November 14, 2017
Campus Events

Tuesday, Nov. 14      
-KSUnite Unity Walk & Address from 1 to 3 p.m., SLC

-Rocketry Club Meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tech Ctr 118

-SGA Meeting at 8:30 p.m., CCCR

Wednesday, Nov. 15   
-No Events Scheduled

Thursday, Nov. 16  
- UAS Club Meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tech Ctr 123

-The Polytechnic Experience Live: Pro Pilot at 7 p.m., Facebook Live

-Alpha Eta Rho at 7 p.m., Technology Ctr Room 118

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

Friday, Nov. 17  
-No Events Scheduled

Saturday, Nov. 18  
K-State Café is closed through Nov. 26

Sunday, Nov. 19       
-No Events Scheduled

Monday, Nov. 20      
-No Classes through Nov. 24

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Editor's note: No Wildcat Weekly during holiday breaks

During the upcoming holiday breaks, the Wildcat Weekly will be put on hold. Please note that you will not receive the e-newsletter on Tuesday, Nov. 21 during Thanksgiving Break, and in between the fall and spring semesters from Tuesday, Dec. 19 to Tuesday, Jan. 9. The Wildcat Weekly will then resume on Jan. 16, 2018.
Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes available in Schilling Hall

Help make someone's season bright by participating in Operation Christmas Child!

This initiative's signature shoeboxes, which are used to send children in need around the world a special present during the holidays, are available in Schilling Hall to any Wildcat that would like to help. 

Campus clubs, groups of faculty, staff or students, or individuals are invited to take part in packing a shoebox with items like toys, school supplies and hygiene items for children. After each box is stuffed with goodies, they should be dropped off in front of the SGA office in the College Center no later than Nov. 20 at noon.

For questions about this goodwill gesture, contact Jay Li, diversity affairs director and airport management student, at  (913) 709-2481 or

Students enjoy a special Thanksgiving meal together on Thursday, Nov. 9 in the K-State Café. The turkey dinner - complete with all of the fixings - was designed to help the K-State Polytechnic family of faculty, staff and students connect, converse and show unity.

Amanda Pope, Alyssa Wendel, Kelli Witte and Amy Sellers pose in the frightening photo booth at this year's Halloween Brunch for K-State Polytechnic faculty and staff. Beth Drescher, Dené Sheridan and Monica Curnutt organized the spook-tacular event. 

K-State student members of Engineers Without Borders give a presentation on the organization during Nov. 9's Civic Luncheon Lecture Series. Representatives of the Peace Corps and K-State's Education Abroad also spoke during the event,  which highlighted global volunteerism.
Social work students aim to raise homelessness awareness, gather warm clothing with fundraiser 'Keeping Salina Warm'

If you have a roof over your head every night, students in the social work degree option want you to understand what it is like for those that do not.

The students have created "Keeping Salina Warm," a simulation and fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 1 that aims to shine a light on the local homeless population while collecting cold weather necessities. From 5 p.m. to midnight in the Student Life Center, those that attend are given the opportunity to experience what it would be like to be without adequate shelter on a cold December night. Participants also are eligible for dinner, however, as part of the simulation, it will be handed out to them in a soup kitchen setting.

Children in attendance can decorate holiday cards that will be given to  DVACK, the  Ashby House and the Salina Rescue Mission, and everyone who comes is asked to donate a winter coat, which also will go to those three organizations. 

For more information or questions about "Keeping Salina Warm,"contact Tammy Trepoy at or (785) 643-3461.
Purple goes green: Kansas State Polytechnic adds renewable energy to campus
Kansas State Polytechnic cut the ribbon on a new wind turbine and solar panels on Nov. 8.

The energy-efficient additions to campus are outside of the Student Life Center. The building will see the benefit of the alternative energy production, while the campus now has the first pieces in place for its goal to become more energy efficient and increase its sustainable energy production.

