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Two officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security visited K-State recently to say that the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, is still being planned for Manhattan, and that the greatest attention will be paid to safety and security.

Janet Napolitano"NBAF's mission is to protect U.S. agriculture by developing proactive solutions to diseases threatening the nation's food supply," said Ron Trewyn, K-State's vice president for research. "The latest technology and smartest practices will be used to make this beneficial research possible, and to protect both researchers and the community."

Janet Napolitano, pictured above, visited campus Feb. 10 and toured K-State's Biosecurity Research Institute, or BRI. She said the NBAF project is set to go under the new administration and that some of homeland security's research initiatives could begin at the BRI.

James Johnson, NBAF program manager, was in town Feb. 19-20 to meet with Trewyn and other campus officials and discuss various details of the upcoming construction project. Construction on NBAF is scheduled to begin in fiscal year 2010 and end in 2014.

The NBAF is a high-level research facility dedicated to animal and agricultural health.




Dr. Greg GrauerGregory Grauer presented "Urinalysis: Basics and Beyond"; "Nuts and Bolts of Azotemia"; "Prevention of Acute Kidney Injury and Treatment of Established Acute Renal Failure"; "Staging and Management of Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats"; "What's Up With Proteinuria and Hypertension in Chronic Kidney Disease?"; "Use of NSAIDs in Dogs With Liver and Kidney Disease"; "Complicated and Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections"; "Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease"; and "Urine Leakage and Urine Retention Disorders"; New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association annual meeting, Feb. 21, Florham Park, N.J.

More Noteworthy


On Campus Feb. - March


Feb 27-28
'Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead'
This parody puts the characters of the Peanuts comic strip in their teenage years, where we see them struggling with the things real life throws at them. A haunting and powerful ending. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26-28, Purple Masque Theater, East Stadium. Call 532-6428 for ticket information.

March 4
Jazz concert
K-State's big bands put on a show, 7:30 p.m., Forum Hall, K-State Student Union.

Classified Senate meeting
12:45 p.m., Staterooms 1 and 2, K-State Student Union.

March 5-7
'Die Fledermaus'

This charming musical romp is a hilarious look at the extravagant life of the upper-crust in late 19th century Vienna. Disguises, mistaken identities, royal parties and a practical joke gone awry, make for an evening of great fun. 7:30 p.m., March 5-7, McCain Auditorium. Call 532-6428 for tickets.

March 8
Gaelic Storm

Featured in the blockbuster hit Titanic, Gaelic Storm's dynamic stage show features rousing vocals, wildly energetic dance tunes, haunting Celtic ballads, and infectious madcap humor. This is part of the McCain Performance Series. 7:30 p.m., McCain Auditorium. Call 532-6428 for ticket information.

March 9
'Vegetarian or Carnivore — Wait! There's More!'

A panel discussion guided by K-State senior in dietetics Cathy Benco. The panel will consist of a variety of eaters including carnivores, vegetarians, vegans and lacto-vegetarians. 7 p.m., Little Theater, K-State Student Union.

March 10
Provost's lecture series

John Ruffin will give a presentation from 1:30-3 p.m., Hemisphere Room, Hale Library

March 11
'Visible Sexualities and Invisible Nations: Big Eden, Johnny Greyeyes and The Business of Funnydancing'

Presented by Lisa Tatonetti as part of the English department's Spring Colloquia Series. 4 p.m., Room 206 K-State Student Union.

McCain performance 'Hairspray,' the Tony award-winning musical, is coming to K-State's McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., March 11. This Broadway hit takes you back to 1962 as a teenage girl seeks to dance her way into TV's most popular dance show. For tickets, call 532-6428.

March 12
Jazz concert

K-State's Jazz Combos will perform. 7:30 p.m., Union Station, K-State Student Union.

March 16-20
Spring Break

through March 29
'Little Black Dress on the Red Carpet'

This exhibition contains clothing and accessories from the permanent collection of the Kansas State Historic Costume and Textile Museum located in the department of apparel, textiles and interior design. Celebrity dresses will also be on display. Vanier Gallery, Beach Museum of Art.

Kirk H. Schulz named K-State's next president

Kirk H. Schulz, 45, an outstanding academic leader with experience at land grant universities and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has been selected as the next president of K-State by the Kansas Board of Regents. Read more


Don't worry, be happy

One's happiness might seem like a personal subject, but a K-State researcher says employers should be concerned about the well-being of their employees because it could be the underlying factor to success. Read more



In it for the long haul

Steve "Stevie" Prockish walked into Thornton Edwards' office at the age of 19 to apply as a dishwasher at Kansas State University's Derby Dining Center. Now, 42 years later and at the age of 61, Prockish is still on the job. Read more






Advancement professionals at K-State took home the 2009 Sweepstakes Award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, also known as CASE, at the recent District 6 meeting in Kansas City, Mo.

K-State received 17 individual awards, the most for any school in the division for colleges and universities with enrollments of 7,500 or more students.

The K-State Alumni Association won eight awards, and three awards were presented to each of the following university units: the Kansas State University Foundation, university publications and K-State at Salina. Of the 17 total awards presented to K-State, three were grand gold awards, five were gold, three were silver and six were bronze. The grand gold, which is the best in its class, were for the alumni association's K-Stater magazine for news and feature photography; the foundation's tornado relief e-appeal in the fundraising videos and DVDs category; and university publications' "K-State e-news" in the electronic newsletter or magazine category.

