The Tuesday Letter
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
(Vol. 21 No. 24)
IN THIS ISSUE...
WORD FROM THE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR - EXTENSION AND APPLIED RESEARCH
state legislative session is far from being finished with its
work. With respect to the budget for higher education, the current proposal is that K-State will have a flat
budget and tuition will be frozen for two years. President Kirk Schulz,
in a letter to editors statewide shown below, explains the problems that
this proposal creates.
tuition is not a revenue stream for Research and Extension, we
are one system within Kansas State University, and when something hurts
the university, it hurts us. When dealing with recent state budget cuts to
and Extension, Kansas State University central administration has
provided funding to back fill those state funding cuts. In freezing
tuition, Research and Extension will be forced to reallocate
funds which in turn will have direct impact on all parts of the
Extension system, including support to our local county/district budgets.
UNIVERSITIES NEED STABLE FUNDING. As the Kansas Legislature returns to wrap up the budget for
the next two fiscal years a cloud of uncertainty hangs over our state
universities. Despite agreements with
the Kansas Board of Regents and the governor’s office to support a flat budget
for the next two years, a last-minute tuition freeze was thrown into the mix.
While we are dedicated to keeping tuition as affordable as
possible, adopting the tuition freeze at this time would have devastating
effects. Since 2001 annual enrollment at Kansas State University has grown by
more than 2,300 students. The proposed
flat budget for next year represents the same level of base funding we received
from the state in 2001.
Adding more students while state support declines is not a
path for long-term success. Freezing
tuition without any increase in state support will severely limit our ability
to maintain the quality academic programs our students deserve.
We have worked hard to support our growth by increasing private
donations, attracting research grants and, with our students’ input, increasing tuition. A flat budget and frozen tuition will
essentially remove flexibility from our two largest sources of revenue. Under no scenario can this be considered
sound financial policy. The net result
would effectively be the largest budget cuts in our history.
The Kansas Board of Regents has the constitutional authority
to set tuition rates for state universities.
The legislature should respect this authority and remove the proposed
tuition freeze for state universities.
We support the governor’s recommendation for a flat budget for higher
Kansas State University is experiencing tremendous positive
momentum and we want to continue forward progress. For the benefit of all Kansans, we need
stable funding for higher education.
Kansas State University
We need to stand as one for Kansas State University. The Wildcat Way. --Daryl Buchholz firstname.lastname@example.org
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PUBLIC WATER MEETING FACILITATION EFFORTS
This past week I received a letter from Jackie McClaskey,
Secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, and Tracey Streeter,
Director of the Kansas Water Office. In this letter, they applauded the efforts
of numerous personnel from K-State Research and Extension and the Institute
for Civic Discourse and Democracy who provided much needed facilitation at
their public water goals meetings.
We sometimes wonder if our work is appreciated. The letter,
which can be found at this link, indicates just how much the Kansas
Department of Agriculture and Kansas Water Office appreciated this effort. They
were so appreciative, that they sent the letter to President Schulz, Mr. Kenny
Wilk of the Kansas Board of Regents, and several respected and influential legislators.
Facilitating public discussions is important work, and it is
greatly appreciated, especially by me. Thank you for your effort in this
Director, K-State Research and Extension
KSRE AGENT VIDEO TRAINING SERIES: APRIL 24 WORKSHOP (MANHATTAN)
The final KSRE Agent Video Hands-on Workshop is scheduled for Friday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Manhattan (KSU Foundation Center, 2323 Anderson Ave., Room 116).
This short training series helps KSRE faculty and staff learn the
basics in producing your own educational / instructional videos. The first two online sessions were recorded and are available online in case you missed them.
The hands-on workshop is a great educational opportunity to learn the essentials in producing an instructional video covering the fundamentals of a good script and story, shooting quality video, recording a good narration, shooting supportive b-roll (background video). The afternoon segment involves editing your program and uploading to YouTube.
For the April 24 hands-on workshop, please register with Gerry
Recorded Online webinar (April 1) – overview of making an instructional video, creating
a storyboard and writing a script, and what equipment to use for recording
video and audio.
Watch the recorded webinar.
Recorded Online webinar (April 15) – simple tips in shooting
better videos, overview of video editing, how to upload to YouTube.
Watch the recorded webinar.
Additional information and links to the online webinar are posted at the KSRE Technology
website at www.ksre.ksu.edu/technology.
--Gerry Snyder email@example.com
KSRE ADOBE CONNECT SERVICE ENDING MAY 1
If you still need to make recording of your previous Adobe Connect sessions, you have until May 1 to make them. After May 1, the service will be discontinued in favor of using Zoom.us for web conferencing. Zoom is centrally provided service for all faculty and staff at Kansas State University.
If you need to save your Connect recordings, follow the procedure that Gerry Snyder has put together at Saving Connect Recordings.
The K-State Zoom web conferencing system allows you to schedule rooms on your own for meetings up to 25 people. For meetings which require 100 seats or 500 seats, you will need to schedule those through Shelley Troyer, firstname.lastname@example.org. We have purchased two additional licenses for the 100 seat meeting rooms and one additional license for the 500 seat webinar room for use by KSRE and the College of Agriculture. When reserving a 100 seat room or a 500 seat webinar, send an email to email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, and copy email@example.com so we can get one of the licenses assigned to you. Please let us know at least one week ahead of needing the webinar or large meeting rooms. These are in addition to the four 100 seat licenses and the one 500 seat webinar license that everyone in the University can use.
