February 2020
March 28 community partner event spotlights education opportunities to Latino families
Schools and community organizations in Greater Kansas City are teaming up to spotlight pathways to higher education specifically for Latino families. "Latinos Hacia la Universidad" is a bilingual event that provides families with information and resources about 21st century programs in high schools, community colleges and universities. A large number of Latino students will be first-generation college students.
Revamped graduate degree program better serves industry
The professional science master in applied biosciences degree makes it easier for working professionals to step into a leadership role. The program now includes academic tracks in animal health and food safety and security.

Professor part of $150K animal, human health research grant
Gerald Wyckoff, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and K-State Olathe , was awarded funding from BioNexus KC to fund a project that uses health data for drug discovery and repurposing in rare diseases.

Vegetable research leads to food bank donation
The K-State Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center collaborated with After the Harvest to donate more than 11,000 pounds of fresh produce to Kansas and Missouri food banks.

Upcoming workshop to provide an introduction to animal health regulatory affairs
"Animal Health Regulatory 101" is April 1-2. The two-day workshop is an introductory course on the regulatory aspects of animal drug and vaccine development.

Save the date: K-State's
All-University Open House
Mark your calendar: the annual All-University Open House is Saturday, April 18. Join us from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for free, hands-on activities, demonstrations, foods, exhibits and more for all ages. Look for more information in the coming months.
New Hires
Manreet Singh Bhullar
Manreet Singh Bhullar is a research assistant professor in the department of horticulture and natural resources but stationed at K-State's Olathe campus. In the unique, joint position, Bhullar is developing a produce safety research program informed by and addressing the needs of Kansas growers and other produce and related industries in Kansas and across the region.

Patrick Abeli
Patrick Abeli is the lab manager for the Postharvest Physiology Lab. He oversees the lab's operations. This includes maintaining the quality of research equipment, supplies, computer software and documentation that make the research possible. He also ensures that researchers are conducting studies safely, are properly trained on equipment and that lab equipment is not faulty or broken.

Upcoming Events
"Honeyland," March 12 -- Join us from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, to watch the award-winning documentary "Honeyland." The film chronicles the ancient beekeeping traditions of the last female beekeeper in the mountains of North Macedonia, and the tensions that arise when a neighboring family invades her land and threatens her livelihood. The screening will be immediately followed by a panel discussion featuring beekeepers in the region. "Honeyland" is part of the Food for Thought Film Series hosted by the urban food systems program at K-State Olathe. | Learn more

Vet med lecture: Common parasites, March 25 -- Susan Nelson, D.V.M., clinical professor at K-State's Pet Health Clinic, will present "Common Internal and External Parasites in Dogs and Cats that Just Might Gross You Out." The free lecture is for students, parents, educators and community members interested in animal health. The lecture is part of the Careers and Cases in Veterinary Medicine Lecture Series from K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine. | Register now
Professional Development
FSMA produce safety grower training, March 19 -- Produce growers in the region are invited to a produce safety training that aligns with the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA. The training is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 19. Topics include work health, hygiene and training; soil amendments; postharvest handling and sanitation; how to develop a farm food safety plan; and more. The training is offered by K-State and the University of Missouri. | Register now

GAPS food safety plan workshop, March 20 -- K-State Research & Extension will provide GAPs certification training and food safety plan development assistance. This training helps farm owners successfully complete a Good Agricultural Practices, or GAP, audit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and helps attendees develop a food safety plan. | Register now

Engaging Across Cultural and Generational Differences, April 9 -- Successful leaders are able to work with and lead others in a culturally diverse workforce. Diversity crosses cultural, global and generational issues. This interactive workshop on April 9 will provide ways to understand and collaborate with your colleagues by examining workplace flexibility, teamwork, feedback and leadership. This workshop will assist emerging and current leaders become more understanding and inclusive of cultural and generational differences as well as the methods to successfully lead in a globalized environment. | Register now
Information session about academic offerings, March 5 -- Thinking about earning a graduate degree to advance your career? Join our academic team on campus from 6-7 p.m. on March 5 to learn about our degree programs that are tailored to fit working professionals' schedules and career goals. Attend and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65). | Register now

Webinars -- Spend part of your lunch at your computer or smartphone getting an in-depth look at some of the academic programs at K-State Olathe from the faculty who lead them. Each webinar is from noon to 12:30 p.m. Questions are welcome. Attend a free webinar and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $50). Upcoming webinars are:

  • Professional Science Master in Applied Biosciences, March 26 -- Lead a research unit, lab, business or nonprofit with the skills and confidence necessary to succeed. Learn how this unique graduate degree fuses advanced training in animal health and food safety and security with leadership and managerial skills designed for industry. | Register now

Did You Know?
In late January, the Carnegie Foundation named K-State as one of 119 colleges and universities to 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification  for the university's commitment to community engagement. K-State is one of 75 institutions to be reclassified by the Carnegie Foundation this year.

Around Campus
Dozens of producers and vendors attended the Farmers' Market Regional Workshop, where breakout sessions equipped them with ideas and strategies to grow their business.
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