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February 2010


Friday, Feb. 26, 2010


K-STATE MOCK TRIAL TEAM EARNS BID TO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES: Kansas State University's Mock Trial Team has qualified for its first-ever trip to the American Mock Trial Association's Championship Series.

YALE EXPERT ON GLOBAL POVERTY AND JUSTICE TO PRESENT UNIVERSITY DISTINGUISHED LECTURE AT K-STATE MARCH 8: Thomas Pogge, a professor of philosophy and international affairs at Yale University, will present "Human Rights and Global Justice" at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, at the Kansas State University Alumni Center.

MARCH IS MUSICAL MONTH AT K-STATE WITH A VARIETY OF PERFORMANCES: Kansas State University's department of music has several performances planned for the month of March.


Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010


MARCH MADNESS OFFICE POOLS, WHILE ILLEGAL, NOT IN SAME LEAGUE AS GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS AND TAXPAYER MONEY FOR CEO SALARIES, SAYS K-STATE BUSINESS ETHICS EXPERT: A Kansas State University business ethics expert has long observed that what businesses lose in productivity to March Madness betting pools they may gain in worker morale.

K-STATE'S GARY PIERZYNSKI NAMED INTERIM DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND INTERIM DIRECTOR OF K-STATE RESEARCH AND EXTENSION: Kansas State University's Gary Pierzynski has been named dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension, both on an interim basis. The appointment is effective Monday, March 1.

SAFEZONE ONLINE SIMULATION TRAINING OFFERS K-STATERS SKILLS NECESSARY TO HELP AT-RISK STUDENTS: How should a professor respond to a student who is expressing symptoms of depression or expressing suicidal tendencies? What does one say and how does one say it? These are questions that a recently-implemented Kansas State University at-risk training program is addressing.


Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010


K-STATE PRESIDENT PROPOSES BUDGET CUTS COUPLED WITH NEW REVENUE SOURCES: Financial times are tough at Kansas State University and cuts are going to hurt, said President Kirk Schulz during an open budget forum Tuesday. Sidebar

K-STATE SENIOR FROM McPHERSON IS A FINALIST IN TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION: Kansas State University's Amy Sents, McPherson, has been named a finalist in the 2010 Harry S. Truman Scholarship competition.

FLAMENCO VIVO CARLOTA SANTANA COMING TO K-STATE'S MCCAIN AUDITORIUM: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, one of the nation's premier flamenco and Spanish dance companies, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium.

K-STATE CHEMISTRY SYMPOSIUM FOR HIGH SCHOOL, COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS APRIL 15: Energy-related issues and research related to the disciplines of chemistry, physics and chemical engineering will be the focus of Kansas State University's fourth annual Chemistry Symposium for high school and community college students Thursday, April 15.


Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010


WIDOWS SEEKING ASSISTANCE FROM K-STATE FINANCIAL THERAPY CLINIC, TIPS FOR OLDER COUPLES NEEDING TO EXAMINE THEIR FINANCIAL FUTURE TOGETHER: Losing a spouse can be one of the most trying and emotional periods in an individual's life. However, as staff at the Kansas State University Financial Therapy Clinic are discovering, what may be just as trying for individuals is dealing with the financial situation a loved one leaves behind.

K-STATE'S COUNCIL OF THE LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS IS THE FIRST ON A UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN KANSAS: Kansas State University has become the only university in the state with an on-campus council of the League of United Latin American Citizens. The national council of the league officially recognized K-State's council and 18 of its members in January.

K-STATE OPERA THEATER TO PRESENT 'THE HOTEL CASABLANCA': Kansas State University Opera Theater will present "The Hotel Casablanca" at 7:30 p.m. March 3-6 and a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. March 7, all in Nichols Theater.


Monday, Feb. 22, 2010


K-STATE CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR RECEIVES NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION CAREER AWARD, THE DEPARTMENT'S FOURTH: A Kansas State University chemist is receiving a National Science Foundation CAREER award that will allow her to improve the laboratory experience for undergraduates and conduct research that could lead to clean and renewable sources of energy.

K-STATE ART PROFESSOR TO RECEIVE NATIONAL TEACHING AWARD: Kansas State University's Yoshiro Ikeda, university distinguished professor of art, will be presented with the Excellence in Teaching Award at the 44th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. The conference will be March 31-April 3 in Philadelphia, Pa.

K-STATE WOMEN'S STUDIES PROGRAM BRINGING AUTHOR, SPEAKER AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEER JILL TIETJEN TO CAMPUS FOR WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: The women's studies program at Kansas State University is bringing author, speaker and electrical engineer Jill Tietjen to campus for a series of events as part of K-State's observance of National Women's History Month in March.


