February 27, 2018
Campus Events

Tuesday, Feb. 27        
-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. 28   
-No Events Scheduled

Thursday, March 1       
-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., Tech Ctr Room 118

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

Friday, March 2     
-No Events Scheduled

Saturday, March 3    
-Salina Liberty Football Game at 6:30 p.m., Tony's Pizza Events Center (FREE tickets available to students, faculty & staff - see Julie Rowe)

Sunday, March 4          
-No Events Scheduled

Monday, March 5         
No Events Scheduled

Quick Links
K-State moving forward with smoke-free policy on all university-owned property

Kansas State University is committed to providing a safe, respectful and healthy environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors. This summer, a new initiative is being implemented at the university that will continue to move this pledge forward.

Beginning June 1, K-State will carry out a smoke-free policy on all university-owned property, including the Polytechnic Campus. President Myers says everyone has the right to breathe clean air at work and school, and becoming a smoke-free university will improve the health of our university community. 

A Smoke Free Education Committee was formed last fall with representatives from each of K-State's governance groups - Student Governing Association, Faculty Senate and University Support Staff Senate. The committee has been working on plans to communicate and educate the campus community on the new policy and identify smoking cessation resources.

You can review the revised policy and available resources on the Vice President for Administration and Finance website. Additional information and events from the committee will be announced in K-State Today within the next few weeks.

Smoking is already prohibited in university buildings and university-owned vehicles.
SGA Programming Board needs volunteers for annual Casino Night

The K-State Polytechnic SGA Programming Board is looking for volunteers to help keep the tradition of Casino Night alive!

Programming Board is  in need of faculty and staff members to act as dealers during the March 7 event. There are spots open for the games of Blackjack, Craps, Bingo, Texas Hold'em and Roulette.

If someone would like to help out but has never gambled, there will be a training session at 5 p.m. on March 7 before Casino Night begins. Each volunteer also will be emailed the rules of the game he or she is presiding over. Volunteers are needed through 10 p.m. on Casino Night and each will receive a free T-shirt for their time.

Volunteers must sign up by March 1. Contact Programming Board member Shanna Walker  at s hanna52@ksu.edu to secure your spot or for additional questions. 
K-State Alerts to test university's emergency notification system March 6

K-State Alerts will test the university's emergency notification system on Tuesday, March 6, following the statewide tornado siren test at 10 a.m. The test includes text messaging and automated phone calls for those who have signed up for K-State Alerts on the university's  Connect website under the eProfile section.

The test also will include notifications on the university's home page, email messages, Twitter and Facebook posts, alert beacons in various buildings on all three campuses and the Manhattan campus outdoor public address system. The wall-mounted alert beacons will emit a loud siren, flash strobe lights and provide digital scrolling text for two minutes. They can't be turned off during the test.

Following the test, an email survey will be distributed to K-State Alerts recipients to help the university evaluate the effectiveness of the test.

To continue reading, click HERE.
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.
Students gather in the Schilling Hall kitchen Feb. 22 to work with the campus's peer tutors on their homework during a special in-hall tutoring night.
Kevin Dawson, admissions representative, speaks to a crowd of prospective students and their parents/guardians during Polytechnic Junior/Senior Day Feb. 23. There were 41 future Wildcats in attendance, with two coming from out of state.
K-State Polytechnic student clubs and organizations, like the UAS Club featured in the photo, set up a special exhibiting fair for the prospective students and parents/guardians that attended Polytechnic Junior/Senior Day Feb. 23. 
Kansas State Polytechnic offering UAS training for law enforcement

  Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus  is working with law enforcement partners to offer a training course specifically targeted at how first responders can utilize unmanned aircraft systems in daily operations and safety procedures. The first course offering runs April 9-12 at the campus in Salina.

Kurt Carraway, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and the executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas State Polytechnic, said the UAS Law Enforcement Training course was developed based on feedback the campus received from attendees of its Small UAS Commercial Pilot Training course, most of whom - 43 percent - are first responders. The attendees indicated a strong need for a practical flight training program directed at specific-use cases for first responders.

To continue reading, click HERE.

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.
Eric Cole presents to theatre class on Manhattan Campus

I want to recognize my executive assistant Eric Cole for going above and beyond his responsibilities within my office, using his artistic talents to help educate Wildcats on the Manhattan Campus recently.

Eric attended two theatre classes in Manhattan on Feb. 19 and worked with a mixture of major and non-major students on how theatre impacts society. His lecture was heard in Intro to Theatre and Theatre Forum.

Thank you, Eric, for demonstrating how anyone can step outside their normal routine and do something that impacts students for the better. Eric also will be working with Wildcats on this campus during the spring's University Experience course.

1. 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
2.  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   

3.  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

4. 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
5.  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

6. 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

7.  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

8. 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.)
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.