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K-State in the news — May 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.

Friday, May 29, 2020

National/International

As Flying Returns, Airlines Seek To Quell Fears Over Cabin Air
Reuters / NDTV
"The air turns over very, very quickly in the aircraft in terms of air-exchange rate. From that point of view the aircraft systems are very good," said Professor Byron Jones of Kansas State University, who has helped recommend air standards.

Packing capacity begins returning; will it be enough?
5/28/20 Beef magazine
Toward the end of April, agricultural economists Glynn Tonsor at Kansas State University and Lee Shulz at Iowa State University, estimated fed cattle carryover May 1 at 485,000 to 510,000 head. For June 1, they estimated 1.07 million to 1.34 million head. That’s in Fed Cattle Flows: Demonstrative Scenario Examples, which estimate the number of cattle on feed for more than 120 days and more than 150 days, as of April 1, utilizing monthly Cattle on Feed reports which account for feedlots with 1,000 head or more capacity.           

Regional/State 

Healthy living: Specialist shares possible pandemic positives
5/28/20 Hays Post
Many of the healthy habits that Americans have been pushed toward during the COVID-19 pandemic could be well worth keeping as they return to some version of their previous lives, says Kansas State University nutrition specialist Sandy Procter.

Local

* K-State professor creates new MoneyTalk app to help ease financial burden of COVID-19
5/28/20 WIBW
A K-State financial planning therapist has co-developed a MoneyTalk digital tool.
The tool is mean to help individuals and families cope with the financial stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

National/International

K-State offers special education masters degree courses online
5/27/20 MSN / WIBW
Kansas State University has added master’s degree in special education to their list of online degrees available. 

How to ensure quality wheat: check for sulfur in the soil
5/27/20 Phys.org
Mary Guttieri, who is based at the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research Unit in Manhattan, Kansas, and partners at Kansas State University show that wheat producers in the region could boost their yields and the quality of their wheat by making sure their soil has enough sulfur.

Regional/State 

Alicia Boor: Adjusting cattle handling protocols
5/27/20 The Hays Daily News
But this spring’s COVID-19 pandemic may require some changes, said experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute. “It is critical to have the right labor on hand to help on processing day,” said K-State veterinarian Bob Larson, adding that families may need to manage that differently this year because of the COVID-19 human health challenge.

Local 

K-State Polytechnic offers online drone flight classes to teens
5/27/20 WIBW
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus will be offering teens interested in drones an online unmanned aircraft systems program this summer.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

National/International

This Professor Known for Viral Videos Is Actually Camera Shy. Here’s How He Overcame It
5/26/20 EdSurge  
But Wesch is also an award-winning classroom teacher — in fact he won a national teacher of the year award a few years ago. Though he’s based at Kansas State University, where he is a professor of cultural anthropology, he’s increasingly kind of a professor-at-large on the internet. 

Regional/State 

*KSU Kinesiology department awards $17,000 to students
5/26/20 Atchison Globe 
The kinesiology department in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Kansas State University recently awarded $17,000 in scholarships to both current and incoming students who are enrolled in the kinesiology program.

Local 

OUR NEIGHBORS | Couple offer locals a creative outlet through Uncorked Inspiration
5/26/20 Manhattan Mercury 
Forty-eight-year-old Neal, a web coordinator for K-State, and 50-year-old Andrea, a librarian at Northview Elementary, own Uncorked Inspiration Creative Studio on Moro Street after buying the former Straight Upp space in November.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

National/International

Philanthropist, Kansas State Supporter Donna Vanier Dies
5/25/20 U.S. News & World Report 
A prominent philanthropist at Kansas State University and several Salina organizations has died.

‘Something isn’t right’: U.S. probes soaring beef prices
5/25/20 Politico 
The increase in these contracts has some advantages for ranchers, because they know they have a buyer and don’t have to spend time on negotiations, said Ted Schroeder, an agricultural economist at Kansas State University. 

Regional/State 

‘One of the all-time great K-Staters’: Wildcats mourn death of Donna Vanier
5/25/20 Wichita Eagle
Kansas State lost one of its oldest and most influential philanthropists when Donna Vanier died over the weekend.

Local 

*Discipline and strength required to vanquish pandemic foe
5/22/20 Manhattan Mercury

*Two years since catastrophic fire, K-State looks to bright future for Hale Library
5/22/20 Manhattan Mercury
It was two years ago Friday that K-State dean of libraries Lori Goetsch was at a conference on library fundraising in Texas when she got a K-State alert on her phone — firefighters were battling an attic fire at Hale Library.

