January 17, 2017
Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, January 17
Laser Tag from 6 to 8 p.m. in the SLC

Flight Team meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Aviation Center

Wednesday, January 18
Star Wars Themed Activities throughout the day in Tech Center Lobby

Social Work Wildcats meeting at 5:30 p.m. in TC106

Aerospace Maintenance Professionals meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Applebee's

Alpha Eta Rho meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room

Thursday, January 19
Diversity Tea featuring "Dawn of Day: Stories from the Underground Railroad" at 1 p.m. in the CCCR

Otakats meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the CCCR

Flight Team meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Aviation Center

Christian Challenge meeting at 8 p.m. in the Cafeteria

Nitro Bowling from 9 p.m. to midnight at All Star Lanes

Friday, January 20
SGA Welcome Back Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the College Center Lobby & K-State Cafe

Presidential Inauguration Viewing at 11 a.m. in the SLC

Saturday, January 21
No Events Scheduled

Sunday, January 22
No Events Scheduled

Monday, January 23
AAAE meeting at 7 p.m. in Building 820

Women in Aviation meeting at 8:30 p.m. in TC107

Phi Delta Theta meeting at 8:30 p.m. in the CCCR
Quick Links
Next SafeZone training to focus on sexuality and gender identity

SafeZone Advance Training will be held on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 11:30 a.m. in TC 118. The discussion will focus on "Creating a Better Understanding of Sexuality and Gender Identity," and will be presented by Dr. Brandon Haddock, coordinator of Kansas State University's LGBT Resource Center on the Manhattan Campus. All students, staff and faculty are invited to attend.

The purpose of the SafeZone program is to provide campus "safe zones" where students can safely go for support or assistance. By placing the SafeZone symbol on their office door, desk or backpack, SafeZone allies signify that their space is a safe place for students who have been affected by any type of issue.

To become a SafeZone Ally, you must attend SafeZone introductory training and a minimum of one SafeZone advanced training session each academic year. Upon completing the training, individuals will receive an "Ally Packet" that includes resources, information, SafeZone logos, and much more in connection with being a SafeZone Ally.
Active shooter training to be offered Jan. 30

What would you do if the Polytechnic Campus was threatened by an active shooter?

To assist faculty and staff with a proper and safe response to a threat on campus, Officer Moreland from the Salina Police Department will be conducting active shooter, or ALICE, training on Jan. 30. There will be two available training times - 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. - in the College Center Conference Room.

If you plan on attending, take time to review the active shooter information linked below, and give a few minutes of thought to what you would do to protect yourself and/or your students or co-workers; planning ahead of time may save a life.
 
Also, if you are concerned about a Kansas State Polytechnic student's wellbeing, complete the Student of Concern form using the link below. Academic and Student Services can reach out to a Polytechnic Campus student who seems to be having difficulty and intervene before things reach a crisis level.
 
Concerned members of the Polytechnic Campus community can call Academic and Student Services at (785) 826-2674, or use the link above to relay information. Once your report is received, the information will be assessed and determinations will be made on how best to help the student(s).

For on-campus emergencies that require immediate action, please dial 911 or campus security at (785) 826-2952. 
IT department gives helpful reminder of campus phone features

The Kansas State Polytechnic phone system has many capabilities that users may not be aware of. Here are some of the features you might find useful:
  • Call waiting allows you to be notified of an incoming call while your phone is in use. You can place a call on hold while talking on the other line and switch back and forth between them. Call waiting can be deactivated if specifically requested.
  • Call forwarding causes calls to your phone to be automatically transferred to another local on or off campus number. When a call is forwarded, your phone will ring with a short ring. You cannot answer the call if it is forwarded. Forwarding does not prevent you from making outgoing calls.
  • Call hold lets you place a call on hold in order to make another call. When the second call is finished, you can return to the first one.
  • Call conferencing allows you to be connected to two other parties on or off campus in a three-party conversation.
  • Automatic callback allows you to be notified when an on-campus number is no longer busy.
For details and instructions on how to use these features, go to the ITS Dialing Instructions page:
If you have questions or problems related to your campus phone, contact Information Systems by sending an email describing the issue to issal@ksu.edu.
SLC to air Presidential Inauguration for campus

