Mick O'SheaEditor's Corner
Michael O'Shea

Greetings from a snowy KSU Department of Physics.  Here is our action packed newsletter!  Lots of changes are taking place at KSU.  First of all we welcomed our new president Kirk Schulz, who assumed his position on June 15, 2009.  Dr. Schulz was named to replace Jon Wefald on February 11.  The new president, who was inaugurated in the fall, said that everyone at the university will be involved in shaping and implementing his vision for the future.

Two well known figures gave Landon lectures this year, General David Petraeus, commander of the U.S. central command, and  Sheila C. Bair, chair of the FDIC.  As one might expect, both lectures were very well attended. 

A new building for the school of leadership studies is nearing completion as I write this.  All the snow we have had recently does not appear to have slowed construction. 

K-State faculty and staff members broke records this year with the highest participation rate in the history of the annual All-University Campaign for K-State. The campaign is an internal fundraising effort run by faculty and staff volunteers.

While budget problems and tuition increases have been in the news all year, K-State has managed to keep its tuition increase to 3.9 percent.  This is a small increase in comparison to increases occurring at other universities.