Friday, May 22, 2020

National/International

US farmers leaning more heavily on government loan programs
5/21/20 ABC News 
“It is just a precarious time for the producers,” said Allen Featherstone, an agribusiness professor at Kansas State University. “Overall you would like to see the total volume going down, but we are adding volume that is ultimately backed by the federal government.”

Regional/State 

Forecast: Kansas Farmers to Harvest 284.4M Bushels of Wheat
5/21/20 The Kansas City Star
Instead of the typical caravan of cars traveling across the state, the group worked with certified crop advisors, extension agents, farmers and others to make observations. It is hosted by Kansas Wheat and K-State Research and Extension, in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and others in the industry.

Grilling tips
5/21/20 Sabetha Herald
Kansas State University food scientist Karen Blakeslee says getting ready for the outdoor grilling season requires one important tool in addition to tongs, a spatula and oven mitts.

Local 

KU expects pandemic to slice $120 million from revenue in upcoming school year
5/21/20 Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas State University previously estimated the loss of $35 million in revenue by July 31, also a result of shutting down the campuses in March and moving to remote instruction and limited operations. President Richard Myers said Kansas State would rely on a hiring freeze, salary cuts for top administrators and athletics staff as well as targeted furloughs.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

National/International

Innovation And Prosperity Amidst The Covid-19 Pandemic: Universities And Our Economic Future
5/20/20 Forbes
Kansas State University provides one example of how this sort of work is getting done in the age of coronavirus. This land-grant university has been portrayed as a leader in the battle against pandemics, largely because of the Biosecurity Research Institute it houses. Activities surrounding the IEP designation already had connected experts in biosecurity, food security, and infectious disease prevention with the Manhattan, Kansas business community, dubbed “the Silicon Valley of Biodefense” by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Now, these university-community partnerships are beginning to yield licensed technology surrounding treatments for Covid-19 that currently are in preclinical and clinical trials.

As grilling season hits, could regulation rethink help with meat shortages?
5/20/20 The Christian Science Monitor
“Am I in favor of less red tape that would add flexibility to the supply chain? Yes,” says Glynn Tonsor, a professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He says the PRIME Act would help, but cautions, “It’s not a magic bullet.”

US Farmers Leaning More Heavily on Government Loan Programs
5/20/20 U.S. News and World Report via AP
“It is just a precarious time for the producers,” said Allen Featherstone, an agribusiness professor at Kansas State University. “Overall you would like to see the total volume going down, but we are adding volume that is ultimately backed by the federal government.”

Regional/State 

K-State beef cattle experts share tips for treating calves
5/20/20 The Hays Daily News
But this spring’s COVID-19 pandemic may require some changes, said experts at Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute. They offered up some advice during a recent Cattle Chat podcast.

Local

Thanks to The Mercury for its coverage
5/20/20 The Mercury: Letter to the editor
In that selection of articles, I have appreciated the ones from K-State that have had tips on how to cope during this time with things such as stress, finances and food. I am grateful for news specific to Manhattan as well as state, national and even international news.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

National/International

Richard Myers, Kansas State University Pres on Covid & education
5/19/20 Global News Radio 
Richard Myers, Kansas State University President, formerly in command of NORAD, talks about the class of 2020, giving a very special honorary degree and coping with Covid.

Regional/State 

Health insurance counselors available to help
5/19/20 Topeka Capital Journal 
Joy Miller, a family resource management agent in K-State Research and Extension’s Southwind District, says Kansans often have a window of opportunity to sign up for health insurance following the loss of a job.

Local

Between the Lines Podcast: Episode 1, ‘Coronavirus Coverage’
5/19/20 The Collegian 
Editor’s Note: Between the Lines is the newest podcast produced by the K-State Collegian. This podcast will focus on the methodology of the reporting from the Collegian and present conversations with the reporters behind the headlines on campus.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

National/International

As flying returns, jetmakers seek to quell fears over cabin air
5/18/20 Yahoo! News
"The air turns over very, very quickly in the aircraft in terms of air-exchange rate. From that point of view the aircraft systems are very good," said Professor Byron Jones of Kansas State University, who has helped recommend air standards.

