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Global Campus Dean Sue Maes to retire in October

By April Mason

Sue Maes, who has served as dean of Global Campus for the last 10 years and has served in other capacities at the university for more than 40 years, has announced her retirement effective in October 2017.

Maes has served the university in many roles and always with distinction and creativity. Her leadership and vision for adult education, access to education and collaborative partnerships will be greatly missed. She is an expert on building new academic programs and fostering institutional collaboration, both nationally and globally. Her network across higher education is unequaled.

Under Maes' leadership, the Division of Continuing Education was re-envisioned into the Global Campus, an important campus for K-State that extends the reach of the university by supporting more than 70 online degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as certificate and endorsement programs. K-State Global Campus also serves learners through summer school, evening college, intersession, UFM Community Learning Center, conferences and professional programs, programs at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, and partnerships with all community colleges in Kansas and many outside the state.

During Maes' tenure as dean of K-State Global Campus, the number of students graduating with a degree earned online has more than doubled. Financial support for creating new online programs and unique conferences has grown and the number of scholarships awarded to part-time, online, degree-seeking students has increased sevenfold. International programming during Maes' time as dean has brought recognition to the university and earned Maes the 2014 University Professional and Continuing Education International Educator of the Year award.

Maes has received numerous awards for her outstanding work in the field of continuing education, including the prestigious Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association for exceptional and longstanding contributions to the field of continuing education. She also received the Richard Jonsen Award for Outstanding Contributions to the E-learning Community, the highest national award given by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Cooperative for Education Technologies. She has been inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame and served as president of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

Maes started at K-State almost 50 years ago as executive director of UFM Community Learning Center. She has served as assistant dean and director of academic outreach in the Division of Continuing Education and senior development officer at K-State's Educational Communications Center.

Maes demonstrated her decadeslong commitment to advancing rural education, community development and partnership development by co-founding the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, the University Engineering Alliance and the Rural Clearinghouse for Lifelong Education and Development. She also served as co-director of the Institute for Academic Alliances at K-State.

Locally, Maes is deeply connected to the community, helping to found the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation and the Fairy Godmothers. She is a graduate of Leadership Manhattan and was named a distinguished alumna of the program.

Maes received a bachelor's degree in social science, a master's degree in family and child development, and a doctorate in counseling and educational psychology, all from K-State. She also participated in Harvard University's Institute for Management of Lifelong Education.

Mark your calendars now, as a reception to honor Dean Maes has been set for 3-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom. More details to come.

One does not replace Sue Maes, but a search for a new dean of Global Campus is starting, and more details will be announced soon. 

Thank you,

April Mason
Provost and Senior Vice President 

Kansas State University

Gary Clark

Story Courtesy K-State Today and Mary Rankin.

Manhattan Rotarian Gary Clark has been named the 2017 Engineer of the Year by the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers. Gary is a senior associate dean for the College of Engineering, and professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University.

The presentation was made at an awards luncheon, June 15, at the society's annual meeting in Lawrence. Clark was recognized for his "diligence and integrity as a professional engineer, and dedication to a better way of life for mankind."

In March 2017, Clark had been named Engineer of the Year by the Tri-Valley Chapter of the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers.

A state society of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the mission of the Kansas organization is to promote, recognize and enhance the engineering profession by delivering professional development products and services, encouraging licensure, and advocating legislation and public policy for the betterment of human welfare and the profession.

Our presentation this week was Konza Rotary Club member, Andy Hutchinson. Andy presented about the Konza Rotary Club's annual Water Matters day, which helps to fundraise for various local, regional and international water projects. You can learn more by watching Andy's presentation below.
Jessica Davine (Munoz) Northam, 2016 Rotary Global Grant Scholar provided our Rotary Club with an update. The report is on our website. Here is a quote from her update “I thank Rotary for this amazing opportunity.  As I have seen many programs come and go over the past year in the same communities where I work, I am blessed to be a part of an organization that works tirelessly to serve vulnerable populations in the world and create strong communities.  As my host club, Rotary Barranquilla Colombia, with the help of our international sponsor, the Manhattan Rotary Club and District 5710, I encourage you to learn more about my time in Colombia, Comunidades Fuertes, and how you can be a part of improving the community wellbeing and psychosocial health of IDPs in Colombia by clicking on the links below. During my time in Barranquilla, I was fortunate to cross paths with a filmmaker who is developing a documentary on my work to be released in September. A 2-minute trailer is available below in the Vimeo link.
Dede Brokesh, among other were recognized May 11 by the Manhattan Riley County Preservation Alliance for historic preservation work. Dede’s work involved research for the Sunset Hill Properties.
2017 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Grant recipient Caitlyn Web was awarded a Global Grant Scholarship for Economic and Community Development in the amount of $58,630.
She has applied and been accepted to pursue a Master of Science (MSc) in Local Economic Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The focus of the program is to prepare change agents to address unprecedented global changes with specialized skill for the benefit of local and regional economies. This scholarship will allow me to leverage entrepreneurial business models to affect sustainable community and economic development in frontier and emerging markets.
(Pictured Rotarian Bill Richter, District Foundation Chair Jim Mattes, District Governor Nominee Blanche Parks, and Rotary Board of Director Nominee Larry Demmitt) 
Dr. Bill Richter was presented the Rotary Foundation Service Above Self Award by Rotary District 5710 Foundation Chair Jim Mattes and Rotary Board of Director Nominee Larry Demmitt. Special attendees from the District included Blanche Parks District 5710 Governor Nominee and Past District Governor Deb Rodenbaugh-Schaub.
As Rotary’s highest honor for individual Rotarians, this award recognizes up to 50 Rotarians annually who have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary.
Our presentation today was Tara Claussen, area director for Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Manhattan region. Tara gave us an overview of the impact that Big Brothers Big Sisters has, as well as an update on the current statistics for the Manhattan area.  You can watch Tara's presentation below!
Dick Wertzberger is Senior Vice President and Manager for Mortgage Loan Production at landmark National bank with responsibility for Mortgage Banking with over 35 years’ experience.
  • He is nationally known, as he has been a featured speaker at the Kansas Realtors State meeting, American Bankers Association annual meeting, the Community Bankers Association, and the national Mortgage Bankers Association.
  • From a Community involvement perspective, Dick is past President of the Manhattan Rotary Club, Solar Kiwanis, Manhattan Country Club, past Chair of Manhattan Chamber of Commerce military Relations committee, past Chair of Housing and Consumer Credit Counseling. Currently Dick serves as President of the Board for the Guardians, Grand Knight for Council 8488 of St. Thomas More, and chair the program committee for the Manhattan Rotary Club.
  • That’s what is known as “Service Above Self”
  • Dick also holds degrees from Loras College and Florida Atlantic University. He is a graduate of the American Bankers Association National Commercial Lending School and Mortgage Banking School.
  • Dick is finishing a 3 year term on the Rotary District 5710 Finance Committee.
Our presentation today was Ramin Rostampour and Alejandra Rivarola, co-presidents of the K-State Rotaract Club. Ramina and Alex gave us a recap of the past year in Rotaract and the accomplishments that they have achieved. You can watch their presentation below.
Our speaker today was our very own Rotarian, Dick Wertzberger, talking about the Guardian Angles organization. The Guardian Angles support men with immediate financial needs here in Manhattan and the surrounding area. You can watch Dick's presentation below.
Our presentation today was Alison Felix, economist for the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank. Alison gave us an outlook for the U.S. and Kansas economies in 2017.  You can watch her presentation below.
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