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April 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013  

Clean-up under way after small electrical fire in Weber Hall
The university is cleaning up and repairing damages after a small electrical fire in Weber Hall on Tuesday afternoon.

Four faculty members receive Commerce Bank Teaching Award
Four Kansas State University faculty members are being rewarded for years of exceptional teaching with the Commerce Bank Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Student from La Cross excels beyond the classroom
When it comes to being engaged with your university, Nick Moeder stands out. His devotion to Kansas State University and the College of Business Administration, paired with high academic achievement and numerous leadership positions in the college and throughout the university have made him the college's spring 2013 Outstanding Senior award winner.


Monday, April 29, 2013 

Russian military history expert will talk about Chechnya during on-campus presentation
Russian military history expert David Stone will talk and answer questions about Chechnya at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in 226 Eisenhower Hall. The event is free and open to the public and the media.

Industrial and manufacturing systems engineering students earn honors
Outstanding academic achievement and involvement by students in the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department at Kansas State University is being recognized with awards and scholarships.


Friday, April 26, 2013 

Students earn honors for leadership and service
Kansas State University's School of Leadership Studies has recognized several students and a Manhattan grade-schooler and community organization for excellence in leadership and civic engagement. The students were honored at the school's Celebrating Service and Leadership event on April 21.

Human resource management team wins case competition
When it comes to guiding a workforce, Kansas State University's student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management in the College of Business Administration has a winning touch.



Thursday, April 25, 2013 

Researcher looks at black student athletes' experiences in college sports, improving graduation rates
For many student athletes, life off the field may be the tougher opponent.

Paukstelis named project coordinator of University Engineering Alliance
Dianne Paukstelis has joined the department of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University's College of Engineering as project coordinator for the University Engineering Alliance, a consortium of 11 universities that work cooperatively to provide distance learning in nuclear engineering.

Goss Discovery Scholarship funds 10 students' study abroad trips
Ten Kansas State University students have each received a $5,000 Goss Discovery Scholarship to study abroad for the fall 2013 semester.

GROW workshop helps middle school girls learn crime-solving techniques
Middle school-age girls will help solve a mystery that has taken place on campus during a special session offered by Kansas State University's GROW, Girls Researching Our World, program.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013 

Former Cargill Inc. CEO and university alumnus Warren Staley receives honorary doctorate
An alumnus and former CEO devoted to increasing educational opportunities, student success and philanthropic ventures will receive an honorary doctorate from Kansas State University. 

May blooms with music, theatre and dance on campus
The academic year may be winding down, but that won't stop Kansas State University from offering a variety of cultural events in May.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013 

Freshman engineering leadership group named best in nation
Leaders in Freshman Engineering, or LIFE, have been named the best freshman council in the nation by the Association of Engineering Student Councils. The award was presented at the association's recent 2013 conference in Urbana, Ill. 

K-State Salina Enactus team advances to national competition
Kansas State University Salina's Enactus team is advancing to the national competition by claiming a regional championship April 10 in Dallas, Texas.

Junior leaders: Chimes selects members for 2013-2014
Chimes, Kansas State University's junior class honorary, has selected members for the 2013-2014 school year.



Monday, April 22, 2013 

Students heading to Uganda for summer research, service

Seven Kansas State University students will spend their summer making a difference in the East African country of Uganda.

Theater Delta to bring interactive performances, discussion to campus
A nationally recognized interactive theater group will encourage social change at Kansas State University through multiple upcoming performances. 

Tony Award-winning play 'The Heiress' to wrap up K-State Theatre season
The Tony Award-winning play "The Heiress" will be presented by K-State Theatre at 7:30 p.m. April 25-27 and May 2-4 and at 2:30 p.m. May 5 in Nichols Theatre on the Kansas State University campus.


Friday, April 19, 2013 

Police seek information about suspicious activity reported at Hale Library
The Kansas State University Police Department is investigating reports of a male taking photos of females in Hale Library.

Two engineering professors earn endowed appointments

Kansas State University's College of Engineering is recognizing the accomplishments of two electrical and computer engineering professors with endowed appointments.

Sensory Analysis Center leads beef flavor training
Kansas State University's Sensory Analysis Center has received a $35,000 grant to train researchers from industry and academia on sensory evaluation of beef flavors.

College of Human Ecology faculty earn honors for excellence
Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology is recognizing three faculty members for excellence in teacher, research and student development.