Regional/State 

Land-grant universities are key to quickly detecting plant disease
5/18/20 High Plains Journal 
“At that time, the U.S. was receiving geranium cuttings from Kenya,” said Jim Stack, professor of plant pathology at Kansas State University. “One of the organisms that we were concerned about then was a specific strain of Ralstonia solanacearum, a bacterium that infects tomatoes, potatoes, bananas and geraniums.”

Local

*K-State’s Hale Library making progress two years after fire
5/18/20 KSNT
Lori Goetsch has spent the last 16 years as dean of the K-State Libraries. It may have just been two years ago, but she vividly remembers the day a fire brought Hale Library to its knees.

Monday, May 18, 2020

National/International

Dogs caught coronavirus from their owners, genetic analysis suggests
5/15/20 Scientific American
Beyond protecting pets from the virus, there is an urgent need to test more animals that are in close contact with people, including working animals and livestock, to understand whether they have a role in spreading the virus, says Jürgen Richt, a veterinary virologist at Kansas State University in Manhattan. To do this, specialist diagnostic kits for testing animals will be required, he says.

Oh, the places it's gone: Dr. Seuss book turns 30 amid coronavirus pandemic
5/15/20 Chicago Tribune
“Think about the two-page spread in the book of the Waiting Place,” said Philip Nel, an English professor and Seuss scholar at Kansas State University. “We’re all in the Waiting Place right now — waiting for the virus to pass, waiting for a vaccine to be developed, waiting to go back to our lives. Waiting.”

*Model of critical infrastructures reveals vulnerabilities
5/15/20 Scientific Daily
An interdisciplinary team of Kansas State University researchers developed a computer simulation that revealed beef supply chain vulnerabilities that need safeguarding — a realistic concern during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regional/State 

Making a business out of it: K-State student brings original product to market
5/16/20 Topeka Capital Journal
When Mayetta native Blake Chance enrolled at Kansas State University a couple years ago, he didn’t expect to become an entrepreneur.

*K-State veterinary faculty target new ways to confront COVID-19
5/17/20 Hays Post
Scientific work continues in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University to better understand and confront the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.

Local

*At end of uneasy semester, K-State officials, students look to uncertain fall
5/17/20 Manhattan Mercury
This would have been the week K-State students started packing up to go home for the summer, perhaps work a part-time job, and get ready for their eventual return to campus next semester.

*More emergency furloughs coming at K-State
5/15/20 KSAL
Kansas State University is announcing a second round of emergency furloughs from multiple areas of the university. A total of 58 employees will be furloughed. Affected areas include the College of Health and Human Sciences, the College of Veterinary Medicine and Parking Services. The furloughs will occur in June and July.

*On commencement weekend, K-State colleges to offer alternate celebrations
5/15/20 Manhattan Mercury
Although in-person commencement ceremonies have been canceled for this semester, K-State’s various colleges and departments will still host virtual ceremonies and honors this weekend.

Friday, May 15, 2020

National/International

Dogs caught coronavirus from their owners, genetic analysis suggests
5/14/20 Nature
Beyond protecting pets from the virus, there is an urgent need to test more animals that are in close contact with people, including working animals and livestock, to understand whether they have a role in spreading the virus, says Jürgen Richt, a veterinary virologist at Kansas State University in Manhattan. To do this, specialist diagnostic kits for testing animals will be required, he says. 

Cocrystal Pharma Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Provides Updates on Antiviral Programs
5/14/20 Yahoo! Finance
Recent highlights: Entered into license agreement with Kansas State University Research Foundation (“KSURF”) to further develop certain proprietary broad-spectrum antiviral compounds for the treatment of norovirus and coronavirus infections (“COVID-19”). 

How To Defrost Frozen Meat Safely
5/14/20 Huffington Post
Defrosting meat incorrectly increases the risk of foodborne illness, according to Karen Blakeslee, extension associate and Rapid Response Center coordinator at Kansas State University.

Regional/State 

* Study of SW Kan. beef packers reveals supply chain vulnerabilities
05/14/20 Hays Post
An interdisciplinary team of Kansas State University researchers developed a computer simulation that revealed beef supply chain vulnerabilities that need safeguarding — a realistic concern during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local

Daily COVID-19 Update with K-State President Richard Myers
5/15/20 KMAN
K-State President Richard Myers joined KMAN in the 7 AM hour to provide our daily COVID-19 update.