Students, faculty and staff are invited to witness a new recorded moment in our nation's history this Friday with the swearing-in of the 45th president. 
The Student Life Center will be airing the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, starting at 11 a.m. The i nauguration events include the administration of the Oath of Office, followed by the Presidential Inaugural Address and the inaugural parade.
The televisions in the K-State Cafe will be tuned to the Presidential Inauguration as well for those attending the SGA Welcome Back luncheon.
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Technology faculty tour Wichita State University's new Innovation Campus for inspiration

Faculty members mainly in Kansas State Polytechnic's engineering technology and technology management programs took a trip south last Friday looking for inspiration and new ideas for their own classrooms and labs.

The group of 12 toured Wichita State University's new Innovation Campus, primarily the experiential engineering and makerspace building. The space is set up in a way that encourages hands-on learning with project-based education - something Kansas State Polytechnic programs have been focusing on for years. 

The facility allows WSU students to develop ideas into new products and take them to market.  A few of the building highlights include a makerspace, a 3-D print center, business incubator and accelerator spaces, and the WSU Ventures office to offer advice on patents and marketing.

Dr. Kurt Barnhart, associate dean of research on the Polytechnic Campus, also attended the tour and said, " WSU is engaging a new paradigm of community and industry engagement and we went to learn how we could make something like that work here."
UAS program provides safety tips for drone hobbyists

With the number of unmanned aircraft, or drone, purchases by hobbyists estimated at 1.9 million last year by the FAA, Kansas State Polytechnic's UAS program wants to provide beginner pilots with the important basics of proper use and safety.

Spencer Schrader, a senior in the UAS program and a flight instructor, says safe operations are a necessary focus for every unmanned pilot, from hobbyist to student to professional, because the industry is still developing, which means untested technology and ever-evolving guidelines.
"The world of unmanned aircraft, or drones, is still relatively new and some standards in technology either haven't been set yet or continue to mature," Schrader said. "Following fundamental safety precautions can help mitigate deficiencies that could be encountered with the aircraft itself or during flight operations. Safety is a top priority in the UAS courses offered at Kansas State Polytechnic and we're proud to be able to share this insight with hobbyists to make a positive impact on their flying experience."
The first rule for hobbyists to remember is the FAA requires them to register their aircraft. All drones that weigh between .55 pounds to 55 pounds - even those purchased for recreational use only - must be catalogued on registermyuas.faa.gov.  It only costs $5 and takes about 10 minutes, which could save hundreds of dollars in fines.
To continue reading, or to watch the video of the Top Five Tips for Drone safety, click HERE.

A high-five is one of the most recognizable ways two people can share excitement or celebrate a job well done. Kansas State Polytechnic's CEO and Dean Verna Fitzsimmons awards her high-five each week to honor faculty, staff and students for their dedication to the university.
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Congratulations to 'Student of the Month' Jason Nowak!
I would like to send a high-five to senior Jason Nowak for being named "Student of the Month" in the office of international programming, housed on the Manhattan Campus. 

Last spring, Jason studied abroad at Nagoya University in Japan and has used his international experiences to be an excellent advocate for studying overseas, particularly with Polytechnic students. 

