April 3, 2018
Campus Events

Tuesday, April 3        
-Progress Rail Visit for UAS Students from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., SLC & Welcome Ctr

-Full Body Circuit Training Class at 12:30 p.m., SLC

Rocketry Club Meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tech Ctr 118

-SGA Meeting at 8:30 p.m., CCCR

Wednesday, April 4   
-Professional Photo Day from 10 a.m. to noon, Welcome Center 101

Thursday, April 5       
-Professional Photo Day from 10 a.m. to noon, Welcome Center 101

-Civic Luncheon Lecture at 12 p.m., CCCR

-Programming Board at 5:30 p.m., College Center Lobby

-UAS Club meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tech Ctr 123

-Alpha Eta Rho at 7 p.m., Tech Ctr Room 118

-Christian Challenge at 8 p.m., College Center Cafeteria

Friday, April 6     
-Self Care is Ethical Practice from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Outreach Center

Saturday, April 7    
-Open House from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Polytechnic Campus

-Scholarship Welcome Reception for Prospective Students at 9 a.m., CCCR

-Aviation Center Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at 9:30 a.m., Aviation Center

-Parent & Family Reception at 10 a.m., K-State Café

-Republic Airline signing at 10:30 a.m., Aviation Center

-VIP Experience for Prospective Students at 10:30 a.m., CCCR

-Scholarship Luncheon for Prospective Students at 11:30 a.m., CCCR

Sunday, April 8          
-No Events Scheduled

Monday, April 9         
-UAS Law Enforcement Training from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Outreach Center
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Open House to celebrate new partnerships, prospective students and campus progress

K-State Polytechnic's annual Open House hopes to create even more Wildcat pride with additional activities and focus areas this year.

Along with showcasing what the Polytechnic Campus has to offer through booths dedicated to student clubs and specific degree programs, events catering to prospective students have been increased. Open House will have a VIP experience for teens considering enrolling at K-State Polytechnic as well as two receptions for incoming students who are scholarship recipients.

The VIP experience will include personal tours of campus, a parent and family reception and a student panel presentation. Participants also will hear from admissions who will help them navigate the enrollment process, financial aid, student life and degree options.

Incoming scholarship recipients will be treated to a welcome reception that includes breakfast, the same parent and family reception and a recognition lunch where incoming students have the opportunity to meet with the donor of their scholarship. This lunch will be high-energy so that attendees will get a taste of the Wildcat spirit.

Open House 2018 also will feature a special ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the newly renovated Aviation Center and the  Republic Airline aviation career  pipeline interview program  signing. This is a partnership between K-State Polytechnic and Republic Airline to create a job pathway for professional pilot students.

K-State Polytechnic's Open House will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 7
Kansas State Polytechnic partners with Piedmont Airlines on cadet program

The  Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus  is expanding its professional pilot students' career options through a new collaboration with regional carrier Piedmont Airlines.

Kansas State Polytechnic is now a partner in Piedmont Airlines' cadet program, which offers tuition reimbursement and employment opportunities to select students who have earned their certified flight instructor rating. Piedmont Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., also provides through its cadet program a guaranteed job path to American Airlines once student pilots are ready to transition in their career.

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Kansas State Polytechnic to explore rise of cryptocurrencies in Civic Luncheon Lecture Series April 5

With more than 1,500 cryptocurrencies available today, fascination with the concept of digital money doesn't seem to be fading. Just how far its popularity will rise and when to exercise caution with investing are two of the topics that will headline the next Civic Luncheon Lecture at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus.
"How Bitcoin, Blockchain Technologies and Other Cryptocurrencies Are Changing the World" will be presented at noon Thursday, April 5 in the conference room at Kansas State Polytechnic's College Center. Randall K. Nichols, an associate professor of practice at Kansas State Polytechnic with more than 50 years of leadership experience in counterintelligence, sensitive computer applications and cybersecurity, will lead the conversation. Nichols will use his background to explain the Internet of Things, discuss correlations between communication with the internet and transparency with Blockchain, and when to use discretion with cryptocurrency investment.
The Civic Luncheon Lecture Series is free and the public is invited. Attendees are welcome to eat during the discussion and can bring their own lunch or purchase a lunch at the K-State Café. Greg Stephens, an associate professor of business management at Kansas State Polytechnic who created the current events discussion series, will act as moderator.

For more information on the Kansas State Polytechnic Civic Luncheon Lecture Series, contact Stephens at 785-819-6887 or  gregs@k-state.edu .
Join the Kansas State Book Network committee 

Every year, the Kansas State Book Network, or KSBN, introduces incoming freshmen at K-State, including on the Polytechnic Campus, to a new book that is read and utilized throughout the fall and spring semesters.

It is a KSBN committee that works together to find the appropriate reading material, sifting through nominated or recommended novels each year that they feel could be important to the incoming students. The members read samples and even whole books to narrow down the selection list, first from 12, then to six and then to three finalists. After the winner is chosen, it goes on to the upcoming freshmen students.

If you are interested in joining other faculty and staff members from the Polytechnic Campus on the KSBN committee to help choose impactful books for incoming Wildcats, contact Katherine Jones at kathjones@ksu.edu.

This year's theme is "wellness and well-being" and the committee is exploring books that introduce readers to common issues that students experience in college, such as stress, illness, accountability and grit. They also are looking at materials that offer ways to cope and help others.

The first committee meeting is April 6, so please send your name to Katherine as soon as you can.

