April 25, 2017
Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, April 25
Undergraduate Research Showcase from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Tech Center lobby

Undergraduate Research Showcase Awards Presentation at 5 p.m. in CCCR

Flight Team meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Aviation Center

SGA meeting at 8:30 p.m. in the CCCR

Wednesday, April 26
Alpha Eta Rho meeting at 7 p.m. in Tech Center room 118

Phi Delta Theta at 8:30 p.m. in the CCCR

Thursday, April 27
Women in Aviation bake sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tech Center lobby

Last Lecture Series & Retirement Reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the CCCR

Aerospace Maintenance Professionals meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Aero building room 141

Flight Team meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Aviation Center

Christian Challenge meeting at 8 p.m. in the Cafeteria

Friday, April 28
No events scheduled

Saturday, April 29
No events scheduled

Sunday, April 30
No events scheduled

Monday, May 1
University Support Staff Recognition Breakfast at 8 a.m. in the CCCR

AAAE meeting at 7 p.m. in Building 820

Women in Aviation meeting at 8:30 p.m. in TC107
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SGA recognizes students, clubs and faculty during annual awards banquet
Break out the applause emoji! Kansas State Polytechnic's Student Governing Association is recognizing the accomplishments of students, faculty and clubs in its annual awards banquet.

From the coveted Wildcat Pride awards to best student employee to favorite club advisor, the SGA Awards and Recognition Banquet handed out 12 honors on April 20 to highlight the outstanding contributions - hard work, positive attitudes and purple pride - made by those on the campus. A full list of the winners is below. Congratulations!

  • Most Inspirational Student of the Year: Alec Cork
  • Wildcat Pride Award for Dedication: Macy Schneweis
  • Wildcat Pride Award for Determination:  Sarah Longey
  • Wildcat Pride Award for Community Service: Taya Smith
  • Good Sportsmanship: Zach Smith
  • Student Employee of the Year: Spencer Schrader
  • Academic Advisor/Faculty Mentor of the Year: Julie Rowe
  • Faculty Member of the Year: Cheryl Calhoun
  • Club/Organization of the Year: UAS Club
  • Staff Member of the Year: Cody Waterman
  • Club Advisor of the Year: Tim Bruner
  • Intramural Team of the Year: The Stallions
Commencement is coming... and so is a special Snapchat filter!
Graduates, get ready to celebrate your big day in style!

Kansas State Polytechnic will have a special Snapchat filter available during commencement so you can make memories with family, friends and professors. The filter will be accessible in the Student Life Center and the College Center.

Spring commencement will be held on the Polytechnic Campus Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. in the Student Life Center.

Aerospace Maintenance Professionals club visits American Airlines facility in Tulsa
Kansas State Polytechnic students are receiving another opportunity for hands-on learning. 

The Aerospace Maintenance Professionals club traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma April 21 to tour an American Airlines facility and connect with the students' future industry.

The American Airlines plant that was visited  is the world's largest airline-owned maintenance and engineering base. The work done at the facility is dedicated exclusively to the American Airlines fleet and primarily performs maintenance on McDonnell Douglas MD-80s, and Boeing 737s, 757s, and 767s.
UAS student Michael Wilson competes in first-ever collegiate drone racing competition
UAS technology is now being utilized as a racing sport and a student from the Polytechnic Campus has participated in the first-ever collegiate competition.

Michael Wilson, junior in the unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, flight and operations degree option, was the only student from the state of Kansas to be selected for the inaugural Collegiate Drone Racing National Championship held April 15 at Purdue University.

Representing Kansas State Polytechnic, he joined nearly 50 other pilots from schools across the country using UAS to battle it out on a complex obstacle course. The national competition was hosted by Purdue University's student drone club, who wanted to create an event that promotes UAS education, and featured more than $15,000 worth of equipment and prizes to the winner.

Wilson says each participant was required to build the unmanned aircraft that was being raced. In each of the heats, the pilots flew around the course using first person view - cameras mounted on the aircraft to see where they were going - attempting to score as many laps as possible in two minutes. 

Though Wilson didn't bring home the national championship title, one of his professors, Christopher Senn, says he is "hands-down one of the best UAS flight instructors at Kansas State Polytechnic." 

After graduation next year, Wilson, who is from Iola, Kansas, plans to work either as a UAS test pilot for various industries or as a UAS pilot performing inspections.
Alumni Fellow Andrew Talbott returns to alma mater for classroom presentations, mentorships
Andrew Talbott, who was selected as the 2017 Alumni Fellow for the Polytechnic Campus, returned to his alma mater April 19-22 to be honored for the recognition and to visit with students, faculty and staff.

A 2005 graduate of the professional pilot degree option, Talbott held an open forum for the campus to speak about his love for aviation, experience as a K-State student and current career in the Navy. He also visited multiple aviation classes and met with the flight team and student veterans. Talbott was honored alongside the other university Alumni Fellows during a banquet in Manhattan with the president of K-State. 

Currently, Talbott is a U.S. Navy strike fighter pilot and served as a Blue Angel for two years.

