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Dear Readers, If I could go back in time, I wish I would have known more about the Wildcats! Yes, I will confess, I am not a Wildcat. Even worse, I am a Jayhawk. But for a gal migrating east from Colorado, the University of Kansas seemed like the right destination. However, over the years as I have found myself working Manhattan in various capacities, many with the University. That said—my allegiance has begun to blur. As Manhattan Magazine continues to celebrate five years in print, I was sure I wanted to find a way to include Kansas State University in that celebration as I personally have come to enjoy so many things about it (despite not being an alumna). Additionally we have also welcomed many events, staff and faculty into our pages over the past four years.
Among those in our first issue we featured the wonderful Ruth Ann Wefald as a Q&A subject; jazz musician and professor Wayne Goins graced our cover; University President Kirk Schulz welcomed us into his residence; and we sat down with the wives of some of K-State’s accomplished coaches—to get the real story, of course! Today, we dedicate an entire issue to this great institution, from a glimpse of the new Australian Study Abroad program to a tour through the KSU Gardens, a quick flight with the K-State Flight team and a guide to K-State’s cultural attractions. If you find yourself chanting EMAW, you’ll agree this fall issue is a nice homage to a cornerstone in Manhattan and one I am proud to celebrate. Katy, Editor
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Lifestyle: KSU Gardens
Hidden gem showcases school’s horticultural legacy
16 Landon Lecture Series: Putting K-State on the Map
Prominent newsmakers have come to Manhattan to talk politics and public affairs
20 Black Student Union Organization striving for inclusiveness recognized in Big 12 for excellence
22 Whispering Garden Tribute site for faithful friends benefits research at K-State’s veterinary college
27 Flavors: Creamy and delicious Call Hall Dairy Bar hits the spot
29 Amy Button Renz President and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association
30 John Floros Kansas State University’s new dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension
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Acres upon acres of horticultural beauty occupy the KSU Gardens. Here visitors can explore the demographic of various plants. manhattanmagazine
Lifestyle: KSU Gardens Hidden gem showcases school’s horticultural legacy
Nestled on the campus of Kansas State University is a lush, magical adventure. The botanical gardens boast a serene experience where art deco, wrought-iron arches and gates suspend from a limestone wall. Here, this treasure is a garden oasis, decades in the making. Magical escape Through the gates, the garden’s centerpiece is revealed—the historic Glenn H. Beck Dairy Barn that at one time was home to milking classes as part of K-State’s dairy curriculum. Adding to the lasting experience, the limestone façade creates a sense of timelessness and relaxation; meanwhile, a fountain is flowing, centered between the gates and the Quinlan Visitor Center. The center offers a look into the past and present with historic displays and graphics of plans yet to develop. There are also informational brochures and staff offices. A garden gift shop, a reception area and a conference room are in the foreseeable future. Here long annual beds, 12 feet wide, feature a variety of flora and fauna year to year. The flower beds are meant to impress visitors by showcasing new awardwinning plants grown by K-State students. A circular paved path that leads around the gardens begins here. Flanking the visitor center are cottage gardens reminiscent of gardens from another place in time where dairy barns and their farmers may have settled. Herb and vegetable gardens rest on the south side of the visitor center leading to a berry patch. The bounty of vegetables is sold at the farmers’ market or in a cart on the grounds.
160 acres were purchased for the new Kansas Agriculture College in 1875 forty of those acres were the Gale farmstead and plant nursery, which in 1877 were developed into the first KSU Gardens. 9
KSU Gardens events Garden Gala â€“ Hosted on the first Friday of June, guests enjoy live entertainment, food and wine and the beauty of the gardens. A professional photographer also provides guests with commemorative photographs. The fundraiser supports student internships to care for the gardens. Friends of the KSU Gardens hosts various events throughout the year. The Luncheon Series welcomes speakers for an educational afternoon with fellow garden enthusiasts for Tuesday Talks, held from 12:15-12:45 p.m., topics related to gardening were featured, such as bee keeping, roses, photography and monarchs. The talks will be seasonal and will begin again in the fall. Plant Sales â€“ The annual poinsettia sales occur on three occasions in the winter. The students raise new species of plants in the greenhouse to gain public feedback on the varieties. The iris sale takes place the last Saturday in July. Traditionally, rhizomes too small to sell are offered gratis and taken from a bucket. The Flint Hills Iris Society partners for this event. manhattanmagazine
lifestyle Further along the circular path visitors are greeted by a pergola covered in sweet autumn clematis—in full bloom (mid-August-September) the delicate plant produces glorious, full white buds and is a favorite spot for wedding photographs. Through the pergola, vines snake around and manicured beds wow the senses. It’s as if the rest of the world has disappeared. Artistic features A native plant garden is protected by bronze wildcat sculptures, whose paw prints are seen in the sidewalk. Also pressed in the path are leaves from native trees, adding to the many details celebrating horticulture at the K-State Gardens. Additional bronze sculptures along the path include oversized native birds, meadowlark, bluebirds, pheasant, wild turkey and killdeer. Artist Kwan Wu has created a soothing sense of unity among his bronze Kansan wildlife. “I was inspired by the beauty of the gardens to create the artwork,” says Wu. “The gardens are so wonderful, so lovely.” Wu also created the Serenity Sculpture—a commissioned bronze piece from the parents of a fallen K-State student. This moving piece is of the young man seated on a bench, leaving space for – McElwain others to reflect. His arm and hand are extended, holding a swallowtail. This meaningful tribute is well-placed, considering he is actually in a butterfly garden, complete with vegetation for a butterfly’s entire life cycle. The area is, in fact, designated a Monarch way station. Through the garden, elements of new and old blend, such as the case with the white iron, cypress and glass Victorian conservatory—a historic Lord and
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Burnham greenhouse. The dilapidated, turn-ofthe-century structure only adds to the sense of time standing still within the gardens. Scott McElwain, the garden’s director, says he hopes that the historic conservatory will be restored with donations, creating a truly rare sight. The conservatory and gardens moved to its current site nearly 40 years ago from its original home (1877-1975) near Justin and Bluemont halls as part of a 160-acre Gale Farmstead acquisition. Today the conservatory is full of cannas, rescued from previous years. The garden path revisits the former barn where a rose garden and annuals dance at a visitor’s arrival. In the rose garden is the contribution of Wu’s Rose sculpture, a young lady wearing a dress, seated on the ground, completing the circular tour of the garden. Soon to bloom This northwestern area of the gardens features the black cast-iron Bidwell Family Fountain. The enormous fountain has become a photo attraction for many visitors and centered among three collection gardens of peonies, iris and daylilies. In addition to plans for future plantings, Wu will design bronze vases with reliefs of the featured flower announcing the type of bed within the gardens.
