November 19, 2013

KSU Winter Blood Drive


Wednesday, December 4th
10:00 to 4:00 p.m.

In the Union – 2nd Floor Ballrooms

To schedule your life-saving appointment please visit or call 1-800RedCross

If you are interested in volunteering at the drive, please contact Kristi @

Sustainability Ambassadors Needed


From Garbage to Gourmet is an EPA funded pilot study on campus with the objective to transition the Kansas State University campus to a closed loop waste management system where materials will be used to their fullest before they are properly disposed. The project focuses on the reduction of waste to landfills by introducing a composting pilot study that is being conducted at Radina's Coffeehouse and Roastery in the Leadership Studies Building on campus. Instead of the organic waste produced at Radina's being directed to landfills, both pre-consumer and post-consumer compost is collected from the coffeehouse. A novel aspect of this pilot study includes cutting-edge research on different mushroom species that can be cultivated from the spent coffee grounds.

This pilot study is just phase one, but in order to be eligible for phase two and the potential $100,000 grant to implement composting campus wide, the pilot study needs to be successful. Currently there is often contamination of other items in the compost receptacle which is not compostable. This requires the workers of Radina's to have to sort through the compost to remove these items, but ultimately this means that the pilot study is not succeeding. When Harvard University introduced composting to it's students, it had composting ambassadors at the waste sorting receptacles to engage with each customer or student on how to properly sort their waste items. In order to make this pilot study a success and be eligible for the $100,000 for phase two, I propose that we have composting ambassadors during peak hours at Radina's for the first four weeks at Radina's Coffeehouse and Roastery in the Leadership Studies Building. Radina's peak hours are 9:30 am to 2:30 pm Monday through Friday. Those interested in helping transition Kansas State University to achieve a major sustainability goal by donating just one or more hours of their time during the first four weeks of the spring semester, please contact Let us embrace the Kansas State University motto "Rule by Obeying Nature's Laws" by increasing awareness of the benefits of composting at Radina's and eventually making this option availabile campus wide.

Poinsettias - Mortar Board Senior Honorary


It's wintertime and Mortar Board Senior Honorary is selling red poinsettias! The money will be used to  support Mortar Board's initiatives, which are scholarship, leadership, and service. A few things we strive to do is provide scholarships for outstanding undergraduate students, recognize excellent faculty on campus, host Academic Decathalon's for high school students, and service projects such as Reading is Leading and the First Book initiative. 

Your poinsettias would look wonderful in an office or even in your home!! Each poinsettia is $17.00 and come in a 6 1/2 inch pot and care instructions will be provided upon delivery. Delivery is Monday, December 9!

If you're interested, feel free to email me at! The order is due Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Thank you in advance!!

-Abby Guenther



OSAS is looking to find student organizations on twitter to help spread the word on events your organization is hosting. If your organization has a twitter account follow KSU_OSAS to find out about the latest student organization events happening on campus & share your own with us!

Also, share the news with all of your members to keep them up to date on events around campus.

Upcoming Student Organization Events


The Office of Student Activities and Services has created a new calendar for student organizations to promote their events to the K-State campus. If you are interested in promoting your events on the calendar, please submit them to our office by email or by visiting the web form. All on-campus events funded by Student Governing Association will automatically be listed.

To view the new calendar you can visit the OSAS website. The events will also be listed on the digital signs in front of the OSAS office, and eventually integrated into the campus wide calendar. If you have any questions, or are interested in creating your own calendar within the K-State system, contact the office.

In this Newsletter

KSU Winter Blood Drive

Composting Ambassadors

Poinsettias Sale

@KSU_OSAS on Twitter

Upcoming Events

Student Organization Newsletter

The Student Organization Newsletter is a biweekly e-mail sent to the presidents and advisors of registered student organizations at Kansas State University. The goal of the newsletter is to keep the number of e-mails about information and events to a minimum while still keeping organizations informed about relevant information.

The newsletter will be sent out every two weeks. Please take the time to look over the information and the upcoming dates which will be listed in the right column. If you have some information you would like to share with other organization please e-mail it to to see if it can be included.