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May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

UFM Community Learning Center offers first Osher summer program
Adults 50 and older can quench their thirst for knowledge this summer with three special classes being offered in Manhattan through a collaboration with UFM Community Learning Center, Kansas State University and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas.

College of Education students recognized for outstanding work, potential
Kansas State University's College of Education is recognizing seven of its new graduates for outstanding undergraduate work or their potential as future teachers.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Sales students earn money for scholarships and program enhancements
Taking what they learned in the classroom, sales students in Kansas State University's College of Business Administration have raised more than $11,000 and will use their more than $5,000 in profits for scholarships, student travel and sales program enhancements.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Chem-E-Car Team qualifies for nationals

Kansas State University's Chem-E-Car Team has landed a spot in the national competition, set for Nov. 1-2 in San Francisco. The competition is part of the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

College of Arts and Sciences selects Martin to head geography department

Charles Martin has been selected as the head of Kansas State University's department of geography in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Veterinarian has tips on how to ease a pet's stress following a disaster
It's not just humans who can suffer after traumatic events like the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. Susan Nelson, a veterinarian and clinical associate professor at Kansas State University's Veterinary Health Center, says a tornado can be just as stressful on pets.

Psychological sciences professor earns multiple honors
A Kansas State University professor is being recognized for career and research excellence.

Students from Larned, Manhattan receive Outstanding Student Leadership Awards
Kansas State University's Lafene Health Center presented its 2013 Outstanding Student Leadership Awards to Danica Pelzel, May 2013 graduate in dietetics and kinesiology, Larned, and Jordan Edmunds, junior in dietetics, Manhattan, for their volunteer service and leadership while participating in student organizations sponsored by Lafene.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

K-State Salina students conduct research, solve industry problems
A wireless voting system and new asphalt scraping tool for a local company are just some of the projects engineering technology students at Kansas State University Salina took on during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Beach Museum of Art honoring military families with summer discounts
The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is one of more than 1,800 Blue Star Museums across the United States to offer free admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory can test for emerging pig virus
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDV, has been confirmed in the U.S., and the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Kansas State University is ready to accept samples for diagnostic testing.

Research looks at how a box office success can translate internationally
Hollywood will have the box office heating up this summer with dozens of blockbuster films. But whether a movie is a worldwide box office bomb or a box office bonanza has a lot to do with the culture and release strategy in other countries, says a Kansas State University researcher.

Diagnostic researchers can discuss emergence of porcine virus in U.S.
Kansas State University diagnosticians can provide insight about the recently confirmed U.S. cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDV.

K-State Salina Flight Team lands six Top 20 finishes at national competition
A Kansas State University Salina Flight Team comprised mostly of first-time competitors brought home six Top 20 finishes at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's National Safety And Flight Evaluation Conference, or SAFECON, and competition, May 6-11 at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

College of Human Ecology honors outstanding seniors
The Kansas State University College of Human Ecology named 13 students outstanding seniors. They were selected by their professors for their academic achievement, professional potential, leadership, participation and service.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Nontraditional student receives Hollings Scholarship to study meteorology
Never give up on your dream -- that's the message from one Kansas State University student who is just starting to live hers. 

Faculty members honored for dedication to students, university and research
Kansas State University's colleges are honoring faculty members for excellence in teaching, research, service and advising.



Monday, May 20, 2013

Alumnus-owned company, university collaborate to innovate radiation sensor industry
A recent Kansas State University graduate and two university laboratories are joining the forces of university and industry to commercialize radiation sensors. 



Friday, May 17, 2013

Research shows black box could increase safety, efficiency of collegiate flight training
Flight operations quality assurance, or FOQA, the system contained in an aircraft's black box, could improve the safety of collegiate flight training programs in the future, according to research conducted by J.D. Swinney, one of the first two graduates of Kansas State University Salina's professional Master of Technology degree program.

K-State Salina students place at SkillsUSA state competition

Four Kansas State University Salina students placed at SkillsUSA's recent aviation maintenance technology state competition at Wichita Area Technical College.


Thursday, May 16, 2013

University to build new residence hall and dining center
Kansas State University plans to construct a new residence hall and dining center on the west side of campus that will open fall 2015, and to repurpose a dining center and renovate two residence halls by fall 2016. 

Dog parks offer fun, but veterinarian says a few precautions can make visits even better

Dog parks are a great place to socialize dogs and let them play, but they also have some hidden dangers, according to a Kansas State University veterinarian.

