Thank you to all trustees who attended our spring meeting in April!
There were so many highlights to this remarkable day, including the announcement of the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign extension, the celebration of Gib and Brenda Compton as K-State Medal of Excellence Award winners and an appearance by Coach Snyder!
Get ready for our fall Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for September 29, 2017, in Manhattan. We’re working hard to put together an exceptional showcase to enhance your experience as one of K-State’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors.
You’ll learn about the state of the university and the foundation, the challenges we face and the emerging opportunities where you can make a difference.
The Spring 2018 Board of Trustees Meeting is coming soon! We hope you plan to join us on Friday, April 20, for an action-packed day with your K-State family. Your full invitation will arrive in the mail soon, but a number of you have already begun to make your plans. Here are some key start times to keep in mind:
Board of Trustees Meeting Friday, April 20, 2018
8 a.m.: Coffee, pastries and social time Courtyard, K-State Student Union
9 a.m.: Morning sessions begin Forum Hall, K-State Student Union
Noon: Trustees luncheon/2018 Medal of Excellence recipients recognized Ballroom, K-State Student Union
1:15-3:30 p.m.: Trustees-in-Action Engagement Activities (New this year! See your invitation for more details). 2nd Floor Concourse, K-State Student Union
On Monday, the Student Foundation kicked off their Spring 2018 K-State Proud Campaign Week! As they have for more than a decade, members of K-State Student Foundation and K-State Proud volunteers can be found in the Student Union collecting donations and distributing this year’s Proud T-shirts to be worn to the K-State Men’s Basketball game against Iowa State on Saturday! Continue reading “It’s K-State PROUD week!”→
The KSU Foundation was excited to host Trustee Diane Patrick, a 1970 graduate in political science, and her Student Foundation mentee, Tori Thomas, a junior in biological systems engineering and Spanish, at our January All-Staff meeting. The pair shared the story of their incredible mentor/mentee relationship. We will share their story and more at the Spring Meeting of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees on Friday, April 20!
Chris Spooner will serve as the key leader for corporate and foundation engagement as the Associate Vice President of Development. Chris will work closely with campus entities to expand our partnership opportunities with industry. His focus on this area will help evolve our relationship with industry to be more holistic in nature and respond to the changing needs of our industry investors. Chris will continue his leadership to both the University Programs and Gift Planning teams.
Sheila Walker has been promoted to Associate Vice President of Development. Sheila will provide leadership to our Manhattan campus collegiate fundraising teams. As she has done so successfully in her role with the College of Arts and Sciences, Sheila will coach and mentor our collegiate fundraising staff while continuing to build and maintain collaborative relationships with our deans and academic leaders.
Eric Holderness has been promoted to Associate Vice President of Development. In this new role, Eric will provide leadership to the annual giving, universitywide fundraising teams along with supervising our development staff for K-State Polytechnic. With the impending evolution of our annual giving program, Eric will provide strategy and leadership as we focus on lead generation and expanding our donor base. In addition to coaching and developing these teams, Eric will remain an active fundraiser, working closely with colleagues.
Kent Sedlacek will serve as Sr. Director of Gift, Estate & Trust Planning and will provide essential oversight to the administration and process of structuring, documenting and administering deferred gifts. He will continue to serve in an advisory capacity to donors on complex transactions and collaborate with development staff across the enterprise. Capitalizing on his expertise and communication skills, Kent will lead estate planning outreach activities and education opportunities to prospective donors, volunteers and staff.
Ben Johnson has been promoted to Sr. Director of Planned Giving. Reporting to Chris Spooner, Ben will provide direct supervision to the gift planning officers while continuing to serve as a frontline officer.
The Board of Trustees welcomed 40 new members at the Fall Meeting and elected five to terms on the Board of Directors. The foundation now has 315 trustees serving as the university’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors.
“Our KSU Foundation trustees and directors personify an outstanding commitment to boldly advance the K-State family,” said Greg Willems, president and CEO of the KSU Foundation. “We thank our trustees — new and returning — for their leadership and dedication to K-State.” Continue reading “Welcome new trustees!”→
Join the Department of Agronomy November 16 at 6 p.m. in Engineering Hall 1109 to watch Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman.
The film stars K-State Agronomy alumnus, Justin Knopf, who spoke at the fall meeting with Dr. Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of agronomy and recipient of the Mary L. Vanier University Professorship.
At the fall meeting this year, trustees received a KSU Foundation Trustee flag to display at their home or on the go. If you were unable to attend the fall meeting, Jennifer will be sending your flag in the coming weeks.
Every time you raise your flag, you assist with student recruitment efforts, show your commitment to legislative advocacy and raise K-State to the ranks of the elite. Together, we can involve more students, alumni and friends as we aspire to reach higher and be the best.
If you’re not following the KSU Foundation on Twitter, you’re missing out!
President and CEO Greg Willems often serves as KSU Foundation’s own roving reporter, sending 140 character updates and photos from his visits with K-Staters and colleagues across the country. Above, you can see Greg’s tweet about 2017 K-State Medal of Excellence award winners Gib and Brenda Compton’s on-field recognition at the K-State v. Oklahoma game October 21.
