Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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From the provost

A week of action on food security: The 2016 Engagement Symposium
Provost April Mason writes about a week of action on food security, starting with the 2016 Engagement Symposium on April 4. She also discusses K-State's ongoing momentum in this area and what it means for an emerging university-wide food security network.


Study: Medium chain fatty acids protect pigs from deadly disease
Kansas State University researchers have proven that when swine feed contains medium chain fatty acids, those pigs will be able to fend off the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDV, which claimed an estimated 8 million pigs in 2014.

Legislative update

Legislative update Feb. 8
Last week, the House Appropriations Committee held hearings and reviewed budget changes for fiscal year 2016 to make the adjustments Gov. Sam Brownback proposed for the current year's budget.


Amit Chakrabarti to serve as interim dean of College of Arts & Sciences
The head of Kansas State University's physics department, Amit Chakrabarti, has been named interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
Award-winning playwright works with K-State students
Chantal Bilodeau, playwright-in-residence for K-State Theatre's upcoming production "Forward," has been in Manhattan to assist the cast, crew and creative team in fully realizing her play.
$8.1 million in assistance available to plant trees, protect streams and fields
Eroded Streambank
The Kansas Forest Service and NRCS provide free technical assistance and $8.1 million in financial assistance to landowners who implement conservation practices, such as planting trees to control erosion and improve water quality.
Community invited to Distinguished Young Alumni presentations Feb. 23
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The K-State Student Alumni Board, a program of the K-State Alumni Association, will honor Kourtney Bettinger and Clemente Jaquez, the 2016 Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipients Feb. 23.
2016 nominations and elections for University Support Staff Senate
Forms will be mailed out to only those colleges and departments with open positions. The nomination period is Feb. 1-20. Senate voting will take place electronically between March 1-15.
Run for student body president and vice president
The filing deadline for candidates for student body president and vice president is Feb. 12.
Kansas State University to host Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Kansas State University has been selected as a partner with the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.


K-State men's basketball vs. Baylor
Coach Weber and the Wildcats host Baylor at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State Online: Walk-in help sessions Feb. 10
Do you have questions about your K-State Online Canvas courses? We have your answers. Bring your laptop and come to the K-State Online walk-in help sessions from 9:30-11 a.m. and 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in 301A Hale Library.
Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol features six students from Kansas State University
Six Kansas State University undergraduate researchers will take part in Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, at the State Capitol in Topeka.
K-State KNEA-SP hosts Pizza with Professionals
K-State KNEA-SP is hosting Pizza with Professionals at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in 217 and 225 Bluemont Hall. Come eat some free pizza while you learn from the wisdom of local teachers and administrators and earn one professional development hour.
Kat Chats: 'Dating and Afraid'
A strong, healthy relationship can be one of the best things in your life. However, if the relationship isn't working, it also can be a tremendous drain. These tips will help you keep your relationship healthy and strong.
Study Abroad Fair
Please encourage your students to attend the Study Abroad Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the K-State Student Union Ballroom. Students will be able to learn about study abroad opportunities, costs and scholarship information.
Special University Support Staff Senate meeting
A special University Support Staff Senate meeting will be 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in 2002 Throckmorton.
Mathematics Colloquium lecture Feb. 9
Francesco Sala, University of Western Ontario, Canada, will present "Hall Algebras and Sheaves on Surfaces" as part of the Mathematics Department Colloquium Lecture series at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in 122 Cardwell Hall.
Black History Month keynote lecture
Maggie Anderson Headshot
Maggie Anderson, the 2016 Black History Month keynote speaker, will give a lecture at 7 p.m. today in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
SGA live campus conversation tonight
The Student Governing Association is hosting a live conversation at 7 p.m. tonight to take questions and comments from students, faculty and staff regarding a full ban of tobacco on campus. The event will be live on Cox cable channel 8 and online.

Kudos/ publications/ presentations

Talent Acquisition receives award for transformative work
Talent Acquisition of Human Capital Services will receive the Midwest Region HR Excellence Award for transformative human resources work in higher education. Accompanying the award is a $1,000 institutional endowment.
Rice named first recipient of the Mary Vanier Endowed Professorship
The Mary L. Vanier University Professorship has its first recipient: Charles W. Rice, university distinguished professor of agronomy.
AGC student chapter experiences unique winter break
The Associated General Contractors of America student chapter in the architectural engineering and construction science department at Kansas State University once again embarked on a service project over winter break.
Read full announcement | From Ray Buyle | February 9, 2016
Architecture students attend national conference
Five Master of Architecture students from the College of Architecture, Planning & Design attended the 2015 American Institute of Architecture Students FORUM conference in San Francisco, California
Entrepreneurship professor Saurav Pathak awarded Academic Excellence grant
Kansas State University assistant professor of entrepreneurship Saurav Pathak has been awarded a K-State Academic Excellence Fund Grant for fall 2016.

Human resources/benefits/training

Evaluating USS Work Performance session to be offered for supervisors Feb. 16
Evaluating USS Work Performance, WTD090, will be offered from 10:45-11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Edwards Hall commons area.
All campus changes to tracking hours for Affordable Care Act for GRA and GTA employees
Effective Feb. 14, GRA and GTA employees will no longer be required to manually track their hours for ACA compliance in HRIS eTime. As a result, supervisors will no longer be required to approve GRA and GTA hours for ACA in HRIS eTime.


Tech Tips Live! 'Adobe Acrobat DC on the iPad' session recording available
The recording for the Feb. 3 Tech Tips Live! session, "Adobe Acrobat DC for the iPad with an Acrobat Pro License," is now available. Ideas on future Tech Tips Live! session topics can be sent to