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The Kansas Board of Regents has selected 18 people to guide the search for the next K-State president.

The search committee, drawn from faculty, students, administration, staff, alumni/foundation, the Manhattan community and the regents, will be led by Nelson Galle, former regent, pictured above.

"I look forward to working with this talented and dedicated group in the coming months," Galle said.

The committee will work with a still-to-be-determined search firm to identify three to five candidates to replace Jon Wefald, who will retire after the 2008-2009 academic year.

"This search represents an exciting opportunity for the university and the state as a whole," said Donna Shank, chair of the regents. "The board is fortunate to have such a qualified group of individuals involved, and I certainly look forward to receiving the committee's ultimate recommendations."

The six search committee members representing faculty, staff, and administration are Fred Fairchild, president of faculty senate and professor of grain science and industry; Mohammad Hosni, head of the department of mechanical and nuclear engineering; Chris Sorensen, University Distinguished Professor of physics; Kathy Greene, who directs educational and personal development as well as education support services and the McNair Scholars Program; Virginia Moxley, dean of the College of Human Ecology; and Jennyfer Owensby, president of classified senate.

Representing students are Careem Gladney, Jonathan McLelland and Lydia Peele.

Representing alumni/foundation are Lee Harris of Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Services; Lee Borck of Innovative Livestock Service; Jackie Hartman, professor of management at Colorado State University; and Randall Rathbun of Depew, Gillen, Rathbun & McInteer.
Representing the Manhattan community are Dennis Mullin of Steel & Pipe Co. and Jan Marks of Varney & Associates.

Representing the board of regents are Jarold Boettcher, regent; and Reginald L. Robinson, the board's president and CEO.

Additional search details can be found at the following link: http://www.kansasregents.




Michael BabcockMichael W. Babcock and colleagues published "Determinants of Motor Vehicle Fatalities: A Kansas Case Study" in the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, Vol. 47, No. 1, Spring 2008.

More Noteworthy


On Campus - July


July 13-16
Leadership and Auxillary
Band Camp
Students grades 9 through 12 participate in drum major, leadership, percussion, color guard and dance activities. At McCain Auditorium. For more information, call 785-532-3816

July 14-16
Computer Camp
K-State at Salina's Virtual World Computer Camp. 7:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Salina campus. Kids age 12-14 will design a 3-D virtual world, learn computer programming through fun games, discover the basics of computer animation, and more. For more information, call 785-826-2917.

The road to recovery

Ask Ed Heptig, director of facilities maintenance, what his No. 1 priority is for undoing the damage of the June 11 tornado and he has a simple answer: "To have everything ready by the time school starts." Read more


Mosquitoes on demand

After nearly half a million dollars in renovations, a new insectary in Burt Hall is up and running. Kristin Michel and Rollie Clem, researchers with the Division of Biology, led the project. Read more



Qualified for barbecue

Marty Hartford is never at a loss for work. Hartford and her lab give new life to Hale's veteran volumes. Read more





In a move to gain more efficiency within the internal reporting structure, Pat Bosco has been named vice president for student life and dean of students.

The announcement, from President Jon Wefald and Bob Krause, vice president for institutional advancement and director of intercollegiate athletics, recognizes Bosco's long history of service.

From his days as student body president more than 30 years ago, Bosco has had a positive impact on K-State, Wefald said.

"K-State has long had a tradition of ‘putting students first' and Pat Bosco has been the lead person in developing many of the programs, activities and administrative areas which support this tradition," Wefald said. "I am confident he will continue to further develop the importance of our student life programs on and off campus."

"Pat has done an outstanding job as associate vice president for institutional advancement and dean of student life over these past 22 years," Krause said. "This change in title consolidates all the student life programs under Pat, who will report to the president through my office."

In April, Krause assumed additional responsibilities for administering intercollegiate athletics at K-State. This change is one of the ways K-State is maximizing efficiency in institutional advancement.

"This move consolidates all of the student life programs into one unit which, among other things, will facilitate planning for the transition of career and employment services and counseling services to Memorial Stadium," Wefald said.

"It also streamlines the direct reporting relationships to Bob Krause, which will allow him to better focus his time on institutional priorities and coordinate the various activities of the Alumni Association, the Kansas State University Foundation, athletics, student life and various external university constituencies."


Even as other schools face difficulty filling their allotments of Army ROTC scholarships, Kansas State University has more than doubled its number of incoming freshmen who will attend on full four-year grants.

For the fall 2008 cadet class of 55 to 60 freshmen, 41 won such scholarships, up from K-State's original allotment of 18, according to Lt. Col. George Belin, head of K-State's department of military science.

The jump is only partly due to increased availability. Nationally, Army Cadet Command has vowed to graduate 25 percent more second lieutenants.

"Almost any school could have given away a boatload of scholarships," said Maj. Jim Porter, scholarship and enrollment officer for K-State's Army ROTC program. "What's key to our success is what K-State can add to the scholarship."

That includes the university's welcoming atmosphere, the proximity and involvement of Fort Riley, and the program's history of academic and professional success, Porter said.

The gain should bring in more than $2.4 million over four years, which will cover cadets' tuition, housing and other expenses, according to Art DeGroat, director of military affairs at K-State.




Sociology journal on the rise

"Gender & Society," published by the department of sociology, anthropology and social work, ranks second among women's studies journals and 12th among sociology journals, according to ISI, an international organization that tracks journal citations.

The journal's "impact factor" for 2007 was 1.4, an increase of 42 percent over 2006, according to Dana M. Britton, a professor of sociology who edits "Gender & Society."






Peter Paukstelis, a Manhattan native and member of the USD 383 Board of Education, has joined the Kansas State University legal team as associate university attorney.

In addition to his school board duties, Paukstelis maintained a private solo practice in Manhattan for six and a half years before coming to K-State. He earned his law degree in 1995 from the University of Michigan; his bachelor's degrees in philosophy and biology are from the University of Kansas, where he graduated in 1992.

Before returning to Manhattan, Paukstelis worked at law firms in Kansas City and Los Angeles. His ties to K-State include faculty parents. His mother, Maria Paukstelis, is an instructor in chemistry; his father, the late Joseph Paukstelis, was a professor of chemistry.


The department of athletics has added a photo store and feature stories to its redesigned Web site,

K-State Pix photo store will sell file photos, including past and present photos of athletes, coaches, fans, celebrations and facilities. Custom framing options are also available.

The new "K-State in the News" feature will link to stories from across the country so that fans can track their favorite Wildcat team or student-athlete.

Online memorabilia auctions will continue, as will the Powercat Passport option, which provides subscribers exclusive access to comprehensive video coverage of K-State athletics. will continue to provide up-to-the minute and exclusive coverage from the most current releases, media guide, game notes, recaps, schedules, rosters, statistics and biographies. For up-close features, clips, behind-the-scenes vignettes and highlights, turn to the video-driven Web site,





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• A list of employment opportunities is posted at

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