For more information, visit this website:  http://www.k-state.edu/ksbn/.
Students in the UAS flight and operations, UAS design and integration, and professional pilot degrees met with Caterpillar-connected company Progress Rail on campus April 3 to learn more about their unmanned division and to fly drones together. Front row, from left: Matthew Peterson, Progress Rail, and Kele Stanley, Progress Rail. Middle row, from left: Kenny Vadakin, Caleb Scott, Andrew Danner, Josh Wattier, Brett Good, and David Burchfield, teaching assistant professor. Back row, from left: Mike Wilson, Logan Shaffer, Parker Eberly, Nick Harries and Tanner Hawes.
Grant Weldon, left, freshman in professional pilot, Grant Williams, middle, freshman in UAS flight and operations, and Marc Hinnen, right, sophomore in professional pilot, utilized the Student Life Center's basketball court to fly RC planes during a break from class on March 29. 
Aviation professor Eric Shappee earns 7th Master CFI

Eric Shappee's latest professional accolade puts him in an elite class.

The professor of aviation at K-State Polytechnic has earned his Master Certificated Flight Instructor, or CFI, accreditation seven times, making him one of only 21 worldwide to hold this honor.  Shappee  earned his first Master CFI in 2001.   

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA. Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review. The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate's flight instructor certificate.

Along with his duties at K-State Polytechnic, Shappee is active in both the University Aviation Association, or UAA, and the Civil Air Patrol's Kansas Wing. He also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Wichita FSDO area. 

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 Tammy Arnold for her employment recognition!

I would like to send a High-Five to Tammy Arnold, human capital assistant, for being chosen as the 2017 University Support Staff Member of the Year for the Polytechnic Campus.

Tammy was nominated for this award by multiple colleagues. It is a well-deserved recognition of her hard work and dedication to K-State Polytechnic's human resources!  Congratulations!


1.  STUDY ABROAD - If you are interested in studying abroad in the Summer 2018 semester, the $5,000 Gilman scholarship is now open. Must be a U.S. Citizen who is pell grant eligible and who will do a study abroad program that is longer than 3 weeks. Contact the Office of Study Abroad on the Manhattan campus or visit   

2. AVIATION students -  The Textron Aviation  Leadership Scholarship is available to juniors and/or seniors that are  full-time students majoring in one of the aviation  programs. The award amounts will vary, based on the earnings for the endowed scholarship. Deadline: April 13, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.
      Students must:
          - have completed 60 hours of coursework in one of the aviation major options
          - provide a current resume highlighting outstanding achievements exhibited
          - demonstrate an interest in receiving the scholarship by submitting a typewritten 1-2 page essay on how this                   scholarship will enhance your ability
          - include a copy of your college transcript with application materials
          - forward documentation of established criteria above, along with the
            essay, to Cindy Newell, Financial Aid Coordinator, Room 209, College Center  

3.  FLIGHT TEAM members - The Dr. Harold S. Wood Award for Excellence is offering a $2000 scholarship to a college student who is a flight team member. Deadline: April 14, 2018

4. AIRPORT MANAGEMENT students - Airports Council International is offering $2,500 scholarships to airport management students. Must have a 3.0 or higher GPA. DEADLINE: April 15, 2018http://aci-na.org/sites/default/files/aci-na_commissioners_scholarship_2017.pdf

5. AVIATION students - The Wichita Community Foundation has two aviation-related scholarships open. The Wichita Aero Club Humphrey and the Wichita Aero Club Stimpson scholarships offer a $5000 award to a student studying in the aviation field. DEADLINE: April 15, 2018. (We have had a number of K-State Polytechnic students receive this scholarship in the past.) 

6. AVIATION students - The Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship is offered to aviation students with a 3.0 or higher gpa. DEADLINE: April 21, 2018http://www.uaa.aero/joseph_frasca_excellence_in_av.php

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:  http://www.kansascommerce.com/index.aspx?nid=320 

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 (Only REGULAR employees are eligible.  If you are unsure if you are REGULAR or TERM, check your contract or with the HR office.)

For Dependents or Spouses that are enrolled full time in a degree terminating undergraduate program, the award will be the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 7 undergraduate course credits, where full-time for an undergraduate is defined as at least 12 enrolled credit hours per regular fall/spring term.

For Spouses that are enrolled part-time in a degree terminating undergraduate program the maximum award will be the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 3 undergraduate course credits, where part-time for an undergraduate is defined as less than 12 enrolled credit hours per regular fall/spring term. (Enrollment of less than 3 credit hours, will result in the proration of the award i.e. 2 credit hours enrolled = the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 2 credit hours - or - 1 credit hour enrolled = the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 1 credit hour. )

Dependents that are enrolled less than full-time in an undergraduate program are not eligible for the K-State Dependent/Spouse Grant.

For Dependents or Spouses that are enrolled in a degree terminating graduate or veterinary medicine program the maximum award will be the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 3 course credit hours as indicated by the student's degree program, graduate or veterinary medicine. (Enrollment of less than 3 credit hours, will result in the proration of the award i.e. 2 credit hours enrolled = the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 2 credit hours - or - 1 credit hour enrolled = the equivalent of the regular, resident on-campus tuition rate for 1 credit hour.)

All jobs, both part-time and full-time, as well as internship opportunities, are listed on Handshake (formerly CES). Create or access your Handshake account by logging into: 

For more information about this resource or additional employment resources, or for Handshake search assistance, please contact  Julie Rowe by email at  jarowe@k-state.edu, by phone at  (785) 826-2971, or in person on the first floor of the College Center.
To post a position on Handshake, you can create an employer account by logging into:    http://www.k-state.edu/careercenter/handshake/index.htmlPlease contact Julie Rowe with any questions or concerns.