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April 2011


Friday, April 29, 2011


RUGBY REIGN: K-STATE TEAM NATIONALLY RANKED, ADVANCES TO SWEET 16 TOURNAMENT: Flanker, flyhalf and scrumhalf are ambiguous athletic terms to most Kansas State University students -- unless they are members of the nationally ranked K-State men's rugby team.

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PHYSICS SCHOLAR KAMESHWAR WALI TO PRESENT K-STATE'S 2011 PETERSON PUBLIC LECTURE IN PHYSICS: The universe of X-ray astronomy will be examined in Kansas State University's 2011 Peterson Public Lecture in Physics.

ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND DESIGN STUDENTS SKETCH TO SUCCEED: The entries in the 2011 Ted and Sue Knapp Rendering Competition showcased the drawing skills of the students in Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

MAKING THEIR MARK: 14 STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AS OUTSTANDING GRADUATING SENIORS: Kansas State University students from fields as diverse as aeronautics and biology have been named outstanding graduating seniors. The awards were presented at an April 28 reception by Pat Bosco, K-State vice president for student life and dean of students.


Thursday, April 28, 2011


GRADE-A TEACHERS: NOYCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM DEVELOPS QUALITY KANSAS SCIENCE TEACHERS: A Kansas State University scholarship program for developing quality science teachers for Kansas is working, according to a K-State professor involved with the program.

PASSION FOR CHEMISTRY FUELS WICHITA SOPHOMORE'S RESEARCH TO IMPROVE PAINKILLERS: Food packages and medicine bottles often list a dizzying array of chemicals and ingredients on their labels. But for Kansas State University chemistry major Angela Grommet, reading the ingredients isn't confusing -- it's interesting.

PROFESSOR, FORMER ARMY OFFICER TO DISCUSS LEADERSHIP, SELF-DEVELOPMENT: Effective leadership will be the topic of a lecture by Fred Luthans for Kansas State University's Center for Character-Based Leadership Speaker Series.

SCHOLARLY SUCCESS: RESEARCH EARNS GEOGRAPHY DOCTORAL STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP: A Kansas State University doctoral student in geography has earned a $500 scholarship for her research from the Association of American Geographers' Mountain Geography Specialty Group.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011


FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR HEADING TO SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA TO STUDY POST-CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION: A Kansas State University professor will spend eight months in central Africa researching post-conflict reconstruction as a Fulbright Scholar.

GREAT PLAINS IDEA HONORS HUMAN ECOLOGY DEAN, VIRGINIA MOXLEY: Virginia Moxley, dean of the Kansas State University College of Human Ecology, has been honored with the 2011 Friends of Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance -- or IDEA -- award, created to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development and/or operation of the program.

DISTANCE COUNSELING COURSES FOR EDUCATORS COMING IN SUMMER: Kansas State University's College of Education and the Division of Continuing Education are offering a series of three counseling classes during the 2011 summer term to aid educators in counseling and understanding their students.

MANHATTAN GOOD NEIGHBORS: VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH SPRING CLEAN: The Manhattan Good Neighbors program is seeking volunteers to help with its Spring Clean from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

SCHOLARSHIP HELPS STUDENT'S GOAL OF WORKING IN HOSPITALITY DESIGN FIELD: A Kansas State University junior in interior design is receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the hospitality industry. NEWH, an international network of the hospitality industry, is awarding the scholarship to K-State's Audrianna Stowe, St. Charles, Mo.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011


MARRIAGE AND MONEY: COLLEGE STUDENTS READY TO EXCHANGE VOWS SHOULD EXCHANGE FINANCIAL INFO FIRST: Graduate from college, get married. These two big life-changing events can be common this time of year, but a Kansas State University expert says college students, whether in school or getting out soon, should do some financial planning before planning the wedding.

DESIGNING A CAREER: STUDENT FASHIONS HER FIRST COLLECTION: In 1997, Mai Tran picked up the paintbrush that would eventually start her journey into fashion design. Fourteen years later, Tran, a Kansas State University senior in apparel textiles and marketing, is creating her first complete fashion collection called Petals, which includes a bridal gown and four bridesmaid dresses.

