Local and state talking points


KSUPD receives grant for new officer

The K-State Police Department is one of only six statewide departments to receive funding for a new officer, according to K-State Today. The grant comes from the Department of Justice and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services hiring program.

“The grant is awarded by need and due to the critical infrastructure,” Capt. Don Stubbings said in an email.

This year, the program gave $123 million in aid to departments across the country, $125,000 of which went to the police department according to Stubbings. He said the grant will allow patrols to be more involved in critical infrastructures, which he explained are areas where large crowds or sensitive research are located.

“(The grant) will allow for a more proactive stance in community policing,” Stubbings said.

K-State architecture students to collaborate with professionals for national competition

From today through Thursday, the 10th annual national Xtreme LA Challenge will team up 12 fifth-year students from four disciplines in K-State’s College of Architecture, Planning and Design with national professionals in these fields to work on creative solutions to the problems associated with an ever-expanding Manhattan, Kansas according to K-State Today.

“We plan on investigating and proposing scenarios for Manhattan’s transition from small town to growing city,” Timothy Tse, a fifth-year senior in architecture and participant in the event, said via email.

To Tse, this event is a great opportunity to learn how to work with others in different disciplines to make projects happen. He said he is nervous and excited to be working with professionals from all over the country, to be a part of something that is going to be important to Manhattan.

On Thursday, the teams will present their proposals at noon in Seaton Hall’s Pierce Commons. The presentations will be open to the public.

University Climate Survey announces open date

The University Climate Survey Committee announced its opening date as next Tuesday. The survey is supposed to examine K-State’s climate, i.e., the attitude, behaviors, standards and practices of an institution.

Co-chairs of the University Climate Survey committee Ruth Dyer, K-State Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Thomas Vontz, professor of curriculum and instruction, said in K-State Today that based on the results of the climate survey, actions will be taken for next year’s university climate.

The survey will be available online or paper copies will be available in 108 and 109 Dykstra Hall, 202 Holton Hall and Hale library.

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