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K-State Today

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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

K-State Tartan

The official K-State tartan on a chair in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. Click the image to read more.

COVID-19 university updates

Changes in COVID-19 reporting announced
Following recently announced changes in quarantine and isolation protocols, Kansas State University has updated the COVID-19 dashboard. The university also will suspend support for contact tracing efforts.

From the administration

Virtual town hall meeting Jan. 21 for faculty and staff
President Richard Myers and Provost Charles Taber will host a virtual town hall meeting for faculty and staff from 8-9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, via YouTube Live.
K-State Olathe CEO finalists
Three finalists will interview for the K-State Olathe chief executive officer position from Jan. 24-26. The K-State community is invited to attend the virtual open forums presented by each candidate.
Kansas Board of Regents January meeting agenda items
The Kansas Board of Regents will meet virtually Jan. 19 and 20. The board will consider several agenda items during the meeting.

Events

Kansas State University recognizing two for diversity efforts
K-State will honor the recipients of the Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Presidential awards for diversity excellence at a public reception from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom.
Celebrate semester start with Weeks of Welcome Jan. 18-28
Win prizes, take home giveaways and start your semester off on the right foot with K-State's Weeks of Welcome event series.
College of Agriculture Diversity Programs Office spring update
MLK Jr. Student Leader Reception Flyer
The College of Agriculture Diversity Programs Office welcomes you back for the spring semester and highlights upcoming events.
Teaching and Learning Center to host Teaching Chat today
Teaching Chats are open forums wherein faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to voice concerns about what they are currently experiencing in their classes and can crowdsource potential solutions.
K-State women's basketball hosts KU tonight
All-American center Ayoka Lee and the Wildcats take on the Jayhawks at 6:30 p.m. tonight in Bramlage Coliseum. Tickets start at just $5, or get a Wildcat 4 Pack with four tickets and four $10 concessions vouchers for just $38.
MLK Day of Service this Saturday
All K-State and community members are invited to volunteer their service Saturday, Jan. 22, to kick off K-State's MLK Week of Observance. Multiple service opportunities will be available and a grab-n-go breakfast will be provided.
KSRE to hold statewide local foods virtual town hall
The Kansas State Research and Extension Local Foods Transdisciplinary Team will host a statewide local foods system virtual town hall from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Personnel changes

Kris Grinter promoted to director of admissions at K-State Salina
Kris Grinter Headshot
Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus has promoted Kris Grinter to director of admissions in the Salina Enrollment Management Office.

Health and safety

EHS online training system relaunch delayed
The Environmental Health and Safety online training system, HSI/VIVID, is in the process of upgrading the current platform to an enhanced version. The new system was originally scheduled to relaunch on Jan. 17 but has been delayed by at least a week.

Kudos, publications and presentations

Haddock to deliver keynote at annual social studies conference
Brandon Haddock, coordinator of LGBT Resource Center, will deliver a keynote address at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 as part of the annual Kansas Social Studies Virtual Conference.
Faculty work included in School of the Art Institute of Chicago exhibit
Earthly Observatory
Work by K-State's Erin Wiersma and Katie Kingery-Page was included in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago exhibit "Earthly Observatory" from Aug. 30-Dec. 3, 2021.
Goins publishes article on Grammy-nominated guitarist
Goins profile
Wayne Goins, university distinguished professor of music, has an exclusive interview in Jazz Guitar Today with highly acclaimed Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist Dan Wilson from Akron, Ohio.
Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy awards Thomas P. Gould Prize
Jason Semprini
The Online Journal of Rural Research and Policy, a publication of the Chapman Center for Rural Studies, has selected Jason Semprini as the winner of the fourth annual Thomas P. Gould Prize for the best article published in the journal.

Technology

Canvas: January updates
Updates to Canvas were released on Jan. 15. Updates this month include accessibility checker indicator feature enforcement, course navigation menu state, gradebook missing status removal, and modules link state.