February 13, 2018
Campus Events

Tuesday, Feb. 13        
-Student Support Services Workshop at 11:30 a.m., CCCR

-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 p.m., CCCR

Wednesday, Feb. 14   
-Faculty and Staff Valentine's Fun Fair from 1 to 3 p.m., CCCR

Thursday, Feb. 15       
-Full Body Circuit Training Class at 12:30 p.m., SLC

-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., Technology Ctr Room 118

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

Friday, Feb. 16     
-Executive AirShare Lunch with Professional Pilot, AVM, and Tech Mgmt students from 12 to 2 p.m., Aero Building

-Student Leadership Applications Due at 5 p.m., College Center 208B

Saturday, Feb. 17    
-No Events Scheduled

Sunday, Feb. 18          
-No Events Scheduled

Monday, Feb. 19         
No Events Scheduled

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American Airlines Flight Education Grant boosts Kansas State Polytechnic aviation education outreach efforts

Thanks to a $25,000 grant from American Airlines, plans are taking off on the  Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus to help more secondary students learn what it's like to be an airplane pilot.

The grant, designed to increase enrollment in Kansas State Polytechnic's  professional pilot degree program, will fund construction of a mobile aircraft simulator lab, support short introductory flights for prospective pilot students and sponsor middle and high school student scholarships to the campus's aviation youth Discover Programs.

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Nominations are now open for the 'Marchbanks Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence'

Established more than 30 years ago, the Marchbanks Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence annually recognizes a Kansas State Polytechnic faculty member  who promotes excellence in education with a focus on the development of students' talents and abilities.

Nominations for the Marchbanks Memorial Award are now being accepted by the dean's office. Should a faculty member, student or alumnus/alumna know of a professor that fits or exceeds this criteria, please consider submitting a letter of nomination by Monday, March 12. The candidate must be a regularly appointed full-time faculty member teaching in one of the degree options offered at K-State Polytechnic.

Once nomination letters have been received, nominees will be notified and asked to submit a Teaching Vitae, a Philosophy of Teaching statement and various required letters of support.  The Marchbanks Memorial Award Selection Committee will review the nominees' materials, forward their recommendation to Dean Fitzsimmons and the award recipient will be announced in the spring.

For questions about Marchbanks Memorial Award nominations, contact Eric Cole, executive assistant to the dean, at ecole@k-state.edu or 785-826-2601.
K-State Polytechnic information services offering phishing scam knowledge quiz

Can you spot a phish?

You are the first line of defense in protecting your personal identity information. Knowing how to "spot a phish" is a critical part of protecting yourself.

Test your phishing skills by taking K-State's phishing scam knowledge quiz.
Student leadership applications for 2018-2019 school year now available

Are you interested in being a student leader on the Polytechnic Campus? There are multiple areas in which you can get involved for the upcoming school year!

Positions are available for resident assistants, uBelong peer mentors, student ambassador and admissions office worker. In order to be eligible, fill out an application located in College Center 208, the Welcome Center or the Technology Center Lobby, and turn them in to Shawn Mallory in College Center 208B by Feb. 16 at 5 p.m.

For questions about the leadership roles, contact Shawn at  smallory@ksu.edu .
Tyler Scott, a prospective student interested in K-State Polytechnic's professional pilot degree option, visited the campus with his mother Feb. 9. After their tour, they stopped to take a photo with the customized parking signs outside of the Welcome Center, which are becoming a big hit with future Wildcats.
Jess Simpson, left, associate director of student support services on the Polytechnic Campus, awards Terry Baldwin as the overall champion of the Chili Cookoff on Feb. 9. Baldwin entered his "Challenge Chili" into the Tickle Your Tastebuds category, which he also won. 
Sky's the limit for Kansas State Polytechnic student and his dream of flying

When  Kansas State University Polytechnic student Jacob Cowart was 12 years old, he went to a flight camp where he was able to take the controls and fly. After that, he was hooked on flying.

