Office of the Dean
Dear K-State Salina family,
Another summer semester has begun and though it seems to be a little quieter here, so much work is still being done to keep the campus progressing. The physical appearance continues to be a focus for our facilities department with mowers, landscapers and contractors tackling projects indoors and out. A few departments have moved offices in order to make their services more accessible to students. Discover Programs have kicked off with camps in aviation, engineering technology and cheerleading, and a new camp has been introduced for high school ages to help improve communication and leadership skills.
On May 9, K-State Salina sent more than 100 new graduates off to their next chapter. It was one of the largest crowds we have ever hosted on campus for graduation and with so many family members and friends, it was a day to remember. Graduation day is one of my favorite days of the academic year. We have prepared our students for their future and we're excited to see them head off on their next journey. Of course, every student will forever be a part of the Wildcat family.
Upward Bound is a program that assists area high school students with additional academic preparation, advisement and encouragement for future success. On May 22, I was honored to be the guest speaker at our campus's Upward Bound awards banquet and got to hear stories about how this program has made a difference in these students' lives. I wish them the best as they continue to discover their potential.
Our campus has a rich history of hands-on learning. On May 14, we added another extraordinary opportunity for students and faculty researchers with the official opening of the Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center. This new facility is a major asset to our campus, as students will study an area that is rare in education – bulk solids. Watching this new research center develop will be exciting. The facility is also expected to bring up to 40 new jobs to Salina and will offer courses for professionals, signifying this center as an economic benefit to the community as well.
The month of May also brought many other events on and off campus. K-State Salina's professional pilot program was honored to be selected by Textron Aviation as one of four universities in the nation to participate in its Tophawk program, which gave our program a new Cessna Skyhawk 172 for student use until the end of the year at no capital cost. On May 2, K-State Salina joined Air Associates of Kansas in Olathe at their Cessna Demo Day to help promote our new professional pilot program partnership beginning this fall in the Kansas City area. Flight student Ian Barnhart flew the new Cessna Skyhawk 172 plane to the event for potential K-Staters to view. On May 4, the campus honored our university support staff during the annual breakfast that announces the employee of the year. Congratulations to Kari Zook for receiving that award and thanks to all of the university support staff for your many contributions to the success of our campus. On May 6, the campus and community got a glimpse into the engineering technology world as students in that program displayed their end-of-the-year projects during the SME Student Design Banquet.
We have recently added a new member to our K-State Salina family. Please join me in welcoming Kyle Chamberlin – he will be serving as the new student life center director and has already begun his position. Make sure you stop by the SLC and say hello.
I want to thank the faculty and staff for making this past school year a great one, and thank you to those off campus for always supporting and encouraging K-State Salina's efforts. I hope you have a wonderful summer.
Verna M. Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.
CEO, Kansas State University Salina
Dean, College of Technology and Aviation