News from Kansas State University Olathe
November 2016
Hold the food poisoning: Food safety expert discusses how to keep Thanksgiving healthy with shopping, cooking, storage tips

Londa Nwadike, a consumer food safety specialist for K-State Research and Extension and the University of Missouri Extension at K-State Olathe, offers advice on how families can keep foodborne illness off the guest list this Thanksgiving.
Producing better produce

K-State Olathe  researchers are focusing on a combination of tools and techniques to maintain taste and nutrition while extending the shelf life of fresh produce grown by smallholder Kansas farmers.

Richard Meyers named 14th president

On Nov. 15, the Kansas Board of Regents names Richard B. Myers the next president of Kansas State University. He has served as the Interim President at Kansas State University since April 2016.

One Health, one region

K-State Olathe Dean and CEO Dr. Ralph Richardson discusses how One Health links human, animal and environmental health, as well as how the model builds on Greater Kansas City's strengths in animal and human health and K-State Olathe's academic programs and expertise.

The College of Education announces the availability of its school counselor program at the K-State Olathe campus facilitated by its award-winning faculty. The two-year program is open to college graduates with a bachelor's degree. Enroll now for the spring semester.

Video: Leadership moment about the skills employers seek

Royce Ann Collins, associate professor of educational leadership, discusses what skills employers are looking for in their employees. K-State Olathe offers the Leadership Dynamics Graduate Certificate, which teaches students the leadership and soft skills employers demand.
Watch it on YouTube.

Upcoming events
  • Community Practice, Nov. 30 -- Dr. Neala Boyer, clinical assistant professor at Kansas State University, is presenting the lecture "Community Practice" from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 at K-State Olathe. The lecture is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine's Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine Lectures. Boyer provides routine wellness and preventative health, nutrition and weight management consultation for animals. 
    Register now.

  • Healthy Cooking for Diabetes, Dec. 6 -- Healthy Cooking for Diabetes is a 3-hour education and cooking class for people with Type 2 diabetes. The class pairs medical science with hands-on learning and is taught by experts in nutrition, the culinary arts and education. Participants learn how to manage their Type 2 diabetes through nutrition and healthy, tasty recipes. The class is from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 6 at K-State Olathe.
    Register now.
Around the campus

On Nov. 15, 35 students from the Medical Professionals Academy in the Olathe Public Schools' 21st Century Academies program spent their day at K-State Olathe to participate in a series of hands-on educational activities. Students practiced their micro-pipetting skills; used the test kitchen for a taste and sensory cooking project; toured the campus' labs; and visited with researchers about their work and how they became involved in science.

Stephen Higgs, director of Kansas State University's Biosecurity Research Institute, delivered a keynote address about the Zika virus' origins and spread. He spoke to industry leaders, researchers and community members at Kansas City One Health Day. The event spotlighted and emphasized the importance of the science that connects animal, human and environmental health. 

Kansas Senator Tom Hawk and Rep. Tom Phillips met with K-State Olathe's  Dean Vakas, chief operating officer, and Ralph Richardson, dean and CEO, to discuss the university's role in bioscience. 

On Oct. 27, K-State Olathe hosted its first in a series of engineering short courses.  Evaluating Products and Projects to Meet Corporate Objectives taught participants a step-by-step process to ensure that products their organization is launching and projects being funded best support the goals and objectives of their company.

Thirty-six deans, department heads, administrators and prominent faculty at Kansas State University joined K-State Olathe for a recent Lunch and Learn at the Manhattan campus. The event focused on how K-State Olathe can help faculty engage with industry in Greater Kansas City and how they can be a part of the campus' Professional Science Master degree. 

K-State Olathe hosted the Olathe Chamber of Commerce's October Chamber Coffee. More than 100 members met on campus to network, enjoy the comradery and test their luck in several giveaways.

Halloween was frightful as K-State Olathe hosted the children of faculty and staff members. They came dressed as little Stormtroopers, Pokemon and fairy princesses for an afternoon of trick-or-treating. They picked up candy and homemade treats from offices, saw spooky science experiments and decorated devilishly delicious sugar cookies in the test kitchen.
Kansas State University Olathe
913-541-1220 |
22201 W. Innovation Drive, Olathe, Kansas 66061