Making a Difference

Category: 2019

K-State celebrates first named college: the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering

Hundreds of purple-clad K-State faculty, students, alumni and friends greeted Carl and Mary Ice at the engineering complex Friday, Oct. 18, to help them celebrate the naming of the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering. Greg Willems welcomed the Ices and their family and thanked all the attendees for being there to honor two K-Staters who have set the standard for what it means to inspire through leadership, service and philanthropy.

President Richard Myers thanked Trustees Carl and Mary for their investment, sharing how this investment will benefit the college and K-State. It inspires the K-State family to dream big. It brings prestige to the college and the university and lets future leaders and educators know that alumni and friends believe in the university’s future. “Thank you, Carl and Mary, for your incredible commitment,” Myers said. “You are truly making K-State history today. Your investment will be felt for generations to come, not only in the College of Engineering, but across the university.”

KSU Foundation Trustees think BIG at fall meeting


On a rainy Friday, October 4, KSU Foundation Trustees met for the fall 2019 Board of Trustees meeting. More than 300 trustees attended and learned of many ways K-Staters are thinking big to advance Kansas State University.

Rand Berney, chair of the board of trustees, ran the business meeting in which 54 returning trustees were elected to continue their service on the board. Fifty-two new trustees were approved for the board and 32 trustees were approved for emeritus status. There are 367 members of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees.

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K-State Family Scholarship: How it works

At our fall meeting, you heard about how a handful of signature donors have created the K-State Family Scholarship Program. Here are more details about how this innovative program works.

How the family scholarship funding works

  • Lead donors have already given seed monies to establish their “family tree” of matched funds.
  • You give a gift of $30,000 to your family scholarship of choice; it is matched at $30,000 for a total gift is $60,000 once the gift agreement is signed and the first pledge is received.
  • Your gift can be given in a lump sum or an annual pledge of $6,000 for five years.
  • If you pledge $6,000, $4,000 goes to principal and $2,000 is awarded.
  • We’ve simplified the donor-requested criteria to make the scholarship more awardable and impactful. You may designate your scholarship to a college or unit.
  • Only two gift matches per household.
  • A portion of the funds from these Family Scholarships will be made available to campus once the agreement is signed and pledge received with the remainder going into the endowment to fuel future scholarships.*

Claim your place in the family tree of scholarships, and you will directly meet the needs of this and future generations of K-State students!

For more information, contact John Morris by email or at 785-775-2007.

Save the Date!

Be sure to mark your calendar for these upcoming events!

2020 Spring Board of Trustees Meeting
Friday, May 8, 2020
Manhattan, KS

2020 Fall Board of Trustees Meeting
Friday, September 18, 2020
Manhattan, KS

Innovation and Inspiration Finale Celebration
September 18 and 19, 2020
Manhattan, KS
More details to come

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.

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Lee Borck and Jackie Hartman Borck awarded K-State Medal of Excellence

At the spring KSU Foundation Board of Trustees meeting, trustees Lee Borck and Jackie Hartman Borck, Manhattan, Kansas, were awarded the Kansas State University Medal of Excellence, which recognizes those who have advanced K-State through exceptional service, leadership and philanthropic contributions. Continue reading “Lee Borck and Jackie Hartman Borck awarded K-State Medal of Excellence”

Innovation and Inspiration Campaign surpasses $1.3 billion milestone

Kansas State University’s Innovation and Inspiration Campaign surpassed the $1.3 billion mark in December.

“The Innovation and Inspiration Campaign’s continued success is rooted in the generosity of the K-State family and its belief in the future of Kansas State University,” K-State President Richard Myers said. “We are thankful to the many alumni and friends who have invested in K-State faculty, students and programs. Your support is key to the university’s success, now and in the future.”

Funds raised through the campaign will be used to support students, faculty, facility enhancements and programs and will advance the university toward becoming a top 50 public research university by 2025. Three signature drivers have helped to build momentum during the campaign’s extension period, which will continue through June 30, 2020: Continue reading “Innovation and Inspiration Campaign surpasses $1.3 billion milestone”

KSU Foundation phone numbers change Jan. 22

To better serve you and optimize KSU Foundation resources, we will be switching telephone services as of January 22, 2019.

This means our phone service will be more efficient, and you’ll be able to reach your KSU Foundation connections by telephone more quickly, whether they are traveling or at the office.

It also means that the KSU Foundation’s phone numbers will be changing. Here is a list of new staff phone numbers, which will be active on January 22. Please bookmark this page and make note of the KSU Foundation numbers you call frequently.

Following the service change, call 785-775-2000 to reach the  foundation reception desk.

Please note these often-called numbers:

Jennifer Fabrizius, director of trustee relations: 785-775-2015

RSVP hotline: 785-775-2040.

We appreciate your partnership as K-State’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors.

 

K-State Student Foundation update

With 2018 behind us, Student Foundation is happy to share some updates on our activities!

Professional development

Starting in the summer, some of our members traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for the CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs National Conference. Student Foundation gave two presentations and gained valuable ideas from other universities around the nation. Both of our presentations received outstanding evaluations from participating students and sponsors.

At the end of October, our campaign planning team met with Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker, the founder of Susan G. Komen, about how to grow our philanthropy and continue the mission of K-State Proud. We are so excited to apply some of the takeaways from her insightful experiences. Continue reading “K-State Student Foundation update”

Strategic enrollment management update

In December, K-State President Richard Myers, along with Provost and Executive Vice President Chuck Taber and Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Pat Bosco, announced key components for a new strategic enrollment management organizational structure/framework for K-State, to be put in place by July 1, 2019.

This new structural framework does not require any new senior administrative positions, but makes strategic use of those vacancies currently in the Provost’s office. It allows the university to begin building our SEM leadership and expertise.

Read the full story here.