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Author: Lori Hayden

Just For Fun!

The Kansas Forestry Service provided a saw mill demonstration in the Dykstra parking lot last month. Milled boards from the demonstration will be stored, dried and then used in campus building and design projects. Lumber from ash trees can be used to build tables, wainscoting, architectural ceilings and more!

 

KUDOS!

 

KUDOS!…to HANNA RUDER (daughter of Shannon Ruder, Storeroom Supply Specialist) for being selected to receive the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award from the AAEA (Agricultural & Applied Economics Association). Hanna will be recognized at the AAEA Awards & Fellows Recognition Ceremony in Atlanta, GA on July 22nd.

WIND POWER

The wind blows in Kansas.

If you grew up in Western Kansas, you probably know that better than most. There is substantial data to confirm that statement, and state leaders are making the most of it.  Over the last several years, you may have seen massive wind turbines transported on trucks or installed all over the state. Wind energy is a clean fuel source. It doesn’t pollute the air like power sources that rely on the combustion of fossil fuels like coal or gas.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Kansas has the second highest potential capacity for wind power behind Texas.  Sitting squarely in the center of America’s wind tunnel (see purple area on map), Kansas has led the nation over the past decade in all measured categories of scaling up renewable electricity generation.

So why doesn’t K-State take advantage of this abundant commodity? The short answer is that the cost of instituting the change combined with other competing institutional needs would make that a challenge. K-State could feasibly install utility scale wind turbines to generate approximately half of the Campus’ power needs, but electricity is needed even on calm days when the wind isn’t blowing. In addition, the estimated cost for installation would be in the range of $25 million along with maintenance and operation expenses that would average around $75 thousand per year.

While installing our own turbines isn’t feasible at this time, another option would provide access to competitively priced renewable energy through a new program offered by Westar Energy. Under this program, known as the Renewables Direct Program, K-State’s main campus will receive approximately 50 percent of its current electrical load at a fixed price for 20 years. The energy will be provided by a new 300-megawatt wind farm being built in northern Kansas and is scheduled to be on line in 2020. K-State is one of 14 Kansas organizations that will receive electricity from the wind farm. The anticipated savings for utilizing this program will be approximately $180,000 to $200,000 annually.

K-State has worked aggressively to lower its energy usage over the past several years and the work has paid off. KSU has seen a net decrease of both energy usage and expense during simultaneous growth in building space. The Renewables Direct program is just one example of how that has been accomplished.

 

 

Welcome to Our Team!


Ronald Banks was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

He is working for Steve Greinke.



Patrick O’Neill was hired as a Landscape Tech I.

He is working for Mark Fronce.



Jessica Ott was hired as a Project Manager.

She is working for Diana Hutchison.



Lawrence Davis was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

He is working for Quentin Rawlins.



Janan Walker was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

She is working for Mary Grubbs.



Rosanna Carvalho was hired as an Arch Eng Project Manager.

She is working for Diana Hutchison.



Raymond Fahrny was hired as a Maintenance & Repair Tech.

He is working for Mike Paph.



Shannon Ruder was hired as a Supply Specialist.

She is working for Carla Bishop.



Beverly Saunders was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

She is working for Mary Grubbs.



Aaron Burger was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

He is working for Quentin Rawlins.



Christine Blau was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

She is working for Steve Greinke.



Angel Brown was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

She is working for Steve Greinke.



Adam Miller was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

He is working for Beverly Price.



Faith Bliss was hired as a Custodial Specialist.

She is working for Thomas O’Briant.



Linda Craghead was hired as Director of Custodial Services.

She is working for Casey Lauer.



Terry Sprecker was hired as Landscape Tech I.

He is working for Mark Fronce.



Durga Prasad Sarilla was hired as a Systems Analyst.

He is working for Gary Weishaar.




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