March 6, 2018
Campus Events

Tuesday, March 6        
-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 7   
-Casino Night at 6 p.m., CCCR

Thursday, March 8       
-Civic Luncheon Lecture from 12-1 p.m., CCCR

-Experience the Possibilities Networking Fair from 2-5 p.m., SLC

-Polytechnic Wildcat for a Day starting at 4 p.m.

-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 9     
-No Events Scheduled

Saturday, March 10    
No Events Scheduled

Sunday, March 11          
-No Events Scheduled

Monday, March 12         
-Nominations for Marchbanks Awards due to Dean's Office

Quick Links
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. 
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.
Juniors in the K-State Polytechnic social work program and their instructors attend a pinning ceremony March 1 to signal the students' admittance into the practice sequence, which are the last three semesters of their degree.
Sophomore Nicole Johnson, who is president of K-State Polytechnic's AAAE student chapter, and junior Frederic Peters, AAAE student chapter vice president, connect with airport managers from Hutchinson Regional Airport and Newton City/County Airport during "Aviation Day at the Capitol." The K-State Polytechnic AAAE chapter was asked to volunteer with the Kansas Department of Transportation Aviation Division at the event held March 1.
K-State Polytechnic AARC featured in Salina Journal for innovative agreement with Salina Liberty

The Applied Aviation Research Center at Kansas State Polytechnic is expanding its reach with unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, to now include the sports and entertainment field.

The AARC and the Salina Liberty, a professional indoor football team that plays at the Tony's Pizza Events Center, have a new, innovative agreement to utilize drones during each home game this season. One of the highlights? Dropping the game ball to the referee before the opening kickoff via a high-flying unmanned aircraft.

On March 1, the Salina Journal visited the Liberty's practice where staff members from the AARC were in attendance doing some practicing of their own. The newspaper documented their test runs of flying the aircraft and dropping the game ball, which can be read HERE.

Bill Gross and wife Elaine give to K-State Family Scholarship Program

Chief pilot and aviation professor Bill Gross and his wife Elaine want to help professional pilot students on the Polytechnic Campus achieve their career goals. That's why they have decided to give to the K-State Family Scholarship Program, which matches their gift to create scholarships for current students and future Wildcats.

"Whatever we can do to assist Kansas State Polytechnic recruit students, and then be able to see them move on to graduation; that's what Elaine and I want," Gross said.

To learn more about their generosity, 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.
High-five to Kevin Dawson for representing the campus while at McPherson Airport's Youth Leaders and Educators Session!

I would like to recognize admissions representative Kevin Dawson for his participation in the  Youth Leaders and Educators Session offered at the McPherson Airport on Feb. 28. Kevin was a featured speaker during the event, talking to local teachers, principals and counselors about aviation. He was even mentioned in the McPherson Sentinel paper! Thank you, Kevin, for positively representing the Polytechnic Campus and its aviation programs at this event and every day when you connect with prospective students and their parents. 

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.)
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