Hagenmaier receives UPCEA regional leadership award

110920Hagenmaier003-e1317910643989Debbie Hagenmaier, assistant director of conferences and noncredit programs, has received the 2014 John L. Christopher Outstanding Leadership Award for the University Professional and Continuing Education Association Central Region.

The award was presented at the association’s 2014 Central Region conference in Denver, Colorado.

The John L. Christopher Outstanding Leadership Award is given to a current professional member of the association who has exhibited outstanding leadership and service within the central region. Criteria include committee activity, conference activity, promotion of the association at the institutional, state and regional levels and commitment to adult and continuing education.

Hagenmaier provides leadership and support for K-State conferences services, including coordination and management of annual conference and noncredit activities for the College of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and other university and external partners.

As assistant director, Hagenmaier also provides staff development for program coordinators within the conferences and noncredit programs unit. She ensures that new and seasoned staff members continue to grow and be challenged within their roles.

“Debbie Hagenmaier is a very valued team member from the conferences and noncredit programs unit at Kansas State University,” said Jeff Wolfe, director of the unit. “She is a strong team leader who has earned the respect of those who work with her on a daily basis within K-State Global Campus and from her colleagues across campus who have benefited from her skills while coordinating successful conferences.”

In addition to her responsibilities and activities in the K-State community, Hagenmaier has served as a leader in association’s central region. She has been secretary, chair-elect and chair, and currently serves as regional past chair. She also has served on the planning committee for the association’s Central Region Conference.

Hagenmaier is active in promoting continuing education. She is a member of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors International and serves on the advisory board for K-State’s Center for Engagement and Community Development.

Harth receives ACHE Rising Star Award

harthKathryn Harth, conference coordinator for Kansas State University Global Campus Conferences and Noncredit Programs, received the 2014 Association for Continuing Higher Education Rising Star Award at the association’s conference Oct. 27-29 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The award is given to an employee of a member institution or organization with no more than five years of experience in continuing education who has either developed or extended an outstanding program or division within a continuing education unit.

Harth is responsible for the development and coordination of national conferences both for the university and for outside organizations.

She is the coordinator for one of the largest conferences for K-State Global Campus, the Academic Chairpersons Conference, an award-winning annual national conference for academic chairpersons, administrators and faculty from all areas of higher education.

“Kathryn Harth has been with Kansas State University for almost four years and in that time she continually provides the best in customer service to each of her on-campus clients as well as those outside of the university,” said Jeff Wolfe, director of conferences and noncredit programs at K-State. “Kathryn always receives rave reviews from her clients on her attention to detail, ability to stay within budget and for being proactive in taking one’s conference to the next level of success.”

Harth also has served on the All-University Campaign for Kansas State University and on the advisory council for the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Prepared by Bailey Kaufman, 785-532-5888, bkaufman01@k-state.edu

Ballard receives Rising Star Award from Kansas City MPI chapter

ballardTony Ballard, program coordinator for Kansas State University conference services, received the Rising Star Award from Kansas City chapter of Meeting Planners International, or MPI.

This award recognizes a chapter member of less than three years who has contributed extraordinarily to the organization with his or her dedication, vision, enthusiasm, willingness to participate, volunteer efforts and commitment. Ballard works in conference services, part of Kansas State University Global Campus and teaches an event planning course on campus. In addition to the award, Ballard was elected vice president of education for the organization.

“Meeting Professionals International is the largest global organization for meeting professionals of all types,” Ballard said. “As a member of the organization, I have access to some of the premier industry talent in all aspects of meeting planning. Organizations such as MPI help organizations like ours stay ahead of the rapid changes taking place in the meetings and events industry.”

Skilled meeting professionals like Ballard help organizations use their time and financial resources efficiently and aid in accomplishing the objectives of their event in the most effective way.

“At the university level, a meeting professional allows each college to focus their personnel resources on the education of our students while the meeting professional focuses on the logistical aspects of producing a great event,” he said.

Ballard accepted the award at the annual meeting and award ceremony June 19 at the Terrace on Grand in Downtown Kansas City.

“It was great to be a part of the 2014 award ceremony,” Ballard said. “I am honored to even have been nominated for the award and am equally honored to have received it. It was a great evening for myself, for K-State conference services and Kansas State University as a whole.”

By Rosanna Vail

K-State Global Campus Unveiled

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University has been educating adult learners through distance education for more than four decades through the Division of Continuing Education. To more accurately reflect the university’s international ties and global reach, the Division of Continuing Education has been renamed Kansas State University Global Campus.

The change was approved in a meeting of the Kansas Board of Regents in March.

“At Kansas State University Global Campus, students can learn online, grow professionally and connect internationally,” said Sue Maes, dean of K-State Global Campus. “With students from countries all over the world connecting to K-State through the online classroom, this name captures the breadth of K-State throughout the world.”

