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OUR NEIGHBORS | Hairstylist opens up new salon to express bold hues, individuality

Having a satisfied client walk out of her salon with mermaid hair — a dye job with shocks of deep blues, bold greens and vibrant purple hues — is one of Krisanne Reyerson’s favorite things.

Reyerson, 28, of Manhattan opened her own salon, Canvas Salon Studio in Wildcat Landing at 1800 Claflin Road Suite 110, in late July after about nine years of working at other establishments around town and in North Dakota, her home state.

Reyerson attended and graduated from The Salon Professional Academy in Fargo, North Dakota. She worked at a salon there for about two years and later moved to Manhattan to join her family and get a fresh start.

“Definitely the more creative side (drew me to doing hair),” she said. “The ability to influence someone’s self confidence is a really powerful thing.”

Reyerson said she didn’t always want to own her own business, but learned over the years how she wanted to run things.

“Both of my parents own businesses, and growing up, I said I never wanted to own my business because I saw the hardships, and I wanted a steady paycheck,” Reyerson said. “But with cosmetology, there is no such thing as a steady paycheck even if you’re not the owner. You can’t count on always having your books full, and then working in other salons, I saw how I liked things done and how I didn’t like things done. I wanted to be the person making the decisions in creating my own culture.”

The culture she wants to foster is one of artists and creative minds, she said. Reyerson said the stylists at the salon, friends she’d made during her career, view people as canvases, hence the inspiration for the business’ name.

Onna Rinzler, one of the Canvas hairstylists, said she had followed Reyerson to other salons before and saw her as a mentor, so joining her new team was not even a question.

“It’s been really great working for a leader who believes in the growth of everyone as an individual as much as in the salon,” she said. “She is our beaming light into the future. … It’s not just you coming in, getting your hair done and that’s it. It’s the atmosphere, too. She’s very inviting and welcoming to everybody.”

When Reyerson first started exploring the idea of opening a salon, there was always some aspect that didn’t work out. But within the last year, things seemed to fall into place. The salon owner of A Cut Above told Reyeron that she was stepping back and the space in Wildcat Landing was available.

Now, after about nine weeks of being open, Reyerson said the salon is already looking to expand. Currently, Canvas has just one room to perform treatments like waxing and massages, and Reyerson said they’ve had to turn people away because of its limits. With an open space directly above the salon, an aesthetician wanting to rent a work booth with her, another friend offering to furnish the space and a deal on the lease, Reyerson said she couldn’t turn down the opportunity.

“It’s crazy, but I think I would be stupid to ignore all the signs and the people that have been put in my path to make it happen,” Reyerson said. “I don’t want to regret not doing it.”

Cosmetology is not an easy industry, Reyerson said, because you have to be fueled by passion to get through the first few years out of school while building a clientele. But over the course of her career, Reyerson said she has been able to use her passion and artistic expression to help build a culture that caters to the bold fashion-color loving crowd as well as those who just want a refreshed look.

“Doing bright and bold things is not, especially in Manhattan, something you see a lot of,” Reyerson said. “I think it’s here, but we just need to pull them out of the woodwork. So I think (Canvas) is definitely geared toward a more creative and outgoing person, but we accept everybody. We’re all individuals, and I think we’re about attracting people that aren’t scared to be an individual and who they really are.”

While she’s tried just about every hair color in the rainbow on herself, Reyerson said there has only been one she’s regretted.

“Before I started hair school, there was a ‘Vogue’ cover that had Kate Winslet on it, and she had this icy-white, silver hair,” she said. “I convinced myself we had the same skin tone, which FYI, we do not.”

Reyerson said her friend who worked at a salon agreed to do her hair, but the pair ended up with unfortunate results.

“We bleached my hair four times in two weeks — don’t ever do that,” Reyerson said. “The last time we did it, she’s rinsing it out and she’s like, ‘Umm ... Krisanne, it’s not good.’ … She puts her hand in front of me, and there’s a giant ball of white cotton fluff. I got a chemical haircut that day. My hair was like 2 inches long all over my head. I looked like a freaking Q-tip. It was so bad, and I will forever remember it because my sister got married that summer and it’s memorialized in all of those photographs.”

When she’s not managing the salon, Reyerson said she’s wrangling her four chickens, three dogs and 2-year-old son at home.

“My whole life is kind of hectic, and it’s going to stay that way because I’m adding 1,300 square feet to the salon, but it’s good,” Reyerson said. “I have such a good support system between the girls at the salon, my fiancé and family. I’m really truly freaking lucky.”

K-State hires chief enrollment officer

Fighting a 12.3% decline in enrollment in the last five years, K-State has hired Karen Goos as the university’s vice provost for enrollment management.

Goos will lead the university’s implementation of its multiyear strategic enrollment plan, which will seek to turn around a trend of declining enrollment at K-State since a 2014 peak of 24,766 students.

The Board of Regents announced fall enrollment statistics for its universities on Wednesday, and K-State’s enrollment was 21,719 students, down 2.3% since last year and 12.3% since the 2014 peak.

“With her strong background in enrollment management, Dr. Goos will be tasked with providing strategic leadership and vision to all aspects of enrollment management at K-State, including domestic and international student recruitment, financial aid, registration and transfer enrollment,” Provost Charles Taber said.

In addition to implementing the university’s strategic enrollment plan, Goos also will be responsible for the university’s marketing position and leading K-State’s enrollment management organization.

“With her strong background in enrollment management, Dr. Goos will be tasked with providing strategic leadership and vision to all aspects of enrollment management at K-State, including domestic and international student recruitment, financial aid, registration and transfer enrollment,” Taber said.

