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In additional news from K-State for Monday, April 6, 2009:

5) K-State’s Beef Cattle Institute Hosts Beef Advocacy Training

6) K-State to Host National Cultural Studies Association Conference April 16-18 in Kansas City, Mo.

5) Source: Chelsea Good, cgood@k-state.edu


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University’s Beef Cattle Institute and the Kansas Beef Council have partnered to bring the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Masters of Beef Advocacy program to K-State. The program provides agriculture students, professionals and producers the tools to better inform consumers about the beef they eat.

The goal of the Masters of Beef Advocacy program is to train people across the United States on ways to connect with consumers who are removed from agriculture. To graduate, students must complete six online courses and attend a hands-on media training session. Anyone interested in joining the free program can receive an application by contacting mba@beef.org. The program is continuous and students are accepted as they apply.

The program’s first class in Kansas has 79 students which includes students from K-State’s colleges of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, as well as beef producers and agricultural business people from across the state. Thirty-nine members of the Kansas class recently attended a graduation ceremony at K-State, where they completed their media training. The Kansas students are the first Masters of Advocacy program graduates in the nation.

Daren Williams, executive director of communications for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, conducted the media training session at K-State. Williams led the group through mock media interviews and taught them how to respond to online articles and blog posts.

“As a native Kansan, I am especially proud that Kansas State University hosted the first Masters of Beef Advocacy graduation,” Williams said. “The beef advocacy training was a huge step forward for beef producers in reclaiming our legacy as genuine stewards of the environment and caretakers of animals.”

Having K-State students taking part in the program is important, said Chelsea Good, a graduate assistant with the Beef Cattle Institute. “Students need to be involved in beef advocacy because they are the future of the industry,” Good said. “The younger generation of beef advocates can share positive beef facts with their peers while these young consumers are still forming lifestyle habits. There is also a huge opportunity to reach young consumers online, which is a medium today’s students grew up with.”

More information about the Beef Checkoff-funded Masters of Beef Advocacy program is available at http://kansasmba.wordpress.com or http://www.MyBeefCheckoff.com

For information about the Kansas program at K-State, contact Good at cgood@-state.edu.

6) Source: Michele Janette, 785-532-0772, mjanette@k-state.edu Web site: http://www.csaus.pitt.edu/cultural_studies/


MANHATTAN — Faculty with Kansas State University’s cultural studies program are using their expertise in arranging K-State’s annual Cultural Studies Conference to organize and host the annual conference of the Cultural Studies Association of the U.S.

The national conference, April 16-18 in Kansas City, Mo., will bring together more than 300 scholars to discuss topics ranging from the theorizing of cultural policies to representations of aging in popular culture.

“It’s a real honor to be chosen to host this conference. It reflects our status as the major cultural studies program in our region,” said Michele Janette, associate professor of English and director of K-State’s cultural studies program.

K-State’s cultural studies program, offered through the department of English, has lots of experience running conferences, having organized 17 on-campus conferences in cultural studies.

“We are excited to vary our traditional conference by hosting the national conference in place of our own,” said Don Hedrick, K-State professor of English and the founding director of the K-State cultural studies program in 1992. “Whereas our conferences in the past have always focused on a particular topic, this year we will instead have papers that range across the entire spectrum of current cultural studies work, giving a snapshot of the newest work throughout the field.”

The national conference will be at Kansas City’s Marriott Hotel on the Country Club Plaza.

“In addition to the resources Kansas City has for easy transportation and conference facilities, the Country Club Plaza is significant in the cultural history of America, being the first urban outdoor mall in the country. It seemed like the perfect place to bring scholars of culture,” said Tanya Gonzalez, an assistant professor of English at K-State who is helping to organize the conference.

“Cultural studies conferences are an amazing mix of the popular and the academic,” said Chris Kennedy, a K-State master’s student in English and cultural studies from Manhattan who will be one of the presenters at the conference. “Where else could I give a paper on campy versus serious violence in the Batman comic books, and then an hour later go hear a session about contemporary media in Palestine?”

