December 1, 2015
 Campus Events:
Tuesday, Dec. 1
CIT Hardened Concrete Properties | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Construction Lab

Student Governing Association | 8:30 - 10 p.m. | CCCR

Wednesday, Dec. 2
CIT Hardened Concrete Properties | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Construction Lab

Future of Civic Luncheon Series | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | TC120

Grocery Bingo | 7 p.m. | CCCR

Thursday, Dec. 3
No events

Friday, Dec. 4
KGB B.I.T.S. LAN | 6 p.m.- 2 a.m. | College Center Conference Room

CIT Basic Math Exam | 8:30 a.m. | Construction Lab

CIT Inspection Re-certification Exam | 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Construction Lab

Donut Friday | In the morning |College Center 208

Campus Bookstore Open House | 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | 30% off clothing & gifts

Saturday, Dec. 5
K-State vs. West Virginia football | 3:30 p.m. | Bill Snyder Family Stadium

Dodgeball Tournament | time TBD | Student Life Center

Candy Canes and Airplanes | 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.  | Hangar 600

Monday, Dec. 7
$2 Pancho's Night | 9 a.m. 5 p.m. | 2300 Planet Ave.
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Kansas State University's polytechnic campus receives nation's first approval for unmanned commercial flight training

Kansas State University's polytechnic campus has set a new precedent in the unmanned aircraft systems industry, becoming the first entity in the United States to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to provide UAS commercial flight training to both students and outside companies.

The authorization, which is referred to as a Section 333 exemption, allows Kansas State Polytechnic to create and conduct an extensive flight training program for unmanned aircraft operations. Previously, motion picture and television filming and aerial data collection have been given permission for commercial UAS operations; however, the approval has been limited to only training internally and in these two mission-specific areas alone. Kansas State Polytechnic's authorization is open to students both internal and external and is not restricted to any one particular application.

"Kansas State's UAS program continues to be a leader and innovator in the UAS industry," said Kurt Carraway, Kansas State Polytechnic's acting UAS program manager. "Our goal is to produce the most relevant and professional graduate possible, and we can now offer an exclusive flight training program that will take the student experience to the next level. Kansas State Polytechnic is essentially setting the standard on how to educate tomorrow's unmanned pilots."

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Research director joins Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center as its first hire

Following an international search, John Lawrence has joined the Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center as its first research director. Lawrence, a doctorate-level agricultural engineer who specializes in food processing, specifically grain storage management, is the facility's first hire since opening this summer. 

The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center, located in Salina, is a research, testing and educational facility dedicated to the science and understanding of bulk solids materials handling. The center is the only one of its kind in North America, housing six laboratories for university and industry-sponsored research; training, conference and lecture rooms; a material properties test lab; and a full-scale bulk solids test bay.

As a key researcher, Lawrence works to solve the movement challenges bulk solids have while passing through the hoppers, or containers, in which they are stored. Often times particles can become densified and stagnant in various spots in the hopper, preventing all the material from flowing smoothly. Lawrence's research also will focus on finding and solving problems within particle disintegration and segregation in the pipeline during pneumatic conveying.

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Learn about future careers at 'Textron Day'

Interested in an internship or career with a multi-industry company?

Textron is a multi-industry company with around 34,000 employees. They offer around 400+ Internships each year and are always looking for great candidates in aviation, business and engineering. On Dec. 9, stop by the CCCR at 1:30 p.m. to meet Textron hiring managers and listen to the opportunities they have available to you. Dress to impress because there is the potential you could have an interview with them the following day.

For questions, contact Erica Chapel in career services, at or (785) 826-2674.

SGA hosting campus wide holiday party

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, SGA is sponsoring a campus wide holiday party to be held in the Technology Center lobby from 11a.m. to 1p.m. for students, faculty & staff.

There will be the lighting of a Christmas tree, a potluck lunch, and ornament craft making!

If you would like to bring a dish for the potluck lunch, please sign up in TC 109 by Monday, Dec. 7.

PLEASE NOTE: Meats are already provided.

Residence halls raise money for local food bank through pie-throwing contest

Resident director, Cody Waterman, along with resident assistant, Nick Koch, took one for the team to help raise money for the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank. 

Both sat in the cafeteria and allowed students, faculty and staff to hit them in the face with a pie. Every pie thrown equaled a dollar.

At the end of the pie-throwing contest, residence life had raised enough money to give the food bank 400 individual food items! That's the Wildcat Way!

