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K-Staters in the news — September 2019

Some of the top stories mentioning Kansas State University are posted below. Download an Excel file (xls) with all of this month's news stories. 

Monday, Sept. 30, 2019

National/International

Retired teacher still educating through tutoring program
9/27/19 Houston Chronicle
Cullers started with a notebook and two pencils. Now, an average of 15 students come to each session. The program offers tutoring to kids in at-risk categories, including low-income or single-parent families, minority and immigrant families, and students with learning disabilities. They meet twice a week, when students get one-on-one time with a tutor for homework help and test preparation. Tutors are recruited from retired teachers, K-State students and the Flint Hills Volunteer Center.

12 surprisingly great places to retire in the Midwest
9/28/19 Kiplinger
Manhattan: Home to Kansas State University, Manhattan affords residents attractive college-town amenities, including the privilege of calling the school's top-notch athletics program your home team. 

State/Regional  

Why KU’s plan to cut its STEM teaching center has students and alumni upset
9/27/19 KCUR
The sophomore has already reached out to Kansas State University, worried he could have to leave KU or risk not graduating within four years.  

Local

*Five years from end of K-State 2025, Myers’ State of University plans a refresh
9/28/19 Manhattan Mercury
In his fourth State of the University address, K-State president Richard Myers related the university’s progress in the context of K-State’s goal to become a top 50 public research university by 2025.

*Just the facts: Battle for truth is society's next great fight, Fortune CEO Alan Murray says
9/27/19 Manhattan Mercury
Facts are increasingly under attack, and that battle poses as great a threat as climate change, Fortune Media Group CEO Alan Murray declared in his Landon Lecture Friday at Kansas State University.

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019

National

7 ag stories you might have missed this week
9/26/19 Farm Progress 
Farmers in Kansas are harvesting hemp for the first time in nearly 80 years. Researchers at Kansas State University’s Olathe campus are analyzing samples of hemp. – KWCH, Kansas Farmer.

State/Regional  

Kansas military council focuses on surging troop, veteran suicides
9/26/19 The Kansan 
Art DeGroat, executive director of the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at Kansas State University, told the council the situation illustrated how complex the landscape had become amid the national wave of military suicides.

Local

No surprises in expected K-State enrollment decline, provost says
9/26/19 Manhattan Mercury
If K-State’s enrollment continues on a six-year decline this semester, that should not come as a surprise, provost Charles Taber said.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019

National

New Kansas State coach Chris Klieman, 3-0, proving 'football is football,' no matter the level
9/25/19 USA Today
Chris Klieman says -- and he has said this many times in the last few months -- “football is football.” He long ago wearied of the recurring questions, since he was hired last December as Kansas State’s coach, about the adjustment to the FBS level. Or whether his success at North Dakota State is, well, never mind replicable -- if it’s even applicable.

State/Regional 

*Ag officials hold exercise in case pig disease spreads to US
9/25/19 KSNT
“Working with folks from industry, and producers, we are working with the department of agriculture itself, and USDA, and planning what decisions are made and who makes those decisions in case there’s actually an animal disease outbreak,” said Cassie Jones, an associate professor at Kansas State University’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

Local

*Geology professor receives NSF grant
9/25/19 In printed version of Manhattan Mercury
Aida Farough, teaching assistant professor in the geology department, has received a National Science Foundation grant for her project, the Geoscience Career Ambassador Training, also known as GeoCAT, which aims to increase participation of underrepresented populations in geosciences.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019

State/Regional 

Affordability prompts small house collaboration
9/23/19 Topeka Capital-Journal
A combined effort between the Stafford County Economic Development and the Net Positive Studio at the Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design, will create a small house somewhere in Stafford County, said Michael Gibson, associate professor of architecture who is the faculty lead and and licensed architect overseeing the work of the studio.

Douglas County Commission to receive report on local effort to address mental health issues among farmers
9/24/29 Lawrence Journal-World 
While many Kansas farmers believe mental health is a serious issue, almost half of them said in a recent Kansas Farm Bureau study that it’s hard to access mental health services designed for their lifestyle, said Mallory Meek, an agent for the K-State Research and Extension office in Douglas County.

Local

K-State testing newly grown hemp
9/24/19 KSNT
Lab workers at Kansas State University in Olathe are testing hemp plants to see what the chemical makeup is.

