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US Department of Defense announces K-State partnership in 50th Vietnam War anniversary

At the K-State football game this Saturday, the U.S. Department of Defense will officially announce that K-State will be a partner in planning the national events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, according to K-State Today.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Art DeGroat, the university’s executive director of military and veterans affairs, said in an email that there will be three to four events each year from 2015-17, marking the three key years of the Vietnam War.

“This is a noble undertaking to do this properly in honor of the people that this anniversary commemorates,” DeGroat said in an email. “I look forward to the privilege, challenge and reward of doing so.”

The events will honor and thank veterans of the Vietnam War and their families, as well as pay tribute to allies and scientific advances made during the war.

K-State vet student receives national award

Jacob Hagenmair, a third-year student in veterinary medicine, was one of 15 students nationally to receive the American Association of Bovine Practitioners’ Bovine Student Recognition Award. The award was presented, along with a a $5,000 scholarship, at the association’s conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to which Hagenmair had an all-expense paid trip.

“The support they have given me via this scholarship will help tremendously,” Hagenmair told K-State Today.

Hagenmair said he intends to use the scholarship to pursue his goals to make positive contributions to the agricultural production industry, according to K-State Today. He would like to pursue a career in beef production medicine.

Kansas receives 19 sexual assault reports

According to the Wichita Eagle, Kansas’ Title IX Office (required by law to investigate sexual assault reports) received 19 reports by Sept. 30.

On Sept. 2, The Huffington Post published an article recounting a young woman’s rape on the University of Kansas’ campus and what many considered an inappropriate response from the university.

“This is exactly what happens once an issue is brought to the forefront and is being talked about,” Jane McQueeny, executive director of Kansas’ Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, said to the Wichita Eagle. “There is a different sense of being able to speak up. A cultural shift is happening.”

Jessica Haymaker, a coordinator at K-State’s Center for Advocacy Response and Education, said to the Wichita Eagle that the rise in reports will help organizations like the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education to better understand how frequently sexual assault happens and how to handle it.

The Wichita Eagle said that K-State and the University of Missouri have not noticed a rise in reports, but they anticipate an increase soon.

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