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K-State in the news — April 2020

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.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

National/International

Computational techniques explore 'the dark side of amyloid aggregation in the brain'
4/29/20 Science Daily
Chen says a key inspiration for the multi-scale algorithm came from theoretical work from Jeremy Schmit, a collaborator and co-author of the paper from Kansas State University. "Together, we show how to achieve a description of the peptide search process at the atomic level. We demonstrate our approach by looking at how mutations in amyloid beta peptide affect fibril growth. Our results show that we can reproduce what is known about these mutants, plus peculiar non-additivity of mutations, that is observed experimentally. It means that two positions can mutate and either one will make fibril growth go faster, but if both are mutated, fibril growth goes slowly."

Regional/State

*CORONAVIRUS LIVE UPDATES: Kansas City, St. Louis County town move up reopening dates
4/30/20 KMBC Channel 9 News 
3:50 p.m. -- Kansas State University has launched coronavirus testing for students, faculty and staff as confirmed cases in Kansas rose Tuesday by 4.9% to nearly 3,500.

*What Kansas might do to reopen after coronavirus shut it down
4/30/20 Hays Post
Kelly said testing “is the only way that we can safely reopen our economy.” Kansas State University announced this week it would test any student or staff or faculty member with symptoms or exposure to someone with a confirmed case of the virus. Norman said that Kansas has the ability to test everyone who is symptomatic.

Local

*With estimated COVID-19 costs at $35M, K-State cutting budget
4/30/20 The Mercury
K-State officials now estimate that the COVID-19 related costs of moving to online classes and suspending campus operations will cost $35 million by the end of the school year.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

National/International

*University offers coronavirus tests; reopening plan unveiled
4/28/20 Associated Press
Kansas State University has launched coronavirus testing for students, faculty and staff as confirmed cases in Kansas rose Tuesday by 4.9% to nearly 3,500.

Regional/State

*Kansas State to offer Coronavirus testing for students and staff
4/28/20 WIBW 13 News 
Kansas State University is offering Covid-19 testing to students, faculty and staff who may need it, according to a news release Tuesday. 

Local

*K-State starts testing university members for COVID-19
4/28/20 Manhattan Mercury 
K-State is using one of its most secure biosecurity research labs to process tests for students, faculty and staff for COVID-19, the university announced Tuesday.

Mayor announces chairs, members of regional task force
4/28/20 Manhattan Mercury 
Linda Cook — Kansas State University

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

National/International

Struggling rural grocery stores see welcome rise in customers
4/27/20 Breitbart
Stores like Graybeal’s are becoming harder to find in rural America, said Rial Carver, the program manager at Kansas State University’s Rural Grocery Initiative. 

Regional/State

*K-State expands licensing agreement for COVID-19 antiviral treatment
4/27/20 Topeka Capital-Journal 
Researchers from Kansas State University are moving forward with coronavirus research and hoping to discover a treatment for COVID-19.

Rural grocery stores becoming innovative
4/27/20 The Hutchinson News
"Many small town grocery stores are adjusting their operations during this pandemic," said David Procter, director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development at Kansas State University, in a release.

Local

Manhattan loses sales tax revenue, cancels summer programs
4/27/20 Kansas State Collegian
Marstall said the city relies heavily on revenue from students at Kansas State.

Monday, April 27, 2020

National/International

*Kansas universities juggle budget problems amid coronavirus
4/24/20 U.S. News and World Reports
Kansas’ biggest universities will see a chunk of money, ranging from $15.2 million for the University of Kansas, $8.8 million at Wichita State University and $12.7 million at Kansas State University. Smaller schools will get less, like Dodge City Community College’s $949,000.

Regional/State

*K-State researchers aid in development of possible treatment for COVID-19
4/25/20 KSHB-TV
Chemical compounds patented by researchers at Kansas State University will soon be used to develop a possible treatment for COVID-19.