A HOT FIND: KINESIOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENT WINS AWARD, PRESENTS AT CONFERENCE: A new discovery in how humans regulate body temperature has resulted in an award for a Kansas State University master's student and a presentation at a prestigious conference.

CAREER SUCCESS EARNS 10 COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING ALUMNI SPECIAL RECOGNITION: The Kansas State University College of Engineering will honor 10 alumni for success in the middle years of their professional careers and accomplishments. The honorees will be recognized at ceremonies Saturday, April 30, on the K-State campus.

TWO DISTINGUISHED ALUMS JOINING COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING HALL OF FAME: The Kansas State University College of Engineering Hall of Fame will induct two new members in ceremonies Saturday, April 30. Induction to the hall is the highest honor the college bestows on its alumni.


Monday, April 25, 2011


CRIMINOLOGIST EXAMINES MANY SIDES OF THE DEATH PENALTY IN ONLINE INTERSESSION CLASS: Each year brings new discussions about one of the nation's most controversial topics: capital punishment. From lethal injection drugs to innocence and wrongful convictions, one Kansas State University intersession class examines these current, contentious issues.

SHOW STOPPER: 'THE ALUMINIUM SHOW' CONCLUDES 2010-2011 MCCAIN PERFORMANCE SERIES: Inanimate objects will come to life in the final event of the 2010-2011 McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University.

FINDING THE NEXT BIG THING: STUDENTS WIN BIG FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS: What do proposals for organic soy food products, a fresh bread club, a new way to eliminate pests, and gardens to fight hunger and poverty have in common?

BUSINESS BOOSTERS: ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTER RECOGNIZES FACULTY, BUSINESSMEN FOR SUPPORT, ADVOCACY: When it comes to supporting entrepreneurship, four Kansas State University faculty members and two local businessmen stand out, according to K-State's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship.

MEDIA ADVISORY: GOVERNOR, CONGRESSMAN TO HELP OPEN K-STATE OLATHE: At 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will open Kansas State University's campus in Olathe.

MEDIA ADVISORY: KANSAS GIRLS USING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TO TACKLE CRIME SOLVING AT K-STATE EVENT: Picture the following: Willie the Wildcat, Kansas State University's famous mascot, is missing. There are suspicious brownish-red stains at his dwelling and a ransom note on the door. The lucky shoes of Jalana Childs, star player on the K-State women's basketball team, have been stolen from a biology lab, with only footprints in a mysterious white powder left behind.

LOCAL ROTARY CLUBS AWARD SCHOLARSHIPS TO SIX K-STATE INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS: The Manhattan and Konza Rotary clubs are recognizing six international graduate students from Kansas State University with $500 International Graduate Student scholarships.


Friday, April 22, 2011


CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: K-STATE HONORED IN GUIDE TO GREEN COLLEGES: Kansas State University's sustainability efforts are earning national recognition. K-State has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada and is listed in the second annual edition of the free downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition."

DIALED IN FOR SUCCESS: TELEFUND RAISES MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN PLEDGES FOR K-STATE'S NINE COLLEGES: Nearly 2,400 bottles of water, 2,600 sandwiches and 3,600 cookies -- that's what it takes to fuel the Kansas State University student volunteers who make K-State Telefund a success every year. Telefund 2011 was right on track with pledges of more than $1 million from K-State alumni and friends.

ADVANCEMENT THROUGH EDUCATION: K-STATE COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTES TO STATE'S SCIENTIFIC HISTORY: On Saturday Kansans are encouraged to celebrate the state's 150 years of scientific achievements. And throughout this scientific sesquicentennial, Kansas State University has been there since nearly the beginning.