This semester, Jason has volunteered to serve as Study Abroad Mentor on campus, and on his own time, meets with students who are interested in gaining international experiences.  Congratulations and thank you!
High-five to Deb Marseline for receiving a grant!
Congratulations and high-five to Deb Marseline, an instructor in the social work program, for receiving a micro grant in leadership training. The financial assistance was awarded by the Kansas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Well done!
Aviation Scholarships:
AVM and Avionics students - Northrop Rice Foundation is offering 40 scholarships to aviation maintenance and avionics students. (One scholarship is for $4,000 to be used for Snap-On tools.) DEADLINE: Jan. 31. http://northropricefoundation.org/2017-scholarships-and-awards/students/

Engineering Scholarships:
The Society of Women Engineers is offering scholarships to females enrolled in engineering, computing or technology degree programs. Must have a 3.0 or better GPA to apply. Amounts range from $1,000 - $15,000. DEADLINE: Feb. 15.  http://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/swe-scholarships

ENGINEERING, BUSINESS and IT majors - Koch Industries is offering scholarships to full-time students. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 or higher. DEADLINE: Feb 12.   http://bit.ly/2j7Wwws

Freshman & Sophomores:
The Jimmy Rane Foundation Scholarship is available to those students who will be a freshman or sophomore in 2017-2018. Must be no older than 20 years old as of August 1, 2017. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.75. DEADLINE: Feb 8.   http://bit.ly/2ie45m2

Military Children:
Children of active-duty, reserve/guard, or retired military are eligible to apply for the Scholarship for Military Children Program. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Each of the 700 recipients will receive $2,000. DEADLINE: Feb 17.   http://bit.ly/2ihhDbQ

Study Abroad Scholarships:
Ever think of studying abroad but don't think you can afford it? Check into the Gilman scholarship. K-State Polytechnic has had students study abroad with the assistance of this scholarship.

Hispanic Students:
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to students of Hispanic heritage. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Must be enrolled at full-time. Permanent legal residents and DACA students are eligible to apply along with U.S. citizens. DEADLINE: March 30.   http://bit.ly/2jFbaMQ

Any K-State Student:
2017-2018 Federal financial aid priority deadline for grants/work-study/loans is March 1st.  https://fafsa.ed.gov/

K-State scholarships for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 - Now is the time to apply for scholarships for 2017-2018 at K-State Polytechnic.  DEADLINE: Feb. 1.   http://www.k-state.edu/sfa/scholarships/
Loan Repayment Option for Graduating Students

The state of Kansas is offering up to $15,000 in student loan repayment and up to a 5 year state tax waiver for graduates who establish residency in one of the 77 Kansas counties designated as a rural opportunity zone. For more information, visit the link below:

Employee Tuition Assistance and Spouse/ Dependent Grant

1.  Employee Tuition Assistance
http://www.k-state.edu/sfa/forms/eta.pdf 

Award amount is for tuition only in a K-State course for up to 3 credit hours per term. 

The maximum award amount will not exceed the value of 3 hours at the in-state Manhattan/Salina tuition rate (ie. Campus fees, other institutional fees, etc. are the responsibility of the employee). 

2. Spouse/Dependent Grants (Available in fall and spring semesters only. Not available in the summer.)

http://www.k-state.edu/sfa/forms/dsg.pdf

For dependents with a primary career of undergraduate (full time requirement), the amount of the Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant award for that semester will equal 7 credit hours at the applicable tuition rate. 

For dependents with a primary career of graduate or veterinary medicine, the amount of the Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant award for the semester will be equal to 1, 2, or 3 credit hours at the applicable tuition rate. The maximum of 3 credit hours of tuition rate will be awarded to students enrolled in a total of 3 or more credit hours for the semester.

For spouses with a primary career of undergraduate, graduate, or veterinary medicine, the amount of the Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant award for the semester will be equal to 1, 2, or 3 credit hours at the applicable tuition rate. The maximum of 3 credit hours of tuition rate will be awarded to students enrolled in a total of 3 or more credit hours for the semester.
All jobs, both part-time and full-time as well as internship opportunities, are listed on the Kansas State University CES account. Access your CES account by logging into: 
 
 
For more information about this resource or additional employment resources, or for CES search assistance, please contact  Julie Rowe by email at  jarowe@k-state.edu, by phone at  (785) 826-8524, or in person on the second floor of the College Center.
 
To post a position on the CES system, please send your job descriptions and employer contact information by email to Julie Rowe at jarowe@k-state.edu for immediate posting.