Aggieville dome idea is getting people excited in the Little Apple
9/24/19 KSNT
Fifth year architecture students at K-State have put together some renderings showing what the dome or roof could like.

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019

National/International 

Monkey tried to fight off kidnapper who went after its child, Kansas zoo suspects
9/23/19 Miami Herald 
Vern underwent surgery Sept. 10 at Kansas State University, successfully repairing his broken bones, according to the zoo.

Local

*K-State to start $6M McCain Auditorium lobby expansion next year
9/23/19 Manhattan Mercury
K-State will start a $6 million project in 2020 to expand McCain Auditorium’s lobby, officials announced Monday.

In Focus 9/23/19
9/23/19 KMAN
We also spoke with Beach Museum Curator Elizabeth Seaton and Events Assistant Jennifer Harlan to preview the Museum’s Art in Motion event.

Monday, Sept. 23, 2019

National/International 

29 great places to retire near the beach
9/20/19 Kiplinger
Manhattan, Kan.: Home to Kansas State University, Manhattan affords residents attractive college-town amenities, including the privilege of calling the school's top-notch athletics program your home team. One particularly senior-friendly offering: The university, in collaboration with the local UFM Community Learning Center and the University of Kansas Osher Institute, offers courses year-round for $50 each, along with special events, aimed at encouraging lifelong learning, especially for locals age 50 and older.

State/Regional

Fleas unwelcome visitor in the fall for pet owners
9/22/19 Altoona (Pa.) Mirror
Dr. Michael Dryden, professor of veterinary parasitology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, calls it “the fall flea surge.”

*K-State’s engineering college honors BHC Rhodes
9/20/19 Wyandotte Daily
The Kansas State University Carl R. Ice College of Engineering will honor BHC Rhodes as the 2019 Company of the Year at its 36th annual Career Fair recognition event Sept. 25 in the atrium of Rathbone Hall, Manhattan, Kansas.

Local

K-State's enrollment struggle needs our attention
9/22/19 Manhattan Mercury
Official numbers won’t be available for a little while, but the Kansas State University provost told the Manhattan Rotary Club this past week that enrollment has dropped this fall. It’s been down now for five straight years; it was already off by 10 percent since the 2014-15 school year, when it peaked at just under 25,000.

Johnny Kaw Plaza dedication and ribbon cutting held in Manhattan
9/20/19 WIBW-TV
In 1955 George Fillinger a professor of horticulture at Kansas State University, created the story of Johnny Kaw to be Kansas’ answer to

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

National/International 

Standards changes mean more will qualify for Kansas colleges
09/20/19 Associated Press
The standards for those four universities will be an ACT score of 21 or a GPA of 2.25. Kansas State University will require a 21 ACT score and a 3.25 GPA.

State/Regional

Wichita State, K-State Planning Joint Nursing Program
09/20/19 High Plains Public Radio
Wichita State University is partnering with Kansas State University to start a satellite nursing program at K-State.

Local

Success disguised as failure: Thomas Lane delivers personal lecture
09/19/19 The Collegian
Thomas Lane, vice president of student life and dean of students, told dozens of Kansas State faculty, staff and students he was stressed about his talk on Thursday, as he finds it awkward talking about himself although he is fascinated by others’ journeys.

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019

National/International 

Parkinson's Foundation Invests $4.2 Million in Research Grants
9/17/19 Markets Insider
"This award is critical for my early independent career development and will help me establish a research program of my own," said Yulan Xiong, Assistant Professor at Kansas State University and Stanley Fahn Junior Faculty Award recipient. "The support from the Parkinson's Foundation will help us better understand a critical PD-related gene. We expect this study will lead to new discoveries in Parkinson's disease."

State/Regional

K-State student lives school motto, helps student in need
9/17/19 KSNT
A student at Kansas State University lived out one of the schools mottos of “students helping students” when he came across a woman who was caught in a rainstorm while going to class in her wheelchair.

*Manhattan museum shows off local artist’s work
9/17/19 KSNT
Drawings, paintings, magazines, and books from the Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University show off a Kansas artist icon’s work on Tuesday.

Local

K-State to offer nursing degree in partnership with WSU
9/17/19 Manhattan Mercury
In response to a nurse shortage in Kansas, Wichita State University and K-State are partnering to bring a satellite nursing program to Manhattan.