Goos starts Nov. 18 and will earn a salary of $200,000.

Goos’s previous experience includes a stint as associate vice provost for enrollment management at the University of Central Missouri. Her work led to a 4% increase in freshman student retention, 2% increase in transfer student retention and a 6% increase in graduation rates.

Prior to that, Goos served in several positions at different campuses with Metropolitan Community College in Missouri. She was dean of student development and enrollment management, associate vice chancellor of student development and enrollment management, associate dean of student development and enrollment management, registrar, enrollment services manager and college relations coordinator.

Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle school education from Doane College, a master’s degree in exercise science-athletic administration from the University of Central Missouri, and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri.

In September, Taber pointed to four reasons for K-State’s enrollment decline: fewer Kansas high school students are going on to higher education, fewer international students are coming to the country, fewer transfer students and increasing college tuition.

At his State of the University address, President Richard Myers said it is the university’s goal to return to an enrollment of about 24,000 students, which he said the university has handled and is built for.

He and Taber have said that the university’s enrollment plan will pursue more out-of-state and international students, and the K-State community won’t see the effects of that plan until fall 2020.

Kobach discusses Senate campaign plans, Trump relationship in Manhattan visit

Knowledge of immigration, constitutional law and the country’s debt are three things that Kris Kobach says set him apart from others running for U.S. Senate next year.

Kobach, whose eight-year term as Kansas Secretary of State ended in January, told The Mercury in a visit to Manhattan on Monday that he has devoted the last two decades of his career to immigration reform.

“So unlike other senators who rely on staff to tell them what the law says and tell them what would happen if we added this phrase or that phrase to the law, I’ve actually litigated these very words in U.S. statute,” he said. “And would be the one telling my staff ‘OK, this is how I want the law written and this is what we would do.’”

He spent 15 years as a professor of law at the University of Missouri—Kansas City teaching legal law and constitutional law, which is the center of what he taught, he said. Kobach said his strong familiarity with the topics will help him as senator if elected.

He said he is also concerned about federal spending.

“It is hugely unethical what we’re doing to your generation and to your kids,” he said. “At this point, we’re saddling you with so much debt that my generation is in charge of right now.”

He said he thinks most people in Congress pretend that this is not a problem, and wants to vote on debt reduction if elected.

Kobach said that he learned a lot from last year’s loss to Laura Kelly in the governor election, and said his campaign team is made up of some different players.

“In many ways, an election that you don’t win is more of a learning experience then which you do win,” Kobach said.

Without getting into specific details, Kobach said his tactics for this election is different, including different allocation of resources this time.

Despite losing to Kelly, Kobach indicated that potential critics wouldn’t have to worry about him in another general election if he won the primary next year.

Kobach said Kansas Republicans have a long winning streak in winning the U.S. Senate race, dating back to the 1936 election. He said gubernatorial races tend to go back and forth between parties.

“Kansas voters in U.S. Senate races tend to lead much more strongly Republican than they do in gubernatorial races,” he said.

Kobach also called the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump “a great waste of time” based on current information. The inquiry revolves around whether Trump abused his power when asking Volodymyr Zelensky, president of the Ukraine, to investigate Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

Kobach said he speaks with the president on a regular basis, but has not spoken to him about an endorsement in the Senate race. Trump endorsed Kobach in the governor’s race, and Kobach helped lead a now-disbanded voter fraud commission established by Trump.

“I have spoken to him about the race, and he has been encouraging to me,” Kobach said.

He said Trump is focusing on his own campaign for president, and it is up to him on giving an endorsement.

In regard to Trump and Kobach speaking about a position for Kobach in Trump’s Cabinet last year, the two did talk about the possibility, but the ones available at the time weren’t a good fit for Kobach, he said. Kobach had served

Kobach said he could do more with running for Senate.

Moving forward toward the election, Kobach plans to talk with people across the state and working on fundraising.

“One is just getting out and meeting Kansans who haven’t met you yet,” he said.

Nickolas Oatley / Staff photo by Nickolas Oatley  

Dan LaShelle looks through his binoculars at birds in the tree tops along the Konza Prairie Nature Trail on Tuesday. LaShelle visited Konza at least 40 times in 2017 and has identified more than 50 birds this week. “It’s really marvelous to see this clear again,” said LaShelle, who had cataract surgery in 2018.

Judge sets new trial date, reduces bond for Manhattan man accused of killing infant

A Riley County judge on Monday set a new trial date for a Manhattan man accused of killing an infant after his first trial resulted in a hung jury.

Judge Meryl Wilson set the five-day trial for D’Khari Lyons to take place Jan. 13-17.

Lyons is charged with first-degree murder and abuse of a child in connection with the November 2018 death of 2 1/2-month-old Michael Calvert Jr.

A September trial ended with a hung jury after it could not reach a unanimous verdict.

Wilson also granted Lyons a bond reduction from $500,000 to $100,000 with the condition that Lyons doesn’t leave the state and checks in weekly with a supervisor if he posts bond.

Defense Attorney Cole Hawver said Lyons is not a flight risk as he has a godbrother in Kansas, as well as no prior criminal history and therefore not a “dangerous individual.”

According to testimony and evidence presented in the case, Lyons was watching Michael for a short period the morning of Nov. 8 while his then-girlfriend took her other children to school. When she returned, the two of them reported to authorities that Michael was having trouble breathing and had bruises on him.

Emergency responders took the baby to Ascension Via Christi Hospital and then to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, where he died three days later.

Officials ruled that Michael died from blunt force or abusive head trauma after sustaining severe internal injuries.

Prosecutors alleged that Lyons lashed out at the child in momentary frustration to stop him from crying.