JOURNALISM SCHOOL DIRECTOR HELPING GUIDE EGYPTIAN, MIDDLE EASTERN MEDIA FOR NEW TOMORROW: More than political freedom is at stake in the Middle East revolutions. Also on the line is freedom of the press and freedom of speech, according to Angela Powers, director of Kansas State University's A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

ETHICAL LEADERSHIP FOR TODAY'S GLOBAL BUSINESSES TOPIC OF LECTURE BY CARGILL'S CHUCK WARTA: Ethics in global business will be the topic of a lecture by Chuck Warta, vice president of Cargill Animal Nutrition, for Kansas State University's College of Business Administration Business Ethics Lecture Series and Globalization Initiative.

WILDCAT WARRIORS: AIR FORCE ROTC CADETS EARN SPOT IN SELECT TRAINING PROGRAM: Seventeen months of training and preparation has paid off for 12 Kansas State University Air Force ROTC cadets with their selection for a special U.S. Air Force training program.

JOURNALISM SCHOOL DIRECTOR HELPING GUIDE EGYPTIAN, MIDDLE EASTERN MEDIA FOR NEW TOMORROW: More than political freedom is at stake in the Middle East revolutions. Also on the line is freedom of the press and freedom of speech, according to Angela Powers, director of Kansas State University's A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Thursday, April 21, 2011


THE DIAMOND IS FOREVER: BASEBALL MORE THAN A GAME FOR K-STATE SALINA PROFESSOR: It's not hard to see Bob Homolka's love of baseball. His mathematics lectures at Kansas State University Salina frequently use references to baseball and umpiring. But Homolka, professor of arts, sciences and business, is no casual fan.

SOPHOMORE LEADERS: SILVER KEY NAMES NEW MEMBERS FOR 2011-2012: Kansas State University's Silver Key, a sophomore leadership honorary that emphasizes community service, has new members for the 2011-2012 school year.

SIMPLY THE BEST: SIX FACULTY MEMBERS EARN PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE: Six Kansas State University faculty members are receiving a 2011 Presidential Award for their impact, compassion and leadership as teachers, advisers or administrators.

GLOBAL RESOURCE: KONZA PRAIRIE RESEARCH FOCUS OF INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM; EARLY REGISTRATION ENDS JULY 15: An international symposium on grasslands is coming to one of the world's key tallgrass prairie research areas: Kansas State University's Konza Prairie Biological Station.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011


HEAD OF THE CLASS: FOUR FACULTY MEMBERS EARN COMMERCE BANK OUTSTANDING UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING AWARDS: This year's recipients are: Laurie Curtis, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction; Anita Dille, associate professor of agronomy; Michael Dudek, associate professor of apparel, textiles and interior design; and Yasmin Patell, assistant teaching scholar in chemistry.

JOHNSON COUNTY RESIDENT DEBBIE KIRCHHOFF DIRECTING DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS AT K-STATE'S NEW OLATHE CAMPUS: The Kansas State University Foundation has appointed Debbie Kirchhoff as director of development at K-State Olathe, a satellite campus of Kansas State University.

SEEING GREEN: EARTH DAY CELEBRATION TO INCLUDE VARIETY OF ENVIRONMENTAL EVENTS: A picture can be worth a thousand words, so a Kansas State University environmental organization hopes to turn those words into a bold statement about the world.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011


UNDERGRADUATE WORKS ON MATHEMATICAL MODEL TO TRACK SPREAD OF RURAL EPIDEMICS: A biological epidemic afflicts a population. How can it be mitigated? How was it spread? How can it be prevented in the future? These factors are usually examined in the context of a major city. But Joshua Ericson, junior in mathematics, Junction City, has a different point of reference. Ericson is examining how epidemics are spread in rural communities and how they can be effectively controlled.

FINAL NOTES: MUSIC DEPARTMENT FINISHES SPRING SEMESTER WITH SEVERAL EVENTS IN MAY: Kansas State University's department of music presents its final performances of the semester in May, featuring several guest artists, faculty concerts and student recitals.

WHAT WILL BE THE NEXT BIG THING? 20 ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS IN THE RUNNING: Twenty entrepreneurial ideas developed by Kansas State University students are finalists to become the Next Big Thing, K-State's entrepreneurial idea competition. The finalists will compete Thursday, April 21, for $20,000 in prize money.

