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February 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kansas State University student a Harry S. Truman Scholarship finalist
Kansas State University student Kassie Curran, a senior in food science and industry from Farlingtonhas advanced to the final round of the 2013 Harry S. Truman Scholarship competition.

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents 'The Marriage of Figaro' March 7-9
Kansas State University's School of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present Mozart's comic opera "The Marriage of Figaro" at 7:30 p.m. March 7-9 in McCain Auditorium.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Two graduate students earn national awards for teaching excellence
A Kansas State University doctoral student and a master's student have both received national awards for their excellence in teaching.

In the running: Undergraduate researchers nominated for Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Kansas State University has nominated four students for the 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The nominees are Jenny Barriga, Dodge City; Kyle C. Snow, Eudora; Brianne Pierce, Wichita; and Christine Spartz, Ellington, Conn.

Team wins Kansas City finance challenge, will compete at regionals
Students from Kansas State University's College of Business Administration won the Kansas City Chartered Financial Analyst Society's 2013 CFA Institute Research Challenge and will advance to compete in the Regional Americas Research Challenge in Toronto in March.

University symposium for early childhood educators all about connecting children to the outdoors 
Connecting children to nature through inspired and engaging spaces is the focus of a statewide symposium for early childhood educators, March 20-21, at the Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center in Manhattan.

Spring semester English department events showcase work of students, professors
Kansas State University's English department will host several events in the spring semester, ranging from lectures by visiting professors to readings of original works by creative writing students.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

University veterinarian on trail of Iditarod job
With one Iditarod Trail sled dog race under her belt, Kansas State University's Stephanie Oursler hopes one day to play an even more vital role in the grueling race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.

Opening up: Military families share their stories with artists to develop modern dance performance for the public
Military members and their families have long mastered the art of resiliency. Their skill -- and the stories that spawned it -- will come together at Kansas State University with another art form: modern dance. 

Ready, set, grow: K-State Olathe offers second annual 'Willie and the Beanstalk' competition 
Kansas State University Olathe will team with the agronomy department at Kansas State University to present the second annual "Willie and the Beanstalk" event, a contest to grow the largest soybean plant.

March into the arts at Kansas State University
March will be the perfect time to spring into the arts with exhibitions, recitals, performances and more at Kansas State University.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Use of vocal fry may damage professional image of young employees
The use of one vocal habit could put some college students at a disadvantage when it comes to presenting a professional image, according to experts at Kansas State University.

Two graduate students recognized at statewide summit for research that benefits Kansas
Two Kansas State University graduate students have been named KansasBio winners for their research presentations at the 10th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit.

Kansas State University hosts Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government 
Student leaders from across the Big 12 Conference are coming to the university for the 36th annual Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government, Feb. 28 to March 3.

Catering, restaurant showcase to draw area planners, business leaders to K-State Olathe
Kansas City metro area restaurants and caterers are invited to participate in the Catering and Restaurant Showcase from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, on the Kansas State University Olathe campus.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Catalyzing multicultural curriculum transformation: Tilford Incentive Grants awarded to faculty
Kansas State University is awarding seven Tilford Incentive Grants for developing programs and projects on campus to help students learn the knowledge, personal attributes and skills necessary to live and work in a diverse world.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
A winning case: Mock Trial Team advances to first round of national competition
The verdict is in and Kansas State University's varsity Mock Trial Team is moving on to the opening round of the national mock trial championships. The team will compete at the National Mock Trial Tournament Series in March in St. Louis for a chance to advance to the national finals in Washington, D.C.
Business and Hospitality Career Fair welcomes students from all majors to meet potential employers
Kansas State University students have the opportunity to meet with 92 employers at the 2013 Business and Hospitality Career Fair.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Media availability with John Ruffin cancelled
Because of the threat of severe winter weather, John Ruffin, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, will not be available to media Feb. 20.
Children with auditory processing disorder may now have more treatment options, research shows
Several Kansas State University faculty members are helping children with auditory processing disorder receive better treatment.

Media advisory: Technology expert David Pogue speaking March 5 at Kansas State University
New York Times technology writer David Pogue will deliver the keynote speech at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, in Forum Hall at Kansas State University's student union as part of the inaugural Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference.