In addition to Kennedy, K-State English faculty members James Machor, professor, and Erica Hateley, assistant professor, will present papers at the conference, as will K-State English alumni Emily King, Mathias Nilges and Pia Moller.

In addition, K-State’s Janette will join such renowned scholars as Michael Berube, Cary Nelson and Jeff Williams in a plenary session on “The University After Cultural Studies.”

More information on the conference program is available online at http://www.csaus.pitt.edu/cultural_studies/

Admission to the conference is free K-State students, faculty and staff.

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In today’s news from K-State for Tuesday, April 7, 2009:

TODAY ON CAMPUS: Lou Douglas Lecture, “The Failure and Promise of Education Reform: From High-Stakes Testing to Education for a Socially Just World” by David Hursh. 7 p.m., Forum Hall, K-State Student Union. Hursh is a K-State alumnus and author of books calling for educational reform.

1) RESEARCH: K-State Sophomore from Quinter Researches Chemical Reactions and Work Has Possibilities That Extend Beyond The Lab (Hometown interest for HAYS and QUINTER)

2) MANHATTAN interest/ TIMELY: K-State Beach Museum of Art’s 2009 Gift Print Artist Mike Lyon to Discuss His Work in April 16 Presentation

3) MANHATTAN interest/ TIMELY: K-State Theater Presents Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’ (Hometown interest for HEALY, JUNCTION CITY, LEAWOOD, MANHATTAN, OLATHE, PARSONS, SALINA, TOPEKA and WICHITA)

4) MANHATTAN interest/ TIMELY: National and State Advocates to Discuss Women’s Health Care Challenges as Part of K-State Panel Discussion

5) K-State Junior Varsity Debaters Earn High Finishes at Junior Varsity National Championships (Hometown interest for MANHATTAN and TOPEKA)

1) Sources: Audrey Polifka, apolifka@k-state.edu; and Jennifer Anthony, 785-532-4321, anthonyj@k-state.edu
Pronouncer: Polifka is poe-lif-ka
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News release prepared by: Kristin Hodges, 785-532-6415, khodges2@k-state.edu


MANHATTAN — The research of one Kansas State University student involves numerous chemical reactions and her experimental work has extensive possibilities beyond the laboratory.

Audrey Polifka, sophomore in chemical engineering from Quinter, is working on a project she began as a freshman with Jennifer Anthony, assistant professor of chemical engineering at K-State. Polifka’s research involves the synthesis – which forms new materials by combining chemical elements – of zeolitic materials and liquids composed of ions.

Polifka is working with zeolites — minerals used as adsorbents — that have nanometer-sized pores. Anthony said these materials have a wide range of chemical compositions and numerous applications in chemical separation and catalysis, which is the process of speeding up chemical reactions. Examples of such applications include water softening, wastewater treatment and odor control.

“Audrey has been working on synthesizing new materials, and thus far, she has developed several promising materials that we are working to characterize,” Anthony said. “The synthesis of a new zeolitic structure is in itself a noteworthy accomplishment.”

Anthony said potential applications for the types of materials Polifka is creating include use in gas and water purification and coatings for sensors and other detection devices.

“Audrey is naturally gifted in conducting scientific research,” Anthony said. “In fact, it is quite easy to forget that she is not a Ph.D. student, but an undergraduate researcher.”

Polifka said part of her project is looking at the environmental advantages of synthesizing with ionic liquids.

“We think ionic liquids can be a lot greener than using water for synthesis,” she said. “They don’t release vapors, so the toxins aren’t going to be released as they would when you’re synthesizing with water.”

Polifka presented the research project in October 2008 at an American Chemical Society regional conference in Lincoln, Neb. She said presenting the research and the current results helped her get feedback from others in the chemical engineering field.

She plans to continue doing research while at K-State and said her project has given her much experience. Within her lab group, Polifka also has had experience making research presentations and keeping a lab book.

