K-State Salina is always eager for opportunities to exhibit its unique education: it has a nationally ranked aviation program, engineering technology degrees that have been around since the campus’s creation and academic offerings that, until recently, were only available in Manhattan. So, on Oct. 9, the university offered the Salina community another look at its programs and facilities, but this time added personalized flair to the event.
A variety of scenes from the inaugural Art of the Science event at K-State Salina.
The inaugural Art of the Science Wine Walk invited attendees to tour specific spots on campus and combined the excursion with food, wine, music and art. Guests, including Salina residents, local industry leaders, K-State Salina alumni and K-State president Kirk Schulz, were treated to four stops on the tour that highlighted the new Welcome Center, the unmanned aircraft systems program, the mechanical engineering technology lab, the digital media technology program, chemistry and personal financial planning. At each destination, a spread of food was offered along with William Cole wine pairings.
“This event was created as another opportunity to connect our campus with the community that continually gives us support,” said Verna Fitzsimmons, dean and CEO of K-State Salina. “We want to keep people aware of the exciting things happening at this university and I hope our guests thought this event was both educational and entertaining.”
The night began in the renovated Welcome Center, which serves as a one-stop shop for students providing admissions, financial aid, housing and student support services. Guests listened to classic songs performed by K-State’s all male a cappella group, Cadence, and viewed art displays created by digital media technology students. Willie the Wildcat was also in attendance and posed for pictures with his fans.
Next, the guests walked over to the unmanned aircraft systems lab where they learned about the fleet and latest applications for the budding industry. They were also able to test their skills at flying with the simulators. On stop three, the campus’s mechanical engineering lab showcased the Baja car, a 3D printer, the Cat Cannon and other machinery and technologies used by students.
Finally, guests moved into the technology center lobby where chemistry professor, Jung Oh, performed science experiments in the form of magic tricks and spotlighted different projects her students are undertaking. Personal financial planning was also on hand to inform the group about their program offerings, which was added in 2011.
Because of the success of the first Art of the Science Wine Walk, next year’s event is already in the planning phases.