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K-State Salina’s aviation program expands to Kansas City

Olathe, Kansas will be hosting an informational event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the professional aviation degree that is being offered in the Kansas City area. The program is a combined effort of K-State Salina, Johnson County Community College and Air Associates of Kansas that will be available in fall of 2015, according to K-State News and Communications Services.

“(The program) will serve an underserved region,” Kurt Barnhart, K-State Salina’s associate dean of research and engagement, said.

Students that enroll in the program will receive flight training through the Air Associates while taking online courses through both K-State Salina and Johnson County. According to the News and Communications Services, this program expansion is due to a change in the flight hours requirements from 250 to 1,500. Students in the four-year degree will only need 1,000 hours of flying experience. The purpose of this program is to allow students in the Kansas City area the opportunity to receive aviation training.

K-State mechanical engineering students attend Gas Machinery Conference

Seven K-State mechanical engineering students attended the 2014 Gas Machinery Conference in Nashville, Tennessee Monday through Wednesday this week. Seniors Jonathan Kuttes, Christa Hagedorn, Hayden Hager, Amanda Van Nuland, Nathan Petrie and Austin Wessel and sophomore Lucas Commerford went to the conference to experience technical training and presentations from the industry’s leading experts.

Byron Jones, director of the Natural Gas Machinery Laboratory in the College of Engineering, told K-State Today that the conference provided the students with a learning opportunity to look at current issues in the industry and apply them to the lab setting.

“I gained a new perspective on the research performed in the oil and gas industry,” Hagedorn said via email. “I was able to see tangible results from the knowledge learned in the classroom.”

According to Commerford, the conference (his third) is great for networking in the industry.

“The exhibits also gave us an opportunity to promote ourselves, as well as (the K-State) lab, with our own booth in the trade show,” Commerford said via email.

Over 1,400 people attended this year’s conference, and the attending K-State students were the only undergraduate group present.

Governor honors Kansas top readers at luncheon

According to the Little Apple Post, many students from first to 12th grades participated in the “Read Kansas Read Program” this summer. The top readers from the state’s seven library regions were selected based on the recorded number of hours reading over the summer, and 17 of those readers were honored in a lunch reception at the governor’s mansion. These readers and their families were invited to join Gov. Sam Brownback and First Lady Mary Brownback at the reception that honored the dedication to reading these students possess.

“(Read Kansas Read) is designed to encourage Kansas children to read even when classes are not in session,” Brianna Landon, deputy communications director for the Office of the Governor, said via email.

According to Landon, the program was created by Brownback and supported by the Kansas State Board of Education and the State Library of Kansas. Also presented at the reception was a $500 Kansas Book Festival grant to the Clearwater Public Library. The library was randomly selected in a drawing for participating in Read Kansas Read.

Kansas City patient tested for Ebola virus

A patient at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. is currently being held in isolation while doctors test him for the Ebola virus, according to a KMBC-TV article. Hospital officials did not name the patient, but said he is a medic who had treated patients on a boat just off the western coast of Africa.

The patient was sick on the boat but started to recover when he returned to the states, according to the article. Dr. Lee Norman told KMBC that the patient had fever, vomiting, dehydration and nausea, but not hemorrhaging, a common sign of Ebola.

Results of the tests are expected back sometime Tuesday afternoon or evening. The man arrived in the United States on a commercial flight and has been feeling ill for four or five days.

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