Christopher Smith has been named the new executive director of enrollment management and marketing at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus.
By Julee Cobb
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has hired a new leader to transform prospective students into Wildcats.
Christopher Smith, former director of admissions for two DeVry University locations, joins Kansas State Polytechnic as the new executive director of enrollment management and marketing. Smith, from McPherson, started his role at the beginning of October and is tasked with supervising the operations of both the admissions and communications and marketing offices. His primary focus is on increasing brand awareness and creating new recruiting strategies, with an overall objective of growing enrollment.
“We are proud to welcome Dr. Smith and his years of experience in student recruitment to the Polytechnic Campus,” said Verna Fitzsimmons, dean and CEO of Kansas State Polytechnic. “His extensive knowledge of the consultative approach to enrollment, which centralizes the student experience, aligns perfectly with our campus’s polytechnic approach to education. It will be exciting to watch Dr. Smith’s fresh perspective and new ideas elevate our engagement with potential Wildcats.”
By Julee Cobb
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is expanding its degree options with a new offering for individuals interested in teaching technology at the high school level.
A Bachelor of Science in secondary education with a technology education endorsement is being launched at Kansas State Polytechnic in fall 2018. The degree option is a collaboration with the university’s College of Education and is designed to help address state and national needs for more science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, educators. Enrolled students will study mechanical, electronic and computer systems curriculum through Kansas State Polytechnic’s engineering technology program while the education pedagogy will be supported by the College of Education.
By Julee Cobb
Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is expanding its offerings in aviation to provide much-needed education for professionals in the field of aircraft certification.
Kansas State Polytechnic is launching a professional development program centered on the understanding and application of Federal Aviation Administration regulations and processes used in aircraft type and production certification. The courses will be taught as a combination of online and in person, with instruction beginning in January 2018 for the first offering. After completion, which can be achieved in one year, students will receive a certificate from Kansas State Polytechnic’s professional education and outreach office and have the opportunity to earn a total of 180 professional development hours.
By Julee Cobb and Kris Grinter
Five new student ambassadors have been chosen to represent Kansas State Polytechnic for the 2017-2018 academic year. Back row, from left: Juan Diaz, Logan Renz and Colton Linenberger; and front row, from left: JT Brantley and Clayton Bettenbrock.
The Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has selected five new Wildcats to serve as student ambassadors.
One sophomore, one junior and three seniors will represent Kansas State Polytechnic in the coveted leadership positions during the 2017-2018 academic year. Ambassadors attend a variety of on-campus, community-based and industry events to give their personal perspective on the student experience as well as promote campus offerings and purple pride. Undergraduates named as student ambassadors are JT Brantley, senior in mechanical engineering technology, Abilene; Clayton Bettenbrock, sophomore in mechanical engineering technology, Geneseo; Logan Renz, junior in UAS flight and operations, Hays; Juan Diaz, senior in professional pilot, Salina; and Colton Linenberger, senior in computer systems technology, Washington.
By Julee Cobb
Kendy Edmonds, senior in UAS flight and operations and UAS design and integration, Valley Falls, is interning with NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, during the fall 2017 semester. This is Edmonds’ second internship with the space exploration entity.
Kendy Edmonds, a senior at the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, is expanding her collegiate experience to include back-to-back internships with the nation’s best-known entity for space exploration.
Edmonds, Valley Falls, who is double majoring in unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, flight and operations and UAS design and integration, was selected for a fall internship at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, after completing a summer stint at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She is using her aviation background to help NASA with mission planning, procedural development and components testing, all in an effort to integrate UAS into the National Airspace System, or NAS.
Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is to be part of the 2017 Fly Kansas Air Tour. It takes off from Wellington on Thursday, September 28, for a three-day, 10-city celebration of Kansas aviation. This year’s tour is presented by the Kansas Commission on Aerospace Education and the Kansas Department of Transportation and will promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education as well as highlight the benefits of local airports in Kansas.
Stop by the local airports listed below to visit K-State Polytechnic and see planes up close and talk to pilots to learn about the role of aviation in Kansas.
The tour is scheduled to visit the following airports:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
- 8 a.m. Aircraft Arrival
- 10:30 a.m. Departure
- 12:30 p.m. Aircraft Arrival
- 2:30 p.m. Departure
- 3:30 p.m. Aircraft Arrival
- 4:30 p.m. Departure
- 5:30 p.m. Aircraft Arrival
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
- 11:00 a.m. Aircraft Arrival
- 1:00 p.m. Departure
- 2:15 p.m. Aircraft Arrival
- 4:00 p.m. Departure
- 4:30 p.m. Aircraft Arrival
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
- 10:30 a.m. Aircraft Arrival
- 12:30 p.m. Departure
- 1 p.m. Aircraft Arrival
- 3 p.m. Departure
by Kimberly Bird
The Applied Aviation Research Center on Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is continuing its work with PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, on operational testing with unmanned aircraft systems.
Volunteers in Pathfinder phase three use technological aids to survey the airspace around an unmanned aircraft operating in extended visual line of sight and to alter flight path when necessary to avoid manned aircraft.
By Julee Cobb
Educators from Geary County schools tour the mechanical engineering technology lab during their visit to the Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in June as part of the teacher institute funded by a grant awarded to USD 475 and Kansas State Polytechnic.
With jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, some of the most in-demand in today’s work force, coupled with an expanding focus put on STEM curriculum in the classroom, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus and Geary County USD 475 have joined together to enhance technology education for elementary, middle and high schools in Junction City, Milford, Grandview Plaza and Fort Riley.
Kansas State Polytechnic and USD 475 have been awarded a more than $160,000 Title II grant that will help 12 schools in Geary County implement adequate technology training for teachers, specifically in computer science and robotics, and increase STEM-related learning opportunities for underrepresented students. The grant, “Enriching and Integrating 21st Century Science and Technology Knowledge and Skills into Today’s Classroom Through Effective Partnerships,” also provides for the purchase of new technology pieces for each classroom, such as a 3-D printer, Osmo kits, a Circuit Playground and Edison robots.
by Kimberly Bird and Julee Cobb
Kansas State Polytechnic has awarded its 2017 Rex McArthur Family Faculty Fellow Award to Troy Harding.
Troy Harding, computer systems technology professor at Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Rex McArthur Family Faculty Fellow Award.
The McArthur distinction annually recognizes a Kansas State Polytechnic professor for teaching excellence, a commitment to research and honorable services to the university, college and community.
by Kimberly Bird and Julee Cobb
Bill Gross, professor of aviation, is the recipient of Kansas State Polytechnic’s 2017 Marchbanks Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.
Bill Gross, Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus aviation professor who has received certification as a master flight instructor, has been named the 2017 Marchbanks Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence recipient.
The award was established more than 30 years ago to commemorate a faculty member’s commitment in the classroom, service to students and overall merit as a teacher.