"As I look at our campus and how to prepare it for the future while reflecting technology, adding renewable energy through solar and wind power seems a natural fit," said Verna Fitzsimmons, CEO and dean of Kansas State Polytechnic. "Faculty and staff can use the systems for education. Facilities can use the systems to monitor energy usage and integrate the findings into future energy projects. Students can witness the complex technology firsthand and use the systems to learn more about renewable energy systems, collect data, and analyze and draw conclusions. This idea fits perfectly with our programs and the polytechnic model of education."

Integrating the wind and solar technology into the hands-on education model of the campus was a key selling point, Fitzsimmons said. The technology provides multiple opportunities for collaboration across campus, including biannual safety inspections of the turbine via drone - one area of national recognition at Kansas State Polytechnic.

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*To monitor wind turbine production, click HERE.
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Kansas State Polytechnic welcomes new executive director of enrollment management and marketing

Kansas State Polytechnic has hired a new leader to transform prospective students into Wildcats.

Christopher Smith, former director of admissions for two DeVry University locations, joins Kansas State Polytechnic as the new executive director of enrollment management and marketing. Smith started his role at the beginning of October and is tasked with supervising the operations of both the admissions and communications and marketing offices. His primary focus is on increasing brand awareness and creating new recruiting strategies, with an overall objective of growing enrollment.

"We are proud to welcome Dr. Smith and his years of experience in student recruitment to the Polytechnic Campus," said Verna Fitzsimmons, dean and CEO of Kansas State Polytechnic. "His extensive knowledge of the consultative approach to enrollment, which centralizes the student experience, aligns perfectly with our campus's polytechnic approach to education. It will be exciting to watch Dr. Smith's fresh perspective and new ideas elevate our engagement with potential Wildcats."

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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.
Thank you to Beth, Monica and Dené for organizing the Halloween Brunch!

A well-deserved high-five goes out to Beth Drescher, Monica Curnutt and Dené Sheridan for putting together such an entertaining Halloween Brunch. I know faculty and staff appreciated the opportunity to take a break and have some fun, and I enjoyed watching everyone come together and get into the Halloween spirit. If you would like to view photos from the event, look through the album  HERE .

High-five Taste of Culture organizers, and congratulations to the winners!

I want to thank everyone who was involved in the Taste of Culture event, from the planners to the participants. Food is always a great way to bring people together and the experience is even more meaningful when we can learn about traditions, customs and cultures through the cuisine. Tissa Salter and Jacob Rose from the Worldview Week committee deserve extra-special recognition for spearheading the gathering, and congratulations to Eric Cole,  Yuki Busujima,  Kathy Brockway and Kebby Underwood for submitting the winning appetizer, main course and desserts respectively. 
FAFSA now open for 2018-2019
1. The FAFSA is now open for 2018-2019. The priority date to complete is December 1, 2017. K-State's school code is 001928. Students can apply at

1.  K-State scholarship application is available for 2018-2019. Apply at Priority deadline is February 1, 2018 for continuing students.

2. VETERANS - VFW's Sport Clips Help a Hero Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship. DEADLINE:  November 15  (We have had K-State Polytechnic students receive this scholarship in the past).

3. AVIATION - The $2,500 Dan L. Meisinger Sr. Memorial Learn to Fly scholarship is open to any aviation student with a 3.0 GPA or better. Preference will be given to residents of Kansas, Missouri or Illinois. DEADLINE: November 24,-Sr.-Memorial-Scholarship.aspx

4. AVIATION - The $1,000 Janice Barden scholarship is available to aviation students who are a sophomore or higher with a minimum 3.0 GPA. DEADLINE: November 30

5.  AIRPORT MANAGEMENT - Airports Council International is offering a scholarships to students majoring in airport management with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. DEADLINE:  December 15 

6. AVIATION - Pioneers of Flight scholarship is a $1,000 award available to college sophomores and juniors with a 3.0 or better GPA who are enrolled full-time in an aviation degree program. DEADLINE: December 29

7.  AVIATION - ICAS Foundation offers a variety of scholarships for aviation students. DEADLINE: December 31

8.  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 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 (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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