June 22, 2017 LINEUP
Whitney Bandel – Electronic Textiles for STEM
Whitney Bandel is a new media artist and educator. She works part time as a professor at both Kansas State University within the Art Department and Johnson County Community College within Web Development and Digital Media. She has a background in K-12 Art Education, and completed research on interactive and digital art as part of her thesis studies. She is passionate about all things arts, crafts, and technology.
Carol Barta – Permaculture
Carol Barta has been a lifelong seeker of the “Theory of Everything,” which has led her to Permaculture, Quaker silence, voluntary simplicity, librarianship, and keeping company with chickens.
Susanne Glymour – Peaceful Communication
Susanne is a mother of three and a former social worker. She began studying Nonviolent Communication in 2000 after reading the work of Marshall Rosenberg. She is currently the director of the Manhattan Nonviolence Initiative. Susanne is an unwavering optimist and believes passionately that all people can learn to reduce conflict and pain through skilled dialogue.
Zain Iqbal – Cross-Cultural Exchange
Zain (Zen) Iqbal served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan from 2004 to 2005, where he worked in health and English education. Upon his return to the United States, he has championed the Peace Corps’ “3rd goal” to help promote a better understanding of Uzbek and Central Asian peoples on the part of Americans by speaking to a wide range of community groups. Zain’s formative years have also shaped his understanding of the outside world, having lived in Nigeria, Brazil, and the Netherlands. Most recently, he worked as an English instructor in Saudi Arabia. He now lives in Manhattan and loves working with K-State students and faculty at his job at Hale Library. When he isn’t working among books, Zain is seeking adventure in the mountains and deserts of Colorado and his home state of California.
Daniel Ireton – Swordfighting
Daniel Ireton is an Associate Professor at Kansas State University Libraries, working largely with reference and instruction for students and faculty studying the arts and humanities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Kansas State University and a Masters of Library Science from Emporia State University. His own research has involved superheroes, alternate reality games, religious aspects of books, and of course, history. He’s very excited to talk to the community about his knightlife.
Brandon Irwin – Tiny House MHK
Brandon is originally from Sherburne, NY and, after several stops along the way, is currently living in Manhattan, KS where he Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Kansas State University. He is the director of the Healthy Communities Laboratory, where he collaborates with a diverse set of university and community partners to study and improve community health. He is also a member of the Flint Hills Wellness Coalition, a group of health-oriented organizations in the community who seek to create a healthy community for all. He also dedicates much of his time to the MHK Making Change Affordable Housing Community Action Group, studying the local issue of affordable housing and working collaboratively with community partners to make housing affordable for everyone. He currently lives in a tiny house on wheels just outside of Manhattan with his dog Jimmy.
Marcia Rozell – Paddling the KS
Marcia Rozell loves the outdoors! Growing up, she was constantly exploring outside. As an adult, she knows the value and joy of restoring her soul by getting outdoors. For the last eight years, one of her favorite ways is paddling in a kayak. Come listen and learn how to become active for yourself on our Kansas waterways.
Marcia and her husband, Tim, have made Manhattan their home for the last twenty years. Their two college age kids love the outdoors, too. Marcia serves as President on the USD 383 School Board, as well as serving on the Kansas Canoe & Kayak Association and Friends of the Kaw Boards. Her daytime job is in tourism… promoting the city she loves.
Doug Tippin – Military Trail
Doug Tippin is a retired Social Studies teacher and coach from USD #383. He has two degrees from Pittsburg State University. Following early retirement he worked in the College of Education at Kansas State University supervising student teachers. For a number of years he has been researching the Military Road that went from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Riley, Kansas during the 1850’s and 1860’s. Currently he is placing markers in five counties to describe the road.