Campus briefs


K-State Salina becomes first entity to receive access for flight operations of small UAS

K-State Salina reached a milestone in the unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, industry after becoming the first body in the country to receive approval from the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, for statewide access during UAS flight operations, according to a K-State news release.

K-State Salina is now authorized to conduct research anywhere in the state on public property or on private property with landowner permission. The Certificates of Authorization are effective for two years.

“These new authorizations are yet another example of how K-State Salina is truly a leader in unmanned aircraft systems,” Kurt Carraway, K-State Salina’s UAS flight operations manager, said in the news release. “Our statewide access will allow us to continue to provide practical applications of technology to our students and will further develop our research abilities for the university, the FAA and our industry partners.”

The UAS program will use its three new Certificates of Authorization mainly to conduct research on UAS operating and remote sensing requirements in agriculture and emergency response.

Student Union invites local and national restaurants to bid for space in future renovated dining area

The K-State Student Union is encouraging local restaurants to bid on available spaces in the Union after renovations are complete, according to a K-State news release. The six new restaurants will replace the current food court system and the current contract-managed dining operation.

Union leaders have sought feedback from the students through the Union’s renovation process, and a survey indicated students wanted more local restaurants to be available.

“The students have asked for local restaurant options to complement the national brands we already have,” Bill Smriga, executive director of the Union, said in the news release.

The new dining model is part of the overall renovation project, which will “increase numbers student organization meeting areas and students lounges, enhance retail and dining space and give the building a better overall flow,” according to the news release.

The renovations and expansion are expected to start in July. The Union will remain open during the remodeling period, although specific areas will be closed while they’re being worked on. Total cost of the renovation is $25 million.