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February 2014


Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

New initiative combines arts and sciences to study the prairie
Kansas State University will kick off its Prairie Studies Initiative with screenings ofthe "Great Plains: America's Living Wild" documentary series, followed by discussions. The first screening, "Water," will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 in 101 Bluemont Hall. The second screening, "Land," will be 6-8 p.m. in the UMB Theater at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. Both screenings are free and the public is invited.



Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014

More diverse student body boosts spring enrollment numbers to record high
The more than 23,200 students enrolled at Kansas State University for the spring semester are more diverse than ever before, pushing spring enrollment to a record high.

Model UN team meets with success at regional competition
Kansas State University's Model United Nations team has successfully returned to competition.

Irish musical group Danú performs March 7 at McCain Auditorium
The McCain Performance Series is bringing a bit of the Emerald Isle to Kansas State University with a performance by the musical group Danú at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 7, in McCain Auditorium.

San Diego architect, developer to be distinguished lecturer for APDesign
A noted San Diego architect will be the speaker for the Architecture Distinguished Lecture Series at Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design, or APDesign.

Legislative fly-in gives voice to College of Veterinary Medicine students
Two days in the nation's capital will have a lasting impact on two students from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University.



Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Researchers trap moths with plant-produced sex pheromone
A collaborative experiment involving a Kansas State University biochemist may mark the beginning of an effective, environmentally friendly plant-based method of insect control.



Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

Two graduate students named winners at statewide research summit
Two Kansas State University graduate students have received statewide recognition for their research that benefits Kansas.

Retired John Deere executive to speak on global shortfall of food production
David C. Everitt, a former John Deere division president, will present "Combining business objectives, appropriate technology and social support programs to help feed a hungry world" at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in Fiedler Hall Auditorium at Kansas State University.

Timely notification: Robbery Feb. 24



Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Researcher builds a better job performance review
A critical job performance evaluation can have a negative effect on any employee, a Kansas State University researcher has found.



Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Video: Regulations for Olympic travelers returning home
Enjoy the international food while abroad because you can't bring leftovers back to the United States.

Hawkinson to present Ekdahl Distinguished Lecture for College of Architecture, Planning & Design
A Columbia University professor and New York-based architect will present the Ekdahl Distinguished Lecture for the architecture department at Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014

Two graduate students recognized for teaching excellence
A Kansas State University doctoral student in family studies and a master's student in geography are being honored for excellence as graduate teaching assistants.

K-State Olathe bringing together Kansas City community, academia, industry and government leaders for interactive dialogues
Kansas State University Olathe is launching Headliners 2025, a new series of interactive dialogues on topics of interest and relevance to government, industry, academic and community leaders in the Kansas City area.

Resort president to give 40th annual Shugart Lecture for College of Human Ecology

Cynthia Kiser Murphey, president and chief operating officer of New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, will present the 40th annual Shugart Lecture at 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the K-State Student Union's Forum Hall at Kansas State University.

Nutrition and food safety expert to discuss Costa Rican culture and cuisine in Feb. 26 presentation
Paola Paez, professor of nutrition at the University of Costa Rica, will visit Kansas State University to share her knowledge on Costa Rican culture, cuisine, nutrition and food safety.



Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014

Research prevents zoonotic feline tularemia by finding influential geospatial factors
A Kansas State University epidemiologist is helping cats, pet owners and soldiers stay healthy by studying feline tularemia and the factors that influence its prevalence.

College of Business Administration offers new certificate in professional strategic selling
A new certificate being offered by Kansas State University's National Strategic Selling Institute can provide students planning sales-related careers with a competitive advantage.

Veterinary students sweep Air Force's scholarships for public health officers
Two Kansas State University veterinary students recently earned their "wings."

Big 12 faculty fellow to speak at K-State Salina on father-child relationship strategies
The relationship between a father and his child is a special one, but many men don't have the connection with their children that they would like.



Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014

University now offering online minors in grain science
Kansas State University is now offering bakery science and management, feed science and management and grain handling operations as stand-alone minors through distance education.

University host to the 2014 Phillips 66-Enactus Business Ethics Case Competition
Six university teams from the region will get the chance to compete for a grand prize of $2,000 in the Phillips 66-Enactus Business Ethics Case Competition, Feb. 20-22, hosted by Kansas State University and sponsored by the Phillips 66 Excellence in Business Ethics Initiative.

Dance company blends ancient Chinese dance styles with modern dance for McCain performance
Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series will present "Dynasties and Beyond" by the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in McCain Auditorium.



Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

Video: K-State helps freshmen transition from high school to college
Only 26 percent of high school students met all four ACT college readiness benchmarks in 2013, according to the latest ACT "The Condition of College and Career Readiness" report. In other words, most high school juniors and seniors aren't ready for college.

Business & Hospitality Career Fair welcomes all majors to meet potential employers
Kansas State University students have the opportunity to meet with more than 100 employers at the 2014 Business & Hospitality Career Fair.


Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

Ebony Theatre's 'The Story' unfolds Feb. 20-23 at Purple Masque Theatre
Kansas State University's Ebony Theatre presents "The Story," a drama by playwright Tracey Scott Wilson, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-22 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Purple Masque Theatre.


Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Patented airflow system decreases pollutants from large piston engines
A patent was recently issued to Kansas State University for a system that controls the airflow to pistons in reciprocating internal combustion engines -- engines powered by pistons.

University alumni provide philanthropic support for College of Business Administration's new home
Frank and Elizabeth Burke, Doylestown, Pa., have made a $10 million gift to support the new building for the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University.



Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

Love that lasts: Longtime marriages have a touch of purple
Roses are red and violets are blue, but purple may be the color if the love is true -- at least according to some Kansas State University alumni married nearly 70 years or longer.

Video: The key to building a lasting relationship
It's coming down to the wire and you might still be trying to figure out that perfect Valentine's Day gift. While flowers and chocolates are nice, something else might make a better gift.



Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

Italian theatre company brings 'Bleu! The Mediterranean Sea' to McCain Auditorium
The Mediterranean Sea is coming to Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium with performances by Italy's Compagnia T.P.O., or Teatro di Piazza o d'Occasione.



Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

University clinical pharmacologist collaborates with international colleagues about chronic lead intoxication in goats
The Nile is a river in Egypt. Sometimes that river is polluted with industrial waste, such as lead, which can cause detrimental effects on local sheep and goats via the water supply.

Video: Don't forget about your pet's oral health
It's time to brush up on your pet's dental health care.

Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol features 10 students from Kansas State University
Ten undergraduate researchers from Kansas State University will get the chance to present their work at the inaugural Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 12, on the first-floor rotunda of the State Capitol in Topeka.

Interior design senior from Shawnee earns top honor for workplace design
Sara Gasser, a senior majoring in interior design at Kansas State University, was one of five finalists in NEXT, a design competition for students throughout the United States and Canada.

K-State Salina providing community with thought-provoking luncheon on civic social issues
From the long-standing argument of gun control to the newly minted hot topic of health care, Kansas State University Salina will once again present its open forum for the community to discuss and learn about a current issue affecting society.

Two high school seniors earn state's largest scholarship award to Kansas State University
Kansas State University has awarded Presidential Scholarships, the largest award in the state, to two high school seniors.



Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

Timely notification: Sexual battery Feb. 6
In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provision of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, Kansas State University Police are giving notice of a disturbing act of violence reported to have occurred near campus Feb. 6.

Ice age's arctic tundra lush with wildflowers for woolly mammoths, study finds
A recent study in the journal Nature finds that nearly 50,000 years ago during the ice age, the landscape was not as drab as once thought -- it was filled with colorful wildflowers. These wildflowers helped sustain woolly mammoths and other giant grazing animals.

Five high school seniors earn Kassebaum Scholarships to Kansas State University

Kansas State University has awarded Kassebaum Scholarships to five Kansas high school seniors.

Culinary workshop to focus on Costa Rican cuisine
Allan Ortiz, a Costa Rican chef and culinary educator, will demonstrate how to prepare Hearts of Palm Ceviche Accompanied with Avocado and Pineapple, Coconut Rice and Beans with Curry Fish and other specialties from the Central American country at Kansas State University's 10th annual Culinary Enhancement Workshop. This year two workshops will be offered, Feb. 27 and 28.



Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Two statewide summits feature graduate student research that helps Kansas
Fifteen Kansas State University graduate students will present their Kansas-related research at two upcoming research forums: Master's Research Day on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and the Capitol Graduate Research Summit on Thursday, Feb. 13. Both events are on the second floor rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Topeka.

Harry Belafonte headlines university's Black History Month celebration
Civil rights champion, world-renowned entertainer and human rights advocate Harry Belafonte will deliver the keynote address for Kansas State University's Black History Month celebration in February. Belafonte will speak at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in McCain Auditorium.

University police department's proactive DUI enforcement results in 15 arrests 
The amount of pedestrians and bicycles on and around the Kansas State University campus make enforcement of traffic safety laws a priority.


Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Video: File away these tax tips
Here are some numbers you should remember when it comes to your taxes: 30-40-30.

Meet the family: "The Addams Family" comes to McCain stage Feb. 14
The new musical comedy "The Addams Family" will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, in Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium as part of the McCain Performance Series.



Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014

Survey finds more jobs and advanced degrees for recent Kansas State University grads
A Kansas State University survey of recent graduates has found an increase in the percentage of new graduates with jobs -- more than half of them in Kansas -- as well as rising salaries and a broad range of career choices.

Full house for both days of Engineering Career Fair, 151 employers attending
The opportunity for Kansas State University students to network with more than 150 employers over a two-day period will be offered again at the 2014 Engineering Career Fair.

Shannon Nichol lecture Feb. 5 canceled for weather

Monday, Feb. 3, 2014

Video: Dogs susceptible to canine influenza
The flu is spreading across the country, but did you know you're not the only one in your household at risk of getting the flu? A certain strain of the flu affects dogs.