Thursday, January 29, 2015

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News

Powercat Financial Counseling celebrates five-year anniversary
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Powercat Financial Counseling is celebrating its five-year anniversary of providing free financial education to Kansas State University students. The anniversary celebration will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the K-State Student Union.
Read full announcement | From Jodi Kaus | January 28, 2015
How to make your New Year's resolution last one year, not one month
Only about 8 percent of Americans achieve their goal, according to research from the Journal of Clinical Psychology. But there is still hope — a few simple steps can get you through the year, says a Kansas State University kinesiologist.
Scholarships help Kansas State University students study around the globe
Kansas State University students are studying around the world with help from scholarships awarded by the university's Office of International Programs for the 2014-2015 school year.
K-State Proud: More than a T-shirt
Spending $130,000 would be no problem for most, but it's painstakingly difficult for a small group of K-State students.
Robert Fraley discusses mitigating global challenges in inaugural Henry C. Gardiner lecture
In the next 35 years, farmers will have to produce more food than the world has produced in its history, a challenge some are calling the greatest challenge we've ever faced. However daunting it may seem, Robert Fraley is optimistic.

Events

Graduate student's original play, 'Dunia, an Ex-Muslin Woman's Story,' Jan. 29-31 at Purple Masque Theatre
"Dunia, an Ex-Muslim Woman's Story" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29-31 in Kansas State University's Purple Masque Theatre in East Stadium. Admission is free and a talk back will be conducted after each performance.
Bake Club sale today
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The Bake Club sale is from 3-5 p.m. today on the first floor of Shellenberger Hall and will feature beer bread and cookies.
New Faculty Institute luncheon on Feb. 5
Teaching with Technology will be the theme of the New Faculty Institute luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Sunflower Room at the K-State Student Union. Featured speaker will be Rebecca Gould, director, iTAC.
Explore, indulge in different cultures, languages from native speakers
Every semester, K-State's International Student and Scholar Services sponsors a noncredit class known as the Basic Language Training Program. This semester, the service is offering six languages: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.
Kinesiology department offers free CrossFit group exercise classes
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K-State CrossFit is an official CrossFit affiliate in the kinesiology department. Our staff of highly trained and certified professionals will help you work toward your fitness goals and have fun while doing it.

Kudos

Kansas State University nominates four students for Truman Scholarship
Kansas State University has nominated four students — Ciara Chambers, Derby; Eleanor Dickens, Overland Park; Kenneth "Garrett" Kays, Weir; and Roxanne Bunnell, Lake Station, Indiana — for the 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

Human resources/benefits/training

'Equally Prepared' financial workshop offered Feb. 25
Human Capital Services, in conjunction with TIAA-CREF Financial Services, will present the financial workshop "Equally Prepared" for K-State's LGBT community from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Purple Pride Room at the K-State Alumni Center.

Technology

K-State Online: Course assessment, program assessment training available
Assessment
K-State Online powered by Canvas offers several assessment tools you can use to track and improve student learning in your courses. K-State's Office of Assessment is offering Course Assessment and Program Assessment training.

Newsletters

Office of the Registrar newsletter
The spring 2015 Office of the Registrar newsletter is now available. This newsletter is designed to provide important information and deadlines to faculty and staff.

Survey

Looking for participants for a survey on student perceptions of the large lecture class teaching format
The Coffman Chair for University Distinguished Teaching Scholars at K-State is looking for faculty who are currently teaching large lecture classes and would be willing to help administer an online survey to their students.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer as a teen mentor this spring
Are you an undergrad looking to complete volunteer hours for education, family studies and human services, social work, etc.? Do you enjoy working with middle school and high school students? Then, come sign up with UFM for the Teen Mentoring Program.

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