September 26, 2017
Campus Events

Tuesday, Sept. 26
Professional Photo Day
from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Welcome Center 101

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

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

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

Wednesday, Sept. 27
Professional Photo Day,
from 10 a.m. - noon, Welcome Center 101

K-State Alerts Test
at 1:20 p.m., All of Campus

Wildcat Carnival at 7 p.m., Lawn Near Residence Halls 

Thursday, Sept. 28
Flight Team Meeting at 7:30 p.m., Stevens Flight Center

Friday, Sept. 29
Pres. Myers' State of the University address at 3:30 p.m., Manhattan Campus

Saturday, Sept. 30
K-State Football vs. Baylor

at 2:30 p.m., Bill Synder Stadium

Sunday, Oct. 1
No Scheduled Events

Monday, Oct. 2
Matter-of-Fact Monday Faculty/Staff Meeting at 3:30 p.m., Tech Ctr 118

Quick Links
Two students to represent K-State Polytechnic in Fly Kansas Air Tour 

An airport management and professional pilot student will take to the skies this year for Kansas State Polytechnic in the Fly Kansas Air Tour.

Jacob Spain, a senior from Lawrence, and Trever Linn, a senior from Flagler, Colorado, will fly in the three-day, 10-city event representing the campus. The Fly Kansas Air Tour takes off from Wellington on Thursday, Sept. 28 and travels through Liberal, Dodge City, Hays, Concordia, Atchison, New Century, Pittsburg and Independence before making a final stop in Benton on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Along with being a  celebration of Kansas aviation, this year's tour will promote science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education as well as highlight the benefits of local airports. The Fly Kansas Air Tour  is presented by the Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education and the Kansas Department of Transportation.

During each stop, interested community members can view the planes in the tour up close and talk with the pilots to learn about aviation in general and its role in Kansas. If you are able to make it to one of the tour locations, make sure to say hi to Jacob and Trever. 

Professor Nichols to give 'Drone Wars' presentation at K-State Polytechnic Oct. 6

Randall Nichols, Kansas State Polytechnic professor of practice, will be giving a special presentation on campus next month focusing on unmanned aircraft systems or drones.

Professor Nichols will present "Drone Wars: Threats, Vulnerabilities and Hostile Use of UAS" on Friday, Oct. 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the College Center Conference Room. Faculty, staff and students, specifically undergrads in the UAS degree options, are encouraged to attend.

The presentation will cover UAS automation, collaboration, conventional vulnerabilities and countermeasures as well as commercial UAS sophistication, sense and avoid and SCADA systems. The overall goal of the message is to offer a wake-up call on drone threats and solutions to reduce risks. 

This presentation is part of the K-State  Research, Scholarship, Creative Activity, and Discovery, or  RSCAD,  Lecture Series. 

K-State's emergency notification system to be tested Sept. 27

K-State Alerts will test the university's emergency notification system at
1:20 p.m. Wednesday,  Sept. 27 , in conjunction with the National Emergency Alert System test. The test includes text messaging and automated phone calls for those who have signed up for K-State Alerts.

The test also will include notifications on the university's home page, email messages, Twitter and Facebook posts, alert beacons in various buildings on campus and the tornado sirens. The wall-mounted alert beacons will emit a loud siren, flash strobe lights and provide digital scrolling text for two minutes. They can't be turned off during the test.

K-State Alerts is the university's primary messaging system for timely emergency notifications. The university uses K-State Alerts when a dangerous condition exists on any of the three campuses, such as an active shooter, tornado, snow day or other dangerous weather that may close campus or to inform about the reopening a campus following a forced closure.
K-State Polytechnic welcomes 310th Bombardment Wing back to campus

For the veterans of the 310th Bombardment Wing, visiting the Polytechnic Campus was like returning home. That's because these heroes were stationed on the campus property in the 1950's and 1960's when it was Smoky Hill and later Schilling Air Force Base.

On Sept. 20, members of the 310th Bomb Wing were treated to a tour of K-State Polytechnic's unmanned aircraft systems program by staff and students of the campus's Applied Aviation Research Center. They were broken up into three rotating groups, traveling from the UAS Lab to the Smoky Hill UAS Pavilion to the Welcome Center. Their activities included learning about the UAS program's history and future trajectory, exploring the UAS fleet and flying drones in the netted pavilion. 

In addition to their stop at K-State Polytechnic, the 310th bomb wing members also connected with the Salina Airport Authority and toured many buildings around town with Visit Salina. They even stopped by their old homes. 

During their time on base, the veterans were trained in B-29 airplanes and then received KC-97 tankers for refueling missions.
Social Work Wildcats student club supports 'Undies for Everyone'
The Social Work Wildcats are using their campus club for good.

The group of students has decided to join the national initiative "Undies for Everyone" to help out the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Social Work Wildcats has been asking for underwear donations from members of the Polytechnic Campus because they are one of the most basic needs that are greatly appreciated by those affected, but not always thought of.

Undies for Everyone has collected more than 550,000 pairs of underwear in total for the recent hurricane victims. This agency gives the donated underwear to local colleges, churches and community centers. 


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 Women in Aviation for encouraging the next generation of aviators!

High-five to the K-State Polytechnic chapter of Women in Aviation for organizing a professional, comprehensive and fun event for Girls in Aviation Day this past Saturday. I am so proud of your desire to encourage the next generation of aviators and appreciate your commitment to your career field.

Girls in Aviation Day is an important event on campus because it gives the local community an opportunity to connect with our faculty and students as well as learn about our aviation degree options. It shows children, in particularly young women, that a career in aviation is possible and it plants the seed early for these future aviators to obtain their education as a Wildcat.

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.)

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