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September Newsletter

Welcome First Scholars! The Fall 2017 semester kicked off with a retreat to Rock Creek 4-H camp, where the freshmen cohort as well as the peer mentors were able to spend time together in activities, canoeing, and listening to a panel of sophomore scholars talk about their experiences.

“Having a bonfire with friends… no family, while having s’mores and enjoying Enrique’s guitar music in the background under the stars felt out of this world” – Brian, H., Freshman

Welcome to First Scholars! Pictured left to right:

Back row- Cody 16’, Gerald 16’, Juan 16’, Gerardo, Tanner, Brian, Sequoyah, Lauren 16’ , Zach, Sarah, Aubrey, Ashley, Alejandro, Rebeca

Front row: Elisha, Karol, Ashlie, Katie 16’, Enrique, Sydney, Kiara, Alexis, Tyler, Shaylyn

The Sophomore cohort will be attending the Ad Astra Conference, November

In September, the junior and senior cohorts each participated in retreat weekends

Junior Cohort:

The Juniors met for their annual fall retreat in September where they talked about their Pay It Forward Projects and are doing a great job in their respective roles.  Some serve as peer mentors, some serve as ambassadors and others work as event coordinators. Please ask them about how they are paying back to the  program!  Thank you, Dr. Steve Dandaneau for engaging us in important reflections on social responsibility. Thank you, Dr. Stephanie Bannister for helping us understand the importance of managing our energy in our role of students and leaders of K-State. The juniors have started their semester strong!

 

Seniors: (picture above)

Eighty five percent of the seniors who started together four years ago are in course to graduate. This is a great accomplishment, seniors! The senior retreat took place in early September. During this time, the seniors heard from dedicated university faculty and staff about preparing for interviews and leaving social media footprints. Thanks, Ms. Pat Hutchins, and Dr. Roger McHaney for investing your time in First Scholars. The seniors are also working on their legacy projects.

A message from Rebeca, First Scholars Program Director:

Dear First Scholars,

We hope your semester is going well.   Please welcome the new students who  are eager to meet all the members of the  First Scholars family. We now have a full grown program-that means that our first class will be graduating in May. The seniors are  busy looking for employment, interviewing, or looking at graduation. Please ask them about their plans after graduation when you see them!  All cohorts have been busy with school, work and cohort activities.

Please know that we are here for you to help you succeed academically and help you reach your goals and dreams. Keep up the good work, we are proud of you!

Rebeca

A message from Gerald:

“Hello, my name is Gerald Frayre and I am the new Residential Learning Assistant for the First Scholars! I am a sophomore from Garden City, Kansas studying Chemical Engineering. As the year begins, I am excited to learn about the different backgrounds and perspectives each one of the freshmen First Scholars is bringing to K-State, but also the various challenges they each had to overcome to be here.”

A message from Liz

Liz Penton is the new graduate assistant for the First Scholars Program. She is from Topeka, KS and attended Kansas State University during her undergraduate career where she earned her B.S., Communication Science and Disorders. Liz is currently attending Kansas State University to earn her M.S., in Higher Education: College Student Development. She enjoys anything outdoors and cheering on the Cats outside of class. Welcome, Liz!

Happy Birthday to you!

Taylor Underwood 10/6

Alejandro Martinez 10/7

Ashley Coleman and Gerald Frayre 10/13

Kaitlin Gehring 10/16

Important Dates:

October 29 Pumpkin Patch at Britt’s Farms with all scholars. Meet at 5:45 PM.

October 27th is the last day to drop a regular session course

Enrollment is coming up soon! Check your KSIS account to see what time you enroll!

November 8: First Generation Student Celebration Day

 

Find us on social media!

 

Twitter: @kstate1stschol

Facebook: Kansas State University First Scholars

Instagram: @kstate_first_scholars

Find us on campus and learn about the First Scholars Program!

All events are held on the Union Ground Floor!

Event Date Time
Senior Day October 16th 8:15-9:30
Transfer Student Visit Day October 23rd 8:45-10:00
Senior Day November 3rd 8:!5-9:30
Senior Day November 10th 8:!5- 9:30
Junior Day November 13th 8:00-9:00
Junior Day December 1st 8:00-9:00
Junior Day December 4th 8:00-9:00
Junior Day December 8th 8:00-9:00

April Newsletter

 

Hello First Scholars! The school year is almost over and we have some students to highlight who have accomplished a lot this year. There are extraordinary student recipients, a McNair Scholar and students who have taken exciting trips out of the country. The #22untilnone service learning project is still going strong and everyone is preparing for upcoming finals. As you read through the newsletter keep in mind all the cool things that these students are doing and how you can also accomplish something amazing this year.

