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K-State announces interim chief information officer, vice provost

Rob Caffey, K-State Office of Mediated Education director, is immediately filling the role of interim chief information officer and vice provost for information technology services.

The previous chief information officer, Ken Stafford, retired last Friday. In his interim position, Caffey will lead information technology services as it supervises K-State’s academic, administrative and instructional technologies and support services; communications, networking and server/storage infrastructure and services; data and information management; desktop support; information and technology security; infrastructure for research computing; and technology training, according to K-State Today.

“I am excited to work with faculty, staff, students and our talented IT professionals in this interim role,” Caffey said to K-State Today. “My focus will include establishing a rapport and communication with the university community to set and achieve K-State’s goals as they relate to information technology services.”

Union’s east elevator closes Thursday

K-State Student Union renovations will close the building’s east elevator until further notice starting Thursday.

The Union’s east stairwell will still be open for use, as will the south elevator near the parking garage, according to K-State Today. Anyone who needs assistance in reaching the Union’s third floor is instructed to contact the Union director’s office at 785-532-6591.

Community Foundation receives multimillion-dollar gift

The Greater Manhattan Community Foundation board announced its receipt of a multimillion-dollar gift during the foundation’s annual meeting Monday night.

Jodi Kaus, foundation board chair, informed the nearly 500 attendees of the more-than $6 million donation from the estate of Lincoln and Dorothy Diehl. The donation is the first installment of what will potentially amount to over $11 million, according to the Little Apple Post.

“This was a gift that resulted from a relationship the Diehls had with the Community Foundation since 2008,” Kaus said. “The Diehls established two funds with the community foundation: a Designated Fund that supported the Beach Museum of Art and a Donor Advised Fund that they used to support community charitable causes.”

According to the Little Apple Post, the gift will be added to the Lincoln and Dorothy Diehl Advised Fund and will support Diehl’s designated interests of the arts, as well as youth and basic human needs in the community.