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Nichols detail

This year's State of the University address will take place from 3-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the Alumni Center Ballroom. Presenters include Fred Fairchild, faculty senate president; M. Duane Nellis, provost and senior vice president; and Jon Wefald, K-State president.

The address will be available at once the event starts.


Juergen Richt, regents distinguished professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named to the scientific advisory board of the Scientific and Technical Review, a publication of the World Organization for Animal Health.

"Dr. Richt's appointment is a tremendous compliment to his scientific credibility and contributions to animal and public health," said Ralph Richardson, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. "Such recognition also reflects positively on K-State and the efforts that we are all making to enhance the health and well-being of animals and people."




Diane L. Swanson has joined the editorial boards of the journals "Business & Society," "Academy of Management Review" and "Business Ethics Quarterly."

More Noteworthy


On Campus - September


Sept. 12
Gaelic get-together
A unique collaboration by the National Geographic Society, Neal Conan and the Celtic group Ensemble Galilei. 7:30 p.m., McCain Auditorium. Staged with the "First Person" exhibition of National Geographic photographs at the Beach Museum of Art.

Exhibition closes
Last chance to view work by architecture student participants in the 2007-2008 Kansas City Design Center. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, Chang Gallery, Seaton Hall.

Sept. 14
King Corn
Part of Movies on the Grass, this documentary looks at the environmental, economic, and public health effects of the mass production and consumption of corn in the U.S. 7 p.m. for pre-film events, 8 p.m. film showing, Coffman Commons, south side of Hale Library.

Sept. 15
Art from abroad
Exhibition of work by architecture student participants in 2007-2008 study abroad programs. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 10, Chang Gallery and first floor east wing, Seaton Hall.

Sept. 18
Rock operatics
East Village Opera Company is a powerhouse group that brings opera into the 21st century. 7:30 p.m., McCain Auditorium. Call 532-6428.

BLAB! session
BLAB! cover artBill North, senior curator, will lead a gallery tour of the exhibition at 5:30 p.m., at the Beach Museum of Art. He will talk about BLAB! and why he selected the works in the exhibition. Cover art from BLAB! No. 16 by Tim Biskup.

Sept. 22
Garrison Keillor
Spend an evening with bestselling author and host of "A Prairie Home Companion." 7:30 p.m., McCain Auditorium. Call 532-6428.

Sept. 23
Landon Lecture
Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico. 3:30 p.m., McCain Auditorium.

History takes the stage

It's no surprise when a newsworthy lecture shows up in headlines for a few days. But when a lecture reappears in the news for months and even years, it's unusual. Unless it's a K-State Landon Lecture. Read more


Climate change and the Konza

K-State grassland holds the potential to help scientists understand the effects of global change on the earth's ecosystems. Read more



Scholar starter

Anita Cortez's efforts to turn students into scholars started with one undergraduate, one professor and a belief in the power of beginning. Read more





Dana Britton, professor of sociology and editor-in-chief of the journal Gender & Society, has been named executive director of the K-State ADVANCE Institutional Transformation project.

The appointment was announced by Ruth Dyer, associate provost and principal investigator of the ADVANCE project, which is funded by a $3.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is aimed at enhancing the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty members in science, engineering and math.

"Dr. Britton's research on gendered organizations and how gender affects work makes her a perfect fit," said Dyer. "She is familiar with ADVANCE from having served as a member of the steering and executive committees, and we are very pleased that she is willing to take on this leadership role."

Britton has been a faculty member at K-State since 1995 and was promoted to full professor in 2007.

"I look forward to building on the strong foundation that Beth Montelone and Ruth Dyer have established," Britton said. "Though much has been accomplished already, K-State can move forward as a leader in transforming academic workplaces in ways that promote equality for all members of our faculty."

Since the program began in 2003, 15.7 percent of tenure-track faculty in the targeted disciplines are women, up from 13.3 percent, and 10 women hold administrative positions, up from six. Forty-three women have been hired into tenure-track positions.

Along with Montelone, Britton is also a principal investigator in a recently funded $440,000 National Science Foundation project to study factors that facilitate or impede the transition from associate to full professor.




K-State rates with Princeton

K-State is among the best undergraduate institutions in the nation, according to The Princeton Review.

The New York-based services company has just released the 2009 edition of its annual book, "The Best 368 Colleges."

Along with academics, schools are selected for the book based on evaluations of institutional data, feedback from students attending each school and campus visits.

"K-State has outstanding faculty who are dedicated to helping our students achieve," said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students.






K-State is replacing its e-mail and calendar systems, Webmail and Oracle K-Calendar, with the Zimbra collaboration suite. The change will be introduced in stages beginning in January 2009.

"We are excited about K-State's partnership with Zimbra, as it is truly the result of a university-wide effort to address the demand for better e-mail and calendaring services," said K-State Provost M. Duane Nellis. "Zimbra was selected based on significant input from K-State faculty, staff and students."

Zimbra provides integrated e-mail, calendar and roaming file space.

Lynn Carlin, interim vice provost, said expanded services include six gigabyte e-mail accounts, a single system for e-mail and calendaring, improved remote access to files, support of document sharing, more effective filtering of unsolicited e-mail and better synchronization with mobile devices.



A new lunch destination has opened in Union Station, on the lower level of the K-State Student Union.

Salsarita's Fresh Cantina offers "fresh-Mex" fare prepared in front of the customer. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. A grand opening, with prizes and games, is planned for 11:30 a.m. Sept. 24.

The menu offers burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos and salads.

Union Station and its computer lab will continue to be available for studying, and student groups will still be able to reserve the space for evening meetings and gatherings.



The K-State Alumni Association is once again offering the Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Awards for Research and Teaching, each in the amount of $5,000.

Please visit to download a nomination form and view a complete list of the criteria for each award. Nominations are due by Oct. 1. The awards presentation and reception will take place Nov. 17.

Contact the K-State Alumni Association with any questions at 785-532-6260.





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