But the process of piloting an airplane is not easy for Cowart, who has been wheelchair-bound most of his life. Airplanes are not typically equipped with the necessary equipment to allow for operation via hand control, which attaches to the rudder pedals in the airplane and provides the pilot the ability to maneuver and control the aircraft rudder and brakes. According to Federal Aviation Administration rules, installing a hand control to operate an aircraft is a major alteration, which requires careful overview and inspection by an aviation safety inspector with the agency and can include test flights as well.

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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.
High-five to student support services and all of the Chili Cookoff winners!

The Chili Cookoff has become a highly anticipated event every year, and while I enjoy trying the creativity of each new recipe, it is the camaraderie I appreciate the most. The cookoff  brings the campus together, encouraging team spirit and friendly competition; it provides a fun atmosphere where students, faculty and staff can connect with someone they may not know; and it reminds us all that we truly are a family.

I want to send my congratulations to the winners of the competition, give my thanks to all who participated and spotlight student support services for organizing such a wonderful event.

In case you missed it, here are the Chili Cookoff winners:

*Tickle Your Tastebuds category: "Challenge Chili" made by Terry Baldwin with Christian Challenge
*Warm 'N Fuzzy category: "Bacon, Beef and Beer" made by admissions and communications & marketing
*Melt Your Face Off category: "Mother of Dragons" made by Kebby Underwood in academic advising
*Overall Champion: "Challenge Chili" made by Terry Baldwin with Christian Challenge
*Best Name: "Chili With Benefits" made by Tammy Arnold and Denise Werth in HR and  "Hold My Beer..." made by Jess Simpson in student support Services
Congratulations to Dr. Tara Harl for presenting at the Nebraska Aviation Council Symposium!

Dr. Tara Harl, associate professor and option coordinator of the airport management program, represented Kansas State Polytechnic at the  26th annual Nebraska Aviation Council Symposium where she spoke about the Airport Cooperative Research Program, or ACRP. Her presentation also was mentioned in an aviation newsletter sent out by the Nebraska Department of Transportation.

Dr. Harl's aviation expertise is valued within her industry and we are proud to have her at the helm of the airport management program. Thank you, Dr. Harl, for continuing to make industry connections for your students and for representing the K-State Polytechnic Campus in such an exemplary way. 

1. AVIATION students (from Missouri) - The Bob Stuart Memorial Scholarship available to residents of Missouri who are enrolled in an aviation-related curriculum. Must have 2.5 or better GPA. DEADLINE:  February 15, 2018

2. FEMALE ENGINEERS - The Society of Women Engineers is offering scholarships to females enrolled in engineering, computing or technology degree programs. Must have a 3.0 or better GPA to apply. Amounts range from $1,000 - $15,000. DEADLINE: February 15, 2018

3. ALL K-STATE students - The K-State Blue Key will be awarding over $20,000 in scholarship to K-State students. There are a variety of different scholarships with different criteria, like scholarships for first generation students, sophomores, juniors, study abroad, etc. DEADLINE:  March 16, 2018
4.  STUDY ABROAD - If you are interested in studying abroad in the Spring or 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   

5.  HISPANIC students - The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to students of Hispanic heritage. Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Must be enrolled full time. Permanent legal residents and DACA students are eligible to apply along with U.S. citizens. DEADLINE: March 30, 2018

6. PILOT students - The $1,500 Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship is open to any professional pilot student who has their private pilot's license. Must have a 3.0 or higher gpa. DEADLINE:  March 30, 2018
7.  MECHANICAL or ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING students - The Raymond G. Alvine Memorial Scholarship is offering a scholarship worth up to $5,000. Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. DEADLINE: March 31, 2018

8. AVIATION MANAGEMENT and PILOT students - Aviation Distributors and Manufacturers is offering scholarships to aviation management and professional pilots who will be in their third year. DEADLINE:  April 2, 2018

9.  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

10. 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.) 

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.)
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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.