 

 

McNair Scholar Coraima Yanez

Coraima is a McNair scholar! McNair Scholars is a program designed to help advance students into graduate level programs. McNair scholars conduct their own original research, write reports, make presentations and have to opportunity to attend research conferences. Coraima wants to go to graduate school for cancer biology and immunology to focus her research on helping cancer patients.

 

 

Extraordinary Student Recipients:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Ashley and Simran who have been named Extraordinary Students this year. The Extraordinary Student award is only given to six undergraduate students each year. First Scholars is proud to have two of them! Ashley Coleman is a junior from Colby, Kansas majoring in computer science. Simran Malhi is a junior from Overland Park majoring in computer science.

 

Ashley’s Trip to Japan

Ashley went to Japan over spring break. He wrote about his experiences and shared some pictures.

“I went to Tokyo, Japan over spring break. It was a awesome experience to explore a culture vastly different from my own. While in Tokyo, I did many touristy things such as visiting Shibuya Crossing and Akihabara, the electronics district of the city. I also visited 3 different shrines and 4 different parks. The shrines were beautiful and enveloped with cultural traditions. I even wrote on my own Ema and hung it next to the shrine. My favorite day during the trip was a rainy day where most people decided stay inside so the Ueno park was empty. I was able to spend the entire day alone in a large beautiful park with a number of shrines, and that was truly wonderful.” – Ashley Coleman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dining Etiquette Workshop

The junior First Scholars participated in a dining etiquette workshop with Dr. Kevin Roberts from the Hospitality Management department. This etiquette workshop is designed to help students with their job and internship searches as many employers take prospective employees out to dinner during interviews. The students went to JP’s where they learned how to lunch professionally for all of their future business lunches.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Reception

On April 22nd First Scholar parents attended a reception to celebrate the First Scholars. All parents are invited to visit. Recognition will be given to students who have excelled in academics and leadership.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Finals

Finals are coming up soon you can find some great study tips at the links below:

https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/how-to-study-for-finals?exid=7b26665f-0dd7-4563-8a2b-3f1aa0871411

25 crucial study tips for finals week

http://time.com/3854469/college-stress-exams-tips/

http://www.businessinsider.com/study-hacks-for-final-exams-2013-12

 

Upcoming Events

May 8th-12th Finals Week

 

April Birthdays

Jerrod Conley April 4th

Denisse Reyes April 4th

Ansley Herzog April 27th

Essence Rush May 1st

Karina Michel May 7th

Noah Aeillo May 13th

Montezia Shakespear May 15th

Lexie Broeker May 29th

 

 

 

 

 

February Newsletter

February Newsletter

The new semester has started and the First Scholars are already on a roll with a new service learning project. We kicked off this semester with a retreat to teambuild and learn about the new project #22untilnone. This project will focus on helping veterans and brining awareness to those with PTSD.

 

Spring Retreat

This year’s spring retreat took place on the 21st and 22nd of January. The sophomore students learned about effective communication and attended a lecture from Dr. Goff about PTSD. These students also started planning their service learning project #22untilnone. Check out the pictures from the Sophomore retreat below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The freshman and junior First Scholars went to their retreat on Sunday. Dr. Kliewer talked to the students about adaptive leadership and how they can use those skills in their own lives.

 

Service Learning Project #22untilnone

This semester the sophomore First Scholars have organized a service learning project focused on military veterans and PTSD awareness. Every month they will chalk sidewalks on campus with the #22untilnone hashtag. #22untilnone references that staggering statistic that every day twenty-two service members commit suicide each day. These chalk hashtags on campus will be put out to encourage others to look up the hashtag and learn more about PTSD and how they can help others. The sophomore students will also be helping out current service members on Fort Riley through out the semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn more about this semesters service learning project from Maggi Sherbon.

Check out an interview with Julie Demel about last semesters service learning project with working with the elderly at Medowlark Hills

 

Eric and Deb Suder Visit

The First Scholars entertained Mr. and Mrs. Suder during their visit and talked about their experiences as first generation students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Feature

Meet Jacquii Ayala!

 

 

Birthdays

Julie Demel February 11th

Trae Mosher-Cherry February 28th

Upcoming Events

March 5th- 7-9 PM dinner and games at the Frith Center

March 20-24th Spring Break

 

 

December/January Newsletter

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It’s the end of the fall semester. Congratulations you made it! This newsletter will be a little different than the others. It will be full of helpful tips and tricks for finals week and the holiday season. I hope all of you have a wonderful winter break. We will see you in January!

