Message from the Dean 
As the holiday season approaches, I would like to say thank you to the many supporters of Kansas State University Olathe! Our Wildcat family is grateful to call the dynamic Greater Kansas City area home and excited to continue growing our support of the community. It is an honor to be able to provide graduate-level education to professionals, further the goals of companies and organizations through training and research, and also support the science, technology, engineering and mathematics curricula in area K-12 schools. 

On behalf of K-State Olathe, I would like to personally invite you to visit the campus and enjoy the events (see below) or plan to use space in our world-class facility. In addition, please spend a few moments reading this month's newsletter, which highlights just a few of the exciting things happening here! 

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and, as always, Go 'Cats! 
Dr. Ralph Richardson
Interim Dean & CEO
K-State Olathe
Avoid a Recipe for Disaster with Properly Cooked Food this Thanksgiving 

This Thanksgiving many Americans may find one uninvited
guest at their meal: food poisoning. A K-State Olathe food safety expert, Bryan Severns, shares some food preparation tips for home cooks that will ensure guests pile their plates with safe food dishes and forgo a side of food poisoning. Read the full story. 

For more information about K-State Olathe's services, visit the

Team Spotlight: Welcome, New K-State Olathe Team Members!

Dr. Deandra Cassone
This fall, K-State Olathe welcomed two new staff members to our Wildcat family!
  • Dr. Deandra  Cassone has been hired as an associate professor in the industrial and manufacturing systems engineering program. To learn more about Dr. Cassone's role at K-State Olathe, visit  her webpage
  • Christine Splichal joined the team as Director of Communications and Marketing. To learn more about Christine, visit her webpage
Check out the entire K-State Olathe team on the faculty and staff web pages.

Parsel Discusses Clinical Trials in Pets as a Means of Advancing Human Medicine at International Scientific Meeting

Kansas State University Olathe One Health advocate, Dr. Suzanne Parsel, recently spoke at an international scientific conference about developing a clinical research network in the Animal Health Corridor that accesses naturally occurring diseases in pets as models to advance human medicine. Read more...
Wildcat Welcome: Olathe Chamber of Commerce

Being an active partner with the community is a commitment for K-State Olathe! In mid October, the Olathe Chamber of Commerce held a Chamber Coffee on campus and more than 100 people attended. The group received a huge Wildcat welcome from Interim Dean Dr. Ralph Richardson and our team!  

Upcoming Events: Don't Miss the Fun! 
  • Watch Party, Jan. 26, 2016, 6 p.m. -- Bring on the 'Cats! Plan to join us for a watch party on the K-State Olathe campus, as the KSU Men's Basketball team takes on West Virginia. Registration details will be coming soon! 
  • Presidential Social, March 23, 2016, 5:30 p.m. -- President Kirk Schulz and Dr. Ralph Richardson will host a social hour, including a short presentation about key initiatives. 
  • Open House, April 16, 2016, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- K-State Olathe is "Rooted in Purple" along with all of Kansas State University and will be welcoming the community to its Annual Open House event in the spring! Save the date and plan to enjoy a range of activities and exhibits geared for all ages. 

New Courses Offered at K-State Olathe in Spring 2016  

K-State Olathe is proud to expand our course offerings for the upcoming spring semester. Learn more about the seven new courses on the graduate programs web page.
A Global Force with a Local Address 

Kansas State University Olathe is more than just a campus - it's a stakeholder in the community. Professionals in the Kansas City metro area come here to collaborate with industry, advance in their careers and become a solid asset in their organization. K-State Olathe works with area K-12 schools as well as local industry to ensure tomorrow's leaders have the necessary skills for success. We're here for Greater Kansas City because of Greater Kansas City, and we're proud to serve.