Get ready for our Board of Trustees Spring Meeting, scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2018, in Manhattan. We’re working hard to put together an extraordinary showcase that will enhance your experience as one of K-State’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors. You’ll learn about the state of the university and the foundation, the challenges we face and the emerging opportunities where you can make a difference.
Watch your mailbox and your inbox for more information. Questions? Contact Jennifer Fabrizius at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-532-7566.
We look forward to seeing you at the 2017 Board of Trustees Fall Meeting.
At each meeting, we strive to bring you — K-State’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors — relevant and inspiring updates on the activities, accomplishments and aspirations of the KSU Foundation and Kansas State University. The day will culminate that evening with a trustee reception at The Gardens at Kansas State University.
Your attendance makes a difference! We hope you will join your K-State family for a great meeting. Watch your mailboxes in July for your invitation and the full schedule of events!
This phase of the office park expansion will cost $15.8 million and will add 59,000 square feet of partner-tenant space, doubling the existing development. Phase II will accommodate more than 30 flexible incubator spaces for companies and partners on Kansas State University’s Manhattan campus and create a home for up to 250 jobs when fully leased. Tenants are required to have an affiliation with the university that supports its mission.
From news headlines to social media, Trustees are making news everywhere. In case you missed it, here are just a few headlines about your fellow
Bill and Debbie Leckron-Miller and Charlene and Rod Lake have made seed contributions to launch an honors program in K-State’s A.Q. Miller School of Journalism & Mass Communications in the fall of 2018. Read more.
Susie and Chuck Grier were featured in KSU Foundation’s newest social media feature,#VoicesofK-State. This collection of stories shares thoughts on philanthropy from the K-State family. Check out the Griers’ feature and more at www.found.k-state.edu/voices. We’d love to hear from you! Contact Marisa Larson to share your story.
If you’re not following the KSU Foundation on Twitter, you’re not only missing out on amazing stories of K-State generosity and philanthropic impact, you’re also missing out on tweets from our CEO Greg Willems!
Greg often serves as KSU Foundation’s own roving reporter, sending 140 character updates and photos from his visits with the K-Staters and colleagues across the country. Above is a tweet Greg sent from the Big XII Development Conference in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he enjoyed dinner with other Big XII foundation CEOs and vice presidents.
We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Board of Trustees Spring Meeting, scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2017, in Manhattan. We’re working hard to put together an extraordinary showcase that will enhance your experience as one of K-State’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors. You’ll learn about the state of the university and the foundation, the challenges we face and the emerging opportunities where you can make a difference.
RSVP by April 14, 2017 You can RSVP by sending in your registration form or register online.
Special note: The Spring Football Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017. This will be a fun weekend to be in Manhattan!
The Kansas State University Foundation is expanding the K-State Office Park to add 59,000 square feet of on-campus, finished, leased office space along the university’s north corridor. This phase will include the second of four office buildings planned for the Office Park that will total 240,000 square feet, part of the combined 56-acre world-class ecosystem of innovative research and academic growth adjacent to K-State in the Office and Research Parks. With this phase, the KSU Foundation Board of Directors has committed $30 million over the last three years toward the university-focused staged progress.
Are you interested in developing corporate partnerships with K-State researchers? Then you will not want to miss the K-State Research Showcase May 17, 2017, on the K-State Olathe campus.
The showcase will highlight the wide breadth of research expertise, resources and capabilities at K-State and K-State Olathe that are available to public and private corporate partners in the KC metro area. More than 60 of our researchers will be at the event to showcase K-State technologies, products and intellectual properties.
K-State PROUD was recently featured in the university’s #WildcatWay image advertising campaign, which highlights what it means to be a wildcat through videos and stories. This installment featuring K-State PROUD focuses on the university’s tradition of volunteering and giving back.
The Innovation and Inspiration Campaign event in Salina was held at Hangar 600, where guests were able to see some of K-State Polytechnic aircraft up close. Photos by David Mayes Photography.
Inspiration takes flight!
Inspiration took flight on Jan. 27, when more than 190 K-Staters were inspired by an Innovation and Inspiration Campaign event at Hangar 600 in Salina, Kansas. The event included a cocktail reception, a campaign presentation and dessert reception featuring many of K-State’s aviation fleet and equipment. Many thanks to all who attended these events and helped to make them a success!
In collaboration with K-State Division of Communications and Marketing and Information Systems Office, KSU Foundation recently launched a presence on K-State’s mobile app! Look for the flag icon to gain access to online giving, information on the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign and more!
The KSU Foundation content is available on the app for donors, friends, faculty and staff; future plans include a presence for students. The K-State Mobile app is available to download on iTunes and Google Play, and a quick video description can be found here along with download links.
President Richard Myers appeared on K-State NOW, an interview series produced by K-State’s Division of Communications and Marketing. On the Jan. 31 show, President Myers discussed the effects of the recent executive order on immigration on K-State students, faculty and staff, his work with the Kansas legislature and K-State’s budget concerns.