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K-State Parents and Family Association

Category: Issue 46, April 2016

Letter from the Vice President for Student Life Pat Bosco

Earlier this month I shared the following letter with campus partners and donors.  I hope all parents and families see the significant investment K-State is making to enhance your students’ career development opportunities and those for future students.

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K-State has a long tradition of preparing students to make important contributions to our communities and world. A key to educating and training K-State students for global opportunities, dynamic workplaces and future challenges has always been K-State’s family atmosphere, which continues to support student success and career readiness.

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A Letter from the Outgoing Student Governing Association Leadership

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2015-16 Student Body President Andy Hurtig of Wichita, KS and Vice President, Joe Tinker, of Overland Park, KS.

To our wonderful campus community,
Last week, we swore in your new Student Body President Jessica Van Ranken and Vice President Trenton Kennedy. We’d like to take a few moments and share some thoughts from our term in office.

Reflecting on this past year, we can’t help but smile when thinking about what an incredible journey it has been. With the help of the SGA body, we were able to collaborate with Athletics to eliminate their student privilege fee subsidy, which shows a mutual respect between the students of this university and our athletic department. In the unfortunate age of an ever rising cost of attendance, we worked to reduce the cost of textbooks by expanding the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative and we are very thankful for President Schulz’s support and fundraising for this program. With the help of our State Relations Director Brodie Herrman, we were able to pass Lifeline 911, a statewide law that grants limited legal immunity to intoxicated minors that are seeking emergency medical assistance, a project first started by former Student Body President Reagan Kays and former Vice President Cody Kennedy. We were lucky to have served our university during an era of unprecedented facilities enhancements, as we proudly broke ground on many of our K-State 2025 projects including the K-State Student Union, Seaton Hall and Phase IIIB of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, while likewise seeing the completion of the Berney Family Welcome Center, Engineering Hall, Vanier Family Football Complex and many others.

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Student Athletic Pass Opportunities

Student Tickets PromoStudent athletic passes for the 2016 – 2017 academic year are on sale now! K-State Students can join the best student section in the Big 12 Conference by logging in to their KSIS account and purchasing their athletic pass through the marketplace. General admission football and men’s basketball combo passes are $235 while general admission football only is $150. With seats on the 50-yard line at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and at mid-court in Bramlage Coliseum, K-State Students help provide one of the most intimidating atmospheres in the nation! If you have a student who will be starting at K-State in Fall 2016, your student will be able to purchase tickets during June Orientation & Enrollment. Representatives from K-State Athletics will be present to answer questions, and assist with ticket purchases. For more information, click here. Continue reading “Student Athletic Pass Opportunities”

The Value of Study Abroad Experience

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 9.44.54 AMStudying Abroad is one of the most valuable and life-changing activities a student can participate in during their college experience. In today’s global economy, K-State students need to enter the workforce with international Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 9.51.00 AMexperience and skills in order for them to be competitive in today’s global workforce. While students are having experiences and developing skills that employers value, they are also making progress towards their graduation requirements. K-State’s Study Abroad Office has joined a nationwide commitment to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.

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K-State Book Network: And the winner is…

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Tara Coleman, K-State Book Network Chair, with Wes Moore, author of KSBN’s 2015 book, “The Other Wes Moore”.

The motto of the K-State Book Network (KSBN) is “A campus on the same page.” It is designed to provide a common experience to help first year students transition from high school to college, grow academically and socially, and share something with all other first year students.

The university acknowledges that transitioning from high school to college can be a challenge for first year students. The purpose of the K-State First program, and KSBN, is to help guide that transition by giving students a common experience with the book and guided academic and social activities. It also sends the message that people in college read books, even ones that are not in their area of study, and that college is fun.

The events that go along with the books are geared to help students bond over their common reading experience, and learn new things about the book, related themes, K-State and the Manhattan community. It can be a great way for first year students to find common ground and start a conversation both inside and outside the classroom.

Director of Parent & Family Relations Mindy Weixelman recently visited with K-State Book Network Chair Tara Coleman to learn more about KSBN.

Mindy:  Hi Tara!  I’m eager for parents and families to learn more about the K-State Book Network.  I know you currently serve as chair of the KSBN. Who else is involved? Continue reading “K-State Book Network: And the winner is…”