*Summer STEM Institute moves to virtual sessions in 10th year
WIBW-TV
Heading into the tenth year of their Summer STEM Institute, the planning committee for the partnership between USD 383, Kansas State University, and Manhattan Area Technical College are making adjustments to their program for the June 2020 session.

Local

Life after retirement: Pat Bosco's days are very different
4/26/20 Kansas State Collegian
After nearly five decades at K-State, Pat Bosco retired last year from his positions as vice president for student life and dean of students.

Richard Bergen remembered
4/27/20 KSAL
With a master’s degree in art from Kansas State University earned in 1963, many of his works are found in Manhattan. They include the crouching Wildcat ready to pounce at the K-State Alumni Center, Holy Family at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Ernie Barrett with hand outstretched at Bramlage Coliseum, and busts of Martin Luther King Jr., and Marianna Kistler Beach at the K-State art museum named for her.

Friday, April 24, 2020

National/International

US Meat Giant Shutters Beef Plant For Coronavirus Testing
04/23/20 International Business Times
"If additional reductions in slaughter and processing operations occur over an extended period, then by mid-May changes in product availability may be realized," said Glynn Tonsor, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University.

Regional/State

Family collaborates with cattle ranchers, non-profits and K-State to get 8,000 pounds of beef to Kansas food pantries
04/24/20 KSN
“There is still a cost. The cows have to eat some food, there’s processing costs and then transportation to get it where it needs to go,” said Becky Reid, Family & Consumer Science Extension Agent, K-State. “Being able to link with The Legacy Regional Community Foundation based in Winfield and just being able to then have fundraising taken on by them, I think really, we’ve looked at this as a community of how do you connect the dots to really let people capitalize on their strengths.

Local

Greenhouse book by Kansan helps producers with pests
04/23/20 The Topeka Capital-Journal
Years later, with a Ph.D. in entomology and a bachelor’s degree in horticulture, Cloyd spends his days researching, writing and teaching about insects in horticulture at Kansas State University. Most of his research takes place in greenhouses. 

County counselor announces alternative care site location
04/23/20 The Manhattan Mercury
In other action, commissioners:
Approved a no-cost change order for the radio system project. The change order includes adding equipment on the Kansas State University campus at Ackert Hall. 

Thursday, April 23, 2020

National/International

Pork plant’s closure will cause ‘significant ramifications’ to supplies, Tyson says
4/22/20 Miami Herald
“You could shut multiple plants down for a day or two, and we’ve got wiggle room to handle that,” Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University agriculture economist, told the AP. “But if you took four or five of those big plants ... and they had to be down for two weeks, then you’ve got a game changer.”

Regional/State

University of Missouri going back to in-person classes in fall. Others consider it
4/20/20 The Kansas City Star
At Kansas State University, “our working assumption is that we will have face-to-face classes in the fall,” said President Richard Myers. But he said his campus also is planning for various scenarios, depending on what course the pandemic takes.

Local

K-State to move forward on plan for new institute, which includes eventual demolition of Shellenberger Hall
4/21/20 K-Rock 101.5
Kansas State University will proceed with the creation of the Institute for Global Food, Health and Biosecurity, pending $5 million in funding from the state legislature. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

National/International

High-quality boron nitride grown at atmospheric pressure
4/21/20 Phys.org
Now Graphene Flagship researchers tested hBN crystals grown with a  that works at atmospheric pressure, developed by a team of researchers led by James Edgar at Kansas State University.

Controlled Explosions to Efficiently Mass-Produce Graphene
4/21/20 NASA Tech Briefs
Kansas State University physicists have discovered a way to mass-produce graphene with three ingredients - hydrocarbon gas, oxygen, and a spark plug. 

Regional/State

Kansas 4-Hers, Volunteers Debut Online Series Aimed at Stress Relief
4/20/20 KSAL
The pre-recorded series will appear each Monday at 10 a.m. on the K-State Research and Extension Facebook page.

