Mick O'SheaEditor's Corner
Michael O'Shea

Hello from the KSU physics department.  As I write to you we have seen no significant snow and are having a wonderfully mild winter.   

K-State's enrollment has been steadily increasing.  The fall enrollment set a record of 23,588 students and the number of students of color also set a record of 2,946.  Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students said "Our Developing Scholars Program, the Kansas Bridges to the Future program and many of the other services K-State provides are drawing underrepresented students to K-State and keeping them here".  It’s also a record year for research funding.  The university received $147,695,867 from 953 awards issued between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010. These numbers are a significant increase from the previous record of $133.6 million set during the 2008-2009 fiscal year despite the economic recession.

K-State also continues to put up an excellent performance in comparison to other colleges across the nation.  K-State is in the 2011 edition of "The Best 373 Colleges," a new guide released by The Princeton Review and Random House. Just 15 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges and two year Canadian colleges were included in this list.  The main criterion for selection was outstanding academics.  Also K-State is the only school in Kansas to be included in the just released "Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges," a guidebook that profiles the nation's most environmentally responsible campuses.  The green rating is a numerical score that's based on several criteria.  The 286 schools included in the "Green Colleges" guide received scores in the 80th percentile or higher.  

President Kirk Schulz has instituted a year-long planning process with the goal of having K-State recognized as a Top 50 Public Research University by the year 2025.  Schulz said one of the keys to any planning process is to involve as wide a set of constituents as possible.  Data was collected from individual faculty and focus groups across campus. The next step is to examine all of the data collected and choose themes – this will begin shortly. These K-State 2025 themes will be broad university-wide themes that are appropriate for K-State to use to develop a 15-year plan to reach the above goal. 

Ground has been broken for an addition to Justin Hall.  This addition will provide teaching space and research space for Human Ecology and for other campus departments.  Also a dedication ceremony for Kansas State University's new School of Leadership Studies building, located on the corner of Petticoat Lane and Mid-Campus Drive, was held last April.               

Finally the Athletics Director John Currie announced that Kansas State accepted an invitation to play Syracuse in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl on December 30 in New York City.  The game was  played in Yankee Stadium, with a nationwide television audience watching on ESPN.  K-State’s trip to the state of New York was the third all-time for the Wildcat football program – and its first since 1966.  The game was extremely close but Syracuse squeaked through to a win.