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Innovation Insider
June 2013   
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Calendar of Events 
June 5
College of Business Administration "Managing Effort; Getting Results" seminar
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


June 10-13
The Science of Teaching Food Safety and Security
Summer Teacher In-service

June 17-18
Summer Experience in Public Health (SEPH) Camp
June 25
"Nurture your STEM Activities with Gender Equity."
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
More information.

June 27
Retirement reception for K-State Olathe CEO Dan Richardson
4-6 p.m.
July 15-17
Aviation Fixation Camp
3rd-6th Grade


August 19-23
Emerging and Rapid Methods in Microbiology

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.  
See our course schedule

A course schedule listing all class offerings available on our campus is available (updates are ongoing).

Contact program coordinator Matt Maciel at maciel@k-state.edu or 913-307-7349 for more information on our programs or scholarships. 
Swipe Out Hunger 2013


SAVE THE DATE! October 5 will be K-State Olathe's Swipe Out Hunger event. To make this outreach event a success, sponsors are needed at various levels to offset the cost of supplies ($15,000 to package 50,000 meals). Teams of volunteers are also needed. For more information about how to help feed the hungry through this day of outreach, contact Micheal Strohschein (teams) or Debbie Kirchhoff (sponsors).
Summer doesn't mean "slow down" at K-State Olathe. We continue to move quickly and build on the momentum as we ramp up for the fall semester. A new CEO/Vice Provost will soon be announced, and the exciting future awaits.
  • For the April 10 Restaurant and Catering Showcase and K-State Olathe's ongoing support of KCMPI, the organization has nominated K-State Olathe & the K-State Division of Continuing Education for four awards: Educational Program of the Year, Social Event of the Year, Rising Star Award (Events Manager Renee Hultgren) and Employee Recognition Award. Winners will be announced June 13.
  • K-State Olathe and K-State Salina will partner to offer a youth camp this summer. Aviation Fixation will be held on the Olathe campus July 15-17 for youth who are entering 3rd-6th grades in the fall. For more information, click here. Hurry, space is limited; need-based scholarships are available.
  • The K-State Olathe Open House on April 20 was a huge success, thanks to all of you who came out to enjoy the day. Over 600 were in attendance for our inaugural event. Many thanks for your continued support!
  • "Emerging and Rapid Methods in Microbiology" conference will be held at K-State Olathe August 19-23. Find out more information about this important topic and see registration details.
Olathe campus ramps up degree programs; three to begin in fall term
Programs beginning this fall (with applications being accepted NOW) include:
  • Horticulture/emphasis in Urban Food Systems 
  • Agribusiness/Animal Health Cohort
  • Food Science
Classes will also be offered in graduate programs for Adult and Continuing Education, Veterinary Biomedical Science and Biological and Agricultural Engineering. 
For more information about these programs, click here.
Retirement reception for Dan Richardson; Interviews underway for new CEO


K-State Olathe will host a retirement reception to honor CEO Dan Richardson June 27, 4-6 p.m. Please RSVP to Terri Bogina by June 14 at tbogina@ksu.edu or 913-307-7304.


Two candidates have interviewed for the position of CEO/Vice Provost, with the final two scheduled this week. More information about the candidates can be found here.  

College of Business Administration to host seminar June 5; online MBA announced
free professional seminar, "Managing Effort, Getting Results," will be presented June 5, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.mThis workshop has been delivered to sales managers in all kinds of organizations around the world. It will provide attendees with the philosophy and underpinnings of an approach to leadership that will impact a life-long career. 
The seminar is coordinated by the National Strategic Selling Institute in the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University. To register and learn more about this free program, click here.

K-State now offers a Professional MBA online, a AACSB-accredited MBA program for professionals with 3-5 years of experience. Applications are now being accepted for Fall Semester enrollment. More information is available here.
A parting note from Dan Richardson

When we are faced with a situation that is clearly above and beyond the ordinary and begs for some well thought out and insightful statement, more often than not we find ourselves saying, "words can not truly express how I feel," and then we go on and try to use words to express how we feel. I'm in that conundrum as I write my final commentary for the newsletter.  
So with a little help from a few folks that have left memorable words behind, I would like to try and say how proud I am to have been given the opportunity to work with such great people, institutions and organizations in bringing Kansas State University Olathe to reality.  
As stated by Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." This captures the commitment and resolve of the citizens of Johnson County, the Johnson County Education and Research Triangle (JCERT) initiative, the city of Olathe and our great state universities. They saw an opportunity and were willing to invest. The JCERT initiative is unequaled and has caught attention near and far.  
Michaelangelo said,"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it." The citizens of Johnson County aim high, particularly when it comes to education and quality of life. Within little more than 5 years, we have seen a vision become reality. As promised to the citizens for their confidence and support in our missions, KU, KUMC and KSU are delivering on that promise. 
Mark Twain foreshadowed the essence of K-State Olathe when he said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover!" I offer my sincere appreciation and thanks to all those wonderful, visionary, supportive, dedicated individuals and organizations that have come together as a team to achieve the start of something for which we can all be proud.  
Here's to "aiming high!"
Dan Richardson
Chief Executive Officer
Kansas State University Olathe