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December 2011

Friday, Dec. 23, 2011

Conquering adversity: Battle with life-threatening illness helps student from Leavenworth find career path

Like most college students, Melanie Lee, a Kansas State University senior in pre-nursing from Leavenworth, went into her college career with one major, but will graduate with a different one. However, unlike other students, her decision to change majors was due to a life-altering event.


Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

A service-oriented scholar: Senior from Leavenworth named one of new faces of college engineering

DeeAnn Turpin is passionate about creating a more sustainable environment.


Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

Journalistic excellence: Senior receives prestigious award in Hearst feature writing contest

A Kansas State University senior has earned a fourth-place finish in a national writing contest for her article about accepting her gay father.

Major addition: Salina campus phasing in leadership studies minor

Kansas State University's popular leadership studies minor is spreading.

Four decades forward: Intersession history, record-breaking milestones support students between terms

A 1968 Kansas State Collegian editorial stated that an interim class session between terms would benefit students and give the university "a chance to move into another new era of education."


Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

Make a cultural resolution: January time to enjoy music, art, Frankenstein and more at K-State

A new year brings new opportunities to enjoy the arts at Kansas State University. January events include art exhibitions, music and dance performances, and two presentations in the McCain Performance Series.

A high recognition: American Physical Society elects Thumm, Law as fellows for contributions to physics

Two Kansas State University physicists known for their work in theoretical atomic and liquid surface physics have been named fellows of the American Physical Society.

Class acts: Honor society recognizes students for outstanding academic work

Academic excellence has earned several Kansas State University students honors from the university's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

Excellence on board: Avionics students earn industry certifications

When it comes to aviation electronics, students in Kansas State University Salina's avionics program are proving they know their stuff.


Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

In tune with the times: Music students play finals for virtual audience of professional musicians

Just call them virtual virtuosos. For their final performance exams on Dec. 12, applied percussion students at Kansas State University had to play before a virtual panel of professional musicians, including a retired member of the New York Philharmonic. 

Lifelong learners: Graduate students' successes recognized with national honor society award

While their chosen career and academic paths may run the gamut, three award winners in the Kansas State University family have one passion in common: learning.


Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

Shortening the to-do list: Wichita alum's gift modernizing longtime geology lab

It's not every day that you hear someone's bucket list includes a major gift to a university. But in the case of George Jones, Wichita, a gift to Kansas State University was a top priority — and his contribution of $100,000 to the university's department of geology is helping renovate a 50-year-old laboratory space into a modern geochemistry teaching lab.

Head of the class: Graduate students win best paper award at international computer security conference

A paper on computer network security has earned two Kansas State University graduate students a major international conference honor.

Achieving excellence: Phi Kappa Phi honor society initiates new members

Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, has more than 140 new members from Kansas State University.

A world of difference: Alum's gift to help architecture, planning and design students study abroad

In today's global society, gaining an understanding of the world through international experience is an increasingly important element of a university education.


Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

Ready to serve: Army ROTC cadets say troop withdrawals won't change their plans for military careers

As the U.S. withdrawals troops from Iraq, Army ROTC cadets with Kansas State University's Wildcat Battalion say they aren't worried that the move will affect their futures, whether through reductions in force or limiting opportunities for quick advancement.


Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011

House rules: Housing and dining services staffers receive recognition at annual conference for hard work

Staff with Kansas State University's housing and dining services spend much of their time making life convenient for those they serve. At a recent conference, these efforts were applauded through various awards to recognize the accomplishment of the department's shining stars.


Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

Tradition of excellence: Student chapter of associated general contractors selected again as among nation's best

Kansas State University's student chapter of Associated General Contractors has received considerable acclaim for its philanthropic work. The Associated General Contractors of America selected the chapter in 2009 and 2010 as one of the best collegiate groups in the nation. Little changed in 2011 as the chapter was selected as the second best collegiate group in the nation.


Monday, Dec. 12, 2011

Analyzing anti-trafficking activism: Researcher studies the globalization of sex trafficking and the organizations that work to stop it

In today's world, human trafficking is not an isolated problem, but a growing global issue. A Kansas State University professor is studying ways that anti-trafficking groups are fighting back.

Ending on a high note: K-State business senior receives outstanding student award

For the first time in the history of Kansas State University's College of Business Administration, an international student has been chosen as the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award. Jinzi Chen, a senior in management, was recognized for the award at the college's commencement ceremony Dec. 10.


Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

Northcutt joins K-State Olathe as marketing communications coordinator

Kristi Northcutt has joined the Kansas State University Olathe staff as the marketing communications coordinator, filling a crucial role in the continually developing staff, according to campus CEO Dan Richardson.

Saluting excellence: ROTC units honor cadets for outstanding work in the classroom and field

Outstanding academic and military performance has earned several cadets with Kansas State University's Air Force and Army ROTC programs honors.