Local

Furloughs likely coming for K-State employees. Who, how and when to be determined
4/21/20 Manhattan Mercury 
K-State is bracing for the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and university leaders anticipate furloughs coming for some employees.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

National/International

Produce Safety Training, Consultation Starts Online Today
4/20/20 USAgNet
K-State Research and Extension has teamed with the Kansas Department of Agriculture the past several years to offer food safety training for commercial produce growers and that hasn't changed. Only the method of delivery has.

Regional/State

Kansas meatpacking plants have coronavirus cases and stay open amid safety concerns
4/20/20 KAKE
Glynn Tonsor, a professor in the department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University, estimates that southwest Kansas plants account for about 25 to 30% of the country's beef production. 

Kansas Universities Had Serious Budget Problems Before Coronavirus And May Ax More Staff
4/20/20 KMUW 
Kansas’ biggest universities will see a chunk of money, ranging from $15.2 million for the University of Kansas, $8.8 million at Wichita State University and $12.7 million at Kansas State University

Local

In Focus 4/20/20
4/20/20 KMAN 
Monday’s program featured a conversation with Kansas State University Vice President for Communications and Marketing Jeff Morris with an update on campus adjustments, good news and other information related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Monday, April 20, 2020

National/International

Controversial ‘gene drive’ could disarm deadly wheat pathogen
4/17/20 Science magazine
The new wheat strategy would be the first use of a gene drive to control a pathogen in plants. The findings are “very enticing” for both plant and human health, says John Leslie, a fungal pathologist at Kansas State University. Yet gene drives have never been deployed outside of the lab and plans to use them to eliminate mosquitoes and other pests have been controversial.

Why your local grocery store is making a comeback
4/17/20 CNN Business
"All of a sudden, it's been an opportunity to address the challenges they have seen for years and years," said David Procter, director of the Rural Grocery Initiative at Kansas State University.

Jane Hull, first woman elected Arizona governor, dies at 84
4/17/20 Washington Post
Hull was born Aug. 8, 1935, in Kansas City, Missouri, and she grew up in Kansas, where she graduated from Kansas State University and worked as a school teacher.

Regional/State

*'Work like every sample has the virus': Kansas professors help with COVID-19 tests
4/20/20 Kansas City Star
“Basically I’m a lab rat,’’ said the Kansas State University professor, a researcher in veterinary medicine. Before landing on a college campus, he had worked in the biopharma industry on herpes and HIV vaccines, “so I had a fair amount of exposure,” he said.

*Kan. small businesses, manufacturers helped with COVID-19 through Great Plains TMC initiative
4/19/20 Hays Post
The Technology Development Institute at the Kansas State University Carl R. Ice College of Engineering has assembled a COVID-19 resource guide and is disseminating this information through the Great Plains Technology and Manufacturing Cluster initiative.

*Families, public plead for more information as COVID-19 deaths soar at nursing homes
4/19/20 Kansas City Star
Gayle Doll, director of the Center on Aging at Kansas State University, said it’s not fair to put the blame on nursing home workers. She wishes staff inside those facilities were getting the same outpouring of support as health care workers at hospitals.

Local

*K-State students create face shields, cloth masks for health care workers
4/17/20 WIBW-TV
Kansas State University makes us Kansas Proud for donating custom-made face shields and cloth masks to health care workers.

Purple Threads: Students with essential jobs power through pandemic
4/19/20 Kansas State Collegian
Editor’s note: This story is part of the Purple Threads series, which aims to tell the stories of Kansas State students who, despite their different experiences, are all connected in some way through K-State.

Friday, April 17, 2020

National/International

As meat packing plants close for coronavirus, will prices spike and shelves go empty?
04/16/20 Associated Press/The Sacramento Bee
“You could shut multiple plants down for a day or two, and we’ve got wiggle room to handle that,” Kansas State University agriculture economist Glynn Tonsor told AP. “But if you took four or five of those big plants ... and they had to be down for two weeks, then you’ve got a game changer.”

