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May news releases

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

With honors: Nontraditional students earn place in Pinnacle honor society for academic excellence

Academic excellence has earned nearly 70 Kansas State University students membership to Pinnacle Honor Society. The nontraditional student honor society has chapters in almost every state and more than 10,000 total members, including distance education students.


Tuesday May 29, 2012

Successful science students: Biology students receive departmental award for academic success

Superior academic achievements have earned nine Kansas State University students recognition from the Division of Biology. The awards were presented at the division's recent awards ceremony.

Class achievers: Contributions to student life earn 13 outstanding graduating senior award

Thirteen Kansas State University students from fields as diverse as aeronautics and biology are the university's newest Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award winners. The awards, sponsored by the K-State Parents and Family Association, were presented at a recent reception by Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students.

Teacher, scholar and speaker: Internationally known professor receives honorary doctorate, delivers several keynote speeches

A Kansas State University professor is receiving international recognition for his research on digital media, culture and education.

Semester success: University awards semester honors to more than 3,200 students

The spring 2012 semester was an outstanding one for more than 3,200 Kansas State University students who earned semester honors for their academic performance.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Going the extra mile: Faculty, staff recognized for service and commitment to students

Two Kansas State University employees have earned a Putting Students First Award for outstanding work with students.

Striking a chord: Music education symposium, June 18-21, focuses on how students learn through music

What sparks students to learn through music is the focus of this year's Kansas State University Music Symposium, June 18-21, in Manhattan.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

International exchange: New agreement bringing Chinese doctoral students, research to university

Kansas State University is solidifying its presence across the ocean and around the globe with a new agreement with the China Scholarship Council. 

Flying high: K-State Salina flight team lands in top 10 at national competition

There's no place like home for Kansas State University Salina's Flight Team, which earned a seventh place finish in a national flight competition that the campus hosted.

The write stuff: College of Veterinary Medicine students sweep top honors in smithcors essay contest

Knowledge about the role veterinary medicine has played in American history has helped three students from Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine earn the top three places in an international essay contest sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical History Society.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Deal website discretion: A deal a day can keep the consumer away, researcher says

Before giving into temptation and purchasing a half-price vacation or yoga lesson from a daily deal website, one Kansas State University professor cautions users to think twice.

Verna M. Fitzsimmons named CEO and dean of Kansas State University Salina

As an interim dean, industrial engineer Verna M. Fitzsimmons led Kent State University through tremendous change. Now she'll be taking Kansas State University Salina into the future.

A competitive edge: Students enhancing job prospects as interns with the Advanced Manufacturing Institute 

Six Kansas State University students are gaining some valuable hands-on experience while working with professionals in their field of study this summer as interns with the university's Advanced Manufacturing Institute.

Water Gardening 101: University Gardens Luncheon seminar series continues June 21

Big pond, little pond or a patio pot. Water can be a focal point in the home garden as well as a point of interest and conversation. "Water Gardening 101" will be the next program in the 2012 Friends of the Kansas State University Gardens Luncheon Series on Thursday, June 21.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Dust in the wind: Civil engineering professor part of team researching effects of dust deposits on soil formation, water quality in rocky mountains

What's in the dust that the wind can blow from place to place may not be just affecting air quality -- it may affect water and soil quality as well.

Rewarding innovation: How water buffalo, seed funding may help researcher fight disease in dairy cattle

A Kansas State University professor is getting support for his research to develop a novel class of natural antibiotics for the treatment of mastitis in dairy cattle.

Leawood senior caps off busy college career with special duties

Before earning his bachelor's degree from Kansas State University's College of Business Administration, Kyle Landau had two final assignments: do a little singing and provide some inspiration to his fellow graduates.

Time to buckle up: May 21-June 3 is Click It or Ticket time on campus

Driving on the Kansas State University campus without your safety belt on? Don't be surprised if you get a ticket.

Top-notch educators: Edgerley Fellowships recognize Hendrix, Whitney-Bammerlin for excellence

Two award-winning instructors in Kansas State University's College of Business Administration are being honored as the first recipients of the college's new Edgerley Outstanding Instructor Fellowship.

Industrial engineering show-offs: Research by three graduate students being presented at national industrial engineering conference

Three Kansas State University industrial and manufacturing systems engineering graduate students will present their research at the annual conference and expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, May 19-23, in Orlando, Fla.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Academic success: More than 60 students new members of Phi Beta Kappa

The nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa, has 60 new members from Kansas State University.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

At home and away: University research, outreach benefit soldiers in the field and their families at home

While land-grant institutions typically focus on teaching science, agriculture and engineering, another important component can get lost in the shuffle -- the military. Researchers at Kansas State University are the exception, often combining military research with result-oriented programs that help soldiers and their families all around the world.

Global leadership: University's Trevor McKeeman selected as 2013 MIT Sloan Fellow

Kansas State University's Trevor McKeeman has been selected for the 2013 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership.

