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November news releases

Friday, November 30, 2012

Political prowess: Sue Peterson receives CASE award for enhancing relationship between university, government

In an already prestigious career, Sue Peterson can add another top honor to her resume.

New leaders set for panhellenic, interfraternity councils

Kansas State University's Greek leadership boards have new officers for 2013.

Kansas State University partners with Texas Tech University to recruit and hire diverse talent

A new partnership with Texas Tech University will help Kansas State University increase diversity in applicant pools for open positions.


Thursday, November 29, 2012
Battling bacteria: Research shows iron's importance in infection, suggests new therapies

A Kansas State University research team has resolved a 40-year-old debate on the role of iron acquisition in bacterial invasion of animal tissues.

Distinguished recognition: Four university scientists new fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has named four Kansas State University researchers among its 2012 fellows, a prestigious recognition given to association members by their peers.

College of Business Administration offers human resource management workshop at K-State Olathe for Kansas City Area professionals

An expert in human resource management and entrepreneurship will lead the last seminar of the Fall 2012 Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovation Series, a part of the College of Business Administration's Professional Education Seminars at Kansas State University Olathe.

Students have new option in obtaining associate degree through reverse transfer agreement with Manhattan Area Technical College

Kansas State University and Manhattan Area Technical College are making it easier for students to transfer credit hours earned at the university toward completion of their community college or technical degree.


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ambition accomplished: Intersession course helps students strategize for career success

Kansas State University students have an advantage for getting ahead in an increasingly competitive and changing professional world.

Avionics students, faculty receive certificates at training conference

Two Kansas State University Salina students and a faculty member have earned technician certification in aircraft electronics.

Media advisory: Time to power up for cordless drill games Dec. 4 at Rathbone Hall Atrium

Racers, start your drills.

A map that matters: Scientists shotgun sequence wheat genes, working for gold standard sequence of its genome

A scientific breakthrough that includes two Kansas State University plant pathologists may help food producers feed a growing world population.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

They're playing our song: Faculty member writes musical work to celebrate university's 150th

Forget "Happy Birthday to You." Kansas State University will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2013 with an original work written by a current faculty member who is also a university alumna.

From virus to viral: Researchers explore social media as preventative method for infectious diseases

When it comes to stopping illness, social media posts and tweets may be just what the doctor ordered.


Monday, November 26, 2012

Motivational losing: Being the weak link in team activities may lead to longer, more intense workouts

The key to motivation in physical activity may be feeling inadequate. One Kansas State University researcher found that those who exercised with a teammate whom they perceived to be better increased their workout time and intensity by as much as 200 percent.

A case of excellence: University President Kirk Schulz named 2012 CASE executive leader of the year

Kirk Schulz, Kansas State University president, is receiving the 2012 Chief Executive Leadership Award by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE. The award recognizes the leadership of a higher education chief executive officer who demonstrates the ability to create a vision and inspire others.

Police make arrest in Thanksgiving burglary

On Nov. 22 the Kansas State University Police Department received a report of a burglary in progress at Rathbone Hall.

Pei to give Distinguished Graduate Faculty lecture Nov. 29

On Thursday, an international authority on advanced manufacturing processes will speak about the merit review process of research proposals for his Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award Lecture.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Distinguished speaker: College of Business Administration lecture series features chairman, CEO of Kenya's Comcraft Group of Companies

Manu Chandaria, chairman and chief executive officer of the Comcraft Group of Companies in Kenya, will be the fall 2012 speaker for the Kansas State University College of Business Administration's Distinguished Lecture Series.


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Turning pigskin into sheepskin: Former wildcat and NFL player completes degree, will be College of Human Ecology student commencement speaker

When the National Football League knocked on Nick Leckey's door, the captain of the Kansas State University football team was 46 credits away from graduating.

December brings holiday-themed art, music and theatre to campus

With the holiday season under way, the Kansas State University campus will play host to a variety of holiday-themed music, dance and theatre performances, as well as art exhibits, in December.


Monday, November 19, 2012

University police investigating weekend thefts of computer equipment

On Sunday, Nov. 18, Kansas State University police responded to Seaton Hall about a report of computers and computer equipment stolen from studios in the building.