“It’s been my first chance to get into the lab and get hands-on experience, which has been great,” she said.

Polifka’s interest in science started in high school thanks to an eccentric chemistry teacher who also introduced her to the field of chemical engineering. She liked that the subject area was challenging.

She said the College of Engineering at K-State has been both challenging and inviting.

“I like it because I come from a small town,” she said. “I feel like the college is its own subgroup of the university and I can get to know everybody in my classes.”

Polifka also is a member of the K-State women’s rowing team. An athlete in high school, she participated in volleyball, basketball and track. She had never experienced rowing as a sport before coming to college.

“I wanted to do a sport in college,” she said. “I could have done volleyball or basketball – just not at the Division I level. Academically I wanted to go to a Division I school, so rowing was an opportunity to do that and to challenge myself.”

Polifka plans to pursue graduate studies in chemical engineering. She would like to have a research career and eventually use her economics minor to be involved with the business side of the chemical engineering field.

A 2007 graduate of Hays High School, she is the daughter of David Polifka, Quinter, and Diane Polifka, Hays.

2) Source: Martha Scott, 785-532-7718, marthas@k-state.edu News release prepared by: Caitlin Muret, 785-532-7718, cmuret@k-state.edu


MANHATTAN — Mike Lyon, the 2009 gift print artist at Kansas State University’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, will have an exhibition and present at talk at the museum.

“Figuring it Out: Mike Lyon, 2009 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist” will be on display at the museum from April 14 to July 19. The exhibition will feature work by Lyon and part of his collection of Ukiyo-e prints. He also will give a talk about his work and the artistic process at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the museum. The talk is free and the public is invited.

K-State’s gift print tradition was started in 1934 and was an incentive to membership in the Friends of Art. Today, Friends of the Beach Museum of Art members may purchase the current print at a discounted price. At the end of the year, the remaining prints may be purchased by anyone at current market price.

Lyon, from Kansas City, Mo., is an avid collector of Ukiyo-e art, which has inspired the print he is creating for the Beach Museum. He described it as a rendering of a paper doll that one may dress up with paper clothes. During the artistic process, Lyon uses a computer and industrial equipment with more traditional painting, drawing and printmaking methods.

For the Beach Museum’s gift print, Lyon said he will print flat areas of color, then use a ballpoint pen to crosshatch a coarse sort of chiaroscuro drawing.

“There’s precedent for this sort of image in Japanese printmaking and the printing is to be Japanese technique woodcut, so image and part of the process echo to old Japan,” Lyon said. “Then the drawing is to be done by machine, following instructions I’ve written and generated to produce the layers of hatches.”

Gift print artists, who must have a connection to Kansas or the region, are chosen annually by Bill North, senior curator at the Beach.

Lyon’s exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of the Beach Museum of Art business partners.

For more information, contact Martha Scott at the Beach Museum of Art at 785-532-7718 or drop by the museum on the southeast corner of the K-State campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Free visitor parking is available next to the building. Normal museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays.

3) Source: Marci Maullar, 785-532-6878, marcima@k-state.edu.
News release prepared by: Megan Wilson, 785-532-6415, media@k-state.edu


MANHATTAN — The theater program at Kansas State University will present “The Cherry Orchard” by renowned Russian playwright Anton Chekhov at 7:30 p.m. April 23-25 and April 29-May 2 in Nichols Theater.

“The Cherry Orchard,” Chekhov’s last masterpiece, combines farcical and serious elements to present audiences with a poignant reflection on the past and a hopeful dream of the future. The play’s setting in Russia at the turn of the century resonates with the current era, with the characters, like people today, experiencing changes in society and international relations.

“The Cherry Orchard” tells the story of an aristocratic family overcome by debt and forced to auction off their estate along with its beautiful historic cherry orchard as the impending Russian revolution looms on the horizon. The play was first produced by the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904 under the direction of Konstantin Stanislavski, whose new approach to a realistic style of performance paved the way for all the variations of method acting that are the current standard in theater, film and television.