Wildcat Dialogues encourages inclusivity
9/17/19 The Collegian
Students gathered in the K-State Student Union Ballroom Monday night to experience Wildcat Dialogues — a night of discussion to create a pathway of intercultural interaction.

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019

National/International 

*Veterinarian says bats can be problem for pets, humans this time of year
9/16/19 Phys.org
With fall approaching, a Kansas State University veterinarian says homeowners and pet owners need to be cautious of bats, which are a leading transmitter of rabies.

*K-State study examines half-life of ASF virus in shipped feed
9/16/19 Farm Progress
Veterinary researchers at Kansas State University have shed more light on the ability of the African swine fever virus to survive in feed. 

State/Regional

Wichita Animal Services issues advisory after bat tests positive for rabies
9/16/19 KWCH
Just last Friday, a K-State Veterinarian said everyone should beware of bats this time of year after one found in a Manhattan home tested positive for rabies.

Local

Back at his alma mater, St. Isidore's priest thanks God for chance to lead students
9/16/19 Manhattan Mercury
Inside the lobby area adjoining the sanctuary at St. Isidore’s Catholic Student Center, the K-State students were singing the “everybody let’s go” snippet from the Dora the Explorer song.

Monday, Sept. 16, 2019

National/International 

*Facing divisive Kansas Senate race, Republicans pine for Pompeo
9/15/19 CNN
It was no surprise then that Pompeo's return to Kansas last week to give a lecture on human rights at Kansas State University was greeted with anticipation and intrigue. Pompeo wore a tie with the school's signature purple and exuded the easy manner of a savvy politician. With state officials and mega donors in the audience, the Senate race wasn't far from anyone's mind.

*Why the best person to turn to for money advice may be a psychotherapist
9/13/19 MarketWatch
The field is so new that there hasn’t been a lot of research on its effectiveness. One 2018 study by professors at Kansas State University found that 13 couples who were taught a “love and money” curriculum — techniques similar to what they might encounter in financial therapy — felt happier and less stressed about money afterward, and reported significant reductions in money-related stress when they were interviewed three months later.

State/Regional

*Olathe lab testing delta-9 THC, CBD cannabinoids for hemp growers
9/15/19 High Plains Journal
Researchers at Kansas State University’s Olathe campus are helping Kansas hemp growers clear the smoke when it comes to knowing the levels of delta-9 THC and CBD concentrations in their industrial hemp crop.

Monkey at Dodge City zoo suffer broken kneecap from suspected kidnapper
9/16/19 KAKE-TV
After many discussions with the Zoo’s contracted veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Wipf, it was decided that the, “best course of action for recovery was for Vern to be transferred to Kansas State University for surgery,” Schroeder said.

Local

*K-State’s common read book reflects author’s Iranian-American upbringing
9/13/19 Manhattan Mercury
Khorram is the author of “Darius the Great Is Not Okay,” this year’s common book for all K-State freshmen. He spoke Thursday evening in front of a crowd of about 1,000 people — primarily college freshmen but also high school students, faculty and community members.

*Bats pose greatest risk for rabies this time of year
9/13/19 WIBW-TV
A K-State Veterinarian says everyone should beware of ba

Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

National/International 

This Is the Scientific Reason Why Couples Get Back Together After a Breakup
09/13/19 MSN
Conventional wisdom says the best thing to do after a breakup is to steer clear of your old flame but reality proves that many couples will get back together again, sometimes repeatedly. In fact, more than a third of all broken-up couples will reunite, with the most popular reason being that they thought the other person may have changed, according to a previous study focusing on married and cohabitating young-adult couples done by Kansas State University.

State/Regional

Trade Takes Center Stage at International Livestock Conference
09/12/19 Kansas Ag Connection
Vilsack was a panelist during the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock annual conference held this week at Kansas State University in Manhattan. This was the first time in the nine-year history of GASL conferences that trade has been addressed in a formal way.

Local

PLAN YOUR WEEKEND | K-State book lecture, The Four Italian Tenors and more
09/13/19 The Manhattan Mercury
Every year, incoming students at K-State get their first assignment at the summer’s orientation program: read the K-State Book Network’s book. This year, the KSBN committee chose “Darius the Great is Not Okay” by Adib Khorram, an author from Kansas City. Thursday night, the university will host Khorram for a lecture followed by questions.