 

 

Birthdays!

Next time you see the people below be sure to wish them a happy birthday!

Jaqueline Ayala- December 2

Callie Reynolds- December 22

Kaleb Koerperich- December 29

Gabrielle Doebele- January 1

Josh Woods- January 11

Juan De Santiago- January 31

Jessie Carr- January 31

Check out some photos from this month.

Intramural Volleyball

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First Scholars went bowling

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First Scholars Recruiting

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Playback Theatre

The First Scholars had fun sharing their stories with the Play Back Theatre crew from the Department of Drama Therapy

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Congratulations To Brianna Jackson for participating in the Black and Gold Pageant.

For every fall semester since 1999, the Kappa Tau chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. presents the Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant. This prestigious pageant is our way of showcasing the intelligence, talent, excellence, and unparalleled beauty of black women on the campus of Kansas State University. This annual pageant continues to be not only the cornerstone program of Kappa Tau, but also a cornerstone program for the Kansas State University campus overall.

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Upcoming Outside Scholarships

We know you’re dying for something to work on during winter break, so we compiled a list of outside scholarships with upcoming deadlines. May the essay-writing and scholarship-winning commence!

American Residential Warranty Scholarship: Deadline: March 31st

Cyberbullying Awareness Scholarship: Deadline: December 15

Small Pet Select Scholarships: Deadline: December 31

Student Debt Relief Scholarship: Deadline: December 31

Military College Scholarship: Deadline: December 31

I Heart My School Scholarship: Deadline: February 28

Baer Reintegration Scholarship: Deadline: January 31

Boren Scholarship: Deadline: February 9

Writers & Illustrators of the Future: Deadline: Anytime

State of Kansas Scholarships : Deadline May 1

Kansas State University Scholarships: Deadline February 1

Final Exams: 7 tips for studying and 6 ways to reduce stress

Just remember: the stress, sleeplessness, and brain drain of finals week shall too pass; but in the meantime, consider these study tips and stress reducers.

Study Tips (Adapted from the Huffington Post and US News)

  1. Study in chunks. It’s official: cramming is not the best way to study. According to the Dartmouth Academic Skills Center, you should study in 20-50 minute increments and take a 5 to 10 minute break between each session.
  2. Alternate study spots. The New York Times explained that, rather than sticking to one area, you should switch things up when studying for exams.
  3. Form a study group. They can motivate you to get started when it’s hard to motivate yourself, and explaining concepts out load to others can help you figure out what you understand and what you still need to go over.
  4. Get some exercise. Some suggest that just 20 minutes of cardio a day can help improve your memory. Also, taking a break in nature is more relaxing than a stroll in the city. There’s also the option of a dance break in your dorm room!
  5. Study differently for each class. If you try to study for your algebra exam the same way you study for your English exam, you might not do very well. Check out this guide to learn how to study for math exams, language exams, and more.
  6. Start with what you know and add to it. If you build on what you already know by slowly increasing the amount and difficulty of information you study, you can connect new information with familiar information and you won’t forget the basics.
  7. Make studying interesting. It’s harder to remember lists of “boring facts” than a story, so try to connect with what you’re studying. Using memory aids and making information more personal with make it much easier to learn.

Stress Reducers

  1. Puppies! Or kittens! Or other furry friends! There are few things more enjoyable than playing with a fuzzy animal, and after 15 minutes or so, you’ll be rejuvenated and ready to hit the books again.
  2. Exercise. Go for a run, attend a yoga class, or take a bike ride. It can make you feel like a new person (and remember to drink lots of water afterward to stay hydrated)!
  3. Bake a healthy treat. Baking can be a surprisingly soothing activity, so try making a healthy goodie and you’ll have something fast that will fuel your brain.
  4. Now talk it out. Don’t keep your anxiety bottled up inside! Chat with a friend or family member, tell them what’s stressing you out, and ask for advice if you want it. Verbalizing the things on your mind helps ease the worry and calm you down.
  5. Perform a simple act of kindness. Spend a couple hours volunteering or help your roommate unload groceries. Sometimes just doing something nice for another person is the best way to get yourself to stop obsessing about your own problems.
  6. Take a break from social media. Spending too much time on Facebook and Twitter when finals are approaching will likely only add to your stress levels. Turn off social media email notifications so you’re not tempted to log on and enjoy the freedom!

