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September news releases

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Another record: Kansas State University's enrollment tops 24,300

As Kansas State University approaches its 150th year, the university reached another milestone number: a record enrollment of 24,378.

Acclaimed Broadway drama 'Time Stands Still' opens K-State theatre season

Kansas State University's K-State Theatre will present "Time Stands Still" by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-13 and 18-20, with a matinee Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. All performances are in Nichols Theatre.

New online master's degree program helps students serve families, communities

The Kansas State University Division of Continuing Education will soon be offering a new online program of study that can benefit members of the military and human service professionals worldwide.

Presidential election 2012: Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy offers economic forum, debatewatch events

The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University will sponsor three events in October about the presidential election and related issues. All are free and open to the public, with no registration required.

On the charge: Doctoral student developing next generation of lithium-ion batteries for longer lasting mobile devices, electric cars

Sometimes even batteries can use a boost of energy, according to the focus of a Kansas State University graduate student's research.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Statement about use of Kansas State University and K-State

Despite recent media reports, audiences in the state and region will still see Kansas State University referred to as K-State. As Kansas State University works to become a Top 50 public research institution by 2025, it is strengthening its brand by using the name appropriate to the audience, said President Kirk Schulz.

University researchers develop blood test that accurately detects early stages of lung, breast cancer in humans

Researchers at Kansas State University have developed a simple blood test that can accurately detect the beginning stages of cancer.

Professional advantage: Nationally known speaker kicks off College of Business Administration's new professional development program

Best-selling author and inspirational speaker Patrick Combs will kick off Professional Advantage, the College of Business Administration's new professional development program at Kansas State University.

College of Business Administration professional development series looks at entrepreneurship and innovation

A leading entrepreneurism expert will be the speaker for the first presentation in the Fall 2012 Corporate Entrepreneurship and Innovations Series, a part of the College of Business Administration's Professional Education Seminars at Kansas State University Olathe.

Events to fall for: English Department sponsors lectures, poetry reading, mock trial

Kansas State University's department of English will start off the fall with a series of readings, lectures and a mock trial of Shakespeare's characters.

The power of pink: Johnson Cancer Research Center's breast cancer awareness luncheon Oct. 12

Ladies are invited to enjoy lunch with friends as they learn about breast health and breast cancer at the third annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave.

Interactive animal health conference at K-State Olathe explores regulatory issues, industry competitiveness

In today's animal health industry, upper-level executives face numerous challenges that are continually redefining their strategies and practices, such as fighting industry misconceptions, educating stakeholders on current animal health issues, and helping to strategically shape the future of domestic and global markets.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A healthy bond: By improving pain treatment, therapy in dogs, research offers medical insight for humans

A Kansas State University professor's research improving post-surgery pain treatment and osteoarthritis therapy in dogs may help develop better ways to treat humans for various medical conditions.

Use of HeLa and other cells for research topic of Cancer Research Center's Bascom Lecture

Selling cells is a complicated business, and the best-selling book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot has brought the issue to the forefront of American pop culture. It's also the focus of an upcoming lecture sponsored by Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

Life after Harry: Rowling's literary magic can address challenges with new adult fiction novel, experts say

In a post-Potter world, J.K. Rowling will try to cast a spell on grown-up readers with her upcoming adult fiction novel, "The Casual Vacancy." Two Kansas State University children's literature experts said that Rowling's strength as a writer can help her successfully jump from children's literature to adult fiction.

Taming the new wild west: University cybersecurity expert selected for HP Innovation Research Program

Nearly undetectable, cyber criminals have turned the Internet into virtual Wild West. Helping to save the day is Kansas State University cybersecurity expert Xinming "Simon" Ou.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Noted alumni photographers join students to again document a week in the life of the university

Twenty six years ago, a group of Kansas State University alumni photographers and student photographers spent a week capturing life at the university, both on and off campus, for the book "A Week at Kansas State: Photographs of College Life."

