The new year has just begun and its time for another newsletter from our wonderful physics department. Our campus continues to change slowly. The alumni center has been completed, was dedicated on Nov. 19th, and looks very nice as you enter the campus from the south side. For more information on the Alumni center go to http://www.k-state.com/. A dedication ceremony for the new southwest gateway to campus, the Peine Gate, was held on Nov. 8, at the gateway site, on the corner of 17th Street and Anderson Avenue. You should take a look at this gate if you haven't seen it already, the limestone construction looks great.
The new addition to Ackert Hall is nearly completed and will be named in honor of John Chalmers, a longtime K-State administrator and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Chalmers Hall will be formally dedicated in early 2003. This building will house research facilities for the Center for Basic Cancer Research and other facilities related to biology and biochemistry.
Budget cuts continue to occur in our monies from the state. The cuts this year are more significant than previous years making for a more challenging working environment. President Wefald has said
'The challenge now is to determine how we can recapture the funds that have been cut while minimizing the damage to our academic programs and maintaining the caring atmosphere of this campus. We will continue working with our campus leadership representing students, faculty and administration to identify every option available in meeting this challenge.'
It should also be noted that K-State entered this fiscal situation already at the bottom of the Big 12 in per-student funding.
Despite these cuts KSU continues to set enrollment records. Total enrollment for fall 2002 is 22,762, compared with the previous record of 22,396, set last year. This is the fourth consecutive year K-State has set an enrollment record.
K-State accepted a bid to the Pacific
Life Holiday Bowl and played Arizona State on Dec 27th. A recent
article in the Manhattan Mercury suggested that this team (2002)
is one of the best K-State has had and might equal the 1998 team.
The Cats did a great job edging out Arizona State 34-27. It was
an exciting game with K-State coming from behind to win late in
the fourth quarter.