Charlotte MacFarland, associate professor of theater, directs the K-State production. Scenic design is by Kathy Voecks, assistant professor of theater. The costumes are designed by Jason Bishop, a guest artist who received his master of fine arts in costume design from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is currently based in New York and has received numerous awards for his designs for regional and off-Broadway theaters. He also has been a design assistant and member of the wardrobe crew for the Broadway shows “Jersey Boys” and “White Christmas.”

Tickets are $8 for students, $11 for military and $13 for the general public. They can be purchased at the McCain box office from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or at the K-State Student Union’s Little Theatre box office from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For group discounts, call Marci Maullar at 785-532-6878. Tickets also can be ordered by phone at 785-532-6428 during box office hours.

K-State students participating in the production of “The Cherry Orchard” include:

From Greater Kansas City: Meredith Lindsey, junior in theater and mass communications, Leawood, as Charlotta Ivanovna; Kate Hambleton, sophomore in theater, as Anya, and Meghan Newman, senior in theater and modern languages, as Varya, both of Olathe.

Kurt Fenster, senior in theater, Healy, as Simeonov-Pishchik; Maurice Dokes, junior in theater, Junction City, station manager; Charles Sutterlin, senior in theater, as Firs, and Ross Hasler, junior in theater, lighting design, both of Manhattan; Lauren Perez, junior in theater, Parsons, as Dunyasha; and Robert Wighs, senior in theater, Salina as Pyotr Trofimov.

From Topeka: Dillon Artzer, sophomore in theater, as Yepikhodov; Caroline Dittamo, sophomore in theater, assistant stage manager; Kyle Myers, sophomore in theater, as Gayev and Leonid Andreyevich; and Michael Wieser, senior in theater, as Lopakhin.

Alex Dryden, senior in theater, Wichita, as Yasha.

From out of state: Zachery Roland, senior in communication studies, Longmont, Colo., as servant and vagrant; and Mackenzie Goodwin, junior in theater and modern languages, Omaha, Neb., as Madame Ranevskaya.

4) Source: Erin Doughty, erinkd@k-state.edu


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University’s Students for Choice will host the panel discussion “Sex, Pregnancy and Politics” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in 106 Kedzie Hall.

The presentation, which is co-sponsored by Campus Progress, is free and the public is welcome.

Panel members will discuss the challenges that women face seeking health care in Kansas and other politically conservative environments.

Some of the topics to be discussed by the panel include the issues women face in Kansas when attempting to access reproductive health care, especially in rural communities that may not have a physician; issues with insurance for reproductive health care, such as no mandate for equitable coverage of contraception in Kansas; and the new law recently passed by the state Legislature and signed by Gov. Sebelius that requires clinics to perform an ultrasound and give a woman the chance to listen to the fetal heart beat 30 minutes before an abortion procedure, as well as requiring the viewing of a video showing fetuses at different stages of pregnancy.

The panel features Shelby Knox, a vocal national advocate for comprehensive sexuality education; Holly Weatherford, Kansas public affairs manager and lobbyist for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri; and state Rep. Sydney Carlin, Manhattan. The panel will be moderated by Kierra Johnson, executive director of ChoiceUSA.

* Knox was featured in the 2005 documentary, “The Education of Shelby Knox,” which followed her in high school as she became an activist for comprehensive sex education in her hometown of Lubbock, Texas. At the time, Lubbock had the nation’s highest teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates and was using the abstinence-until-marriage curriculum.

* Weatherford has been with Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri since 2007, and works closely with other pro-choice advocates tracking policy that would threaten choice and access in Kansas. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

* Carlin represents the 66th district of the Kansas House of Representatives. She was first elected to the post in 2002. She previously served as a city commissioner and mayor of Manhattan.

* Johnson has been working for ChoiceUSA in various positions since 1999. She originally started as a campus organizer at the University of Colorado. She also is a board member of Medical Students for Choice.

