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A generous bequest from former Manhattan, Kan., resident and U.S. Air Force Marine Wayne McIntosh will benefit the construction of the K-State Welcome Center. (Photo: KSU Foundation)
Bequest will benefit K-State Welcome Center
A retired U.S. Air Force colonel who died in 2012 has provided a $5 million gift to Kansas State University through his trust.

The generous bequest from former Manhattan, Kan. resident Wayne McIntosh will benefit construction of the K-State Welcome Center and multicultural initiatives.

McIntosh was a native of Ramona, Kan. He earned a bachelor’s degree in general sciences from K-State in 1938 and a master’s degree in education in 1939. While in college, he was in the ROTC program and played trumpet in the marching band. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1941, serving in World War II and flying over Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on D-Day in 1944. His 30-year military career ended with retirement as a colonel, having earned the Legion of Merit, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Medal and seven campaign medals. Relatives say McIntosh’s fondest career memory was serving as copilot for Gen. Chuck Yeager’s flight which broke the sound barrier in 1947.

After military retirement, McIntosh returned to Manhattan and worked for 10 years for the Kansas State University Division of Continuing Education. A travel enthusiast, he visited all 50 states and five continents during his lifetime.

To read more about McIntosh, click here

K-State graduate brightens lives of those with kidney failure
For patients with kidney failure, treatment can be long, emotionally tough, and downright boring, but Jamie Ansley, recent master’s graduate in theater with a concentration in drama therapy, is trying to make those obstacles easier to overcome.

During her time at Kansas State University, Ansley explored the effects of drama therapy on hemodialysis patients. She was among the first in the world to study such a topic, and current graduate students are continuing to build upon her research today.

Ansley, a former professional hospital clown, has a family member who will soon be receiving dialysis treatments — the treatment for kidney failure uses a machine that filters toxins from blood, and then returns clean blood to the body. Patients tend to have a lot of time on their hands because they must follow a strict treatment schedule and typically visit the clinic two or three times a week for up to four hours per visit.

“I learned that dialysis centers generally provide a tiny little TV, and they have to sit in a chair for hours,” said Ansley. “They don’t have a lot of engagement during their treatment, and because they have to have it the rest of their lives, it can be depressing for the patient.”

Ansley started working with patients at a Manhattan clinic, where she would provide pictures, games, guided imagery and music. She asked questions to help patients verbally improvise a scene, story or character. Some patients created a detective character, and story themes included death, loneliness and friendship.

To learn more about Ansley and her work with dialysis patients, click here.

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