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Former Air Force Colonel hired to manage Unmanned Ariel Systems

Former Air Force Col. Kurt Carraway, who served in the Air Force for 25 years, has been named flight operations manager for Unmanned Aerial Systems at K-State Salina, according to a press release Wednesday.

Carraway served as a navigator for military refueling planes, but switched over to UAS after his field became obsolete due to technology advancements. He has served as a pilot and instructor of unmanned aerial vehicles, and also wrote technical manuals for the Air Force on the subject.

According to the release, Carraway will begin in his new position in November. His responsibilities will included initiating new research projects, representing K-State Salina at national, regional and local events, and mentoring both current and prospective students.

“Since I began working with unmanned aircraft systems, I’ve been fascinated by their capabilities, specifically for commercial use,” Carraway said in the release. “K-State Salina has made itself a nucleus for UAS with its valuable relationships with the FAA and industry research partners, and I know this is the place where I can have the most influence.”

Professors to receive $5,000 awards for research

According to a K-State press release, Juergen A. Richt, Regents and university distinguished professor and Kansas Bioscience Authority eminent scholar in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has been chosen to receive the $5,000 Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Research.

Swinder Janda, professor of marking, has been selected to receive the $5,000 Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching.

The awards are sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association, and are given in recognition of outstanding research and teaching. Each award will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday at 4 p.m. in the K-State Alumni Center.

Bank of America robbery in Kansas City injures two

Two people were transported to a Kansas City hospital Wednesday after being injured in an Overland Park bank robbery.

According to a Kansas City Star article, law enforcement officials said that the injuries did not appear life-threatening. The robbery happened at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday at Bank of America. The suspects fled the scene but were arrested soon afterward.

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Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.