K-State Students for Choice was founded in September 2008. It is officially affiliated with ChoiceUSA, a national organization working to promote reproductive justice on college campuses nationwide. Campus Progress is a part of the Center for American Progress and works to help promote progressive student activities on campuses across the U.S.

5) Source: Justin Green, 785-532-6863, jmgreen@k-state.edu Web site: http://www.k-state.edu/debate/ News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415, bbohn@k-state.edu


MANHATTAN — A Kansas State University Debate Team member has won top individual honors at two different junior varsity national championships.

Derek Ziegler, sophomore in political science and philosophy, Manhattan, took first place at the National Junior Varsity/Novice Nationals at Towson University, March 6-9, and at the National Junior Division Debate Tournament, March 14-16, at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.

“Derek also was one of only 12 debaters in the country to qualify for the recent National Debate Tournament as just a sophomore,” said Justin Green, K-State debate coach.

Ziegler and his partner, John Grice, sophomore in political science, Manhattan, earned second place in the team competition at the Junior Varsity/Novice National, and fourth place at the National Junior Division Debate Tournament.

Also placing in the top 10 at the National Junior Division Debate Tournament was the team of Ashley Denny, sophomore in English, Manhattan, and Caitlin Reynolds, sophomore in information systems, Topeka, who placed seventh in the team competition at the National Junior Division Debate Tournament. Reynolds also placed ninth individually at the tournament.

According to Green, the success of the junior varsity debaters helped the K-State Debate Team finish the season ranked 10th overall in the nation.

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In today’s news from K-State for Wednesday, April 8, 2009:

1) K-State Senior from Prairie Village is 2009 Udall Scholar (Hometown interest for PRAIRIE VILLAGE)

2) MANHATTAN interest/ TIMELY: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Set at New Home of K-State’s Rabies Laboratory

3) K-State Graduate Student in Geography Earns Best Paper Award from American Association of Geographers

4) K-State Students Learn About The European Business Market During A Spring Break Trip as Part of an International Business Course (Hometown interest for BASEHOR, CONCORDIA, LEAWOOD, MAIZE, MANHATTAN, MEDICINE LODGE, OLATHE, OVERLAND PARK, SALINA, TOPEKA, ULYSSES, VERMILLION, WICHITA and WILSON)

5) K-State Student Earns First Place in Japanese Speech Language Contest (Hometown interest for JUNCTION CITY)

6) MANHATTAN interest/ TIMELY: Glenn Miller Orchestra to Perform at K-State’s McCain Auditorium

1) Source: Andrew McGowan, amagoo@k-state.edu Photo available. Contact media@k-state.edu or 785-532-6415.
News release prepared by: Kristin Hodges, 785-532-6415, khodges2@k-state.edu


MANHATTAN — Andrew McGowan, senior in agronomy with a soil and environmental science option, Prairie Village, is Kansas State University’s 21st Morris K. Udall scholar.

McGowan is among 80 students to win a 2009 Udall scholarship, a $5,000 national scholarship that is awarded to students who demonstrate a commitment to a career related to environmental protection or to students who are Native Americans or Native Alaskans seeking careers in health care or tribal policy. He was selected from a pool of 515 candidates nominated by 233 colleges and universities.

“We’re so pleased that Andrew McGowan is our 2009 Udall scholar,” said Jon Wefald, K-State president. “Andrew has shown his dedication to protecting the environment through his involvement in numerous K-State organizations. He is a great model of a Udall scholar and demonstrates K-State’s continued success in the scholarship competition.”

K-State ranks third in total Udall scholars among state universities and fifth overall since the scholarship program began in 1996.

McGowan plans to pursue a doctorate in soil ecology. He said by studying the human effects and the natural processes that occur in soil, he would like to provide information to farmers, consumers and society in order for people to make more informed, environmentally friendly decisions.

“I firmly believe that considering the environmental consequences of our actions is essential in sustaining our existence and that of the rest of the environment,” McGowan said. “Because agriculture is one of the major ways people alter the earth’s landscapes, making sure we care for the soil, air and water when producing food is critical.”

