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Innovation InsiderDecember 2012   
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Calendar of Events 
December 4
Food & Sensory Science Program
Blue Valley SW & Blue Valley Academy students participating
9 a.m.-noon

December 5
Physics Series: 
The World of Nanoscience
4-5 p.m. 

December 5 and 12
The Research Guidebook webinar series: When Industry and Universities Collaborate
2:30-3:30 p.m. 

December 7
Focus on Food Safety Workshop
8 a.m.-noon

December 13
College of Business Administration: The Role of the HR Function seminar
2-6 p.m.

January 9, 16, 23 & 30
The Research Guidebook webinar series: When Industry and Universities Collaborate
2:30-3:30 p.m. 

January 16
EDACE 886 and EDACE 780 begin
5:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. 

Every Tuesday
Community fitness class at K-State Olathe every Tuesday evening at 5 p.m. No charge, all fitness levels are welcome. Email knorthcutt@ksu.edu for more information.

The Sensory & Consumer Research Center at K- State Olathe is looking for consumers of all ages (and pets) to test and give feedback during day and evening studies.

If you are interested, please contact the Sensory & Consumer Research Center at (
913) 307-7355 or by email at consumerresearch@ksu.edu.

Be sure to "like" and follow the Facebook page for upcoming studies.
Master's in Adult & Continuing Education spring classes

The next classes (beginning January 16) in the Adult & Continuing Education master's curriculum are "Developing Teams and Leaders in Adult Education" and for those new to the program, "Introduction to Adult Education." Admission and enrollment is ongoing.

Scholarships for Johnson County residents are available.

Contact program coordinator Matt Maciel at maciel@k-state.edu or 913-307-7349 for more information. Learn more about the degree program.
Course Schedule      
In addition to our degree program corses, the K-State A.Q. Miller School of Journalism will be offering a class at Olathe beginning this Spring. JMC 750 Strategic Health Communication is a 
3-credit course to explore the role of effective communication through mass media and other communication strategies in health promotion and behavior change.     
More info.

What a year it has been at K-State Olathe (and for the University as a whole).  We hope you'll enjoy some of the highlights, current news and a glimpse of what is ahead!
The Year In Review
  • K-State Olathe has hosted over 15,000 people at nearly 600 events THIS YEAR!
  • Over 3,600 K-12 students and teachers participated in programming by or at K-State Olathe.
  • K-State Olathe participted in K-State Celebrate, a recruiting event in Kansas City; the Kansas State Fair; a multitude of other school, recruiting and career fairs; and the CASE District 5 Annual Conference in Chicago, taking home several marketing awards, as well as the Executive Leadership Award for K-State President Kirk Schulz.  
  • How about the K-State football team?! The Fiesta Bowl will be January 3 -- watch with friends! The Heisman announcement will be Saturday; good luck to Collin Klein (also the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner)!
  • A great alumni event in October brought close to 150 area alumni to the facility to enjoy wine, desserts and networking. 
  • K-State Olathe received the 2012 Innovation Award for the Top 10 KC Businesses by KC Business Magazine.
  • Five degree programs were launched, and we have graduate students and faculty (three new faculty hires this year) in our classrooms working hard every day!
Six free webinars on University-Industry partnerships: K-State Olathe is host site

The Kansas State University Office of Research & Sponsored Programs is proud to host a University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) webinar series on the opportunities and challenges that result when universities and industries conduct research together.  The series is focused around the Research Guidebook which presents the perspective of both university researchers and industry researchers.  This dual perspective approach allows greater understanding of the issues that face both parties when conducting research together.
The FREE webinars will be held on site at K-State Olathe from 2:20-3:30 p.m. on the following dates: December 5 &12, January 9, 16, 23 & 30.  For more information, click here.
2013: K-State's 150th Anniversary Celebration and a Mega Open House

K-State celebrates 150 years in 2013, beginning with kick-off events Feb. 14-17 in Manhattan.  See the full schedule.


Throughout the year, K-State Olathe will be participating in 150th-themed events here on campus, and university-wide.


Mark your calendars for April 20, 2013!  This will be the university-wide open house (Salina, Manhattan, Olathe) and will include the KC area Research & Extension offices. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m., we will have activities, displays, booths, food, games, labs, consumer tests, master gardeners, master cooks, food demonstrations and more! Please bring your family and enjoy K-State Olathe!


More information about the Open House will be available in January, including a webpage with all of the activities listed.
K-State Olathe: A Complete Conference and Events Facility


More than 200 local and regional businesses have selected K-State Olathe as their event venue for meetings, banquets, conferences and other corporate functions.  


Since opening in April of 2011, K-State Olathe has hosted nearly 1000 events for groups and organizations in the area.  K-State Olathe is a dynamic, modern, high-tech event site that many corporate organizations are selecting for their meeting and conferencing needs.  For more information on how your organization can host your next event at K-State Olathe, please contact Renee Hultgren at 913-307-7308, email her at reneeh@ksu.edu or click here for more info.

A Season of Change

You are probably aware by now that our CEO, Dan Richardson, has announced his retirement for the coming year.  Dan's leadership has brought the opening of this outstanding facility, the assembly of a hard-working team of faculty and staff, and strong relationships in the community, the Animal Health Corridor and the larger region.  
As we thank Dan, we also thank YOU for all you do to continue to make K-State Olathe top-notch.  We hope to see you here, and out in the community soon.  Happy Holidays!

Kristi Northcutt
Kansas State University Olathe
Marketing Communications Coordinator