The formal gardens currently occupy 5 acres with future plans to cover 14 more. McElwain says he looks forward to the expansion. The “ever evolving” blueprint recommends a naturalistic area, which would include a tiered water garden surrounding the pond south and east of Coles Hall (part of the veterinary medicine complex). The progression will “paint up to the water’s edge as we go along,” says McElwain, by beginning development farther from the water and moving toward it. The gardens will be designed for maximum water conservancy. Aquatic plants will inhabit the springfed pond, which is scheduled to feature a “Lake Signature Fountain,” a floating fountain that will move in the center of the largest pond. Adjacent to the future Campus Creek addition will be a wetland area, a woodland garden, a coniferous garden and a children’s garden, conveniently located near the ice cream parlor in Call Hall. The playful children’s garden will cover 3 acres and feature a yellow brick road design, an artificial treehouse with a tunnel through its center, a dry base fountain with water popping up and plots for school-based curriculums. The gardens will soon become hands-on as well, offering educational opportunities in the form of classes at an outdoor amphitheater. Here small concerts and movies on the lawn will also be planned.
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Landon Lecture Series: Putting K-State on the Map Prominent newsmakers have come to Manhattan to talk politics and public affairs Kansas State University finds plenty of reasons to celebrate in national recognition, especially when it comes in the form of dignity, homage and claimed esteem. It’s perhaps even more impressive when it’s home to the only establishment of its kind: the Landon Lecture Series. “It truly is the most prestigious public affairs lecture series in the country,” says Jackie Hartman, chairwoman of the series. manhattanmagazine
“Focusing on public affairs allows us to stay current and present what’s happening today.” Since its inception in 1966, the Landon Lecture series has featured judges, senators, former presidents and other noteworthy titles. Its namesake, Alfred Landon—or rather, Alf, by Hartman—presented the founding speech, outlining the necessity to restore terms with China, and warned about the impending Vietnam War. As
“It is a great history, a timeline of what’s going on. This is the stuff history books are made of. I feel very honored to be involved.” – Jackie Hartman
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A storied past Since its inception, the Landon Lecture Series has welcomed some revered speakers. A complete list of speakers can be found online alongside biographies, transcripts of the lecture as well as video. http://ome.ksu.edu/lectures/ landon/past.html. OPPOSITE Alfred Landon and Ronald Reagan hold up Kansas State University jerseys during a Landon Lecture in 1967. LEFT Clockwise from top: In 2007 former President Bill Clinton spoke while former Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius was in office. Former Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum in 1966. Former president George W. Bush spoke in 2006.
Such speakers include: Governor of New York
Nelson A. Rockefeller “Our Country’s Problems, Solutions” U.S. Senator, New York
Robert F. Kennedy “Conflict in Vietnam and at Home” President
Richard M. Nixon “It’s Time to Stand Up and Be Counted” CBS White House Correspondent
Dan Rather “Reporter’s Notes”
Author, Editor and Lecturer
William F. Buckley “The Assault on the Free Market”
governor and presidential candidate, Alf Landon’s clout set the series’ tone during his speech, “New Challenges in International Relations.” Hartman says, “Whether they are speaking to the party line, or maybe on something controversial, we do not determine the message we want to hear. We don’t ask people to speak on certain topics. We don’t approve their speech. They’re here to engage our patrons, K-State students, faculty, staff and our friends on current events.” In seasons since, more than 150 others— ranging from two to five speakers per year – have shared the Landon stage, rotating between McCain Auditorium and Bramlage Coliseum. Having now held her position for two years, Hartman follows a long list of esteemed individuals who have worked to further expand the series. Charles Reagan, Hartman’s predecessor, authored a book on the series, Political Power and Public Influence: The Landon Lectures, 1984-2010. Other notable chairpersons include Bill Boyer, Joseph Hajda, Barry Flinchbaugh and William Richter.
Hartman believes the patrons are who make each event possible. “We don’t use any state money for the events; this series would not be possible without our patrons,” she says. Choosing who will speak, however, is an entire process in itself. With six to seven invitations out at a time, a committee works to determine a list of relevant names. Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker, the late governor’s daughter and former U.S. senator, is consulted throughout the process, as well as various patrons, university officials and past speakers. “I want to be careful so there is no bias from one single person on the committee,” says Hartman. “Our reach is much broader than even Kansas, and we want to represent that reach.” As far as the planning stages, Hartman and Shelly Broccolo, events coordinator of the series for nearly 13 years, say it is a rewarding process. Broccolo, who’s in charge of scheduling and marketing, sometimes receives notice only two days before a speaker is set to arrive. “It’s a tremendous amount of work, but if you stop to think about the messages we’re putting
U.S. Senator, Arizona
Barry Goldwater “The World Today” Saudi Arabian Minister of Oil
Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamani “Control and Decontrol in the Oil Market” Commander in Chief at Forces Command
General Colin Powell “Is the Future What It Used to Be” Civil Rights Leader and Activist
The Rev. Jesse Jackson “Trapped in the Tradewinds of our Times: Violence and Crime in America” U.S. Attorney General
Janet Reno ”Our Children, Our Communities” Director of the FBI
Robert Mueller “The FBI: Changing to Meet Today’s Challenges”
around the world, it’s very fulfilling,” Hartman says. Broccolo agrees, “And it all takes place in Manhattan, Kansas.” With today’s technology, the series’ events can be viewed through webcasting, which also takes place live the day of the event; it’s another item that sets the Landon Lecture apart. “There’s people who can’t leave their office on the day of the series but can watch it online,” she says. In fact, positive feedback comes in from all types of audiences, including schools, graduate students and even correctional facilities. From former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson visiting Memorial Stadium, where he once played against the Wildcats, to Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s question-and-answer event, to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s willingness to guide students, each speaker has had a lasting, positive effect in the Landon series. “I think we’re on the map because of this—we talk with people all over the U.S. that know the Landon Lecture Series. We have people calling from different institutions wanting to know how we do it,” she says. “We often attract national attention, and it’s wonderful to watch on the news and see, in the background, that K-State backdrop.”
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Some figures don’t accept payment. President Nixon, who also spoke on the U.S./China relations, was a controversial presenter. His visit drew in protesters and even caused students to shout during his speech.
“It’s rare that that happens, but at the time it was a hot button-issue.” — Shelly Broccolo
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Identity: Black Student Union Organization striving for inclusiveness recognized in Big 12 for excellence Envision a formal ball, with tuxedoes and ball gowns in every color of the rainbow, beautiful up-dos and crisp hairlines, perfume wafting through the air, smiles and tears of joy. This would describe the endof-the-year event for the Black Student Union (BSU) of Kansas State University, says member Phillicia Thomas. manhattanmagazine
Though the ball is a highlight of the organization’s year, BSU aims to be so much more. “The Black Student Union is embedded in K-State’s campus. It wouldn’t be the same without us. We can do great things,” says senior Anita Easterwood, current BSU president. All voices are welcome at weekly meetings as the BSU stresses inclusiveness, according to Easterwood. “We discuss
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starting businesses, what to wear to work, everything,” she says. Having grown out of racial strife on campus in the 1960s, the K-State BSU chapter is one of the oldest. “Since that time, we have been a community where students can come together, be comfortable and stand together with a unified voice.” Utilizing that unified voice has led the K-State BSU to be recognized for excellence. For five of the last seven years, they have been honored as Most Outstanding in the Big 12 Conference; the award is determined by a board of students from the organization’s national level. “We just take [the competition] to the next level. We focus on student retention, community and addressing current issues, keeping us modern,” Easterwood says. For the upcoming year, the theme is designed to encourage members to do great things. The idea behind the theme of A Deeper Level is for the members to become even more involved. Members will be able to run meetings and will be encouraged to become even more involved on campus. Easterwood hopes the organization will be instrumental in updating the multicultural student organization office in the Union, as well as promote and contribute to the proposed Coretta Scott King garden to envelop the Martin Luther King Jr. bust outside of Ahearn Field House. These activities will be in addition to the annual activities members design around back-to-school, Kwanzaa, Black History Month and the end of the year.
