May 2020
Twenty-one students earn degrees in
2019-2020 academic year
Twelve students completed their degree programs in the spring 2020 semester. Ten students completed their programs during the fall 2019 semester – including the first to graduate from the hospitality management bachelor's degree completion program at the campus. 
K-State releases reopening plans
Kansas State University Executive Reawakening Team presented the university's reopening plan to the First Tuesday roundtable group for department heads on May 5 and to the public on the COVID-19 reopening website.

Olathe campus implements new safety measures
K-State Olathe is committed to keeping employees, students and tenants safe during its phased reopening. In-office schedules are staggered; furniture in public areas and meeting rooms is six feet apart; masks are required if social distancing is not possible; all exterior doors require keys; and more. Digital and physical signage with this messaging is posted throughout the building.
Olathe North teacher, spring 2020 graduate uses education to boost classroom curriculum
Nicole Ioerger, a teacher in the Animal Health Academy at Olathe North High School and a recent graduate of the M.S. in Veterinary Biomedical Science program, developed a Rift Valley Fever case study for high school students to enhance their education.

Olathe campus faculty and student receive college awards
The School of Applied and Interdisciplinary Studies honored Paige Adams with the Outstanding Professional Science Master's Faculty Award and Morgan Martin Miller, a fall 2019 graduate, with the Outstanding Professional Science Master's Student Award.

Free online summer camp for middle school students
From July 13-17, K-State Olathe is hosting a free online food science camp for middle school students. Participants will make cheese and ice cream at home with household ingredients, take virtual field trips to a dairy and other locations, explore food-related careers and more.

Upcoming Events
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
Information session about academic offerings, June 24 -- Looking to advance your career with a graduate degree or certificate or know someone who is looking to complete their bachelor's degree? Join our academic team from 6-7 p.m. on June 24 for a virtual meeting in which you can share your career goals and we can help you find which of our academic programs can help you achieve those 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:

  • M.S. in School Counseling, June 4 -- Support students in their academic, social, emotional and career development journeys by using the skills, knowledge and tools possessed by a dynamic, professional school counselor. | Register now

  • Master of Agribusiness-animal health cohort, July 8 -- Become a trusted business leader at your animal health company using a wealth of knowledge about business, policy, regulations and animal health. | Register now

Did You Know?
A Kansas State University infectious disease scientist and collaborators are offering a possible research road map to find the answers to COVID-19 questions.

Around Campus
Kelly Gude presented her defense for her Ph.D. in horticulture and natural resources. Her defense was a comprehensive look at altering solar light with high tunnel coverings to improve the nutrition of lettuce and tomatoes. High tunnels are a low-cost alternative to greenhouses that provide protection from high winds, heavy rains and damaging storms, and create a beneficial microclimate for the crop. Her research spanned multiple studies and seasons and included a sensory component so she and colleagues could know if the the produce being grown was not only more nutritious, but also what consumers would make of the produces' appearance, texture, mouthfeel and flavor.

Ralph Richardson, Ph.D., former dean and CEO of K-State Olathe, recently received the Jay B. Dillingham Award for Agricultural Leadership and Excellence from the Agricultural Business Council. The award is the council's highest honor and is given to recognize the region's leading agricultural figures. Richardson is being recognized for his life-long commitment to building and supporting agricultural education and research, as well as championing the importance of safe food production, animal health and welfare and public health. Richardson got his start in agriculture in grade school by showing livestock in 4-H. That led to a higher education in veterinary medicine; serving as Captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps for two years; working as a private practice veterinarian; and a 49-year career in veterinary medicine at Purdue University, K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine and at K-State's Olathe campus.
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