Blue Collar Comedy: Bill Eengvall brings laughs to McCain Performance Series

Bill Engvall, one of today's most popular and successful comedians, will perform two shows, at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in McCain Auditorium, for Kansas State University's McCain Performance Series.

Newly discovered molecule could deliver drugs to treat diseases

Kansas State University researchers have discovered a molecule that may be capable of delivering drugs inside the body to treat diseases.

Sounds of the past: Symposium explores early days of sports broadcasts on radio

The crack of the bat, the echo of an announcer, the ball into the catcher's mitt -- sounds from the ballpark? No, they are sounds of a recreated baseball game in the early days of radio. Just one of the many topics to be discussed at the seventh annual Great Plains Radio History Symposium on Friday, Oct. 12.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The arts in autumn: October full of art, comedy, music and more on campus

October is the time to fall into music, comedy, drama and more at Kansas State University. Events, all free unless otherwise indicated, are sponsored by the university's McCain Performance Series; the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; and the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. 


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Certified excellence: K-State 2025, strides in diversity recognized by Higher Learning Commission as it continues Kansas State University's accreditation

Some of the core components Kansas State University prides itself on also made officials take note as they examined the university to continue its accreditation.

Digital delight: Project makes Royal Purple yearbooks from 1926-2009 available online

What was life like on the Kansas State University campus in 1926? What courses were offered in 1929? What were your parents or grandparents involved in when they were Kansas State University students?

2012 Family of the Year: Hildebrand family's deep purple roots bring generations of service, dedication to university

Members of the Hildebrand family may have traveled the world but they have strong roots at Kansas State University.

Nation's highest-ranking military officer, Gen. Martin Dempsey, presenting Landon Lecture Oct. 1

The nation's highest-ranking military officer is coming this fall to Kansas State University. Gen. Martin Dempsey, the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will present the university's 161st Landon Lecture at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 1 in McCain Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Media advisory: Arrangements for Oct. 1 Landon Lecture with Gen. Martin Dempsey

The Landon Lecture by Gen. Martin Dempsey, the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at McCain Auditorium. 

Supporting excellence: BNSF commitment benefits university programs, College of Engineering initiatives

BNSF Railway Foundation has made a commitment of $337,500 to Kansas State University to support universitywide programs as well as initiatives in the College of Engineering. This gift enhances the long-standing relationship between BNSF and the university by bringing its total giving to more than $1 million.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Another reason to be proud: Annual student campaign, K-State Proud, earns national award

The Kansas State University Student Foundation is receiving national honors for the K-State Proud student campaign.

Forest Service branches out to public with open house in October

Area residents and Kansas State University faculty, staff and students are invited to celebrate the Kansas Forest Service's deep roots in the state.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

What you don't know may hurt you: University food safety expert publishes food safety critique

There may be a disconnect between what consumers think food auditors are doing to ensure a safe food supply and what they actually are doing, according to Doug Powell, a Kansas State University food safety expert.

Cyber warriors wanted: Scholarship program to train students in cybersecurity

Millions of people depend on the Internet every day and cyber criminals are counting on that, according to a Kansas State University cybersecurity expert.


Monday, September 17, 2012

University police seek information about health center burglary

On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Kansas State University police department responded to a burglary at the Lafene Health Center Pharmacy located on the university campus.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Kansas Court of Appeals brings the courtroom to campus

The Kansas Court of Appeals will be hearing a full docket of cases on the Kansas State University campus starting a 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union as part of U.S. Constitution Observance Day. The court hearings are free and open to the public.

Racing to help: First C. Clyde Run/Fun Run/Walk benefits Shepherd's Crossing, marks 50th anniversary of College of Business Administration

Run or walk, it's all for fun and a good cause at the inaugural C. Clyde Run/Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15, a part of Kansas State University's Family Day activities.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Going to a petting zoo? Food safety expert says plan on constant hand-washing and watch what kids eat, drink to help avoid illness

A trip to a petting zoo may bring more than a smile to a child's face -- it also could lead to them getting sick. That's one reason why a Kansas State University professor says that interactions between animals and the public need better oversight.

