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April 2015    

Friday, May 1, 2015

Manhattan student takes second place in international competition
John Dempster, a Kansas State University senior in accounting and economics from Manhattan, placed second in the 2015 Capsim Foundation Business Simulation Challenge, an international competition that featured 788 students from business schools in 34 countries.

Australian Fulbright senior scholar visits university for Oz to Oz program
Peter Kell, a 2014-2015 Fulbright senior scholar, will visit Kansas State University on May 7-8 as part of the Oz to Oz program.

College of Human Ecology names 17 outstanding graduating seniors
The College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University is honoring 17 graduating seniors for excellence.

College of Veterinary Medicine collaboration selects four Chinese students for veterinary medical degree
Four Chinese students have been selected to take their pre-veterinary studies at Kansas State University in the fall through the U.S.-China Joint DVM Program, a collaboration involving the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health in the university's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Patented compound kills various human pathogenic fungi, may improve human health
A now-patented substance from two Kansas State University researchers may be an all-purpose solution for stopping fungus.

Kansas State University releases results from first comprehensive climate survey
Results from a universitywide climate survey released April 29 show that a high number of overall respondents — 84 percent — are comfortable or very comfortable with the climate at Kansas State University. Climate was defined as the current attitudes, behaviors and standards of faculty, staff and students regarding the level of respect for individual needs, abilities and potential.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kansas State University awards $500,000 to boost global food systems research by faculty
Kansas State University has awarded $500,000 to faculty members who are taking on some of the world's food challenges created by a rapidly increasing population.

University's 2015-2016 Coffman chair to focus on increasing faculty engagement
Kansas State University's 2015-2016 Coffman chair for distinguished teaching scholarsDon Saucier, associate professor of psychological sciences, is determined to bring the love for education back to the classroom.

Economic instability could contribute to low fertility rates, finds new research
The number of women in the United States who are childless is at an all-time high. New research from Kansas State University suggests it may be due to the country's economic downturn.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Aquatic ecologist says dams are boxing in fish — indicators of environmental health — causing them to disappear from Kansas
Several species of fish — including the peppered chub and the plains minnow — were found to be severely declining in the Great Plains.

Kansas State University Salina joins Air Associates for professional pilot program recruitment at Cessna Demo Day
Kansas State University Salina faculty will give presentations on the university's aviation program at the annual Air Associates of Kansas Cessna Demo Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 2, at 12901 W. 151st St., Olathe.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Mortar Board selects new members for 2015-2016
Mortar Board Senior Honor Society at Kansas State University has selected its new members for the 2015-2016 school year.

Ted and Sue Knapp Delineation Competition selects nine APDesign students to receive awards
Work by students from Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign, for the annual Ted and Sue Knapp Delineation Competition is on display in the Chang Gallery at Seaton Hall through Friday, May 1. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Michael Feinstein's 'The Sinatra Project' coming to McCain
The McCain Performance Series will present Michael Feinstein's "The Sinatra Project," a celebration of Frank Sinatra, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10, in McCain Auditorium.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring clean your finances with these tips from a financial expert
Wanting to rid yourself of paper bills but don't know what to keep? A Kansas State University financial planner explains what you can toss and why cleaning your financial health is about more than just trashing some documents.

National Strategic Selling Institute again named one of nation's top sales programs
For the fourth consecutive year, the National Strategic Selling Institute in Kansas State University's College of Business Administration has been named one of the top sales programs in the country by the Sales Education Foundation.

Top scholarship awarded to Kansas State University architectural engineering graduate student
A Kansas State University graduate student in architectural engineering is the recipient of a $6,000 scholarship from the Besal Lighting Education Fund, one of the top scholarships for students in the field.

Kansas State University Salina selected by Textron Aviation as partner in Top Hawk program
Kansas State University Salina's aviation program is an inaugural participant in Textron Aviation's Top Hawk program and will be given full use of a Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft, which is considered the world standard for pilot training.


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Kansas State University Student Employee of the Year honor goes to student from Benton
A student who took on the challenge of full-time studies and assistant manager of Kansas State University's Horse Unit is the university's inaugural Student Employee of the Year.

Kansas State University to host Shakespeare's First Folio exhibition in February 2016
The only place in Kansas to catch the national traveling exhibition"First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare" will be Feb. 1-28, 2016, at Kansas State University.


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kansas State University honors Kassebaum Baker with honorary doctorate
A native Kansan and former U.S. senator for nearly two decades will receive an honorary doctorate from Kansas State University.

K-State veterinarian outlines safety guidelines for kids handling animals
Kansas State University veterinarians say it's great to encourage children to become interested in animals at a young age, but there are certain precautions and guidelines you should know.

Tammy Beckham named College of Veterinary Medicine dean at Kansas State University
Following a national search, Kansas State University has named Tammy Beckham as its next dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, effective Aug. 2.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Kansas State University students receive Goldwater scholarship, honorable mention
Kansas State University student Joshua Nelson, Salina, is the university's newest Barry M. Goldwater scholar and Aaron Messerla, Manhattan, is a Goldwater scholarship honorable mention.