Friday, Feb. 19, 2010


PROSPECTIVE CONSUMERS SAY NO THANKS TO WALLET PHONES, K-STATE STUDY FINDS; CONSUMERS MORE LIKELY TO ACCEPT AIRLINE, MOVIE TICKETS ON PHONES, PROFESSOR SAYS: Of the things users expect their cell phones to be -- address book, calendar, camera, music player -- a wallet isn't one of them, according to research by a Kansas State University marketing professor.

NEWS TIP: K-STATE PERSONAL FINANCE EXPERT SAYS NEW LAW LIMITS CREDIT CARD AVAILABILITY TO COLLEGE STUDENTS AND CAN HELP WITH DEBT MANAGEMENT: Jodi Kaus, director of Powercat Financial Counseling at Kansas State University, is available to discuss a new federal law limiting credit card availability to young people and how it will affect some college students.

THE ROLE OF ANIMAL AGRICULTURE IN MAXIMIZING THE WORLD'S LAND RESOURCES FOR FOOD PRODUCTION TOPIC OF LECTURE AT K-STATE: The role of animal agriculture in maximizing the world's land resources for food production will be the topic of a public lecture by Dr. Dan Upson, veterinarian and professor emeritus of anatomy and physiology at Kansas State University.

BLUE KEY NAMES K-STATE STUDENT MOST OUTSTANDING COLLEGIATE MEMBER, WHILE SECOND K-STATE STUDENT TO SERVE ON BLUE KEY BOARD OF DIRECTORS: A Kansas State University student has been recognized as the outstanding collegiate member of Blue Key, the national senior leadership honorary, while a second K-State student has been elected to Blue Key's board of directors.


Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010


K-STATE REPORTS RECORD SPRING ENROLLMENT: Kansas State University has its largest spring enrollment ever with 21,570 students.

K-STATE STUDY SHOWS PEOPLE NOT ONLY JUDGE MOTHERS BASED ON WORK STATUS, BUT ALSO VALUE THE WOMEN'S CHILDREN AND THE MOTHER-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS DIFFERENTLY: Although a woman's role in the home varies, a recent study shows that people favor not only a mother, but also her child and their relationship when she is not employed outside the home full time.

K-STATE AWARDS 19 ELITE SCHOLARSHIPS, INCLUDING TWO RECIPIENTS OF LARGEST SCHOLARSHIP IN KANSAS: Kansas State University has awarded more than $200,000 in scholarships to 19 outstanding high school seniors from Kansas, including two recipients of the largest scholarship in Kansas.

FOUR K-STATE STUDENTS COMPETE FOR GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIPS: Kansas State University has nominated four students for Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships: Shane Scott, Dodge City; Emily Tummons, Leawood; Andrew Satterlee, Overland Park; and Gage Brummer, Prairie Village.


Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010


RESEARCHERS GET WINE TASTING DOWN TO A SCIENCE AS K-STATE PROFESSOR, COLLEAGUE USE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS TO QUANTIFY THE IMPACT OF PLACE ON FRENCH WINE: Using geography, a Kansas State University professor and his colleague are working to back up what wine-lovers already know to be true.

K-STATE STUDENT EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR HER VOLUNTARY SERVICE TO YOUTH: Exemplary volunteer service to youth has earned a Kansas State University student the Scholar of Promise Award from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Megan Lazzo, senior in family studies and human services, Wichita, is among 29 college students nationwide earning the honor for 2009.

K-STATE'S STUDENTS IN FREE ENTERPRISE ORGANIZATION HOST TO BUSINESS ETHICS CASE COMPETITION FEB. 20: Kansas State University's Students in Free Enterprise organization will be host to a Business Ethics Case Competition, Feb. 18-20.


Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010


FINDING THAT INDEPENDENTLY-OWNED ETHNIC RESTAURANTS HAVE MORE FOOD SAFETY VIOLATIONS, K-STATE RESEARCHERS SEEK WAYS TO HELP BUSINESS OWNERS COMPLY: Diners who are skeptical of the food safety practices in ethnic restaurants have new research to back up some of their assumptions.

K-STATE GARDENS' 2010 LUNCHEON SERIES BEGINS MARCH 5: The 2010 Kansas State University Gardens Luncheon Series begins March 5 and will include speakers throughout the year on cultivation of annuals from seed, carefree maintenance of the hardy daylily and home holiday decorating with plants.


Monday, Feb. 15, 2010


K-STATE GRADUATE STUDENT RECEIVES GRANT FROM NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION FOR HIS DISSERTATION RESEARCH: An $8,500 grant from the National Science Foundation will help Kansas State University's Travis Linnemann, doctoral student in sociology, with his dissertation research

K-STATE RESEARCHERS CHARACTERIZE MOSQUITO GENES TO LEARN HOW INSECTS DEFEND AGAINST PARASITE THAT CAUSES MALARIA IN HUMANS; RESEARCH COULD BENEFIT DISEASE CONTROL:  By unraveling the mysteries that exist within the molecular composition of mosquitoes, a team of Kansas State University researchers is trying to discover how the insects survive a parasite that causes malaria in humans.



