Campus and community briefs


Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security to deliver Landon Lecture

According to K-State News and Communication Services, Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will deliver the second Landon Lecture of 2015 on May 27 in Forum Hall.

Before his role as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Johnson had held notable positions for the U.S. government, including general counsel for the Department of Defense, general counsel for the Department of Air Force and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York.

Johnson’s visit comes in conjunction with the beginning of construction on Homeland Security’s National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan adjacent to the K-State campus.

K-State student wins second place in international Business Simulation Competition

John Dempster, senior in accounting and economics, won the second place award in the 2015 Capsim Foundation Business Simulation Challenge.

The Stimulation Challenge is an international competition with 788 participants from business schools in 34 countries.

The main purpose of the competition is to test participants’ business knowledge and critical thinking in pressure filled environments using business software known as Capism Management Stimulation software.

According to K-State News and Communication Services, Dempster was one of six finalists selected for the high-pressure playoffs April 24-25.

Wamego beats last year’s Sampler Festival record

Wamego broke the attendance record for the Kansas Sampler Festival this weekend after exceeding 12,000 visitors and beating its own record of 11,700 from last year, this being the highest attendance count in the event’s history.

According to the Manhattan Mercury, Riley County Commissioner Bob Boyd praised this years event’s use of the ATA bus services to shuttle visitors to and from Manhattan and the selling of tickets in the satellite parking lots, which reduced wait times at the park’s entrance gates. Boyd said this year’s Sampler Festival was very successful.

K-State-Australia relations expanding as more scholars come to Manhattan

As part of the rapidly growing Oz to Oz program between K-State and Australian universities, senior Fulbright Scholar, Peter Kell, will visit K-State on May 7 for a two-day stay on the Manhattan campus.

Kell is head of the School of Education at Charles Darwin University in Australia.

According to the Manhattan Mercury, Kell is currently at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign to pursue his project, “Reaching Out to the Globe: Internationalizing Masters Postgraduate Learning in Education.”

According to the Manhattan Mercury, Kell will meet with K-State International Programs Office, International Service Teams, K-State Global Campus and the College of Education to discuss global educational initiatives. He also will learn more about sustainability research in the College of Engineering and at the Konza Prairie Biological Station.