PICTURE THIS: STUDENTS WIN IN ARCHITECTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: From cityscapes dotted with skyscrapers to the forest floor, the winning photographs in this year's Thomas A. Tyler and Answers Inc. APDesign Architectural and Environmental Student Photography Competition didn't lack variety.

WICHITA BIOLOGISTS ADVANCE RESEARCH CAREERS OF THREE GRAD STUDENTS WITH FELLOWSHIP, TRAVEL AWARDS: A fellowship and travel awards from Wichita biologists Alvin and RosaLee Sarachek are boosting the research careers of three Kansas State University doctoral candidates.

THEY'VE GOT SPIRIT: CONOCOPHILLIPS HELPS K-STATE REWARD OUTSTANDING STUDENTS: Spirit is something that can only be seen if you let it shine. At Kansas State University, there are students who shine so brightly, others can't help but notice. These are the students who earn the honor of being included in the ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholars Program -- a program that has provided $1 million in scholarships, support and mentorship at K-State each year through a five-year partnership.


Monday, April 18, 2011


COMBATING MONEY WOES: STUDY LOOKING AT FINANCIAL RESILIENCY OF SOLDIERS: Two Kansas State University researchers are crunching the numbers when it comes to the financial status of soldiers at Fort Riley.

DEVELOPING SCHOLARS PROGRAM A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR GARDEN CITY COUPLE: The secret to a successful marriage may start in the laboratory -- at least for Kansas State University's Roberto and Johanna Diaz.

NEW MORTAR BOARD MEMBERS EXCEL IN SERVICE, LEADERSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIP: Kansas State University chapter of Mortar Board, a national senior honorary, has its new members for the 2011-2012 academic year.


Friday, April 15, 2011


FEDERAL BUDGET POWERS UP WORK AT NBAF: The federal budget bill passed by Congress on Thursday brings good news for Manhattan and Kansas State University: $40 million to fund the next round of work on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility being built at K-State.

SOLVING A PROBLEM WELL: ENGINEERING CLASS SHOWCASING OIL-CAPPING MODEL AT ALL-UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE: A forklift, 200 gallons of water, seven feet of epoxied PVC pipe and buckets of sand in various sizes may seem like an unusual recipe for learning. But for a class of civil engineers at Kansas State University, this mix could mean a solution to stopping a future environmental disaster.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION CHOOSES FOUR K-STATE STUDENTS, TWO ALUMNAE FOR PRESTIGIOUS GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: Four Kansas State University students and two recent alumnae have received 2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The award recognizes outstanding students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

ENGINEERING ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY: SEMINAR TO EXPLORE POTENTIAL LINKS BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND GLOBAL STABILITY: Can environmental issues, natural or man-made, destabilize or cause conflict in the world? That question will be addressed by retired Army Brig. Gen. Wendell Christopher King, dean of academics at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, in "Strategic Environmental Security: What in the World is Worth Fighting For?"


Thursday, April 14, 2011


NEW CENTER OF EXCELLENCE USES K-STATE'S EXPERTISE TO MAKE FOOD SAFER FOR KIDS: Using an interdisciplinary team of Kansas State University experts and leadership from department of hospitality management and dietetics faculty, the newly-funded Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs will conduct food safety research that impacts child nutrition programs across the United States.

SAVING THE PRAIRIE CHICKEN: WORK IN KANSAS HAS NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE FOR DECLINING SPECIES OF GRASSLAND BIRD: The greater prairie chicken is a declining species across the nation, but studies by researchers at Kansas State University may help boost its numbers.

CANCER RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY HELPS STUDENT CHOOSE CAREER, WORK FOR A CURE FOR LIPOSARCOMA: Getting into the lab to perform research as an undergraduate has been a career-changing decision for Kansas State University's Sterling Braun.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011


BIOCHEMIST USES COMPUTER MODELING TO STUDY PROTEIN INVOLVED WITH CANCER, AGING AND CHRONIC DISEASE: A new biophysical and biochemical study may lead to better understanding of how structural flexibility controls the interaction of a protein that is closely involved with cancer, aging and other chronic diseases -- thereby facilitating future development of better therapeutic strategies, according to a Kansas State University biochemist.