Walk-in math tutoring available Tues. and Thurs.
Are you struggling with your classes that involve math? Help is on the way! Walk-in math tutoring is now available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. in the library! 

Need an appointment for another subject? Register and make an appointment at

Dodgeball tournament hosted by the financial planning association
Kansas State Polytechnic's financial planning association student chapter is hosting its first dodgeball tournament! 

The competition begins Saturday, Dec. 5 starting in the morning (times TBD based on number of teams). Teams of 7 (6 players, 1 sub) can register for $70 with team T-shirts included in that price. Teams must sign a registration form and pay their dues to the Student Life Center. 

Registration is due on Nov. 20 and late registrations will still be accepted but for $10 more per team. Prizes will be awarded to top 3 teams, the largest one being a $100 gift certificate to Speakeasy Bar and Grill! 

If you have any questions please contact Jarah Cooper, club member, at 785-342-7777 or  

In Memoriam: Kansas State Polytechnic honors former president, professor and campus innovator Tom Creech

When Rick Zajac started his journey as a professor of physics at Kansas State Polytechnic in 1996, the first lesson of his campus career ironically was taught to him instead of his students. Zajac walked into his new office in the Science Center to find the above message written on a blackboard in the space. The memo was honest and straightforward, almost simplistic in nature, yet contained advice so powerful it has stayed with Zajac to this day.

The counsel was that of Tom Creech - one of the founding fathers of the campus, the property's third president and an engineering technology professor. Creech retired in 1996 and wanted to ensure the intrinsic values that had made the campus so successful were preserved and performed by the next generation. So Creech scribbled his 30 years worth of real life know-how into those six points, hoping his office successor would be inspired. Zajac got the message.

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UAS club educates Arkansas middle school students on drones

The campus's UAS Club recently made a trip to Arkansas to spread knowledge about unmanned aircraft systems to younger students.

Members Tim Bruner, Andrew Danner, Caleb Scott and Michael Wilson gave a robotics class at Waldron Middle School in Waldron, Arkansas, an introduction to UAS. They taught them the basics of what drones are, some important characteristics of the aircraft and other applicable details.

A glider competition was held in the school gym and the UAS club performed an indoor flight demonstration of a quadcopter. Students even received some hands-on time to help put an airplane together that was brought.

Thanks to the club members for making the trip!

Photo Credit: Tracie Adams
Personal Financial Planning students visit Chicago

George Belin took three Kansas State Polytechnic person financial planning (PFP) students to Chicago for an experiential learning event from Oct. 29 to 31.


They visited the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the TD Ameritrade thinkorswim office, and the Chicago Federal Reserve.


This educational experience was a great opportunity to see first-hand many of the topics discussed in PFP courses.  


UAS program invited to participate in Foley Equipment 'Invasive Tree' event

Another way UAS technology is being utilized!

Foley Equipment hosted an "Invasive Tree" event northwest of Newton and invited our UAS program as well as K-State's entomology program to demonstrate how unmanned aircraft can help track pest or invasive tree infestation.

Photo Credit: Foley Equipment

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.
High-Five to Jason and Bradley for their recent scholarship awards!
Congratulations and a big High-Five goes to Jason Nowak and Bradley Komarek, who have recently been awarded the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad. Both students will be studying on the exchange program to Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in Japan next semester. Jason and Bradley are Kansas State Polytechnic's first-ever Gilman Scholarship recipients. 
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. The Association for Women Aviation (AWAM) are now offering scholarships for students in a variety of aviation fields. These scholarships are for both male and female college students majoring in an aviation field. DEADLINE: December 1, 2015

2. AVIATION MAINTENANCE - Scholarships are being offered to students studying in aviation maintenance from the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance. Men and women can apply. DEADLINE: December 1, 2015.

3.  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.

4. 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.

5. Fly Now Scholarships are awarded semiannually to women who want to learn to fly. For more information, visit:

6. The International Council of Air Shows Foundation is offering a variety of scholarship to students majoring in aviation. DEADLINE: December 31.

7. National Air Transportation is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a sophomore or junior aviation major with a 3.0 or better gpa. DEADLINE: December 25. 

8. Airports Council International - North American is offering three $2,500 scholarships to students majoring in airport management. DEADLINE: December 15th.

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 Erica Riffel Chapel by email at, by phone at (785) 826-2674, or in person on the second floor of the College Center.


To post a position on the CES system, please send your job descriptions and employer contact information by email to Erica Riffel Chapel at for immediate posting.