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Wildcat Weekly Editor's Note

During the summer months, Wildcat Weekly will be published every three weeks. Please make your submissions for the newsletter by Monday at noon before each date listed below. 
  • August 4
  • August 25
Wildcat Weekly will resume its normal weekly schedule in the fall when classes begin, the week of August 24.
Unmanned aircraft systems program expands with new bachelor's degree and minor
With the unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, industry growing at a rapid pace, Kansas State University Salina is meeting career demands with the addition of a new bachelor's degree and minor beginning this fall.

Combining UAS, commonly known as drones, technology with coursework in computer science, electronic engineering and mechanical engineering, K-State Salina is offering a Bachelor of Science in engineering technology with an unmanned aircraft systems option. The new course of study complements the already existing aeronautical technology bachelor's degree in UAS, which is centered around piloting and field operations, by concentrating on the design and implementation of unmanned systems. The university also is adding a UAS minor with both a flight operations focus and a data acquisition and management focus. Doctoral-level faculty members are leading the program.

"K-State Salina is known for being at the forefront of unmanned aircraft systems education and research, and our innovative engineering technology reputation spans 50 years, starting with the creation of our campus," said Verna Fitzsimmons, K-State Salina's dean and CEO. "This hybrid degree, which incorporates principles from both programs, is a practical addition to our academic offerings and an essential addition for the UAS industry."

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Shappee named acting aviation department head
Eric Shappee, a professor in the aviation department, has been named the acting head of the department after Barney King's retirement. Shappee will also be the acting lead of the professional pilot program.

To contact Shappee, email him at wjfpmd@k-state.edu or call his office at 785-826-2630.
Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center celebrates open house

By Sarah Hancock

The weather was wheat-harvest warm on June 24 as a new K-State research facility hosted an open house attended by representatives from more than 60 companies. Attendees came from as far away as Switzerland and as close as across the street to hear how the Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center in Salina can help them better understand how to handle loose, dry commodities and powders, including the wheat locals were cutting in nearby fields.


Matt Burt, K-State graduate and general sales manager at Coperion K-Tron in Salina, an anchor tenant of the center, said he and his staff are excited about the facility.


"It's a great lab with academia associated with K-State, right here in our own backyard," he said. "It's one of a kind in the United States, and it's a great showcase of our equipment and all the technology and capabilities from vacuum sequencing to continuous pressure and vacuum to dense-phase conveying of bulk solids."


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New hires on campus
K-State Salina is welcoming several new employees to the Wildcat family. They bring new energy and excitement to the various programs and the university is thrilled to have them on campus.
  • Cody Waterman - Residence Life Coordinator (cwaterman@k-state.edu or 785-826-2957)
  • Kyle Chamberlin - Student Life Center Coordinator (kchamberlin5@k-state.edu or 785-826-2662)
  • Wayne Woldt - UAS Professor
  • Kris Grinter - Admissions Representative (kgrinter@k-state.edu or 785-826-2676)
K-State Salina alumnus named to 2016 Blue Angels
K-State Salina alumnus, Navy Lt. Lance Benson, was just selected to the 2016 Blue Angels team. Benson is an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot currently assigned to "The Eagles" of Training Squadron Seven (VT-7). He is originally from McPherson, Kansas and graduated from our professional pilot program in 2006.

Benson joins 2005 alumnus, Andrew Talbott, who was chosen to be a part of the Blue Angels team in 2015. They are the first two K-State alumni to be given this honor.
K-State Salina's MSU joins high school leadership initiative
K-State Salina's Multicultural Student Union has joined the Manhattan campus's Black Student Union and associate provost of diversity, Myra Gordon, as mentors in a new after school leadership program for Salina youth.

The partnership kicked off on June 30 after the groups gathered together at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church in Salina to plant an urban garden.

The project is slated to begin in August with local high school ages meeting at the church to receive education and counseling on leadership, management and communication skills.
K-State Salina professional pilots pass the test
Throughout the last two months, several professional pilot students in K-State Salina's aviation program have passed various flying tests to receive licenses and ratings that range from private pilot to multiengine instructor. Congratulations to each of these students for studying hard, flying with instinct and staying safe. And thank you to their professors for instilling in them the proper training and education.

A high-five is one of the most recognizable ways two people can share excitement or celebrate a job well done. K-State Salina's CEO and Dean Verna Fitzsimmons awards her high-five each week to honor faculty, staff and students for their dedication to the university.
Congratulations Campus!
Kansas State University Salina has been selected by Victory Media as a "STEM Jobs Approved College of 2015." Congratulations to every faculty and staff member for making this campus great. And a special thank you to associate dean of student life, Dixie Schierlman, for completing the application. 
Congratulations Raju Dandu!
Congratulations to Raju Dandu, professor in engineering technology, for being recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology as an ABET expert and team chair for accreditation of engineering technology programs. Well done! 
Best of Luck Alyson Rome!
On July 14, the campus celebrated Alyson Rome for her 27 years of service to K-State Salina before her next adventure in Colorado. She deserves a big high-five for her dedication to keeping our university fiscally responsible. Working with budgets and keeping track of spending isn't the easiest task, yet she handled it with grace, knowledge and effectiveness. Best of luck!
Summer Financial Aid

Summer Financial Aid - If you will be attending summer school and are needing financial aid, you will need to complete the Summer 2015 Financial Aid Application. You must be enrolled in all the summer classes before you can submit the application. The application can be found here.
Loan Repayment Option for Graduating Students

The state of Kansas is offering up to $15,000 in student loan repayment and up to a 5 year state tax waiver for graduates who establish residency in one of the 77 Kansas counties designated as a rural opportunity zone. For more information, visit the link below:
Aviation Scholarships

1.  National Aircraft Resale Association is offering scholarships up to $5,000 to students interested in aviation management, aerodynamics, aircraft systems, aviation safety. Must have a 3.0 GPA.
DEADLINE: October 31. Applications can be picked up on Room 105 Welcome Center.  https://www.naraaircraft.com/scholarship

2.  National Business Aviation Association is offering a number of different scholarships to students majoring in aviation related fields. There are scholarship for students majoring in any aviation field and some scholarship specifically for students in airport management and AVM.   http://www.nbaa.org/prodev/scholarships/

3. The Ninety-Nines Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund (AEMSF) is a $6 million trust fund dedicated to providing scholarship assistance to women pilots, student pilots and women interested in aviation.

4. Fly Now Scholarships are awarded semiannually to women who want to learn to fly. For more information, visit: http://www.ninety-nines.org/index.cfm/Fly_Now.htm

Applications for the 2015 Fly Now fall scholarships will be available in August 2015. Applicants will need to join the 99s as an Associate (student) member to submit an application.

5. The AEMSF also offers fully paid scholarships to complete an additional pilot certificate, rating or pilot training course, including instrument, multi-engine, commercial, ATP, flight instructor, emergency maneuver training and all kinds of type ratings. What is unique about these scholarships is that they cover the full cost of the training. Most of the scholarships in this group require prior membership in the 99s. Additional information about these scholarships can be found at: http://www.ninety-nines.org/index.cfm/scholarships.htm

The fund also offers scholarships for college students majoring in aviation-related fields.

All jobs, both part-time and full-time as well as internship opportunities, are listed on the Kansas State University CES account. Access your CES account by logging into: 




For more information about this resource or additional employment resources, or for CES search assistance, please contact Marva Morgan by email at mjmorgan@ksu.edu, by phone at (785) 826-2659, or in person at the K-State Salina Welcome Center.


To post a position on the CES system, please send your job descriptions and employer contact information by email to Marva Morgan at mjmorgan@ksu.edu for immediate posting.