SATELLITE SENSORY ANALYSIS CENTER OPENING AT K-STATE OLATHE OFFERS PRODUCT EVALUATION, FOCUS GROUPS AND MORE: Kansas State University's internationally recognized Sensory Analysis Center is opening a satellite on K-State's new Olathe campus.

JAPANESE LANGUAGE STUDENTS USE PAPER CRANES, POETRY TO REACH OUT TO EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS: A group of students in Kansas State University's Japanese language program has turned an annual paper crane folding project into a way to help the victims of the March 11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

ALL-UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE A CHANCE TO EXPLORE BOND BETWEEN PEOPLE AND THEIR PETS: The bond between humans and animals will be a special part of the activities offered by the College of Veterinary Medicine at this year's All-University Open House, Saturday, April 16, at Kansas State University.

RESULTS FROM PUTNAM MATHEMATICAL COMPETITION ADD UP TO HIGH FINISH FOR K-STATE TEAM: Six Kansas State University students have placed highly in an international mathematics competition.

JUNIOR HONORARY CHIMES IN WITH NEW MEMBERS FOR 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR: Outstanding scholarship, leadership and service has earned 29 Kansas State University students membership in Chimes, the junior honorary, for the 2011-2012 school year.

HAIL TO A FORMER CHIEF: PROGRAM APRIL 19 TO HONOR PRESIDENT EMERITUS ACKER: An afternoon of events is planned Tuesday, April 19, at Hale Library to honor Duane C. Acker, president emeritus of Kansas State University. All events are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011


TORNADOES, FLOODS, DROUGHTS AND MORE: GEOGRAPHER SAYS EXPECT WEATHER SEVERITY TO INCREASE: Natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and floods occur every year, but are they getting worse? A Kansas State University expert says not yet -- but they could soon.

CHEMISTRY RESEARCH LANDS AIKENS AMONG STATE'S TOP SCIENTISTS: Christine Aikens' work in chemistry is earning her more than national funding these days. It's putting the Kansas State University assistant professor in K-12 classrooms around the state -- as a trading card.

WHEN SEXUAL ASSAULTS HAPPEN, UNIVERSITY PROFESSIONALS RESPOND AS A TEAM: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but preventing and dealing with sexual assault is something K-State professionals do year round. The university has a systematic response to sexual assaults that includes a team of professionals from across campus. These team members work in areas as disparate as law enforcement, housing and dining, counseling and health care.

UNDERGRADUATES PRESENT RESEARCH ON ISSUES FROM CIGARETTE TAXES TO THE AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT: Several economics students from Kansas State University recently got the opportunity to share their research on key economic issues before some noted economists.

K-STATE CHAPTER OF KAPPA OMICRON NU HUMAN ECOLOGY HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTS 41: Excellence in research, leadership and scholarship has earned 41 Kansas State University human ecology students membership in Kappa Omicron Nu, the human ecology honor society.


Monday, April 11, 2011


THIRD KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS OPENING ITS DOORS APRIL 26 IN OLATHE: New opportunities for research, graduate education and more are coming to the Kansas City area with the opening of Kansas State University's newest campus in Olathe. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at K-State Olathe will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, with an open house for the public to follow until 7 p.m.

WHEN IT COMES TO PERSUASIVE SPEAKING, K-STATE'S JENNA SURPRENANT IS TOPS IN THE NATION: A junior in communication studies is Kansas State University's 28th national champion in forensics. Jenna Surprenant, Marshall, Minn., won the national championship in persuasion at the American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament, April 2-4, in Kearney, Neb.

ECONOMIST TO DISCUSS GREAT DEPRESSIONS OF THE WORLD AND CURRENT ECONOMY IN APRIL 14 LECTURE: Kansas State University's 2011 Joe Tiao Lecture on Economic Issues will look at how economic depressions in various countries in the last century might hold lessons for today's economic woes.

