May 10, 2016
 Campus Events:
Tuesday, May 10
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Wednesday, May 11
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Thursday, May 12
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Friday, May 13
Faculty & Staff Meeting at 3:30 p.m. | TC118

Monday, May 16
Summer Break begins
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Editor's note regarding 'Wildcat Weekly' summer schedule
With the spring semester coming to an end, the Wildcat Weekly now will be published on a new summer schedule. After today's issue, the campus's news and events source will be emailed every three weeks until the fall semester begins. Below are the dates:
  • May 31
  • June 21
  • July 12
  • August 2
  • August 23
If you are submitting a story for inclusion in the newsletter, it must be sent via the "project request" tab on the website's communications and marketing page no later than noon the previous publishing day. For questions, email Julee Cobb, communications coordinator, at
Kansas State Polytechnic named number two college in the nation for unmanned aircraft systems
The unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, program on Kansas State University's polytechnic campus continues to add to its national presence with a new top academic ranking. Kansas State Polytechnic has been named number two in the "Top 20 Unmanned Aerial Systems Colleges in the United States." 

The list was compiled by Drone Training HQ, an online resource for unmanned pilots, engineers and technicians, and was based upon a variety of criteria, including reputation, hands-on instruction, accreditation, courses and programs offered, student feedback and job placement.

"This ranking rewards nearly 10 years of persistent hard work on multiple levels, ranging from locally to internationally," said Kurt Barnhart, associate dean of research on the polytechnic campus and executive director of the school's Applied Aviation Research Center. "At the outset of 2007, there were relatively few who dared to dream about what UAS could become in Salina, but here we are. We are grateful to those who have supported our endeavors and have helped us make the program a success. These achievements, however, are only the beginning."

To find out K-State's competition on the list and who landed at the number one spot, continue reading here.

Final week of Project Salina spaghetti challenge
The polytechnic campus has less than one week to meet or exceed its Project Salina goal.

Currently, the campus has donated almost 1500 pounds of spaghetti along with some cash gifts that will be used to purchase additional noodles.

As of right now, we need to collect $300 worth of spaghetti by Friday, May 13. If the campus can do so, Dean Fitzsimmons will give an additional $250 to the project so that we can hit our goal. 

Bring your donations to the library front desk or to Annette Hernandez in the engineering technology main office in Tech Center.

You can visit the spaghetti pile in Tech Center 123.

uInnovate wicked problem competition
Are you ready to help us shape the excitement, competition and community building that
will occur during uInnovate this coming August? 

Grab your colleague, student, friend, or foe for this challenge!

We challenge you to
work in an interdisciplinary group to submit ideas of wicked problems for teams of students to solve. Prizes will be given for all persons submitting a wicked problem
and persons who submit the chosen problems will receive a grand prize! Submissions of wicked problem ideas are being accepted now through May 11.

What is our definition of a wicked problem?

A wicked problem is a problem that may have both social/cultural and industrial implications
that is difficult to solve because of incomplete or contradictory knowledge, variety of people or opinions involved and interconnection of these facets (see more at:

What is uInnovate?

uInnovate is an interactive experience that unites students in small groups and prepares
them to create innovative solutions to industry and community problems!  Our goals are:
  • To prepare students for the innovative environments of the future, here at K-State and in their careers beyond our campus
  • To improve group interactions and results
  • To enable students to clearly describe problems and proposed solutions
  • To effectively evaluate options and select a most appropriate solution
  • To enhance students' views of themselves as contributors to their communities.  

Submit your idea today at:

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Brown, professional education and outreach, at 
Participants needed for UAS research survey
Participants are needed for a PrecisionHawk UAS research opportunity, taking place May 18-19 in Salina. If you are interested in participating, please complete the survey in the link below by Friday, May 6. This survey simply is intended to collect interested participants and allow follow-up communication. Participation is open to faculty, students and staff.
Click here to complete the survey of availability.
The FAA Pathfinder Initiative is a collaborative research and development effort between the FAA and industry to enable unmanned aerial system (UAS) operation outside of the current restrictions. Pathfinder Focus Area Two, in partnership with PrecisionHawk, is focused on understanding the factors affecting safety in Extended Visual Line of Sight operations (EVLOS). EVLOS is defined as flight of a UAS outside the Pilot in Command's (PIC) visual range but still within visual range of the pilot to ensure cognizance of the area of operation and encroaching aircraft. The Pathfinder results are expected to have a direct and near-term impact on the FAA's regulatory stance towards UAS operation in the United States.