Meeting the challenge: Students from Manhattan, Wichita win business ethics competition

Finding the ethical solution to a problem is not an easy task, but students at Kansas State University get the chance to practice their analytical thinking and resolve an ethics dilemma in the ConocoPhillips Business Ethics Case Competitions, which are sponsored by the College of Business Administration and the ConocoPhillips Excellence in Business Ethics Initiative.


Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011

Always in tune: Music expert says Christmas music not just limited to the season, and happiness it brings may be the reason

If it seems the sounds of the season -- "Jingle Bells," "Deck the Halls," "Joy to the World" and other holiday favorites -- are being heard more and more out of season, a Kansas State University music expert says there's a reason.

Dedicated to teaching: Curriculum and instruction professor is awarded faculty excellence award

The College of Education at Kansas State University has chosen Jeong-Hee Kim, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction, as the recipient of this year's Faculty Excellence in Research/Creative Activities Award.

Decking the halls: Interior design students team up to decorate president's home for the holidays

The holiday decorating talents of Kansas State University interior design students are now on display in a very important campus setting: the home of the Kirk and Noel Schulz, the university president and first lady.

Ready to serve: Air Force, Army ROTC cadets earn commissions

Commissioning ceremonies Friday, Dec. 9, at Kansas State University will provide 14 new second lieutenants for the U.S. military. The new officers are also receiving their bachelor's degrees from the university at commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 10.

Spread the word: Food safety expert says blogs, other online tools help land-grant universities strengthen connection with public

Blogs and other forms of social media are ideal tools to further the goals of academic institutions, especially the research, education and extension activities of land-grant universities like Kansas State.


Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011

Oh the irony: For children, some sarcastic comments can be lost in translation

It turns out irony and sarcasm are completely lost on youth. Yeah, right.

A Greener Future: Engineering Students Help Make President's Residence More Energy Efficient

Students from the department of architectural engineering and construction science recently had the opportunity to refine a piece of Kansas State University history.

Hometown Help: Grants to K-State Salina Benefit Local Students, Small Business

A Kansas State University Salina student organization will use two recently awarded grants to help the community.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

In need of comfort and joy: Developing community of connections, meaningful relationships can make holidays better for nursing home residents

The holidays can be a tough time for residents of nursing homes, especially those who recently made the transition from living on their own, according to a Kansas State University expert on aging.

Distinguished success: Industrial engineer, children's literature expert earn 2011-2012 Commerce Bank faculty awards

Kansas State University professors Zhijian "ZJ" Pei and Philip Nel are the 2011-2012 Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty award winners.

Role model: Former K-State volleyball player to be College of Business Adminsitration's student commencement speaker

In less than a month, Kansas State University's Charissa Dugan will start her first full-time job. But before taking on the challenges of the work force, Dugan has once last challenge to complete at the university: serving as the student commencement speaker for the College of Business Administration.

Supplying a need: Scholarship from Supply Chain Management Council helps student explore career in field

A scholarship from a regional industry group will help a Kansas State University student pursue her interest in supply chain management.


Monday, Dec. 5, 2011

Hard work pays off: K-State students receive more than 9,500 scholarships

More than 9,500 academic scholarships have been awarded to Kansas State University students for the 2011-2012 school year. Overall, K-State students have earned more than $18.5 million in scholarships.


Friday, Dec. 2, 2011

Chopper power: Partnership with universal helicopters enhances flight training at K-State Salina

Helicopter flight training at Kansas State University is getting a boost through a partnership with Universal Helicopters.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011

Approaching the finish line: More than 1,600 students to graduate Dec. 9 and 10

Commencement ceremonies for Kansas State University will take place Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, on the university campuses in Manhattan and Salina. More than 1,655 students are candidates for graduation.

Time to shine: K-State students participate in fall commencement with talents, speeches

Kansas State University's fall commencement ceremonies will be highlighted by personal touches from its own students. During the ceremonies Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10, several students will speak or perform for their classmates, families and administrators.

Project cotton: Apparel and textile design students ready for runway with cotton fashions

Students in Kansas State University's apparel and textile design program are getting hands-on experience and a glimpse of what it takes to be a real-world designer.

Going green: Seminar looks at natural resources and production of bioenergy and sustainable products

How to effectively use our natural resources in the production of sustainable products and bioenergy will be the focus of an upcoming seminar at Kansas State University. Global Aspects of Bio-based Products and Bioenergy will be offered Jan. 9-11, 2012, in Rathbone Hall.

A bug's life: Entomology graduate student hopes research will translate into real-world improvements for sorghum growers

The Entomological Society of America is recognizing a Kansas State University graduate student for her work in the field.