Making a Difference

Spring Meeting 2019 recap

This year’s spring meeting included celebrations, field trips and more!

Nearly 200 members of KSU Foundation’s Board of Trustees met Friday, May 10, to connect with friends, celebrate K-State successes and get a behind-the-scenes look at philanthropy in action and the College of Veterinary Medicine.


Innovation and Inspiration Campaign surpasses $1.4 billion milestone

The day began with the announcement and celebration of Kansas State University’s Innovation and Inspiration campaign having surpassed its $1.4 billion milestone. The campaign will continue to raise funds for K-State priorities until its scheduled end on June 30, 2020. Add the campaign celebration to your calendars; it is planned for September 18-19, 2020. Learn more here.

Greg Willems, president and CEO of KSU Foundation, announced that KSU Foundation Board of Directors has been awarded the 2018-2019 John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges for demonstrating exceptional leadership and initiative.

Two iconic K-Staters

Coach Bill Snyder and retiring Vice President for Student Life Dr. Pat Bosco were celebrated by trustees for the transformational leadership.

Calling all Wildcats

John Morris, senior vice president of development, introduced a panel of three student gift officers and their strategic solicitations manager, Brian Gonzales. Students discussed changes in the calling programs and how the new format allows them to better engage with donors and serve K-State family. Meet your Student Gift Officers here.


Leadership perspectives

K-State President Richard Myers, K-State Provost and Executive Vice President Charles Taber, K-State Alumni Association President Amy Button Renz, and K-State Athletics Director Gene Taylor made up a panel of campus leaders and discussed new ways university leaders are working together to strengthen K-State family.

Lunch at the Stanley Stout Center

For lunch, trustees boarded buses and headed to the College of Agriculture’s Stanley Stout Center where they were greeted by the K-State Rodeo Club and lunch.

Dr. Stephen Higgs, associate vice president of research and research director of the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI), and Dr. Bonnie Rush, interim dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, spoke about the ways the College of Veterinary Medicine and BRI are working together to capitalize on new research intersections and the impact philanthropy is having to help fight disease and protect agriculture worldwide.

An Inside Look at the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Health Center

Field trips have long been an excellent way to discover and explore new environments and ideas. During the spring meeting, trustees were able to see firsthand the power of philanthropy as it transforms campus facilities and offers K-State students the best environment for learning.

As the day’s events wound down toward an evening reception, participants had the opportunity to tour the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Shelter Medicine Mobile Surgery unit. This unique resource enhances the care and welfare of shelter animals across the state, allows students hands-on service-learning “in the field” and has been made possible by philanthropy.

Learn more about the advances in instruction, research and clinical care by visiting the College of Veterinary Medicine online.



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