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Police investigate death of student

K-State Police are investigating the death of a K-State student after discovering his body on campus over the weekend.

It was around 11:09 a.m. last Saturday that police were first notified of a possible deceased person on the Manhattan campus, according to KMAN. When they arrived, they found the body of a deceased male student in a vehicle.

Currently cause of death is thought to be an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” according to KMAN. However the investigation is ongoing and the name of the student will not be released until the family is notified.

K-State hires new College of Business Administration dean

Kevin Gwinner will continue on as the College of Business Administration’s Edgerley Family-endowed dean.

Gwinner was the interim dean since June 2015 and served as head of the marketing department from July 2005 to June 2015, according to K-State Today. He will lead the college in outreach, research, scholarship and teaching conducive with its strategic 2025 goals.

“This is an exciting time to be a part of the College of Business Administration,” Gwinner said to K-State Today. “We are moving into a state-of-the-art new building, growing our educational programs, and establishing outstanding career programs to help our students succeed. I am excited and honored to working with such an exceptional group of faculty, staff and alumni as we look to accelerate our forward momentum.”

Faculty recognized for STEM-youth efforts

Two K-State faculty members are the 2015-16 recipients of the Kansas State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering award.

According to K-State Today, the award honors both Beth Montelone, professor of biology and associate dean of Arts and Sciences, and Amy Betz, assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, for their efforts to enrich girls’ and women’s lives in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.

Montelone played an crucial role in developing programs that support partnerships across programs dedicated to enhancing the lives of girls and women, according to K-State Today. These include K-State’s GROW, EXCITE, SUCCEED and ADVANCE programs and the Collaborative for Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics program.

In addition to facilitating GROW workshops, Betz developed the Women in Engineering Laboratory Experience program that has provided mentoring, laboratory experience and travel support to 27 women since its inception at K-State. According to K-State Today, Betz is also coordinating a poster session for middle school girls at the International Conference on Nano, Micro and Minichannels in Washington, D.C. this summer to introduce young girls to STEM.

Both will be recognized at the Women of Distinction Recgonition Ceremony on Sept. 15 with engraved plaques and a $500 award.