COVID-19 Partnering Deals Collection (Bimonthly Updates): Deal Trends, Financials and Players
04/16/20 Yahoo! Finance
Global COVID-19 Partnering provides the full collection of COVID-19 disease deals signed between the world's pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies since the start of 2020.
Companies mentioned: Kansas State University

Regional/State

K-State students create face shields, cloth masks for healthcare workers
04/17/20 KWCH
Kansas State University makes us Kansas Proud for donating custom-made face shields and cloth masks to healthcare workers.

As meat packing plants close for coronavirus, will prices spike and shelves go empty?
04/16/20 Associated Press/The Kansas City Star
“You could shut multiple plants down for a day or two, and we’ve got wiggle room to handle that,” Kansas State University agriculture economist Glynn Tonsor told AP. “But if you took four or five of those big plants ... and they had to be down for two weeks, then you’ve got a game changer.”

Local

K-State planning new institute, plan includes demolishing Shellenberger
04/17/20 The Manhattan Mercury
The Kansas Board of Regents on Wednesday approved K-State officials’ plan to create the Institute for Global Food, Health and Biosecurity, pending $5 million in startup funding from the Kansas legislature.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

National/International

Farmers are throwing away fresh food and dairy. Food banks want to change that
4/15/20 Today.com 
“It is confusing, certainly when you see all that. That shift in headlines at one time,” Brian Coffey, an associate professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University, told TODAY.

*2 Hurt After Floor Collapses at Kansas State's Hale Library
4/15/20 U.S. News and World Report
Kansas State University says two workers sustained minor injuries when part of a floor collapsed at Hale Library.

Regional/State

Meat packing plants experience new protocols, slowdowns
4/15/20 Topeka Capital-Journal
While no one plant represents more than 7% of national capacity, said Glynn Tonsor, agricultural economics professor at Kansas State University, the challenge is that no one knows how many plants the virus will affect and for how long.

Local

While KSU Foundation plans $14.5M Alumni Village, some demand affordable housing
4/15/20 The Mercury
“When we review the interest, it’s diverse,” he said. “A good portion are people who already live here, who would just like to downsize and have a more intimate, close proximity to Kansas State University. But definitely some, but not the driving force, are tertiary homes where they’re coming in for engagement with K-State.” 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

National/International

COVID-19 Top 60 Drug Treatments in Development
GEN April 2020
17. Cocrystal and Kansas State University Research Foundation

Here's how long those condiments in your fridge and pantry are supposed to last
4/14/20 Houston Chronicle 
These guidelines have been pulled from the FoodKeeper database (also available as a phone app) at foodsafety.gov and this chart from the Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Service. 

Regional/State

Two hurt as part of floor collapses at K-State’s Hale Library
4/14/20 Topeka Capital-Journal 
Two workers sustained minor injuries Tuesday morning when part of the third floor collapsed onto the second floor at Kansas State University’s Hale Library in Manhattan, the university announced in a news release.

Local

K-State College of Veterinary Medicine adapting to changes in operations amid pandemic
4/14/20 1350 KMAN
The shift to online only curriculum has been especially challenging to students in the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

National/International

Virus closes some meat plants, raising fears of shortages
4/13/20 Daily Mail Online 
The reduced production so far has been offset by the significant amount of meat that was in cold storage, said Glynn Tonsor, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University. Producers are also working to shift meat that would have gone to now-closed restaurants over to grocery stores.

Kansas State Works to Boost Enrollment, Offers Virtual Tours
4/13/20 U.S. News & World Report 
Kansas State University is still working to increase enrollment despite challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

Regional/State

*Kansas State moving to online-only classes with lower rates for summer
4/13/20 WIBW
Kansas State University announced Monday that it will move to online-only classes for the summer in a continued response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Local

K-State, Wichita State take next step in satellite nursing program
4/13/20 Manhattan Mercury
Wichita State University and Kansas State University will launch a dual-degree program that will give students the opportunity to earn both a bachelor of science from the College of Health and Human Sciences at K-State and a bachelor of science in nursing from the College of Health Professions from WSU.

