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October news releases

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Fall classics: English department offerings bring great literature to campus

The department of English at Kansas State University is offering three opportunities to hear great literature in November. 

State of Now: K-State Salina student to speak at social media conference in Hutchinson

Kansas State University Salina digital media student Brian Allen Butters, who prefers to go by Brian Allen, is scheduled to present at the Small Town State of NOW Conference, Thursday, Nov. 8, in Hutchinson. The sophomore from Washington will speak about how social media helped him rise above the social stigma he battles as a traumatic brain injury survivor.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sprouting danger: Food safety expert says better risk communication needed at all levels when it's known foods pose dangers to public health

The recent decision by supermarket giant Kroger to stop selling fresh sprouts is important for public health and shows why risk communication messages must be improved at all levels, according to a Kansas State University food safety expert.


Monday, October 29, 2012

President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is College of Business Administration's Distinguished Lecture Series speaker

Esther George, president and chief executive office of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee, will be the fall 2012 speaker for the Kansas State University College of Business Administration's Distinguished Lecture Series.

Sealing the deal: Students compete for spot on 2012-2013 sales team

It takes a winning sales pitch to land a spot on Kansas State University's 2012-2013 Sales Team.

Durability or bust: Engineers study how to improve high-speed rail ties against freezing, thawing conditions

A Kansas State University-led research project is helping high-speed rail systems handle the stress of freezing and thawing weather conditions.

K-State Olathe appoints Spears as interim Associate Dean to move programs, research forward

A longtime Kansas State University education professor has been named interim associate dean for academic and research programs at Kansas State University Olathe. Jacqueline Spears, who was appointed to the post by Dan Richardson, K-State Olathe CEO, will begin her new duties Nov. 5.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

University staff responds to student death at Marlatt Hall

Kansas State University staff and campus police responded Oct. 28 to a student death at the Marlatt residence hall.


Friday, October 26, 2012

K-State Made: Student organization and local business team up to sell student-made goods

A Manhattan bookstore and a Kansas State University student organization are betting on the ingenuity of the university's students with their joint venture called K-State Made.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Recognizing excellence: Environmental attorney, policy analyst for low-income adults receive alumni awards from College of Arts and Sciences

Two distinguished alumni of Kansas State University's College of Arts and Sciences will receive alumni awards from the college at a ceremony Thursday, Oct. 25.

Replay the season: Annual concert of the Pride of Wildcat Land features music from halftime shows

Catch the music of the Kansas State University Marching Band's halftime performances this football season at the band's annual concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in Ahearn Field House. The concert is free and the public is invited.

Dream come true: Fantasy football grabs attention of fans and franchises, creates jobs

A fantasy of millions of individuals may be positively affecting job growth. Fantasy football is growing -- nearly 34 million individuals play fantasy sports and 75 percent of them play fantasy football -- and this growth has led to job creation, increased advertisement revenue and more football fans, according to a Kansas State University expert.

Giving the gift of education: Mother's passion for her alma mater benefits student scholarships, sorority

A desire to make a difference in young people's lives spurred a Kansas State University alumna to establish two scholarships and provide funds for her sorority at her alma mater. She also provided funds for students at a community college in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Clear pathway to landing a job: K-State Salina aviation inks hiring agreement with ExpressJet airlines

An agreement between Kansas State University Salina and ExpressJet Airlines, the largest Delta Airlines regional partner, provides an opportunity for aviation students at the university to receive a conditional offer of employment as a first officer with the regional airline.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Electric research: Grant to help develop solar-powered charging stations for plug-in vehicles

A foundation for engineering and construction firm Black & Veatch has awarded Kansas State University a $200,000 grant to help develop solar-powered charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Improving lipid analysis: With new mass spectrometer, researchers can grow knowledge of plants and environmental stress

A Kansas State University professor's research analyzing lipids is helping scientists around the world understand plant responses and develop better crops that can withstand environmental stress.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Read all about it: Architecture students' designs featured in the New York Times

When The New York Times called, Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design students answered. 

Making sense of art: Beach Museum of Art open house encourages visitors to experience art through touch and other senses

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University wants visitors to gain a real feel for art through a truly hands-on event.

Table talks: Workshop helps students learn how to impress future bosses with manners at dining table

A workshop sponsored by Kansas State University's career and employment services will show how good manners at the dining table are important when it comes to landing a job or that next client.