Architectural engineering students win scholarships from Kansas City building technical society
Kansas State University architectural engineering students Alyssa Shinn and Kyle Knuth have been selected as scholarship winners for the 2013-2014 school year by the Kansas City chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, or ASHRAE.

Monday, February 18, 2013
Sitting time associated with increased risk of chronic diseases
The more you sit, the higher your risk of chronic diseases.

Promotions for 71, tenure for 43 Kansas State University faculty members 
Seventy-one Kansas State University faculty members are receiving promotions in rank, while 43 faculty members are earning tenure.

Legal expert to speak about civil rights, antidiscrimination law for Dorothy L. Thompson Lecture Series
An expert on civil rights and antidiscrimination law will be the spring 2013 speaker for the Dorothy L. Thompson Civil Rights Lecture Series at Kansas State University.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Media advisory: John Ruffin, director of National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, available to media Feb. 20
John Ruffin, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, will be available to media from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Throckmorton Hall.

Dance group extending McCain visit to do something special for military families
John Ruffin, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, will be available to media from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Throckmorton Hall.



Thursday, February 14, 2013
Student group to monitor Ecuador elections, hold symbolic vote on campus
Media are invited to attend a Kansas State University event where the Go Teacher program will watch the Ecuador elections and hold a symbolic election for students.

Getting the message: Military experts visit university to discuss strategic communication 
Two military experts will speak from experience when they discuss the importance of strategic communication in a presentation at Kansas State University.

Spring Garden Talks and Walks set at Kansas State University Gardens
Take your lunch break in the Kansas State University Gardens this spring and learn something new. Garden Talks and Walks are scheduled Tuesday, Feb. 26, and March 12, from 12:15-12:45 p.m. in the Quinlan Visitor Center on Denison Avenue.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Research improving breast cancer treatment by targeting tumor initiating cells
A Kansas State University professor's research on breast cancer stem cells may help improve survival rates by preventing cancer recurrence and metastasis -- the major causes of death among breast cancer patients.

Black Student Union helps organize university's observance of Black History Month
February is Black History Month and Kansas State University's Black Student Union has organized several events to observe the month.

Pay it forward: Black Student Union president gives back to organization, members
Many college students remember fondly occasions where an older student gave them assistance or advice when they were a struggling or confused freshman.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Watch the Feb. 14 sesquicentennial kickoff program live online and on K-StateHD.TV

Want to celebrate Kansas State University's birthday but can't make it to Manhattan?

Media arrangements for sesquicentennial kickoff event Feb. 14 at Ahearn Field House

Media are invited to the kickoff event for Kansas State University's 150th birthday. The sesquicentennial kickoff and grand exhibition will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Ahearn Field House. Visitors, including alumni from around the country, will peruse displays documenting colleges, departments and other university units -- from past to present

Mothers, daughters and more set the scene for Ebony Theatre's presentation of 'Jar the Floor'

Kansas State University's Ebony Theatre will present the play "Jar the Floor," written by Cheryl L. West, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28-March 2 and a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 3, all in East Stadium's Purple Masque Theatre.

Distinguished speaker: CEO of Aon to present College of Business Administration lecture

Kansas State University alumnus Gregory Case, the president and chief executive officer of Aon Corporation, will be the spring 2013 speaker for the College of Business Administration's Distinguished Lecture Series.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Media advisory: Alumni fellow who is brigadier general to visit campus, available for interviews on Feb. 22

Brig. Gen. Mark R. Stammer, the first adult education master's degree graduate from Kansas State University's Fort Leavenworth program to become a general officer in the U.S. Army, will visit campus Feb. 20-22 and be available for media interviews.

Master of drama: Playwright, Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks at university Feb. 19-20

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright will present a talk-performance and lead a question-and-answer session while at Kansas State University.

Calling all students: Registration now open for Wildcat Leadership Challenge

Kansas State University students, are you up for the ultimate leadership challenge?

Friday, February 8, 2013

Calling all winning ideas: Registration for the next big thing now open

With more than $20,000 in prizes, students in all majors and years have started registering for the Next Big Thing, Kansas Sate University's business idea competition.



Thursday, February 7, 2013

University helping students affected by off-campus apartment fire that killed one

Kansas State University is helping students affected by a fire at an off-campus apartment building around midnight Feb. 7 that killed a university postdoctoral researcher.

