August 2020
Sept. 17 kicks off second series in premier leadership program
Your Competitive Edge is a deep dive into hands-on leadership concepts designed to give attendees the edge at their organization. The noncredit program is designed for mid-level professionals at regionally-based companies and nonprofit organizations who want to develop their personal leadership skills. The first workshop in the series is Sept. 17.
Graduate students receive JCERT scholarships for degree programs
Six graduate students are receiving scholarships for the fall 2020 academic semester. The scholarships are made possible by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle, or JCERT.

Campus adopts newest air handling sanitation technology
K-State Olathe prioritizes the safety of our campus community, visitors and vendors. The campus now has two air handlers that use ultraviolet class C light, or UV-C, to sterilize air circulated in the building, thereby improving air quality to occupants. This latest HVAC technology helps ensure our campus is safe for for work, class and professional development workshops.
Virtual summer camp proves to be a 'dairy delight' for middle schoolers
One-hundred Johnson County middle school students recently participated in a virtual summer camp designed to teach them advanced scientific concepts and introduce STEM-related careers.

Throughout the week, a chef taught participants about the science behind milk-based foods and provided hands-on instruction to make those items.

Exploring the intersection of business and education
What does teaching and business look like in today's environment? A K-State Olathe faculty member is using a blog to explore those topics around the hospitality industry. The blog is for industry, students and academia to come together and discuss particular topics in a non-traditional outlet. Topics range from what some local business are doing during reopening, how race factors into classroom education and the workplace, when learning happens and more.

New Hire: Haley Larson
Haley Larson, Ph.D., joins K-State's Olathe campus as a teaching assistant professor of animal health. Larson will primarily teach courses in the M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical Science program. She also will help with professional development offerings around animal health that support the region's workforce needs.

Upcoming Events
Willie and the Salad Bonanza, Sept. 16 -- This contest challenges student teams in grades K-12 to grow the largest amounts of spinach, kale and lettuce in a single container over the course of 43 days. K-State will provide free seeds and contest rules. All competitors are invited to the food-related career expo during the judging on Nov. 14. The deadline to register a team is Sept. 16. | Register now

Veterinary Webinar: "Bovine Surgery Case," Sept. 23 -- Matt Mieser, D.V.M., DACVIM, clinical professor and section head of livestock services in the College of Veterinary Medicine, as he discusses a particularly interesting case in which a cow needed surgery. The free lecture is from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 23 via Zoom. It is part of the Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine Lecture Series, which is geared for students, parents, educators and interested community members who want to learn more about the world of veterinary medicine, including career options. | Register now

One Health Day: "Biosensors and the Future Impact," Nov. 19 -- Mark your calendar for Kansas City One Health Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 19. The event will be virtual. This year's topic looks at biosensors and how they are used in measuring biological, chemical and physical signs of health. These devices have greatly impacted human, animal and environmental health research. | Register now

Expand your knowledge
Wanting to learn about a new topic or expand your knowledge about a familiar one? Check out the video archives for two ongoing community series and learn at your leisure.

  • Gaining Ground -- Experts from the urban core take a deep-dive into agricultural topics as they teach technical and systems-level information to agriculture educators. Topics include food hubs and alternative markets, bookkeeping tools for farmers and navigating FSA loans. | Watch now

  • Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine -- Researchers and veterinarians at K-State discuss numerous topics in the world of animal health. Learn about pet first aid, veterinary dentistry, common internal and external parasites in pets, zoonotic diseases, exotic animal medicine and surgery, and much more. | Watch now
Professional Development
Professional Presence for Leaders, Sep. 17 -- This workshop teaches the importance and value of professional presences for leadership development. It is part of the Leadership Essentials series, which is comprised of four workshop sessions geared toward giving industry professionals a competitive edge. Participants are able to attend the workshops on-site or remotely. | Register now

Managing through Crisis: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for the Future, Oct. 8 -- This one-day workshop will use the recent events from COVID-19 to facilitate the capacities, resources and capabilities to create resilient organizations with sustainable performance regardless of the environmental challenges. The workshop focuses on enterprise risk identification and management strategies. It explores the short-term and long-term, and pushes participants to think about "Black Swans." | Register now

Engaging Across Cultural and Generational Differences Workshop, Oct. 13 -- Successful leaders are able to work with and lead others in a culturally diverse workforce. Diversity crosses cultural, global and generational issues. Learn how to successfully lead in a globalized environment. This is part of the Leadership Essentials series. | Register now

Animal Health Regulatory 101, Dec. 9-10 -- This workshop on veterinary medicine regulations is an introductory course on the regulatory aspects of animal drug and vaccine development. Attendees will gain an understanding of veterinary drug and vaccine approval processes. This two-day interactive course will cover a series of learning objectives. | Register now

Webinars -- Join us from your computer or smartphone to 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:

  • B.S. in Hospitality Management, 5:30-6 p.m. Sept. 21 -- Interested in finishing what you've started? Want to be a part of the industry? Join us for a brief program presentation from our faculty, Brett Horton, Ph.D. | Register now

  • Animal Health Regulatory Affairs Certificate, noon to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 24 -- 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

Did You Know?
Kansas State University students rate their college experience as one of the best in the nation according to the latest annual rankings from the Princeton Review.

Around Campus
Sila Samo recently gave her defense as part of the M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical program. Sila discussed Hendra Virus, which killed 30 horses and 1 person in Australia from 1994 to June 2020. She discussed the virus, which can jump from horses to humans, and how Australians and the U.S. developed a vaccine and response plan.
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