BETTER SCHOOLS, BETTER TEACHERS: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP CITED FOR EXCELLENCE: A Kansas State University partnership with local schools that works to improve teaching and learning for all is being nationally recognized for excellence.

K-STATE SALINA TO OFFER SEMINAR ON SELECTING A GRADUATE PROGRAM: Carol Shanklin, dean of the Kansas State University Graduate School, will present "Is Graduate School for You?" at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the College Center Conference Room at Kansas State University Salina. The presentation is free and open to the public.

SHADOW DAY AT K-STATE TO SPARK YOUNG WOMEN'S INTEREST IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING: High school girls ready to explore their interest in science, technology, engineering or mathematics can start their journey Thursday, April 21, at Kansas State University.

WORKSHOP OFFERS PRESCRIPTION FOR IMPROVING HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS: Helping hospitals and health care centers improve quality and manage costs in labor and staffing decisions is the focus of a workshop presented by Kansas State University's Health Care Operations Resource Center.


Friday, April 8, 2011


FORSEEABLE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WOULD CAUSE MINIMAL PROBLEMS IN KANSAS, PROFESSOR SAYS: As the clock ticks down to midnight, all eyes are on Capitol Hill while congress fights to balance the national budget. According to a Kansas State University professor, expect time to run out.

OUTSTANDING PROGRAMS, TEACHING AND MARKETING EFFORTS WIN DIVISION OF CONTINUING EDUCATION NATIONAL RECOGNITION: The University Professional and Continuing Education Association is recognizing Kansas State University's Division of Continuing Education for excellence in several areas, including programs, teaching and marketing.

EDUCATION DEAN GOES THE DISTANCE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION: A long-term commitment to continuing education for educators and nontraditional students, especially in Kansas, is earning the dean of Kansas State University's College of Education national recognition.

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: CONTINUING EDUCATION DEAN EARNS PRESTIGIOUS RECOGNITION FOR EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP: Sue Maes accepted the University Professional and Continuing Education Association's most prestigious national recognition, the Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership. The award was presented at the association's annual conference, April 6-9, in Toronto.

ENGINEERING BETTER HEALTH CARE, SYSTEMS FOCUS OF K-STATE'S NEW HEALTH CARE OPERATIONS RESOURCE CENTER: Helping health care providers and systems operate more efficiently and improve the quality of patient care is what Kansas State University's newest center is all about.

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM AWARDS FIVE FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS: National Public Health Week, April 4-10, is bringing honors to three students, a faculty member and a recent graduate of Kansas State University's master of public health program.

CASE MADE: K-STATE STUDENT FOUNDATION, STUDENT ALUMNI BOARD EARN DISTRICT HONORS FROM LEADING COUNCIL FOR EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT: The K-State Student Foundation and Student Alumni Board recently earned seven District 6 awards from the Affiliated Student Advancement Programs Division of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.


Thursday, April 7, 2011


FROM IMPULSE BUYS TO PENNY-WISE, RESEARCH EXPLORES HOW TO AVOID POST-PURCHASE REGRET: If you've ever suffered from a bad case of buyer's remorse, there may be a scientific remedy: spend more cognitive effort. Cognitive effort involves performing research, gathering opinions and exploring options before purchasing a product.

PERCUSSION, DANCE ENSEMBLES BRING CUBA TO KANSAS: Why spend a Tuesday evening watching "Dancing with the Stars" on TV when Kansas State University's own stars will be live in Manhattan? Dancers and musicians will be putting on Ritmos Cubanos, or Cuban Rhythms, to mark the culmination of a yearlong study of Cuban music and dance. The event is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in McCain Auditorium.

CURTAIN RISING ON K-STATE THEATRE'S PRODUCTION OF NEIL SIMON'S 'BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS': The award-winning play "Brighton Beach Memoirs," Neil Simon's modern comedy about a teenager coming of age in Brooklyn during the late 1930s, will be presented by the Kansas State University theatre program at 7:30 p.m. April 21-24 and April 27-30 in Nichols Theater.

