Rolley's leadership of landscape architecture and regional and community planning department to continue
Ensuring that her department's programs remain among the best in the nation and make significant contributions to Kansas State University's 2025 plan to be a Top 50 public research university are among the goals Stephanie Rolley has set as she heads K-State's landscape architecture and regional and community planning department for another five years.
Tim de Noble, dean of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, recently renewed Rolley's appointment to the post. She has served as head of the department since 2009 when she was selected for the job following a national search.
"The review, while mandated, provided us an opportunity to take stock of the many accomplishments that department faculty and staff have achieved under and through Stephanie's leadership," de Noble said. "The findings of the review verified my experiences in working with Stephanie these past five years. She is a steadfast advocate of her department and college. She enables, supports and recognizes excellence in her faculty, staff and students. She is also an impressive and effective representative of our educational programs and professions at the local, regional, national and international levels."
Rolley joined the university in 1987 as an assistant professor of landscape architecture, becoming a full professor in 2003. In addition to department head, she's served as associate department head and director of the department's Master of Landscape Architecture program. She also helped develop the department's nonbaccalaureate master's degree tracks in landscape architecture and regional and community planning, which are among the best in the nation. Rolley also has provided direction for the online Master of Science in community development offered by the Great Plains IDEA consortium.
"My primary goal is to ensure that the landscape architecture and regional and community planning programs are well positioned to build upon and continue the success of our DesignIntelligence rankings and our historic strengths," Rolley said. "Landscape architecture ranks second in the nation and first in the region. Regional and community planning is a regional leader in the discipline. These professions are in high demand as communities retrofit aging infrastructure and address expansion and revitalization with increasing population densities, urban redevelopment and climate change."
An award-winning educator and landscape architecture and planning professional, Rolley is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association. She earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University and a master's in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She also completed the Management Development Program offered through Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.
Rolley, a registered landscape architect, has worked in private practice as a landscape architecture and urban designer in Boston, Dallas and San Antonio.
Among her many honors include serving as the college’s Mary K. Jarvis Chair in Landscape Architecture from 2005-2007 and 2008-2009. She was the co-recipient of the Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in 2000, earned an Urban Parks National Award from the Landscape Architecture Foundation in 1995 and a National Award of Distinction from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture in 1993. She also has been recognized by the college, Mortar Board honor society and the Office of Student Activities and Services as an outstanding teacher and adviser. Rolley serves on the Landscape Architecture Foundation board of directors, the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board and as a Planning Accreditation Board site visitor.
"We look forward to this next chapter of excellence with Stephanie at the helm of landscape architecture and regional and community planning," de Noble said.
All students, faculty and staff,
Welcome back to Seaton Hall, to the spring semester and to 2014. I hope everyone had an enjoyable break, full of time with family and friends and as such return to the fold of APDesign energized for a semester of high-level academic activity.
First, let me ask that all of you work to promote an aura of professionalism throughout the semester. This means we must all be dedicated not only to maintaining our physical environment but also to fostering a culture of inclusion, mutual support and respect for others. Please gird against expedient decisions and actions that callously undermine experiences for others. By all means, be safe, be aware of your surroundings, your belongings, and your classmates’ needs. Recycle, stay well-nourished, hydrated and laugh often!
As you work and learn, realize how fortunate you are to be surrounded by so much talent and dedication. As I have said on numerous occasions, our programs are only as good as our least capable graduate. Be unselfish in helping others by sharing your knowledge and passion in working with them to overcome their stumbling blocks. Take it from me and all of our alumni, you will look back on these days longingly so do your utmost to enjoy them now! The camaraderie of this experience is not easily duplicated.
OK, enough proselytizing, I am beginning to sound like Joe Pesci in a Snickers commercial!
The good news for APDesign just keeps coming. Governor Brownback’s budget recommendations included in coordination with his State of the State address this past Wednesday includes an additional $1.5 million in funding for the next fiscal year and $5 million in increased annual funding beginning in the 2016 fiscal year. If this passes through the legislature, and I assure you my administration, the K-State Administration and our alumni are working tirelessly toward this, we will be able to begin construction on our project, perhaps in late 2015. I will be at the Statehouse with alumni numerous days in the coming weeks once again reminding our legislative leaders of the importance of the disciplines housed in APDesign, of our economic mite, our positive impact on quality of life, and of our tradition of excellence.
One of the main points I will stress is the investment our students have made into our future with the increased technology fees. This foresight, coupled with the recent major gifts by our alumni, including the $4 million Regnier Family gift towards our facility, are tangible evidence of our commitment to grow the influence of K-State design and planning leadership at the state, regional and national levels. I can also point to the continued commitment of our faculty and staff towards our future, not only through their commitment to quality education, but through their significant participation in and contributions to the All-University Campaign.
