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Gift for K-State’s geography department

Steven Kale of Salem, Oregon, graduated from K-State in 1970 with bachelor’s degrees in geography and business administration. He served on the alumni board and was a member of the philanthropic leadership organization, the President’s Club, until his death in 2013.

According an article in the Manhattan Mercury, Kale continues to impact K-State through a $800,000 donation from his will. This donation is to go to a scholarship and excellence award for the geography department. Charles Martin, head of the geography department, told the Mercury that the Steven Kale Excellence Fund will go financially aid geography students.

These funds will allow for major advancement within the department. Martin also said that a portion of the funds will be used for bringing in guest speakers on a regular basis and support student travel to national and international conferences to present research. With these opportunities available, K-State is closer to reaching its 2025 goals.

Manhattan sign ordinance revisions

Manhattan is working on revising its sign regulations, making signs in the area more neutral and bringing in more digital signs. According to the Mercury, there will be a work session Tuesday at 5 p.m. where Chad Bunger, senior planner, and the Manhattan City Commission will work out the revisions based on information gathered in focus groups of business and community members.

One of the primary issues that the focus groups will work on is the use of digital signs. Currently, digital signs in Manhattan can only show time, temperature or gas prices. The changes will allow schools and churches in residential areas to show number or word messages as long as the message is displayed for at least 15 minutes. Businesses in Aggieville will be allowed to display messages for at least 60 seconds.

The meeting will be simply a work session, and no action will be taken at this time.

Historic Documents on display

The “Wisdom of the Ages” exhibit will make its way to Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas on Thursday, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

The exhibit will feature a page from one of the first Gutenberg Bibles, a copy of the Magna Carta, a copy of Declaration of Independence, the original printing of the Emancipation Proclamation from The New York Times and more.

Benedictine College President Stephen Minnis said to the Topeka Capital-Journal that this exhibit will include documents “expressing idea that truly shaped the world.” These documents represent the ideas and practices of many historical figures such as Sir Isaac Newton, Thomas Paine, Thomas Aquinas and more.

The exhibit is supported by the Remnant Trust Inc., but the Atchison appearance is made possible through the Michael Haverty (a Benedictine alumnus) family trust.

The exhibit will be open until Sunday, Sept. 24.