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Innovation Insider
August 2013   
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Calendar of Events 
August 30
Urban Water Institute Workshop
9 a.m. - noon


September 8
K-State Day at the Kansas State Fair
10 a.m. - 8  p.m.

September 6
Olathe Chamber Business Lunch: Bioscience Focus
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

September 11
K-State Celebrates!
Overland Park Ritz Charles
6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

October 2
Graduate Programs 
Information Session
4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
October 5
Numana SWIPE Out Hunger 
Food Packaging Event
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
More information.

October 26
Turkey Smoking Class
With The Kansas City BBQ Store
1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
More information below.
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. 
Save the Date: Oct. 26 
SAVE THE DATE! October 26 from 1-3 p.m., K-State Olathe will partner with The Kansas City BBQ Store to demonstrate how to smoke the best-tasting turkey ever (just in time for the holidays!)

Space is limited to 25 for this teach-&-taste workshop in the K-State Olathe Outdoor Teaching Kitchen. Cost per person is $35 (includes tastings).

To register, email Bryan Severns at brysev@k-state.edu.

The halls have been a little quieter over the summer, and the hustle and bustle of full classrooms, new degree programs, new faculty, a new CEO/Vice Provost and new students is about to begin. The calendar is full - we hope to see you in the building or out in the community soon.
Prema Arasu named new 
CEO/Vice Provost at K-State Olathe
Kansas State University Provost and Senior Vice President April Mason has announced that Dr. Prema Arasu has been selected as the new CEO/Vice Provost at Kansas State University Olathe. 


Arasu comes to the position from Washington State University, where she has been serving as the Vice Provost/Associate Vice President for International Programs and professor of parasititology. Prior to her position at Washington State, Arasu was the Associate Vice Provost for International Academics and Director of the Global Health Initiative at North Carolina State University.
"Our Olathe campus serves as the front door of the university to Kansas City, the Animal Health Corridor and our graduate education," said Mason. "With Prema leading the effort, we look forward to delivering on the tremendous potential of this campus." 
She will begin her position at K-State Olathe October 1.
  • Admission is ongoing for our degree programs. Enroll for your graduate certificate, M.S., Ph.D., or Ed.D., in Adult and Continuing Education; M.S. degrees in Horticulture/Urban Food Systems, Food Science, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, Agribusiness/Animal Health or Biological/ Agricultural Engineering. Classes for non-degree-seeking students are also available. An information session will be held October 2 from 4-6:30 p.m. for interested students.
  • The Urban Water Institute will host a workshop on political fragmentation in local governance and water resource management on August 30, 9 a.m.-noonParticipants will discuss research findings and resultant strategies for implementation in land-use planning and collaborative resource management.  
  • The Sensory and Consumer Research Center has been selected to host the second annual "Best Tasting Steak" competition with the American Royal.  The competition will be held the week of September 15 at K-State Olathe, and steak entries are being sought. Learn more.
  • K-State Day at the Kansas State Fair will be September 8. Plan to stop by the K-State tent from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. to visit Manhattan, Salina and Olathe campus ambassadors, win prizes and show your purple pride.
  • K-State Olathe will once again partner with Numana, Inc. to sponsor "SWIPE Out Hunger," a food packaging event on October 5 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to send meals to famine victims. Focused on food safety and security, this outreach event requires DONORS and VOLUNTEERS.  If you'd like to serve in either role, please contact Micheal Strohschein at mistroh@ksu.edu.
Master of Agribusiness/Animal Health Cohort to begin studies at Olathe campus in August

Kansas State University's award-winning Master of Agribusiness (MAB) distance degree program is now offering an MAB tailored to individuals working in the animal health industry. 

The one-week "on-campus" portions of the program will be held at K-State Olathe in August and October of each year, beginning the week of August 12.
The program includes courses in finance, economics, risk management, management, marketing, strategy, policy and others with each course geared toward application to the animal health and agribusiness industries for maximum applicability.  Read more.
First annual Aviation Fixation Camp a success thanks to partnerships between Salina-Olathe campuses

aviation flight crew Kansas State University Salina & Kansas State University Olathe partnered over the summer to offer an aviation youth camp on the Olathe campus. 


Nearly 60 campers, entering second through seventh grades, participated from across the metro area.


During the camp, students practiced flying in a simulator, learned about air traffic control, the history of aviation, built and tested hot air balloons, and toured the New Century AirCenter control tower in nearby Gardner. Campers also received a behind-the-scenes tour of the Garmin hangar at the airport, which included static airplanes, helicopters and other custom technology. Read more.

Anniversary Tidings
150 crop art
The 150th
anniversary of the university is this year, which we've been celebrating as an institution since February. Now we have our first "crop art" to celebrate!

How great is this corn maze near Independence, Kansas? 

But did you also know that we're coming up on the 5th anniversary of the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT)? This, along with a lot of visionary people, is what made K-State Olathe a reality. We are K-State PROUD to celebrate the collaborative effort between K-State, KU Edwards and the University of Kansas Clinical Research Center to offer the highest-quality education and research possible.

Be purposeful in telling people what K-State Olathe is doing and how we're changing the landscape--but also changing lives.

Kristi Northcutt
Marketing Communications Coordinator
Kansas State University Olathe