New ambassadors to promote K-State Student Union, Union Program Council
Promoting the K-State Student Union and the Union Program Council to prospective students, on-campus organizations and the Manhattan and university community will be the job of a select group of Kansas State University students for the 2013-2014 school year.



Thursday, April 18, 2013 

University earns 69th Goldwater scholar, two honorable mentions
Three Kansas State University students are recognized in the 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship competition.

Mathematics students place highly at international competition
Seven Kansas State University students have placed highly in an international mathematics competition.

Maureen Redeker joins university's legal team
Maureen Redeker, an attorney with experience in higher education law, has joined the Kansas State University legal team as an assistant general counsel.

Developing Scholars Program showcases undergraduate research work
Kansas State University undergraduate researchers will showcase their work at the 13th annual Developing Scholars Program Research Poster Symposium in the K-State Student Union Ballroom on Sunday, April 21. The public is invited to meet with the scholars and find out about their research from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Alexander renews Master Aviation Educator accreditation
Raylene Alexander, associate professor of aviation maintenance and avionics at Kansas State University Salina, has successfully renewed her Master Aviation Educator accreditation.

Famed Russian ballet 'Swan Lake' comes to McCain Auditorium
The world-renowned ballet "Swan Lake" will be performed at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, in McCain Auditorium as part of the McCain Performance Series.



Wednesday, April 17, 2013 

Sensory Analysis Center conducts global consumer food safety study

The Sensory Analysis Center at Kansas State University is leading a 10-nation study to learn about consumer food safety practices and beliefs.

University team in inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition
A team from Kansas State University's College of Engineering is among the 10 teams selected nationally to compete in the inaugural National Collegiate Wind Competition. The team's goal is to build a small wind turbine that can charge an electronic device such as a cellphone or an iPad.

Students presented with photography, public speaking awards
Student members of Kansas State University Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, or MANRRS, chapter received awards at the national society's recent 28th annual Career Fair and Training Conference in Sacramento, Calif.

Theatre, dance programs plan season of drama, comedy and original choreography
The Kansas State University theatre and dance programs will present a variety of music, comedy, drama and dance productions for the 2013-2014 season.



Tuesday, April 16, 2013 

Two students earn honors from the National Science Foundation
Two Kansas State University students have received awards and recognition from the National Science Foundation.

Ideas for fitness video, biodiesel project win entrepreneurial competition
Student entrepreneurs with ideas for a fitness video and a sustainable fuel project are the top winners in Kansas State University's The Next Big Thing, an entrepreneurship contest organized by the College of Business Administration's Center for Advancement of Entrepreneurship.

K-State Olathe offers summer experience in public health to high school, college students
Kansas State University's Olathe campus and the Pathways to Public Health component of One Health Kansas are teaming up to offer a summer experience in public health for high school and college students.

Sophomore leadership honorary selects members for 2013-2014
Silver Key, the sophomore leadership honorary at Kansas State University, has new members for the 2013-2014school year.



Monday, April 15, 2013 

Math competition adds up to victory for four students

Four Kansas State University students are being recognized for high placements in the 15th annual Kansas State University S. Thomas Parker Mathematics Competition.

Get your bids ready for the Travel and Dining Auction on April 26
Kansas State University's 17th annual Travel and Dining Auction, planned and executed by students, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Manhattan Conference Center adjacent to the Hilton Garden Inn.

Workshop immerses 20 Kansas teachers in food safety and security at K-State Olathe
Kansas State University Olathe, in partnership with One Health Kansas, is offering a hands-on professional development in-service program on the awareness and understanding of how to teach the science of food safety and security in the classroom.

Campus cultural connection: Union Program Council's Executive Board gains new members
The newly selected members of Kansas State University's Union Program Council's 2013-2014 Executive Board for the K-State Student Union have the opportunity to leave their mark on campus. These student leaders will plan more than 150 events for the next school year.

Like a good neighbor: State Farm supports financial education at Kansas State University
For the third consecutive year, State Farm Insurance will support Powercat Financial Counseling at Kansas State University with a $10,000 grant.


Friday, April 12, 2013  

Commodity course teaches students to manage economic risk

The course Commodity Futures, offered during August intersession, deals with the futures markets that farmers, ranchers and others can use to manage risks associated with price changes in grain and livestock commodities. It's taught by Sean Fox, professor of agricultural economics.

Itzhak Perlman performs April 21 at McCain

Itzhak Perlman, described as the "reigning virtuoso of the violin," will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium as part of the McCain Performance Series. Tickets are $37.50-$125, plus applicable taxes and fees, and can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, by phone at 785-532-6428 or online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain.