McGowan currently is studying abroad at the Beijing Language and Culture University in China. He was a member of the 2008 National Champion K-State Soil Judging Team. He has served as the environmental chair on the Moore Hall Governing Board, campus issues coordinator for the K-State Association of Residence Halls and webmaster for Students for Environmental Action. He also is an Eagle Scout and has been a staff member at Philmont Scout Ranch.

He has received a Chinese Government Scholarship, agronomy departmental scholarships and was a Phi Kappa Phi sophomore scholar. A 2006 graduate of Shawnee Mission East High School, he is the son of Bill and Joby McGowan, Prairie Village.

2) Source: Dr. Cathleen A. Hanlon, 785-532-4454, chanlon@vet.k-state.edu Web site: http://www.vet.k-state.edu/depts/dmp/service/rabies/
News release prepared by: Joe Montgomery, 785-532-4193, jmontgom@vet.k-state.edu


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University’s Rabies Laboratory has a new home in the Manhattan/K-State Innovation Center at the K-State Research Park. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the lab’s new home, 2005 Research Park Circle, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 17.

The Rabies Laboratory was formerly in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and had been a part of the college for more than 80 years. In addition to providing rabies diagnosis on suspect animals for Kansas and Nebraska, the K-State Rabies Laboratory has served veterinarians and animal owners through tests to measure antibodies to rabies in both humans and animals. The laboratory is one of the highest-volume rabies serology centers in the world and handles more than 55,000 samples annually.

The laboratory, which routinely works with import/export authorities throughout the world, meets quality monitoring standards of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments and numerous state departments of health. Because of the quality of its practices, the laboratory is a leader in its collaboration with commercial partners toward the development and clinical trials of new vaccines, immune globulins and monoclonal antibody products for the prevention of rabies in humans and animals.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be in conjunction with the seminar, “Advances in Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Prevention of Emerging Zoonotic Agents.” The seminar will feature internationally renowned scientists in the field, such as Hilary Koprowski, Bernhard Dietzschold and Zhang Fu, with whom Dr. Cathleen A. Hanlon, director of the K-State Rabies Laboratory, began her career in public health and rabies at The Wistar Institute and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Hanlon and Dr. Juergen Richt, Regents Distinguished Professor at K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine, are the seminar hosts.

The seminar will be 1-5 p.m. April 17 in the Practice Management Center on the fourth floor of Trotter Hall in K-State’s Veterinary Medical Complex. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required and can be done online at http://www.vet.ksu.edu/CE/2009/zoonotic_agents.htm

3) Source: Ben Meade, meade@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415, bbohn@k-state.edu


MANHATTAN — A Kansas State University master’s student and graduate teaching assistant in geography has earned the Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Association of Geographers’ Geomorphology Specialty Group.

The award to K-State’s Ben Meade was presented at the national meeting of the American Association of Geographers, March 22-27, in Las Vegas, Nev.

Meade, from Amherst, N.H., earned a $250 cash award for his paper, “Spatial Extent, Timing and Causes of Channel Incision: Black Vermillion Watershed, NE Kansas.” The paper is based on a research project Meade has been involved with since January 2008 as part of his thesis in geography.

The watershed project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service program to researchers from K-State’s departments of biological and agricultural engineering, landscape architecture and regional and community planning, and geography. The principal investigator for the project is Kyle Douglas-Mankin, professor of biological and agricultural engineering at K-State.

According to Meade, the Black Vermillion River contributes runoff and sediment into Tuttle Creek Lake, the federal reservoir northeast of Manhattan. The lake is filling with sediment faster than other federal reservoirs in the region. The lake’s conservation pool is about 40 percent full of sediment and is predicted to fill by 2023.

“The purpose of this study, as a whole, is to determine the total sediment output from the Black Vermillion watershed,” Meade said.

