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Summer’s Almost Over, Are You Ready?

It’s almost that time of year, Move-In Day is almost here! Campus gets really quiet over summer and we are very excited to have all of our students back! Whether your Wildcat is a new first-year or a senior, we wish them (and you) safe travels and a very easy move-in!

What to expect for Move-In Day:

  • Halls open for occupancy at 10:00am on Thursday, August 16th 2018.
    • No check-ins will be able to be accommodated before that time.
    • When you arrive on campus you will able to follow signs to the circle drive next the flag poles where our eager campus community will be waiting to help you unload and make way to your new space.
    • Residence Life Staff will assist your son/daughter with the check-in process and can answer any questions that you may have.
    • If checking in after 5:00pm on Thursday, please report to your hall and contact the staff on duty to assist you. The phone number is 785-819-7248.
    • Assigned spaces will be held until 10:00pm on Sunday, August 26th so please contact me as soon as possible if your plans will have you arriving at a later date or if you are no longer planning to live with us on campus.

What to expect for uBelong Orientation Day:

  • Check-in will begin at 8:30 am on Friday, August 17, 2018
  • uBelong is required for students with less than 30 hours of college credit and optional for students who have more than the 30 hours.
  • Schedule for Parents & Families:

9:00 am              Welcome-Student Life Center

10:15 am             Parent & Family Resource Session-College Center                                           Conference Room

11:15 am             Break

11:30 am             Alumni Panel-Student Life Center

12:00 pm             Lunch & Resource Fair-Student Life Center/College                                         Center (Cafeteria)

1:30 pm              Academic Conversations-Across Campus

2:30 pm              Wrap Up

3:00 pm              Optional events: Veteran Session, Campus Tours,                                           and Student ID

1st Week as a Wildcat:

  • Saturday, August 18
    • 1:00-4:00 pm Jumpin’ Joes
    • 8:00 pm Outdoor Movie & Pizza
  • Sunday, August 19
    • 11:00 am-1:00 pm Club Fair
    • 3:00-6:00 pm Paintball, Elite Sports
      • Transportation provided, if needed
    • All day Rolling Hills Zoo, free student admissions all day
  • Monday, August 20
    • Classes begin!
    • 11:00 am-1:00 pm Community Connection
    • 8:30 pm Glow in the Dark Capture the Flag
  • Tuesday, August 21
    • 12:00-2:00 pm Student Support Services Taco Tuesday
    • 12:00-2:00 pm Community Conversations
  • Wednesday, August 22
    • 11:00 am-1:00 pm Career Services BBQ and Garage Sale
  • Thursday, August 23
    • 11:30 am-1:00 pm Non Traditional Student BBQ and Resource Fair
    • 7:00-Midnight Nitro Bowling at All Star Lanes
      • Transportation provided, if needed
    • Friday, August 24
      • 11:00 am-1:00 pm SGA Welcome Back Luncheon
    • Tuesday, August 28
      • 8:00 pm SGA Ice Cream Social
      • 8:30 pm First SGA Meeting
    • Wednesday, August 29
      • 5:00-7:00 pm First Generation Student Orientation
    • Friday, August 31
      • 9:00-11:00 am Fruity Friday

To do list:

Alcohol & Sexual Assault Prevention—As part of K-State’s comprehensive and proactive approach to encourage student to stay safe and healthy, K-State requires all new and current students to complete the web based Alcohol and Sexual Assault Prevention Program (ASAP). Students will get an email from Campus Clarity with instructions for completing the training. ASAP covers topics through interactive educational content and scenarios.

The program is designed to help students:

  • Make healthy decisions
  • Know and understand state laws and K-State campus policies
  • Know local community resources associated with these topics

If you have questions about the training you can call or email the Academic & Student Services Manager at sarahdwerner@ksu.edu or (785) 826-2984.

Missing Transcripts—if your student took classes from another college/university and haven’t had their transcript sent to K-State, they need to do so soon. Please request an official transcript to be sent to k-state@k-state.edu. This will be list as a hold on your student’s account, if we do not have their transcript(s) yet.

