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KSAL Poll: Don’t Drop Salina for Polytechnic

Jeff Garretson - September 24, 2015 1:21 pm

Last week school officials announced a proposed name change at K-State Salina – dropping Salina and inserting Polytechnic to better describe the mission of the campus that is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The current KSAL.com News Poll shows over 65-percent of the over 1,150 voters want Salina to stay on the sign.

Dr. Verna Fitzsimmons, CEO and Dean at K-State Salina tells KSAL News that they are trying to gain a foothold on the national stage, “What we are trying to do is really raise it to a national presence,” she said.

“Once you get outside of this area, when you start talking about K-State Salina you usually get that …mmm what is that?”

According to the school, a name change requires approval by the Kansas Board of Regents and possibly legislative action.

The campus launched in 1965 as the Schilling Institute, since then several name changes and degree programs have been part of the school’s success.

“We want to be able to talk directly about the programs that we have, and not get sidetracked by where we are,” Dean Fitzsimmons told listeners on the KSAL Morning News on Thursday.

“We’ve been a polytech for fifty years,” she said.

Those opposed to the name change have started a petition drive:

Stop The Name Change Petition


Stan Clemons

September 25, 2015 at 9:36 am

Hey Verna Fitzsimmons it would have been a simple matter of placing Polytechnic in the title and not removing Salina. I guess you forgot about the taxes that were approved so you could open your campus many years ago. Simple K-State Polytechnic of Salina would work now would it not?

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