Fighting world hunger: Kansas universities host international summit for hunger relief

The Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit is coming to the Kansas City metropolitan area March 2-4 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center.

Professional Development Day: Students hone their professional skills at College of Business Administration event

Fourteen companies and an expected 400 students will participate in Kansas State University's second Professional Development Day, a College of Business Administration-sponsored event that gives students the opportunity to learn and perfect skills such as networking, corporate ethics and cross-generational communication.

Among the best: University's Center on Aging director named fellow of association for gerontology in higher education

Gayle Doll, assistant professor of family studies and human services and director of the Center on Aging at Kansas State University, is a new fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Future leaders: Students help organize All-University Open House that will remember history while looking ahead

A group of Kansas State University students are bringing the past and future together in one fun-filled day. This year's All-University Open House celebrates the university's 150th year as a land-grant institution, and the students on the All-University Open House Coordinating Committee are doing their part to make it a celebration to remember.

Research for the state: Nine graduate students will present state-related research at capitol

Nine Kansas State University graduate students will present their Kansas-related research to legislators, the Board of Regents and the community at the 10th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit.

Leadership that counts: 12 high school seniors finalists for university's Civic Leadership Scholarship

Kansas State University selected 12 high school seniors as finalists for the K-State Civic Leadership Scholarship, presented by Kansas Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services.



Wednesday, February 6, 2013

When it comes to food aphrodisiacs, expert says look for nutrition at first bite rather than love

It's been said that food is the language of love. If so, can certain foods -- or aphrodisiacs -- promote romantic feelings or sexual desire?

America's 'job search guru' presenting seminar Feb. 19

Donald Asher, an internationally recognized author and expert on careers in higher education, will present a professional development seminar from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Town Hall at Kansas State University's Leadership Studies Building.

Making a difference: Kassebaum Scholarship to five high school seniors for leadership, public service

Five high school seniors are receiving the Kassebaum Scholarship from Kansas State University.



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mental break: Work-life balance needed for recovery from job stress

Detaching from work -- mentally, physically and electronically -- is the key to recovery from job stress during nonwork hours, according to a Kansas State University researcher.

Wildcat March Exhibition offers artistic take on 150th anniversary celebration

Manhattan residents will soon spot some purr-fect additions to the community, all decked out for Kansas State University's 150th anniversary celebration.

World hunger and what to do about it focus of Feb. 19 Lou Douglas Lecture

Rick McNary is dedicated to fighting world hunger. The photographer and writer will be the spring 2013 speaker for UFM Community Learning Center's Lou Douglas Lecture Series at Kansas State University.

Virtual resource: E-learning modules help instructors learn, share best practices in online teaching

Kansas State University faculty who develop and teach online courses now have a new resource.

Future Wildcats: Two Kansas City area high school seniors earn largest scholarship award in state

Kansas State University has awarded the Presidential Scholarship, the largest award in the state, to two high school seniors from Greater Kansas City.



Monday, February 4, 2013

A discovery that sizzles: University-developed omega-3-rich ground beef available soon

Thanks to Kansas State University research, part of a healthy diet can include a hamburger rich with omega-3 fatty acids.

Opinion: 150 years after university's founding, the new land-grant mission is alive

Kansas State University soon will begin celebrating its sesquicentennial — 150 years as Kansas' first public university and the nation's first land-grant institution to hold classes. 

Be pet friendly: New license plate lets Kansans improve pet health, support veterinary students

Kansas residents now have the opportunity to show they support responsible pet ownership and help Kansas State University veterinary students -- all by renewing their license plates.



Friday, February 1, 2013

Back to the future: Students showing their purple pride by planning, organizing events for university's 150th celebration

Kansas State University's 150th anniversary celebration, which kicks off in February 2013, isn't just about honoring the university's past. Current students are being encouraged to take part in planning and celebrating the sesquicentennial.

Expanding opportunities: Engineering career fair now two-day event, 146 employers attending

The opportunity for Kansas State University students to network with more than 140 employers over a two-day period will be offered at the 2013 Engineering Career Fair.

Preserving a slice of rural life: Student interns teaming up to chronicle Kansas co-ops

A grant to two Kansas State University professors will put student interns to work compiling a database on agricultural cooperatives in Kansas.