Family perspective: Henrietta Lacks' relatives give on-campus talk about legacy of their mother, grandmother

The son and great-granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks will be on the Kansas State University campus to speak about Lacks and her important contributions to science during an upcoming event sponsored by the K-State Book Network.

University, Ecuador continue go teacher program

A Kansas State University delegation traveled to Quito, Ecuador, on Sept. 10 to meet with the Ministry of Education and SENESCYT, Ecuador's governing body of higher education, to continue building a long-term relationship between the university and Ecuador.

A career in good works: Morse scholarship helps student complete project to help children with special needs

A special scholarship from Kansas State University is helping a student from Wichita advance her career interest in working with people with special needs.

Highly accountable: Illinois high school teacher earns honor for efforts to promote advanced accounting curriculum at secondary level

An accounting teacher from Illinois is the recipient of the 2012 Accounting Pilot and Bridge Project Award from the department of accounting at Kansas State University's College of Business Administration.

EXCITE! event: Shadow Day Sept. 19 lets high school girls find out more about majors in engineering, science and more

High school girls will tag along with Kansas State University undergraduates majoring in the engineering, science, mathematics and other fields on Shadow Day, Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the university.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Moving on up: U.S. News and World Report lists Kansas State University on 2013 Best Colleges ranking

Step by step, Kansas State University is climbing the ladder of success. The 2013 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges list ranks the university 139th in the Best National Universities category -- up from 143rd in 2012's rankings.

Piloting success: Aviation students get boost from Connor Burton Aviation Foundation scholarships

Three more students in Kansas State University's professional pilot program have landed scholarships from the Connor Burton Aviation Foundation.

Going green: Undergraduates from across country spend summer at K-State exploring sustainable energy

It's been a sustainable summer at Kansas State University for 11 students conducting research through the university's Research Experience for Undergraduates' Summer Academy in Sustainable Bioenergy.

Sixth annual Encuentro highlights Hispanic Heritage Month activities

Kansas State University will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 with a variety of events and activities that showcase Hispanic culture and issues.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Disaster is just a click away: Computer scientist, psychologist look at developing visual system to warn Internet users of safety risks 

A Kansas State University computer scientist and psychologist are developing improved security warning messages that prompt users to go with their gut when it comes to making a decision online.

By jammin' with the performing arts, middle school girls get chance to GROW interest in science, technology, engineering and more

More than 50 middle school girls will participate in Jammin' with the Arts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Kansas State University.

Out of this world: 'Intergalactic Graphic Novel' coming to McCain, perfect for the kid in everyone

"The Intergalactic Nemesis Live-Action Graphic Novel, Book One: Target Earth" comes to McCain Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 21.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Cracking the code for success: Cybersecurity projects awarded more than $3M in August funding

Cybersecurity researchers at Kansas State University are securing their status as leaders in their field thanks to a strong month of project funding.

Interest in construction career helps senior earn $5,000 scholarship from steel construction institute

Kansas State University's Evan Myers, senior in architectural engineering, Salina, has received a $5,000 American Institute of Steel Construction Education Foundation Scholarship. It was one of nine awarded by the foundation for the 2012-2013 school year.

Kansas connection: Mentoring leads to award-winning story of women's movement in higher education

Three women, two universities and a story about a dean who was not afraid to ruffle a few feathers have produced an award-winning effort.

Corporate partnership: College of Business Administration hosts first GTM Week

For College of Business Administration students at Kansas State University, a regular week of classes will become an opportunity to learn from and network with executives of one of the fastest growing companies in the country. The college will be celebrating GTM Week, a series of guest lecturers, networking and recruiting events featuring executives from the Manhattan-based company.