From roundworms and prairie grasses: University's Ecological Genomics Institute marks growth of research field with 10th annual symposium

How does one start a totally new field of science? Just ask Kansas State University's Loretta Johnson, associate professor, and Michael Herman, professor, both in the Division of Biology.

'Music Man,' marching band, and more: November brings array of cultural events on campus

It's a November to remember with an abundance of music, drama and art events taking place on the Kansas State University campus.

Opinion: Public universities can be an antidote to rising student debt

A March 2012 study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press that found 84 percent of college graduates thought the expense of going to college was a good investment. As a university president, it is easy to feel reassured.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Rhodes, Marshall nominees: Four students in running for elite national scholarships

Kansas State University is nominating two students for the Rhodes national scholarship competition and three students for the Marshall national scholarship competition.

Longtime Manhattan businessman earns place in College of Business Administration Hall of Fame

Bernard "Bernie" Butler, a Manhattan business owner and community leader, has been named Business Leader of the Year and inducted into the Kansas State University College of Business Administration's Distinguished Business Leader Hall of Fame.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Charged for the future: New Burns & McDonnell smart grid lab enhances education and research, boosts recruitment efforts of future engineers

The newest laboratory at Kansas State University's department of electrical and computer engineering will not only amp up already strong academic and research programs in electrical power and communications, but it also will help provide a surge in the university's -- and state of Kansas' -- goal of providing more engineers.

Love of Learning: Alumna receives award to continue education

Kelley Nelson-Strouts, a May 2012 Kansas State University bachelor's graduate in public health nutrition, Manhattan, is receiving a 2012 Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award.

Ideas for gifts, festive holiday homes, tables on menu at nest University Gardens Luncheon Series presentation

Lori Able, owner of Ann A Lee's in Manhattan's Grand Mere Village, will share ideas for the holiday season that will include decorations for a festive dinner table and home, as well as gift ideas. Holiday decorating is the next program Thursday, Nov. 8, in the 2012-2013 Friends of the Kansas State University Gardens Luncheon Series.

The magic of chemistry: Week celebrates contributions of chemistry

National Chemistry Week is being celebrated in Manhattan from Oct. 21-27. During this week, events and educational activities will show how chemistry can impact lives in a positive way. Sponsoring the week is Kansas State University's local section of the American Chemical Society and the department of chemistry.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Winning entrepreneurship: Center for Advancement of Entrepreneurship earns new honor

The Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship at Kansas State University is the recipient of the 2012 Emerging Center Award from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers.

Recognizing excellence: Multicultural Honor Society inducts new members

An organization that recognizes the academic achievements of multicultural students at Kansas State University has new members. 

Going the distance: O'Bannon scholarship from Division of Continuing Education helps distance education students with education goals

A scholarship that provides financial assistance to degree-seeking graduate and undergraduate students in distance education degree programs offered through Kansas State University's Division of Continuing Education is being awarded to five individuals for the fall semester. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

50 and still growing: University's reactor, nuclear engineering program celebrate anniversary and focus on future research, education contributions to industry

Since it was first powered up 50 years ago in Ward Hall, the nuclear reactor at Kansas State University has been helping the College of Engineering with four key objectives when it comes to nuclear engineering: education, research, outreach and training.

Phi Kappa Phi study abroad awardee uses grant to enhance his Spanish, explore new culture

Kansas State University senior in English, Martin "Tucker" Wilson, Vernon Hills, Ill., has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant to fund a trip he took to Spain as part of the university's modern languages study abroad program.


Monday, October 15, 2012

KC area animal shelters, agencies receive gift of nearly 8 tons of dog and cat good following consumer study at K-State Olathe

Kansas State University Olathe found itself buried in dog and cat food following a recent consumer study with a feed manufacturer. Rather than dispose of nearly 8 tons of food, the Sensory and Consumer Research Center at K-State Olathe donated the 30 pallets to local animal shelters and adoption agencies.

McCain Performance Series: Classic Shakespeare play 'Merchant of Venice' brings comedy, tragedy to Nichols Theatre

Actors from the London Stage, one of the oldest touring Shakespeare theater companies in the world, will bring "The Merchant of Venice" to Nichols Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-27 as part of Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series.

Advice website co-founders bring motivational message to campus in Oct. 22 presentation

The co-founders of the advice website Everyone is Gay, http://www.everyoneisgay.com, will discuss their work in a presentation at Kansas State University.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Advocates for the elderly: College of Human Ecology researchers earn Stowe Award for study looking at person-centered care in nursing home policy

A project to evaluate person-centered care in Kansas nursing homes has earned two Kansas State University researchers the 2012 Dean Barbara S. Stowe Endowed Faculty Development Award from the College of Human Ecology.

