from the Physics Department. Our winter started out with
a whimper and at the end of January winter arrived in all its
glory with lots of snow and university closings occurred for a
full day and part of a day.
campus continues to change slowly. The demolition of Denison
Hall will begin this spring semester. The Department of
English will be moved from Denison into the old Lafene building
early this spring. The name Denison will be retired and
held for a possible naming of a new building in the future.
A proposal, led by the KSU Foundation, calls for a hotel and parking
garage to be built in the current K-State Student Union parking
lots. Skyways connecting the garage to the Union. A
non-binding contract has been signed with the Shaner Hotel Group
to investigate the feasibility of the project.
current occupation of Iraq continues to affect the university
community strongly, especially with Fort Riley so close.
We all hope that the situation there will be resolved in the near
James R. Coffman, who has served as the universities chief academic
officer for 16 years, will leave this post this summer.
He will return to part-time work in the College of Veterinary
Medicine after a sabbatical. Our new provost will be M.
Duane Nellis who comes to us from West Virginia University, where
he has been Dean of the college of Arts and Sciences since 1997.
Duane is well known at K-state from his earlier work here as Associate
Dean of the college of Arts and Sciences.
White, who has served as interim dean since January 2002, is now
officially the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Peter Nicholls, the previous dean, resigned in January 2002 to
become provost at Colorado State University.
left a scar on Aggieville last May. It began in the bathroom
ceiling of Aggie Station destroyed the bar and and Krystallo's
which was next door. Porter's and Varney's Book Store experienced
heavy smoke damage totaling more than $1 million.
December 6th K-State upset Oklahoma, 35-7 before a sold-out crowd
at Arrowhead Stadium to capture the Wildcats' first Big 12 championship.
The crowd at Aggieville was loud, boisterous and well behaved
as they celebrated the championship win over Oklahoma on Saturday
night. The win sent K-State to the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 2nd,
2004 where after a valiant battle with Ohio State K-State were