March 13, 2018
Campus Events

Tuesday, March 13        
-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, March 14   
-Pi Day Celebration from 9-11:30 a.m., Tech Ctr Lobby

Thursday, March 15       
-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 16     
-Nominations for Polytechnic Recognition Awards due to Shanna Walker by 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 17    
-K-State Polytechnic Night at Salina Liberty Football Game at 6:30 p.m., Tony's Pizza Events Center (FREE Tickets Still Available)

Sunday, March 18          
-No Events Scheduled

Monday, March 19         
Quick Links
Kansas State Polytechnic expands its small drone training to Denver

Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus  is again taking its unmanned aircraft systems, also known as drones, expertise on the road, offering its Part 107 preparation course April 27-29 in the Denver area.

The course is designed to prepare professionals for the Federal Aviation Administration's written exam, which is required for anyone wanting to operate a commercial small unmanned aircraft, or sUAS, who does not already hold a manned pilot certificate. It will focus on areas covered in the FAA written exam, including adherence to FAA rules and regulations pertinent to small unmanned aircraft operations, how to set up sUAS within FAA regulations and the application of safety practices in flight.

"This marks the fourth time we've taken our course off campus," said Kurt Carraway, Kansas State Polytechnic's UAS executive director of the Applied Aviation Research Center. "We offered a course last year in Dallas following XPONENTIAL and we just offered one in February when we went to Olathe, Kansas, to train its police department. We look forward to making new connections with our neighbors in Colorado."

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Nominations now being accepted for Kansas State Polytechnic Recognition Awards

Honor a student, faculty member or staffer for their hard work, loyalty and dedication by nominating them for the Kansas State Polytechnic Recognition Awards.

An annual event that highlights the positive efforts of those on this campus, the Kansas State Polytechnic Recognition Awards offers 11 categories in which Wildcats can be acknowledged. In order to nominate someone, you must answer these three topics in 100 to 500 words:

*How you know the nominee
*Why you have chosen to nominate this person
*How they meet or exceed the criteria for the award

To download an awards nomination packet, click  HERE Turn in your nominations by email to Shanna Walker, awards banquet chair, at or drop off them off at the SGA Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 16. 
JJ Tan, senior in digital media, connects with employees from the Kansas Department of Children and Families during the campus's Networking Fair March 8 in the Student Life Center. Close to 30 companies attended the Networking Fair and a variety of career fields were represented, including aviation and UAS, food production, manufacturing, military and social work.
Esmeralda Campa, j unior in social work, stands for a picture at the Kansas State Capitol. She joined other students in the Social Policy course for a field trip to Topeka to attend  Student Legislative Education Advocacy Day on March 7.
Professional pilot students Nic Ramirez, Zac Kierstein, Anton Zouplna and Ryan Thrailkill  play a game of Texas Hold'em on March 7 during Casino Night, an annual tradition of the Polytechnic Campus that dates back 30 years.
Andi Meyer, right, research program manager at K-State Polytechnic's Applied Aviation Research Center, takes a photo with Lindsey Dreiling '07, chief of UAS policy and programming for KDOT, at the FAA UAS Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 8.
Julie Rowe interviewed by Salina Journal for story on top future careers

What will the career landscape look like in five to 10 years? Are there specific skills that businesses prefer from their employees? Which industry requires a degree? 

The Salina Journal, curious about the future of the job market locally and nationally, asked a variety of voices in Salina to give an employment forecast. Julie Rowe, student activities and career services coordinator, was one of the individuals interviewed by the newspaper and she reinforced the mentality of the Polytechnic Campus - hands-on, integrated degree options with experience in soft skills.

"The No. 1 skill set that employers look for above technology, above everything, is communication skills, teamwork, leadership," Rowe said.

To read more of the story, "Prepare yourself for top jobs of the future," click HERE.
High school students participate in Polytechnic Wildcat for a Day program

High school students interested in enrolling on the Polytechnic Campus were given a preview of what college life is like as a Wildcat during a new program initiative from the admissions office.

Polytechnic Wildcat for a Day, held for the first time on March 8 and 9, invites prospective students to stay overnight in the residence halls, attend classes, eat in the cafeteria and participate in activities as if they are a college student. The program was first conceived during the Strategic Doing process back in December, with a committee headed by Dr. Christopher Smith continuing to build out the idea until it was implemented in March. 

Three prospective students took part in the inaugural session. They were matched with a current student from the degree program in which they are excited about who acted as their tour guide during their stay.  On their visits to the classes, the future Wildcats were able to get involved in a hands-on project.  Brayden, featured in the photo to the right, was checking out the mechanical engineering technology degree and had the opportunity to create a smartphone stand during his lab tour. Students also were taken off campus for activities so they could get a feel for the Salina community.

The experience that the program offers is allowing future students to view campus life and see firsthand everything that the Polytechnic Campus has to offer.

The next Polytechnic Wildcat for a Day will be held in April and then the program will resume in the fall semester.

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 the Networking Fair committee for a successful event!

A big high-five is due to the committee of students and their staff mentors who organized this semester's Networking Fair on March 9. The event is an important opportunity for our students to connect with companies that could become their future employers. We want students to have a variety of choices, in both industry and location, so I really appreciate the work that was done to bring such a diverse group to our campus. 

Thank you to Hannah Schulte, chair of the Networking Fair committee; Yush Patil, committee member; JJ Tan, marketing designer; Amanda Taylor, marketing designer; and RaeLynn Roe, Career Closet manager. I also want to recognize Julie Rowe, Kyle Chamberlin, Sarah Werner and Jess Simpson for assisting the students in making the Networking Fair a fun and successful gathering.

I also might mention approximately $1,000 was raised from donations by the businesses that attended and the funds will be used for a future student activity. Way to go!

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 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. ALPHA ETA RHO members - A number of scholarships worth $1000-2000 is available to Alpha Eta Rho members. Must have a minimum gpa of 3.0 or higher. DEADLINE: March 30, 2018

5. 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
6.  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

7. WOMEN GRADUATE students - The Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay Community scholarship is available to a part-time, non-traditional female graduate student. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2018

8. AVIATION MAINTENANCE or AVIONICS students - Aircraft Electronics Association is offering a number of different scholarship for aviation maintenance and avionics students. DEADLINE: April 1, 2018

9. NONTRADITIONAL students - K-State is offering a $500 Edna S. Young scholarship to a full-time, non-traditional student. Must be one of the following: 25 years of age or older, married, a parent, a veteran, or returning to school after an absence of 3 or more years. DEADLINE: April 1, 2018

10. PILOT students - The Jason Dahl Scholarship is available for the 2018-2019 year. Must be majoring in the professional pilot program. DEADLINE: April 1, 2018

11. 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

12.  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

13. 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, 2018

14. 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.) 

15. AVIATION students - The Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship is offered to aviation students with a 3.0 or higher gpa. DEADLINE: April 21, 2018

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: 

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, by phone at  (785) 826-2971, or in person on the first floor of the College Center.
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