Monthly Archives: November 2013

Week of November 18-22, 2013

Graduate faculty mentoring master’s students in areas represented by various State of Kansas legislative committees (e.g. education, health, agriculture, aviation, biotechnology, energy, transportation, manufacturing, environment, and social services) are encouraged to have their students submit posters for the 1st annual Graduate Research Day at the Capitol on February 12, 2014.  Forty students from Kansas Regents institutions will be chosen to represent their institutions on the 2nd floor rotunda of the Capitol.  At FHSU, we will be using a new electronic competition software package called CompetitionSpace to select five students for this event.  The link for this opportunity is  Faculty in these areas should share this link with their students and students should submit the required materials for review of their posters.  The deadline for this will be January 10, 2014.  Thank you for encouraging your students to submit their research work for this opportunity.  Transportation and lunch for the day will be provided.  Note that this is not an adjudicated competition with prizes.  All five FHSU representatives will be recognized equally.  This initiative is being sponsored by the Kansas Council of Graduate Deans (KCGD).

In additional research-related news, the university has been engaged in discussions about export controls.  Drafts of a proposed policy is being shared with Graduate Council and Provost’s Council in preparation for consideration by President’s Cabinet.  Export controls is a complex topic of arcane Federal regulations, but relates to FHSU in a couple of ways – most visibility in the case of specialized proprietary software which is considered a “deemed export”.  As more of our students are foreign nationals, this topic becomes increasingly relevant in our Graduate School.  In all cases, the university will strive to pursue public domain or fundamental research exclusions to these restrictions when possible.

The approach of the end of the semester means high stakes examinations and consequent anxiety and apprehension among our graduate students.  The deadline for reporting comprehensive examinations to the Graduate School has just passed, so if you have not submitted your ballots to the Graduate School for your students, please do so as soon as possible.  The Graduate School policy and procedures for academic appeals can be found at

To close, here are recent data related to the growth of new graduate students (red) vs. new undergraduate students (blue) in our Virtual College programming over the last four years.  It will be interesting to see if the trend lines continue in the same directions next fall.

Comparison of VC enrollment growth 2010-2013 by student

Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!


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Week of November 4-8, 2013

It has been a few weeks since we have had a post on this site.  Recent events and changes at the university have kept us all busy, but it is time now to communicate more about some projects we have begun this year.

Internationalization of the Campus and Curriculum 

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The Center for Language and Culture was a project begun this year in the Graduate School as our primary effort to impact internationalization of the campus and curriculum.  This idea was conceived through some conversations between members of Provost’s Council and the Internationalization Team over the past several years and a perceived need to add or improve existing services for several campus stakeholders: domestic students interested in education abroad and foreign language study, international students interested in English assistance and co-curricular opportunities to learn about our region, and faculty members interested in developing new education abroad experiences for students.

This fall the Center for Language and Culture has begun taking some giant steps towards accomplishing these goals through the hard work of graduate assistant Christophe Cheroret.  Christophe is an energetic young man with a passion for international education.  He has worked hard over the last two months to build important connections with academic departments and student support units.  The Center currently offers the following services:

  • weekly conversation tables in foreign languages and in English for ESL students
  • individual tutoring in foreign languages
  • development and promotion of several short-term education abroad opportunities for the campus (Morocco, Spain, France, Ukraine, and Chile).
  • promotion of university academic programs with international themes (certificates, minors, and majors)
  • co-curricular opportunities for international students to experience the culture of our region

The Center has an active Facebook page and Twitter account…reaching out to many students in new ways.  A great deal of progress has been made on this initiative this fall.  Christophe has been active in giving many presentations to IDS 101 course sections this fall.



Another project we are working on in the Graduate School is the inaugural Graduate Research Day at the Capitol on February 12, 2014.  All the graduate deans of the Regents institutions are collaborating on this initiative.  It is an opportunity for each institution to send 5 of the best master’s level posters to be displayed on the 2nd floor rotunda of the Capitol.  We will soon be communicating with graduate faculty about this opportunity and begin a competition to judge the best 5 posters we will send from FHSU.  Assistant Dean Dr. Jerry Spotswood will lead this initiative and we will be using our new competition software package – CompetitionSpace.  Look for more about this in your email soon.

The guidelines for preparation of theses and field studies have been updated and uploaded to the Graduate School web site.  Please be sure your advisees who are completing theses or field studies understand the need for IRB or IACUC documentation if they are working with research subjects that fall under the administration of one of these two committees.


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We’ve begun to post the minutes to the Graduate Council meetings held this fall to this site.  They are visible in the Categories section or by scrolling through Recent Posts.

Please remember these upcoming deadlines:

November 18
Deadline to turn in comprehensive exam results to the Graduate School.  All ballots should have an evaluation of the candidate’s performance on Graduate School Learner Outcome #1 indicated.

November 25
Deadline to turn in thesis/field study/catalog to Graduate School

Thank you for your continued support of graduate education at FHSU!

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