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K-State promotes 48 faculty, gives 23 tenure

K-State recently announced that 48 faculty members received promotions and 23 faculty members received tenure.

According to K-State Today, of the 48 faculty promotions, 23 were to the position of full professor, 23 to associate professor with tenure, one to clinical associate professor and one to clinical full professor.

“Each of our new tenured and promoted faculty members have made significant contributions through their teaching, scholarly endeavors and service to their departments and college, as well as to the university, and we celebrate these outstanding achievements with them,” April Mason, provost and senior vice president, said to K-State Today.

K-State joins Ogallala Aquifer research team

K-State researchers will work alongside seven other universities within the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture-funded university consortium to address the agricultural sustainability on the Ogallala Aquifer, the largest freshwater aquifer in the world.

The aquifer is declining at what many consider to be an unsustainable rate, according to the Little Apple Post. The consortium will study how agriculture within the region can adapt to declining aquifer water levels and improve water-usage efficiency.

This will be done in collaboration between K-State, the seven universities and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, according to the Little Apple Post. These universities include Colorado State University; University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Oklahoma State University; New Mexico State University; Texas Tech University’ West; Texas A&M University; and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service.

The consortium boasts a USDA Water for Agriculture Challenge Area Coordinated Agriculture Project grant that will provide $10 million over the course of four years to address the aquifer’s regional water challenges, according to the Little Apple Post.

“The aquifer also is important to the global food system and feeding our increasing world population,” John Floros, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension, said to the Little Apple Post. “USDA recognizes the importance of the Ogallala to the nation’s agriculture and has chosen this team of experts to lead efforts to prolong the use of the aquifer for future generations.”

The K-State team will also study the region’s social and economic framework in hopes to determine the most effective ways to increase adoption of the best adaptive strategies available, according to the Little Apple Post.

Riley judge sentences Manhattan resident to minimum of 25 years for rape

A 27-year-old Manhattan man was sentenced to two life sentences on Monday in response to two rape counts.

The man, Greg Hoyt, entered a no contest plea to the two rape counts last month following his August seizure by Riley County Police Department for reports of inappropriate behavior with a child, according to KMAN.

Hoyt, sentenced in Riley County District Court by Judge Meryl Wilson, will have to serve a minimum of 25 years before he is eligible for parole under Kansas law, according to KMAN.