January 2020
National One Health Awareness Month underscores university's efforts in human, animal, environmental health
January has been designated as "National One Health Awareness Month" in the U.S. by a bipartisan Senate resolution. The month spotlights the complex interrelationships between human, animal and environmental health. Kansas State University and its Olathe campus are involved in various aspects of the One Health initiative.
Five prominent KC leaders join advisory board
Five new board members are providing feedback and guidance on initiatives, programs, facilities at Kansas State University's Olathe campus.

Professional development series focuses on leadership essentials
Make 2020 the year that you enhance your personal effectiveness. Learn how to engage across cultural and generational differences on Feb. 27 as part of the campus' premier professional development series.

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.
Upcoming Events
Corn Schools, Feb. 7 -- K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Corn are hosting Corn Schools from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 7, 2020. The event includes a grower panel, research updates and information about weed management and policy. | Learn more

Bookkeeping Tools for Farmers, Feb. 12 -- Julia Shanks, a consultant for entrepreneurs, is leading the webinar "Bookkeeping Tools for Farmers" at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 12. Webinar topics include an overview of Quickbooks and Excel, best options for small/diversified growers or urban growers, and more. This free webinar is part of the Gaining Ground series, which equips agriculture educators with technical and systems-level knowledge in an effort to support urban food systems enterprises in the region. Registration is required. | Learn more

A Series of Short Films, Feb. 13 -- Join us from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13 to watch a series of short films from K-State's Hungry Heartland: A Food Desert Project. The shorts are made by K-State students in art, English and journalism collaborating to document the challenges faced by Kansas residents living in rural and urban food deserts -- places where fresh food is difficult to obtain. The free event is part of the Food for Thought Film Series that is organized by the Olathe campus' urban food systems program. | Learn more

Farmer's Market Regional Workshop, Feb. 21 -- The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment are hosting a workshop on Feb. 21 to assist farmers' market vendors and managers. It will cover topics important to sellers, such as sales tax, food stamps, pest control, regulations on goods and more. | Learn more

College preparation workshop for Latino families, March 28 -- Employers, schools and post-secondary institutions in Johnson County, including K-State's Olathe campus, are hosting an event on March 28 to educate students about how to prepare for college; topics include tips for preparing for the ACT, financial aid timeline and materials needed to apply, scholarships, dual enrollment and advanced credit. Parents also will have the opportunity to visit with a college navigator from KC Degrees and Kansas State College Advisers and alumni. Translators and information will be provided in Spanish and English. Email k12ed@ksu.edu for more details.
Professional Development
Engaging Across Cultural and Generational Differences, Feb. 27 -- 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 Feb. 27, 2020, 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
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:

  • Animal Health Regulatory Affairs Graduate Certificate, Jan. 30 -- 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, Feb. 19 -- 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

Around Campus
Kathy Quinn, morning reporter for FOX4 Kansas City, came to the campus' test kitchen to interview the Three Bears Bakery and BBQ . The family business specializes in Keto and diabetic friendly, low-carb and sugar-free baked goods as well as select barbecue items. Entrepreneurs Jabin and Natalie Olds -- Papa Bear and Mama Bear -- are using the test kitchen and its equipment to scale up their production of baked goods, which they sell at farmers markets.
Salad contest cultivates knowledge, future workforce
Annabelle Bitner and  Kiersten Bowen captured the first place award in the high school division for Willie and the Salad Bonanza Contest. Their sponsor Greg Krenke will add this plaque to his classroom wall. Annabelle will start the next school year at K-State, with an eye on environmental engineering as a possible major. Kiersten will return to Olathe North High School as a senior and is planning to recruit apprentices for another win. Congratulations!
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