Office of the Dean
K-State Salina Mission
Kansas State University Salina provides learners with the opportunity to pursue innovative education, applied research, practical field experiences, and professional lives guided by social awareness and the ability to provide ethically sound solutions in the global environment.
Dear K-State Salina Family,
As members of our campus community, it is important that we continue to network and make connections to ensure the degrees offered from our campus are meeting the needs of industry. During October, I have continued to focus on expanding the learning opportunities and collaboration partners for K-State Salina. Drs. Cathcart-Rake and Brown hosted our visit at KU Medical Center (Salina), and discussed a possible partnership with our Social Work program. I also visited Irwin Army community Hospital at Fort Riley with some Engineering Technology folks to discuss collaboration opportunities. These potential partners are very excited to team up with us.
The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) held its annual Engineering Technology Leadership Institute (ETLI) in Washington DC. This was a great experience as I was able to engage in meaningful discussions with other national leaders about the challenges and opportunities for the future of ET. I was invited to attend the first ever Midwest Business Aviation Showcase hosted by the Kansas City Business Aviation Association at the Wheeler Downtown Airport and made some important contacts for our aviation program. Mark Blanks, UAS Program Manager, and I spoke with the Kansas Farm Bureau about agricultural application of UAS.
This month, I had the pleasure of signing a 2+2 agreement with Salina Area Technical College, thanks to the hard work by Don Von Bergen, Arts, Sciences and Business Department Head; Danielle Brown, Director of Continuing Education; and Julie Rowe, Arts, Sciences and Business Faculty Member. This agreement will allow students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management after completion of an associate degree in applied science. This agreement was made possible because SATC is a participating institution in the Kansas Board of Regents core outcomes project.
We welcomed two VIP guests from the Manhattan campus to Salina. President Kirk Schulz gave the State of the University Address our campus on October 3rd and Provost April Mason spent a day touring the campus upgrades and learning more about our nationally recognized UAS program.
I enjoyed the wonderful experience of visiting Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an, and Zhengzhou in China. This was made possible with the sponsorship of the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce. The trip included a visit with a K-State recruiter in China and I spent five days in Zhengzhou at Sias International University discussing a possible partnership with our Aviation department. These discussions were very important in furthering the goal of connecting education and industry in a global setting.
We are continuing with our promotional campaign “A Vision in Action” to showcase what K-State Salina has to offer to the community. I had the pleasure of being interviewed on KSAL Morning News with Jeff Garretson and Rich Alexander to talk about how K-State Salina is challenging what higher education can be.
I was honored to attend the celebration hosted by President Schultz honoring the many University’s Endowed Chairs, Professorships and Donors. K-State Salina now has one such fellowship. Dr. Mark Jackson, Engineering Department Head at K-State Salina is the recipient for the McCune and Middlekauff Faculty Fellowship. This is quite an accomplishment for our campus, not all Colleges have fellowships.
The non-academic departments are busy developing their strategic plans and the excitement is contagious. I know how hard everyone is working in developing our plans for our future and I want to acknowledge your effort. Thank you!
The campus continued discussions about the organizational structure and we are moving forward to make this campus stronger and more focused on our mission. The Task Force has provided us with a solid structure with which we can tweak and edit. We are planning thoughtful campus conversations throughout November, December, and January in order to ensure that every individual has an opportunity to provide CAPC/CCOP with their thoughts, concerns, and feedback as guidance in designing these new structures. This is an exciting time as we concentrate on what we need to accomplish.
On a personal note, many of you met my daughter, Joan, who was visiting from Ohio. We enjoyed attending the K-State vs. Baylor game (despite the loss) and I was happy to share the K-State Football experience with her! She is wearing her purple K-State sweatshirt with pride in Ohio.
Verna M Fitzsimmons, PhD
CEO, Kansas State University Salina
Dean, College of Technology and Aviation