The BSU Back-to-School event offers a barbeque that welcomes students and invites them to find out what the organization is all about, not to mention the food is free and games abound. A large dinner is held for Kwanzaa in which the organization can also share through educational events. Black History Month has included speakers and a one-woman show. Rounding out the academic year are awards and the formal BSU Ball. Outside of the organization’s calendar of activities are social events, which vary each year based on member input. Social events have included bowling games, movies, open-mic night, game night, group attendance at football games, lip-sync contests and fashion shows. The Black Student Union also teams up with Habitat for Humanity and encourages members to become involved in other community projects. Leadership has become a cornerstone to the BSU. Last year the university’s student body elected the second African-American K-State Ambassador, Angela Muhwezi, a BSU member, to serve as the face of K-State. Another member, Phillicia Thomas, will serve as a student ambassador this upcoming year. Only two ambassadors are elected each year to represent the student body and speak to prospective and current students, alumni and friends of the university. “BSU is a collective place where leaders meet to discuss the problems and solutions of today and tomorrow,” says Thomas, a senior mass communication and communication study major. This year, the organization will host the Big 12 Conference from February 28 to March 2. The expected number of additional BSU members to be on campus for the event is 800, according to Easterwood. Those attending will be able to attend workshops, luncheons with speakers, dinners in a Union ballroom and social events. The event also serves as a fundraiser for BSU. The friendship and networking that comes from events such as these are Easterwood’s favorite aspect of the organization. “When I came here, I had only high school friends here. I have gained leadership opportunities, met members of other organizations that I belong to and gained a new mindset. I am more confident going into classes and out into the world,” says Easterwood. “I want to encourage all students to come check out BSU and see what we have to offer. What we do not only betters K-State, but the world.”
OPPOSITE Members of the Black Student Union continue to make waves on campus and have been recognized for excellence in the Big 12. LEFT BSU members from left: Sierra Martin, Jordan Walker, Mercedes Perry, Anita Easterwood, Keneice MusGrove, Caitlyn Wells, Caleb Taylor, Justine Floyd.
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Whispering Garden Tribute site for faithful friends benefits research at K-State’s veterinary college The McCrary family always seemed to have a poodle around the house while the children were growing up. First there was Pepper, then there was Bebe; after that came Buttons, who was born in fall 1990. Betty McCrary and her daughter Patty thought the world of the silver toy poodle who was cared for locally by Dr. John Lyons of the Candlewood Veterinary Clinic. In November 2007, when their pooch was 17 years old and in failing health, Lyons manhattanmagazine
put Buttons to sleep. “The last kind thing you can do is not let them suffer,” says Betty, 87, a retired schoolteacher. “To this day, I miss him.” Shortly afterward, the McCrarys received word from Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine that Lyons, a 1984 graduate, had made a contribution to the school in memory of Buttons. Legacy Since 1985 the Pet Tribute program has
The Pet Tribute program recognizes and honor the special bond between pets and their owners.
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OPPOSITE Mother and daughter Patty and Betty McCray have a personal connection with the K-State Whispering Garden, where they have a tribute to their former pup Pepper. LEFT Emily Bullard is a K-State student and president of the Riley County Humane Society where she ensures many animals are active and healthy.
been a way for the school’s alumni—practicing veterinarians—to recognize and honor the special bond between pets and their owners. Each pet, their owner and the donor are listed in a memorial book, which is on display in the Veterinary Medical Library in Trotter Hall. There’s no required monetary amount for the tribute, although donors usually give a minimum of around $12, according to Chris Gruber, director of development for the College of Vet-Med. The Whispering Garden grew out of the Pet Tribute program. It’s a memorial consisting of nearly 18 panels, which sit in the outdoor area between Mosier and Trotter Halls. It became a reality in 2005 when members of the Pet Tribute Board of Directors decided they had a nice location to take the Pet Tributes a step further by adding a visual component—photos of the honored pets. The memorial was given its name when a long-time friend of the college suggested that there should be special place where people could go to hear their pet “whisper” again and come to
terms with their loss. Three benches surround this serene area. Remembrance The McCrarys sent in a photo of their poodle, and a stainless-steel replica of him now sits on Panel No. 13. Each also received their own duplicate memento—they have them attached to their key rings. “Some people also glue a magnet on the back and put it on their fridge,” says Gruber. Donors designate which one of three places they want their contributions—a minimum of $50—to go within the Veterinary College: the greatest need (which includes medical equipment), education (scholarships) or research. “They’re helping future veterinarians,” says Sharon Greene, pet tribute coordinator. Gruber elaborates: “They’re helping the quality of health for the next generation of animals.” As of mid-July, there were 1,173 pictures of beloved pets—mostly dogs and cats, several horses, a few ferrets and at least one guinea
Exercising your dog at least twice a day is one thing pet owners can do to maximize their animal’s health and well-being, according to the professionals at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Here are some helpful tips. During the warm Kansas days, early mornings or evenings are better times since the temperatures should be cooler then. Recommended time is 15-20 minutes for small dogs; 30-40 minutes or more for large dogs. Choose type of exercise according to how fit your dog is. Dog should be kept active, so encouraging a game of fetch with a ball or flying disc is a good choice.
Walking and hiking are good low-impact activities. Watch out for hot pavement, which can burn pads on dog’s feet.
If you have questions about your particular pet, schedule a visit with your veterinarian. -K-State College of Veterinary Medicine
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pig—on 17 panels in the Whispering Garden. While 90 percent of those pictured in the Whispering Garden memorialize deceased pets, about 10 percent honor living animals. In fact, Gruber’s own black lab, Boomer, was honored before he passed away last year at age 12½. Because alumni have made donations in memory of their client’s pets, Manhattan and the Whispering Garden have become destinations for these owners to visit, according to Greene, citing a couple from Minnesota who had never been to Kansas before but were visiting because they wanted to see the photo of their horse in the Whispering Garden. Give back The College of Veterinary Medicine was established at K-State in 1905 and is the state’s only veterinary school. Mosier Hall, the college’s teaching hospital, is named for Dr. Jake Mosier, a 1945 graduate who, according to Gruber, believed deeply in the human-animal bond. Four years after they lost Buttons and after Betty McCrary said she’d never have another pet because it was too hard to get over the loss (“Famous last words!” she now says), she was looking through the newspaper and casually mentioned something to Patty. “Mom said she’d take a teacup poodle in a heartbeat, and so I quickly got busy and found one,” says Patty, 60, media specialist at Lee Elementary School. In January, they become the proud owners of Missy, a now 2½-pound teacup poodle. “Poodles don’t shed,” says Patty, explaining why they love this breed. “They’re one of the most intelligent animals,” says Betty, acknowledging, “She has me trained!”