K-State offers online bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, certificate and stand-alone minor programs to students across the nation and around the world. Last fiscal year, more than 7,200 students took online courses at K-State, and of those, more than 5,000 studied completely at a distance. Those distance students represented all 50 states and 17 countries. K-State also provides adult learners across the U.S. and internationally with access to conferences, workshops and other professional development opportunities.

Moreover, the university helps learners of any age connect to one another internationally. The university has study abroad programs in more than 80 countries, and in fall 2013 alone, approximately 2,100 students from more than 100 countries came to K-State.

“International is one of our themes for K-State 2025 — our plan to make Kansas State a Top 50 public research university,” said Kirk Schulz, president. “We want to make it easy to connect with all of the ways we reach beyond our Kansas campuses. A Global Campus is the most fitting description.”

More information about Kansas State University Global Campus programs and services is available at http://www.global.k-state.edu.

Ballard Selected for KCMPI Board

ballardTony Ballard, coordinator for the conferences and noncredit programs unit, was elected to the 2014-2015 Board of Directors for Kansas City Meeting Planners International. KCMPI is the leading regional organization committed to shaping and defining the meeting and event industry. KCMPI’s goal is to build a rich, global meeting industry community with its members successfully creating relationships, keeping ahead of industry trends in the marketplace, and sharing ideas and knowledge. Ballard will serve in the position of Vice President, Education.

Kansas Transportation Engineering Conference Honored at UPCEA Central Region Conference

The Kansas Transportation Engineering Conference received the 2013 Mature Noncredit Program Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association Central Region. The award was presented at the UPCEA Central Region Conference on Sept. 25-27, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minn.

To be eligible for the award, a program must have been offered for the past five years and demonstrated sustained innovation, with priority given to programs dealing with social, diversity or educational issues. ‘

KTE held its 95th annual conference in 2013. With 38 speakers and more than 550 attendees in 2013, the conference plays a leading role in the development and communication surrounding transportation innovation in Kansas.

Engineering Summer Institute wins innovative program award

Kansas State University’s Engineering Summer Institute has received the University Professional and Continuing Education Association Central Region’s 2013 Innovative Noncredit Program Award. The award was presented at the UPCEA Central Region Conference, Sept. 25-27 in Minneapolis, Minn.

The Engineering Summer Institute began in 2012 as a collaborative effort between the state of Gujarat, India, and Kansas State University. Through this collaborative program, students from Gujarat Technological University travel to Kansas State to complete two eight-week courses in electrical and mechanical engineering disciplines taught by Kansas State faculty. The program has provided a new pathway for academic and cultural exchange between the two schools.

Source: Sue Maes, 785-532-5644, scmaes@k-state.edu
Written By: Samantha Etsell, 785-532-5888, setsell@k-state.edu
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Wolfe Named Director of Conferences and Noncredit Programs

After 30 plus years in the corporate market, Jeff Wolfe has accepted the position of director of conferences and noncredit programs for Kansas State University’s Division of Continuing Education. Wolfe began the position at the start of fall semester.

The conferences and noncredit programs office provides conference and event planning for the university as well as outside companies and associations across the nation. Each year it coordinates more than 120 programs spanning local, regional, national and international audiences.

“The most interesting and exciting part for me has been becoming part of a university,” Wolfe said. “I’ve really learned a whole new aspect of conferences. In the past I’ve planned conferences within the for-profit sector for insurance companies, telecommunications firms, corporations, the pharmaceutical industry–and that’s all very different than what we do here within the nonprofit sector. I’m learning how to best utilize my background and my experience to help shape our team into further growth.”

Originally from Syracuse, N.Y., Wolfe graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Management with a degree in human resources. He began his career in the hospitality industry working as a reservation agent and supervisor for American Airlines before becoming an account manager for the airline service. He then became the vice president of sales for a large travel agency, developing corporate travel services and group travel for the local business community.

In 1982, Wolfe founded Executive Meetings & Incentives, a meeting planning and incentive marketing company in northern New Jersey. In 2001, he moved to South Florida and founded Conference Partners, his second meeting and incentive company, where he worked closely with insurance clients while assisting them with a strategic meetings management program.

“Jeff brings a wealth of experience from the conferencing and event management industry,” said Sue Maes, dean of continuing education at Kansas State University. “His years of leadership in client development and retention, sales and marketing, finance, and contract negotiation for national and regional corporations adds to the depth of skills found among the conference and event planning staff at K-State.”

One of Wolfe’s goals as director is to help his team of event coordinators and registration staff challenge themselves to try new things. This helps keep the university at the forefront when it comes to conference planning.