The K-State awards include:

* The K-State Alumni Association, grand gold award in the news/editorial or feature photography category for a K-Stater magazine photo, "Time Saver"; gold award in the alumni event category for the "Wabash CannonBall"; a gold in the excellence in development writing category for the "Annual Fund Appeal to Life Members; a silver award in publications produced on a budget for the "Big 12 Recent Grad E-Solicitation" and a silver award in program mailing for annual fund support for the "Tradition Founders Fund"; a bronze award in the publication created exclusively for electronic distribution category, "Big 12 Recent Grad E-Solicitation," a bronze award in the membership appeal category for the "Upgrade to Life Membership Campaign" and a bronze award for the alumni association's Web site,

* The Kansas State University Foundation, grand gold in the fundraising videos and/or DVDs category for its "K-State Tornado Relief E-Appeal"; a gold award in the fundraising direct mail category for its "Annual Fund Appeal"; and a bronze award in the fundraising brochures/publications category for the "Changing Lives Campaign Impact Report."

* K-State at Salina, gold award in the poster, four or more colors, category, for the "K-State at Salina Aviation Poster"; a bronze award in the series or multiple piece project, four colors, single-page format, category for "K-State at Salina Enrollment Management Package"; and a bronze award in the single print ad category for the K-State at Salina aviation ad in Flying magazine.

* University publications, a grand gold in the electronic newsletter or magazine category for "K-State e-news"; a gold award in the Web site category for the "Consider K-State" site; and a silver award in the student recruitment publication category for "K-State e-news."



ConstructionOn fire

A worker cuts metal for the exterior of K-State's nuclear reactor, the shell of which was damaged in the June 2008 tornado.

Time to update your professional portrait? March 3 and 4 Photo Services is shooting portraits for just $20. E-mail to make your appointment.

Also, check us out on the Web at






K-State's office of photo services has launched a new Web site, allowing units across campus to access professional photos at more affordable prices.
The new site -- -- features up-to-date galleries of people, campus life and events, historical shots of campus and a brand new price list. University photographer David Mayes can also be hired for specific events and photo shoots.

Mayes said his mission is to provide quality images for every department on campus so that not only is the university's look consistent, it's high quality.

"Photo services has always been here to provide excellent images to K-State," he said. "But by using a new Web hosting site we've brought our service into the modern age. Besides offering prints for sale online, we'll also soon be offering digital downloads of images."

The new Web hosting site can be accessed via a link on photo services' Web site.


Sabbatical leaves are being granted to 39 K-State faculty members in the 2009-2010 school year. The purpose and length of each leave varies.

Faculty members being granted sabbatical leave include: David Andrus, professor of marketing; Lynda Andrus, professor of art; David Auckly, professor of mathematics; Glen Brown, professor of art; Amit Chakrabarti, professor of physics; John Crespi, associate professor of agricultural economics; Torry Dickinson, professor of women's studies; Ike Ehie, associate professor of management; Jacqueline Fassler-Kerstetter, associate professor of music; Carolyn Ferguson, associate professor of biology; Sherry Haar, associate professor of apparel, textiles and interior design; John Harrington Jr., professor of geography; Derek Hillard, associate professor of modern languages; James Shawn Hutchinson, associate professor of geography; Stacy Lewis Hutchinson, associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering; Dennis Law, dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design and professor of landscape architecture and regional and community planning; David Littrell, university distinguished professor of music; John Maginnis, associate professor of mathematics; Brent Maner, associate professor of history; Martha Murphy, instructor, Extension nutrition program in Crawford County.

Mark Parillo, associate professor of history; Dunja Peric, associate professor of civil engineering; Anne Phillips, associate professor of English; Louis Pigno, professor and head of the department of mathematics; Om Prakash, professor of biochemistry; Alexander Ramm, professor of mathematics; N. Sanjay Rebello, associate professor of physics; Brett Sandercock, associate professor of biology; Silvia Sauter, professor of modern languages; Dragoslav Simic, associate professor of architecture; Charlene Simser, professor, K-State Libraries; Iakov Soibelman, professor of mathematics; Lloyd Thomas, professor and head of the department of economics; Tracy Margo Turner, associate professor of economics; Virgil Wallentine, professor and head of the department of computing and information sciences; Dennis Weisman, professor of economics; Frank White, professor of plant pathology; Stephen White, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of geography; and Sue Zschoche, associate professor and chair of the department of history.


Five noted French films will be shown at K-State in March as part of the Tournees French Film Festival, sponsored by the French American Cultural Exchange.

Co-sponsors include K-State's French Club, department of modern languages and the Dow Chemical Multicultural Resource Center at Hale Library.

Admission to all of the films is free and all are open to the public. All of the films will be in French but will have English subtitles.

Films to be presented include: "Elle s'appelle Sabine" or "Her Name is Sabine," 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, K-State Student Union's Little Theater; "La Faute a Fidel" or "Blame it on Fidel," 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, 106 Kedzie Hall; "Clean," 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 106 Kedzie Hall; "Persepolis," 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, Union's Forum Hall; and "Lili et le Baobab" or "Lili and the Baobab," 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 106 Kedzie Hall.

For more information on the festival, contact Melissa McCaw at




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• A list of employment opportunities is posted at

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• For additional information, call the office of affirmative action at 785-532-6220 or come by 214 Anderson Hall.