Engineering achievement: Industrial and manufacturing systems engineering students earn honors

The industrial and manufacturing systems engineering department at Kansas State University is recognizing academic achievement and student involvement with several department and organization awards, as well as honors from the senior chapter of the Greater Kansas City Institute of Industrial Engineers.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Timely discovery: Physics research sheds new light on quantum dynamics

Kansas State University physicists and an international team of collaborators have made a breakthrough that improves understanding of matter-light interactions.

Distance education program in dietetics gives California alum head start on reforming child nutrition

Distance education has taken Kristine Smith a long way: to a bachelor's degree in dietetics from Kansas State University to revolutionizing the way young children eat.

Cook joins senior administration of K-State Alumni Association

Bringing a depth of senior corporate and nonprofit communications experience and creative skills, Linda J. Cook is the new assistant vice president of communications for the K-State Alumni Association. Her appointment takes effect May 21.

Senior leaders: College of Human Ecology recognizes 15 new graduates for excellence

The College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University is recognizing 15 of its newest graduates with the Outstanding Senior honor.

Spring Graduates: Approximately 2,825 Students Earn Degrees

Approximately 2,825 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University this spring. The graduates are from 95 Kansas counties, 44 states and 47 countries.


Monday, May 14, 2012

Animal health corridor seminar at K-State Olathe looks at Contract Research Organizations

Contract research organizations, or CROs, will be the topic of a Kansas State University Animal Health Corridor Lecture Series seminar at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, on the university's Olathe campus, 22201 W. Innovation Drive.

The science of scholarship: McDaniel recognized for mentoring undergraduates in research

A Kansas State University psychologist is being honored for her mentoring efforts with future researchers.

Significant success: Faculty members receive recognition for dedication to students, university, research

Kansas State University colleges are honoring faculty members for excellence in teaching, research, service and advising in the 2011-2012 school year.

Discovering distinction: Bigelow receives top undergraduate research honor

A Kansas State University undergraduate student studying the proteins of colon cancer cells is being honored for her research efforts.


Friday, May 11, 2012

Designing success: Student engineering team wins three championships in national competition

A Kansas State University student engineering competition team experienced unparalleled success at the recent ASCE Charles Pankow Foundation Architectural Engineering Student Competition in Omaha, Neb.

Turning silver to gold: International food service association honors Molt with top award for excellence

Mary Molt went to collect silver and came home with gold. The assistant director of the university's housing and dining services and assistant professor of hospitality management and dietetics in the College of Human Ecology, received the Gold Plate award, the highest honor given by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association. The award was presented May 7 at ceremonies in Chicago.

National honors: Associated General Contractors award scholarships to three construction science students

Three Kansas State University students are being honored with scholarships from the Associated General Contractors Research and Education Foundation.


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Building the best: University's graduate engineering programs ranked among America's top 100

Good news for future engineering students: the graduate engineering programs at Kansas State University's College of Engineering have been ranked among the top 100 in America by U.S. News and World Report.

Now you see me, now you don't: Cybersecurity experts begin investigation on self-adapting computer network that defends itself against hackers

In the online struggle for network security, Kansas State University cybersecurity experts are adding an ally to the security force: the computer network itself.

Going Hollywood: Wartime movie early screening at university; actors, directors and military leaders in attendance

"Memorial Day," a soon-to-be-released wartime movie, will be screened at Kansas State University on May 23 -- making the Manhattan and Fort Riley communities two of the few in the nation to see the film before it is released to a national audience.

Cybersecurity model may benefit a new cloud-based network for businesses

Think of a business' computer network as the parking lot of Walmart, said Xinming "Simon" Ou, associate professor of computing and information sciences at Kansas State University. On the average day the lot never reaches its maximum capacity for cars. On Black Friday and around Christmas, however, the lot does.

Doing a world of good: International service teams spending summer in Kenya, Brazil and Mexico

Kansas State University's International Service Teams program will celebrate a milestone this summer when it send its 100th team abroad this summer to do good works.

Healthy recognition: Four students earn outstanding student leadership awards from Lafene Health Center

Voluntary service and leadership have earned four Kansas State University students the Outstanding Student Leadership Award from the university's Lafene Health Center.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Alumnus' gift launches new assessment program for students

Kansas State University is changing the way students approach the way they assess their individual talents, strengths and their futures.

Studying smart: Distance education program, smartphone help Kansas City civil engineer earn master's degree

If Trevor Acorn is caught staring intently at his iPhone screen, there's a good chance he's not checking in at a local eatery or killing time by playing a game. Mostly likely, he's using a break in his day to catch up on a little schoolwork.

Leading the way: Students tabbed for leadership positions at K-State Student Union

Several Kansas State University students will serve in leadership positions at the K-State Student Union in 2012-2013 school year.

Scholarly travelers: Scholarships help take students all over the world for study abroad experiences

Studies won't be confined to the classroom this summer and fall, as Kansas State University students explore the globe.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Problem solver: As university's 2012-2013 Coffman Chair, Rebello seeks focus on active learning

Standardized tests scores may not be telling the whole story about the quality of our nation's education system, according to Kansas State University's Sanjay Rebello, associate professor of physics.

Building a career: Co-workers can be as important as supervisors for effective student internships, researcher finds

Summer internships are beginning, and career-related research from Kansas State University is helping determine what can make those internships more meaningful for students.

