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K-State Today

Monday, June 17, 2024

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 provost

From Provost Mendez: New academic innovation structural framework update
Provost Jesse Perez Mendez shares an update on the operational excellence framework for academic innovation and the Office of the Provost.
Read full announcement | Submitted by Jesse Perez Mendez | June 17, 2024

From the administration

Save the date: Open forums with vice provost for academic affairs and innovation finalists
The search committee has scheduled open forum dates with finalists who will interview for the vice provost for academic affairs and innovation position.
Read full announcement | Submitted by Office of the Provost | June 17, 2024
Kansas Board of Regents June meeting agenda items
The Kansas Board of Regents will meet June 20 at the Curtis State Office Building in Topeka. The Regents will consider agenda items related to Kansas State University.

News and research

K-State engineer receives CAREER award to develop AI tools to detect computer hardware security risks
Xiaolong Guo, assistant professor of electrical engineering, is developing an automated tool to detect security issues in computer hardware without human effort or specialized knowledge.
K-State Salina brings no-cost STEM training for K-12 educators
K-State Salina has provided numerous STEM training opportunities through its expertise in technology and engineering to Kansas K-12 students and educators.
Serve as a Volunteer Campaign Ambassador for the 2024-2025 K-State United Way campaign
The K-State United Way Campaign Committee is currently seeking enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to join us as Volunteer Campaign Ambassadors for the upcoming 2024-2025 K-State United Way campaign.


Reception on July 12 to honor Vice President for Research David Rosowsky
The Kansas State University community is invited to a reception honoring Vice President for Research David Rosowsky for his time at K-State.
Student loan forgiveness workshop hosted by TIAA and Savi
A free webinar hosted by TIAA and Savi will be from 11 a.m. to noon June 26 to explore options for lowering student loan payments and working toward forgiveness.
Attend Union executive director candidate open forum June 18
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Gail Sutton, K-State Student Union executive director candidate, will present an open forum and Q&A session from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, in the Bluemont Room on the second floor of the Union.
Symposium to honor retirement of Luis Rodriguez
The Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, or CEEZAD, will present a symposium in honor of the retirement of Luis Rodriguez at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at the Boehringer Ingelheim Auditorium at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Human resources, benefits and training

New staff performance management evaluation system to begin implementation this fall
Human Resources to roll out tools and training for employees and supervisors, including a new evaluation form, in a phased approach.
Determining Tax Status for Foreign National Employees session offered June 27
The Division of Financial Services is offering this session for K-State employees who are responsible for processing personnel and payroll transactions for foreign national employees.

Personnel changes

Valerie Padilla Carroll appointed interim head of social transformation studies
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Valerie Padilla Carroll, professor in the social transformation studies department, has been named interim head of the department by Chris Culbertson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective June 9.
Pietro Poggi-Corradini named head of mathematics
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Pietro Poggi-Corradini, professor in the mathematics department, has been named head of the department by Chris Culbertson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective June 9.

Health and safety

Get your spots checked
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Lafene Health Center is offering a skin cancer screening clinic for faculty and staff this summer.

Kudos, publications and presentations

Cross-disciplinary faculty team accepted to AAC&U institute
Twelve faculty and staff members, representing various academic disciplines, will participate in the AAC&U's Institute on AI, Pedagogy, and the Curriculum to develop and implement AI best practices and teaching strategies for the university community.
Michael Krush appointed as Daniel D. Burke chair for exceptional faculty
Michael Krush, professor of marketing and associate director of the National Strategic Selling Institute, has been named the Daniel D. Burke chair for exceptional faculty in the College of Business Administration, a faculty of distinction endowed chair.
K-State Bands hosts 30th annual Summer Music Camp
The K-State Bands recently hosted its 30th annual Summer Music Camp, where 180 students in grades 5-12 from five states performed in three large concert bands and nine small ensembles.


Graphic design made easy with Adobe Express
Adobe Express is a great tool for anyone looking to create visually appealing content without the steep learning curve associated with traditional design software. It has an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, making design as easy as possible.

Campus construction and maintenance

Union Bowling Center to upgrade
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The K-State Student Union Bowling Center, a campus favorite for decades, will undergo an equipment upgrade to implement cutting-edge pinsetters.