Continuing our momentum is important and actually dependent on a simple formula. Strive for excellence. Make beautiful things, artifacts of design that cause others to marvel in awe of our capacities. Push your research into new levels of inquiry. Be inventive. Advocate. Tell everyone who will listen about the great things we are doing and in turn urge them to tell their representatives in Topeka. When you are recognized for your achievements in research, scholarship, design, planning and/or service, let us know by contacting your department head and Thom Jackson in my office so we can publicize your accomplishments at all appropriate levels.
This is a great place to learn, teach and serve. Our world is abuzz with all you have accomplished in the past few years, adding to our long history of excellence. Now we are on the cusp of great changes and our sphere of influence is expanding. Isn’t it marvelous to know you are a part of it?
Wishing you all the best,
February 18, 2014 at 4:00pm
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Third Floor Tidbits
Welcome to Spring Semester 2014!
Remember Weigel Library is on 3rd floor Seaton with wireless printing, free scanning, computers, a print station, a photocopier, group and individual study space, a collaboration workstation, a white board and comfortable seating. We have lots of books and periodicals too.
Hours for Weigel Library are:
Monday through Thursday 8 am to 10 pm;
Friday 8 am to 5 pm;
Saturday 1 pm to 5 pm; and
Sunday 2 pm to 10 pm.
Up-to-date hours can always be found at http://www.lib.k-state.edu/architecture-library-hours
Recipient of Friends’ generosity
Two custom-made display cases were delivered to Weigel Library during the fall semester, a gift from the Friends’ of the K-State Libraries.
This organization makes annual gifts to K-State Libraries with funds raised through membership and their annual Gala.
The Friends' long-range planning committee makes project recommendations to the Friends’ Board of Directors based on ideas submitted by Dean of Libraries, Lori Goetsch. A major endeavor that previously received financial assistance from the Friends’ was the murals in Hale Library’s Great Room. Other projects this group has funded in the past include Special Collections, refurbishing the Hemi Room, and digital collections for the Sesquicentennial. The display cases are the first project for a campus branch library.
The vertical design of the new cases highlights library resources on display in a smaller footprint. Weigel Library is pleased to be the recipient of such generosity and thanks the Friends’ of the K-State Libraries for this useful gift.
Members of the Friends’ of the K-State Libraries’ Executive Board will have the opportunity to see the new cases in Weigel on Wednesday, January 29. This group is holding their quarterly business meeting in Seaton following a tour of Weigel Library hosted by Dean de Noble.
Summer Design Scholars Applications
Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company isaccepting applications for its class of 2014 Summer Design Scholars. This is a juried selection, open to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, and interior design.
We hope you will distribute this link to your students, friends and school acquaintances. The submission deadline is midnight Monday, FEBRUARY 17. Selection will be made by March 4. If you are not the person who should receive this information, we would appreciate your assistance in getting it into the right hands. You can learn more about our program (and applicants can apply) at this link:
This is the 12th year of the program, and our scholars have reported their experiences to be rewarding and life-changing. Scholars, including international students, have come fromthe Savannah College of Art + Design, McGill, Universidad de Monterrey,UPenn, Yale, Carnegie Mellon,Tulane, Virginia Tech, UVA, Clemson, Penn State, Ohio State, Kansas State, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, University of Cincinnati, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Hampton University. Several Summer Scholar “alumni” have accepted full-time positions with our firm.
If you have other questions, please contact Nick Vlattas, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 757-321-9608 or me, contact information below.
We look forward to another exciting year!
The Kansas State Board of Technical Professions has posted the NEWSLETTER for January 2014. Newsletter articles include disciplinary actions and lists of new licensees.
Click here for the JANUARY 2014 KSBTP NEWSLETTER:
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Rotary Peace Fellows Exhibit
The “Fellowship for Peace” exhibition will feature photographs and text highlighting the experiences of our local Rotary Peace Fellows: David Kozar (2009-2010), Summer Lewis (2011-2012), Katrina Lewis (Summer 2012), and Vibha Jani (Summer 2013).
Student Photo Exhibit to Close
Students that participated in the 2013 Student Photo Competition may collect their work in room 214 this week between 9am and 5pm Tuesday – Friday.
Those faculty members with work to be exhibited should contact Thom Jackson, 532-1090 as soon as possible. The Faculty Exhibit opens February 10 and is open through February 28, 2014
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
January 22 – 3rd Year Student Meeting, 5:30 pm S063
January 29 – Graduate School Applications Due for 3rd Year Students
January 30 – Departmental Information Meetings for 1st Year Students: 5:30 RCP 6:00 LA 6:30 IAPD 7:00 ARCH
February 3 – Academic Progress Review Applications Due for 1st Year Students
February 6 – 4th Year Option Intention Forms and Study Abroad Applications Due
February 7 – Graduation Application Materials Due for 5th Year Students
Research by design: APDesign students participate in research symposium
Project to revitalize northeast Kansas City area earns students honor from American Institute of Architects chapter