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K-State Today

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

K-State Today is a daily email providing faculty and staff a single source of timely K-State announcements.

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From the administration

Community visit spotlight: K-State Olathe addresses industry needs in the Greater Kansas City region
President Richard Linton, along with K-State faculty, staff and students, visited the Greater Kansas City area to discuss ways that higher education in the Kansas City metro area is partnering to meet the needs of industry partners.

News and research

Shawna Jordan to serve as interim faculty athletics representative for K-State
Shawna Jordan, assistant dean in the College of Health and Human Sciences, is Kansas State University's interim faculty athletics representative, effective immediately.
Research illuminates whether ultraviolet light can keep hydroponic produce safe
Researchers at K-State Olathe are looking at whether ultraviolet light can prevent microbial contamination in hydroponically grown crops that could make consumers sick.
Wildcat 91.9 student showcases musical pieces paying tribute to defining moments in Black History
Wildcat 91.9 composer and producer Negil McPherson III showcases defining moments of Black History through a "speech-to-music" project that will be airing throughout February.
K-State Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab partners with Cambodian university to create center of excellence, launch Agricultural Technology Park
There's a new agricultural technology park in Cambodia thanks to a center of excellence founded by Cambodia's Royal University of Agriculture in partnership with K-State's Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab.


Robots battle at the Little Apple
Battle of the Little Apple will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Engineering Hall lower atrium. The event will showcase new combat robots in a battle to the last bot standing. Snacks will be provided, and all majors are invited.
Join Dow Center at Hale Library for the Perspectives series
The Perspectives series offers K-Staters an opportunity to share information and engage in civil discourse.
Join the Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at K-State Libraries for the first event of this semester's Perspectives series.
Brenda Oppert to give Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Seminar
Brenda Oppert, research molecular biologist for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, will present "Leveraging Studies in Stored Product Insects to Solve Problems in Agriculture" at 4 p.m. Feb. 8 in 120 Ackert Hall.
S.A.F.E. Zone Advanced Workshop: CARE 101 on Thursday, Feb. 9
S.A.F.E. Zone, in the Department of Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, invites you to participate in the CARE office S.A.F.E. Zone Advanced Workshop, CARE 101, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, via Zoom.
Author Ethan Chatagnier to read from his work at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10
Ethan Chatagnier
On Friday, Feb. 10, author Ethan Chatagnier will read from his work at 3:30 p.m. on Zoom.
Anatomy and physiology seminar series continues Feb. 7
The anatomy and physiology department's 2023 Spring Seminar Series continues at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Mara Center, 407 Trotter Hall. Randolph Nudo from the University of Kansas Medical Center will speak.
Upcoming panel discussion on social media's role in the next-generation land-grant university
Join a panel and roundtable discussion on social media's potential role in K-State's new strategic plan to become a next-generation land-grant university. The event will take place 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 15 in Town Hall at the Leadership Studies Building.
Attend LEED Green Associate Panel Feb. 9
The United States Green Building Council Student Chapter will host a LEED Green Associate Panel at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in 2046 Seaton Hall.
Campus invited to open session to meet candidate for Powercat Financial program coordinator position
The campus is invited to an open session on Tuesday, Feb. 14, to meet a candidate for the position of program coordinator for Powercat Financial.

Human resources, benefits and training

HealthQuest changes for 2023
The State Employee Health Plan has made changes to the optional HealthQuest rewards program.

Kudos, publications and presentations

K-State researchers publish new measure of rurality
Kate Nelson, geography and geospatial sciences department, and Tuan Nguyen, College of Education, recently published a paper proposing a new continuous measure of rurality in the Journal of Rural Studies.
Winter Issue of Kansas History now available
The K-State history department and the Kansas Historical Foundation recently released the Winter 2022-2023 issue of the Kansas History journal.


HRIS, KSIS and DARS maintenance scheduled for Feb. 12
HRIS, KSIS and DARS will undergo maintenance from midnight to 4 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. Maintenance will be performed to keep the systems secure and up to date.

University life

2023 NBAF Laboratorian Training Program is now accepting applications
The Biosecurity Research Institute, K-State's high-containment research laboratory, is selecting 10 undergraduate students for the summer NBAF Laboratorian Training Program.
K-State faculty perform for Manhattan High School students
On Feb. 2, K-State Faculty Brass Quintet performed for a group of students from Manhattan High School. Craig Parker, John Kilgore, Jackie Fassler-Kerstetter, Dan Hinman and Steve Maxwell presented a program of music to the students.

Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer for HandsOn K-State mobile food distribution
HandsOn K-State is looking for volunteers for its first mobile food distribution of the semester on Friday, Feb. 10. Volunteers arrive to Rec Complex parking lot C1 at 3:30 p.m. and will leave by 5:30 p.m.