May 2, 2017
Upcoming Events:
Tuesday, May 2
Grocery Bingo from 6 to 8 p.m. in the CCCR

Flight Team meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Aviation Center

Wednesday, May 3
Board Games & Ice Cream from noon to 4 p.m. in the SLC

Alpha Eta Rho meeting at 7 p.m. in Tech Center room 118

Phi Delta Theta at 8:30 p.m. in the CCCR

Thursday, May 4
Student Yoga at 5 p.m. in the SLC

Aerospace Maintenance Professionals meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Aero building room 141

Christian Challenge meeting at 8 p.m. in the Cafeteria

Friday, May 5
Free Student Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in K-State Cafe

Saturday, May 6
Commencement at 10 a.m. in the Student Life Center

Free Entrance into Rolling Hills Zoo w/ Student ID all day

Sunday, May 7
No events scheduled

Monday, May 8
Women in Aviation meeting at 8:30 p.m. in TC107
Quick Links
Editor's note: Wildcat Weekly will have limited summer schedule

During the summer semester, the Wildcat Weekly will be on a limited publishing schedule. It will be available next week and then will be emailed out once a month - June 6, July 11 and August 8 - until the start of the fall semester, when it will resume on August 22. Please continue to submit announcements and news items for the Wildcat Weekly via the Project Requests tab on the Marketing & Communications webpage.
Registrar's office releases spring commencement instructions and reminders for all graduates

To the spring and summer graduates of the Polytechnic Campus: congratulations! You are almost a K-State alumnus, but first, here are a few instructions and reminders for your big day - Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. in the SLC.
  • Commencement rehearsal: If you plan on walking in the graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 6, you need to be at rehearsal the day prior. Graduates, please meet in the Student Life Center at 1 p.m. on May 5 for rehearsal, which will go over lining up for the ceremony, the degree conferring and receiving process and any additional questions you may have.
  • Commencement arrival time: Graduate should arrive on campus no later than 9:15 a.m. on May 6 with your cap, gown and tassel. The student meeting location is in the College Center conference room. When you arrive, there will be a table with your reader card - the only way to know you have arrived is if you have your card.
  • Late orders of cap/gown/tassel: If you have not yet ordered your cap, gown or tassel for graduation, there is still time because the company is located in Manhattan and has quick turnaround times on shipments. Go to for details. The tassel color for the College of Technology and Aviation is black, the College of Arts and Sciences (social work) is bright gold and the College of Human Ecology (FSHS/PFP) is maroon.
  • Official transcripts: If you have not ordered official transcripts for when your degree is posted, do so before the end of finals week. The last day to order transcripts at no charge is May 26; after that date, they are $15 each. When you order your transcript(s), there is an option to select "Hold for Degree." These will be processed mid-June when degrees are posted. 
  • Online viewing options: If you have family that is unable to attend commencement, share this link that offers a live feed of the ceremony with them: Also, K-State Polytechnic's social media pages - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - will cover the ceremony with fun photos and videos.
  • Snapchat: A special Snapchat filter has been created for the Polytechnic Campus' commencement ceremony. It is only available from 9 a.m. to noon on May 6, so be sure to snap a lot of photos and share them across your social media platforms using the hashtag #KStateGraduation.
  • Questions: Contact Kathy Sanders at or (785) 826-2607.
Information systems office warns of phishing and email scams

Information technology services, or ITS, is reporting an increase in university email scams over the last week. There have been 190 scams reported since Sunday, resulting in 75 compromised accounts.

If you have any questions about the validity of an email, you can do any of the following:
  • Consult the ITS checklist HERE
  • Check the scams blog HERE
  • Contact information systems on the Polytechnic Campus at
  • Contact the ITS Help Desk at
ITS encourages users to be especially suspicious of emails in the junk folder. Normally, emails in the junk folder are there for a reason. Last week, individuals were pulling emails out of their junk folders and responding to scams.
Undergraduate Research Showcase winners announced

The Undergraduate Research Showcase, which was held April 25, highlighted a variety of end-of-the-year research projects and allowed students to display and present their hard work. The projects also were judged by faculty and the top three winners received scholarships.
  • First place was presented to Ryan Fabac, a student in computer systems technology. His project was titled "Automative Data Acquisition System".
  • Second place winners were Logan Gideon and Tate Neill, both students in computer systems technology. Their project was titled "Print Shop Management System."
  • Third place winner, Jason Nowak, also in computer systems technology, presented "Linux System Administration in an Enterprise Environment."
Congratulations to all who participated in this year's showcase.
University support staff celebrated at recognition breakfast

