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Two faculty members have received national awards from the University Continuing Education Association.

Virginia Moxley, professor and dean of K-State's College of Human Ecology, received the 2008 Faculty Service Award, while Ann Murray, associate professor of family studies and human services, was given the 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award. The awards were presented at the University Continuing Education Association's 93rd annual conference March 26-29 in New Orleans.

Among her many accomplishments, Moxley is a founding member of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, an alliance among 11 universities that sponsors inter-institutional graduate programs, shares distance education programming and develops model distance education policies and practices.

Murray teaches assessment of young children and infant behavior and development, both online courses. She was an early adopter of distance learning technologies on campus and was one of the first professors to use K-State's course management system, K-State Online, in teaching courses to on-campus and distance students.

In addition to the faculty awards, K-State received two national marketing and publication awards from the University Continuing Education Association for print materials produced by the K-State Division of Continuing Education.




Emma Betz, modern languages, and colleague published "Remembering Relevant Information and Withholding Relevant Next Actions: The German Token 'achja,'" Research on Language and Social Interaction, Vol. 41, No. 1, January 2008.

More Noteworthy


On Campus March -April


March 27
Civic discourse lecture

"Democracy Without Citizens?" by David Matthews, president of the Kettering Foundation, is part of the Lecture Series on Civic Discourse for the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy. 3:30 p.m., K-State Alumni Center.

March 28
Amazon to Galapagos
"Land Use Dynamics and Drivers of Change along the Equator: Examples from the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galapagos Islands" is the Geography Public Seminar by Stephen Walsh, professor of geography at the University of North Carolina. 3:30 p.m., Little Theater, K-State Student Union.

March 31
Operatic pointers
World-class Wagnerian soprano Jane Eaglen leads a guest master class. The public is invited free of charge. 7 p.m., 204 McCain Auditorium.

L.T. Fan Lecture
"Novel Fluid-Particle Interaction Mechanisms in Dispersions" is the topic of Darsh T. Wasan, Motorola Chair and professor in chemical engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. 10:30 a.m., Fiedler Auditorium, Durland Hall.

April 3
Opportunity knocks

"Entrepreneurial Leadership: Seize the Opportunity!" The 2008 K-State Leadership Seminar borrows successful strategies to add value to the workplace and an employee's personal and professional life. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., K-State Student Union.

April 4
Visiting writer
Creative non-fiction writer Allison Wallace, author of "A Keeper of Bees," will read from her work. 3:30 p.m., Little Theater, K-State Student Union.

Spring Dance
Students in the K-State dance program present jazz, ballet and modern dance pieces. 7:30 p.m. April 4-5, McCain Auditorium. Tickets at 532-6428.

Daxun ZhangMcCain performance
Daxun Zhang, double bassist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 4, in McCain Auditorium. The Washington Post wrote that "If the bass is finally to produce a headliner, the instrument can have no better champion than Zhang." Ticket information at 532-6428.

April 8
The Afghanistan mission
Presented by participants from various colleges as a Vernon
Larson Lecture. 6 p.m. Holiday Inn. Make reservations at 532-5990.

Home team goes to bat for NBAF

State leaders from both sides of the aisle joined Kansas' congressional delegation in February to support the state's bid for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility. Read more


Beef cattle and E. coli

Despite millions of dollars spent on food safety research over the last 10 years, ground beef recalls due to E. coli O157:H7 were higher in 2007 than in 2006. Dan Thomson, an associate professor of clinical sciences, is working to change that. Read more



No stranger to heavy lifting

When Thomas A. Wright was told he was "pretty strong for an old guy," he saw it as a backhanded compliment. And a challenge. "I want to see just how strong of an old guy I really am," Wright said. Read more





Wendy BlankWendy Blank, pictured at left, has received the Ally of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. The award is given in recognition of Kansans who work to address sexual violence and domestic violence on their own time.

Blank is the Women's Clinic Director at Lafene Health Center.

"Addressing the needs of victims of sexual and domestic violence takes all of us, including members of the medical community throughout our state," said Judy Davis, executive director of the Crisis Center Inc., who nominated Blank.

The Crisis Center is one of the coalition's 30 member programs across Kansas. Davis described Blank as a "tenacious and effective ally for women" in Manhattan whose determination and leadership were essential to the city's developing a sexual assault nurse examiner/sexual assault response team program.

Blank also has contributed to the Crisis Center's volunteer training and provided leadership in the community's efforts to address and end sexual and domestic violence against women, Davis said.


The behind-the-scenes work of K-State's many information technology employees recently enjoyed the spotlight during the Information Technology Awards and Recognition Reception.

The event was dedicated to Brad Harwell, senior application services administrator in the office of mediated education, who died recently after battling a genetic liver disorder.

This years winners:

IT Innovator: Chris Casey, computing and telecommunications services. Spirit of IT: Laurie Amrine, information systems office. Customer service: Ben Ward, office of mediated education. IT Gold: John Letourneau, information systems office.

Meritorious achievement: Eddie Gadson, computing and telecommunications services; Beth Alloway, Josh McCune and Cathy Rodriguez, all of the information technology assistance center; Dylan Zehr, office of mediated education; K-State TV, a project of the educational communications center (Susan Jagerson, Jim Mock, Robert Nelson, Traci Taylor, Tyler Traxson and Doug VonFeldt); Gamage Dissanayake, Karen Lynn and Gary Kepka, all of K-State Research and Extension.

Team Gold went to the Person Database 1.0 project: Project manager: Loren Wilson, office of mediated education. Team members: Vance Baker and John Letourneau, information systems office; and Matthew Baxa, Rob Caffey, Angela Chauncey, Mark Grinter, Teresa Hammett, Brad Harwell, Dusty Herrman, Priyatham Porika, Bryan Rall, Daniel Rucker, Jeremiah Shirk, Sunil Varghese, Lloyd Walker and Dylan Zehr, all of the office of mediated education.

Don Hogg IT Lifetime Achievement Award: Fred Damkroger, former director of computing and telecommunications services.



UFM marks 40 years of community links

UFM Community Learning Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary during 2008.

UFM, originally known as University for Man, was created in 1967 by a group of faculty and students who wanted to build a bridge between the campus and Manhattan. The first class brochure was published in January 1968: Seven classes, with 150 people participating. Last year, UFM coordinated 1,097 classes along with several community service programs, and 16,739 people participated.

UFM has served as an incubator for many local programs through the years. UFM was involved in helping establish at least 19 community programs and services. The most notable programs that continue to operate include People's Grocery, downtown farmers market, Manhattan Community Gardens and the Crisis Center Inc.






Kristine A.Young has been appointed interim associate provost for international programs effective immediately.

The provost's office will begin a national search to fill the regular appointment. "In the meantime, I know you will join me in congratulating Dr. Young on her interim appointment," said Duane Nellis, provost and senior vice president.


Afghan meetingLori Goetsch, dean of libraries, and Lt. Col. Michael Landers, commander of the Directorate of Cultural Influence and Counterinsurgency at Fort Riley, met with members of the Afghan National Army Feb. 28 in Hale Library. The Afghan partnership reception was a part of cultural training to enable the soldiers to work more effectively with their American counterparts in Afghanistan.

The informal event also helped library faculty add to their skills in working with the increasingly international population on campus.




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