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News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The last full week of September will be an especially busy one for Kansas State University's new President Kirk Schulz and the K-State family.

From Sept. 23-25, Schulz will take part in a full slate of events designed to celebrate his new role as K-State's 13th president.

Events open to the public include:

* University-wide ice cream social, 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, Bosco Plaza north of K-State's Student Union. K-State's famous Call Hall ice cream will be served.

* Inaugural ceremony, 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in Bramlage Coliseum. Schulz will be officially inaugurated as K-State's new president. A public reception will follow the ceremony at about 4 p.m. in the same location. K-State TV will air the ceremony live on Cox Cable channel 8.

* State of the University address, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, ballroom of the K-State Alumni Center. Schulz will give his first State of the University address. Afterward, he'll conduct a question-and-answer session. The address also will be available at during the speech, and K-State TV will air the address live on Cox Cable channel 8.

In February, Schulz was named president of K-State by the Kansas Board of Regents. Before joining K-State, he served as vice president for research and economic development at Mississippi State University.

Schulz is a member of ABET, the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology. He is also a member of its Engineering Accreditation Commission. Schulz is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the American Society for Engineering Education. In recognition of his work in chemical engineering, he was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007 and a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2008.