“I want them to expand their horizons,” Wolfe said. “If we can revisit the way we’ve done some things through an exchange of ideas, we can keep making improvements to better the team and the conferences we coordinate.”

Wolfe’s main vision for conference services is to continue building the university’s brand while increasing awareness about the services his team can provide to the campus. Professional conferences and noncredit program staff can assist K-State faculty throughout all aspects of their event, from conceptualization through evaluation.

“We have a great opportunity to use our knowledge and experience in event planning and coordination to serve the K-State community,” Wolfe said. “It’s exciting to be part of the university and play a role in helping provide educational and professional experiences to those in Kansas and beyond.”

Source: Sue Maes, 785-532-5644, scmaes@k-state.edu
Written By: Anna Shippy, 785-532-5888, akshippy@k-state.edu
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Summer institute brings South Korean computer science students to campus

Computer science is the focus of a new educational and cultural exchange program between Kansas State University and South Korea’s Hanyang University this summer.

Thirty computer science students from the South Korean university are taking part in the newly established Korean Summer Institute, which is sponsored by Kansas State University’s College of Engineering, English language program and Division of Continuing Education and by the South Korean government.

The summer program is part of a larger program called SMaSH, or the Software Maven School at Hanyang University that is funded in part by industry and the Korean government. The aim is to send 30 students a year from South Korea to Kansas State University over the next four summers to continue the cultural exchange and educational opportunity.

The students are spending six weeks on campus refining their computer programming techniques and also practicing their English grammar and technical writing skills. The goal is to give them a taste of American life and to let them experience the world-class computer science curriculum that the department of computing and information sciences offers.

The program designer and coordinator is Kyung-Goo Doh, a Kansas State University computing and information sciences doctoral graduate who now teaches at Hanyang University. Kansas State University’s Masaaki Mizuno, professor of computing and information sciences, is assisting with the institute. Both think the institute is on track for success.

“I think this is very beneficial for both our departments,” Doh said. “South Korea is a really small country, so the only way we can survive is to work hard. For the future, the government has tried to push students to excel and has put an emphasis on computer science.”

“Interaction with a Korean university and the possibility of sending our students to them in the future is really, really nice. Plus, this is a wonderful way to recruit future graduate students,” Mizuno said.

Kim Jae-Sung, one of the visiting students, is looking forward to the opportunities the institute will provide.

“The first thing is practicing our English skills,” Jae-Sung said. “It’s very helpful for me to communicate with a foreigner. The second is practicing computer programming skills. Professor Mizuno is very good and I hope that I will learn a lot in these coming weeks.”

“I want to improve my skills in embedded computer systems, improve my English skills and the last thing is to just have fun,” said Sung-Jye Cho, another institute participant.

In addition to the engineering curriculum, Kansas State University is sponsoring several events for the students to help immerse them in U.S. culture, including a trip to a Kansas City Royals baseball game.

“They have only been here a short time, but some of my students in computer science are already good friends with the Korean students,” Mizuno said. “We all went to see fireworks in Wamego for the Fourth of July and one of my students told me that this was a great opportunity for him, too.”

The students will celebrate completion of the program at 3 p.m. Aug. 6 with a special closing ceremony at the K-State Alumni Center.

Source: K-State Today, July 23, 2013

Hultgren receives Rising Star Award from Kansas City MPI chapter

Renee Hultgren, events manager at K-State Olathe, received the Rising Star Award from the Kansas City chapter of Meeting Planners International. This award recognizes a Kansas City MPI member of less than three years who has contributed extraordinarily to the organization with his or her dedication, vision, enthusiasm, willingness to participate, volunteer efforts and commitment.

As a new member to the organization, Hultgren assisted with its Strategic Alliance. When the need arose on the programs committee for the inaugural Catering and Restaurant Showcase, she became the program lead. The April 10 showcase brought local caterers, event vendors and meeting and event planners together for the premier catering event in the Kansas City area. Vendors marketed their companies, learned current ideas and trends and developed business connections. The event also gave companies the opportunity to introduce themselves to event planners and other key decision-makers in the business industry.

Michelle Lizak, immediate past-president of the Kansas City Meeting Planners International, said, “Renee has been an amazing asset to the chapter by making the showcase a successful education and fundraising event. Her attention to detail and vision for the event was incredible.”

Additionally, the Kansas City organization nominated K-State Olathe and the K-State Division of Continuing Education for the Employer Recognition Award, which recognizes an organization that has generously contributed to the Kansas City MPI by supporting its employee as active members.

Source: Jacqueline Spears, 913-307-7313, jdspears@k-state.edu
Written by: Kristi Northcutt, 913-307-7341, knorthcutt@k-state.edu
Website: K-State Olathe
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