES OFFERS STUDENTS SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE TRIPS DURING SPRING BREAK 2010: Kansas State University students who want to spend spring break 2010 helping others can apply now for six different community service trips.

 

Monday, December 7, 2009
 

K-STATE CHILD DEVELOPMENT EXPERT SAYS THE MAGIC OF SANTA CLAUS IS NO LIE: Should parents let their children believe in Santa Claus? Absolutely, according to Charles Smith, a Kansas State University expert in child development. While Santa may not be a flesh-and-blood person, the cultural truth of St. Nicholas is key to a child's developing imagination, Smith said.

K-STATE FOOD SCIENCE DISTANCE PROGRAMS HELPING STUDENTS REACH CAREER GOALS IN FOOD INDUSTRY: Kansas State University's distance education bachelor's, master's and certificate programs in food science fields are paving the way for working professionals to excel in the industry.

NEWS TIP: K-STATE PROFESSOR WHO IS FINANCIAL PLANNER AND PROBLEM GAMBLING COUNSELOR AVAILABLE TO WEIGH IN ON EXPANDED GAMBLING IN KANSAS: Esther Maddux is a Kansas State University professor of personal financial planning. In addition to being a certified financial planner, Maddux is an addiction and prevention services certified counselor and certified problem gambling counselor. In August, she joined colleagues to prepare the community for expanded gambling in Dodge City, where the Boot Hill Casino is slated to open in December.

NEWS TIP: K-STATE GEOGRAPHER JOHN HARRINGTON JR. SERVING AS AN OFFICIAL OBSERVER AT THIS WEEK'S U.N. CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE: John Harrington Jr., professor of geography at Kansas State University, is serving as an official observer at the U.N. Conference on Global Climate Change, Dec. 7-18, in Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Friday, December 4, 2009
 

K-STATE VETERINARY MEDICINE STUDENT SERVING ON EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF STUDENT AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: As an officer of a national student veterinary medicine organization, Kansas State University's Garrett Stewart would like to help his fellow veterinary medicine students at K-State and across the nation become more informed about the key national issues dealing with their profession today.

K-STATE TO OFFER COURSES IN TRAFFIC ASSISTANCE SERVICES FOR KANSAS IN 2010: Kansas State University and the University of Kansas, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation, are offering courses in Traffic Assistance Services for Kansas.

 

Thursday, December 3, 2009
 

HOW HIGHER EDUCATION CAN ADVANCE SUSTAINABILITY EFFORTS IN KANSAS WILL BE FOCUS OF K-STATE'S 2010 SUSTAINABILITY CONFERENCE: The 2010 edition of Kansas State University's award-winning Sustainability Conference will focus on ways higher education can share ideas on sustainability and build new sustainability networks across the state.

K-STATE BIOTECHNOLOGY STUDENTS UNCOVER SCIENTIFIC ERRORS IN TELEVISION SHOW 'CSI: MIAMI': A highly rated television show that uses science to help solve crimes may be committing some scientific errors of its own, according to students at Kansas State University.

K-STATE HERBARIUM FILLED WITH RICH NATURAL HISTORY, KNOWLEDGE: Through the old wooden door on the top floor of Bushnell Hall at Kansas State University is a museum rich with natural history and for many researchers around the world, an important key to unlocking the mysteries of plant life.

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2009
 

MORE THAN 1,250 STUDENTS TO GRADUATE FROM K-STATE DEC. 11 AND 12: Kansas State University's fall commencement ceremonies will be Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12, on the K-State campuses in Manhattan and Salina. More than 1,250 students are candidates for graduation.

K-STATE STUDENTS SELECTED AS COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS, VOCALISTS AND MUSICIANS: Several Kansas State University students have been selected as speakers, vocalists or musicians for the university's fall commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12.

EARNING DEGREES FROM K-STATE A DEDONDER FAMILY TRADITION: When Michael DeDonder, Manhattan, walks across the stage at Bramlage Coliseum Saturday, Dec. 12, he won't only be receiving his degree in kinesiology from Kansas State University's College of Arts and Sciences, he'll be continuing a family tradition by adding his name to the long list of DeDonders who are K-State alumni.

K-STATE EXPERTS TO DISCUSS THE ALLURE, RESONANCE OF VAMPIRE LITERATURE LIKE 'NEW MOON': The film adaptation of author Stephenie Meyer's "New Moon" will be the focus of a discussion sponsored by Kansas State University's department of English and Children's and Adolescent Literature Community.

K-STATE'S COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY HONORING SIX OUTSTANDING SENIORS: Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology will recognize six seniors with the Outstanding Senior Award at the college's fall graduation honors and student awards presentation at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, in Justin Hall's Hoffman Lounge.

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
 

K-STATE KINESIOLOGY PROFESSOR RECOMMENDS HEALTHY HABITS FOR THE HOLIDAYS: The holiday season can add many social and cultural challenges to a one's diet and exercise regimen, according to Kansas State University's Melissa Bopp, assistant professor of kinesiology.

K-STATE BUSINESS ETHICS EXPERT OFFERS ADVICE ON BUYING YOUR BOSS A HOLIDAY GIFT: Whether naughty or nice, your boss may end up on your holiday shopping list. A business ethics expert at Kansas State University offers some advice on the best way to go about giving gifts to your manager.

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS HOSTS SHOULD CONSIDER HOW THEIR PET AND GUESTS WILL INTERACT AT GATHERINGS: Dr. Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and assistant professor of clinical sciences at Kansas State University, said when having guests over for the holidays, you have to consider how your company will respond to your pets and how your pet will respond to strangers in the home.

K-STATE VETERINARIAN GIVES TIPS ON HOW TO BE A GOOD GUEST WHEN BRINGING YOUR PET ALONG FOR HOLIDAY VISITS: Dr. Susan Nelson, assistant professor of clinical sciences at Kansas State University, said bringing your pet to holiday gatherings can be a convenient option, but there are several things to consider when taking your furry friend along.

K-STATE VETERINARIAN SAYS WHEN FINDING ALTERNATIVE HOUSING FOR YOUR PET DURING THE HOLIDAYS, THERE ARE SEVERAL WAYS TO REDUCE YOUR PET'S STRESS: When you leave home for the holidays, it's important to choose the best housing option to ensure your pet's well-being, a Kansas State University veterinarian said.