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Department of Grain Science and Industry Newsletter

February 2011
Secure It

It is now required by the state of Kansas that all individuals using accounts on computers owned by the state of Kansas, complete an annual computer security training. What this means is all holders of eIDs need to take the training.


The K-State ITS Security group has created an online security training that will fill the requirement and after taking the course your account will be flagged as having taken the training for this fiscal year. The course is only 45 minutes long and painless to do.


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Giving Grads

Grain Science Graduate Student Organization (GSGSO) president, Moses Khamis has confirmed a $500 contribution from the GSO for the calendar year 2011 to the Lola Lee Jackson Travel Award.   

The club is also  planning to purchases books for the Swanson Resource Room. 

Open House 2011

Choose Your Destination at this year's All University Open House. Saturday, April 16 9:00-3:00 at the Manhattan and Salina campuses. The Department of Grain Science & Industry will have plenty in store for visitors-fresh baked goods and flour sales, drawings, demonstrations, free burgers & entertainment.
For more information click on the link below.

Open House 2011
Alpha Mu Road Trip                                    Ashley Mueller

Members of Alpha Mu, the Grain Science Honorary Club, recently took an educational trip to Denver, Colorado. The trip was designed to build on the different subjects taught in the grain science curriculum. The students toured the Bimbo Bakery and ConAgra       UDenverltra Grain facilities. Later they toured the Coors Brewery  in Golden, CO.                                        On Saturday, the group went to the Loveland Ski resort to ski and snowboard, and then headed back home on Sunday morning. The trip was a success, with no broken bones, as well as gaining knowledge of the grain science industry and how the different types of facilities are ran.

Cats in the Capitol                                           Dave Krishock

Tuesday night, February 15th, more than 24 members of the Bakery Science Club produced almost 1,100 chocolate chip, monster and oatmeal raisin cookies for promotional giveaways to Kansas State Legislators and their staffs in Topeka, as part of the College of Agiculture's Cats in the Capitol Tour. Each year, the Ag Ambassadors and the College of Ag promote the talents, teachings and hand made products of KSU students, while networking with Kansas House and Senate members, their staffs and key personalities in the capitol. This is the sixth year in a row the Bakery Science Club has taken a leadership role in promoting the GRSC Dept., the COA and Wildcat Pride in Topeka!   

Dirk's Corner                                      Dr.Dirk Maier

I'm writing these lines sitting in the on-campus hotel and conference center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. About 15 years ago this facility did not exist! It is part of the Fisher College of Business and was built as a campus within the main campus for something like $130 million mostly from private fund raising. It all started with a vision and a plan in the early 1990s and was accomplished because of a dedicated group of people doing everything they knew how to make it happen. This is a great example of what we are in the midst of doing with our Grain Science & Industry Complex north of Kimball Avenue. It all started with a vision and a plan in the late 1990s and is being accomplished because we have had and continue to have a dedicated group of faculty, staff, students, stakeholders, donors and administrators doing everything they know how to make it happen. Today we have three terrific buildings that are allowing us to do a better job teaching and preparing our students for exciting careers, conducting innovative new research, and providing impactful outreach programs for the global grain and feed industry. Plans for building the new feed technology and bio-refinery teaching and research facility are moving forward, and so are plans by the Kansas Wheat Commission to build its new headquarters and the Heartland Plant Innovation Center next door and integrated into our new campus. Yes, it generally takes longer than we think, and yes, plans change along the way. However, BIG ideas can become reality if we remain motivated, passionate, committed, hopeful, flexible, open-minded and persistent. When we get done a few years from now after we add a Milling Science and Education Wing to the Hal Ross Flour Mill and complete the Cereal and Bakery Sciences and Technology building, we will have a "Grain Science Innovation Campus" that will be unique in the world and encompass all aspects from novel wheat breeding and grain quality attribute development to state-of-the-art post-harvest handling, processing and utilization facilities. These are exciting times at K-State and in our unique department! It is up to us to make it happen... let's continue to make it happen together! 

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