Where to Give & Receive

This is a time of year when many are looking to give back and others are in need of a little help. Here are a few ways you can give and receive this holiday season:

Giving in the Manhattan Area

  • Donate any children’s toys in new or slightly used condition to Toys for Manhattan. Toys may be dropped off at 409 E. Poyntz on December 9th and December 11th from 9am-1pm.
  • Flint Hills Breadbasket is holding its annual Mayor’s Christmas Holiday Food and Fund Drive. Monetary donations and food donations will be accepted. The Breadbasket also hosts volunteers throughout the year, and you may contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (785) 537-0730 to discuss opportunities.
  • Donate new, unwrapped children’s toys to Toys for Tots by bringing them to the main office at Manhattan High School, West Campus. Toys for Tots will work with the Manhattan Boys and Girls Club to distribute the toys.

Giving in the KC Area

  • Adopt a family through Operation Breakthrough by providing three new, unwrapped gifts for each child in the family, which will likely be the only gift the child(ren) will receive. Call (816) 329-5222 for more information.
  • Harvesters—Kansas City’s only food bank—gladly accepts donations of timefood, and money in order to help serve over 388,000 people each year in the Kansas City area.
  • Give the gift of Christmas through the Angel Tree program by adopting a child and purchasing Christmas gifts for him or her.

Giving in the Wichita Area

Giving in Other Areas

  • The Salvation Army’s Share the Warmth program helps families in Kansas with paying their winter heating bills. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army.
  • Food pantries all over Kansas are in need of food and monetary donations and volunteers. http://www.foodpantries.org/st/kansas and click on the city names on the right-hand side to find the contact information for the nearest food pantry. Ask the pantry what its needs are and volunteer or donate to make a difference in your area!
  • Make a difference in the lives of individuals and families who are at risk of entering the cycle of poverty by donating to www.modestneeds.org.

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Receiving in the Manhattan Area

  • Anyone may receive free children’s toys from Toys for Manhattan—no sign-up or application necessary. Toys for Manhattan is open for toy pickups on December 13th and December 20th from 9am-1pm at 409 E. Poyntz.
  • Flint Hills Breadbasket coordinates several food assistance programs in the Manhattan area. Call (785) 537-0730 to see if you, your family, or someone you know can receive food assistance from the Breadbasket.
  • Bread of Hope is a food distributor that provides groceries at a discounted price to anyone at any income level. Food orders may be placed online and food may be picked up at the nearest host site. (Compassionate Ministries in Junction City is the host site for the Manhattan area.)

Receiving in the KC Area

  • Request Christmas toys for a child through Toys for Tots by selecting your state and county here, then clicking “Request a Toy” to find the contact person for your area.
  • Harvesters is Kansas City’s only food bank, providing food assistance to individuals and families throughout the community. Type in your zip code here to find the nearest services.
  • Energy assistance from LIHEAP is available for eligible individuals and families. Applications for the program can be found here.

Receiving in the Wichita Area

  • Gaballi provides discounted groceries for anyone at any income level. Food orders are placed online and orders are picked up at the nearest host site. (The Benton Church in Benton, KS, is the host site for the Wichita area.)
  • Sign up for Mission of Hope Christmas Assistance through the Salvation Army if you or someone you know is struggling to make ends meet this holiday season.
  • The Kansas Food Bank provides hunger relief to individuals and families in the Wichita area and across Kansas. Call (316) 265-3663 for more information.

Receiving in Other Areas

  • Individuals or families struggling to pay heating bills may contact the Salvation Army’s Share the Warmth program toll-free at 1-877-566-2769, extension 402 to receive an application for utility assistance.
  • There are food pantries in all areas of Kansas that help with food assistance. Go to http://www.foodpantries.org/st/kansas and click on the city names on the right-hand side to find the contact information for the nearest food pantry.
  • Eligible individuals and families can apply for a Modest Needs grant to help restore financial self-sufficiency.

*If you or someone you know is looking to volunteer OR is in need of assistance at any time of the year, please visit www.211.org. Simply type in your zip code, click “Search for Community Services,” and look through the organizations and programs in your area.

Happy Holidays! Have a great break!

 

 

 

 

 

October/November Newsletter

 

brittsfarm7Hello First Scholars! Most of the fall semester is behind us, we are in the home stretch. Fall break is coming up followed by finals just a few weeks later. It’s time to buckle down and get ready for the end of the year.

First Scholars has done a lot of fun things the past few months that will be highlighted below including homecoming, intramural volleyball and the Ad Astra First Generation Conference. Happy reading.

 

 

 

Trip to Britt’s Farm

First Scholars took a trip to Britt’s Farm during homecoming weekend. Check out everything we did in the video and picture below.