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Creamy and delicious Call Hall Dairy Bar hits the spot
Few can resist the creamy fresh ice cream created at the dairy plant, which you can watch being made through large glass windows in the hallway behind the bar. With 20,000 gallons of ice cream produced each year, the popular eatery has made a name for itself on the Kansas State University campus and beyond. Homemade history For more than four decades, Call Hall Dairy Bar has sold ice cream, meat and dairy products processed by K-State. The ice cream features fresh, free-range eggs from the poultry farm and fresh cream from the dairy farm. “The creaminess of our ice cream comes from the cows. We give them the credit for that,” says Renee Westgate, manager of the Dairy Bar. There are no sugar-free or low-fat ice creams at the Dairy Bar. In fact, they even make a 16 percent vanilla, which has 4 percent more butterfat content than regular ice cream. “If you have to ask about the calories and grams of fat in our ice cream, you probably shouldn’t be eating it,” Westgate says. One recent customer who wasn’t the least concerned about fat or calories in her ice cream cone was Leilani Morales. The 5-year-old Manhattan resident was more focused on the
pink and white sprinkles in her Cotton Candy Confetti cone than anything else—it’s her favorite. Leilani’s father, Mario, says they try to stop by the Dairy Bar whenever they are on campus because it’s a great place to take family. “When we have family or friends in town we like to bring them here. They’re always amazed at the variety of items that can be purchased, and they love the atmosphere. Especially if they’re Wildcat fans,” he says. Flavor profiles With 16 different flavors to choose from each day, the most difficult decision becomes which one to try next. Of course there are the traditional flavors—vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, which are available every day. But the more adventurous flavors include Purple Pride, which is a luscious blueberry ice cream with real blueberries; Swiss Mint, a light Swiss chocolate ice cream with chunky chocolate pieces and mint, or a seasonal choice, such as eggnog ice cream at Christmas or Leaping Lemon in the spring. “We sell more vanilla than any other flavor, but Espresso and Purple Pride are popular, too,” says Westgate.
meats—beef, pork, lamb and seasonal items such as turkey, smoked hams and other meat products. Other items on the list are eggs, flours, wheat germ and other grain products all coming from the K-State farms and divisions. “There are many people who have gone to school here for years and don’t know we’re here,” Renee says. That’s no problem for people like Steve and Leilani. It leaves more for them!
try it Call Hall Dairy Bar 144 Call Hall (785) 532-1292 Open to the public 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Going beyond In addition to ice cream, by the cone, dish or half-gallon, the Dairy Bar also features sundaes, shakes and malts, smoothies and Kool Kats, which are thick ice cream shakes with favorite candies, like Butterfingers, Snickers, peanut butter cups or Oreo cookies blended together. The Dairy Bar sells fresh milk, cheeses and butter from the dairy farm, as well as select
For those looking for breakfast, the Dairy Bar serves breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls and other breakfast fare from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sandwiches, wraps and salads are offered from 11 a.m to close, at 6 p.m., and hot lunch items are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 27
Amy Button Renz President and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association Just as school getting under way is exciting for students, it’s just as exciting for the Kansas State University Alumni Association, for a new class of graduates enters the ranks of calling K-State their alma mater. Amy Button Renz is at the helm of this exciting transition. As president and CEO of the association, she says, “Our role is to provide the K-State family a link for life and to stay connected with the university. This past year we engaged over 90,000 alumni, students and friends through a variety of events and programs. I am very proud that this year was an all-time record.” The K-State Alumni Association is vital because our role is to provide the K-State family a link for life and to stay connected with the university. This past year we engaged over 90,000 alumni, students and friends through a variety of events and programs. I am very proud that this year was an all-time record. New to the Alumni Association this year is the 10-year anniversary of our Alumni Center. This is a special milestone that represents over 450,000 attending nearly 6,500 events since we opened our doors in 2002. We are proud to be the home away from home for all K-State alumni, but also to almost 24,000 current students on our campus. Without our staff the Alumni Association couldn’t be No. 1in the Big 12 for the percentage of graduates who are members for the 16th consecutive year. This effort is led by Kelly Law, director of Membership and Marketing, but it really is the result of our entire staff working together to make this achievement possible.
My wish for K-State alumni is to continue to be proud of their alma mater for its outstanding achievements and to stay engaged as they will help achieve President Kirk Schulz’s goal of making K-State a top 50 public research university by 2025.
The No. 1 unexpected lesson I’ve learned at K-State is how the friendly accommodating personality of our campus remains consistent, passed on through generations, despite the many changes and growth we have experienced.
Many might not realize that the Alumni Association has raised over $1.8 million for scholarships and student recognition programs through the state of Kansas educational license plate program. We sponsor the No. 1 collegiate license plate program in the state and outnumber our closest competition in the state 2-1.
Manhattan is a hidden gem because it allows us to be a big university with a small-town feel, which makes K-State so special. The town and gown relationship is outstanding! In the recent Princeton Review we were cited as being No. 2 in the nation for the exceptional relationship between the university and our community. I believe this is due to the respect between our administration and community leaders and our supporting partnerships with the Fort Riley community, which is another vital constituency that K-State works hard to engage.
I have the best job because we have the most loyal alumni in the country. Our No. 1 ranking in the Big 12 for membership is a direct result of that loyalty, but our record attendance at bowl game pep rallies is truly amazing! I will never forget speaking to 20,000 fans at the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl at Rangers Ball Park. We have the best fans in the nation! My favorite K-State event is the first week of school when all the students are back on campus. There is such an excitement in the air, and it is always wonderful to welcome the incoming class as new members of the Wildcat family.
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For the university to continue to experience success, growth and support at record-breaking levels
My family and I enjoy attending K-State sporting events. We love cheering on the Wildcats as a family. All three of our children are K-State graduates and enjoyed attending games growing up, and we now enjoy taking our three grandsons (future K-Staters) to games! Interview conducted and edited by Katy Ibsen. Photograph by Tim Sigle
For the Alumni Association to never relinquish our No. 1 ranking in the Big 12 for the percentage of graduates who are members
For our students to engage with the Association while they are on campus, but to continue that relationship long after they graduate!
dialogue state of Kansas; listening to their concerns, issues and ideas for improvement; and finally, leading the College of Ag and KSRE in a continuous improvement effort to become one of the top such institutions in the world. Working with students is absolutely enjoyable and rewarding. Students keep all of us in academia young. They bring a fresh perspective, new ideas and different points of view. They are the future of our nation and our world, and helping them learn and succeed, and guiding them to find their path in life and become productive and happy citizens is the best job in the world. K-States advanced work in agriculture interests me because it touches everybody and addresses most contemporary problems of our society. From how to produce enough highquality, affordable, nutritious and safe food to feed everybody in the world in an environmentally responsible way, to how we produce bioenergy without sacrificing our natural resources. From how we fight plant, animal and human diseases, to how we can help families, communities, youth and children to live better.
