Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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From the president

November letter from President Kirk Schulz: Overcoming challenges in higher education
President Kirk Schulz
President Kirk Schulz addresses two significant challenges facing K-State over the next year: continuing to build an inclusive environment at K-State and preparing for concealed carry of guns on our campuses.

From the administration

Reminder: Open forums for interim vice president for research candidates
The two finalists for the interim vice president for research, Peter Dorhout and Mary Rezac, will present open forums. Dorhout will present from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Rezac will present from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.
Reminder: Call for proposals for December round of Academic Excellence funding
The funding decisions for the Dec. 15 submission deadline will be announced around Jan. 22, 2016, and should not include requests for monies needed before Feb. 1, 2016.
K-State rolls out Engagement Benchmarking Tool
The Office of the Provost and the Center for Engagement and Community Development are launching an Engagement Benchmarking Tool in December. The survey will be emailed to faculty, on-campus extension specialists and selected unclassified staff.
Nominations open Dec. 1 for K-State Excellence in Engagement awards
Nominations for K-State Excellence in Engagement awards open on Dec. 1, 2015. The deadline for applications and submission of materials is Feb. 1, 2016. An announcement of two awards will be made approximately Feb. 15, 2016.
Read full announcement | From Kylie Rupe | November 30, 2015
K-State achieves record graduation rate
K-State achieved a record six-year graduation rate in 2015.

From the vice president for research

Fall 2015 Faculty Development Awards and University Small Research Grants announced
Travel support for attendance at international meetings and seed grant funds prepare faculty to compete for external funding.


Call, Umberger, Dykstra halls without power
Electricity is out for Call, Umberger and Dykstra halls. Students with classes in those buildings should contact their professors or instructors to see if the class will be in session. The Manhattan campus is open.
Phi Beta Kappa members invited to take group photo Dec. 3
All K-State faculty, staff and student members of Phi Beta Kappa are invited to take a group photo at noon on Thursday, Dec. 3, on the front steps of Anderson Hall as part of a national week of celebration recognizing the society’s 239th anniversary.
First responder training at Biosecurity Research Institute
Staff at the Biosecurity Research Institute in Pat Roberts Hall will conduct drills with the Manhattan Fire Department, Riley County EMS and Via Christie Hospital Dec. 1-3. This is a test of the medical emergency action plan and not a real emergency.
Two weeks left to submit your creative work
Just two weeks remain to submit to K-State's literary magazine, Touchstone. We accept poems, fiction, nonfiction and art from undergraduate and graduate students for publication in the 2016 edition of the magazine.
Reminder: Proposals for the K-State Open/Alternative Textbook Fund due Dec. 1
Awards from $2,000-$5,000 will be given to K-State faculty who develop or adopt an open or alternative textbook for their course. Materials must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.
The International Year of Soils: Soils and Climate
Because soil is a main player in the global carbon cycle, "Soils and Climate" is a fitting November theme for the 2015 International Year of Soils, which involves a coordinated effort to educate the public about the importance of soil.


Geography faculty candidate to present on water management in Kenya
Erick Ananga, doctoral candidate from the University of South Florida, will give a public lecture at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, in Town Hall of the Leadership Studies Building.
Grammy winner Aaron Neville brings iconic sound to McCain Auditorium for the holiday season
Aaron Neville, the Grammy winner and soul singer, will bring present a holiday show at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9.
K-State Online: Canvas walk-in help sessions available this week, Nov. 30-Dec. 4
Upgrade to Canvas
Do you have questions about your Canvas courses? We have your answers. Bring your laptop and come to the Canvas Walk-In Help Sessions this week, Nov. 30-Dec. 4 in the K-State Student Union. Walk-in help sessions will be offered each day.
President's annual Holiday Reception
Holiday Reception
President Kirk and Noel Schulz cordially invite you to a Holiday Reception for all faculty and staff from noon to 1 p.m. or 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at the president's home, 100 Wilson Court. Punch and cookies will be served.
Grading in KSIS training available Dec. 1-2
Grading in KSIS training is now available for faculty and staff who are involved in submitting grades at the end of the fall 2015 term. Sessions will be Dec. 1-2 in 9 Fairchild Hal.
Call for graduate student abstracts: 2016 K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery Forum
The Graduate Student Council invites all K-State graduate students to participate in the 2016 K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery, or GRAD, Forum on March 30, 2016.
Expert panel answers questions about climate change on Dec. 2
On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the entomology department will hold an ask-the-experts panel on climate change from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the K-State Student Union Cottonwood Room. The panel will consist of K-State faculty experts from a variety of disciplines.

Kudos/ publications/ presentations

Noel Schulz named 2016 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fellow
Noel Schulz, associate dean for engineering research and graduate programs at Kansas State University, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, fellow.

New hires/exits

Research director joins Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center as its first hire
Agricultural engineer John Lawrence has joined the Kansas State University Bulk Solids Center as its first research director. Lawrence was selected for the position following an international search.


K-State United Way: Make a difference
K-State United Way dollars
Every gift makes a difference, and real change can't happen without you. United Way makes sure the programs it supports are run by agencies that are fiscally responsible and serving the greatest need in each area without duplicating services.