Comedy legend Carol Burnett to appear at university's 150th

One of America's most beloved comedic actresses will appear at Kansas State University's 150th anniversary celebration in an audience interactive program, "Laughter and Reflections with Carol Burnett: A Conversation with Carol where the Audience Asks the Questions," at 3 PM, Sunday, February 17, 2013, in McCain Auditorium. The event is a special addition to McCain's Performance Series in honor of the university's sesquicentennial. Kansas State University opened its doors on Feb. 16, 1863, becoming the nation's first operational land-grant university.

A family affair: Musical group brings Christmas magic To McCain

The McCain Performance Series will present "A Leahy Family Christmas" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at McCain Auditorium.

Helping communities: Researchers develop guidebook for promoting healthy lifestyles among Hispanic populations

A collaborative guidebook involving Kansas State University researchers is helping individuals, families and communities improve the health of Hispanic populations.

Designing excellence: College of Architecture, Planning and Design ranks among best in nation

For yet another year, the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University continues to have highly ranked design programs.

Making their case: Teams compete for scholarships in Phillips 66 Business Ethics Competition

Six Kansas State University students are earning scholarships for their performance in the Phillips 66 Business Ethics Case Competition.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A different type of family: University observes National Family Volunteer Day by helping children with cancer

In celebration of National Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, Nov. 17, the Kansas State University School of Leadership Studies, HandsOn Kansas State Academic Mentoring, Alpha Delta Pi sorority and the Johnson Cancer Research Center are creating a different type of family -- a volunteer family.

Research and the state: Nine graduate students selected to present research, represent university at annual statewide summit

Nine Kansas State University graduate students who are performing important Kansas-related research have been chosen to represent the university at the tenth Capitol Graduate Research Summit early next year.

New members selected for Human Ecology Honor Society Kappa Omicron Nu

Research, leadership and scholarship excellence has earned nearly 50 Kansas State University students membership in a national human ecology honor society.

Excellence by design: Interior design program recognized in U.S. Top 10

The interior design program at Kansas State University has been ranked in the Top 10 in the United States.

Supercharged: Researchers discover technique to kick a record number of electrons out of an atom with an x-ray laser

Supercharging is a technique no longer confined to automotive enthusiasts.

How to have an uninvited Thanksgiving guest: Washing turkey, not using thermometer can be recipe for food poisoning

When it comes to your Thanksgiving turkey, a Kansas State University food safety expert has two tips that could help keep your holiday meal safer.

Researchers sequence swine genome, discover associations that may advance animal and human health

An international scientific collaboration that includes two Kansas State University researchers is bringing home the bacon when it comes to potential animal and human health advancements, thanks to successfully mapping the genome of the domestic pig.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Advanced Manufacturing Institute receives Economic Development Award of Excellence

A program developed and led by Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute that helps rural companies and communities compete in the marketplace is being recognized for excellence and as a national example.

Oh, the places they'll go: Scholarships help Wildcats study around the world

Kansas State University's office of international programs has selected students to receive scholarships for international study. The awards include the office's Global Education Initiative scholarships to 25 students, of which 10 received the Faculty-Led Scholarship, made possible by the Kansas State University Student Governing Association; four students earned the Presidential Scholarship for Australia, made possible by university President Kirk Schulz; while others earned scholarships sponsored by private donors through the Kansas State University Foundation.

To grandmother's house we go: Airports, passengers prepare for holiday travel

As some Americans plan to travel over the river and the through the woods this Thanksgiving, millions more will travel above the roads in the jet streams -- and airports across the country are preparing for them.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A celebration of dance: WinterDance 2012, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 in Nichols Theatre

The Kansas State University dance program will present WinterDance 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29-30 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1, all in Nichols Theatre. The dance program is part of the university's new School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Engaged in learning: University offering certificate in dialogue, deliberation and public engagement

Kansas State University's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy and Division of Continuing Education will offer a professional development program focused on making wise choices for public engagement.

Why we wait: Psychologist discusses the reasons we love to line up for the latest gadgets and greatest sales

As the Black Friday sales start earlier and the smartphones play hard to get, a Kansas State University professor says psychology can explain why consumers wait in line for the latest sales, gadgets and experiences.


Monday, November 12, 2012

In harmony: Fall show for a capella ensemble In-A-Chord Nov. 14 at McCain

Songs by some of today's most popular artists will be performed by In-A-Chord, Kansas State University's popular a cappella ensemble, at the group's fall show at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in McCain Auditorium.

