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September 2014  

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 

Kansas State University selected as partner in commemorating Vietnam War's 50th anniversary
The U.S. Department of Defense has selected Kansas State University to serve as a national commemorative partner for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. K-State is one of the few academic institutions invited to participate in anniversary events, which run from 2015-2017. *

Veterinary student receives national bovine practitioner student award
A concurrent third-year veterinary medicine and doctoral student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University is the recipient of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners' Bovine Student Recognition Award.

Tony Award-winning plays, musical ensembles, art workshops make university place to be for the arts in October
October brings a harvest of cultural events, including Broadway shoes, music ensembles, art and more, to Kansas State University's Manhattan campus.

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 

Kansas State University selects three students for University Distinguished Professors Graduate Student Awards
Kansas State University's University Distinguished Professor Graduate Student Award recognizes students who have shown outstanding achievement in scholarship through publications and other accomplishments appropriate for his or her academic field.

McCain performance 'Music of the Sun' inspired by Native American culture
"Music of the Sun" with ETHEL and Robert Mirabal will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium.

Sales executive and author Larry Kendall to speak at College of Business Administration's Distinguished Lecture Series
Larry Kendall will be the speaker for the College of Business Administration's fall 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the ballroom at the K-State Alumni Center.

Conrow family selected at Kansas State University's Family of the Year
Four generations of the Conrow family have been steadfast Kansas State University fans since 1913 and now their legacy has been formally recognized.



Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Fall 2014 enrollment sets record at Kansas State University
Kansas State University continues to set records in enrollment and the diversity of its student body. Fall 2014 enrollment is the university's largest ever at 24,766 students, up from 24,581 students a year ago.

K-State Theatre opens season with sibling comedy 'Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike'
K-State Theatre will kick off the 2014-15 season with the comedy "Vasha and Sonia and Masha and Spike." The play will be presentedat 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9-11 and Oct. 16-18, and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Mark A. Chapman Theatre in Nichols Hall.



Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

K-State Police warn of active phone scam
The Kansas State University Police department is warning the public of a possible phone scam active in the area. Callers claim to be K-State police officers and tell the potential victim they are calling to collect for past fines or owed monies.

Water research tackles growing grassland threat: trees
Two Kansas State University biologists are studying streams to prevent tallgrass prairies from turning into shrublands and forests.

New exhibit showcases work of College of Architecture, Planning & Design students
An exhibit is on display through Oct. 3 in Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design that showcases the work of 66 of the college's students who recently studied abroad.

'Redeployment' author to discuss book Oct. 1, additional university-military events scheduled for fall
Phil Klay, author of "Redeployment," will give a free lecture about his book and its topics from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Ballroom of the K-State Alumni Center. Several other military-themed events are scheduled for the fall. 

Media advisory: Arrangements for Oct. 1 lecture with author Phil Klay
Media are invited to attend the Wednesday, Oct. 1, book lecture by Phil Klay, noted author of "Redeployment." Media are asked to RSVP.




Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Psychological mystery opens Purple Masque Theatre's season
The first production in Kansas State University's Purple Masque Theatre for the 2014-15 school year will be"Monkey, Monkey, Bottle of Beer, How Many Monkeys Have We Here?" The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-4 in the theatre, which is in East Stadium.



Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

USAID awards university $50 million grant to establish Feed the Future Innovation Lab
The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded Kansas State University a $50 million grant to establish a Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sustainable Intensification. It is the fourth Innovation Lab established at Kansas State University.

Cool end to summer doesn't lead to early winter
Mary Knapp, service climatologist in the university's agronomy department, says temperatures in late September are typically 10-15 degrees cooler than in the beginning of the month, so cooler weather now is not a sign of a tough winter.



Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 

CEEZAD researchers conducting surveillance on swine influenza viruses to support collaborative project with St. Jude Children's Hospital
Kansas State University's Juergen Richt and Wenjun Ma have obtained a seven-year $1,078,543 National Institutes of Health grant to fund the project "Swine Influenza Syndromic Surveillance and Research." The collaborative project is being conducted with St. Jude Children's Hospital.

New members elected to KSU Foundation's board of directors, board of trustees
New members were elected at the Kansas State University Foundation's board of trustees annual meeting in Manhattan on Sept. 19. Twelve people were elected to serve four-year terms as trustees of the KSU Foundation.

