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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

APDesign Newsletter 9.26.11

New CNC Router Is Up and Running 

Over the past two weeks APDesign faculty and staff have participated in training on the new CNC router and supporting software. Faculty from all departments and some staff participated in three days of software training and one day of machine training. 

The CNC router is capable of cutting, shaping, and pocketing material in 2D (sheet goods for example). It also has the ability to shape and mill in 3D. The working area of the CNC is 5’ x 10’ and mills wood, plastic, foam, and softer metals (like aluminum and copper).

Click to see photos and videos of a sampling of projects completed during training. As faculty and staff become more proficient in operating the equipment, they will begin integrating it in classes and utilizing it for student work. Over time, additional faculty will receive training and protocol regarding student access and use of the machine will be developed.  

Participates in the training included Eric Bernard, David Brown, Josh Cheek, Don Crawford, Nathan Howe, Todd Gabbard, Michael Gibson, Lance Klein, Alpa Nawre, Will Yankey, and Sam Zeller.   

Advisory Council Meetings This Week 
Both the Dean’s Advisory Council and the LA/RCP Advisory Council will be in town this Thursday and Friday.

The Dean’s Advisory Council will discuss K-State 2025 and the College’s Future Vision plan from 10-11:15 a.m. on Friday. Later on Friday, best practices of the hiring of design professionals for privately funded campus projects will be discussed from 1:30-3 p.m. On Saturday morning, starting at 8:30 a.m., the DAC will be discussing the development and formation of a building committee.

If you are interested in attending any of the DAC meetings, please contact Lisa Shubert. If you have any interest in the agenda of the LA/RCP Advisory Council, please contact Jody Fronce.   

Women in Design 

Get excited for a new networking opportunity right here on campus! A new student organization called Women in Design Chapter of Kansas State University is calling together all design-interested students to come share their insights, experiences, and expertise.

WID K-State goals include hosting scholastic and social activities with design professionals, offering events for students to mingle and connect, and celebrating design through contributions to the community.

Come find out more about WID K-State and meet design professionals from Kansas City at our opening social at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Pierce Commons. There will be refreshments and fun!

Future Vision Planning Meeting 

Please mark Monday, November 7, 2011, on your calendars now. All faculty and staff are being asked to attend a meeting to discuss the Future Vision Plan of the College and its relationship to the K-State 2025 Vision Plan.

The event will take place at the Alumni Center from 5-7:30 p.m. More details to come soon!

Nawre to Present at Euro-Asia Sustainable Towns Meeting  

LA/RCP Assistant Professor Alpa Nawre will present her research, “Monsoons: Managing Water in an Urbanizing India” on alternative urbanism for effective management of monsoons in India at the Euro-Asia Sustainable Towns Consultation Meeting organized by European New Towns & Pilot Cities Platform (ENTP) and Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) on September 27, in Raipur, India.   Nawre said, “Through centuries, monsoons have annually visited the Indian sub-continent, influencing both the urban and rural contexts with their vagaries and inconsistencies. While the drama of the monsoons produces some of the most picturesque landscape changes, improper management of the same also causes both natural disasters like floods as well as induced catastrophes like diseases and droughts. Despite these annual disaster occurrences, contemporary urban design in the Indian sub-continent neglects to address the unique opportunities and constraints that monsoons bring with them.”   Her research establishes the role of landscape in determining urbanism for a monsoon-prone context and proposes alternative urban paradigms.    

Keane Selected for USDA-NIFA Project 

Professor Tim Keane is part of a six-department/three-college team recently selected for USDA-NIFA $600,000/three-year funding to complete an integrated research/ extension/education project, “Measuring Success of Targeted BMP Implementation, and Getting Smarter about Ephemeral Gully Sediment and Nutrient Sources and BMPs in the Little Ark Watershed.”

The interdisciplinary project team is: Ron Graber (Extension), Tim Keane (LA/RCP), Aleksey Sheshukov (BAE), Nathan Nelson (Agron), Mike Langemeier (AgEcon), Phil Barnes (BAE) and Dan Devlin (KCARE).

Words from Weigel 

Wildcards, Write-n-Cite, and mining data. MeSH, DOAJ, and streaming media. Copyright law, Google Scholar, and patents. Sound interesting? All of these things and more will be covered during the Faculty and Graduate Library Days!