Friday, February 12, 2010


K-STATE EXPERT SAYS MALE COLLEGE STUDENTS ALSO VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE AT GIRLFRIENDS' HANDS; VIOLENCE AMONG COLLEGE COUPLES OFTEN INVOLVES MUTUAL PUSHING, SHOVING: Thinking about a typical victim of college dating violence, you're probably imagining her, not him. Researchers often think the same way, according to a Kansas State University expert on intimate partner violence. Sandra Stith, a professor of family studies and human services, said most research has looked at men as offenders and women as victims.

CELEBRATED BROADWAY MUSICAL 'ANNIE' TO HIT THE STAGE AT K-STATE'S MCCAIN AUDITORIUM: "Annie," one of America's best-known musicals, will make a touring stop at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.


Thursday, February 11, 2010


EXPECTATIONS DETERMINE WHETHER WIFE OUTEARNING HUSBAND IS MARITAL SORE SPOT, K-STATE EXPERTS SAY; SUGGEST CONVERSATIONS COUPLES SHOULD HAVE IF SITUATION ARISES: When a wife is the primary breadwinner, whether it's a big issue or a nonissue in the marriage depends largely on expectations, according to two financial therapists at Kansas State University.

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE PARTNERS WITH DELL PEROT SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE INTERNSHIPS TO K-STATE STUDENTS: The Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University has partnered with Dell Perot Systems Engineering Services Group, or eServ, to provide K-State students internships.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010


K-STATE AT SALINA'S ERIC SHAPPEE EARNS MASTER FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION FOR FIFTH TIME: Eric Shappee, associate professor of aviation at Kansas State University at Salina, has renewed his Master Certificated Flight Instructor accreditation for a fifth time.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010


K-STATE CHIEF OF STAFF CHARLES REAGAN ANNOUNCES HIS RETURN TO THE FACULTY: After serving in the office of the president for the past 24 years, Charles Reagan has announced that he will be returning to the faculty at the end of this academic year. He directly served Presidents Jon Wefald and Kirk Schulz during a K-State career which began in 1967. He began working in the president's office in 1986.

AFRICAN GOSPEL GROUP LADYSMITH BLACK MAMBAZO TO PERFORM AT K-STATE'S MCCAIN AUDITORIUM: The Grammy-winning a cappella ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium. The 10-member group is known worldwide for combining its native South African musical traditions with the sounds and sentiments of gospel music.

K-STATE NOMINATES FIVE STUDENTS FOR TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIPS: Kansas State University is nominating five students to compete for Harry S. Truman Scholarships, worth $30,000. The nominees are Amy Sents, McPherson; Taylor Connolly, Overland Park; Kristi Mendenhall, Salina; Julie Chelewski, Rifle, Colo., and Samuel Brinton, Perry, Iowa.

K-STATE'S KIM WILLIAMS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING IN THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES: A Kansas State University professor who believes in providing extensive hands-on learning opportunities for her students is the recipient of the 2009 North Central Region Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching the Food and Agricultural Sciences.


Monday, February 8, 2010


MEDIA ADVISORY FOR BLAIR, MULLEN LANDON LECTURES AT K-STATE: The Landon Lecture by Dennis C. Blair, director of national intelligence, will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium. The lecture by Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be at 4 p.m. Monday, March 3, also in McCain.

For Valentine's Day:

K-STATE EXPERT SAYS SINGLES CAN -- AND SHOULD -- REVEL IN THE VALENTINE'S DAY CELEBRATION: Those without a sweetheart this Valentine's Day need not drown their sorrows in heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. Kansas State University relationship expert Tony Jurich says instead, singles should make light of the traditionally couples holiday.

K-STATE PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR SAYS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT MORE LIKELY ATTRACTION AT FIRST SIGHT: If you're hoping that cupid's arrow finds you on Valentine's Day, don't expect it to be a case of "love at first sight," according to a Kansas State University psychology professor.

PLANNING TO GIVE SWEETS TO YOUR SWEETIE? K-STATE PROFESSOR SAYS SOME TYPES OF DARK CHOCOLATE A LITTLE HEALTHIER THAN OTHERS TYPES OF CHOCOLATE: Before buying that box of chocolates for your Valentine, it is important to understand the type of chocolate to buy if you are looking for health benefits, according to Brian Lindshield, Kansas State University assistant professor of human nutrition.


Thursday, February 4, 2010


TWO NEW K-STATE BUILDINGS 'LEED' THE WAY TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY: Reflecting a campus commitment to sustainability, two of Kansas State University's latest building projects are seeking international recognition that they were built with environmental impact in mind.

