May 2019
Jackie Spears named interim dean and CEO
Dr. Jackie Spears has been named the interim dean and CEO of Kansas State University's Olathe campus, effective June 1. Spears, who currently serves as the campus' associate dean for academic affairs, will lead the campus while a national search, scheduled to begin in the fall, is completed for a permanent dean and CEO.
Twenty-four students graduate
A record 24 students at K-State's Olathe campus are graduating with their master's and professional degrees. It is the largest graduating class from the Olathe campus and includes graduates from the fall 2018, spring 2019 and summer 2019 academic semesters. 

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. 

Leadership Olathe Profile: Nate Scherman
Nate Scherman, IT manager and alumnus of the campus' professional science master's degree program, is part of the 2019 Leadership Olathe class.

The class chose to work with  Inclusion Connections  for its service project. Inclusion Connections -- and their retail business  PawsAbilities , which sells handcrafted pet treats -- provides individuals who have developmental disabilities, such as Down syndrome and autism, with an array of services to help them become more independent. The organization relies on gifts, donations and sales for support. PawsAbilities offers product sales at locations throughout the metro area. 

Scherman and his sub-group focused on helping Inclusion Connections and PawsAbilities with distribution and wholesaling efforts.

They enhanced the visual presence and setup of the organization's event booth so that more people would visit the booth to learn about the organization's work and purchase products from them. 

They also improved the organization's pet treat production methods and began working with Jeff Tucker, executive director of the Technology Development Institute at K-State, who is helping streamline pet treat production in a manner that continues to engage the adults with disabilities who make them. 

Bryan Severns, food programs and services manager, and Tammy Racey, kitchen assistant -- both at the Olathe campus -- were introduced to the PawsAbilities team and are helping them expand PawsAbilities' product base with a beef broth-based pet treat.

Leadership Olathe is an annual program that is designed to improve and strengthen the Olathe community by identifying, inspiring and engaging those who are up-and-coming leaders in their organization and the community. 

The Olathe campus has six alumni from the Leadership Olathe program.
Upcoming Events
"The Hot Zone," May 27  -- National Geographic's limited TV series, "The Hot Zone," tells the real-life story of how Nancy and Jerry Jaax -- two Kansas State University veterinarians and leaders, and members of the Greater Kansas City community -- responded to an Ebola-related outbreak. The six-part series premiers at 8 p.m. May 27 on the National Geographic channel. A July 15 event is being planned for the Kansas City community. |  Learn more
Information session about academic offerings, June 5  -- Thinking about earning a graduate degree to advance your career? Join our academics team on campus from 6-7 p.m. on June 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 the lunch hour at your computer as you get an in-depth look at the professional science master's degree program from the faculty who lead it. Each webinar is from noon to 12:30 p.m. Questions are welcome. Attend this free webinar from your computer and receive an application fee waiver to the K-State Graduate School (valued at $65).

  • Professional Science Master's degree, June 6 -- Find out how this unique program helps students pursue advanced training in the sciences while gaining professional skills highly valued by employers. | Register now

  • M.S. in Horticulture with an emphasis in Urban Food Systems, June 13 -- A faculty member and two current students will discuss how this program encompasses the full spectrum of food science, including food processing, product development, sensory analysis, food safety and security in the food chain. | Register now

  • 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

Around Campus
It was with heavy but full hearts that members of the community and Kansas State University celebrated the second -- and final -- retirement of Dr. Ralph Richardson as dean and CEO of K-State's Olathe campus. Richardson's 49-year career has revolved around veterinary medicine and the life sciences and included nearly 20 years as dean of the K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine and four years at K-State's Olathe campus. His leadership and vision has been invaluable to K-State, its Olathe campus and Greater Kansas City. 
Ceva Animal Health
Jean-Charles Tissot, CEO and zone director of Ceva Animal Health (center left), met with leadership at the Olathe campus to discuss collaboration and professional development opportunities.
Johnson County Commission
Becky Fast, District 1 - 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.
Graduation celebration
Graduates and their families stopped by the Olathe campus for a small commencement celebration. Graduates shared how the program positively impacted their careers and their future goals before enjoying appetizers and cupcakes. 
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