Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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From the administration

Letter from Cheryl Johnson: New director of institutional equity hired
Please join me in welcoming Travis Gill to Kansas State University. Travis will serve as the director of institutional equity effective May 4.
A Letter from A.D. John Currie
Currie provides updates about an active spring sports schedule, men's basketball and the spring football game. He also shares information about President Kirk Schulz's participation in the Big 12's upcoming forum on the state of intercollegiate athletics.


President Schulz participates in Big 12 Forum today
President Schulz is participating today in the Big 12 Conference's third "State of College Athletics" Forum to further examine issues facing college athletics. The forum continues the discussion from the two previous 2014 events.
Faculty Senate accepting applications for the 2015-2018 ombudsperson position
Faculty Senate is accepting applications for the 2015-2018 ombudsperson position.
K-State innovators recognized at K-State Olathe Ingenuity Central
Left to Right: Devin Mangus, Ajay Sharda,  Kirk Schulz, Mei He, Brent Chamberlain, Prema Arasu, Stefan Bossmann, Zheng Zhao,  Jeff Tucker and Kurt Carraway. Not in the photo are Mark Blanks, Deryl Troyer, Annelise Nguyen, Dolores Takemoto and Duy Hua
K-State Olathe recognized 22 corporate partners and the research of 10 K-State innovators at the inaugural launch of Ingenuity Central. It attracted business executives, educators, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and local and state leaders.


Financial planners to offer free advice at university on May 1
Financial planning professionals from around Kansas, including at Kansas State University, will offer pro bono financial advice to students and the community at Financial Planning Day on Friday, May 1.
All-University Awards Ceremony set for Wednesday, May 6
The All-University Awards Ceremony will be from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in the Alumni Center Ballroom.
Join Marcia Chatelain for 'Lessons from the #FergusonSyllabus: Social Justice in the Classroom and Community'
Join Marcia Chatelain from Georgetown University who will speak to students at 4:30 p.m. today in Town Hall at the Leadership Studies Building.
Jones Day law partner to talk about practical ethics
Bill Zawrotny's Picture
Bill Zawrotny, law partner at Jones Day, will present "Practical Ethics" from 2:30-3:45 p.m. April 23 in the Flint Hills Room at the K-State Student Union.
K-State Choral Ensemble to celebrate music of early America, Kansas history
Cover image of Kansas Emigrant Song
The K-State Collegium Singers will mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the U.S. Civil War with a program titled “A Song of Liberty" April 22 in the historical Pioneer-Blachly Halls of First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Reminder: Jefferson Fellow distinguished lecturer Bruce Conn to present seminar
David Bruce Conn, a Jefferson Fellow and dean of the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at Berry College, will present "The Roles of Insects and Molluscs in the Epidemiology of Zoonotic Pathogens in Diverse Ecosystems" at 4 p.m. today.
Copy/Paste/Culture: Plagiarism Education Week at K-State Libraries
Copy/Paste/Culture logo
How can an institution's culture promote integrity? What trends in students' lives influence instances of plagiarism on campus? Learn the answers to these questions and more at a series of free, 45-minute webinars April 20-23 at K-State Libraries.
Kansas: Operation Military Kids military culture training
Kansas: Operation Military Kids will host a military culture briefing from 3-5 p.m. April 21 in 166 Justin Hall. Topics will include how to work with military youth, military culture and upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Preparing College Students for Success in the Professional World
Join us for a panel discussion with individuals who have successfully navigated an extreme professional environment from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Friday, May 1, in Town Hall at the Leadership Studies Building.


Chem-E-Car takes first in regional competition
The K-State Chem-E-Car student design team took first place in the Chem-E-Car competition at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Mid-America Student Regional Conference April 4 in Lawrence.
University team places in international architectural, engineering competition
Kansas State University continued its winning ways in an annual international architectural and engineering competition by finishing as the runner-up in the event's structural design category.
Kyle Hooker named K-State Student Employee of the Year
In the award's inaugural year, Kyle Hooker, assistant manager of the K-State Horse Unit, was named K-State Student Employee of the Year.

Publications and presentations

K-State political science faculty, students present at national conference
K-State political science faculty members and students were active at the 73rd annual Midwest Political Science Association conference from April 16-19 in Chicago, Illinois.

Policy/procedure updates

Bereavement leave policy change for university support staff
Kansas State University has recently made a change in the bereavement leave policy for university support staff employees.