* K-State researchers looking for answers to COVID-19
05/14/20 WIBW
Kansas State University scientists are researching possible road maps to find answers on COVID-19.
Jürgen Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has co-authored an assessment for coronavirus-related research in companion animals and livestock. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

National/International

Can ‘Team Science’ Yield a Covid-19 Treatment?
5/13/20 New York Times
At Kansas State University, Juergen Richt, a professor of veterinary science, has begun testing several top targets on animals. The maker of the drug that performed best in the screening, AI Therapeutics, was already investigating it for us against the virus. The compound, apilimod, was initially being developed as an anti-inflammatory. By inhibiting a particular enzyme, it may disable basic cellular processes that the virus uses to access the cell and replicate. The company thinks it may work prophylactically to prevent infection.

Regional/State 

*K-State plans ceremonies
5/13/20 The Garden City Telegram 
Commencement ceremonies may be delayed at Kansas State University, but celebrations and recognitions for the university’s nearly 3,350 spring graduates are set.

*Study of SW Kan. beef packers reveals supply chain vulnerabilities
5/13/20 Hays Post
An interdisciplinary team of Kansas State University researchers developed a computer simulation that revealed beef supply chain vulnerabilities that need safeguarding — a realistic concern during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local

*K-State is encouraging landlords to implement flexibility in fall housing-contracts for students
5/12/20 KROCK 101.5
Kansas State University is encouraging local landlords to implement flexibility into housing contracts for student tenants this fall.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

National/International

*Model of beef cattle, transportation industries as critical infrastructures reveals vulnerabilities
5/12/20 Phys.org
An interdisciplinary team of Kansas State University researchers developed a computer simulation that revealed beef supply chain vulnerabilities that need safeguarding—a realistic concern during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Regional/State 

6 ways to protect your landscaping during severe weather
5/12/20 KWCH
Matthew McKernan with the K-State Research and Extension Office has tips to protect your delicate plants.

Local

*Research simulation reveals infrastructure vulnerabilities in cattle industry
5/12/20 WIBW
A team of Kansas State University researchers developed a computer simulation revealing vulnerabilities in the beef supply chain.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

National/International

*Veterinarian shares tips for a bite-free quarantine
5/11/20 Phys.org
A lot of pets and pet owners have been spending more time together because of COVID-19. But while the extra time together can be fun for both pets and their owners, a Kansas State University veterinarian says that it also can be a stressful time for dogs that results in unusual behavior, including biting.

USDA to send fatter checks to farmers
5/11/20 Politico 
USDA's trade bailout program overpaid certain farmers, especially Southern cotton growers, according to researchers at Kansas State University.

Regional/State 

Kansas colleges make plans to reopen amid coronavirus
5/11/20 WIBW
The University of Kansas announced last week that its campus would be opening in the fall, and Kansas State University has proposed a phased approach that depends on specific criteria before reopening.

Editorial: Kansan’s Pulitzer-winning memoir a timely read
5/11/20 Topeka Capital-Journal 
Boyer was born and raised in Kansas and a product of Kansas public schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and a master of fine arts from Wichita State University. 

Local

In Focus 5/11/20
5/11/20 KMAN
Segments 1 & 2: K-State College of Veterinary Medicine clinical professor Dr. Sue Nelson shared some spring health tips for cats and dogs, including fleas and ticks, tularemia, chiggers and heat-related illnesses.

Monday, May 11, 2020

National/International

*Kansas colleges make plans to reopen amid coronavirus
5/10/20 U.S. News and World Report
The University of Kansas announced last week that its campus would be opening in the fall, and Kansas State University has proposed a phased approach that depends on specific criteria before reopening.

A much-hyped COVID-19 drug is almost identical to a black market cat cure
5/8/20 The Atlantic
Pedersen had previously tested another antiviral out of Kansas State University, but only seven out of 20 cats had gone into remission. Those results seemed impressive at the time, but GS-441524 appeared to be even better.

Regional/State 

College seniors 'left in the dark' as they enter job market squeezed by pandemic
5/10/20 Kansas City Star
Jayme Fletcher, an upcoming graduate from Kansas State University, originally had planned to work for Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Dallas, Texas, after graduation. But after the 22-year-old returned from spring break around mid-March, the company rolled out a hiring freeze because of the financial toll the new coronavirus caused.

Sisters create lawn service with free time during stay-at-home order
5/9/20 KWCH
Hayden Sanchez, a freshman at K-State said, “Not a lot of places are really hiring or anything and I have nothing to do during the day between my online classes.” So Hayden and her sister, Alexis Head, decided to team up during the stay-at-home order and put all their free time to good use; starting a business called "Lawn and Leaf Sisters."

