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K-State Today

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

K-State Today is a daily email providing faculty and staff a single source of timely K-State announcements.


A sign of spring in the Kansas State University Gardens.

From the administration

Office of the Provost and CECD announce engagement incentive grants
The Office of the Provost and CECD announce the Engagement Incentive Grant program. The Engagement Incentive Grants are seed grants designed to assist faculty, KSRE specialists and agents to become more fully engaged in teaching, research and outreach.
A letter from AD John Currie
John Currie, director of athletics, has accepted the position of vice chancellor and director of athletics at the University of Tennessee.

News and research

College of Arts and Sciences associate dean for research candidate interview
The College of Arts and Sciences has confirmed the dates and times for interviews of associate dean for research candidate Carolyn Ferguson. The interview schedule and Ferguson's application materials can be viewed on the college's website.
Computer science team awarded grant to aid in innovative medical care for the military
Computer scientists at Kansas State University are partnering with Adventium Labs in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to develop tools for modeling and evaluating the safety and security of a new breed of app-based medical systems.
K-State, KU investigators receive $300,000 NIFA grant to study radar sensing to help gather plant trait data
Collaboration between investigators from agronomy, mathematics and engineering highlights advantages of an interdisciplinary approach.

Shared governance

University Support Staff Senate elections
University Support Staff Senate elections will take place electronically March 1-15 for the College of Education, Hale Library and Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus.


Journey to the land between the sun and moon in Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'
A prince, a damsel in distress, an evil queen and an enchanted flute make for much to sing about in Mozart's classic opera "The Magic Flute," to be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 9-11 and 2:30 p.m. March 12 in Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium.
Sixth annual disco party to support Kansas State University cancer research April 7
Tickets are available now for the sixth annual Pink and Purple Polyester Party, which benefits Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center.
K-State documentary tells the story of Kansas Ag pilots
Slow & Low logo
Tom Hallaq, producer/director and assistant professor, announces the premiere of the documentary, "Slow & Low: The Story of the Kansas Ag. Pilot." The documentary will premiere at 3 p.m. today in Hale Library's Hemisphere Room.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar tomorrow in 1139 Engineering Hall
Baek-Young Choi, associate professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, will present "On Direct Communication Methods for IoT Applications" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in 1139 Engineering Hall.
Keane to present Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Lecture
The Graduate School will recognize Timothy Keane, professor of landscape architecture, as the 2016-17 Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award recipient. Keane's lecture to the K-State community will be at 2 p.m. March 7 in the Union.
Workshop today: Break your news bubble by critically evaluating the media
Want to break out of your news bubble but don't know where to turn? Join us at 2:30 p.m. today in 407 Hale Library for a hands-on evaluation of your current media diet. You'll come away with a new menu for well-balanced media consumption.
Hot chocolate fundraiser today in Bosco Student Plaza
The Pre-Health Ambassadors are selling hot chocolate for $1 from 9 a.m. to noon today to raise money for a scholarship.
Zakrajsek to speak to faculty and students about learning in harmony with the brain
Todd Zakrajsek, director of the Teaching and Learning Center at the University of North Carolina Medical School, will be at K-State Monday, March 6, to share his research on teaching and learning in two sessions.
Thesis and dissertation walk-in help Wednesdays in Hale Library
Master's and doctoral students who need formatting help with theses and dissertations can attend Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports weekly walk-in help clinics at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays through April 12 in 301A Hale Library.
March 17: 'Tapping Social Media Data with NCapture and NVivo 11 Plus' training
"Tapping Social Media Data with NCapture and NVivo 11 Plus" will be offered from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, in 401B Hale Library.
Celebrate the march toward critical thinking
Social media graphic
Celebrate upcoming events this month promoting critical thinking at K-State with the hashtag #MarchTowardCriticalThinking.
Attend the 2017 Hospitality Summit March 14-15
The hospitality management department is hosting the first Hospitality Summit at the K-State Alumni Center for students interested in a career in hospitality. Learn how to get your foot in the door and then meet hospitality employers at the career fair.
K-State students, faculty to be panelists at AAUW's International Women's Day celebration
American Association of University Women, or AAUW, will host a public forum featuring a panel of local international women in recognition of International Women's Day at 7 p.m. March 8 in the Landon Room of the Holiday Inn at the Campus.
Registration now open for 29th annual Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture
The 29th annual Kansas State University Conference on Applied Statistics in Agriculture will be April 23-25 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center in Manhattan. Save up to $120 when you register by March 31.

Kudos, publications and presentations

Cooper presented with Certificate of Merit at state music teacher's convention
Cooper at the state music teacher's convention
Cora Cooper's work with violin music by women composers honored by the Kansas chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

Human resources, benefits and training

Total compensation summary for 2016
The 2016 total compensation summary is now available for all benefit-eligible employees and may be accessed through Employee Self Service or HRIS.
America Saves Week: Make an appointment to discuss your future
Did you know that Kansas State University has two primary providers that offer free face-to-face advising appointments to assist employees in planning for their future? You do not have to have a current retirement account to register for a session.
A reflection of the continuous improvement to the hiring process
It has been approximately one year since Human Capital Services' Talent Acquisition team automated the redesigned and streamlined hiring process and this is an opportunity to reflect on the team's progress.

Volunteer opportunities

Global Campus seeks participants for website usability study
Kansas State University Global Campus will conduct a usability study to evaluate the effectiveness of the Global Campus website for our students.