RISING TO THE OCCASION: DISTANCE EDUCATION SUMMER ENROLLMENTS INCREASE, KEEP STUDENTS WORKING: Summer isn't just about vacations and outdoor activities. It's also a season for learning. According to the University Professional and Continuing Education Association, summer enrollments at many institutions have been on the rise in recent years, despite the difficult economy.

BUILDING SUCCESS: ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING TEAM EARNS TWO FIRST-PLACE HONORS: A team from Kansas State University won two out of five categories -- the most by any school -- in the Architectural Engineering Institute's Charles Pankow Foundation Architectural Engineering Student Competition.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011


PEACE ADVOCATE PETER FALKENBERG BROWN TO DISCUSS HOW TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE IN APRIL 13 LECTURE: How to work for world peace will be the topic when Peter Falkenberg Brown lectures at Kansas State University. Brown will present "Love, Democracy and the Survival of the World: How Each Individual Can Make a Difference" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

FEEDING HUNGRY MINDS: HUMAN NUTRITION PROFESSOR CO-AUTHORS TWO NEW COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS: Denis Medeiros has used a variety of textbooks in his human nutrition classes. Next year some of the books will feature a familiar name: his.

PURPLE MEDIA POWER: K-STATERS EARN MOST HONORS IN KANSAS ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS COMPETITION: Kansas State University students topped the Kansas Association of Broadcasters' 2011 Student Broadcast Awards competition, receiving 55 awards -- the most by any school at the collegiate level.

GOING GLOBAL: INTERNATIONAL WEEK A CELEBRATION OF CULTURES: A global fashion show and other cultural events are part of Kansas State University's International Week celebration, April 9-17. The annual event, created by K-State's International Coordinating Council, promotes diversity awareness around campus.

GOT E-WASTE? BRING IT TO K-STATE APRIL 30 FOR RECYCLING EVENT: Got a basement or garage full of e-waste products like computers and electronic toys and don't know what to do with them? Then send them to college -- Kansas State University, to be exact -- and help make the community a little greener.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011


ECONOMICS, PHYSICS ARE ROADBLOCKS FOR MASS-SCALE ALGAE BIODIESEL PRODUCTION, STUDY FINDS: Companies looking to engineer an eco-friendly diesel fuel have more red lights in their path. According to Kansas State University researchers, making petroleum diesel completely green would not only bend the laws of physics, it would cost too much green.

DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR NAMED ONE OF STATE'S TOP SCIENTISTS FOR E. COLI FOCUS: Kansas State University's T.G. Nagaraja has a goal: safer meals at the dinner table. It's this goal and his work on E. coli O157:H7 that have earned Nagaraja, a university distinguished professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, recognition from health officials and in academic and cattle industry circles.

TREASURES FROM ANCIENT CHINA: NEW EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS RARE TEXTILES FROM HISTORIC COSTUME AND TEXTILE MUSEUM: Fierce, shimmering dragons breathing gold thread flames and dragonflies so delicate they seem to flutter off the ancient fabric exemplify a new exhibition in Justin Hall and at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, both on the Kansas State University campus.

RESIDENCE HALLS GET 5,600 NEW REASONS TO RECYCLE: Kansas State University students don't even have to leave their rooms to get a little greener. K-State housing and dining services is using a recently received grant to put recycling bins in all K-State residence hall rooms.

ACTIVIST WINONA LADUKE TO DISCUSS EMPOWERING NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN TO TAKE CHARGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN APRIL 11 LECTURE: Environmental activist, author and political candidate Winona LaDuke can soon add Kansas State University lecturer to her resume. LaDuke, a Native American of Anishinaabekwe -- Ojibwe -- heritage, is speaking at K-State from 7-9 p.m. Monday, April 11. Her lecture, "Native American Women: Finding the Voice to Safeguard Mother Earth," is free, open to the public and will be given at Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union. A Q-and-A session will follow.


Monday, April 4, 2011


KEEPING THEM HOME: KANSAS THE CHOICE FOR NEW K-STATE GRADS WHEN IT COMES TO JOBS: Career and employment services at Kansas State University recently released its postgraduation bachelor's degree statistics for the 2009-2010 academic year, and the results are encouraging for the university, the state and the region.