Local

*Myers picked for distinguished citizen medal
5/8/20 Manhattan Mercury
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has picked K-State president Richard Myers as a recipient of its Distinguished Citizen Medal, given to individuals who fulfill the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism.

Editorial: Farmer shows all that is good about Kansas
5/9/20 Salina Journal
Ruhnke’s selfless act profoundly moved Cuomo. Back at home, it moved a state not always known for sentimentality. So on Tuesday, at a small Statehouse ceremony, he received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University.

Friday, May 8, 2020

National/International

Trump Trade Bailout Overpaid Farmers, Favored Cotton, Study Says
05/07/20 Bloomberg
The Trump administration’s $28 billion trade bailout largely overpaid farmers for their losses, with southern cotton farmers receiving the most outsized gains, according to researchers at Kansas State University.

Retired farmer who sent Cuomo mask receives degree from Kansas State
05/07/20 ABC News/Scripps Media
This week, Gov. Kelly joined Kansas State President Richard Myers in presenting Ruhnke with a degree in agriculture – almost 50 years after he dropped out.

U.S. Meat Prices Could Increase By 20 Percent Compared To Last Year, According To Experts
05/07/20 Delish
Kansas State University’s department of agricultural economics professor Glynn Tonsor said, however, that some stores may choose not pass on price increases to customers or that they may slowly increase them over time. It seems like only time will tell what this looks like for your individual grocery bill. 

Regional/State 

*Like the Oscars, but for science | KSU researcher named to National Academy of Sciences
05/07/20 Atchison Globe Now
If it weren’t for the pandemic, Barbara Valent would be getting the red-carpet treatment right now.
Valent, a plant pathology researcher at K-State, became the first K-State faculty member to be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences for work during their tenure at the university. Induction into the academy is like the scientific equivalent of winning an Oscar, she said, and graduate students even dream of the honor. Valent says she’d know, because she was one of them. 

Local

* Like the Oscars, but for science | KSU researcher named to National Academy of Sciences
05/07/20 The Manhattan Mercury
If it weren’t for the pandemic, Barbara Valent would be getting the red-carpet treatment right now.
Valent, a plant pathology researcher at K-State, became the first K-State faculty member to be inducted into the National Academy of Sciences for work during their tenure at the university. Induction into the academy is like the scientific equivalent of winning an Oscar, she said, and graduate students even dream of the honor. Valent says she’d know, because she was one of them.

* Nearly half-million dollar grant awarded to KSU professor for cancer research
05/07/20 WIBW
A biologist from K-State is getting nearly half-a-million dollars to help the lives of women battling cervical cancer.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

National/International

A retired Kansas farmer who mailed New York Gov. Cuomo an N-95 mask is given bachelor's degree
5/6/20 CNN
Kelly and Kansas State University President Richard Myers presented Ruhnke with the degree Tuesday during a ceremony.
(This story also appeared in several other national outlets including USA Today and the New York Post. See the Excel file for the full list.) 

How ‘Karen’ Became a Coronavirus Villain
5/6/20 The Atlantic
Their defining essence is “entitlement, selfishness, a desire to complain,” according to Heather Suzanne Woods, a meme researcher and professor at Kansas State University. A Karen “demands the world exist according to her standards with little regard for others, and she is willing to risk or demean others to achieve her ends.”

Why is there a meat shortage if farmers have plenty of animals?
5/6/20 Today
Production is already seeing a negative impact. In March, just as the virus took hold in the U.S., beef and pork production was up roughly 10% compared to the same period last year, but estimates for the first week of May show both pork and beef production have dropped by more than 30% each, according to Brian Coffey, an agricultural economist and assistant professor at Kansas State University.

Regional/State 

A retired Kansas farmer who mailed New York Gov. Cuomo an N-95 mask is given bachelor's degree
5/6/20 KAKE
A team of K-State Research and Extension specialists has identified resources that can help make gathering that information easier. 

Struggling Rural Grocery Stores Get Coronavirus Bump, But Worry If It Will Last
5/5/20 High Plains Public Radio
Rial Carver, program manager for the Center for Engagement and Community Development at Kansas State University, said she’s hearing how local stores across the state are adapting during the pandemic. Some are closing their doors and offering only delivery and pickup services — such as the St. Paul Supermarket and Cecil K’s Hometown Market in Holton — to keep both their employees and customers safe.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

National/International

Kansas honors retired farmer who sent coronavirus N95 mask to Cuomo
5/5/20 Fox News 
So the governor and Kansas State University President Richard Myers gave Ruhnke a bachelor’s degree in a special ceremony Tuesday.