Scary stuff: Why tales of ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night are more than horror stories

Whether it's sitting around a campfire, at the movie theater or reading something by Stephen King or Edgar Allan Poe, scary stories have long been popular, especially around Halloween.

College of Veterinary Medicine selects 2012 class of Early Admission Scholars

Twenty-five undergraduates students at Kansas State University have been formally accepted into the 2012 class of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Early Admission Scholars program.

In the spotlight: Exhibition by alumnus Patrick Duegaw on display at Beach Museum of Art; opening reception Oct. 13

The newest exhibition at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is the latest installment of Kansas artist Patrick Duegaw's "Painted Theater Project."

Public safety team responds to diesel fuel in soil of old tennis court

Kansas State University's public safety team was notified Tuesday afternoon that soil under the L.P. Washburn tennis courts was contaminated with diesel fuel.

Award-winning work: University receives five regional continuing education awards

Kansas State University programs and staff have received five regional awards from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Education excellence: Bilingual and bicultural program honored as an 'Example of Excelencia'

A Kansas State University bilingual and bicultural education program has received national recognition for its success in supporting Latino students as they earn higher education degrees.

Designing change: Apparel and textile researchers use challenge grant to transform curriculum, adding climate change initiatives

Students pursuing careers in fiber, textiles and clothing will be better prepared for a future with a changing climate thanks to a grant to Kansas State University and partner institutions.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Dr. John and the Blind Boys of Alabama bring jazz, blues and gospel to McCain

A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a Grammy Award-winning group will join together on the McCain Auditorium stage at Kansas State University for "Spirituals to Funk."

Extra credit: Concurrent course in English gives high school students an edge

This fall, the Kansas State University Division of Continuing Education is partnering with the university's English department to offer a concurrent course in English, giving high school students the chance to earn college credit.

Green thumb, good works earn Marr UFM's Grassroots Community Education Award

A retired state extension horticulture professional is being recognized by Kansas State University's UFM Community Learning Center for sharing his gardening expertise with many throughout the state.


Monday, October 8, 2012

On the march: Central states marching festival features high school marching bands from across state

Bill Snyder Family Stadium will once again be filled with marching music as Kansas State University hosts the 26th annual Central States Marching Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Media advisory: Ribbon cutting for new $3 million semiconductor facility set for Oct. 15

To inaugurate a new $3 million world-class clean room facility in Ward Hall, Kansas State University will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 15.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Couldn't have planned it better: Human ecology team wins national financial planning championship

When it comes to personal financial planning, a team from Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology has proven it's the best in the land.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Burglary investigation results in arrest

Police arrested and detained Andre Levar Murphy, 33, a university custodial employee, on campus. Murphy was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor theft. Murphy was also arrested on several drug charges as a result of an additional search warrant served by the Riley County Police Department.

Acclaimed Alumnus: KSU Foundation president and CEO Fred Cholick honored by his alma mater

The leader of Kansas State University's philanthropic arm is being recognized for his contributions to the field in which he earned his master's and doctoral degrees. 

Open for business: New entrepreneurship minor enhances career options for students from wide variety of majors

Kansas State University students now have more opportunities and resources to start a business, according to Chad Jackson, associate director of the university's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship.


Monday, October 1, 2012 

First in line: Doctoral program's first graduate paves the way for new form of financial planning

Many recent graduates feel a sense of responsibility to bring pride to their alma mater and find success. The pressure on Julie Cumbie's shoulders may be even more intense -- she is the first graduate from Kansas State University's hybrid personal financial planning doctoral program.

Carrying the torch: Student carries on sister's memory through ad campaigns, anti-texting and driving commercials

Ashley Umscheid was texting a single letter -- "k" -- on May 16, 2009, when her truck flipped, forcing her out the window. Three days later, the 19-year-old sophomore at Kansas State University died at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka.

Chinese circus troupe brings feats of balance, juggling, acrobatics and more to McCain stage

The National Circus of the People's Republic of China, "Cirque Chinois," will visit Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, for a McCain Performance Series presentation.

'Hale Sousa': Friends of the K-State Libraries gala salutes patriotic composer, benefits university's music collection

The annual gala of the Friends of the K-State Libraries will be Friday, Oct. 12, at Kansas State University. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in Hale Library's historic Great Room.