September 2022

Engineers, construction professionals can improve skills, knowledge with new series

Work in the engineering sector? In conjunction with K-State's Manhattan faculty, the Olathe campus has launched the Virtual Design and Construction professional development series. Construction and engineering professionals can attend a variety of short courses designed to teach new tools and skills for real-world applications.  

Topics will include document teamwork tools; professional software for building information modeling, construction and project management; project documentation with laser scanning, imaging and drones; negotiation; conflict resolution; diversity, equity and inclusion for small businesses; budgeting and pre-design estimating; building codes; continuing education; and more. Four short courses are currently available, with many more in development. 

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K-State launches statewide community visit initiative; Greater KC visit Nov. 2 

K-State is launching a new presidential initiative focused on the people of Kansas and their communities. Every academic year, K-State leadership will visit nine communities throughout the state to listen and learn from the Kansans who live there. A visit with the Greater Kansas City community will be Wednesday, Nov. 2.

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Students grow their knowledge in the Willie and the Salad Bonanza Contest

Willie and the Salad Bonanza Contest returns this fall. The annual scientific contest challenges K-12 students are challenged to grow the largest quantity of select leafy greens from seeds in a single container during a 45-day time span. Registration is open until Sept. 21. Ready? Set? Grow!

New faces

Megan Sadler

Meagan Sadler joins as the director of business and finance services. She oversees all aspects of financial management for the campus and also supervises employees in the facilities, security, IT and events management units.

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Teng Yang

Teng Yang, Ph.D., joins as a teaching assistant professor in controlled environment agriculture. Her teaching and research will focus on aquaponics and hydroponics, and she'll develop coursework that can integrated into the urban food systems and horticulture curriculums.

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Upcoming Events


Animal health lecture, Sept. 21 -- From 3:30-4:30 p.m., Sept. 21, Shane Lyon, D.V.M., clinical skills coordinator in the department of clinical sciences at K-State is giving the lecture "Correcting Urinary Tract Issues Using Minimally Invasive Techniques" via Zoom. | Register now

One Health Day, 3-6 p.m., Nov. 1-- Join us for the international annual event highlighting and celebrating the complex interrelationships between human, animal and environmental health. Experts in the field discuss this year's topic: the impact of microplastics. | Register now


Webinars -- Join us from your computer or smartphone for a 30-minute in-depth look at some of the academic programs at K-State Olathe from the faculty who lead them. Questions are welcome. Attend a free webinar and receive an application fee waiver. Upcoming webinars are:

  • Animal Health Regulatory Affairs Certificate Webinar, noon on Oct. 12 -- Developed with industry input for an in-demand profession, this certificate combines the knowledge of animal science and veterinary medicine with skills needed to navigate governmental processes and regulations throughout a product's lifecycle. | Register now

  • M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical Science, 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 -- Become a top-level scientist or administrator through an in-depth understanding of animal physiology, diseases and their relevance to human health. Content in this degree program is framed within an interdisciplinary approach to enhance problem-solving skills. | Register now
Professional Development

Leadership Series, begins Sept. 22 -- It's your last chance to register and hone your leadership skills, as part of the 2022-2023 cohort! Made up of six workshops, this program is designed to ensure you have the tools and strategies to maximize individual and team performances as well as give constructive feedback and handle conflicts. | Register now 

Pesticides in Animal Health, Oct. 12-13 -- The workshop will provide a practical approach to getting pesticide products approved and keeping them in the market post approval, while avoiding common pitfalls and challenges faced along the way. The workshop is designed to be interactive with case studies, and an opportunity for participant interaction and networking. | Register now

Advanced Animal Pharmaceuticals, Nov. 9-10 -- This workshop on veterinary medicine regulations will provide attendees with a detailed, practical and experienced based review of veterinary drug approval processes. | Register now

Around Campus

Congratulations to Bernard Harris for graduating with a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership! Named the College of Education's Outstanding Graduate Student, Harris missed his May graduation due to an illness. In August, Harris received his award and diploma at a special hooding ceremony at K-State Olathe where he had taken many of his courses. Pictured (left to right): Royce Ann Collins, associate professor of Adult Learning and Leadership; Harris; and Jeffrey Zacharakis, professor of educational leadership and Harris' major professor. 

K-State Olathe recently hosted the Olathe Chamber of Commerce's Economic Development Council and Kansas Lt. Gov. David Toland, who discussed the upcoming Panasonic battery plant being built in De Soto. 

A group of visitors from Albania who work in food safety-related professions toured the campus. The group spoke with Londa Nwadike, Ph.D., extension associate professor of food safety, and toured the lab of Manreet Bhullar, Ph.D., research assistant professor of horticulture and natural resources, who also shared some of his collaborative research projects with Eleni Pliakoni, Ph.D., associate professor of urban food production and postharvest handling.

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