July 2012        
KELP Buzz
In Hutchinson, KELP hosted its fourth session of the year where students toured the new water treatment facilities, visited numerous sites along the Cheney Watershed with tour guides from Cheney Lake Watershed, heard other speakers, and participated in leadership development activities. In October, Class 12 will continue to their fifth session in Manhattan during the Water and Future of Kansas Conference. 

It's about that time again: Applications for the class of 2013 are available. If you or someone you know is interested in learning about environmentalism and leadership in a variety of different ways, we encourage you to apply! Details are available on our "Get Involved" page. Feel free to email KELP Coordinator Brandi Nelson with any questions, nelsonbm@ksu.edu. *Priority deadline: August 31, 2012. Final deadline: November 9, 2012.


Professional Development
Please visit our website for more opportunities for professional growth as they become available! 

Plant a Prairie
Benefits of Native Grasses
Part I: Identify Part II: Decide
A Public Policy Forum
Part 3: Implement
Design and Maintenance
July 31, 8 a.m.–noon
MARC Offices
Cost: $25 for Part 1 or $45 for the entire series
Aug. 14, 8 a.m.–noon
MARC Offices 600 Broadway, Suite 200 Kansas City, MO 64105
Cost: $15
Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m.–noon
Discovery Center 4750 Troost Ave. Kansas City, MO, 64110
Cost: $15
*Transportation to and from the tour sites will be provided.
*Click here to register or find out more

NIH Grant Training Seminar
July 30, 2012 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
At: University of Kansas-Lawrence, Kansas
*This one-day seminar is geared for junior faculty, students, and administrators who are beginning the process of submitting grants to National Institutes of Health (NIH) or seasoned researchers who wish to refresh their knowledge of the new requirements and the peer review process.
*To register and learn more visit the Grant Training Center website
World Biofuels Markets Brazil
“Driving innovation and commercialization in the next generation of Brazilian biofuels”
Septempber 18-20, 2012
Click here to register and see the agenda


Career Opportunities
With the end of the summer arriving, KSRE and others are introducing open positions. Don't miss out on something that catches your eye!

Twin Creeks District Extension Agent 4-H Youth Development
Deadline: July 26, 2012
*For more information on this position visit the KSRE website

Assistant Professor, Agro-Climatology, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University
Deadline: August 17, 2012
Details on how to apply are available here


Webinars

“Dam Removal: Aging Infrastructure Option”
Aug. 23 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
Wichita WATER Center, 101 E. Pawnee, Wichita, KS.
*This free seminar will examine start-to-finish projects, engineering issues, permitting requirements, and other removal aspects.
*Reservations are required-Contact Cindy Higgins at cindy.higgins@kda.ks.gov or 785-296-0573 for a reservation


     

Tell us what you think!
Please send any comments, suggestions, or announcements to Brandi Nelson, nelsonbm@ksu.edu


 
In May, KELP participated in the Environmental Intersession Course through the Department of Communications and School of Leadership Studies. This class focused on leadership through learning about local water issues. Sixteen students ended the course by building Manhattan's Sunset Zoo a rain garden. Read the WIBW press release and visit the KELP Facebook page for more pictures.
KELP Spotlight
When some think of a 56-year-old Kansas farmer, they might picture a man set in his old ways of farming the land. But when you meet 56-year-old Kansas farmer Donn Teske, you might picture the opposite. As twelfth-year president of the Kansas Farmers Union, Donn is dedicated to improving the land he works daily. He is a KELP graduate and a fifth generation farmer from Wheaton, Kan. He runs a dairy farm alongside his most prized individuals: his wife Kathy, four children, and three grandchildren.

After farming full time from 1973 to 2004, Donn took a position at Kansas State University as a farm analyst. In that position, he assisted farm operations with financial and crisis planning. A year later, he started with the Kansas Rural Center, where he currently serves on the executive board. Continue reading about Donn 
here.
"The most important thing I learned in KELP was taking a stand -- making a point when necessary. Learning to agree to disagree. KELP is worth participating in because there is ALWAYS something to learn. Knowledge is power -- you make it what you want. I gained lasting friendships and networking partnerships."  
---Shari Stamer, Class 1 Grad
 
Blue-Green Algae Tips

Keep your family and pets safe this summer by being aware of the Blue-Green Algae areas and how to spot it. Check out the 
KDHEwebsite for some helpful tips.
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