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K-State Today

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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

Rebeca Paz

Rebeca Paz, assistant director of the Office of First-generation Students, offers tips to help first-generation students navigate resources and succeed this semester.

From the provost

Guidance on A/Pass/Fail option for students for spring 2020
Provost and Executive Vice President Chuck Taber announces an important change in the universitywide grading policy for the spring 2020 semester.

News and research

Online aviation degree launches at Kansas State Polytechnic this spring
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is expanding its aviation offerings to include an online bachelor's degree geared for students who have previously earned aviation-related certificates, ratings, licensures or college credit.
Part-time job search resources available for students
The Career Center offers resources for students who may be searching for a part-time job during this time of economic uncertainty students may be facing.
Nominate summer and fall projects now for Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award
Faculty members are encouraged to nominate outstanding research for the seventh annual Kirmser Undergraduate Research Awards.


Safe Zone Student and Community Member Introductory Training
Safe Zone logo
K-State's Safe Zone program, in DMSA, invites you to an Introductory Student and Community Member Workshop from 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, online via Zoom. The link will be sent to all those registered to attend.
K-State Music Program to host virtual awards ceremony via Facebook Live April 3
Music awards ceremony 4-3-20
The K-State Music Program will host its awards ceremony via a Facebook Live event at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 3.
Kansas officials to provide information to small businesses via First Friday e-Call April 3
Heads of Kansas state agencies and departments will update small business owners and community leaders with information linked to COVID-19 on the April 3 First Friday e-Call.

Human resources, benefits and training

New leave form available for COVID-19 related absences
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law to provide paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. A special form is now available to request this new leave type.

Personnel changes

Scott Tanona named College of Arts and Sciences associate dean for academic affairs
Following an internal search, the College of Arts and Sciences has named Scott Tanona as the new associate dean for academic affairs, effective June 28.

Kudos, publications and presentations

Alumni Association names 2020 Robinson Family Multicultural Leadership Award winners
The K-State Alumni Association recognizes four candidates for graduation from Kansas State University with the Robinson Family Multicultural Leadership Awards.
K-State Sales Team takes home first place individual and places third as a team in the National Collegiate Sales Competition
Cecilia Nancarrow and Kaitlyn Porter
The K-State Sales Team competed in the National Collegiate Sales Competition on March 27-30 through a virtual environment.
Hospitality management professor selected to serve as member of hospitality accreditation commission
Kevin Roberts, professor of hospitality management, has been selected to serve on the Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration, the accrediting group for all hospitality programs nationally and internationally.


April 10: Advanced NVivo 12 Plus
Advanced NVivo 12 Plus training will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, via Zoom. This is a follow-up presentation from the Introduction to NVivo 12 Plus offered earlier this semester.

Health and safety

Recreational Services now offering Zoom fitness classes
Fitness options from Recreational Services.
Manage your own anxiety to help your kids' stress, too
An important component to managing anxiety and taking care of others is to take care of oneself first, says K-State child development specialist Bradford Wiles.
Food, packaging does not seem to be a source for novel coronavirus
While food and food packaging does not seem to be a source of contamination for the novel coronavirus, food safety specialist Karen Blakeslee still urges consumers to use common food safety practices.

University life

Nominate students, community organizations and individuals for Staley School awards
The Staley School of Leadership Studies is seeking nominees for Celebrating Service and Leadership awards. Honor students, community partners and outstanding individuals who have volunteered their time and leadership to the community. Due April 10.