Eureka! Town + gown = fresh ideas for Kansas communities

One man's idea is proving to be a winner.

Undergraduate research opportunity helps Wichita student shape career plans

A Kansas State University undergraduate is getting a big boost in her goal of one day earning a doctorate in psychology by conducting undergraduate research through the university's Developing Scholars Program.



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Distance student from Las Vegas graduates with support from faculty, staff
Earning a master's degree is a challenging task whether a student is on campus or taking courses from thousands of miles away. Eric Parkila found success at Kansas State University all the way from Las Vegas, with a little help from some exceptional university employees.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Drama therapy improves mood, reduces pain during hemodialysis
For patients with kidney failure, getting creative may provide some relief. 

Senior from Pratt earns national scholarship for lighting design
Kansas State University's Bronson Blasi, a senior in architectural engineering, Pratt, is one of just five national recipients of a scholarship from the Besal Scholarship Fund for the 2013-2014 school year. Blasi is receiving a $3,000 scholarship.


Monday, May 13, 2013

University team receives USDA grant to help develop solutions for beef cattle grazing systems
Drought, flooding, extreme heat, subzero temperatures: All of these climatic events and more in Kansas can threaten the supply and affordability of the nation's beef supply. It's hard to do much about the weather, but a team of Kansas State University scientists will be trying to find solutions so cattlemen can better adapt to any future climate extremes in their grazing operations.

Kansas State University named 'Generous U' by the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy
Kansas State University has been named "Generous U" for its student philanthropy, K-State Proud, by the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University.

Undergrad's preliminary study shows students' writing skills may be improving
The prevalence of texting and micro blogging has many debating whether students are losing writing and reading skills, but preliminary research by a freshman in business administration at Kansas State University shows that students' writing skills may have improved.

ConocoPhillips contributes $375,000 to provide ongoing support to Kansas State University programs
ConocoPhillips has made a gift of $375,000 to Kansas State University for the College of Engineering, College of Business Administration and a variety of programs across campus.

High achievers: New members join Phi Kappa Phi
The nation's oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society has nearly 100 new members from Kansas State University.

Department of psychological sciences recognizes outstanding students
The department of psychological sciences at Kansas State University is recognizing several of its students for excellence in research and contributions to the department.




Friday, May 10, 2013

Students awarded Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad
Two Kansas State University students will use the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to take their learning beyond U.S. borders.

University awards unclassified employees with presidential honor
The Kansas State University president's office is recognizing four unclassified professionals for achieving excellence in their contributions to the university.

International Service Teams to contribute across globe
Kansas State University's International Service Teams will head to Kenya, Mexico, South Africa and Uganda this summer.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Private donations let cancer research center award $466,600 for research, training
Private donations are making a difference for cancer scientists at Kansas State University.

Rotenberg earns university award for undergraduate mentoring
A Kansas State University plant pathologist is being recognized for her abilities and efforts in training the next generation of researchers.

University recognizes classified employee's hard work with excellence awards
The Kansas State University president's office is recognizing three classified professionals for excellence in job performance.

Students plan study abroad trips across the globe in summer, fall 2013
Nearly 100 Kansas State University students have received scholarships to study abroad this summer or during the fall semester.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

EPA honors university's dining hall food composting program
The Environmental Protection Agency Region 7 is honoring Kansas State University's dining hall food composting program for improving sustainable food management practices.

Researchers use graphene quantum dots to detect humidity and pressure
The latest research from a Kansas State University chemical engineer may help improve humidity and pressure sensors, particularly those used in outer space.

Expert can discuss various aging, nursing home culture topics for National Nursing Home Week
May 12-18 is National Nursing Home Week.

Closing ceremonies, Ecuadorian farewell celebrate students' completion of Go Teacher program
Media are invited to attend this week's closing ceremonies and cultural activities for Kansas State University's Go Teacher program.

'Rock of Ages' brings the greatest hits of the '80s to life on McCain stage
The party musical "Rock of Ages" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, in McCain Auditorium at Kansas State University.

Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society selects new members
High academic achievement in the study of business has earned 23 Kansas State University students induction into Beta Gamma Sigma, an international honor society for business programs accredited by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business.

Blue Key inducts new members
The Kansas State University chapter of Blue Key, a nationwide honor society for college seniors, has initiated 15 new members for the 2013-2014 academic year.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Optimal workout partner encourages less to motivate more, says K-State researcher
The best workout partner may be one who understands that silence is golden, according to one Kansas State University researcher.

