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K-State Diversity Summit recognizes diversity, accomplishments

The K-State Diversity Summit, “2015-2025: Achieving the Apex in Diversity Excellence,” will celebrate the high rate of diversity in the university’s student population and recognize the accomplishments of the schools that support diversity.

“There are a thousand reasons to have a diverse population,” said Myra Gordon, associate provost for diversity, in a K-State Today press release Monday.

According to the press release, the percentage of multicultural students on campus has been increasing and will continue to in reflection of the diversifying Kansas population.

Speaking at the event will be Steve Murdock, international demographer, as well as speakers from the colleges of Agriculture; Architecture, Planning and Design; Technology and Aviation and more. These schools have used the Tilford Incentive Grant in order to create more multicultural curriculums.

The summit will be held in the Alumni Association Ballroom on Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Man shot in attempted robbery

Christopher Hudgins, 19, of Manhattan was reported to have been admitted to Mercy Regional Health Center with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the face after an attempted robbery took place on Candlewood Drive.

According to Riley County Police Department, the incident occurred last Friday at approximately 11:55 p.m. RCPD will continue its investigation and asks that any information regarding the case be reported to the department or Crime Stoppers.

Celebration of life for K-State alumna

Marianna Kistler Beach, K-State alumna and philanthropist, died in her Lawrence home on Saturday, Nov. 1. Her celebration of life will be hosted at the K-State Alumni Center this Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

“We’re all in this together,” Linda Duke, director of the museum, said.

The museum has helped Beach’s family in planning the ceremony and reception. According to K-State Today, the Beach family provided the leading gift that made the museum a reality.

People will be able to tour the Beach Museum during the reception. Duke said that this will let people see what the Beach family made possible.

Oak leaf itch mite returns to Kansas

The K-State Insect Diagnostic Lab recently confirmed the reappearance of the oak leaf itch mite in Riley County.

According to K-State Research and Extension News, the oak leaf itch mite is a small, 1/125-inch insect that can cause itchy blisters that can be painful when scratched. As the name suggests, the mites live in oak trees. People can be exposed to them when they take a walk outside, rake leaves and participate in other outdoor activities.

The mites are small enough to not be easily noticed, and their bites can take 10-16 hours to appear. There is no research into the mites’ behavior and seasonal occurrences despite the painful bites because they do not cause damage to people’s health, buildings or crops.

Bob Bauernfeind, professor in entomology, told Research and Extension the mites live in the galls (solid, woody masses that grow on oak trees), so insecticide sprays would have no effect.

“One recommendation (to avoid getting bit) is to stay outdoors only three hours, and then bathing or showering and changing and washing clothing immediately after working around oak trees,” Bauernfeind said to in the Research and Extension article.

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