June 2018
Horticulture faculty, students helping growers in Tanzania reduce food loss

Horticulture faculty and graduate students at K-State Olathe are helping Tanzanian farmers, traders, marketers, students and agriculture extension educators get the resources necessary to improve the quality and shelf life of their produce and reduce postharvest losses.

Adults working in Greater Kansas City's hospitality industry can now complete a bachelor's degree in hospitality management at the K-State Olathe campus.

Middle and high school students in Greater Kansas City were given a behind-the-scenes look at some of the region's iconic hospitality locations as part of the university's K-State Friday series.

Faculty Profile: Londa Nwadike

Londa Nwadike, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and extension food safety specialist at Kansas State University and the University of Missouri. She works closely with consumers and also small-scale and local produce growers on food safety issues. She shares her journey from South Dakota farm to working for the United Nations to a food safety specialist in the region.

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Upcoming events
  • All About Animals STEM summer camp, July 9-13 -- Middle school students can spend a week at K-State Olathe learning about the health and safety of animals of all sizes. Information is taught through hands-on activities, field trips and more. Register now
  • Master of Agribusiness - Animal Health Cohort webinar, Sept. 19 -- Spend 30 minutes of your lunch hour getting an in-depth look about the Master of Agribusiness, or MAB, degree and how its animal health cohort emphasis supports the Animal Health Corridor and a variety of animal health and food related careers. The webinar is from noon to 12:30 p.m. and questions are welcome. Attendees receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65). Register now
  • Information session about academic offerings, Sept. 19 -- Join our academics team on campus from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 19 to learn about our many personalized academic programs that fit around working professionals' schedules. Attend and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65). Register now
Around the campus

Judy Favor, Ph.D., assistant professor of adult learning and leadership at K-State Olathe, discussed your personal brand, mental toughness and more at the June 12 Women's Leadership Seminar presented by American Royal and the Belles of the American Royal, or BOTAR, Organization. Favor followed-up the seminar with a discussion about group dynamics, conflict resolution and how personalities play into building strong teams during a recent KKFI FM 90.1 radio interview.

Nate Scherman, IT manager, was featured in Educause's June e-newsletter for a story about how new video camera technology in K-State Olathe's classrooms are improving the student and teaching experience for online classes.The story resulted from a presentation Scherman did with Eric Racki, IT support specialist, at the recent Conference on Higher Education Computing in Kansas.

Middle school students in the "Fun with Food Science" STEM summer camp cooked chicken fajitas using fresh ingredients from their field trip to City Market and fresh cheese they made at the beginning of camp. The young cooks served their homemade meal -- which included sides, a punch and dessert -- to parents and guests on the final day of camp.

David Loewen presented his master's thesis on the effects of growing grafted tomato and pepper plants under high tunnels - a low-cost alternative to greenhouses. Grafting is an ancient horticulture technique of cutting and joining tissues of the plant so that they grow together. Loewen spent several growing seasons looking at how grafted hybrid tomato and pepper plants performed. Plants were evaluated on the amount of the food they produced, the marketability of the produce, plants' ability to combat disease and more.

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