Monday, April 13, 2020

National/International

A coronavirus spread through U.S. pigs in 2013. Here’s how it was stopped
4/10/20 Smithsonian Magazine
Worst of all may have been the virus’ ability to fester for weeks in feed, giving the pathogen a straight shot into the guts of its hosts. “Feed ingredients have unique access to our pigs,” says Megan Niederwerder, a veterinary virologist at Kansas State University. “That definitely was not at the forefront of our minds.”

Zoom therapy in a pandemic
4/9/20 NPR
Kansas State University's Megan McCoy is not your typical therapist.

Regional/State

*Millions of federal aid dollars for Kansas universities not enough
4/10/20 KSNT
Kansas State University anticipates losing at least $22 million, said Jeff Morris, Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the university. This is due to paying for overtime, continuing student employees’ salaries, moving classes online and student refunds for housing, dining and parking.

Kansas college students face a world of uncertainty in a world changed by coronavirus
4/10/20 KCUR
Josh Wolf isn’t a professional educator just yet. The Kansas State University senior is a student-teacher who’s been helping to create online coursework for a seventh grade social studies class at Eisenhower Middle School in Manhattan. 

Local

*With on-campus operations suspended, K-State still charging ahead with enrollment plan
4/12/20 Manhattan Mercury
There may not be any students on campus right now, but K-State administrators are charging ahead on a strategic enrollment plan to boost the university’s student body after years of declining enrollment.

*'When the students are successful, we all succeed,' incoming engineering dean says
4/11/20 Kansas State Collegian
Matthew O’Keefe, the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering’s new dean, will start on July 13. O’Keefe was a professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Mississippi.

Friday, April 10, 2020

National/International

Remote Learning P-12, free resource for parents & teachers
04/09/20 MSN Money
Faculty and staff at Kansas State University recognized the need for continued support while parents and teachers navigate through the new continuous learning platforms. 

Regional/State

U.S. Dept. of Education awards $49 million to Kansas' 6 public universities
04/09/20 KWCH
Breakdown of grant allocations for Kansas' six public universities:

• Kansas State University – $13,308,000

Local

*K-State implements programs to ease transition to remote classes for both teachers and students
04/09/20 KMAN
While K-State has a Keep Teaching program for its own employees to use, Katie Linder, the K-State Global Campus executive director for program development, says there is another program available to professionals from several institutions.

Now back in their hometowns, K-State students struggle to make sense of remaining rent
04/09/20 The Manhattan Mercury
Following K-State’s decision to cancel in-person classes for the rest of the spring semester, thousands of students have moved back to their hometowns. 

Remote Learning P-12, free resource for parents & teachers
04/09/20 WIBW
Faculty and staff at Kansas State University recognized the need for continued support while parents and teachers navigate through the new continuous learning platforms.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

National/International

FAA Awards $2.6 Million in Grants for the Safe Integration of Drones
4/8/20 Homeland Security Today
Develop system to capture/categorize test objectives; Analyze data captured to inform development of regulatory products; Facilitate query and reporting of data in consistent format across UAS Test Sites . . . Kansas State University (KS)–$200,000 . . .

Learn COVID facts regarding farms
4/8/20 The Neighbor
We don’t need to worry about the safety of food being produced on farms, according to Dr. Gregg Hanzlicek, veterinarian and director of the Kansas State University-Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.

Regional/State

K-State ag researchers adapt to COVID-19 conditions
4/8/20 The Hutchinson News
While much research is slowing down due to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Kansas State University agricultural researchers are moving forward with research.

Local

*KSU Faculty & Staff helping state's COVID-19 efforts
4/8/20 WIBW
Kansas State University says several members of their faculty and staff were sent to Topeka to assist the KDHE in response to a request for help from the agency.

Sunset Zoo updates procedures after tiger at Bronx Zoo tests positive for COVID-19
4/8/20 The Manhattan Mercury
“Thankfully being (near) Kansas State University, one of the best vet schools in the nation, we have access to some of the greatest vet care possible,” Kirkwood said. “... Any incident, whether it’s COVID — which we hope never happens to one of our animals — or another illness like the flu, we monitor the symptoms of animals daily and that is relayed to our vet staff.” 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

National/International

Recent Kansas editorials
4/7/20 The Washington Times
A biochemistry professor at Kansas State University has exactly the right idea: Kansas should aggressively test as many people as possible for the coronavirus. 