Zoom has many of the same features as Connect including screen sharing, chat, and recording your meetings. By default the recordings are stored on the local computer, but a recent update allows you to store your recordings in the cloud and make them available. To allow cloud recording you need to log in to https://ksu.zoom.us with your eID and password, click on My Profile and enable cloud recording under recording options. When you click record in a meeting you will have the option to save your recording to the cloud. Cloud recording is limited to 1 GB for the entire University and each recording is limited to 200 playbacks or downloads per month. Look at using cloud recording for webinars or meetings that need a short time on line and delete the video when it’s no longer needed. For sessions that need to stay available for a longer period of time, record the session locally, then make the recording available through MediaSite or share via OneDrive.
Resources for Zoom are available from:
Tech Tip on Zoom Web Conferencing
Handout on Zoom
Zoom Support Center
If you have questions about moving your recordings form the Adobe Connect system, please contact Gerry Snyder, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about the Zoom web conferencing system, please contact Shelley Troyer, email@example.com. --Joe Lear firstname.lastname@example.org
BARBECUE 101 WORKSHOP TO BE HELD MAY 2 AND 9
K-State Extension will be hosting a series of Barbecue 101 workshops
this May and June. Barbecue 101 is a one day workshop focusing on
teaching the basics of grilling and smoking to consumers of all ages and
experience levels. The topic areas will provide a unique perspective on
the science of barbecuing as well as give insight to selecting meat,
wood, rubs, spices and sauces to use at your next barbecue.
locations for the workshops include:
May 2 – K-State Olathe Campus, Olathe, KS
May 9 – KSU Stanley Stout Center, Manhattan, KS
May 30 – Ag Research Center, Hays, KS
June 6 – Brown Center, Cowley College, Arkansas City, KS
The schedule includes:
8:15 Meat Cutting Basics
9:15 All About Rubs & Spices
10:00 BBQ Food Safety
10:30 Science of Smoking
12:30-3:00 Afternoon Station Rotations
Selecting the Right Smoker for You
BBQ Regionality: A Difference in Sauce
Meat Cuts to Stretch the BBQ Dollar
Taste the Difference:
It’s All in the Wood
Meat Preparation & Selection
3:30 Competition BBQ Expert Roundtable
4:00 Closing & Evaluations
Registration is $50 for an individual or $80 for a couple.
Registration closes one week prior to each scheduled event. Registration
lunch, apron and Barbecue 101 Course Book containing cooking guides,
recipes and barbecue tips and tricks. Space is limited at each location.
For a registration form and more information, visit
For more information,
contact Travis O’Quinn, email@example.com, 785-532-3469. --Travis O'Quinn
DIVERSITY PROGRAMS OFFICE UPDATE
The DPO would like to share information about the activities taking place this week in honor of MANRRS Week:
• Yesterday, our GENAG 210: Human and Cultural Diversity in Agriculture class was honored to have Dr. Eric Johnson, Senior Pastor of Mount Calvary Second Missionary Baptist Church, Canton, Ohio, here to present on Humanity, Religion and Diversity. A special thanks to The Tilford Group for their support to aid us in bringing Dr. Johnson to K-State.
• Monday, April 20, the MANRRS Chapter hosted a Pizza Night and Board Games event.
• Tuesday, April 21, the MANRRS Chapter will be participating in a community service event with Jr. MANRRS in Topeka, KS.
• Wednesday, April 22, the MANRRS Chapter will be partnering with Alpha Kappa Alpha- Kappa Pi Chapter to celebrate Earth Day. They will have a table in the union from 11:30-2 p.m. to educate fellow students about the importance of Earth Day and the National Society of MANRRS.
*During this time MANRRS will be hosting a membership drive in the union.
• Thursday, April 23, the MANRRS Chapter will participate in Clean up the Campus where they will walk around K-State’s campus and pick up trash.
• Finally, on Friday, April 24, they will host Game Day with MANRRS at the Rec in the afternoon/evening.
• MANRRS elections to select the new officers will be held Wednesday, May 29, in Waters Hall room 137 at 6 p.m.
• MANRRS awareness and a membership drive will be held Monday, April 20- Wednesday, April 22 in the union from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Stop by the MANRRS table and learn more about what MANRRS has to offer.
• May 1, 2015 at 11:15 a.m., MANRRS will be speaking with the Deans Advisory council at the Holiday Inn. The student delegation that attended the 2015 MANRRS National Conference in Houston, TX will be speaking about their experience and contributions to the conference.
• Starting May 4 and ending May 7, 2015 from 6-10, MANRRS and the DPO will host a Study Hall for finals week in Waters Hall room 106, so bring your books and notes! Snacks will be provided to everyone who attends.
Please continue to look for more diversity events as we continue to advertise. We appreciate your support. For more information about upcoming events or to collaborate with the DPO, please call 785-532-5793 or contact Dr. Zelia Wiley, Assistant Dean of Diversity, firstname.lastname@example.org. --Zelia Wiley