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019

National/International 

Climate change may cut soil's ability to absorb water
9/11/19 ScienceDaily
The lead author is Joshua S. Caplan, a former Rutgers postdoctoral associate now at Temple University. Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Colorado State University contributed to the study.

State/Regional

Former CIA Director, K-State graduate speaks at Manhattan 9/11 memorial
9/11/19 KSNT
Chuck Banks, a graduate of Kansas State University and former CIA Director was the keynote speaker at the memorial. He worked around the clock and slept on the floor of his office in the days following the attacks.

Local

Fortune CEO Alan Murray presenting Landon Lecture on Sept. 27
9/11/19 JC Post
Alan Murray, the CEO of Fortune, the global media company featuring the business magazine Fortune, will deliver a Landon Lecture at Kansas State University at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in McCain Auditorium. The title of Murray’s lecture will be “The Future of Facts: Searching for Truth in the 21st Century.” 

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019

National/International 

Recent Kansas Editorials
9/10/19 Associated Press
Mr. Pompeo, the current U.S. Secretary of State, was in Manhattan Friday to give a Landon Lecture at Kansas State University. Mr. Pompeo is a former member of Congress from the Wichita area currently serving as the nation’s top diplomat.

State/Regional

KSU Polytechnic Professor Honored
9/10/19 KSAL.com
An almost 20-year veteran of the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, business professor Kathy Brockway is being honored for her dedication to education with one of the campus’s most prestigious awards.

Local

Alumni Association accepting entries for Homecoming parade
9/10/19 Wamego Times
Each year, Kansas State University alumni, friends and the Manhattan community gather for the highlight of All-University Homecoming Week: the parade.

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019

National/International 

*Why the best person to turn to for money advice may be a psychotherapist
9/9/19 MSN Money
One 2018 study by professors at Kansas State University found that 13 couples who were taught a “love and money” curriculum — techniques similar to what they might encounter in financial therapy — felt happier and less stressed about money afterward, and reported significant reductions in money-related stress when they were interviewed three months later.

State/Regional

*K-State Global Campus Receives Bayer Fund Contribution for Scholarship
9/9/19 Kansas Ag Connection 
As part of the America's Farmers Grow Communities program sponsored by the Bayer Fund, Kansas State University Global Campus received a $2,500 contribution to its scholarship fund for online students living in rural Kansas.

Local

Former Lt. Gov. announces run in Kan. first congressional district
9/9/19 Junction City Post
Mann attended Kansas State University where he studied agricultural economics and was elected student body president.

Monday, Sept. 9, 2019

National/International 

*With voters watching, tough-talking diplomat strikes softer tone in Kansas
9/6/19 New York Times
At a forum at Kansas State University, Mr. Pompeo rejected concerns that scientific climate change warnings were being subdued at the State Department. He said he was expanding efforts to cut funding for health organizations that allow abortions. And he denied that the United States was blocking migrants who want the same unalienable rights — freedom and equality — that he had minutes earlier proudly described as being protected by the United States.

*China slams US Xinjiang remarks as 'lies'
9/8/19 U.K. Guardian
Speaking at Kansas State University last week, Pompeo said Washington would use this month's UN General Assembly to rally support for the Uighurs, a mostly Muslim minority that has seen mass incarceration under the Chinese government.

State/Regional

*Pompeo says his response to Senate speculation can be taken ‘however you’d like’
9/7/19 Kansas City Star
Pompeo, who is in Kansas to deliver a speech at Kansas State University, told The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star during an interview that he is aware of the “noise” and speculation over a possible Senate run.

*Mike Pompeo says Trump willing to meet with Iran to avoid military conflict
9/7/19 Topeka Capital Journal
In an interview following his lecture Friday at Kansas State University, the secretary of state addressed escalating tensions with Iran, outlined his vision for a forthcoming plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and reaffirmed his commitment to remaining in his current position despite ongoing talk that he could prevail in a crowded GOP primary next year for U.S. Senate.

