October 17, 2017
Campus Events

Tuesday, Oct. 17   
-K-State Shred Day from 8:30 to 11 a.m., East and West Wing of Tech Ctr

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

-SGA Meeting at 8 p.m., College Center Cafeteria

Oct. 18    
-No Events Scheduled

Oct. 19

-Advanced SafeZone Training from 4 to 5 p.m., Tech Ctr Lobby

-Yoga Class at 5:30 p.m., Welcome Center Classroom

-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

Oct. 21   
-Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat from 1:30 to 5 p.m., Circle Drive

-K-State Football vs. Oklahoma at 3 p.m., Bill Snyder Stadium

Sunday, Oct. 22   
-No Events Scheduled

Monday, Oct. 23   
-Yoga Class at 5:30 p.m., Welcome Center Classroom
Quick Links
Bill Gross earns 8th Master CFI accreditation 

Bill Gross has accomplished something only 15 others in the world have - earned a Master CFI accreditation eight times in his career.

The p rofessor of aviation and chief pilot at Kansas State Polytechnic has been teaching on campus for 30 years and started applying for the Master CFI, or certificated flight instructor, title in 2003. He has successfully renewed that designation every two years since then, making him accredited eight times in a row. He is one of only 16 across the globe to earn that credential.

Master Instructors LLC is the international accrediting authority for Gross' title and five other Master Instructor designations, all recognized by the FAA. Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth and service to the aviation community as well as pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review to earn an accreditation. 

Gross initially taught high school vocational agriculture for a few years before deciding to get his private flying license, which put him on his current path. 
Kansas State Polytechnic offering aircraft certification courses for industry professionals
Kansas State Polytechnic  is expanding its offerings in aviation to provide much-needed education for professionals in the field of aircraft certification.

The professional education and outreach office on campus is launching a  professional development program c entered on the understanding and application of Federal Aviation Administration regulations and processes used in aircraft type and production certification. The courses will be taught as a combination of online and in person, with instruction beginning in January 2018 for the first offering. After completion, which can be achieved in one year, students will receive a certificate from Kansas State Polytechnic's professional education and outreach office and have the opportunity to earn a total of 180 professional development hours.

"Aviation has been a cornerstone of this campus for more than 50 years and we're proud to be able to build on our history while providing expertise to fill a need in the industry," said Kurt Barnhart, associate dean of research and engagement for Kansas State Polytechnic. "There are emerging holes between professionals new to aircraft certification and those that have been on the job for numerous years and are skilled in this area. Many veteran employees are ready to retire, causing on-the-job training to taper off. These courses offer comprehensive, relevant education delivered by seasoned professionals to those who need to get up to speed quickly on the nuances of airworthiness and production certification."

To continue reading, click HERE.
Student support services hosts FAFSA night

Amy Sellers and student support services are helping students fill out their FAFSA forms on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Tullis building. 

Students should come with:
  • Social Security number
  • 2016 tax information (if student is considered independent, bring your own; if student is a dependent, bring your parent/guardian's)
  • Your FAFSA ID and password (if you've filled it out before)
Amy says another thing to remember is parents or guardians should be kept informed that the students are filling FAFSA out so they can be available in case students need to call them with questions. For more information on the event, contact Amy  at amyeb@ksu.edu. k
DVACK, K-State Polytechnic students introduce Red Flag Campaign to campus

They are all about bringing attention to unhealthy relationships.

Several Kansas State Polytechnic students have joined the campus's DVACK, or Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas, advocate Carolyn Davis to create awareness around the different signs of a possible dangerous relationship.

The group has brought the Red Flag Campaign to the Polytechnic Campus as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Students, faculty and staff can fill out a red flag with warnings of violence, words of encouragement or a short message of support for survivors. These flags are one way to help bring recognition to what constitutes healthy and unhealthy behaviors in relationships.

Flags are available in the Tech Center and College Center lobbies . They will be posted around campus so that people can see the messages.

If you want to know more about the campaign, visit the following link:  http://www.theredflagcampaign.org/
Third week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month focuses on digital identity safety

October is   National Cyber Security Awareness Month , or NCSAM, and each week has a key security theme and related tips. This week's theme is "Today's Predictions for Tomorrow's Internet."

