May 2018
Researchers use emojis to develop a modern face scale for product testing

A new study finds that emojis are a viable alternative to words when it comes to accurately measuring how kids feel about food, products and other experiences. With that discovery, researchers developed an emoji scale to help companies better test products in non-Western cultures.

A record 12 students at K-State Olathe graduated with their master's degree or doctorate. The class also had the first graduates from the professional science master's program. 

Four graduate students received $500 scholarships from
K-State Olathe's industry partners. The scholarships were awarded to new students accepted into any of the graduate programs at K-State Olathe.

Dan Richardson, alumnus and former CEO of K-State Olathe, discusses his career, mentors, gratitude and more in a Good News for Pets' Power of Pink interview.

Faculty Profile: Brett Horton

Brett Horton, Ph.D., professor of practice in hospitality management, shares his journey from growing up in western Kansas to Five Star resorts and then to a career in academia. 

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Upcoming events
  • Webinars -- Looking to further your education? Spend 30 minutes of your lunch hour getting an in-depth look at some of K-State Olathe's graduate programs from the faculty who instruct them. Each webinar is from noon to 12:30 p.m. and questions are welcome. Attend a webinar and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65). Upcoming sessions are:
    • M.S. in School Counseling, June 6 -- The program is designed to prepare dynamic, professional school counselors to be team leaders who implement comprehensive initiatives that are integral to the total educational program. School counselors are prepared to support students' achievement and learning and their academic, career, and social/emotional development. Register now
    • Professional Science Master's Degree in Applied Science and Technology, July 19 -- This unique program is designed for students to pursue advanced training in the sciences while gaining professional skills highly valued by employers. Register now
  • Data Management for Animal Health Studies Seminar, June 7 -- This seminar is from
    1-5 p.m. June 7 at K-State Olathe. It provides attendees in the animal health industry  with multiple perspectives on critical aspects of data management from representatives affiliated with animal health research, pharmaceutical development and data capture in clinical trial management systems. Register now
  • Graduate programs information session, June 12 -- Our academics team will be on campus from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, to answer questions about enrollment, degrees and personalized educational options. Attend and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65). Register now
  • STEM summer camps for middle school students, June - July -- This summer, K-State Olathe is offering two STEM-based summer camps for middle school students. The camps use hands-on activities to teach advanced knowledge about food safety and animal health. Register now
Around the campus

Business owners, industry representatives and metro-based entrepreneurs met with  more than 80 Kansas State University researchers at the K-State Research Showcase on May 16. Faculty shared their research with attendees and how their work could lead to market-ready, business-friendly solutions. Information also was provided about partnership options, best approaches, research agreements and more. 
Eric Racki (left) and Nate Scherman are the first graduates of K-State Olathe's professional science master in applied science and technology program. 
The two recently presented their capstone projects to faculty and the program's oversight committee. Scherman and Racki said that the degree program has strengthened their STEM foundation and equipped them with the management and leadership skills necessary for future advancement.

Friends, family, faculty and staff turned out to celebrate the success of the campus' recent graduate students. Students were honored during an information ceremony and shared how their newly earned degree was helping them take the next step in their career. 

In early May, the Johnson County Education Research Triangle met to discuss the impact that higher education and cutting-edge research are having on Johnson County and beyond. Leaders of the University of Kansas and Kansas State University discussed key initiatives that have stemmed from this landmark community partnership. 

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