John Floros Kansas State University’s new dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension John Floros, the Kansas State University dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research & Extension, found his way to Kansas from Greece via Pennsylvania and Georgia. Manhattan Magazine caught up with the accomplished researcher and author of more than 230 reference articles to see how he’s settling in at K-State. The first week on the job I learned how important, far-reaching, broad, complex and multidimensional the College of Agriculture and K-State Research & Extension are. I also found out how much and how often the dean and director must travel.
The opportunity to serve K-State Research & Extension and the College of Ag is an honor and absolutely invigorating. An honor, because the College of Agriculture and K-State Research & Extension are well-recognized and respected nationally and internationally for the quality of our teaching, research and extension programs. Invigorating, because of the huge influence the College of Ag has on our students’ lives, and the significant impact KSRE has on the well-being of the citizens of Kansas, the nation and beyond. In my new role looking forward to meeting many of our faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders throughout the
My vision for the College of Ag is to be one of the best in the world. Best in helping our students learn and succeed professionally and personally. Best in finding solutions to contemporary problems, particularly those most pertinent to Kansas. Best in improving the lives of citizens in the state, the nation and beyond. I was surprised to learn that the official name still is the Kansas State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Locally I am looking forward to K-State football, living by the lake and driving around Flint Hills. My bucket list includes Visiting every state in the Union and every country in Europe. Interview conducted and edited by Katy Ibsen. Photograph by Tim Sigle
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Briana S. Nelson Goff Director, Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families Fourth-generation Wildcat Briana S. Nelson Goff, Ph.D., LCMFT received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Kansas State University. She left Kansas to see if the grass was greener only to discover it wasn’t and returned to the university in 1998 to join the faculty of the marriage and family therapy program in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, College of Human Ecology. “I have served in several roles at K-State, including interim director of assessment for a year and associate dean in the College of Human Ecology for six years,” says Goff. Returning to a full faculty position in 2011, Goff is a professor in Family Studies and Human Services, serves as co-director for the conflict analysis and trauma studies minor and is director of the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families. The Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families began when we officially launched the institute in October 2009 with our fall community education lecture. Work with the military has been going on much longer in the School and at K-State. In 2005, we set one of the priority areas for the School of Family Studies and Human Services to focus on the “health and security of military families,” so when we were considering names for the Institute, we wanted to emphasize those terms. Our work includes research, academic and outreach programs, and clinical service programs for military families—which in today’s world can mean many things. K-State is a perfect setting for the institute because it fits really well with the vision of President Schulz for 2025 and a goal of becoming one of the most military-inclusive public universities. The term
“military-inclusive” is key because it emphasizes the mutual work being done. As director my work with the institute involves nothing ordinary! No two days are the same. Our mission is to serve the research, academic, outreach and clinical service needs of military families. That really encompasses a broad range of things and since we are still so new, we are figuring out our “niche.” Which is the fun part because when opportunities come along, I can try them out and see if it’s a fit and worth pursuing. Working with students and volunteers is rewarding because it’s the best part of my day! I love doing the institute work, but having students and volunteers involved is what makes it even better. … It is rewarding because it is why we are at the university (although I do enjoy it when Manhattan slows down in the summer).
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My vision for the institute is serving military families. … If I could predict and say what I would like to see by 2025, it would be a self-sustaining institute that still serves military families at its core, but that has a national reputation. And it would be nice to have our own building— or an office at least. In my line of work, I could not live without coffee. I probably should have come up with a more academic answer, but honestly that is what came to my mind. If I won the lottery I’d buy a building for the institute. … It is unfortunate because there is such a need for programs that work with the whole family. … So winning the lottery would be great. Interview conducted and edited by Katy Ibsen. Photograph by Tim Sigle
Getting the institute launched and continuing the work these past years, with lots of ups and downs, opportunities that didn’t work out, budget cuts and cuts and cuts.
John Currie Director of Athletics Tell us a little about yourself, background and how you found yourself at Kansas State University:
American college town, and the history of the athletics program here is tremendous,” he says.
Despite roots in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Wake Forest and Tennessee, John Currie, director of athletics, has found a new home with Kansas State University.
My favorite K-State team to watch is all 16 of them! I have the best job because the people that surround K-State—our studentathletes, coaches, staff members, university community and fans—truly care about Kansas State University, and all move forward together toward the same goal. We have a tremendous roster of experienced head coaches, have built an outstanding senior staff team, and we have the very best up-and-coming president in the country leading the way. My experiences at Wake Forest and Tennessee were influential in me developing both personally and professionally. I was able to build lifelong
His extensive experience in athletics has helped K-State to remain on the map nationally among collegiate sports. “When the athletics director position here at K-State became available, I was immediately intrigued. K-State is a destination job and had everything I was looking for,” says Currie. “I knew the university was under terrific leadership and on the right trajectory.” Currie, along with his wife, Mary Lawrence, and their three children, moved west toward to the Sunflower State. “Manhattan is a true
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relationships with terrific mentors who have helped me grow and mold my career. Our vision for K-State athletics is a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program, which is centered on five goals: 1.) A world-class student-athlete experience; 2.) Value to our university, community and state; 3.) Integrity and transparency in relation to matters of ethics, finance and NCAA compliance; 4.) Championship-level athletic performances; 5.) The best fan experience in the Big 12 Conference. Growing up I wanted to be a professor/ teacher and coach. As far as recreational sports go, I wish I were better at golf. Manhattan is a great community because it is a tremendously supportive community that is perfect for raising a family. I truly believe this is among the best places in America to live and work—and that is a huge reason why we are able to attract and retain outstanding coaches and staff. My family and I enjoy our children’s dance and athletics activities, the Manhattan schools, First Presbyterian Church and enjoying the walks and bike rides around the neighborhood. My bucket list includes national championships in all K-State sports! Interview conducted and edited by Katy Ibsen. Photograph by Tim Sigle
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Humanities in the Heartland Sample the eclectic mix of fine arts offered through K-Stateâ€™s many venues Story by Lou Ann Thomas Photography by Cathy Mores
Flight Team Soars to National Prominence K-State Salina aviators No. 7 in the nation Story by Mark Janssen Photography by Terry Szel 37
Sample the eclectic mix of fine arts offered through K-Stateâ€™s many venues story by Lou Ann Thomas photography by Cathy Mores
Whether you enjoy live theater, learning about history or appreciate great art, Kansas State University is filled with cultural opportunities to explore favorite pastimes or discover new interests. 39
Clockwise: Inset image courtesy of McCain Auditorium, Cathy Mores, Photographs courtesy if Marci Maullar (2)
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One of the most well-known of these cultural vehicles is McCain Auditorium, which has established a rich history of bringing worldclass acts of all kinds to Manhattan. “A common misconception is that we only present classical music, ballet and opera, but we feature so much more, such as the latest touring Broadway shows, all styles of music from jazz to rock, classic and innovative theater and dance, as well as many family shows. You name it, there is something for everyone,” says Todd Holmberg, executive director of McCain Auditorium. But McCain Auditorium is also the main performance venue for the K-State music, dance and theater programs, and it is often used by
other campus and community organizations for special functions or gatherings. “McCain reaches out to connect artists to the campus and the community in ways that go beyond the stage, such as with workshops, master classes, seminars and other activities. Our goal is to ensure that live performing arts experiences enhance and become integral to the lives of everyone we serve,” Holmberg says. Fall 2012 shows include Grammynominated comedian Bill Engvall, icons of American music Dr. John & the Blind Boys of Alabama, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China and the Broadway hit Beauty and the Beast.