The geography researchers — Meade, Mark Gossard, doctoral student in geography from Willow Springs, Mo., and Richard Marston, university distinguished professor and head of the department of geography — are looking at the in-channel sources of that sediment from channel incision. Researchers from biological and agricultural engineering and landscape architecture and regional and community planning are looking at sediment production from potential overland sources.

“It is not yet known what percentage of sediment emanating from the Black Vermillion watershed — the sediment that ultimately reaches Tuttle Creek Reservoir — comes from in-channel sources versus from overland sources. That is still being worked on,” Meade said.

“We have conducted a watershed-wide survey of channel cross-sections repeated at sites that were surveyed 45 years ago by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service,” he said. “We found that channel depth from 1963 to 2008 increased by a mean of 1.6 meters. Most of the channels are actively incising, or incising and widening.”

He said that channelization — the straightening, widening and deepening of stream channels by people — had reduced channel length by a significant portion and is one of the leading causes of incision.

“It has been interesting to research a topic that has a distinct practical value,” Meade said. “Severe channel incision can cause farmland to erode, can damage bridges and other infrastructure, and potentially contributes to increased flooding. Reservoir sedimentation is a problem throughout the state of Kansas and no clear solution has been reached on that issue.”

Meade said he has been fortunate to work with and learn from Gossard and Marston on the project. He also credits Rob Daniels, operations manager in K-State’s Geographic Information Systems Spatial Analysis Laboratory in the department of geography, for his assistance with several geographic information systems-related aspects of the project; and Chuck Martin, associate professor of geography, and Marcellus Caldas, assistant professor of geography, for their assistance with the project and for serving on his thesis committee.

Meade plans to pursue a career in the environmental consulting industry and said the watershed project should help him with his career goals.

“This research project, through its combination of field data collection, use of historical and current data sources, and statistical methods, are great tools to have utilized as part of a master’s thesis,” he said. “Also, this project involved attempts to understand linkages between natural variables, human influences and stream response. As a result, the total process has been a great education and will hopefully set me up well toward a future career.”

Meade is the son of Jeff and Sara Meade, also of Amherst.

4) Source: Swinder Janda, 785-532-5439, swinder@k-state.edu http://www.k-state.edu/media/mediaguide/bios/jandabio.html
News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415, media@k-state.edu


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University students traveled to Europe over spring break as part of an international business course taught by Swinder Janda, professor of marketing and the Paul Edgerley Chair in Global Business in K-State’s College of Business Administration.

Janda said the goals of the trip were to expose students to global businesses and organizations, have students experience several foreign cultures, and to help students learn more about international business through a fun and involving experience.

The Europe trip included the cities of London, Brussels and Munich. While in London, students toured the Fuller Brewery. In Brussels, the group visited the European Commission. Students also had the chance to tour BMW Corporation’s global headquarters in Munich, along with the BMW Welt and the BMW Museum.

Janda is active in leading study abroad opportunities for K-State students; this was the sixth time he has led a group of K-State students on a study abroad program. He said is a strong believer in the importance of study abroad experiences for students of all educational backgrounds.

“It opens students’ minds to the fact that our way of doing things here in America is not the only way,” Janda said. “It is important for students to develop skills to interact with people in other cultures who may have different norms and values than we do here in the U.S., and studying abroad is thus a lesson in diversity.”

Janda also said that studying abroad can positively affect students’ sense of self-confidence and self-reliance because they are forced to navigate in an environment different from their own.

K-State students who participated in the Europe trip include:

Zachary Mark, junior in marketing, Basehor; Cyle Odette, senior in marketing, Concordia; Alexandra Billinger, senior in marketing, Garden City.

From Greater Kansas City: Melody Bower, senior in marketing, and Briana Craemer, senior in mass communications, both of Leawood; Andrea Howard, junior in marketing, Olathe; and Ann Virgo, senior in marketing, Overland Park.

James Day, senior in marketing, Hesston; Kaleb Reichmann, senior in marketing, Maize.

From Manhattan: Jared Rizzo, senior in marketing; Tray Schmidt, senior in marketing; and Justin Varnes, senior in marketing.