Local

*Pompeo: Kansas ag woes are ‘a hiccup’ in China trade war
9/8/19 Manhattan Mercury
Following a Landon Lecture that he gave at K-State’s McCain Auditorium on Friday, Pompeo — a former four-time elected representative for Kansas’ 4th Congressional District, former CIA director and now, the country’s top diplomat — sat down with The Mercury to discuss his speech, his work abroad and whether he’s considering running for the Kansas GOP nomination to take over for U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, who announced earlier this year he will not seek reelection in 2020.

*Q&A: Secretary of State talks education, his role with Collegian editors
9/8/19 The Kansas State Collegian
Following his Friday Landon Lecture at Kansas State, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with multiple media outlets, including student media. In an interview with the Collegian, Pompeo discussed the evolution of education

Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

National/International 

Kansas’ Pompeo could swing Senate race, but will he run?
9/5/19 Washington Post
Pompeo isn’t expected to directly address the speculation about his interest in running during his speech Friday at Kansas State University, but that hasn’t stopped others from suggesting he’s the person for the job. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell identified Pompeo as his preferred candidate shortly after Roberts announced in January that he wasn’t seeking re-election.

Mike Pompeo fuels speculation about Senate bid with (another) trip to Kansas
9/5/19 USA Today
But Pompeo will fuel that chatter himself on Friday when he lands in Kansas – his adopted home state – to deliver a high-profile speech at Kansas State University. And his denials notwithstanding, Pompeo has talked to GOP allies about the possibility of leaving the Trump administration for the campaign trail.

State/Regional

Kansas State University researchers develop three new wheat varieties
9/5/19 The Hutchinson News
Researchers at the Kansas State University Research and Extension Center in Hays have developed three new wheat varieties. Farmers will be able to choose which variety works best for them during the fall of 2020, when the seeds will be released. All three varieties have specific virus, mildew and insect resistance.

Local

*K-State's the best education value in the state, new report finds
9/5/19 WIBW
A new Money Magazine reports says Kansas State University the best education value in the state. It rates schools on factors dealing with quality of education, affordability, and student outcomes.

Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019

National/International 

The 20 best college dorms in the US, ranked
9/4/19 BusinessInsider
Kansas State University is located in the city of Manhattan. The school is home to 10 different residence halls, all of which feature dining areas and convenience stores.

State/Regional

*K-State vet says corn on the cob no treat for dogs
9/4/19 Salina Post
Corn on the cob is a treat that many people enjoy each summer. But a Kansas State University veterinarian says don’t share that cob with your dog.

Local

*In K-State, new dean of students Thomas Lane finds a proud community
9/4/19 The Manhattan Mercury
When K-State’s new dean of students Thomas Lane was a freshman at Illinois State University, he probably would have been in the dean’s office, but then it would have been because he was on the verge of being kicked out of school.

*Pompeo to open Landon Lecture series Friday; Public encouraged to arrive early
9/4/19 K Rock 101.9
Two speakers are lined up this month for the annual Kansas State University Landon Lecture series.

Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019

National/International

KSU, NGFA hosts food safety course
9/3/19 World-Grain.com
Kansas State University (KSU) and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) hosted a Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) training at the IGP Institute Aug. 20-22.

State/Regional

*Pompeo to Speak at KSU Friday
9/3/19 KSAL
A Kansas State University professor will lead a collaborative research project exploring new means of treating infections with antibiotics.

Local

REVIEW: Boscology 101 podcast has something for everyone, not just K-State students
9/3/19 The Collegian
Post-retirement life is typically a time to slow down, but not for Kansas State’s former vice president of student life and dean of students, Pat Bosco.

Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019

National/International

*Aw, shucks: Vet says corn on the cob no treat for dogs
08/31/19 Phys.org
Corn on the cob is a treat that many people enjoy each summer. But a Kansas State University veterinarian says don't share that cob with your dog.

State/Regional

*Professor Receives $2 Million to Develop New Antibiotics
9/2/19 Kansas Ag Connection
A Kansas State University professor will lead a collaborative research project exploring new means of treating infections with antibiotics.

Local

Roundtable to discuss childcare concerns and solutions in Kansas
08/31/19 WIBW
Panelists included from Kansas State University:
Bronwyn Fees, Ph.D., Professor, Family Studies and Human Services, Associate Dean, Health and Human Sciences
Mary DeLuccie, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Family Studies and Human Services
Bradford Wiles, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Extension Specialist Early Childhood
Rosie Mitchell, Director, Center for Child Development.