November 28, 2017
Campus Events

Tuesday, Nov. 28      
-Rocketry Club Meeting at 6:30 p.m., Tech Ctr 118

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

Wednesday, Nov. 29    
-Safe Zone Training from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., TC168

Thursday, Nov. 30   
-Programming Board at 5:30 p.m., CCCR

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

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

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

Friday, Dec. 1    
-Keeping Salina Warm from 5 p.m. to midnight, SLC

Saturday, Dec. 2   
Candy Canes and Airplanes from 2 to 4 p.m., Hangar 600

Sunday, Dec. 3         
-No Events Scheduled

Monday, Dec. 4        
-Grocery Bingo from 8 p.m. to midnight, CCCR

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Dr. Alysia Starkey announces additional role of director of professional education and outreach

Dr. Alysia Starkey is taking on more responsibility with her recently announced role in the campus's Outreach Center.  She will be the new director of professional education and outreach in addition to her current position as associate dean of academics. 

Dr. Starkey, whose office is now located in the Outreach Center in the north corridor of campus, says the position allows her to be more fully engaged in all aspects of academic operations on the Polytechnic Campus. She notes that for the past two years, she has had supervisory responsibilities for student services, but now that Sarah Werner, student services manager, is in place, she can refocus on new on-campus and off-campus academic program development.

"This is an exciting change as it also provides an opportunity for academic services - advising, registrar, library, instructional design, and professional education and outreach - to work closely together to strengthen support for all learners, whether they be traditional, credit seeking on-campus or distance students, or individuals seeking to advance their professional skills through non-credit opportunities," said Dr. Starkey. 

Another change in the professional education and outreach office is the addition of Kelli Witte, who was previously in the student support services office. Witte is the new office specialist and Testing Center coordinator.
Members of the Social Work Wildcats, a student organization on the Polytechnic Campus, proudly gather around the undergarment donations they collected for survivors of Hurricane Harvey. Faculty, staff and students helped make the campaign successful, which was officially called Undies For Everyone.
Faculty members from several different degree options visited Junction City High School Nov. 17 for their freshmen Discovery Days. Several stations were set up around the gym where students could explore technologies such as robotics, UAS, 3D printing, digital media, aviation maintenance and more. 
Students, faculty and staff stand together during KSUnite on Nov. 14 in the shape of a "K" to show campus pride and unity. KSUnite is a university-wide initiative to provide a more welcoming and inclusive educational environment at K-State.
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 or other cold weather item, 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.
Library offering Harry Potter night during Stress Free Week

Calling all Muggles and Wizards!

The K-State Polytechnic Library is contributing to Stress Free Week with a Harry Potter-themed event to help give students a break from studying for finals. From 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, the library is hosting a variety of activities that honor the famous sci-fi series, including being sorted into your own Hogwarts house and creating a wand. Snacks and drinks also will be provided.

Later that evening, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., there will be a competitive 
Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt. The first team to follow the clues and successfully complete the hunt will be given a prize.

Faculty and staff are invited to participate alongside students.

For more information, contact Katherine Jones, undergraduate services librarian, at or (785) 826-2637.
K-State Polytechnic awards $8,500 scholarship at Pro Jet Aviation Education and Career Expo
K-State Polytechnic admissions traveled to Leesburg, Virginia in October to attend a prospective student expo and connect with a scholarship recipient. 

The admissions team visited the Pro Jet Aviation Education and Career Expo, which hosts several hundred high school and college students from around the area. During the event, the students listen to motivational speakers, visit with college and industry representatives and receive scholarships. 

K-State Polytechnic awarded Marlena Schoppert, a student in a technical training school in Leesburg, earned a $8,500 scholarship.
Professor Drew Smith featured in magazine article about aviation maintenance management degree
Hot off the press!  Avionics News magazine is featuring the aviation maintenance management degree option in this month's issue. Professor Drew Smith was interviewed for the article and speaks about topics such as the program's background, curriculum updates, graduates' careers and the future of the program.

If you would like to read the story, please 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.
Congratulations to Beth Drescher for being awarded two significant honors!

Beth Drescher, our campus grant writer, deserves a big high-five after being selected for two major 4-H honors. She was recently given the national Military Partnership Award, which is handed out annually to one person in the United States who works with the Military 4-H program at  the  National Association of Extension 4-H Agents conference . She is the first person from Kansas to ever earn this recognition.  Beth also received the  Meritorious Service Award, given to one 4-H professional from each state each year.

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. 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

3.  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 

4. 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

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

6.  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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