K-STATE ECONOMIST'S FINDINGS SUGGEST FEARS THAT IMMIGRATION THREATENS NATIVE U.S. STUDENTS' CHANCES AT COLLEGE ARE UNFOUNDED; SAT SCORES NOT DIMINISHED: High school students born in the United States need not view their immigrant classmates as a threat to getting a good standardized test score and, ultimately, into a good college, according to a Kansas State University economist.

AFRICAN MUSICIAN BERNARD WOMA TO TEACH MASTER CLASSES FOR K-STATE DANCE PROGRAM: The Kansas State University dance program, in collaboration with the K-State Student Governing Association, will host African musician Bernard Woma Feb. 15-19.

K-STATE'S ENGINEERING CAREER FAIR TO LINK STUDENTS WITH MORE THAN 80 EMPLOYERS: More than 80 companies will be visiting Kansas State University Tuesday, Feb. 9, to recruit engineering students for full-time and internship positions. The Engineering Career Fair will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the K-State Student Union.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010


K-STATE ENCOURAGING FIRST-YEAR, SENIOR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL SURVEY OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT: First-year students and seniors at Kansas State University have an opportunity to help improve K-State by participating in a national survey. The 2010 National Survey of Student Engagement, also know as NSSE, will be bigger than ever this year, according to Steven Hawks, assistant director of K-State's office of assessment.

K-STATE'S GROW PROGRAM TO SPONSOR 'HELPING HANDS' EVENT IN FEBRUARY: Middle school-age girls from across Kansas have the opportunity to participate in "Helping Hands" from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, on the Kansas State University campus.

NEARLY 3,000 K-STATE STUDENTS EARN SEMESTER HONORS, WHILE MORE THAN 100 STUDENTS EARN GRADUATION HONORS: Nearly 3,000 students earned semester honors from Kansas State University for their academic performance in the fall 2009 semester, while 103 students have received December 2009 graduation honors to recognize outstanding academic performance in their undergraduate careers.

K-STATE PROUD CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCES 2010 LEADERSHIP: The K-State Proud Campaign is back in its fourth year of students helping students.

STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN A COMMUNITY SERVICE TRIP OVER K-STATE'S WINTER BREAK; OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPRING BREAK ARE STILL AVAILABLE: Six Kansas State University students spent a part of their winter break helping those in need through K-State's Alternative Breaks program, offered through the School of Leadership Studies.


Tuesday, February 2, 2010


THINKING OF CUTTING UP YOUR CREDIT CARDS? A K-STATE FINANCIAL EXPERT DISCUSSES BENEFITS OF DITCHING THEM AND WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE GRABBING THE SCISSORS: Getting a new financial start in the new year may mean ditching credit cards in favor of cash. Although living without credit cards has financial benefits, a Kansas State University expert said there are a few things to consider before taking scissors to your plastic.

K-STATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP COMPETITION INVITING STUDENTS TO DEVELOP THE 'NEXT BIG THING': Kansas State University's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship is offering $18,000 in prize money to students with unique business ideas in the second annual "Next Big Thing" competition.

K-STATE'S JEFFREY S. SMITH TO PRESENT A LARSON LECTURE ON MEXICAN IMMIGRATION: Jeffrey S. Smith, associate professor of cultural geography at Kansas State University, will present the spring semester's first Vernon Larson International Luncheon Lecture, "Three Types of Migrants Out of Rural Mexico," at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.

K-STATE SELECTS CIVIC LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: Kansas State University has selected the recipients of the university's 2010 Civic Leadership Scholarships. Eleven high school seniors were selected as finalists and competed in an on-campus interview and recognition day Jan. 21.

K-STATE DISTANCE EDUCATION GIVEAWAY WEB SITE OFFERS EVEN MORE FREE PURPLE PRIDE: To help Kansas State University students, faculty, alumni, sports fans and friends of the university more easily show their school spirit, K-State's Division of Continuing Education is offering more downloadable items on its giveaway Web site, where showing and sharing purple pride is free.


Monday, February 1, 2010


NEWS TIP: K-STATE GEOGRAPHY PROFESSOR WHO STUDIES LATINO COMMUNITIES AVAILABLE AS SOURCE FOR COVERAGE OF 2010 CENSUS: For news coverage related to the 2010 census that gets under way in March, Kansas State University has a researcher available to discuss cultural and ethnic change in Latino communities throughout the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.

CHILE QUEEN JANE BUTEL TO PRESENT WORKSHOPS AT K-STATE: Jane Butel wears the title Chile Queen with aplomb. She is ooften credited with starting the Tex-Mex cooking craze and has written and taught about Southwestern and regional Mexican cuisine.

K-STATE STUDENTS ESSENTIAL TO PLANNING 2010 ALL-UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE: Kansas State University's 2010 All-University Open House will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, on both the Manhattan and Salina campuses.



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