Participants can expect to spend one full day at the experiment site, receiving training on the ground control station software and UAS simulation in the morning followed by the in-field trial in the afternoon (15 minutes outside of Salina). Participants will not be flying a UAS for this initial set of tests, although respondents with at least a private pilot's license and current FAA Class II medical can indicate if they would like to be considered for UAS training and PIC trials later in the season.

If you are interested in being a participant in this study, please answer the following questions and provide your contact information so that the UAS research lab can contact you about involvement.

If you have any questions, please contact Andi Meyer, UAS research program manager, at 
K-State Polytechnic holds spring commencement ceremony May 7
Congratulations to the class of 2016! 

This past weekend, the polytechnic campus celebrated the accomplishments of more than 100 graduates from 15 different states and three countries during the spring commencement ceremony. 

The keynote speaker was the president and CEO of Textron Aviation and SGA vice president, Ian Bonsall, gave the student address. The ceremony also proudly honored the family of Jared Langston, a student who passed away last year before receiving his professional pilot diploma.

Best of luck to all of the graduates in your future endeavors!
Students relax before finals during 'Stress Free Week'
Before polytechnic students buckle down, get serious and begin the all-important Finals Week, they took some time to relax and have fun. Thanks to campus groups like SGA, Diversity Affairs, Programming Board and the Student Life Office, all students enjoyed games and snacks during the annual "Stress Free Week." The activities included lawn games and snow cones; grocery bingo; free massages; bowling; paintball; and the SGA luncheon.
Students present projects at undergraduate research showcase
A big part of our students' education is hands-on learning, including research projects that involve solving problems for professional industries. 

Last week, our campus held its annual Undergraduate Research Showcase where students gave a presentation on their projects and were judged on execution by a team of faculty and staff. Congratulations to first place winners from the mechanical engineering technology program as well as all participants!

A high-five is one of the most recognizable ways two people can share excitement or celebrate a job well done. Kansas State Polytechnic's CEO and Dean Verna Fitzsimmons awards her high-five each week to honor faculty, staff and students for their dedication to the university.
High-five to the class of 2016!
Congratulations to the graduates of the spring semester. It was a pleasure to celebrate your accomplishments along with your family, friends and loved ones. You should be proud of the hard work you put into your studies and projects during your time at K-State Polytechnic. I wish each of you the best of luck as you begin the next chapter of your lives, and hope that you will stay in touch and continue to support the K-State family.
Summer Financial Aid
Will you be attending summer school at K-State Polytechnic? If so, you will need to complete the K-State 2016 Summer Financial Aid Application form to see if you qualify for any financial aid. You must enroll in classes first and then complete the application for aid. The form can be in Room 105 of the Welcome Center.

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

Employee Tuition Assistance and Spouse/ Dependent Grant
1.  Employee Tuition Assistance 

Award amount is for tuition only in a K-State course for up to 3 credit hours per term. 

The maximum award amount will not exceed the value of 3 hours at the in-state Manhattan/Salina tuition rate (ie. Campus fees, other institutional fees, etc. are the responsibility of the employee). 

2. Spouse/Dependent Grants (Available in fall and spring semesters only. Not available in the summer.)

For dependents with a primary career of undergraduate (full time requirement), the amount of the Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant award for that semester will equal 7 credit hours at the applicable tuition rate. 

For dependents with a primary career of graduate or veterinary medicine, the amount of the Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant award for the semester will be equal to 1, 2, or 3 credit hours at the applicable tuition rate. The maximum of 3 credit hours of tuition rate will be awarded to students enrolled in a total of 3 or more credit hours for the semester.

For spouses with a primary career of undergraduate, graduate, or veterinary medicine, the amount of the Dependent/Spouse Tuition Grant award for the semester will be equal to 1, 2, or 3 credit hours at the applicable tuition rate. The maximum of 3 credit hours of tuition rate will be awarded to students enrolled in a total of 3 or more credit hours for the semester.
Personal Financial Planning
Personal Financial Planning students - TD Ameritrade is offering twelve $5,000 scholarships to personal financial planning students. DEADLINE: May 31.
Aviation Scholarships
1. The Eugene S. Kropf Scholarship is offering $500. Must be a sophomore or higher and have a 3.0 or better gpa. DEADLINE: June 15.

2. The Paul A. Whelan Aviation scholarship is offering a $2000 scholarship. Must be a sophomore or higher. Must have at least a 2.5 overall gpa (3.0 in aviation coursework). DEADLINE: May 15, 2016.

3. The Navigate Your Future scholarship is available to high school seniors who will be entering college this fall. Must be planning for a career in aviation. Award is $2500. DEADLINE: June 24.

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.