Office of the Dean
Dear K-State Salina family,
I know it’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner after the frigid weather we’ve been having, but I’m really looking forward to this time of year. In the coming months, not only will the sunshine be a welcomed sight on campus, but I also can’t wait to see all the new and happy faces as we celebrate our Open House and Commencement. This will be an excellent opportunity for K-State Salina to demonstrate all of the changes, upgrades and advancements in facilities, student clubs and programs.
One of the best ways we’ve been able to grow as a university has been from every faculty and staff member’s suggestions. The College Advising and Planning Council (CAPC) was formed to guide the progression of academic structural changes and I’m thrilled over the recent dialogue and feedback that has taken place during their open forum meetings. I believe it’s so important for everyone’s voice to be heard when we implement adjustments and I appreciate you taking the time to be thoughtful about your viewpoints.
I also highly value the opinion of our students at K-State Salina. Last month I had lunch in the cafeteria with our aviation maintenance majors and was able to learn about our campus from their perspective. I look forward to meeting with students from other disciplines throughout the semester to gain more feedback on their experience.
During my travels in February, I went as far as the east coast and as close as Kansas City and Hutchinson to continue developing relationships with alumni and promoting our university to other industries and organizations. On Feb. 5, I was invited to be a guest speaker during American Society for Engineering Education’s Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration in Savannah, Ga. Back on campus, I was also pleased to speak with professor Sue Guzek’s leadership class on “Transformational Leadership.” Down the road from Salina, I toured Hutchinson Community College and met with some of their leaders. I think it’s important to build relationships with other educational institutions and gain insight into their process of higher learning. And at the end of the month, I connected with Salina and Manhattan alumni and K-State supporters during the Wabash Cannonball in Kansas City. The event electrified the night with over-the-top energy on the dance floor, engaging conversations and lighthearted laughter, and generous donations for student scholarships.
One of the highlights of last month was sharing in my daughter’s experience of the Octagon of Doom. Joan just happened to come for a visit during the much-anticipated Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan. We both were on pins and needles as the Wildcats pulled off the victory in overtime. I also enjoyed attending a show of a different kind - the Salina Community Theatre’s presentation of “Young Frankenstein: The Musical.” It was yet another great opportunity to connect with residents of this area and experience our talented local arts scene.
On a bittersweet note, K-State Salina bids farewell to its registrar, Jackie Linn, as she begins her new adventures in retirement. I wish her the best of luck and am very grateful for her diligent service and loyalty to our students and university. Jackie is an excellent example of the caliber of faculty and staff we have dedicated to making K-State Salina a friendly work environment and an exceptional educational institution.
Verna M. Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.
CEO, Kansas State University Salina
Dean, College of Technology and Aviation