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014 

Expert on nuclear and renewable energies to speak at National Academy of Engineering Seminar Series
Kansas State University alumnus Way Kuo, professor and president of City University of Hong Kong, will be the speaker for the College of Engineering's National Academy of Engineering Seminar Series. His address will be at 2:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, in Fiedler Hall Auditorium.



Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 

Veterinarian warns dog owners about highly toxic rat poisons
A Kansas State University veterinarian cautions that some rat removal products can be dangerous to dogs.

University's welcome center to be named in honor of lead benefactors, Rand and Patti Berney
Kansas State University's new welcome center will be named the Berney Family Welcome Center in honor of Rand and Patti Berney.



Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 

University opens Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry
Opening the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry is just one way Kansas State University is working to get more students involved in undergraduate research, regardless of major.

Sept. 22-26 is Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Week
An address on the importance of undergraduate research by Karen Burg, vice president for research, presentations on undergraduate research and more will highlight Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Week, Sept. 22-26, at Kansas State University.

Kansas State University celebrating 86th annual Family Day
Kansas State University's annual Family Day, Sept. 27, will celebrate the long-standing tradition of family involvement on campus.

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 

Veterinary pharmacologist warns that eggs from backyard chickens pose potential consumption problems
A pharmacologist at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, warns that if you are raising chickens in your backyard, don't consume their eggs if the animals have been taking medication.

Entomologist says expect more spiders inside as weather turns cooler
A Kansas State University entomologist answers the most asked question this time of year and explains why you shouldn't be scared of the brown recluse.

Jim McLean presenting 15th annual Huck Boyd Lecture in Community Media
The managing editor of the Kansas Health Institute News Service, Jim McLean, will present Kansas State University's 15th annual Huck BoydLecture in Community Media at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.


Monday, Sept. 15, 2014 

Concept of time may predict impulsive behavior, research finds
New study finds that individuals with impulsive behaviors have poor timing abilities. Researchers hope this finding will lead to behavioral interventions for clinical disorders like substance abuse and obesity that are linked to impulsive behavior.

Band Day 2014 features halftime performance
Kansas State University's annual Band Day will be Saturday, Sept. 27.

Wynton Marsalis leads Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for McCain performance Sept. 25
Tickets are available now for Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, a McCain Performance Series presentation at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Kansas State University's McCain Auditorium.

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 

Beef Cattle Institute gives Kansas State Fair attendees realistic birthing simulation via artificial cow
Fairgoers at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson are getting the opportunity to learn about the birthing process in cattle with the help of a cow and calf simulator provided by Kansas State University's Beef Cattle Institute.

Kansas State University Global Campus awards scholarships to distance students for fall semester
Kansas State University Global Campus has awarded scholarships for the fall 2014 semester.

Kansas Court of Appeals visits campus to celebrate Constitution Observance Day
The Kansas Court of Appeals will hear court cases starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Kansas State University's Student Union in Forum Hall.

Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy to host public forum on Ogallala Aquifer Sept. 14 at Kansas State Fair
The Institute of Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University will sponsor a public round-table discussion on what to do about the declining Ogallala Aquifer at a special event at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson on Sunday, Sept. 14.


Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 

University increases focus on veterans' needs nationally with expanded role for military affairs director
Retired Army Lt. Col. Art DeGroat is now the executive director of military and veterans affairs for the vice president for student life. The new role includes expanding Kansas State University's service in veterans affairs nationally. As such, DeGroat will develop and share evidence-based approaches to help the nation's 2.6 million military veterans who are transitioning to civilian life and the workforce following their service.

Army veterinarian-to-be ready to help nation's four-legged defenders
Future Kansas State University graduate one of the select few veterinarians chosen for the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps.

Kansas State University Career Fair connects students, potential employers
Representatives from more than 300 companies, industries and agencies are registered for the 2014 All-University Career Fair, Sept. 23-24, at Kansas State University's Bramlage Coliseum.

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 

K-State Fighting for a Cure shirt day Oct. 4
Kansas State University fans can buy a special T-shirt to wear at the Oct. 4 home football game or elsewhere to show their support for cancer research conducted at the university and for breast cancer awareness month. Proceeds from the shirt sales will benefit the university's Johnson Cancer Research Center.