K-State Libraries will hold our Faculty and Graduate Library Days on Wednesday, October 5, and Thursday, October 6, at Hale Library. We will offer multiple sessions over the course of two days, like a conference. These sessions will focus on faculty and graduate research needs and highlight multi-disciplinary resources. Sessions will be offered each afternoon at 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30. You are welcome to come for just one workshop, attend a couple, or stay for all of them!

For the session descriptions, locations and schedule, visit:


Registration is not required. Hope to see you there!

International Conference on Diversity 

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada June 11-13, 2012        http://ondiversity.com/conference-2012/          The Diversity Conference has a history of bringing together scholarly, government and practice-based participants with an interest in the issues of diversity and community. The conference examines the concept of diversity as a positive aspect of a global world and globalized society.

As well as impressive line-up of international plenary speakers, the conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. They would particularly like to invite you to respond to the conference call for papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication.

In addition to organizing the Diversity Conference, Common Ground publishes papers from the conference, and all conference participants are encouraged to submit a paper based on their conference presentation for peer review and possible publication in the journal. Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this conference, you also are encouraged to present on the conference YouTube Channel. In addition, the conference publishes books at http://www.ondiversity.com in both print and electronic formats. Conference participants are invited to develop publishing proposals for original works, or for edited collections of papers drawn from the journal which address an identified theme. Finally, please join the online conversation by subscribing to a monthly email newsletter, and subscribe to Facebook, RSS, or Twitter feeds at http://www.ondiversity.com .

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is October 6, 2011. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, can be found at the conference website — http://ondiversity.com/conference-2012/.

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Vancouver in June 2012.

Rome Prize 2012 

The American Academy in Rome invites applications for the Rome Prize 2012 competition. One of the leading overseas centers for independent study and advanced research in the arts and the humanities, the Academy offers up to thirty fellowships for periods ranging from six months to two years. Rome Prize winners reside at the Academy’s eleven-acre center in Rome and receive room and board, a study or studio, and a stipend. Stipends for six-month fellowships are $14,000. Stipends for eleven-month fellowships are $26,000.

Fellowships are awarded in the following fields: architecture, design, historic preservation & conservation, landscape architecture, literature, musical composition, visual arts, ancient studies, medieval studies, renaissance & early modern studies, and modern Italian studies.

For further information or to apply, visit the Academy’s website at www.aarome.org or contact

American Academy in Rome 7 East 60 Street New York, NY 10022 Attn: Programs 212-751-7200 ext. 450 info@aarome.org

Please state specific field of interest when requesting information. The Rome Prize competition is underwritten in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Kansas City LCI Community of Practice Event 

The Kansas City Lean Construction Institute Community of Practice is planning its third event for 2011 and will host a presentation on the Middle Tennessee Medical Center. The presentation will start at 4:30 p.m. October 18, 2011 at the Builders’ Association Education & Training Center in Kansas City.

Jennifer Garland, Project Director for MTMC will discuss the how Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Lean helped to make the project a success. Andy Davis, Sr. Project Manager with Turner Construction, will talk about how the construction team truly came together and what principles/tools they used.

Both will review the achievements of the project which include $4.4 million in construction cost savings and schedule improvements that resulted in the project being completed two months early. They will also visit lessons learned and approaches to the next IPD project.

Continuing Education credit will be available for several professional organizations, including AIA, Johnson County Contractor Licensing, and for CPAs and other financial professionals. If you wish to receive credit through one of these organizations or would like assistance in reporting attendance to another professional organization, please contact Tiffany Moore at 816.595.4143 or by email at tmoore@buildersassociation.com.

For a registration form, go to http://image.exct.net/lib/ff051272756406/m/1/October+Event.pdf


2011 Mentoring Conference 

When: October 26-28, 2011 Where: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Registration Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2011   The Mentoring Institute would like to extend you a cordial invitation to attend the 2011 Mentoring Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is “Learning Across Disciplines.” The conference will focus on uniting mentoring scholars and practitioners from around the world to build a collaborative network of ideas and support. The hope is to extend mentoring across university disciplines and encourage the establishment of mentoring programs in all fields of study.

At this year’s conference, the keynote speaker will be David Clutterbuck, co-founder of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. He has advanced the field of mentoring extensively in Europe, publishing more than 50 books and hundreds of articles addressing innovative mentoring, management, and coaching themes.

We invite you to join us for the pre-conference workshops on “Developing Effective Mentoring Programs” and “Mentoring Best Practices in Higher Education,” plenary sessions, and more than 100 presentations addressing mentoring best practices related to this year’s theme.

For information and registration, visit the conference web page at: http://mentor.unm.edu/conference/registration.php