Amber Crick, senior in marketing and psychology, Medicine Lodge; Hillary Blue, senior in accounting, and Brianne Randall, graduate student in business administration, both of Salina; Emily Atwood, senior in marketing, Topeka; Celeste Myers, graduate student in business administration, Ulysses; Brian Polson, senior in marketing, Vermillion.

From Wichita: Lauren Benton, junior in marketing; Thomas Brown, senior in finance; and Kylie Pedigo, senior in marketing.

Courtney Smith, senior in management and marketing, Wilson.

From out of state: Brad Koelzer, junior in finance, Smithville, Mo.; Mickenzie Brecht, senior in mass communications and marketing, Edmond, Okla.; and Anika Lundberg, senior in modern languages and marketing, Austin, Texas.

5) Source: Kumiko Nakamura, kunakamu@k-state.edu


MANHATTAN — A Kansas State University student has won first-place honors at the recent 23rd annual Japanese Language Speech Contest at the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago.

The speech contest is open to all students of Japanese in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Yunhee Park, K-State freshman in pre-professional secondary education from Seoul, South Korea, won the category for participants who have had three or more years of Japanese in high school or less than one year in college. Park’s speech was about Korea’s Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations. She related the speech to her own dream of being a diplomat in the future.

This year, six students submitted their speeches from K-State, with Park and Kim Scaler, a junior in modern languages, Junction City, passing the preliminary round and invited to give their speeches in Chicago.

Scaler’s speech, “Irreplaceable Memories,” was about the importance of the family reunion.

“I am very proud of my students’ excellent performances at the speech contest in Chicago. They represented K-State and the Japanese language program very well,” said Kumiko Nakamura, director of K-State’s Japanese language program. “I very much appreciated the format and the evaluation method of this speech contest. After each speech, one of the judges asked a question on the speech topic, and the student had to answer the question with no preparation. The format is promoting language proficiency or importance of spontaneous communication ability, which is exactly what we’ve been trying to do every day in class, rather than merely emphasizing the memorized accuracy.”

“When I learned of the contest from Professor Nakamura, I thought I wouldn’t do well because I have been learning Japanese less than a year,” Park said. “However, she convinced me that I could do it if I wanted to. At the hotel in Chicago, she practiced with me until it was really late. I think she has played a great role in this trip for me.”

Park said the contest experience has encouraged her to continue learning Japanese.

Although Scaler didn’t place in the competition, she enjoyed the experience.

“It was quite an experience, being able to watch other Japanese language enthusiasts — young and old alike — working their hardest to present their thoughts and ideas in their second — and perhaps even third — language,” Scaler said. “There were many opportunities to meet with and speak to these other students, creating ideal situations for further conversation practice.

“Participating in this contest has inspired me to delve further into my Japanese studies,” she said. “Seeing that there are job opportunities even in the Midwestern United States for knowing Japanese is highly encouraging, as I wish to attempt to form a career out of my language skills learned here at K-State.”

6) Source: Thomas Jackson, 785-532-2354, tjackson@k-state.edu Web site: http://www.k-state.edu/mccain/ News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415, media@k-state.edu


MANHATTAN — The Glenn Miller Orchestra, one of the most popular big bands in the world, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Kansas State University’s McCain Auditorium.

The orchestra has produced several memorable songs, including “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “String of Pearls,” “Moonlight Serenade” and “Tuxedo Junction.”

Miller left his original group in 1942 when he volunteered for the U.S. Army. He was appointed a captain after many months of convincing the military higher-ups that he could modernize the Army band and ultimately improve the morale of the men by organizing the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band. The band would go on to play hundreds of performances worldwide. Miller was lost at sea in 1944, but the band reformed in 1956 and is still considered the greatest big band of all time.

Tickets for the Glenn Miller Orchestra are on sale now. Prices start at $12.50 for K-State students and children 18 and under. General public tickets start at $25. Discounts for K-State faculty, seniors and military also are available. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428. More information also is available online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain/

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