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand as more of the "things" in our homes, cars and pockets or purses connect to the digital world through chips, tags or sensors. There's no denying that new devices are fun, but while there are more opportunities to interact with people, share information and stay connected, we also need to be aware of the risks these things may introduce.

See the NCSAM Infographic for more information on protecting yourself and your family in today's world of always-connected devices. Additional resources for staying safe online can be found at the Stay Safe Online website.

K-State's list of NCSAM events can be found on the IT Service webpage.
Coed volleyball intramurals coming to SLC, register by Oct. 18
Bump... Set... Spike! 

Coed volleyball intramurals are coming to the Student Life Center and anyone interested in playing is invited to sign up. Games begin the week of Oct. 23 with registration forms due Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Although volleyball is a team sport, you don't need to assemble a team to participate.  Registration forms can be found at the SLC front desk and can be filled out as a group or individual. Also, there is no cost to play - it's free!

Questions about all of Kansas State Polytechnic's intramurals can be directed to SLC coordinator, Kyle Chamberlin, at kchamberlin5@k-state.edu. 
Unmanned aircraft systems senior lands back-to-back internships with NASA

Kendy Edmonds, a senior at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, is expanding her collegiate experience to include back-to-back internships with the nation's best-known entity for space exploration.

Edmonds, who is double majoring in unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, flight and operations and UAS design and integration, was selected for a fall internship at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, after completing  a summer stint at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She is using her aviation background to help NASA with mission planning, procedural development and components testing, all in an effort to integrate UAS into the National Airspace System, or NAS.

To continue reading, click HERE.
Kansas State Polytechnic announces student ambassadors for 2017-2018 academic year

The Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has selected five new Wildcats to serve as student ambassadors.

One sophomore, one junior and three seniors will represent Kansas State Polytechnic in the coveted leadership positions during the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Ambassadors attend a variety of on-campus, community-based and industry events to give their personal perspective on the student experience as well as promote campus offerings and purple pride.  

Undergraduates named as student ambassadors are, from left: Juan Diaz, senior in professional pilot; JT Brantley, senior in mechanical engineering technology; Logan Renz, junior in UAS flight and operations; Clayton Bettenbrock, sophomore in mechanical engineering technology; and Colton Linenberger, senior in computer systems technology.

To read more, 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.
Thank you Dené  Sheridan and Steve Garman for your attentive customer service!

I want to give a high-five to Dené Sheridan in fiscal services and Steve Garman in security for properly resolving a parking ticket matter that later was highlighted in the Salina Journal.

A reporter from the paper had brought along a group of his co-workers to eat on campus last week and as he documented in a story he wrote, titled "Making bad and good impressions," the reporter received a ticket on his car for parking in a permit-only space. Although he sent in a check to pay for the ticket, he also wrote a note to the campus asking where visitors could park during lunch.

Dené received the payment and note and took it upon herself to check with Steve about lunchtime parking. Steve confirmed the ticket's time and that it should not have been issued during lunch. The citation was voided and Dené sent the check back much to the reporter's surprise and glee. She also included her own note inviting the reporter to return for lunch. The reporter concluded in his story that the way the situation was handled left a positive impression on him and that he would, in fact, be back.

This is such a great example of attentive customer service - ensuring procedures had been followed correctly and at the same time, attending to a visitor's request. I really appreciate how Dené and Steve worked together to settle the issue.

**For more information on parking on the Polytechnic Campus, visit fiscal services webpage
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 www.fafsa.gov.

1.  K-State scholarship application is available for 2018-2019. Apply at http://www.k-state.edu/sfa/scholarships/ 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).  https://www.vfw.org/scholarship/

3. AVIATION - Women in Aviation is once again offering a number of scholarships to both men and women who are members of Women in Aviation. DEADLINE: November 13 (Must be a WIA member by November 1, 2017).   https://www.wai.org/education/scholarships

4. 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 24http://nata.aero/Scholarships/Dan-L.-Meisinger,-Sr.-Memorial-Scholarship.aspx

5. 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 30https://www.nbaa.org/prodev/scholarships/barden/

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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For more information about this resource or additional employment resources, or for Handshake search assistance, please contact  Julie Rowe by email at  jarowe@k-state.edu, by phone at  (785) 826-2971, or in person on the first floor of the College Center.
To post a position on Handshake, you can create an employer account by logging into:    http://www.k-state.edu/careercenter/handshake/index.html Please contact Julie Rowe with any questions or concerns.