June 2019
Sensory research digs deep to understand
why people like potatoes
Sensory analysis research is uncovering what people like about various potato varieties. The findings will help restaurants and food producers make potato-based foods that better align with consumer expectations and desires. 
Middle school summer camp explores food science, careers
From July 15-19, the Olathe campus is offering a summer camp for junior scientists and chefs alike. The Fun with Food Science summer camp will have middle school students exploring the science behind food and the way we taste it. Students will then put their cooking skills to the test when preparing a "capstone project" in the form of freshly made foods for their families and guests. 

MidAmerica Nazarene University president joins advisory board
David Spittal, MidAmerica Nazarene University president, is the newest member of the Olathe campus' advisory board. He has more than 24 years of experience leading higher education institutions in Kansas and South Carolina. 

Judy Hughey presented with leadership award
Judy Hughey, associate professor of special education, counseling and student affairs, was presented with a Distinguished Leadership Award from the Kansas School Counselor Association at the sixth annual School Counseling Camp.

$1,000 scholarships being awarded to new hospitality students
America's hospitality field is growing fast -- and so are the career opportunities for highly-skilled professionals. The Olathe campus is offering $1,000 scholarships to new students who enroll in its hospitality management bachelor's degree completion program.

Welcome: Jack Fry
Jack Fry, Ph.D., professor of turfgrass science in the department of horticulture and natural resources at Kansas State University's Manhattan campus, recently joined the faculty team at the Olathe campus. He will be exploring collaborative educational programs with community colleges and encouraging students to continue studying horticulture at Kansas State University. In addition, Fry will conduct research in turfgrass science at the Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center where he has been working since July 2018.

Alumni Profile: Johanna Zivotic
Johanna Zivotic is a contract health coach who holds a bachelor's degree in dietetics and is a certified health and wellness coach through Wellcoaches. She also recently earned a  professional science master's degree  from the Olathe campus. She shares how the advanced professional degree has helped in her career. 

Upcoming Events
Young Professionals: The Self-Aware Socialite, June 25 -- From noon to 1:30 p.m. on June 25, the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce and K-State's Olathe campus will teach you how to understand a table-setting like a pro, how to navigate social relationships and requests, how to host people and tips and tricks of business networking. | Register now

The Hot Zone: An Evening with Nancy and Jerry Jaax, July 15 -- Kansas State University and Johnson County Community College are hosting an evening with Nancy and Jerry Jaax, two Kansas State University veterinarians and leaders. Their response to an Ebola-related outbreak inspired the recently released National Geographic limited series, THE HOT ZONE. Watch clips from THE HOT ZONE and listen to Nancy and Jerry describe the real-life events depicted in the series. The discussion will be moderated by K-State President Richard Myers. The event begins at 4 p.m. It will be followed by a networking opportunity and light refreshments at 6 p.m. | Register now

One Health Day, Nov. 6 -- Join Kansas State University, BioNexus KC, BioKansas, the KU Edwards Campus and Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute for Kansas City One Health Day. The event is from 3-6 p.m. on Nov. 6 at Kansas State University's Olathe campus. This year's topic is "Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events." | Learn more
Webinars  -- Spend part of the lunch hour at your computer as you get an in-depth look at the academic programs at K-State Olathe from the faculty who lead it. Each webinar is from noon to 12:30 p.m. Questions are welcome. Attend a free webinar from your computer and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65).

  • M.S. in Adult Learning and Leadership, July 10 -- The program focuses on common issues and challenges encountered by those who work with adults in their jobs. Graduates learn enhanced knowledge and skills in interpersonal and intrapersonal communications, management, group dynamics, motivation and more. | Register now

  • Professional Science Master's degree, Aug. 22 -- Find out how this unique program helps students pursue advanced training in the sciences while gaining professional skills highly valued by employers. | Register now

Information session about academic offerings, July 30 -- Thinking about earning a graduate degree to advance your career? Join our academics team on campus from 6-7 p.m. on July 30 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

Did You Know?
Earlier this year, Kansas State University was ranked No. 2 on Learn.org's list of the best 50 public universities in the nation. Degree options and high job placement rate were among the reasons for the university's high ranking.

Around Campus
Jane é Hanzlick, District 4 Johnson County Commissioner, stopped by campus for an overview of academic and professional development offerings, community outreach and K-12 engagement. She also toured the facility and learned a bit about the history of K-State and the campus.
Seed to STEM 2.0
Martha Nowak, K-12 engagement coordinator, met with more than 40 high school teachers from numerous cities in Kansas, including Nikki Burnett at Olathe West High School and Sarah Curry at Olathe Northwest High School. The meeting was part of the two-day Seed to STEM 2.0 workshop sponsored by the Kansas Corn Commission.

One Health Online Course
Martha Nowak, K-12 engagement coordinator, kicked off a free, noncredit course about One Health for high school juniors and seniors. The course is designed to give students a taste of what will be required to take an online college-level course. Students are from the Ewing Kauffman School, Sumner Academy, Blue Valley and Olathe.
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