K-State Salina names aviation workforce development veteran as airport management program lead
Tara Harl is the new airport management program lead at Kansas State University Salina. Harl is the first full-time faculty member hired specifically for the program since it was established in 2011. She has more than 30 years of experience as a pilot, business owner, consultant, researcher and professor.

College of Business Administration selects new student ambassadors
Kansas State University's College of Business Administration has selected new student ambassadors for the 2015-2016 school year.


Monday, April 20, 2015

University team places in international architectural, engineering competition
Kansas State University continued its winning ways in an annual international architectural and engineering competition by finishing as the runner-up in the event's structural design category.

Staley School of Leadership Studies announces inaugural class of Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows
The Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University has selected its inaugural class for its newest leadership development program, the Snyder Leadership Legacy Fellows.

Financial planners to offer free advice at university on May 1
Financial planning professionals from around Kansas, including at Kansas State University, will offer pro bono financial advice to students and the community at Financial Planning Day on Friday, May 1.

Accident incident at 1800 Kimball
Shortly after 10:30 a.m. Monday, a work site injury was reported at the construction site of the new KSU Foundation building and K-State Office Park, located at 1800 Kimball Ave.

Friday, April 17, 2015

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

Kansas State University researchers suggest ways to develop healthy eating habits in a child — start early and eat your vegetables
A healthy diet promotes success in life — better concentration and alertness, better physical health that translates into good mental and emotional health.

Sidebar: What a child should eat
Tanda Kidd, associate professor of human nutrition and Extension specialist, and Paula Peters, associate professor of human nutrition and Extension assistant, give nutritional guidelines for children from 2 to 5 years old.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Engineer improves rechargeable batteries with MoS2 nano 'sandwich'
The key to better cellphones and other rechargeable electronics may be in tiny "sandwiches" made of nanosheets, according to mechanical engineering research from Kansas State University. 

Ballet 'Don Quixote' brings bullfighters, gypsies, romance and chivalry to McCain
The Russian National Ballet Theatre will perform "Don Quixote," the ballet based on Miguel de Cervantes' epic tale of romance and chivalry at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium.

Kansas State University communication scholar suggests strategies to build language, listening skills
Learning communication skills begins the day a baby is born.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pianist, professor Slawomir Dobrzanski highlights Friends of K-State Libraries event
Start the month of May on the right note by enjoying music, dessert and wine with your friends at an encore piano performance by Slawomir Dobrzanski, associate professor of music at Kansas State University.

Kansas State University child development scholar suggests strategies to build foundation for empathy, tolerance
When a child feels valued, he sees values in others. When he realizes he has his own thoughts and emotions, he understands that others do, too. When his ideas and feelings are respected, he learns to respect them in others.

Dinner with parents proves uncomfortable in comedy 'You Can't Take it With You'
K-State Theatre, a part of Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, will present the comedy "You Can’t Take It With You"by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Showtimes and dates are 7:30 p.m. April 23-25 and April 30-May 2, and at 2:30 p.m. May 3 in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre at Nichols Hall.

Kansas State University, St. John's Military School sign institutional partnership agreement
Kansas State University will enhance its support of St. John's Military School after signing a partnership agreement with the institution on April 14 to assist the school's students in preparing for higher education.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Veterinarian explains what every dog owner should know about disease
A Kansas State University veterinarian explains what pet owners need to know about canine influenza and how they can protect their pet.

Kansas State University family therapist suggests parents relearn to play
This is the third in a series celebrating Week of the Young Child, April 12-18. In the stories, Kansas State University researchers and scholars suggest how to raise a healthy child who will grow into a competent, capable adult: building foundations in healthy food choices, physical activity, empathy and tolerance, mental health, listening and language. This story looks at the importance of playtime.

Two faculty members honored as university distinguished professors
Kansas State University has selected jazz musician Wayne Goins and nuclear engineer Douglas McGregor as the newest university distinguished professors.

University's Developing Scholars to share research at annual symposium
The 15th annual Developing Scholars Program Research Poster Symposium at Kansas State University will be 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 19, in the K-State Student Union's Ballroom.

College of Veterinary Medicine's Shelter Medicine Mobile Surgery Unit brings veterinary services to area animal shelters
Starting May 11, fourth-year veterinary students at Kansas State University will man the College of Veterinary Medicine's new Shelter Medicine Mobile Surgery Unit, bringing veterinary care to area animal shelters.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Kansas State University lab reports increase in rabies cases, urges awareness
The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, which conducts tests on suspected cases of rabies in the state, is reporting a spike in the number of positive results compared to the same period a year ago. The lab has found 28 positive rabies cases from January through March of this year, up from 10 positives for the same three months in 2014.

Raising a child: First you make eye contact, suggests Kansas State University child development scholar
This is the first in a series celebrating the Week of the Young Child, April 12-18. In these stories, Kansas State University researchers and scholars suggest how to raise a healthy child who will grow into a competent, capable adult: building foundations in healthy food choices, physical activity, empathy and tolerance, mental health, listening and language. This story looks at how to enrich that special connection between a child and parents.