The Purple Masque
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The Purple Masque Theater has been a part of K-State’s fine arts and entertainment for decades. John Uthoff, program director, theatre; School of Music, Theatre and Dance, began teaching at the university in 1976 and says the theater had been functioning for a number of years by then. The Purple Masque, located in the east side of Ahearn Field House, is the home for student-directed productions. All of the performances are open to the public. Adult tickets for main season shows at Purple Masque are $4 for students and $7 for nonstudents. “This is a great opportunity to see new talent that will be performing in Main Stage Shows in the future,” Uthoff says. You might even glimpse future stars of stage, screen and television.
For instance, K-State alumnus Eric Stonestreet, of ABC’s Modern Family fame, performed on stage at the Purple Masque and the Nichols stage when he was an undergraduate. The theater is not only a training ground for actors, designers and directors, but because the plays are all selected by the students they tend to be edgier, according to Uthoff. The Purple Masque Theater will move into its new digs on the west side of Ahearn Field House in fall 2013. This summer all of the performing arts came together in one unified School of Music, Theatre and Dance, with 50 faculty members and approximately 500 students pursuing majors through the school.
Clockwise: Image courtesy of K-State’s Historic Costume and Textile Museum, Cathy Mores (2)
Historic Costume and Textile Museum
If you’d like a glimpse into how theater performers, as well as theatergoers, dressed in bygone years, check out K-State’s Historic Costume and Textile Museum. With more than 15,000 items in its collection, dating back from as early as 1740, the museum features wearable art, American quilts, salon shoes, military uniforms, ethnic textiles, and clothing and textiles from famous and not-so-famous Midwesterners. The collection, located in Justin Hall, is curated by Marla Day, who is passionate about the museum and its offerings. “I love sharing it and hosting groups,” Day says, adding that small groups of no more than 15 to 20 are best, but larger groups can be accommodated for tours as well. Group tours and presentations must be arranged ahead of time. When setting up a tour, Day likes to know of any special interests of those attending so she can tailor her talk and the
items to those on the tour. Are you crazy about shoes? The collection has hundreds of pairs. Quilting buff? The museum has an extensive quilt collection. Maybe you have some 4-H’ers wanting to learn more about dressing for their peers. Marla can put together a program outlining the social and psychological approaches to dress. Or maybe you just want your kids to understand the role polyester played in your formative years. That, too, can be done. The museum is known nationally for its collection of Chinese textiles from the Ch’ing Dynasty. In addition to aprons and hair accessories, wedding dresses and swimwear, the museum’s collection spans centuries and generations of fashion, costumes and dress, and tracks the history of Kansas for more than 200 years. “You name it. We’ve got it,” Day says.
Located next to the K-State Gardens, the Insect Zoo opened in 1999 and was officially dedicated in 2002. The zoo is a blend of live and preserved insects and also carries insectthemed games, toys and activities. The most popular exhibits at the zoo are the leaf cutter ants and the honey bee hive. “If people haven’t been here in the last couple of years, we’re excited to have the leaf cutter ant colony up and going again,” says Kiffnie Holt, Insect Zoo coordinator. The exhibit features the ant colony enclosed on both sides by glass with glass tubing to a plant terrarium so visitors can watch the ants move back and forth carrying bits of leaves to their colony. The zoo also features exhibits of live insects and their arthropod relatives in naturalistic settings.
Special activities for children are also available, like microscopes, puzzles and even opportunities to touch cockroaches, millipedes and tarantulas. “If you take the time to look at insects up close they become less creepy and spooky, and you also learn respect for another level of life,” Holt says. Holt enjoys giving tours, which need to be arranged at least one week in advance, by calling (785) 532-BUGS. The zoo also offers in-school programs through Sunset Zoo. “We’ve worked with Sunset Zoo to help train some of their people so they can take insect education into the schools,” Holt says. The Insect Zoo has also partnered with the Flint Hills Discovery Center for their insects of the Flint Hills exhibits there.
Clockwise: Images courtesy of K-State Photo Services (2), Cathy Mores (2), Marci Maullar (2)
Beach Museum of Art
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The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art displays art from its permanent collection in several galleries as well as temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Also available by appointment is the Art Study Room, where classes or individuals may see specific or small groups of objects housed in the museum’s larger collection. “One of our largest initiatives right now is gearing up for K-State’s 150th anniversary in 2013. We’re gathering items from all over the university to create a real ‘wow’ effect in the gallery,” says Linda Duke, museum director. The museum offers free tours of the galleries for both permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. These tours must be scheduled in advance by contacting Kathrine Schlageck, senior educator at the museum, (785) 532-7718 or email@example.com. They offer “an astonishing array of
educational programs throughout the year in the form of classes, workshops, and summer and after-school youth programs,” Duke says. This year museum staff are adding more public programs such as talks, films and performances that are thought-provoking and entertaining, and they are working with the School of Music, Theatre and Dance to host performances, including free lunchtime mini-concerts at the museum several times during the year. Upcoming special events in partnership with the College of Architecture, Planning & Design include two talks by Eames Demetrios, grandson of famed mid-century modernist designers Charles and Ray Eames. Demetrios will speak about the Eames legacy at the Little Theatre in the K-State Union at 4 p.m. November 14 and at the Beach Museum at 7 p.m. November 15 about his own artistic projects.
learn more McCain Auditorium www.k-state.edu/mccain (785) 532-6428 207 McCain Auditorium
Purple Masque Theater www.k-state.edu/theatre/purplemasque.html (785) 532-5740 Historic Costumes and Textiles Museum (785) 532-1328 Located in Justin Hall Call for tour information Insect Zoo www.k-state.edu/butterfly (785) 532-BUGS 12 - 6 p.m. and by appointment, Tuesday – Saturday Walk-in visitors $2 per person, seniors and military $1.50 per person Guided tours $3 per person Located in the KSU Gardens Beach Museum of Art www.beach.k-state.edu (785) 532-7718 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 5 p.m., Sunday Closed Monday Free parking Free admission 701 Beach Lane
International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) The International Student and Scholar Services Center provides support and outreach for the university’s international student population, which represents nearly 100 countries. Additionally, the center welcomes community members who would like to explore other cultures and the celebration of international festivities. The center offers a Speakers Bureau to benefit and educate the community on issues relating to international cultures and experiences. If a group or organization would like to have an international student speaker, a speaker request form can be downloaded from http://www.k-state.edu/isss/programsevents/speakersbureau.html. The center will happily match a speaker to the request. More information can be obtained by calling (785) 532-6448. In addition to the Speakers Bureau, the center also hosts regular Coffee Hours, where international students present information about their culture, history and politics and help promote awareness and discussion. Each presentation is followed by a question-and-answer session and food and refreshments typical of the student’s home country are prepared by the presenter. Past programs have included the countries and cultures of Costa Rica, Norway, Malaysia and India. All Coffee Hour programs are at the International Student Center and take place every other Friday during the fall and spring semesters. Coffee Hour is free and open to the public, and you may contact International Student and Scholar Services at (785) 532-6448 or email ISSS@ksu.edu for more information about the program.
