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K-State Today

Thursday, January 21, 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

Research Weekly
Find featured funding opportunities, read news and updates related to research, and learn about upcoming events and training opportunities.
Letter from Greg Willems: John Morris accepts position at Auburn University
Morris, senior vice president for development, has accepted an appointment as senior vice president for advancement at Auburn University.

From the Kansas Board of Regents

Kansas Board of Regents meeting university updates
The Kansas Board of Regents meeting on Jan. 20 included items related to Kansas State University.

News and research

Rural Education Center receives NSF grant focusing on drones and geoscience careers
The Rural Education Center in the College of Education has received a $340,000 National Science Foundation grant for using drones and other technology to encourage rural students' interest in geoscience degrees and careers.
Seven prominent KC leaders join advisory board at Olathe campus
K-State Olathe welcomes seven new members to its advisory board for 2021. The board is comprised of various leaders who provide guidance and feedback on educational, research and outreach programs and work toward the goals of the K-State strategic plan.
Hale Library to open first floor only on Jan. 25
On Jan. 25, Hale Library will open the first floor to visitors. The remaining floors of the library are tentatively scheduled to open on Feb. 8 while construction is finalized.
New hours for K-State Contract Postal Unit
K-State's Contract Postal Unit hours are changing.

Human resources, benefits and training

Reinstating 2021 annual performance reviews for unclassified and USS
All requirements and processes for annual performance reviews for calendar year 2021 and beyond should be implemented moving forward.
Three-Minute Thursday Tip: Cross-listing sections in Canvas
Today's Three-Minute Thursday Tip focuses on cross-listing sections in Canvas. The cross-listing feature can be used if you are teaching multiple sections of the same course.

Technology

Student Success Resources Canvas course update
Read an update on the Student Success Resource course in Canvas launched in fall 2020. The campus community is asked to help connect students to this resource in spring 2021.
Jan. 29: Exploring Microsoft Excel — Essentials
Exploring Microsoft Excel — Essentials is scheduled 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, on Zoom.

Volunteer opportunities

Participants needed to learn about speech perception in Kansas
Chapman Center researchers at Kansas State University are interested in learning more about the ways people from different generations in Kansas evaluate voices.