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January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Celebrating 150 years as first land-grant institution begins Feb. 14

Kansas State University begins celebrating its sesquicentennial Feb. 14 with a kickoff event looking back at 150 years of colleges, academic departments and other facets of university life -- topped off with the university's signature Call Hall ice cream and birthday cake.

All play, no work: Policy, enforcement may stop employees from wasting time online at work, researcher finds

Businesses must deal with weary-eyed office workers who are sitting behind computer screens and watching cat videos, shopping online and updating their Facebook statuses.


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Charge your ride: University installs electric vehicle charging station

Drivers of electric vehicles can plug in at Kansas State University. Parking services has installed an electric vehicle charging station in the university's parking garage.

Founder of Schweitzer Engineering labs to speak at inaugural national academy of engineering seminar series

Edmund O. Schweitzer III, founder and president of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. and member of the National Academy of Engineering, will deliver the inaugural address of the College of Engineering National Academy of Engineering Seminar Series at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Fiedler Hall Auditorium at Kansas State University.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mark of excellence: Stith new fellow of the national council on family relations

Sandra M. Stith, director of the marriage and family therapy program at Kansas State University, has been awarded fellow status by the National Council on Family Relations.

Helping those who serve: Distance education scholarship offers assistance to military students

A new scholarship is being offered through Kansas State University's Division of Continuing Education for distance education students involved in the military. The Allan D. Sicat Scholarship will provide $1,500, beginning with the fall 2013 semester, to a selected active duty or veteran applicant who meets the requirements.

Life Science Lecture Series at K-State Olathe engages industry, inspires students

Kansas State University Olathe and Olathe North High School are partnering to bring the Life Science Lecture Series to high school students across Johnson County and the Kansas City metro area. The free presentations will be Feb. 20, March 6, April 4, May 8 and May 15 at K-State Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Drive.

Cargill's Raymond Hall will deliver the College of Business Administration's Diversity Lecture Series

The global director for inclusion and diversity at Cargill will be the College of Business Administration's 14th annual Diversity Lecture Series speaker.

Search for forgiveness, redemption set stage for drama in K-State Theatre's 'Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo'

War-torn Baghdad sets the scene for K-State Theatre's first production of the new year. The Broadway play "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" will be presented Feb. 7-9 and 14-16 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday, Feb. 17, all in Nichols Theatre at Kansas State University.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Buddhism in Second Life: Anthropologist studies spirituality in virtual reality

A Kansas State University researcher is studying how religion -- particularly Buddhism -- fits into new forms of virtual reality.

Survey finds university's graduates in demand; Cerner, Black & Veatch and Cargill top list of corporate employers

A Kansas State University survey has found an improving job market, competitive salaries and diverse career choices for the university's recent graduates.

Grant them the wisdom: Funding from Verizon provides peer tutors in academics, finances at K-State Salina

Students at Kansas State University Salina will have access to free academic and financial counseling through the campus's Academic and Career Advising Center thanks to a $12,000 grant from the Verizon Wireless Foundation, which focuses on STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- education.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Olathe chamber recognizes K-State Olathe as corporate citizen of the year

The Olathe Chamber of Commerce has namedKansas State University Olathe as the 2012 Corporate Citizen of the Year. The award, presented at the chamber's 92nd annual meeting Jan. 18at the Holiday Inn-Olathe, recognizes dedicated service to the Olathe Chamber of Commerce and the Olathe community.

Diversity enhancement efforts earn student from Wichita, education professor Commerce Bank Presidential awards

Kansas State University's two newest Commerce Bank Presidential awardees are working to make the university a better place for everyone.

Media advisory: Food safety expert says, 'Don't make others barf;' can discuss preventing spread of new norovirus strain

With the newest strain of norovirus sweeping the nation, Kansas State University food safety expert Doug Powell can talk about ways to prevent getting sick.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Somebody to love: Expert says young crushes on older celebrities part of passage into adulthood

Like the chicken pox or fifth disease, a bout of "Bieber Fever" is a childhood passage for many young girls. Moreover, it's a way to explore their sense of identity, according to a Kansas State University family studies researcher. 

Traditions tighten student, alumni bonds throughout Kansas State University history

Kansas State University is rich with long-standing traditions that have brought students, alumni and fans together throughout the university's 150-year history.

After-school alliance draws community organizations together at K-State Olathe for change

Junk-Drawer Robotics and Balloon-Powered Cars are among the sessions being offered at the Kansas City Metro Afterschool Alliance Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Kansas State University Olathe, 22201 W. Innovation Drive.

'Tis the season of success: Students earn degrees from Kansas State University

More than 1,300 students have completed degree requirements from Kansas State University.

Providing a surge: Gift from FishNet Security helps university's Smart Grid Laboratory amp up research in software-defined networking

A donation from Overland Park-based FishNet Security will enable researchers in Kansas State University's Smart Grid Laboratory to study ways to improve electrical systems.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Pest control: Student researcher wins grant to study plant disease and how to stop it

A competitive grant is helping a Kansas State University doctoral student turn the insect responsible for spreading one of the worst plant diseases into a tool that stifles the disease's transmission. 