A high-five is one of the most recognizable ways two people can share excitement or celebrate a job well done. Kansas State Polytechnic's CEO and Dean Verna Fitzsimmons awards her high-five each week to honor faculty, staff and students for their dedication to the university.
Congratulations to Bill Gross and Troy Harding for teaching excellence awards!
I would like to send a double high-five to professors Bill Gross and Troy Harding for being selected as the recipients of our campus's two teaching excellence awards.  Bill has been chosen for the Marchbanks Award for Teaching Excellence and  Troy has been chosen for the Rex McArthur Family Faculty Fellow Award.  Congratulations to you both for earning these well-deserved and distinctive honors.
Thank you SGA for your hard work on the awards banquet!
I would like to highlight the hard work accomplished by our Student Governing Association on the recent awards and recognition banquet. It is very important to create an environment where students are inspired and encouraged to be their best selves and I truly appreciate a forum like the awards banquet that shines a light on our amazing Wildcats. Thank you SGA for planning and executing such a well-received and vital event.
Aviation Scholarships:
The Charlie Wells Memorial Scholarship is offering a scholarship to a full-time student majoring in aviation-oriented curriculum. DEADLINE: April 30 http://www.wellsscholarship.com/

The Paul Whelan Aviation Scholarship is offering a $2,000 scholarship. Must be in aviation major with a 2.5 or better overall GPA and a 3.0 or better GPA in aviation coursework. DEADLINE: May 15th. 

Last year, ATCA gave nine deserving air traffic control and aviation science students a total of $65,000 to cover the ever-increasing cost of higher education, and we hope to distribute at least that much in 2017. DEADLINE: May 1st.  http://www.atca.org/scholarship

Kansas Residents:
Kansas Board of Regents offers a number of scholarships to Kansas residents. Some of the scholarships include the Kansas State Scholarships (have to be named a State of Kansas scholarship during your senior year in high school), Ethnic Minority scholarship, and Military Service scholarship. DEADLINE: May 1st. http://www.kansasregents.org/students/student_financial_aid/scholarships_and_grants

VETERANS attending summer school - The Flint Hills Veteran Coalition is offering a $500 scholarship to a military veteran. DEADLINE: May 1st. See the link for the application form. 

Study Abroad Scholarships:
Ever think of studying abroad but don't think you can afford it? Check into the Gilman scholarship. K-State Polytechnic has had students study abroad with the assistance of this scholarship. The deadline is March 7 for Summer or Fall programs abroad, and October 2 for Spring programs abroad.  www.iie.org/gilman
Summer Financial Aid
Will you be attending Kansas State Polytechnic this summer and are in need of financial aid? First enroll in your summer classes and then complete the Summer Financial Aid Application. Cindy Newell, financial coordinator located in the College Center's room 209, can check to see if you have any financial aid available for the summer classes you are taking. The form can be found at

Loan Repayment Option for Graduating Students
The state of Kansas is offering up to $15,000 in student loan repayment and up to a 5 year state tax waiver for graduates who establish residency in one of the 77 Kansas counties designated as a rural opportunity zone. For more information, visit the link below:

Employee Tuition Assistance and Spouse/ Dependent Grant
1.  Employee Tuition Assistance

Award amount is for tuition only in a K-State course for up to 3 credit hours per term. 

The maximum award amount will not exceed the value of 3 hours at the in-state Manhattan/Salina tuition rate (ie. Campus fees, other institutional fees, etc. are the responsibility of the employee). 

2. Spouse/Dependent Grants (Available in fall and spring semesters only. Not available in the summer.)


For dependents with a primary career of undergraduate (full time requirement), the amount of the Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant award for that semester will equal 7 credit hours at the applicable tuition rate. 

For dependents with a primary career of graduate or veterinary medicine, the amount of the Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant award for the semester will be equal to 1, 2, or 3 credit hours at the applicable tuition rate. The maximum of 3 credit hours of tuition rate will be awarded to students enrolled in a total of 3 or more credit hours for the semester.

For spouses with a primary career of undergraduate, graduate, or veterinary medicine, the amount of the Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant award for the semester will be equal to 1, 2, or 3 credit hours at the applicable tuition rate. The maximum of 3 credit hours of tuition rate will be awarded to students enrolled in a total of 3 or more credit hours for the semester.
Peer Tutors
The Peer Tutoring Program seeks tutors in statistics, general math (calculus, algebra, etc.) and more!  Applicants must have a "B" or better in the course they tutor and a 3.2 GPA or above.  Contact Katherine Jones at kathjones@ksu.edu for more information about the position and how to apply.
All jobs, both part-time and full-time as well as internship opportunities, are listed on the Kansas State University CES account. Access your CES account by logging into: 
For more information about this resource or additional employment resources, or for CES search assistance, please contact  Julie Rowe by email at  jarowe@k-state.edu, by phone at  (785) 826-8524, or in person on the second floor of the College Center.
To post a position on the CES system, please send your job descriptions and employer contact information by email to Julie Rowe at jarowe@k-state.edu for immediate posting.