Summer graduates: More than 580 students earn degrees

More than 580 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University this summer. The graduates hail from 68 Kansas counties, 37 states and 25 countries. Of K-State's newest graduates, 35 also earned graduation honors for their outstanding academic work.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Hohn honored for teaching excellence with Segebrecht award

Keith Hohn, professor of chemical engineering, has been selected to receive the Segebrecht Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award for 2012.

Renewable future: Graduate students get up close look at sustainable energy production in Brazil

Seven Kansas State University graduate students in engineering or agriculture-related fields visited Brazil from Aug. 4-11 as part of the university's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship, or IGERT, program.

Johnson Cancer Research Center announces its fall cycle of awards

Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center is now accepting applications for its fall semester awards.

University, Seward County Community College increase degree flexibility with reverse transfer agreement 

Kansas State University and Seward County Community College are making it easier for students to transfer their earned credit hours at the university toward completing their community college degree.

Renovations to chemical engineering laboratories bring new opportunities to students

To celebrate the completion of its newly renovated laboratories, the department of chemical engineering at Kansas State University will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15.

Honor of distinction: Alumnus Jackson Day joins university's Accounting Hall of Fame

Jackson Day, current partner with Ernst and Young's Americas Professional Practice and alumnus of Kansas State University's College of Business Administration, will be inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 7, at the college's scholarship banquet.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Keeping it local: Researcher finds FEMA has improved community relations, encourages local focus

Since the initial recovery efforts from the tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo., in May 2011, little has been heard about the city's rebuilding process. A Kansas State University researcher said the silence is all part of the plan.

Enhancing diversity: Women's studies program recognized for celebrating the power of difference

The department of women's studies has received Kansas State University's Outstanding Department or Unit Award for Enhancing Diversity.

No room for debate: Two of the nation's best now guiding university debate team

Two nationally recognized talents in the debate community are now leading the Kansas State University debate team. 


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Internal relations: Cybersecurity experts researching how to keep medical devices secure, communicating on hospital networks

What if you could shut down several emergency rooms simultaneously without leaving your own home? How about hacking a pacemaker and reprogramming it to cause a heart attack?

Community media in a changing world focus of Huck Boyd Lecture by noted author, broadcaster and educator David Dary

A respected author, broadcast journalist, historian and educator will deliver Kansas State University's 13th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media.

All in the family: University's 84th annual Family Day offers something for everybody

Show and tell isn't just limited to grade school classrooms. Kansas State University students also have the chance to introduce their family members to a few of their favorite campus places and experiences at the university's 84th annual Family Day. 

Insect Zoo anniversary celebration offers family-friendly fun

Kansas State University's Insect Zoo will celebrate its 10-year anniversary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. The event is part of the university's Family Day activities.

Career launcher: More than 200 employers attending 2012 All-University Career Fair

Prospective employers are showing a strong interest in Kansas State University students.

Because learning never stops: UFM, Osher Institute again partner to bring noncredit enrichment short courses to Manhattan

Learning is for a lifetime -- that's a belief held by two institutions long focused on learning: the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas and the Kansas State University Division of Continuing Education.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What to bring to college: Renters insurance can help protect against theft, damage

For college students who rent off-campus housing, renters insurance may be worth adding into their budget to protect personal belongings, according to Bret Eisenbarth of Kansas State University's Powercat Financial Services.

Lecturer to address the question: Are race-conscious college admissions policies the only way to achieve racial diversity among students?

In observance of Constitution Day, Kansas State University and the Dorothy L. Thompson Civil Rights Lecture Series will sponsor a lecture by Steven Ramirez, professor of law at Loyola University of Chicago Law School.

Room to grow: College of Human Ecology dedication ceremony Sept. 7 for Justin Hall expansion

When Virginia Moxley became dean of Kansas State University's College of Human Ecology in 2006, one of her first decisions was to enlarge Justin Hall to accommodate the growing teaching and research mission of the college.

The tradition continues: Band Day brings Kansas schools together for parade, halftime performance

Kansas State University will be filled with music as Band Day will be a part of the university's annual Family Day celebration on Saturday, Sept. 15.