Bridging the gap: Webcast will foster discussion about pay gap between men and women

The earnings differences between men and women is the topic of an upcoming nationally broadcast webcast to be shown at Kansas State University, and sponsors hope the presentation will spark a discussion about the pay gap.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Cancer crusaders: Awards from Johnson Cancer Research Center help undergraduates join fight against cancer

The Johnson Cancer Research Center at Kansas State University is giving 50 undergraduate students the chance to conduct cancer research projects.

Gift from Chevron Phillips benefits Career and Employment Services, College of Engineering

Chevron Phillips Chemical has made a gift of $25,000 to the College of Engineering and to career and employment services at Kansas State University.

Agreement gives Chinese students a jump start on a U.S. veterinary medicine education

A new partnership is letting Kansas State University introduce Chinese students to a U.S. veterinary medicine education.

University taking part in week, month celebrating entrepreneurship

Kansas State University will be participating in the world's largest celebration of entrepreneurship, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 12-18, as well taking part in National Entrepreneurship Month, which is during November.


Thursday, November 8, 2012

A proud partnership: University and military recognize nearly 150 years of education, culture and honor

When the Morrill Act of 1862 established land-grant institutions, it also ensured that universities like Kansas State University would have a long-standing relationship with the military.

Programming Perfection: Kansas high school students compete in computer programming contest

More than 220 students from 29 Kansas high schools participated in the 21st annual High School Programming Contest at Kansas State University on Nov. 1.

National recognition: Aviation students awarded scholarships from National Business Aviation Association

Two Kansas State University Salina students received scholarships from the National Business Aviation Association, or NBAA, at the association's annual meeting and convention, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, in Orlando, Fla.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Home on the range: Grants fund new lodging for visiting researchers at Konza Prairie Biological Station

After a long day in the field on the windswept tallgrass prairie, many visiting researchers to Kansas State University's Konza Prairie Biological Station want nothing more than a warm shower and soft bed.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Media advisory: K-State Olathe goes out on a STEM to educate secondary students about sensory and food science careers with three upcoming events

More than 200 secondary students from the Blue Valley School District will participate in a first-of- its-kind program in food and sensory science at Kansas State University Olathe in November and December. The program will educate students about careers in these areas, as well as enhance their knowledge of science and math.

Spring Hill Ag Issues team, coached by K-State Olathe, places in nation's top 16

The Spring Hill High School Agricultural Issues team placed in the top 16 teams nationwide at the National FFA Organization national competition recently in Indianapolis, Ind. The team was coached by Micheal Strohschein, Kansas State University Olathe director of K-12 science education partnerships.

Mr. Roboto: Professor's hobby turns into academic offerings

A professor's volunteer work has turned into an academic offering for Kansas State University Salina students interested in robotics.


Friday November 2, 2012

New Cargill grant helps introduce diverse students to careers in agriculture, business and engineering

Cargill recently renewed its support of the Cargill Project Impact Diversity Partnership at Kansas State University with a gift of $1.2 million.

Building victory: Design-build, commercial construction teams place highly in student competition

Kansas State University's student design-build teams and commercial construction team earned top four finishes at the 20th annual Construction Management Student Competition for Region IV of the Associated Schools of Construction. The event was in Nebraska City, Neb., Oct. 24-27, and included 26 teams from seven states.

Four for four: Flight team headed to nationals for fourth consecutive year

Kansas State University Salina's Flight Team is headed to the national SAFECON competition for the fourth consecutive year after placing second at the Region VI competition, Oct. 7-12, hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Okla.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

76 trombones, a con man and a prim librarian: School of Music, Theatre, and Dance presents 'The Music Man' Nov. 8-11

The classic Broadway musical "The Music Man" will be presented Nov. 8-11 by Kansas State University’s School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at McCain Auditorium. Show times are 7 p.m. Nov. 8-10 and a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Nov. 11.

'Poets and prayers': Turtle Island quartet showcases many forms of musical inspiration

Double Grammy-winning quartet Turtle Island, along with acclaimed jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton, will perform a McCain Performance Series concert in McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Celebrating online: K-State kicks off national distance learning week with virtual scavenger hunt, Facebook activities and more

Kansas State University's Division of Continuing Education is helping create awareness about the significance of distance learning by celebrating National Distance Learning Week on campus and online Nov. 5-9.

'Raisin' the bar: University baker finalist in national competition

Courtney Markle, food service supervisor senior for housing and dining services at Kansas State University, baked her way to the finals of a recent national competition sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board.