For the joy of learning: Osher institute classes spring into a new year with UFM Community Learning Center

Learning is for a lifetime. That's why the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas is again partnering with Kansas State University, UFM Community Learning Center and Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community to bring classes to Manhattan for adults 50 and older.

Agri-industry career fair offers job, networking opportunities

Kansas State University students will get the chance to connect with potential employers in the agricultural industry at the 2013 Agri-Industry Career Fair.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hail to the chief: Kansas State University inks partnership with presidential library

Kansas State University is bolstering its research opportunities under a partnership with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kan.

February brings sesquicentennial, popular shows, special presentations to campus

Special performances honoring Kansas State University's 150th anniversary, shows based on the popular movies "Shrek" and "Drumline," a variety of art exhibitions and workshops, and musical performances by student, faculty and guest ensembles make February a month to enjoy the arts at the university.


Friday, January 18, 2013

University's sesquicentennial and land-grant roots find prestigious place at presidential inauguration luncheon

An essay by two Kansas State University historians will be part of a special gift that President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a select group of 200 dignitaries receive at a luncheon following the president's inauguration address Monday, Jan. 21, in Washington, D.C.

Just another manic Monday? Not if you start budgeting, says K-State-Salina personal financial planning expert

It's never too early to start planning for the holidays, at least financially speaking, according to a financial planning expert.

Marching band extravaganza: 'Drumline Live' hits McCain stage Feb. 8

The show-style marching bands of historically black college and universities in the South will be celebrated in "DRUMLine Live," coming to Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

College of Veterinary Medicine lecture series on K-State Olathe campus grooms future professionals in animal health corridor

Following a fall series met with high demand and response, the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine will offer a spring lecture series on the Olathe campus, 22201 W. Innovation Drive, with the first lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Forum Hall.

Blanks joins K-State Salina's unmanned aircraft systems program

Mark Blanks is the new program manager of Kansas State University Salina's unmanned aircraft systems program. 

Academic achievers: More than 3,300 students earn semester honors

The fall 2012 semester was an outstanding one for more than 3,300 Kansas State University students who earned semester honors for their academic performance.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Complex communication: Immunology research sheds new light on cell function, response

A Kansas State University-led study has uncovered new information that helps scientists better understand the complex workings of cells in the innate immune system. The findings may also lead to new avenues in disease control and prevention.

University's sesquicentennial celebrates story of the first black graduates

George Washington Owens looked around at his classmates and realized he was the only black student in his class. He was determined to be the first black student to graduate.

Engineer making rechargeable batteries with layered nanomaterials

A Kansas State University researcher is developing more efficient ways to save costs, time and energy when creating nanomaterials and lithium-ion batteries.

Pursuing the dream: University celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week

Celebrating 50 years of dreams, Kansas State University will host Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Week, Jan. 26 to Feb. 1.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Money savvy: Gift aids university in financial education of students, alumni

Kansas State University is taking a proactive step to ensure students and alumni are well versed in financial planning during and after their college years.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Israeli ambassador Michael Oren speaking Jan. 29 at Kansas State University

Oren is Israel's ambassador to the U.S., a post he has held since June 2009. His visit will mark the 162nd presentation in the university's Landon Lecture Series. He will present "Israel, The Ultimate Ally."

150 years of wonder: Beach Museum exhibition brings together objects from many university departments in honor of sesquicentennial

Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is honoring the university's 150th anniversary with the special exhibition, "The Museum of Wonder: A Great Land-Grant University Collects."

University physics department continues popular series at Olathe campus

Kansas State University Olathe and the physics department on the university's Manhattan campus are partnering to continue the Physics Lecture Series for high school students across Johnson County and the Kansas City metro area.

Department of kinesiology moves to College of Human Ecology

The department of kinesiology is now part of the College of Human Ecology, an alignment that will strengthen Kansas State University's quest to be a Top 50 public research institution by 2025.

Soulful sounds: Grammy-nominated group Sweet Honey In The Rock coming to McCain

February is Black History Month and Kansas State University will start the observance with Sweet Honey In The Rock, the internationally renowned and Grammy-nominated a cappella ensemble. The group will bring its harmonies and rhythms to McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

Teaching potential: Future teachers earn awards for excellence

Seven new graduates of Kansas State University's College of Education are being recognized for excellence as America's next educators.


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A singular sensation: 'A Chorus Line' comes to McCain Auditorium

The Broadway classic "A Chorus Line" is coming to McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Monday, January 7, 2013

History on the move: Purple Masque Theatre getting new home in West Stadium

As Kansas State University celebrates its first 150 years, a dramatic part of the university's history will be moving to a new home in 2014 -- ghost and all.

Helping hand: Kansas communities benefit through work of entrepreneurial student group at K-State Salina

A total of $3,000 in grants will help Kansas State University Salina's Enactus chapter increase a small town's dining options and assist the women at Salina's only full-time shelter for families and single women.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

University director named board member of military animal therapy organization

Art DeGroat, director of military affairs at Kansas State University and a retired Army lieutenant colonel, has been appointed as a member of the National Advisory Board of the All Glory Project.