As I write this we are getting our
first good snow here in Manhattan, about 7 inches along with a sharp cold
On campus this year changes continue to occur. The renovation of the
inside of the Student Union building is pretty much finished and the new
Union looks elegant and functional.The renovation of the plaza area
outside the Union (on the North side) continues with some shelters and
seating areas being constructed along with a large new paved
Fiedler Hall, an addition to
the engineering complex on campus, has been completed and is now
open. This building houses a technological library, classrooms and
Ackert Hall expansion is
underway to the east of Ackert to allow more space for the Division
of Biology. We are slowly seeing green space between campus buildings
disappearing. This seems to be the price of progress!
The Wildcats had a great season, being 10-3 overall and the big 12
conference north division champions. K-State accepted the Cotton Bowl bid
and the Wildcats beat Tennessee 35-21-Jan. 1, 2001.
KSU Alumni Establish Faculty Chairs
Frank and Elizabeth Burke, Doylestown, Pa., have made a gift of $500,000
to the Kansas State University Foundation to establish the Ernest K. and
Liilan E. Chapin Physics Chair. The purpose of the chair is to attract and
retain the highest quality faculty. They have also endowed the John W. and
Dorothy M. Burke Architectural Engineering Chair.
The Kansas Partnership for the Faculty of Distinction Program was enacted
by the Kansas Legislature in the 1999-2000 legislative session. Under the
program, the state provides matching funds when donors give atleast
$500,000 for an endowed professorship/chair at one of the state regents
Frank Burke graduated with a bachelor's degree in business
administration in 1955. He is a trustee of the KSU Foundation . Elizabeth
Chapin Burke graduated with a bachelor's degree in dietectics and
institutional management in 1955. The Burkes are members of President's
Club, a leadership organization for friends and alumni of K-State.
"Both my wife and I will always be tremendously grateful for KSU and its
impact on our families over the years, "Frank Burke said. "My father
graduated from K-State with an architectural engineering degree and four
of his sons attended the university as well. He had a distinguished
engineering career in industry as a result of his education. Elizabeth's
father, Ernest Chapin, distinguished himself as a career physics professor
at KSU and she had two brothers and a sister who also attended K-State. We
wanted to do this in honor of our parents, and equally important, reflect
our heartfelt appreciation and devotion to K-State," he said.
"Through the generosity of the Burkes, we will be able to compete with the
best schools in the nation in attracting faculty to our department," Peter
Nicholls, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said. "This chair is
a real boost for the physics program, and will enable us to maintain and
even enhance the quality of Physics teaching and research at K-State," he
AMO Theory Adds Assistant
The AMO(Atomic Molecular and Optical) theory group has added a new
Assistant Professor, Brett Esry, in 1999. For those of you who were around
the Department in 1990's, you probably would still remember Brett as an
undergraduate. He went on to the University of Colorado to receive a Ph.D.
degree under Professor Chris H. Greene. He was a postdoc at the Institute
of Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics at
Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for a year before being
offered for the job in our Department. Brett came with great credentials.
He was the co-winner of the Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award in AMO physics
in 1999-the first time that such an award was given to a theorist.
The AMO theory group is alive and well. Together with Chii Dong Lin and
Uwe Thumm, the group has five postdocs, three graduate students, two
visitors. From time to time, we also have short-term visitors. The group
has its own weekly meeting/seminar since last semester.