Greetings from Cardwell Hall. Semester is just ending here and the quiet of Christmas break is descending on campus as students are finishing their finals and leaving for home.
Our campus landscape continues to change slowly. Denison Hall was demolished early this year and there is now a beautiful commons area, ‘Coffman Commons’ named after the former Provost, to the south of the library. A grain science complex consisting of two buildings was completed off Kimball Avenue earlier this year and ground has been broken for a third building. Construction is also beginning on a Biosecurity Research Institute with completion anticipated in mid-2006. This institute will be located north of the Veterinary Medicine complex.
Duane Nellis joins Kansas State as the new Provost. He comes to us from West Virginia University where he was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He is, however, well known on campus since he served as the department head of Geography at KSU and associate Dean of Arts and Sciences before going to West Virginia University. Brice Hobrock has retired from the position of Dean of Libraries after 22 year. Lori A. Goetsch was selected to fill this post and began work at K-State August 16.
According to a survey by the Princeton Review of public and private campuses, Kansas State is ranked 15th in the top 25 most connected campuses in the nation. This is a result of the 31 technology classrooms on campus, the fact that all student learning spaces will be wireless by the end of the academic year, K-State Online (a learning management system) and other information systems either operating or being implemented.