Renewable fuels focus of 2013 L.T. Fan Lecture
Renewable fuels and their associated challenges will be the topic of the spring 2013 Kansas State University L.T. Fan Lectureship in Chemical Engineering. This year's lecturer, Harvey W. Blanch, the Merck professor of biochemical engineering in the department of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, will present "Renewable fuels: A challenge for technology or for policy?" at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, in Fiedler Hall Auditorium. The lecture is free and the public is invited.

Engineering student earns Culbertson Steel Ring Scholarship

Andrew Waldman, senior in industrial engineering, is the recipient of the 2013 W. Leroy Culbertson Steel Ring Leadership Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an engineering student at the university who is graduating the following year and who carries out Culbertson's legacy of leadership and learning. Culbertson was a noted engineering graduate of Kansas State University.

K-State Olathe offers summer workshop in epidemiology to Kansas teachers

Secondary educators of science, mathematics, health, social studies or related disciplines will benefit from the three-day Teach Epidemiology workshop, June 26-28 at Kansas State University Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Drive.



Thursday, April 11, 2013 

Keane receives research excellence award from landscape architecture council
The Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture is recognizing Kansas State University's Tim Keane, professor of landscape architecture, with its 2013 Excellence in Research award at the senior level.


Students earn cash awards for sales skills at Vitaulic Sales Invitational
Just call them the champions of sales. Four Kansas State University students earned honors at the recent Victaulic Sales Invitational, a part of the university's Sales Week activities.

K-State Olathe, K-State Salina partner to offer summer youth aviation camp at Olathe campus
A Kansas State University Salina flight team and faculty will land at the Kansas State University Olathe campus, 22201 W. Innovation Drive, to offer an aviation summer youth camp July 15-17.

Human ecology honor society Kappa Omicron Nu initiates new members
Research, leadership and scholarship excellence has earned 53 Kansas State University students membership in Kappa Omicron Nu, a national human ecology honor society.



Wednesday, April 10, 2013 

President Kirk Schulz releases statement about budget recommendations for NBAF

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz commented on President Obama's budget recommendations regarding the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be built on the university campus.

A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications selects new director

Birgit Wassmuth will be the next director of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University. She will start her new job in June.

Doctoral candidates receive 2013 Sarachek fellowship, travel awards
Three Kansas State University doctoral candidates are being rewarded with Saracheck awards for their exceptional research accomplishments.

Coming-of-age story 'Kimberly Akimbo' next on stage at Purple Masque Theatre
"Kimberly Akimbo," by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 18-20 in East Stadium's Purple Masque Theatre at Kansas State University.



Tuesday, April 9, 2013 

New political science book analyzes civil-military relations in four countries
Mutual respect and shared responsibility are the keys to strong civil-military relations, according to a new book by a Kansas State University political scientist.

AT&T gift brings welcoming addition to Welcome Center
A $100,000 gift from AT&T will make the planned Welcome Center at Kansas State University even more welcoming.

Amazon ultramarathoner to speak at K-State Olathe, address water issues
National Geographic-sponsored ultramarathoner West Hansen, who led the first expedition to paddle the length of the Amazon River from its newly discovered source, will discuss his journey, touching on the Amazon as a natural, cultural, and economic resource, from 4-5 p.m. Thursday,April 18, at Kansas State University Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Drive.

Women's studies brings historian, author Stephanie Coontz to Manhattan
Social historian and author Stephanie Coontz will present two lectures for Kansas State University groups in May. Her visit is being sponsored by the department of women studies.

Physics lecturer to talk about modification of the big bang theory
A new theory on how the universe formed is the topic of the next lecture in Kansas State University's Chester Peterson Jr. Public Lecture in Physics series.



Monday, April 8, 2013 

Doris Smith's passion for education benefits students in Cloud, Republic counties
Doris D. Smith, Agenda, continued to help students of Cloud and Republic counties long after her teaching career ended. And she made sure that help would continue long after her passing.

Internship puts K-State Salina aviation student on fast track to pilot job
Zach Martin's internship will prepare his career for takeoff.

Friday, April 5, 2013 

College of Human Ecology taps Anderson to lead department of apparel, textiles and interior design

Barbara Anderson, an authority on historic preservation and sustainability, has been named head of the department of apparel, textiles and interior design at Kansas State University.

K-State Olathe, National Strategic Selling Institute sponsor sales seminar
Kansas State University's Olathe campus and College of Business Administration's National Strategic Selling Institute are teaming up to sponsor a seminar by best-selling author and sales expert Mike Weinberg called "New Sales. Simplified."



