Thursday, March 5, 2015

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From the vice president for research

RSCAD Momentum
The National Institutes of Health's Big Data to Knowledge Initiative seeks projects that address a challenging biomedical research problem by engaging interactive digital media. Learn about this opportunity and more.

News

iSIS being renamed KSIS
K-State's iSIS system has been renamed to KSIS, K-State Student Information System. There are many tasks involved in renaming, including all of the reports, Web pages, forms and marketing materials, which will take considerable time and effort.
Statement on budget from President Kirk Schulz
The Education Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means issued its recommendations yesterday for FY 16 and FY 17, which included .1 million in cuts for Kansas State University.
Candidate to interview for the College of Arts & Sciences art department head position
Matthew Gaynor will interview tomorrow for the art department head position in the College of Arts & Sciences. He will present in an open session from 2–3 p.m. Friday, March 6, in 202B Willard Hall.

Events

College of Education announces premiere of 'Vale la Pena' documentary
Vale la Pena: Revolutionizing Hearts, Minds, and Communities
The College of Education and its partners announce the premiere of an international documentary based on the Go Teacher program, an award-winning teacher education program for Ecuadorian English teachers.
Meet the Music series March 5 at Beach Museum of Art
The Beach Museum of Art and the music program of the K-State's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance present a free public performance of works by composition students at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 5.
Author Poe Ballantine to read from his work on Friday
Poe Ballantine
Author Poe Ballantine will read from his work at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, in the Little Theatre at the K-State Student Union. The event is free and open to the public. A book-signing will follow the reading.
Mathematics Colloquium Lecture March 5
Henry Segerman, Oklahoma State University, will present "Design of 3-D Printed Mathematical Art" as part of the Mathematics Department Colloquium Lecture series at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in 122 Cardwell Hall.
Documentary screening of 'Every Two Minutes' on March 12
The Center for Advocacy, Response and Education and SafeZone will provide a free screening of the documentary "Every Two Minutes" from 4-5:30 p.m. March 12. The film will discuss the way our society understands rape and sexual violence.
NASA Scientist to give K-State physics lecture on the NuSTAR telescope
Daniel Stern
Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientist Daniel Stern will talk about NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array at a public lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in Town Hall at the Leadership Studies Building.
College of Veterinary Medicine dean candidate finalist to present open forum today
Candidate for dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine David Bristol will present an open forum "Vision for the Future of Academic Veterinary Medicine" from 1-3 p.m. March 5 in Frick Auditorium in Mosier Hall.
Spring Open Forum with President Schulz to be rescheduled
The Faculty Senate of Kansas State University regrets that because of inclement weather President Schulz will not be back in Manhattan in time for the Spring Open Forum scheduled 3:30 p.m. March 5. It will be rescheduled after spring break.
CEEZAD director Jürgen Richt helps organize international conference on West African Ebola virus
A faculty member from Kansas State University is one of four organizers of a national conference to review the status of Ebola viruses and potential vaccines in Washington, D.C., from March 25-29.

Kudos

Programming competition draws strong field of competitors
C.J. Dopheide, junior; Max Erdwien, senior; and Ryan Woodburn, senior, all in computer science, were the first-place team in the K-State Association for Computing Machinery's Spring Programming Contest Feb. 28 in Nichols Hall.
K-State team takes honorable mention honors in Phillips 66 Business Ethics Case Competition
A team of four Kansas State University College of Business Administration students was awarded a 0 cash prize after receiving the honorable mention award at the recent Phillips 66-Enactus Business Ethics Case Competition.
Voice professor Bryan Pinkall featured on new album celebrating Rachmaninoff's classic 'All-Night Vigil'
Bryan Pinkall, award-winning assistant professor of music in the College of Arts & Sciences, will be performing on the soon-to-be released recording of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" with two Grammy-winning ensembles.

Human resources/benefits/training

HealthQuest March Newsletter
In this issue, you'll find information about the Employee Assistance Program, how to save money on prescription medications and how to utilize the Lifestyle Coaches available to all state of Kansas employees.

Technology

K-State Online: One-on-one help sessions now available for Canvas
Canvas Help & Training
One-on-one help sessions are now available for instructors upgrading their courses to K-State Online powered by Canvas. Instructors can schedule an appointment to meet with a Canvas expert to review their course and answer questions.

Campus construction activities

Reminder: Traffic delays expected
The chilled water expansion project will take two years with periodic service/traffic interruptions. In preparation, McCownGordon Construction will need to barricade a few campus roads.
Lover's Lane closure starts Monday, March 9
Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, March 9, Lover's Lane will be closed to routine daily traffic until construction of the new roadway is completed. Vehicle traffic east of Mid-Campus Drive on Lover's Lane will be limited to local traffic only.

Maintenance

Service interruption: Waters Hall steam heating system
The steam heating in the east portion of Waters Hall will be interrupted from 7 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 5, while work to remodel Suite 108 continues.