Corporate engagement director Richard Potter to create streamlined approach for businesses-university interaction

In a more than 30-year career, Richard Potter has engaged companies like IBM, American Express and Coca-Cola in partnerships.  


Monday, May 7, 2012

A place to play: Researcher designs schoolyard for children with autism

A Kansas State University graduate student is creating a schoolyard that can become a therapeutic landscape for children with autism.

Noted researcher bringing expertise in bacterial diseases to university as head department of biochemistry

After a national search that attracted significant competition, Phillip E. Klebba is joining Kansas State University as head of the department of biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. He will start his new job in July.

Deputy Kansas education commissioner receives Dan and Cheryl Yunk Excellence in Educational Administration Award

A Kansas public servant with a career spanning more than five decades in education is being recognized by Kansas State University's College of Education for his innumerable contributions to educational administration.

Honors for excellence: K-State Salina students earn awards for outstanding work

Kansas State University Salina is recognizing students for outstanding academic achievements, dedication, leadership or community service in the 2011-2012 school.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Rearranging the code: Master of software engineering program adjusts structure so graduates have knowledge industry wants most

It's a case of making sure the supply meets the demand. When Kansas State University asked software engineering companies what skills they wanted most in potential employees, the university listened and enhanced its master of software engineering program to ensure its graduates could meet these needs.

Ready to serve: University ROTC units conduct commissioning ceremonies

The U.S. military is gaining 32 new officers from Kansas State University. Commissioning ceremonies for the university's Army and Air Force ROTC units will be Friday, May 11, at the K-State Student Union.

Highly accountable: Student from Wichita earns College of Business Administration's Outstanding Senior Award

A top scholar, involved student and caring individual. That's how one Kansas State University professor describes the recipient of the spring 2012 College of Business Administration Outstanding Senior Award.

Graduate student, university organization earn honors for community service

A Kansas State University graduate student is being recognized for her volunteer work, while a university student organization is being honored for its service to the community. 


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Engineering a profitable future: Advanced Manufacturing Institute helps industry, companies succeed

Imagine this scenario: A high-speed train quietly whisks passengers on a 30-minute, 60-mile journey from home in the countryside to work in city skyscrapers. The train races past bumper-to-bumper highway traffic. Factories earn record profits with on-time rail shipments. American manufacturers rush to hire more workers to build rail cars and tracks. New businesses open near high-speed rail stations.

Serving for a better tomorrow: During college, graduating senior discovered passion for fighting human trafficking

Although Kansas State University's Ariel Anib, Olathe, will graduate cum laude this year with a bachelor's degree, a secondary degree and three minors, she has learned more than what's in textbooks.

Academic achievement: Phi Kappa Phi national honor society selects new members

More than 90 Kansas State University students are the newest members of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

Senior leaders: K-State's Blue Key senior honor society selects 2012-2013 members

Kansas State University’s Blue Key, a senior leadership honor society, has selected its new members for the 2012-2013 school year. 


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

For Mother's Day: Literature experts say many maternal characters in books display ideal values of motherhood

With Mother's Day coming up May 13, two Kansas State University experts say literary characters can inspire families as they celebrate the maternal figures in their lives.

Private donations allow Johnson Cancer Research Center to award $508,000 to K-State faculty and students for research and training

Private donations are making a difference for cancer scientists at Kansas State University. And the director of the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center wants to find ways to advance their research even more.

Saluting excellence: Air Force, Army ROTC cadets earn awards for outstanding performance

Kansas State's Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC units are recognizing cadets who displayed outstanding leadership, character and academics during the 2011-2012 school year.

Revved up and ready: Salina's Baja SAE Team brings home engine, high ranking

It was a winning start and a strong finish for Kansas State University Salina's Baja SAE Team at a recent international competition in Auburn, Ala.


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A new type of training: Partnership helps athletic training students learn in a military setting

A new, first-of-its-kind undergraduate athletic training program at Kansas State University is helping students experience a different part of the profession: working with active-duty soldiers.

An eye on the sky: Hollings scholarship, internship let geography student explore interest in improving severe weather warnings

He's a meteorologist in the making. Kansas State University's Caleb Wilson, sophomore in geography and natural resources and environmental sciences, Washington, is keeping an eye on the sky this spring to warn others of severe weather.

Oh, the places they'll go: Commencement ceremonies May 5, 11 and 12; speakers include former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, University President Kirk Schulz

As candidates for graduation, more than 2,800 Kansas State University students are preparing for the next chapter in their lives. Commencement ceremonies will be Saturday, May 5, at K-State Salina, and Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

Outstanding teaching, advising, leadership earn six faculty members Presidential Awards

Six Kansas State University faculty members are receiving a 2012 Presidential Award for their compassion, dedication and creativity as educators, advisers and administrators.

Providing a special touch: Students lend talents to university commencement ceremonies

Several Kansas State University students will be part of the university's upcoming commencement ceremonies -- May 5, 11 and 12 -- as singers, musicians and speakers. A live webcast of the ceremonies will be available at http://www.k-state.edu/graduation/.