Regional/State

Students show “Every Man” can make a difference by creating face shields amid COVID-19 outbreak
4/7/20 KMBC.com
Behind a purple door of what appears to be your typical college house is a 3D printer. Students at Kansas State University brought it home from school to make face shields for health care workers on the front lines of fighting the coronavirus.

Local

*Topeka native is KSU's newest Goldwater Scholar
4/7/20 WIBW
Kansas State University's Blaine Fry, a junior from Topeka studying physics, has received a 2020 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

*K-State architecture professor wins 2020 Gabriel Prize
4/6/20 1350 KMAN
Otto Chanyakorn, an assistant professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University, has received the Gabriel Prize from the Western European Architecture Foundation for the study of landscape and classical architecture in France.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

National/International

Online Learning Book Recommendations: And Why I Read so Few Books on the Topic
4/6/20 EdSurge 
An educator who has opened up his course to allow any of us to experience it is Mike Wesch, a professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University. 

Regional/State

Kansas City area college summer classes will still be online only because of COVID-19
4/6/20 Kansas City Star
Kansas State University, Johnson County Community College and Rockhurst University have not yet made a decision on the summer semester.

Local

K-State students design 3D print face shields for healthcare workers
4/6/20 KSNT
With a shortage of personal protective equipment around the country, some students at Kansas State University are taking matters into their hands, designing and printing face masks for healthcare workers.

K-State professor's 'silly' insect videos make for easy transition to online learning
4/6/20 Manhattan Mercury
One semester, as K-State entomology students were getting ready for their class, they discovered that right in front of them, their professor Jeremy Marshall had turned into a giant bug.

Monday, April 6, 2020

National/International

Race for a vaccine
4/5/20 Sky News
Plymouth University is developing a potential vaccine via its spin-off company The Vaccine Group, working with the Shanghai Veterinary Research Institute and Kansas State University.

Coronavirus: Can your dog or cat get Covid-19 and can you catch it from your pet?
4/6/20 Yahoo! News
Raymond R.R. Rowland, a veterinarian who specializes in swine viruses at Kansas State University, said that “weak positives” frequently show up in testing pigs, where a farmer’s livelihood can be at stake.

Regional/State

Using porn and slurs, ‘Zoom bombers’ strike KC area colleges. Here’s how to fight back
4/5/20 Kansas City Star
In the first week of online-only classes at Kansas State University in March, the student government senate convened for its first virtual meeting via Zoom, the video conferencing app Zoom.

Yes, he resembles Col. Sanders. But for Kansas, Lee Norman’s the go-to guy in crisis
4/5/20 Wichita Eagle
R.W. Trewyn, the liaison to the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility at Kansas State University, has known Norman the better part of a decade. The two participated in monthly meetings of a team dedicated to studying biological threats at the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center, he said.

Local

K-State announces positive coronavirus case on campus
4/4/20 KSNT
The two cases, both travel-related, are two men: a 19-year-old student at K-State, and a 33-year-old man, public health officer Julie Gibbs said.

Alone with coronavirus, student from Chicago thankful for support of K-State family
4/5/20 Manhattan Mercury
The K-State senior in journalism had been on a study abroad trip to London over spring break with several classmates as well as professor Andrew Smith. But when the group returned to 

Friday, April 3, 2020

National/International

* Virus spreads through South Dakota family’s close ties
04/02/20 The Washington Post/Associated Press
But Caterina Scoglio, a professor at Kansas State University who studies how viruses spread through rural communities, said small towns can have unique vulnerabilities that cities don’t have.

* Virus spreads through South Dakota family’s close ties
04/02/20 Daily Mail/Associated Press
But Caterina Scoglio, a professor at Kansas State University who studies how viruses spread through rural communities, said small towns can have unique vulnerabilities that cities don’t have.