Kansas State Polytechnic is proud to honor its support staff because they play a vital role in the success of the campus. On May 1, members of the staff were honored for their years of service, diligent work and loyalty during an annual recognition breakfast. Those acknowledged with plaques or a special pin are:
  • University Support Staff Employee of the Year: Alan Brown, senior carpenter and building maintenance
  • 30 years of service: Annette Hernandez, engineering technology office specialist
  • 15 years of service: Merlin Kuder, aviation technician, and Bruce Serrault, senior carpenter and groundskeeper (not pictured)
  • 10 years of service: Steve Garman, supervisor of public safety (not pictured)
Thank you for your contributions!
Jimmy Splichal gives 'Last Lecture' while he and other retirees honored for 125 years of combined service

The six members of the Polytechnic Campus retiring this year have a combined 125 years of service. On April 27, those retirees - Raylene Alexander, Bill Chestnut, Jimmy Splichal, Linda Pfaff, Linda German and Larry Huninghake - were honored during a reception and the annual "Last Lecture" presentation.

As one of the retirees, Splichal was selected to give the "Last Lecture," and spoke about his life and career over the years and what he has learned. He also had advice for students, telling them to discover their "why" - explore why you want to do something - and then remember to stick to it. 

Splichal also joked that his other piece of advice to students is, "Don't drink and drive, buckle up and if you get in trouble, don't call me!"

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 retirees and thank you for your dedication and purple pride!

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 Madelyn Gonzalez for your leadership opportunity with Upward Bound!

I would like to send a big high-five to Madelyn Gonzalez, who recently was hired by Upward Bound as a residence hall mentor for the Summer Institute 2017. Gonzalez is a sophomore from Chicago studying in the engineering technology program, and aspires to one day focus on aerospace engineering. Madelyn is a first-generation student, is the current president of the Solar Boat Club and is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina. Congratulations Madelyn!

Upward Bound is a federally funded campus-based TRIO program designed to assist area students in successfully completing high school and preparing them for college through advisement and encouragement. Upward Bound services 55 students from ninth through twelfth grade. The criteria to be a participant in the Upward Bound program is as follows: first-generation, income eligible, and/or at-risk academically.
Aviation Scholarships:
The Paul Whelan Aviation Scholarship is offering a $2,000 scholarship. Must be in aviation major with a 2.5 or better overall GPA and a 3.0 or better GPA in aviation coursework. DEADLINE: May 15th.  

Study Abroad Scholarships:
Ever think of studying abroad but don't think you can afford it? Check into the Gilman scholarship. K-State Polytechnic has had students study abroad with the assistance of this scholarship. The deadline is March 7 for Summer or Fall programs abroad, and October 2 for Spring programs abroad.
Summer Financial Aid
Will you be attending Kansas State Polytechnic this summer and are in need of financial aid? First enroll in your summer classes and then complete the Summer Financial Aid Application. Cindy Newell, financial coordinator located in the College Center's room 209, can check to see if you have any financial aid available for the summer classes you are taking. The form can be found at

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 the link below:

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 (Available in fall and spring semesters only. Not available in the summer.)

For dependents with a primary career of undergraduate (full time requirement), the amount of the Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant award for that semester will equal 7 credit hours at the applicable tuition rate. 

For dependents with a primary career of graduate or veterinary medicine, the amount of the Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant award for the semester will be equal to 1, 2, or 3 credit hours at the applicable tuition rate. The maximum of 3 credit hours of tuition rate will be awarded to students enrolled in a total of 3 or more credit hours for the semester.

For spouses with a primary career of undergraduate, graduate, or veterinary medicine, the amount of the Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant award for the semester will be equal to 1, 2, or 3 credit hours at the applicable tuition rate. The maximum of 3 credit hours of tuition rate will be awarded to students enrolled in a total of 3 or more credit hours for the semester.
All jobs, both part-time and full-time as well as internship opportunities, are listed on the Kansas State University CES account. Access your CES account by logging into: 
For more information about this resource or additional employment resources, or for CES search assistance, please contact  Julie Rowe by email at, by phone at  (785) 826-8524, or in person on the second floor of the College Center.
To post a position on the CES system, please send your job descriptions and employer contact information by email to Julie Rowe at for immediate posting.