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K-State Today

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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

Reminder: Dean of K-State Libraries candidate open forum today
Dean of K-State Libraries candidate Joe Mocnik, dean of libraries at North Dakota State University, will virtually present an open forum from 1-2 p.m. today.

News and research

Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Bontrager to retire in September
After more than 37 years in higher education, Cindy Bontrager is retiring as vice president and chief operations officer for university operations on Sept. 24.
K-State honors two faculty members as 2021 university distinguished professors
Kansas State University has named Eduard Akhunov and David Yetter as 2021 university distinguished professors.
University and Fort Riley renew partnership
K-State and Fort Riley recently renewed the 12-year partnership between the two institutions. The central aim of this public-to-public partnership is to mutually support each institution's unique missions through collaborations and sharing.
Applications open for fall 2021 NBAF Scientist Training Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is now accepting applications for the fall 2021 cohort of the NBAF Scientist Training Program. Applications are due May 24.

Events

Spring Dance Concert 2021 to be live, in-person event April 30-May 1
Jazz and modern dance choreography will be showcased at the Spring Dance 2021 Concert, a live, in-person event at 6:30 p.m. April 30 and May 1 in Kansas State University's West Memorial Stadium.
Space for faculty, staff to connect following the Derek Chauvin trial
In anticipation of the conclusion of the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, the Staley School of Leadership Studies is offering spaces for faculty and staff to meet virtually and process as a community.
Course Design Institute offered this summer to assist those teaching or developing online courses
Global Campus, Polytechnic Campus and the Teaching and Learning Center are offering a Course Design Institute from June 1-July 2.
Celebrate Earth Day: Bingo challenge and events
Celebrate Earth Day with the Staley School and HandsOn Kansas State with an Instagram bingo challenge, yoga on Anderson Lawn and a Bluemont Hill clean-up event. Registration is requested by Thursday, April 22, for the events.
Records Management 101 training session available tomorrow
Join Ryan Leimkuehler, university records manager at K-State Libraries, for a Records Management 101 training session via Zoom tomorrow. Participants will learn best practices for records management.
Digital experiments with light as an art media presented at next Art and Math Seminar
From noon-1 p.m. CDT on Thursday, April 22, the Art and Math Seminar will feature a virtual talk presented by the artist André Rangel based in Porto, Portugal. Projects of the artist combine intermedia, computer coding and light installations.

Human resources, benefits and training

Supervising Students on the Job training session offered virtually May 4
Student employees provide a significant portion of the campus workforce. To work effectively with this important group, a supervisor should be aware of students' work limitations, key policies and helpful leadership techniques.

Kudos, publications and presentations

K-State senior awarded national scholarship from Associated General Contractors of America
Matt Forbus, senior in construction science and management, has been awarded a scholarship from the Associated General Contractors of America's Education and Research Foundation.
Three-peat: Fashion design students make their third appearance at Kansas City Fashion Week
For the third consecutive year, Gracie Key and Jaxson Metzler, seniors in the fashion studies program, will showcase their collections during this year's Kansas City Fashion Week, which will air virtual runway shows April 29 through May 1.
Staley School recognizes campus and community members for excellence
The Staley School of Leadership Studies invites the campus community to the virtual Celebrating Service and Leadership, an annual awards event. Students, community members and groups will be recognized for service in leadership and more.
Karol Fike receives Mark and Eva Gardiner Innovation and Excellence Faculty Award
Karol Fike, K-State teaching associate professor in animal sciences and industry, has been awarded the prestigious 2021 Mark and Eva Gardiner Innovation and Excellence Faculty Award.
Geography and geospatial sciences faculty and graduate students present at national geography conference
Geography and geospatial sciences faculty members and graduate students presented research virtually at the recent American Association of Geographers annual meeting.

Technology

April 22: Microsoft Teams L200 training
Microsoft Teams L200 training is scheduled 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22. The session will be presented in Microsoft Teams. Registration is required. A confirmation message with a link to the session will be sent to you after you register.
Canvas: April updates
Updates to Canvas were released on April 17. Updates this month include New Quizzes and Course Availability Date Enhancements Enforcement.