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K-State Today

May 31, 2018

An update from President Myers

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Dear K-State Community: 

As we enter the second week of hardship caused by the devastating Hale Library fire, frustration is growing. We have made heroic progress bringing systems online, relocating employees and developing creative workaround solutions. Many of you, however, still lack access to basic tools you need to work, and when pressed for answers by others, have none. 

At the same time, classes are being held, undergraduates will soon flock to campus for orientation and enrollment, and international student and graduate student enrollment continues. We’re in the season for 4-H, Boys State, summer camps and many other activities. For some it’s business as usual, for many it’s not. Serving these constituents without our full capability is a tremendous challenge. 

The way we have come together should make us all proud. That’s the Wildcat Way. 

Work is in process to stabilize the temperature and humidity in Hale caused by the extensive water and smoke damage to the building. Library staff have been relocated to various places around campus and are working hard to develop alternate ways of delivering library information services to the K-State community. Please be patient as this dedicated team gets these services up and running.  

Efforts continue around the clock to bring more IT systems on board. We understand how important these tools are to you and are working hard to bring them back. The loss of our data center was a major event and how we respond defines the character of our family. 

I encourage you to check the update page daily and check the ITS blog for the latest information on the status of systems. The situation is fluid, but continues to improve. Please avail yourself of this information and continue to check K-State Today. If you have information that needs to be posted in Frequently Asked Questions, please send it to vpcm@ksu.edu. Information is being added to this site daily. 

My confidence remains strong in the ability of the K-State family to respond to this challenge. We’ve faced fire before — and tornadoes, and ice storms. Each time we’ve come back strong and built for a better future. Let’s follow that tradition of perseverance and help each other through this trying time.

Richard B. Myers
Kansas State University

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