Regional/State

COVID-19 Gives Kansas City's Student Teachers A Crash Course In How To Run Online Classrooms
04/02/20 KCUR
But in spite of all the upheaval, student-teachers may actually be better prepared because of COVID-19. Todd Goodson at Kansas State University’s College of Education certainly hopes so. His own daughter is part of the class of 2020.

‘This news is disappointing’: KU, MU, UMKC postpone spring graduations amid COVID-19
04/02/20 The Kansas City Star
K-State plans to combine its spring and fall 2020 commencements into a joint ceremony set for Dec. 11 and 12. Spring graduation was scheduled for May 9, 15 and 16.

“The decision to postpone commencement was not one that anyone took lightly,” said Chuck Taber, K-State’s provost. He said a group consisting of people from all academic colleges, including students, developed a proposal for how to celebrate graduates. And that plan was endorsed by campus deans.

Local

Washburn, KSU & ESU working to help students with financial assistance
04/03/20 KSNT
At Kansas State University, the KSU Foundation has also started a new fund: the #KStateStrong Emergency Response Fund.

K-State vet students won’t get a regular graduation ceremony
04/03/20 The Manhattan Mercury
Although K-State is allowing this spring’s graduates to walk at December’s commencement ceremonies, veterinary students won’t have that same opportunity, as the College of Veterinary Medicine doesn’t have a fall commencement.

Instead, the college is working on a virtual commencement ceremony for the college’s expected 115 graduates. The college is providing a professional photographer to take pictures of the students in graduation regalia on campus, and they’ll compile a video where students’ names will be read as if they were walking across the stage, said Peggy Schmidt, associate dean for academic programs and student affairs.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

National/International

*COVID-19 Spreads Through South Dakota Family's Close Ties
4/1/20 U.S. News via AP
But Caterina Scoglio, a professor at Kansas State University who studies how viruses spread through rural communities, said small towns can have unique vulnerabilities that cities don't have.

Regional/State

Jason Graves: Reviving home gardening — include the kids
4/1/20 Salina Journal
Growing your crops is rewarding to watch, although it may not be without challenges from weather, insects or wildlife. Rabbits are notorious for clipping off new seedlings or plants, so a chicken wire fence or cages for plants are often recommended. Keep a close eye on the plants each day to observe growth and any weather stress or pest issues that may arise. Kids may want to keep a daily written or even video journal of their observations or even measure how fast plants grow or how many days it takes until you harvest the first crop. The Kansas Garden Guide is a Kansas State University publication that goes into great detail on each specific garden crop and is a great resource for specific information.

K-State student recovering from coronavirus in isolation hundreds of miles from family and friends
4/1/20 KSNT
After testing positive for coronavirus, a K-State student is dealing with the recovery process in an apartment next to an empty campus hundreds of miles away from family.

Local

K-State will allow students to opt into more lenient grading system
4/1/20 Manhattan Mercury
Students at K-State will have the option to move to a more forgiving grading system, university administrators announced at a virtual student town hall Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

National/International

American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Announces Selection of New Chief Executive Officer
3/31/20 AP
Srna is also extremely involved in his community. He formerly served as the board president of the Rock Creek U.S.D. 323 Board of Education, as well as a member of the board of trustees of the Kansas Insurance Education Foundation and the Civic Leadership Program at Kansas State University. Srna earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Kansas State University and is a Lean Six Sigma Certified Champion.  

Tips for launching a career in agriculture
3/31/20 San Antonio Express-News
Here are the top 10 schools in agriculture, according to Niche.com:
Kansas State University  

Regional/State

*Prairie soil research nets $650K grant
3/31/20 Topeka Capital Journal
A Kansas State University researcher received a grant to study how prairie animals help the soil.

Local

22-year-old K-State student tests positive for COVID-19
3/31/20 Manhattan Mercury
A 22-year-old Kansas State University student has tested positive for the coronavirus, health officials announced Tuesday evening.