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Check out the video to see more from the First Scholars day at Britt’s Farm.

Intramural Volleyball

Some First Scholar students got together for intramural volleyball. Our team has been having a great time.

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Ad Astra First Generation Conference

In September’s newsletter we told you about the Ad Astra First Generation Conference at Wichita State that some of the sophomore students went to. Hear about their experiences in their own words below.

Featured Student

Meet Coraima Yanez.

 

Upcoming Events

Coming up for the rest of the semester:

First Scholars Sophomore Bowling- November 14th 8pm-9 PM

Thanksgiving Break- November 22nd-25th

First Scholars Freshman and Junior Bowling- November 28th 8:30-9:30 PM

Playback Theatre and Holiday Celebration- December 8th 5:30-7:30 PM at the Purple Mask Theatre

Finals Week- December 12th-16th

Happy Birthday to the Following First Scholars!

Taylor Underwood October 6th

Gerald Frayre October 13th

Ashley Coleman October 13th

Kaitlin Gehring October 16th

Josh Woods November 1st

Katie Arpin November 2nd

Mandie Bennett November 3rd

Brianna Jackson November 4th

Adam Koch November 5th

Simran Malhi November 7th

Jasmine William November 18th

Maggi Sherbon November 21st

Cody Price November 28th

 

 

First Scholars September Newsletter

First Scholars September News

Note from Rebeca

Dear First Scholars,

Thanks for the warm welcome as I start my role of overseeing the First Scholars Program. I look forward to working with each one of you during your undergraduate career, helping you set goals, thrive, and shoot for the stars.  Please know that I am here to assist you-stop by Holton Hall 101.

Best,

Rebeca Paz

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Welcome new first year scholars: Noah Aeillo, Katie Arpin, Jacquii Ayala, Lexie Broeker, Jessie Carr, Katelynn Clark, Emma Claybrook, Juan De Santiago, Lauren Ewing, Gabrielle Farris, Gerald Frayre, Monica Harrison, Selena Hernandez, Brianna Jackson, Westley Jennings, Lauren Lauffer, Jacob Loecker, Cody Price, Efrain Reyes and Montezia Shakespear. We are happy you have chosen K-State and that you have joined the First Scholars Program. Keep up the good work that you have started this semester.

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The fall 2016 semester is off to a great start. So far this semester the first year First Scholars have  gone on a retreat to kick of the school year and have had a picnic. The annual trip to the pumpkin patch will be upon us soon! You can check out the video below to see some highlights from our picnic this year.

 

Featured Student

We are trying out something new this month! Each newsletter First Scholars will select one student to feature in a twenty-questions type style video. We would like everyone to get to know our scholars better and see all of the unique and fun things they are doing at Kansas State. This month we will be featuring junior Tyler Aden. Tyler is a mathematics major and is currently doing undergraduate research. Watch the video below to learn more about Tyler’s adventures at K-State.

Ad Astra First Generation Conference

 
A group of First Scholars sophomores attended a statewide First Generation Student Conference at Wichita State University
 
A group of first scholars attended the Ad Astra Conference for First Generation college students at Wichita State University this past weekend.  First generation students from across the state of Kansas shared their experiences of what it means to be the first in their family to attend college.
 
The conference theme was “Using Your Strengths to Reach the Stars.” This two -day conference comprised of workshops led by different participating campuses that focused on the challenges that first-gen students face and the valuable strengths they bring to the university.  Other topics included: utilizing campus resources, cross-cultural leadership, social justice, finding your passion, and others.
 
One of the K-State First Scholars, Isaiah Solorzano, represented the campus by participating in a student panel. All  scholars found the conference to be a valuable opportunity and they plan to lead a couple of sessions at next year’s conference. First Scholars Program coordinator and associate director for K-State First, Rebeca Paz, traveled with the students to WSU.  The following students participated in the conference: Julie Demel, Kaitlin Gehring, Megan Haresnape, Essence Rush, Maggie Sherbon, Isaiah Solórzano, Jasmine Williams and Coraima Yanez.
 

 

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Meet the New Staff!

This year First Scholars has some new faces.

Rebeca Paz- First Scholars Coordinator

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Molly Hadfield- Graduate Assistant

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Alexus Lacy- Student Worker

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Coming up…

Future First Scholars events for October include:

October 6th- Joshua Davis Lecture, author of Spare Parts from 7-8 in McCain Auditorium

October 10-14th Spark Week

October 12th- Majors, Minors and More Fair

October 18th- Last day to register to vote

October 23rd- Bonfire at Britz Farm