Kansas State University


Graduate School

Dean’s Message

As the New Year begins, it is time to reflect on our accomplishments for 2017 and establish new goals for 2018.

Dean, Carol ShanklinAs I reflect on the accomplishments of the Graduate School team and our outstanding students, I can confidently say that we have accomplished many things.   Several of the team’s and our students’ accomplishments have been highlighted in previous e-newsletters and others are reported in this issue. For the Graduate School team one of the highlights of 2017 was relocating our offices from Fairchild Hall to Eisenhower and the renovation of offices on third floor for collaborative spaces for graduate students.

In December, we celebrated the accomplishments of over three hundred graduates with the awarding of their masters’ or doctoral degrees.  During the ceremony, we recognized the five new University Distinguished Professors:  Philip Klebba, Timothy Musch, Anil Pahwa, Yan Soibelman, and Kun Yan Zhu and two Distinguished Graduate Faculty:   Fredrick Burrack and Christine Aikens. Mr. James (Jim) Richardson received an honorary doctorate and gave the commencement speech.  The ceremony including Dr. Richardson’s inspiration message that featured many of his photographs from stories published in the National Geographic Magazine is accessible here.

Our graduate students continue to benefit from the generosity of alumni who support fellowships and scholarships.  Winners of the Alvin and RosaLee Sarachek Pre-Doctoral Honors Fellowship share how their award facilitated their career transition in this e-newsletter.  Students also benefit from contributions to the Graduate School Excellence fund through their engagement in professional development workshops and seminars. Thank you for you continued financial support and encouragement.

In 2018, the Graduate School team will continue to provide quality services for our graduate students as we recruit and admit new graduate students.  As Graduate School alumni, you are encouraged to help us continue to recruit the best graduate students who will in turn contribute to the teaching, research, and service missions of K-State.

The Graduate School team wishes you continued success and happiness in 2018.  We look forward to visiting with you when you are on campus.