ENERGY INSIDER, K-STATE ALUMNUS BRINGING STRAIGHT TALK ON OIL TO APRIL 13 LECTURE: John Hofmeister is a straight shooter. Whether he's being interviewed on national television or testifying on Capitol Hill, the former president of Shell Oil tells it like it is.

FROM POLITICS TO POETRY: FORMER STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT PRESENTING HIS LITERARY WORK APRIL 15: While a student at Kansas State University, Ed Skoog gained fame as the 1993-1994 student body president.

STUDENTS IN FREE ENTERPRISE TEAM FROM K-STATE SALINA HEADED TO NATIONALS: Kansas State University Salina's Students In Free Enterprise team is preparing to compete at the national level.

DANCE STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT AT UPCOMING FESTIVAL: It's all about dancing. Kansas State University dance students will perform at the American College Dance Festival Association's Central Region Conference, April 6-9.

2011 BILL BROWN MASTER EDITOR TO MEET WITH STUDENTS, LECTURE ON KEEPING GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENT AND PUBLIC INFORMED: Tim Carpenter, a Topeka Capital-Journal reporter covering state and federal government and politics, is the 2011 Bill Brown Master Editor at Kansas State University's A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.


Friday, April 1, 2011


GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP HELPS K-STATE JUNIOR CONTINUE STUDYING HIS FAVORITE SUBJECT: SCIENCE: Kansas State University student and 2011 Barry M. Goldwater scholar Gage Brummer has always loved science.

K-STATE SOPHOMORE WINS 2011 UDALL SCHOLARSHIP; TWO STUDENTS EARN HONORABLE MENTIONS: Rachel Hoppins, a sophomore in wildlife biology, Wichita, is Kansas State University's 22nd Morris K. Udall scholar.

PASSION FOR PLANNING: MAGYAR RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL MEDAL FOR LIFETIME OF DESIGN: For Peter Magyar, professor and head of Kansas State University's department of architecture, the journey to become an architect was anything but planned.

SELECT COMPANY: SENIOR FROM JUNCTION CITY IS K-STATE'S 33RD TRUMAN SCHOLAR: Kansas State University student Melanie Hall is a 2011 Harry S. Truman Scholarship winner. Hall, Junction City, is a senior in psychology and premedicine with certification in conflict resolution. She is K-State's 33rd Truman scholar and will receive as much as $30,000 for graduate study toward a career in public service.

STUDENT ADVOCATE GWENDOLYN DUNGY DISCUSSES LEARNING OUTCOMES AND STUDENT DIVERSITY IN CHESTER E. PETERS LECTURE: A longtime national advocate for students will deliver the 2011 Chester E. Peters Lecture on Student Development at Kansas State University.

DANCE ENCHANTMENT: ENSEMBLE BRINGS IMAGERY, SPIRITUALITY OF INDIA TO MCCAIN STAGE: The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, regarded worldwide as one of the foremost dance companies of India, is bringing the artistry of Indian dance to Kansas State University as part of the McCain Performance Series.

CONOCOPHILLIPS VICE PRESIDENT SPEAKING TO COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: An executive with the nation's third largest integrated energy company and Kansas State University alumnus is the spring semester speaker for the College of Business Administration Distinguished Lecture Series.

CRIME STOPPER: SECRET SERVICE AGENT TO DISCUSS WORK, JOB OPPORTUNITIES: A representative from the federal agency best known for protecting U.S. presidents will discuss his work Thursday, April 7, at Kansas State University.

MANHATTAN'S OWN TAL STREETER OFFER GHOSTS, SHADOWS AND MORE IN BEACH EXHIBITION: There's no place like home for sculptor Tal Streeter. An exhibition of the Manhattan High School alumnus's work, "Lines Traveling Through Space: Ghosts and Shadows, Minimal Sculptures by Tal Streeter," runs April 8 through Oct. 11 in the Orval Hempler Gallery at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.


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