September 12, 2017
Campus Events

Tuesday, Sept. 12
Civic Luncheon Lecture at 12 p.m., CCCR

Rocketry Club Meeting at 6 p.m., Tech Center 118

Flight Team Meeting at 7:30 p.m., Stevens Flight Center

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

Wednesday, Sept. 13
No Scheduled Events

Thursday, Sept. 14
Flight Team Meeting at 7:30 p.m., Stevens Flight Center

Friday, Sept. 15
Self-care is Ethical Practice Workshop for Social Work Professionals from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Outreach Center

Saturday, Sept. 16
No Scheduled Events

Sunday, Sept. 17
No Scheduled Events

Monday, Sept. 18
sUAS Commercial Pilot Training Course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Outreach Center

Quick Links
The communications and marketing office has designed three filters to represent the Polytechnic Campus on Snapchat and now it is up to you to decide which one wins out. Do you prefer the traditional collegiate look of the pennant, the statement-making "I am Polytechnic," or the recognizable symbol of the campus's front gates? Cast your vote between Sept. 5 and Sept. 18 by clicking  HERE .

**If anyone was experiencing trouble with the voting link last week, it should be fixed now. Let your voice be heard!
Provost Mason to hold 'office hours' September 15 for campus leadership discussions with faculty, staff

In preparation to begin a search for the next CEO and dean of the Polytechnic Campus following the announcement of Dean Verna Fitzsimmons ' retirement,  Provost April Mason has scheduled a series of monthly information-gathering meetings on campus. 

On Sept. 15, Provost Mason is holding "office hours" in three locations on campus with the intention of speaking with any faculty or staff who are able to drop by.  These conversations will be very informal and will serve as faculty and staff members' opportunity to help impact the future leadership of the Polytechnic Campus . Provost Mason's office  schedule on Sept. 15 will be as follows:

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.            Tech Center 109
9:45 to 10:45 a.m.          Tullis 105B
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.         Aero 102
Faculty and staff, please stop by any of these locations as your schedules allow.
Professor Nichols to speak at upcoming cybersecurity event at Wichita State University

Associate professor Randall Nichols is ready to give his audience a wake up call when it comes to impending drone wars.

A professor of UAS cybersecurity at Kansas State Polytechnic, Nichols has been asked to speak at the upcoming Cybersecurity Forum at Wichita State University and will be giving a presentation titled, "Drone Wars: Threats, Vulnerabilities and Hostile Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Small UAS."

During the event, which takes place Oct. 4 at the Hughes Metroplex, Nichols will touch on the UAS and small UAS landscape, including automation, collaboration, conventional vulnerabilities and countermeasures. He will also speak on commercial UAV sophistication, sense and avoid and SCADA systems. Woven into his presentation will be solutions to any risks or problems posed to unmanned aircraft when it comes to cybersecurity.

Professor Nichols' speaking engagement begins at 3 p.m. and is expected to last around 45 minutes. For more information on the subject matter or the Cybersecurity Forum in general, email Nichols at
Tutors needed to help students in ECET, microeconomics

Do you enjoying helping other students be successful? Are you looking for a way to give back to the campus or add to your academic resume? Try tutoring!

The library is currently looking for tutors to cover various courses in both electronic and computer engineering technology and microeconomics.

For details on the positions available and to obtain an application, contact  Katherine Jones at
Faculty, staff and students invited to Safe Zone introductory training

Kansas State Polytechnic deeply values its principles of community, diversity and social awareness, and through a program known as Safe Zone, members of the campus can contribute to these important standards.

The purpose of the Safe Zone program is to create "allies" for oppressed, marginalized and silenced groups on campus. Being an ally is about providing resources, contacts or help to those in need, whether it be for students, staff or faculty. 

The Safe Zone program starts with introductory training, which is the first step to becoming a Polytechnic Campus ally. It educates individuals how to be there for someone in need and how to promote positive change in a dominant culture.  Introductory training is being held Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Technology Center, room 118. All students, faculty and staff members are invited.

For more information on Safe Zone and becoming an ally, contact Sarah Werner, student services manager, at .

Jaffee earns second NAFI Master Instructor accreditation

Senior assistant chief flight instructor and flight team advisor Ben Jaffee is adding to his credentials. He recently earned his second NAFI Master Instructor accreditation. 

The NAFI, or National Association of Flight Instructors, Master Instructor accreditation is earned by aviation educators based upon a system of advanced professional standards  and peer review. The accreditation identifies and publicly recognizes those teachers of flight who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth and service to the aviation community.

Jaffee grew up in California, taking his first flight in a small airplane on a EAA Young Eagles flight and realized that he wanted to be a pilot. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, earning a bachelor's degree in aeronautics and his AGI, CFI, CFII and MEI. He also hold's a master's of business administration in aviation and  has more than 4,700 flight hours.

Jaffee joined the aviation faculty at Kansas State Polytechnic in 2016.
Freshmen attend seminar course called Mastering Academic Conversations
Freshmen on the Polytechnic Campus are getting a boost to their humanities education through a seminar course called  Mastering Academic Conversations.

The course, taught by Dr. Pat Ackerman, Kathy Brockway and Joel Matthews, is a requirement for the freshmen class and meets every Wednesday afternoon in the College Center Conference Room to accommodate the 70 students. 

During the semester, the underclassmen will experience art and humanities in Salina, like attending a play, visiting the Smoky Hill Museum and going on the downtown sculpture tour. They will also be asked to create research posters and take part in assignments that focus on critical thinking and reflection. 

Dr. Ackerman says the course's motto is to "actively engage students in the process of becoming successful students, scholars and citizens."

The photos are from the very first seminar meeting this semester.

Airport management senior presents on summer internship in Taiwan
Hsin Huang, a senior in the airport management degree option, now has another accomplishment to add to his resume.

Huang  spent the summer in his hometown of Taichung, Taiwan, interning at the local airport as a flight operations coordinator. He presented on his experiences Tuesday in the Technology Center.

Huang, who plans on returning home after graduating, said his internship was focused on four areas: airport emergency planning, airport security, which includes terrorism training, airport wildlife hazards and airport firefighting.

For more information student internship presentations, contact  Julie Rowe, student activities and career center coordinator, at

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 Alyssa Wendel for her rising star award!

Alyssa Wendel has won the Outstanding New Professional Rising Star Award for the state of Kansas from NASPA IV-West, which is the regional association for National Association for Student Affairs Administrators. 

The Outstanding New Professionals Rising Star award goes to an individual who has less than five years of professional experience and who has made significant contributions to his or her campus and region, with involvement on committees, new ideas for programs, and a student-centered focus.
Alyssa will be recognized for this accomplishment in November at the annual conference, but I wanted to share the happy news since it was recently announced that she won!  Congratulate this Rising Star if you see her.   

1. ANY STUDENT  - The $500 AES Engineering scholarship is available to any student. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of character, as determined by the evaluation of the essay submitted. DEADLINE: October 6.

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

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.)

All jobs, both part-time and full-time, as well as internship opportunities, are listed on Handshake (formerly CES). Create or access your Handshake account by logging into:  

For more information about this resource or additional employment resources, or for Handshake search assistance, please contact  Julie Rowe by email at, 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: Please contact Julie Rowe with any questions or concerns.