Flight team soars to National Prominence K-State Salina aviators No. 7 in the nation
Story by Mark Janssen
Photography by Terry Szel
You know about Kansas State University’s top-10 football team and its elite men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as its nationally recognized track and field athletes. But did you know that the K-State Salina’s Flight Team finished No. 7 in the nation? “We take great pride in that ranking,” says 2012 senior captain Ryan Enebo of Sanger, Texas. “The seniors have put a lot of leadership into the program, and the last two years we have enjoyed the results by placing eighth in 2011 and now seventh this year.” With those national rankings in the trophy case, K-State Salina’s Flight Team is now being mentioned in the same breath as perennial powers the University of North Dakota, Western Michigan University and Embry Riddle, which has campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona. “We take great pride in our flight team because our students take part in both the flying and the ground portions of the competition,” says Tom Karcz, who serves as the team’s faculty adviser. “Other schools have individuals specializing in just one event ... ringers, so to speak, but we feel we’re producing a more balanced aviator.” The National Safety and Flight Evaluation competition took place on the Salina campus this past May. Along with placing seventh overall, the team was also awarded the most prevalent honor—the American Airlines Aviation Safety Award. Students arrive in Salina from all over the Midwest. A few already have pilot 47
students fly high The theme is somewhat common. “I got the bug when I was a 5-year-old and my parents took me to an air show. I remember how I thought it was really cool,” says Mike Potts. “That’s when I decided I wanted to be a pilot.” That’s also the age when Ryan Enebo was bitten by the “I want to be a pilot” bug, but for a different reason. “My dad is a pilot for American Airlines,” says Enebo. “I can remember going to the airport with my mom to pick him up when I was 5 or 6. I always knew I wanted to fly planes.” Today, that’s exactly what Potts, a native of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Enebo, from Sanger, Texas, are training to do as members of the aviation program at K-State Salina. As seniors they are poised to receive their Bachelor of Science degree in December as a professional pilot in the Aeronautical Technology program. Enebo served as captain of the K-State Flight Team this past year that placed seventh in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s National Safety and Flight Evaluation competition staged in Salina. For the fall 2012 semester it will be Potts who captains the K-State team. This spring, Potts was named the team MVP after placing second in men’s achievement and 14th in computer accuracy. Enebo was third in short-field landing and 19th in power-off landing. Overall, Wildcats competed in 13 events, with 11 placing in the top 20, which included six Kansans, plus student flyers from Colorado, Illinois, Nebraska and Texas. To those who saddle up in a cockpit, they find the sky as a place where freedom lives. “Every flight is different. You may be flying to the same destination, but there is always something different,” says Potts, who earned his first pilot’s license as a senior in high school in 2009. “You really do feel free when you’re up in the sky.” Along with being students training to be professional pilots, the two are also student instructors within the aviation program. Despite the idea that a 22-year-old instructor is teaching a 19-year-old student the art of flying, it doesn’t deter Potts. “There’s an understanding that their life is in your hands,” he says. What was taught to them, and what they are teaching to others, is an unwavering respect for their aircraft. “It’s such a cool feeling to be flying, but there is pressure that goes with it, especially when you have passengers,” says Enebo, who earned his pilot’s license between his junior and senior years of high school, but says getting his driver’s license was a bigger deal. “When you have a bumpy flight, it reflects on you even though it might be due to weather conditions.” After a mandatory three- to five-year stint of flying for a regional airline, Potts plans to fly corporate jets, while Enebo is wavering between corporate flying or joining his father in the commercial setting.
certificates and ratings in hand, but most do not. The students dress professionally: in powder-blue dress shirts, while flight instructors wear white. “Our students take their field of study very seriously, and there is a lot of respect shown by young students to the juniors and seniors,” says Karcz. “They have a lot invested over and above the normal tuition that any K-State student pays.” That over-and-beyond figure is estimated at $35,000 that covers flight cost. Helping defray part of that cost comes when students are hired as flight instructors. Compensation ranges from $15-23 per hour, both for flight and ground instruction. Aeronautical technology students have the opportunity to focus their major studies in one of six areas: avionics, aviation maintenance, airport management, air traffic control, professional pilot or unmanned aircraft systems. “We are one of just a few schools that offer the Unmanned Aircraft Systems program,” says Karcz, who adds that K-State Salina is one of just 29 schools in the country accredited by the Aviation
Accreditation Board International. “These are planes controlled by computer or a joystick. It’s what the military has been using, and now it’s one of our fastest-growing degree areas.” K-State has a fleet of nearly 40 aircrafts at its disposal, which includes 25 Cessna 172 Skyhawks, six Beechcraft Bonanzas, two Beechcraft Barons, a Schweizer 300 CBi helicopter, two ASK 21 gliders and the feature Beechcraft King Air C-90 that is used for university staff transportation. The K-State Salina campus sits within walking distance of the Salina Airport’s 12,300-foot runway, plus parallel and crosswind landing areas used for training. “Our dream is to continue to grow,” says Karcz; currently there are 350 aviator majors, with 30 to 40 of those being women. “We want to continue to produce highly qualified aviators, continually improve and upgrade our equipment, and create unique opportunities and diversity in the classroom. We also want to continue to build our relationships with outside companies to develop internships and job opportunities for our students upon graduation.” 49
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The Salina-based students have all the luxuries as in Manhattan, as they have their own Student Life Recreation Center, plus their own club sports teams in women’s softball and dance, plus men’s basketball and baseball. “We have a lot of the opportunities that the K-State Manhattan campus has, but on a smaller scale,” says Karcz. “We encourage our students to take advantage of all that K-State has to offer, which includes going photo to the football and basketball games. It’s only an hour away, and when I encourage them it’s with a promise that they’ll have a good time. It makes for the total K-State experience.” Most, however, would rather be flying.
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KARCZ RETURNS TO GIVE BACK TO K-STATE SALINA Tom Karcz carries the philosophy of once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. A 2001 graduate of Kansas State Salina’s aeronautical technology program, Karcz returned as a faculty member in 2007, plus serves as faculty adviser for the Wildcats’ No. 7-ranked Flight Team. “Since I was a little kid, I always wanted to be an airline pilot. It was a vision,” says the 32-year-old Karcz. “I enjoyed it, but K-State Salina presented a unique opportunity to return and give back to the school, plus it made for a better family life. It’s a unique opportunity to be in the classroom one minute assisting and mentoring young aviators on flight training, but I’m also one of four transportation pilots for the university.” That role allows Karcz to get his fix on piloting as he is in a four-person rotation to transport university personnel in K-State’s six-seat Beechcraft King Air C-90. Karcz grew up in Chicago, moved to Kansas City and graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in 1998, before enrolling at K-State Salina. Since his K-State education, he earned a master’s in aviation safety from the University of Central Missouri, plus flew professionally for two regional airlines – Chicago Express and Atlantic Southeast. “I still need that fix of flying, but I love teaching and actively being involved in instructing students,” says Karcz. “I had a lot of positive influences throughout my life, and I find it very rewarding to watch students grow, not only on the aviation side, but also their personal side.”
