January 16, 2018
Campus Events

Tuesday, Jan. 16        
-Spring Semester Begins

-Student Laser Tag from 5 to 7 p.m., SLC

Wednesday, Jan. 17   
-Student Rollerskating from 8 to 10 p.m., Starlite Skate Center

Thursday, Jan. 18     
-Club & Organizations Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., College Center Lobby

-Nitro Bowling for Students from 7 p.m. to midnight, All Star Lanes 

Friday, Jan. 19    
-SGA's Free Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cafeteria

-Student Spike Ball from 6 to 8 p.m., SLC

Saturday, Jan. 20   
-Nontraditional Students & Family BBQ from noon to 2 p.m., CCCR

Sunday, Jan. 21         
-No Events Scheduled

Monday, Jan. 22        
-MLK Jr. event TBA

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The marketing and communications office, who publishes the Wildcat Weekly, welcomes good news and updated information on current students and alumni. The office is always looking to publicize, whether in the Wildcat Weekly, on social media or elsewhere, our Wildcats' exciting projects, awards and accomplishments. Faculty, staff and students, please share this information so marketing and communications can help promote the Polytechnic Campus.
Student Support Services announces details for annual Chili Cook-off

Mild, medium or blazing hot: Are your tastebuds ready for the Chili Cook-off?

Student Support Services on the Polytechnic Campus is once again sponsoring the annual Chili Cook-off and is looking for entries in the competition's three categories. The culinary battle will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9 and will be held in the Technology Center lobby until 1 p.m. Participants can submit chili creations into the mild or Tickle Your Tastebuds category; medium or Warm 'N Fuzzy category; and hot or Melt Your Face Off category.

Entry forms can be picked up in the library, Student Life Center, faculty lounge and Student Support Services office and must be submitted no later than Tuesday, Feb. 6 by 5 p.m. to the SSS office in College Center, room 208. Students, faculty and staff will sample each chili and vote on a winner from each category; a winner for Best Chili Name also will be awarded.

K-State Proud, a student-led organization that raises funds for K-State students in need, is attending the Chili Cook-off and will have their T-Shirts on sale.

Questions about the Chili Cook-off can be directed to Amy Sellers, academic services coordinator, at amyeb@k-state.edu or 826-2969.

K-State Polytechnic welcomes new military-connected student assistant

Active duty and veteran students have a new resource on campus. 

Andrew Daly, a sophomore in the aviation program, has been selected to be the military-connected student assistant at K-State Polytechnic. He will be providing direct support for military students and their families throughout the students' academic career. Andrew's roles include helping with VA benefits, assisting students with accessing needed resources, and making valuable connections both on and off campus.

Andrew will be located in the Student Military Center in Tullis and is available to meet with students during these times:

Monday:        11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday:       8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Wednesday:  11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday:      8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Friday:           8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Dean Verna Fitzsimmons speaks to about 275 high school girls on Jan. 4 about her experiences as a woman in the engineering industry. The young ladies were at K-State Polytechnic for the campus's 26th annual Teen Women in Science and Technology, an event that showcases a variety of career options in STEM fields.
Student Life Center announces basketball intramural leagues

The Student Life Center on the Polytechnic Campus is adding to its intramural options.

Beginning Feb. 12, two different basketball leagues will be available for students, faculty and staff. There will be a competitive league and a recreational league, with teams playing against other K-State Polytechnic teams as well as teams from Kansas Wesleyan University. 

Registration forms for individuals or groups are available in the SLC and must be turned in by Feb. 5 in order to play. For questions about the basketball leagues, contact Jereme Jones at jereme@k-state.edu or 785-741-5463.
K-State Polytechnic students visit Washington, D.C. to learn aviation policymaking 
Students from the Polytechnic Campus received a unique learning opportunity during winter intersession when they traded in their classroom for the United States capital.
Eleven students enrolled in an aviation legislation course at Kansas State Polytechnic visited Washington, D.C. Jan. 2-5 to experience how aviation policy is made. The students, who range from three different degree options - professional pilot, airport management and technology management - attended the University Aviation Association's Aviation Policy Seminar where they studied a variety of current industry challenges, met with aviation professionals and lawmakers, and networked with students from other colleges and universities.
"This was a valuable opportunity for our students to get a glimpse at the larger picture of aviation," said professor Troy Brockway, who teaches Aviation Legislation and supervised the students during their trip. "It is one thing to learn rules and regulations that you have to abide by in the industry, but it is just as important to understand where those policies come from, how they are researched and implemented, and who they affect and benefit."
At the beginning of the seminar, students were given a specific policy area in which to focus: unmanned aircraft systems integration, air traffic control modernization, airport infrastructure funding or airline consolidation/pilot shortage. Then, they divided into their chosen groups and worked together on a project that they presented on the final day.
Jerad Jaros, senior in professional pilot, Freeland, Michigan, joined the mix of students studying airline consolidation and the pilot shortage, and says the experience opened his eyes to the magnitude of the dilemma and how it is influencing his future profession.
"Because my main focus at school is flying, it was great to get a behind-the-scenes look at the aviation industry and what issues could have an impact on me," said Jaros. "I knew about the pilot shortage, but attending this seminar put into perspective its urgency. I realized just how many people affect my industry and keep it functioning, so it is very important that this problem is solved."
In addition to their collaborative assignment, students at the seminar learned about other aviation topics in breakout groups. They also toured the locations of several aviation organizations, including the Air Line Pilots Association, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Regional Airline Association and the National Business Aviation Association. And during their time off, the students visited historic sites like Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Capitol Hill.
Along with Jaros, the Kansas State Polytechnic students who attended the University Aviation Association's Aviation Policy Seminar in Washington, D.C. are: Maxamillyan Badgett, Skylar Caldwell, Evan Fowler, Megan Laubhan, Christopher Pennington, Frederic Peters, Joshua Rigsby, Keegan Swanson, Logan Welch and Josh White.

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 Programming Board for putting together Wildcat Welcome Week!

With a new semester starting today, I would like to recognize Programming Board for organizing Wildcat Welcome Week. These activities are such an integral part of the Polytechnic experience, giving students an opportunity to connect with other members of campus, to create lifelong friendships and to build Wildcat pride. I appreciate your hard work, especially over the winter break, planning a variety of events that are inclusive to everyone. A special thanks goes to Programming Board chair Shanna Walker and her committee:  Adam Keefe,  Satoru Okada,  Sarfo Bonsu,  Jonathan Davis,  Jay Li and  Will Outten.
High-five to security and facilities for their help during the winter weather!

I would like to give a high-five to two offices on campus for their extra efforts during the recent winter weather. Both security and facilities have played a key role in campus safety, keeping myself and other leadership members informed of the approaching storms and frigid temperatures, which helps us to make closure decisions, as well as working to salt and clear the sidewalks and parking lots. Although there is still work to be done, I want to thank each of you for your diligence in what can be very challenging circumstances.
K-State's scholarship application is available for 2018-2019. Apply at http://www.k-state.edu/sfa/scholarships/
Priority deadline is February 1, 2018 for continuing students.

1. AVM/AVIONICS - Northrop Rice Foundation is offering 40 scholarships to aviation maintenance and avionics students, including one scholarship for $4,000 to be used for Snap-On tools. DEADLINE: January 31, 2018

2. K-STATE VETERANS - The K-State Student Veterans Center is offering a $1,000 Flint Hills Veterans scholarship to any U.S. military member currently serving or any honorably discharged veteran. Must be enrolled full time in a degree-seeking program. DEADLINE: February 1, 2018  

3. 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

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   

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.