Raising a child: Kansas State University physical activity scientist suggests strategies to keep children on the move
This is the second in a series celebrating Week of the Young Child, April 12-18. In the stories, Kansas State University researchers and scholars suggest how to raise a healthy child who will grow into a competent, capable adult: building foundations in healthy food choices, physical activity, empathy and tolerance, mental health, listening and language. This story looks at children and exercise.

Artist Sean Starowitz's three-day D-LAB residency at Beach Museum explores food-related issues
The Center for Food Perception and Aesthetics, April 15-17 in the Beach Museum of Art's Vanier Gallery, is a socially engaged, collaborative project of artist-researcher Sean Starowitz's Dialogue-Lab, or D-LAB.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Beta Alpha Psi teams up with KPMG to provide books for Woodrow Wilson Elementary School students
The Kansas State University chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting honorary organization, partnered with accounting firm KPMG to provide more than $850 in books for students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Manhattan on April 8.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Abaxis gives $250,000 for newly established Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases at Kansas State University
A $250,000 gift from Abaxis to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University helps establish the new Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases. The center is an interdisciplinary research center with a mission to combat vector-borne diseases with a focus on pathogenesis, surveillance and disease prevention.

Research work pays off for graduate students at annual research forum
Oral and poster presentations have earned 31 Kansas State University graduate students scholarships at the Graduate Student Council's 20th annual K-State Research Forum.

'Spencers: Theatre of Illusion' brings magic, mystery, humor and more to McCain Auditorium
The magic of illusion is coming to McCain Auditorium at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Engineering senior from Solomon receives Tau Beta Pi fellowship
Ryan Whelchel, senior in architectural engineering, Solomon, has been awarded a graduate fellowship from the national Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He will receive a cash stipend of $10,000 to pursue a graduate degree in civil engineering, with an emphasis on structural engineering, in 2015-2016 at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Kansas State University summer courses helping students graduate on time
On average, only 36 percent of full-time students in four-year degree programs graduate on time, according to a report by Complete College America. Their research indicates that graduating even one year later can cost students nearly $70,000 in lost wages and school expenses.

Study finds Kansas State University best value college in Kansas
The best place in Kansas to get the most bang for your education bucks? It's Kansas State University, according to a new study by SmartAsset, a financial data and technology company.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Union Pacific Case Competition chooses representatives for next stage of regional event
The winning team in Kansas State University's Union Pacific Case Competition will head to Omaha, Nebraska, on April 10 to take part in the next phase of the event.

K-State Salina's Civic Luncheon Lecture to examine big data and its use in business decisions
A University of Kansas professor will present the next Civic Luncheon Lecture at noon Thursday, April 9, at Kansas State University Salina's College Center conference room. The topic will be "Big Data: Implications and Applications."

Keshia Knight Pulliam from 'Cosby Show' to speak at Kansas State University
The actress who played Rudy Huxtable in the popular sitcom "The Cosby Show" will speak at Kansas State University. Keshia Knight Pulliam will be a speaker in the Alpha Phi Alpha Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the ballroom at the K-State Alumni Center.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Peine Foundation grant to Beach Museum providing visual art training to USD 383 teachers
A grant from the Caroline Peine Charitable Foundation is helping Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art provide Visual Thinking Strategies training to USD 383 teachers.

20 veterinary students receive scholarship awards from Zoetis and American Veterinary Medical Foundation
The 2015 Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship, worth $2,000, is being awarded to 20 second- and third-year veterinary medicine students at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Friday, April 3, 2015

College of Veterinary Medicine establishes Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases at Kansas State University
Kansas State University is establishing the Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases in the College of Veterinary Medicine. It will be led by Roman Ganta, professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology. Ganta researches vector-borne pathogen infections.

Get the perfect spring bloom by picking the right bud, says floriculture expert
A Kansas State University floriculture expert gives tips on how to pick flowers that will be in perfect bloom this spring.

Kansas State University Salina honors 50 years of higher education, kicks off anniversary celebration at open house
The K-State Salina Open House, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11, will mark the start of another celebration on the campus: its golden anniversary.

Construction science and management students earn scholarships at national convention
Eight construction science and management students at Kansas State University have earned $2,500 scholarships through the Associated General Contractors of America.

Students achieve high results in Putnam Mathematical Competition
A team from Kansas State University has placed in the top 20 percent of the Putnam Mathematical Competition, an international event.


Thursday, April 2, 2015

'Million Dollar Quartet' ready to rock April 13 at McCain Auditorium
The McCain Performance Series is bringing rock 'n' roll to Manhattan in a show inspired by some of the biggest names in the genre who got together for a once-in-a-lifetime jam session. "Million Dollar Quartet" will begin to rock at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University.

School nutrition and dietetics leader to present 41st Shugart Lecture
Penny McConnell, widely recognized as a national leader in school nutrition and dietetics, will present the 41st annual Grace M. Shugart Lecture at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, on Kansas State University's Manhattan campus.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Students show off mathematics skills at annual competition
Five Kansas State University students beat the odds — and the evens — at the university's recent 17th annual S. Thomas Parker Mathematics Competition.