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Hands Across the Water K-State partners with two Australian universities, expanding research and study abroad opportunities for students and faculty
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Winthrop Hall at the University of Western Australia in Perth.
Salve, hola, bonjour: As a universal greeting, “hello” has the power to ignite imagination and broaden horizons. This worldview expanded exponentially for students when Kansas State University launched its successful study abroad program a half-century ago. Since the 1960s K-State has sent thousands of students to 85 different countries across the globe. Throughout the years, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, South Africa, United Kingdom, Guatemala and France have been top destinations.
“Both Groups of Eight universities in Australia are in the top 100 universities in the world.” — Karli Webster 55
A view of downtown Brisbane.
reasons included No language barrier to overcome for visiting students. Australia is a gateway for trade in southeast Asia opening up the potential for new markets. Both K-State and Australia have strong ties to an agricultural economy. Significant research collaborations are possible within the animal health corridor and Australian industry—something that can benefit longer economic development within each country.
President’s Initiative: Kirk Schulz, Kansas State University president, acknowledges the push toward a global presence in other areas of the world besides Europe and Latin America. He stresses the need to find partnerships with up-and-coming institutions that have a strong research focus and study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students. Schulz proposed an alliance with the higher education communities in Australia outlined in November 2011 where he cites various reasons why collaborating with Australia represents excellent opportunities to make K-State one of the top 50 U.S. public research universities by 2025. “The agreements between Kansas State University and Australia mark the start of some world-class opportunities for research, scholarship and academic exchanges for our faculty, staff and students,” says Schulz. “Both also share similar strengths, values and interests with Kansas State. As we move forward to become a top-50 public research university by 2025, there will be no better time to be a Wildcat. I anticipate the Australia agreements to be a great indicator of that.”
“There will be no better time to be a Wildcat. I anticipate the Australia agreements to be a great indicator of that.” — President Kirk Schulz manhattanmagazine
A view of the Swan River from the Univeristy of Western Australia in Perth. 57
Making Connections: In late June 2012 a Kansas State University executive delegation traveled to five cities in Australia to initiate discussions for collaborations in research development, education, faculty engagement and student exchange. As a result of the international outreach, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed with two schools, the University of Western Australia in Perth and the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Both Australian universities rank as premier learning and research institutions with membership in the Group of Eight, a coalition of leading Australian universities emphasizing research and comprehensive professional education. “Both Groups of Eight universities in Australia are in the top 100 universities in the world,” says Karli Webster, director of study abroad. “By attending either of these universities, students are able to take upper-level courses that directly correspond to their major field of study.” Randall Tosh, university liaison for Australia Initiatives at Kansas State, supports Schulz’s collaboration with Australia. “Through strategic global engagement with the University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia, Kansas State University will continue to provide both academic and research leadership to the world,” he says. “These relationships will collaboratively address such critical issues as food safety and security, emerging disease threats to both animal and plant health, zoonotic disease threats to humans, postharvest protection of stored grains, innovative approaches to architecture and development of unmanned aviation technology, all disciplines in which K-State’s international reputation is well-established.”
The famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
University of Western Australia campus, Perth
The Experience: Senior Logan Gauby found his trips abroad powerful and life-changing. “I have two majors: general human ecology and family studies and human services. On my two trips: one to Europe and the other to Kenya, I realized just how important reaching out to learn about other cultures is now and for the future. Life outside of our North American bubble is vast—something we should all experience.” Logan plans to become a foreign service diplomat and credits the study abroad program for shaping his goal. Webster is excited that K-State will be able to offer these additional opportunities to students who will now have the opportunity to study abroad for an entire semester, have a one- or two-week immersion experience or an industrial internship with an Australian company. “My personal experiences abroad have been educational, adventurous and lifechanging, and each day I look forward to helping our students to have a valuable international experience of their own. One in particular is Jacquelyn Hewins, a senior majoring in biology. She attended the summer tropical ecology and sustainability program,” she says. In summer 2011, Hewins visited Costa Rica to study rain forest diversity and how human activities affect it. She worked with 19 other biology students. “It was a wonderful summer. I learned so much about myself and the world around me,” she says. “I recommend study abroad to anyone who wants to broaden their outlook on the world.”
University of Queensland campus, Brisbane
“My personal experiences abroad have been educational, adventurous and life-changing, and each day I look forward to helping our students to have a valuable international experience of their own.” — Jacquelyn Hewins manhattanmagazine
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Hosted by the Flint Hills Discovery Center, unique walking tours of the areas that form our community and culture. Tours are free and will start from varying locations and times. More details at: www.flinthillsdiscovery.org
Events abound at K-State prior to the Homecoming football game on October 27. www.k-state.com/homecoming
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October 25: Children’s Carnival in the K-State Student Union from 6-8 p.m.
McCain Auditorium Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars and the pulp serials of the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a spectacle unlike any other for the kid in everyone. Part of the McCain performance series. 7:30 p.m. Friday. www.k-state.edu/mccain
October 6 Bill Snyder Family Stadium Cheer on the Wildcats as they take on the University of Kansas Jayhawks at the Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. www.kstatesports.com
KSU Movies on the Lawn September 23 Coffman Commons in front of Hale Library Educational documentary by awardwinning wildlife and conservation filmmaker Shekar Dattatri, The Truth about Tigers. Free. Begins at dusk at the Coffman Commons in front of Hale Library. www.k-state.edu/mog
October 21: Homecoming 5K benefiting the Anthony Bates Foundation. Race begins at 10 a.m. Registration required.
October 26: Trick or Treating in Aggieville from 3-5 p.m.
Kansas State University Marching Band Concert November 4 Ahearn Field House The Kansas State University Marching Band will present its end-of-season concert featuring the K-State Color Guard, Twirlers and Classy Cats as they join the band in performing all your stadium favorites. Free, begins at 3 p.m. Ahearn Field House. A Night Out for Mom @ the Beach November 29
October 26: Homecoming Parade begins at Manhattan Town Center and goes through Aggieville. Begins at 5 p.m. Registration required for parade entrance.
Time Stands Still
10th Anniversary for the Alumni Center
October 11-13, 18-20 and 21
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The K-State Theatre and Dance department puts on the production of Time Stands Still. This awardwinning play is set in Brooklyn and follows changing relationships among an evolving social climate. Tickets required. Regular performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinee begins at 2:30 p.m. In Nichols Theatre. See our story “Humanities in the Heartland” featuring the Purple Masque Theater on page 41
The K-State Alumni association is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Alumni Center with an open house from 2-7 p.m. Join in the festivities and celebration. www.k-state.com See our Dialogue with Alumni Association President Amy Button Renz on page 29
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