More Than A Dozen Additional Universities Begin Furloughs, Affecting Thousands Of Staff
5/4/20 Forbes
Kansas State University mandated furloughs beginning May 16 and lasting through the summer for nearly 350 employees in several auxiliary units such as housing and dining, recreation, the Lafene Health Center, the Center for Child Development and the K-State Student Union.

Regional/State 

K-State offers advice to put farm in order
5/5/20 Topeka Capital Journal 
A team of K-State Research and Extension specialists has identified resources that can help make gathering that information easier. 

Gov. Laura Kelly awards bachelor's degree to Kansas farmer who sent mask to New York governor
5/5/20 KMBC
Kelly was joined K-State University President Richard Myers Tuesday in a ceremony that awarded a bachelor's degree to Ruhnke.

Local

For his act of kindness, Kansas farmer who mailed mask to NY earns a K-State degree
5/5/20 Manhattan Mercury
At a special ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the statehouse alongside family members and Gov. Laura Kelly, Ruhnke received his long awaited K-State degree from university president Richard Myers.

Monday, May 4, 2020

National/International

*Kansas State to reopen, furlough workers
5/4/20 U.S. News and World Report
Kansas State University officials said they plan to reopen the campus to classes in the fall but that the plan depends on the spread of the coronavirus.

Steve Dale's Pet World
5/3/20 WGN Radio
Fleas and ticks don’t much care about the novel corona virus. Internationally renowned veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, professor Kansas State University, discusses best options regarding purchasing of flea/tick products since a veterinary visit might still be a tad more challenging. He stresses why parasite protection is so important, and that ticks do call Chicago home sweet home – certainly in the ‘burbs and even in the heart of the city.

Regional/State

Topeka native works on frontlines in New York
5/3/20 Topeka Capital Journal
McKenzie is a graduate of Topeka High School in 2000, as well as of Kansas State University and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She now serves as trauma medical director at New York’s Jamaica Hospital, so she’s no stranger to crisis. But she and the hospital couldn’t predict what this new virus would bring.

Local

*Welcome back? K-State intends to have students back this fall, but virus 'gets a vote' in plan
5/2/20 Manhattan Mercury
K-State intends to bring students back and hold classes on campus in the fall, the university’s leaders told The Mercury Saturday morning.

*K-State announces summer furloughs for 349 workers
5/2/20 Manhattan Mercury
K-State will put 349 employees on emergency furlough starting May 16, officials announced Saturday morning.

Friday, May 1, 2020

National/International

COVID-19 Meat Shortages Could Last for Months. Here's What to Know Before Your Next Grocery Shopping Trip
04/30/20 Time magazine
Glynn Tonsor, a professor at Kansas State University’s department of agricultural economics, says that whether or not you find meat on your next shopping trip could come down to timing — whether “you come in five minutes after the truck was unloaded, so to speak, verses 12 hours after it was unloaded,” he says.

Regional/State

Kansas universities deciding how to distribute emergency federal student aid dollars
04/30/20 KSN
Kansas State’s application asks questions to outline the additional expenses the student has sustained in relation to food, housing, course materials, technology and accessibility, according to Karen Goos, the university’s Vice Provost of Enrollment Management.

Local

* Tuition remains flat for 2020-2021 academic year because ‘it’s the right thing to do,’ President Myers says
04/30/20 The Collegian
Tuition at Kansas State won’t increase for the 2020-2021 academic year despite financial troubles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Everybody’s been impacted in some way either financially or economically,” President Richard Myers said. “We thought it was just the right thing to do.” 

* Amid COVID-19 budget struggles, K-State plans to keep tuition flat
04/29/20 The Manhattan Mercury
Although K-State estimates the university will lose $35 million in revenue through the end of the school year because of COVID-19, it plans on keeping tuition flat for in-state undergraduates.
“We look at the stress that our families and our economy are under right now,” said Jeff Morris, vice president for communications and marketing. “It’s obvious that our students need as much help as we can give. As we look at that, if we really think about where our students are and the financial pressures and stresses they are under, it’s important that we honor our land-grant mission and keep things as affordable as we can.”