Moxley's service, contributions extend past job as dean of human ecology
Virginia Moxley retires as dean of Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology in June after serving the college for more than 25 years. She is a fifth-generation Kansan with three degrees from the university and a fierce dedication to the people-centered, science-based mission of human ecology. 

Academy of Science speaker to talk about food webs, water quality

Kansas State University's Division of Biology is hosting a U.S. National Academy of Sciences member who will speak about food web connections in watersheds.

Student from Dodge City earns university honor for research work
Phuoc Bui is wrapping up his undergraduate career at Kansas State University in an award-winning way.

Monday, May 6, 2013

K-State offers family an education and a chance to start over after tragedy
Art DeGroat, who is the university's director of military affairs, is in the dissertation phase of his doctorate in educational leadership. Lizzie DeGroat is a sophomore in apparel and textiles, and Taylor DeGroat, is a graduate student in speech pathology who will participate in commencement ceremonies this month.

Architectural engineering team wins electrical category in Pankow competition
Kansas State University's Architectural Engineering Institute, or AEI, Competition Team is a national champion. The team won the electrical category at the recent fourth annual Charles Pankow Foundation Student Design Competition at State College, Pa.

Commencement ceremonies May 11, 17 and 18
To honor the class of 2013 and the university's 150th birthday, graduates will receive special diplomas that commemorate the university's sesquicentennial. Commencement ceremonies will be Saturday, May 11, at Kansas State University Salina, and Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, on the Manhattan campus. Students lend talents to university commencement ceremonies.


Students lend talents to university commencement ceremonies
Several Kansas State University students will be part of the university's upcoming commencement ceremonies -- May 11, 17 and 18 -- as performers, musicians and speakers. 

Six faculty members receive Presidential Awards for hard work
Six Kansas State University faculty members are receiving a 2013 Presidential Award for their compassion, dedication and creativity as educators, advisers or administrators.



Sunday, May 5, 2013


Studies of the assembly of a protein degradation machine could lead to treatments in cancer, neurological diseases
Kansas State University scientists helped discover new details about an intricate process in cells. Their finding may advance treatments for cancer and neurological diseases. 

Friday, May 3, 2013 

Big 12 provosts to visit Kansas State University
Kansas State University will host provosts from Big 12 universities starting Sunday, May 5.


Continuing education dean named first recipient of International Leadership Award
Sue Maes, dean of the Division of Continuing Education at Kansas State University, has received national recognition for her efforts toward increasing globalization for the university and advocating for international collaboration. Maes is the first recipient of the International Leadership Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

College of Business Administration's sales program rates among the best
The sales program at Kansas State University's College of Business Administration has been named one of the top sales programs in the country by the Sales Education Foundation. It's the second consecutive year that the foundation has acknowledged the university's program as among the best.

K-State Salina students earn awards for outstanding work
For the 27th year, Kansas State University Salina has recognized students for outstanding academic achievements, dedication, leadership and community service.


Thursday, May 2, 2013 

Seat belt research aims to increase child safety on the road
Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury among children. Kansas State University civil engineers are striving to increase child safety by studying a simple action: buckling up.


Five faculty members named newest university distinguished professors
Five Kansas State University faculty members have been chosen as the newest university distinguished professors -- a lifetime title and the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty.


Faculty, staff recognized for service and commitment to students
Two Kansas State University employees are receiving a Putting Students First Award for outstanding work with students.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013 


John Buckwalter named dean of College of Human Ecology
John Buckwalter will become the next dean of the College of Human Ecology on July 1. He will succeed Virginia Moxley, who is going on phased retirement after having served as dean since 2006.

Senior from Overland Park is College of Human Ecology's student commencement speaker
Margaret Weller, a bachelor's candidate in communication sciences and disorders, Overland Park, will represent the College of Human Ecology's graduating class as student speaker at commencement.

Kappa Alpha Psi earns regional Chapter of Year honor
Kansas State University's chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi is the best in the Midwest. The fraternity has received the 2012-2013 Midwest Provincial Chapter of the Year.

K-State Salina's Baja SAE Team breaks Top 20
Kansas State University Salina's Baja SAE team broke the Top 20 for the fist time ever at the international Tennessee Tech Baja SAE competition in Cookeville, Tenn., April 18-21. The event host was Tennessee Technological University.

May 7 awards banquet recognizes Latino student and faculty achievements, success
Kansas State University is celebrating "excelencia" in higher education at an inaugural awards banquet honoring Latino students' and faculty achievements and success.