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Ted Cable, professor of horticulture, forestry and recreation resources, and the late Elfrieda Nafziger have been named K-State's most outstanding international educators.

The International Educator Award was established by the provost's office and recognizes individuals who have contributed to advancing international education at K-State.

Cable, who specializes in natural resource management, has been intensely involved in educational outreach in Africa, Latin America and key parts of Europe. He led the first K-State study tours to Africa and has been directly involved in bringing international students and faculty to K-State.

Nafziger was a longtime employee of the office of international programs. The daughter of Ukrainian emigres, she spent years educating a variety of students, including high school students in Canada and graduate students learning English in Finland. Nafziger was one of the founders of World Friendship, a non-religious organization established for American and international women of Manhattan.

During her years in the office of international programs Nafziger helped to establish numerous study abroad and other international programs and assisted many of Cable's efforts.

Nafziger's husband, E. Wayne Nafziger, a university distinguished professor of economics, and their two sons, Brian and Kevin, accepted the award during a ceremony Nov. 21.




Richard Harris"The effect of the amount of blood in a violent video game on aggression, hostility, and arousal," by K-State psychology professor Richard Harris and students, is ranked No. 2 in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology's hottest downloads.

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On Campus - Dec. - Jan.


Dec. 12
Fall 2008 commencement ceremonies begin. Graduate School, 1 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum; and K-State at Salina, 7 p.m., Kansas Highway Patrol Training Center Auditorium, 2025 E. Iron Ave., Salina.

Hale Library Concert Series
K-State Faculty Brass Quintet with William Wingfield, Piano. 7:30 p.m., Hemisphere Room, Hale Library.

Dec. 13
Fall 2008 commencement ceremonies conclude. College of Arts and Sciences, 9 a.m., Bramlage Coliseum; College of Human Ecology, 9 a.m., McCain Auditorium; College of Education, 10:30 a.m., Bramlage Coliseum; College of Business Administration, Noon, Bramlage Coliseum; College of Agriculture, 1:30 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum; and College of Engineering, 3 p.m., Bramlage Coliseum.

Dec. 15-19
Final exams

Dec. 25-26
University holiday

Jan. 1
University holiday

K-State the preferred site for NBAF

Kansas State University's solid reputation as a leader in animal health and food safety research is stronger than ever with the announcement of K-State as the preferred site for the relocation of a federal animal health laboratory. Read more



She's got spirit

Although Danni Ruoff has only been at Kansas State University for a few months, she says she is already starting to feel at home. Ruoff took the job as head coach of K-State's cheerleading squad this summer. She has 14 years of collegiate cheerleading coaching experience. Read more





Joe Aistrup, the head of K-State's department of political science, will become interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in January 2009.

Aistrup's new responsibilities will include curriculum planning and development; budget planning; working with the dean on reappointment and evaluation of department heads; working on the college's fundraising efforts; enrollment management; and several other areas.

Aistrup joined K-State in 2002 after serving as professor of political science and director of Fort Hays State University's Docking Institute of Public Affairs. He earned a bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University, a master's from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a doctorate from Indiana University.

Aistrup replaces Larry Rodgers, who left K-State to become dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University.


Susan D. S. Watt, health professions adviser at K-State, has received the Robert S. Krause Alpha Tau Omega Outstanding Campus Leader Award from the K-State chapter of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

A resident of Wamego, Watt has been health professions adviser at K-State since 1996, helping more than 450 students interested in preparing for careers in medicine, health information management and respiratory care, as well as some life science majors.

The annual award honors Krause, the longtime K-State vice president for institutional advancement who now is the university's athletics director. Krause also served as the Alpha Tau Omega chapter's faculty adviser for 12 years.

The K-State Alpha Tau Omega Students' Aid Endowment Fund presented the award, a plaque and $1,000 cash to the charity of Watt's choice.

Watt received a bachelor's and a master's from K-State and has been an instructor of nutrition and a graduate teaching and research assistant at the university.



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Dec. 25, 26 and Jan. 1 are all paid state holidays.





Record Number of new donors during the 2008 All-University Campaign

K-State staff and faculty once again demonstrated their level of dedication to the university by donating to the Unity and Pride Campaign, the 2008 All-University Campaign for K-State.

"I was very pleased with the participation we achieved particularly in light of the current economic situation," said Gary Pierzynski, campaign co-chair and head of K-State's department of agronomy. "The importance of private giving to K-State will only continue to increase."

Of the 1,663 employees who gave, more than 230 were first-time donors.

The faculty and staff campaign began as part of the historic Changing Lives Campaign, a private fundraising effort that exceeded its $500 million goal last spring. Now in its third year, employee participation has doubled since the inaugural 2006 campaign.

"I think this campaign will remain a priority for me, and hopefully the rest of our faculty and staff, because it's a way to get involved in K-State," said Barbara Nagel, campaign co-chair and a public service administrator in the registrar's office. "You can give to the area that is really important to you -- you really have ownership. It sends a strong statement about the commitment of our employees to K-State."

Unity and Pride Campaign co-chairs attribute the success of this year's campaign to the group of 100 campus volunteers who helped coordinate the campaign.

"I am proudest of the work of the committee members," Pierzynski said. "They gave their time and energy to this project and did an outstanding job. The campaign would not have been as successful without the efforts of the committee."

The fundraising campaign was spearheaded by Pierzynski and Nagel, as well as Betsy Cauble, head of the department of sociology, anthropology and social work, and Cyreathia (Sam) Reyer, public service administrator in the department of horticulture, forestry and recreation.

For more information about the campaign, go to





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