First K-State Salina Civic Luncheon Lecture of the semester to focus on immigration trends in the state
Kansas State University Salina's first Civic Luncheon Lecture of the fall semester will feature Michelle Stubblefield, the state director of the League of United Latin American Citizens of Kansas, discussing immigration in Kansas. The lecture will be at noon Thursday, Sept. 11, in the College Center conference room at K-State Salina.


Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 

University to commemorate 9/11 with American Legion Remembrance Ride, Day of Service
Kansas State University's Sept. 11 commemoration will include two events: the annual Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 13, and an American Legion Remembrance Ride through campus on Thursday, Sept. 11.

K-State Salina cuts ribbon on Welcome Center
A ribbon-cutting ceremony for Kansas State University Salina's new Welcome Center, a one-stop shop for student services, was Sept. 4.

Israeli delegation to conduct Sept. 10 water management seminar at K-State Olathe
Two Israeli experts in water technology, strategic planning and desalination will visit Kansas State University Olathe on Wednesday, Sept. 10, to present two international water management seminars. 

Kansas State University's geography department, students benefit from Oregon man's estate gifts
Kansas State University's geography department is receiving a gift of nearly $800,000 from the will of alumnus Steven Kale.

Join the family: K-State Celebrates coming to Wichita area Sept. 22
Wichita area high school seniors are invited to learn what Kansas State University has to offer at K-State Celebrates from 7:15-8:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, at the Wichita Marriott, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive.


Friday, Sept. 5, 2014    

'Ghost Map' author, technology historian Steven Johnson to discuss work in Sept. 11 presentation
The best-selling author of Kansas State University's 2014 common book, "The Ghost Map, will speak at the university. Steven Johnson's presentation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in McCain Auditorium. Tickets are required.


Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014   

University establishes Confucius Institute, increases international presence
Kansas State University is establishing a Confucius Institute, which will be the 102nd Confucius Institute in the U.S. and the second institute in Kansas.

Responsible business, education practices subjects of the 2014 Lou Douglas Lecture Series
The Lou Douglas Lecture Series at Kansas State University will feature Jeffrey Hollender on Tuesday, Oct. 14, and Marc Bousquet, on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Interior architecture & product design student's chair a prizewinning seat
Richard Thompson, a May 2014 master's graduate in interior architecture & product design at Kansas State University, won second place in the commercial design division of the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, Georgia.

Second-year veterinary student earns national stipend for summer project researching anticancer drugs
A second-year veterinary student at Kansas State University has received a $4,000 research stipend through the Morris Animal Foundation's Veterinary Student Scholars Program.

Comedian and actor Larry the Cable Guy presenting two shows at McCain on Sept. 14
Tickets are available now for Larry the Cable Guy and his two performances for the McCain Performance Series at Kansas State University. His shows will be at 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept.14 in McCain Auditorium.


Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014   

University takes action on data exposure
Kansas State University is notifying 19 individuals who submitted applications for graduate programs in agronomy between 2010 and 2013 that some of their personal information may have been inadvertently exposed on the Internet. University information security staff was made aware of the issue on Aug. 22 and all files were immediately removed.

Kinesiology professor earns NIH grant to investigate high-intensity functional training in Army personnel
Kansas State University's Katie Heinrich and colleagues will use a more than $2.52 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to test the effects of high-intensity functional training compared to usual Army physical readiness training on changes in body composition, health and fitness among active duty military personnel.

The power of pink: Johnson Cancer Research Center's breast cancer awareness luncheon Oct. 17
Kansas State University's fifth annual Pink Power Luncheon for breast cancer awareness will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Holiday Inn at the Campus, 1641 Anderson Ave. Advance registration is required by Friday, Oct. 10, and can be made by contacting Marcia Locke at marcia@k-state.edu or 785-532-6705.


Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014   

Biochemists find new treatment options for staph infections, inflammatory diseases
Kansas State University biochemists have discovered a family of proteins that could lead to better treatments for Staphylococcus aureus, a pathogenic bacterium that can cause more than 60,000 potentially life-threatening infections each year.

K-State Salina welcomes more than 50 Brazilian students enrolled in an exchange program
Fifty-five students from Brazil will study on the Kansas State University Salina campus this year through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program.

Golf tournament for Kansas State University cancer research Oct. 3
The 17th annual Rob Regier Memorial Golf Tournament will be Friday, Oct. 3, at the Manhattan Country Club. Proceeds will support Kansas State University's Johnson Cancer Research Center.