Thursday, April 4, 2013 

Kansas Department of Agriculture move to Manhattan expands research corridor at Kansas State University
With the Kansas Department of Agriculture becoming a pillar tenant at Kansas State University's Research Park, the vision for a north campus corridor of bioscience-focused research in Manhattan becomes much clearer.

Student named university's first Lawrence scholar, researching at national laboratory

Kansas State University doctoral student Clint Frye is receiving national recognition for his success as a student and his research developing new semiconductors.

Students awarded for research presentations, posters at university forum
Thirty-three undergraduate and graduate students have earned honors for their research posters and presentations at the 18th annual K-State Research Forum.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 

Sexual assault awareness advocate says rape culture a problem worldwide
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but Kansas State University's Donna Potts thinks every month should focus on the problem -- especially on college campuses throughout the world.

Kansas State University gains works by artist known for his community art in southeast Kansas
Works by an artist inspired by his southeast Kansas roots and his international experiences have a new home at Kansas State University.

College of Education faculty select Teacher of Promise recipients
Outstanding work as preservice teachers has earned two Kansas State University College of Education students the Teacher of Promise award. Recipients are Kirsten Hermreck, senior in secondary education, Garnett, and Hanna Heidebrecht, senior in elementary education with a concentration in mathematics, McPherson.

Take Back the Night April 4 on Bosco Plaza
Several Kansas State University organizations are joining forces to take a stand against all forms of violence against women.

Math department invites Fifth through 12th grade students to compete in Mathematical Olympiad
Adding to the fun of Kansas State University's All-University Open House, the math department is hosting its 17th annual Mathematical Olympiad for grade school and high school students from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 20, in 101 Cardwell Hall.

University's Emeritus Faculty Group to meet April 23
Kansas State University's retired faculty and administration will gather Tuesday, April 23, for their spring luncheon at the Manhattan Country Club.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 

Two students receive Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship honorable mention
Two Kansas State University students are among 50 honorable mentions selected nationally for the Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship. The students are Kaitlin Morgan, sophomore in animal sciences and industry and agricultural communications, Deerfield, and Barret Wellemeyer, sophomore in civil engineering, Derby.

'SpringDance' steps into McCain Auditorium April 5-6
Kansas State University's "SpringDance 2013" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 5-6 in McCain Auditorium.

The Next Big Thing finalists presenting entrepreneurial ideas April 4
Students from majors across Kansas State University will compete against their peers for a winning spot in The Next Big Thing. Guitar lessons, a recording studio, furniture design, fitness and a clothing line are some of the business ideas that have made it to the final round.

Center on Aging presents workshop Personhood and Dementia
A music therapist and an award-winning filmmaker will speak at the workshop Personhood and Dementia on Tuesday, April 23, at the Holiday Inn in Manhattan.

5K/fun run for Johnson Cancer Research Center April 13 at K-State Salina
The Veterans and Military Association at Kansas State University Salina is hosting a 5K race and one-mile fun run to benefit the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center on Saturday, April 13. Registration will start at 8 a.m. at the Student Life Center gymnasium and the run/walk will start at 9 a.m. The race route goes through the K-State Salina campus.

K-State's Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. named outstanding undergraduate chapter
One of Kansas State University's Greek organizations is the best in the Midwest.

Monday, April 1, 2013 

Got five minutes? Save a life.
In less time than it takes to brush your teeth, you can register to become a bone marrow donor and begin the process to save a life. That's what the Kansas State University community will have the opportunity to do on April 16, 17 and 20 at various campus locations.

K-State Olathe graduate horticulture program readies to launch with first faculty hire
Kansas State University Olathe is launching a graduate-level program in horticulture and has hired the program's first faculty member.

K-State Salina technology management program goes the distance for community college students
Students from every community college in the state have the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in technology management now that Kansas State University Salina has signed 2+2 agreements with all 19 community colleges in Kansas and with three technical colleges.

Native American Student Association offers cultural events in April
Kansas State University's Native American Student Association will sponsor several activities in April to celebrate Native American culture.

Homes selected for annual McCain Holiday Home Tour on Dec. 8
Among the stops on the 2013 McCain Holiday Home Tour will be private homes, a bed and breakfast, and a sorority house.

Food service sustainability leader to give Shugart lecture on April 25
Kansas State University alumna Mary B. Gregoire, a registered dietitian and charter fellow of the American Dietetic Association, will present the 39th annual Grace M. Shugart Lecture at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.