Kansas State University - Royal Purple Yearbook (Manhattan, KS)

 - Class of 1910

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12 ROYAL PURPLE ion BENJAMIN F. EVER, E.E. Professor of Electrical Engineering Prof. Ever, the man at the head of the Electrical Engineering Department at K. S. A. C, has a reputation among the scientific men of his profession as being one of the foremost men in the country when it comes to training young men for electrical engineer- ing. Men whom he will recommend are in continual demand throughout this section of the country, one of the largest electric man- ufacturers : ' n the East employing technical graduates from only three Western schools, K. S. A. C. being one of the three. Prof. Eyer ' s early hi story as a teacher was in connection with the Physics department in the Topeka High School. He is a gradu- ate of Armour ' s Institute of Technology and later took a course in Experimental Engineering with the General Electric Company at Schenectady, New York. He is a full member of the American In- stitute of Electrical Engineers and takes an active part in their an- nual conventions, thus keeping abreast of the newest ideas along electrical lines. HERBERT F. ROBERTS, M.S., LL.B. Professor of Botany This serious-looking gentleman is the builder of the Botany Course at K. S. A. C. as it stands today. Five years ago two men had charge of the Botany work and but one course of advanced work was required. Today six men are on the staff and four ad- vanced courses are requ ' red. The course is the best in the West and is one of the best in the country. The breeding work in wheat and alfalfa is the most extensive of any in the United States. K. S. A. C. has reason to boast of this department, for this is the only Agricultural College in which Plant Physiology, Plant Pathology and Plant Breeding are required courses and are taught by spe- cialists. Although of Botany, by Botany and for Botany all the time, Professor Roberts is a very broad man. He graduated from the University of Kansas, A. B., ' 91 ; Northwestern University, EL. B., ' 93; K. S. A. C, M. S., ' 97, and was a graduate student of the Uni-

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ROYAL PURPLE igio 11 Professor of Chemistry is now an advisory member of the State Board of Health and one of the food analysts for the Board. The Chemist of the Experiment Station is in charge of the analysis and inspection of fertilizers under the State laws relating to those articles. He is also authorized to make analyses for the State Dairy Commis- sioner. The great increase in the number of students and hence in the number coming to the Chemistry Department, together with the great enlargement of the Experiment Station and official Chemistry work has more than filled the capacity of the Chemistry and Physical Science Hall. At present there is probably no department so badly crowded for space as this. Among the more important lines of work undertaken in the de- partment during the last nine years have been digestion and nutrition experiments with prairie hay and alfalfa, milling and baking tests of wheat and flour, comparison of the digestibility of bleached and unbleached flour, investigations concerning the percentage of water and the occurrence of copper in oysters, and a beginning has been made in a chemical investigaton of Kansas soils. BENJAMIN L. REMICK, Ph-.M. Professor of Mathematics Along about the time of Cleveland ' s administration, when things were rather dull, the professors about Cornell College amused them- selves by watching a young magician pick all sorts of mathematical paraphernalia right out of the air. Eater they employed him as In- structor of Mathematics. Thus began the career of Professor Remick as a teacher. After resigning his position at his alma mater, he held positions of interesting importance with several of the large Western Universities and Colleges, eventually landing at K. S. A. C. as Pro fessor of Mathematics. When he assumed his present position, three teachers were able to take care of the work. At present twelve teachers, with a number of student assistants, are working over time in order to start the embryo mathematicians onward to fame.



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h ' OV.lL I ' CRJ ' Lli Kj in 13 versity of Chicago in ' 98 and ' ' [ . From ' 99 to ' 01 he was in- structor at Washington University (St. Louis), leaving that posi- tion to become Professor of Botany at K. S. A. C. He has published several bulletins on Adulterations and Impuri- ties in Seeds, Wheat and Alfalfa Breeding, etc., and has several now on the press. He also has the MSS. of a text on plant breeding in the hands of the publishers. He made the first investigation on the prevention of smut in kafhr corn by the use of formaldehvde, this investigation alone having saved thousands of dollars to the fanners of the state. In 1908 he was sent as a commissioner to investigate the wheat conditions in Southeastern F.urope and com- piled some very valuable data. WM. A. McKEEVER, Ph.M. Professor of Philosophy William A. McKeever was born in a one-room log cabin in Jackson County. Kansas. He was reared on a farm and followed the occupat : on of farming until after twenty-one years of age. Later he taught in the countrv schools, as principal of graded schools and as superintendent of city schools. He is head of the department of Philosophy and has been in the K. S. A. C. Faculty ten years. Professor McKeever ' s method of work is such as to stimulate thought and action in others. Flis optimism has won for him the popular nickname, " Sunshine " and " Sunny Jim. " But it is not alone in the class room that his influence is felt. His book, " Psychologic [Method in Teaching, " was a part of the Kansas Teachers " Reading Circle Course the past year and had a sale of more than 10.000 copies during that time. He is best known throughout the country as the author of " The Home Train- ing Series, " a set of four pamphlets which are sent out free to parents all over the country. " The Cigarette Smoking Boy " is the best known of the series and has been translated into a dozen dif- ferent languages. He also writes for the current magazines and frequently addresses teachers ' associations and meetings. Professor McKeever holds the degree of A. M. from Kansas Lniversitv and that of Ph. M. from the University of Chicago.

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