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Six K-State faculty members are receiving a 2009 Presidential Award for their compassion, dedication and creativity as teachers, advisers or administrators.

Receiving the Presidential Awards for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence are Joseph Arata, assistant professor of agricultural economics; Leslie Hannah, assistant professor of English at K-State at Salina; Hyun Seung Jin, associate professor of journalism and mass communications; and Timothy Rarick, a graduate teaching assistant in family studies and human services.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising is going to Charles Martin, associate professor of geography and William Meredith, director of the School of Family Studies and Human Services, will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Department Head.

The awards, which include a $2,500 honorarium and plaque, are sponsored by the K-State president's office and Curtin Property Co., a real estate development firm with offices in Manhattan and Kansas City. The awards are coordinated by the Kansas State University Foundation.

"The Presidential Awards acknowledge that the creativity, dedication and excellence of its faculty members are what make a university great," said Jon Wefald, K-State president. "We appreciate that Chris Curtin and the Curtin Property Company continue to help K-State reward such efforts."




Bob LarsonRobert Larson presented "Selection and Evaluation of Beef Heifers"; "Nutritional Development of Beef Heifers"; "Case Studies: Heifer Development and Reproduction Failures"; "Bovine Reproductive Disease (Abortion): Neosporosis, Leptospirosis, and BVD"; "Bovine Reproductive Disease (Infertility): Trichomoniasis and Vibriosis"; and "Biosecurity to Control Reproductive Disease"; American Board of Vet Practitioners, April 17, Austin, Texas.

More Noteworthy


On Campus April - May


April 24
The Little Apple Film Festival will take place at 8 p.m. in the K-State Student Union's Forum Hall. Student produced films will be shown and admission is free.

Diavolo, a display of extreme athleticism and movement, will take the stage at 7:30 Friday, April 24, at McCain Auditorium. Call 532-6428 for tickets.

April 29-May 2
"The Cherry Orchard" tells the story of an aristocratic family that is overcome by debt and is forced to give up their estate and its historic, beautiful cherry orchard. The lives of all the characters are transformed as an impending revolution arrives on their doorstep. 7:30 p.m., Nichols Theatre. Call 532-6428 for ticket information.

April 26
K-State's Symphony Band will perform at 3 p.m. in McCain Auditorium.

April 27
Landon lecture
Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the U.S. Central Command. will speak at 3:30 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.

Music recital
K-State's Student Brass Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. in All Faiths Chapel.

A 'class' act

Nearly 300 classified employees were recognized recently for their dedication to K-State. Read more


Engineering the possibilities

Vikas Berry, assistant professor of chemical engineering, is leading research combining biological materials with graphene, a recently developed carbon material that is only a single atom thick. Read more



From scissors to semis

Each year K-State invites the public to campus to see what university life is like at the All-University Open House. While various groups across campus are planning interactive displays for open house, Loleta Sump starts counting yard-sign stakes, lining up helium tanks and making sure there are enough tables and chairs to accommodate each and every group involved. Read more






Chuck Rice, professor of agronomy, received the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award from the plant and soil sciences department at the University of Kentucky. Rice holds a master's in soil science and a Ph.D. in soil microbiology, both from the University of Kentucky.

He accepted the award during the week of March 30 to April 3, and made a presentation to the department's faculty and students, "Climate Change and Agriculture."


The head of K-State's department of apparel, textiles and interior design has been elected an officer of an international association.

Jana HawleyJana Hawley will begin her term as president-elect of the International Textile and Apparel Association Sept. 1 and will assume the presidency in September 2010. Hawley has previously served as vice president of operations for the association.

The organization is a professional, educational association of scholars, educators and students in the textile, apparel and merchandising disciplines in higher education.

Hawley joined K-State in 2007 and has been serving as head of the department of apparel, textiles and interior design. She holds a bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University, a master's degree in clothing and textiles from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in environmental sciences with an emphasis on textile and apparel management.



Workers pour concreteBird's eye view

Workers pour concrete for the new parking garage south of the K-State Student Union.

For creative professional images contact university photographer David Mayes at 785-532-6304 or






K-State began using the new federal income tax withholding tables for the pay period beginning Feb. 22 for the pay check dated March 20.

The new withholding tables may reduce the amount of income tax withheld from your wages. The new tax tables, prescribed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, reflect the Making Work Pay credit and other changes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

If you do not want to have your federal withholding reduced, you may want to submit a new Form W-4 using HRIS Employee Self Service. You may claim fewer withholding allowances or request additional amounts to be withheld.

For additional help, see IRS Publication 919, "How Do I Adjust My Tax Withholding?" or visit the IRS Web site and use the "Withholding Calculator."

State income tax withholding will not change.


K-State's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will host a drama in history workshop and a theatrical production about the role of women in war Thursday, April 30. The events are in conjunction with the museum's exhibition "The American Soldier: A Photographic Tribute," on display through May 31.

Actress and historian Pippa White, of One's Company!, will lead the day's events.

White will teach the "Mining the Gold in History Books" workshop from 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is for adults who are thinking about writing and who are interested in first-person narratives.The workshop is free but reservations are requested by calling 532-7718.

White will then give a theatrical performance, "Women and War," at 7 p.m. The performance was created specifically for the Beach Museum of Art and focuses on the role women have played in American wars. Characters to be played by White include Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton and Louisa May Alcott. The performance is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.

For more information, call the Beach Museum of Art at 785-532-7718 or drop by the museum on the southeast corner of the K-State campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Admission is free, and complimentary visitor parking is available next to the facility. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays.


K-State's Rabies Laboratory has a new home in the Manhattan/K-State Innovation Center at the K-State Research Park.

The laboratory was formerly in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine and had been a part of the college for more than 80 years.

The lab provides rabies diagnoses on suspect animals for Kansas and Nebraska and tests to measure antibodies to rabies in both humans and animals. The laboratory is one of the highest-volume rabies serology centers in the world and handles more than 55,000 samples annually.

The laboratory, which routinely works with import/export authorities throughout the world, meets quality monitoring standards of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments and numerous state departments of health. Because of the quality of its practices, the laboratory is a leader in its collaboration with commercial partners toward the development and clinical trials of new vaccines, immune globulins and monoclonal antibody products for the prevention of rabies in humans and animals.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday, April 17.




• A recording of classified job opportunities is available 24 hours a day on the Employment Information Line, 785-532-6271.

• A list of employment opportunities is posted at

• For additional information, call 785-532-6277 or come to the Division of Human Resources in 103 Edwards Hall. Applications are accepted 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays.


• A complete listing of vacancies can be seen at

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