Tuberculosis Screening—all newly admitted Kansas State University students are required by Kansas Statute 65-129e to complete a TB screening before entering the university/attending classes. International students will complete TB testing as indicated at http://www.k-state.edu/lafene/requirements/tb-screening/. The easy 4 question TB screening will be available through KSIS in the “Other Academics”.

Tuition & Fees—all billing is done electronically. No paper bills will be sent. Visit the following link for instructions on how to access your bill. Also, this link has instructions on how to set up designated access for parents to view and pay tuition. http://polytechnic.k-state.edu/fiscalaffairs/cashiers/index

You will find more information regarding:

  • Billing, Due Dates & Late Fees
  • Payment Options
  • Refunds
  • Designated Access
  • Tax Information
  • Forms
  • FAQs

Tuition and fees are due by 3:00 pm on the first day of class each semester. Subsequent charges or payment plan installments are due by 3:00 pm on the 15th of the month, or on the Friday before if the 15th falls on a weekend.

 

Send your student a letter!

We know there’s a lot to accomplish between now and Move-In Day, we invite parents and families to write an email to their student that will be delivered on the first day of class. Pretty cool, huh? Here’s the link to the Wildcat Welcome email: https://go.k-state.edu/wildcatwelcome.

Why Can’t I see my student’s grades? 

There are a few areas where college students are considered adults under federal law and parents’ rights to access information about their students are restricted.

Click here to learn more about FERPA and HIPAA

Welcome & Happy 2018

Welcome & Happy 2018!  

We hope you’ve enjoyed the holidays with your family and friends! Most importantly, we hope you enjoyed your time with your student during their five week break! It’s always an exciting time for us when students come back from break and the residence halls and parking lots are full! We hope this newsletter will help you as parent and family members to stay connected to campus from near and far! This will give you information about upcoming events on campus and academic updates. For more information about Parent & Family programs, please visit: http://polytechnic.k-state.edu/academicservices/parents.html 

Helping Your Student Finish Strong 

The academic school year is already halfway through, yet sometimes the spring semester can be the most challenging for your student to get through. Some students may experience homesickness after returning from the holiday break, while others may struggle with new or ending relationships, and the stress of the upcoming academic semester. During this time, it is helpful to support your student by providing a listening ear and reaffirming their strengths, while at the same time encouraging them to take ownership of their choices, learn from their mistakes, and seek campus resources when needed. 

K-State Polytechnic provides a multitude of academic and campus resources for your student to take advantage of, should they find themselves in need of assistance. Check out the ‘Academic Updates’ and ‘Campus Life’ sections of this newsletter for resources that you can refer your student to for additional help. 

Looking for more advice on how you, as a parent, can help your student be successful? Check out the K-State Parents and Family Association’s Resource page that includes recommended readings on helping your student transition through college, a timeline of what you might expect your student to experience in their first year in college, financial assistance, and more. 

You can also contact the Academic and Student Services Office at (785) 826-2674 for campus specific resources or if you have questions/concerns about your student’s progress. 

Academic Updates 

If the fall semester did not go as you had hoped it would go for your student, please be assured we are here for your student! We have campus resources available to students at no charge:  

Semester at a Glance: 

  • February 5: Last day to drop with 100% refund 
  • February 12: Last day to drop with 50% refund 
  • February 20: Last day to drop without a “W” being recorded 
  • March 19-23: Spring Break 
  • March 26: Last day to drop a regular session course 
  • May 4: Last day of spring 2018 semester 
  • May 5: Polytechnic Campus Commencement 
  • May 7-11: Final Exams 

Enrollment Appointments:  

  • March 26-Seniors 
  • March 29-Juniors 
  • April 4- Sophomores 
  • April 11-Freshman 
  • April 20- Incoming new students 

Campus Life 

Your student’s success in life entails more than just success in the classroom. In order to thrive and successfully navigate challenges, students should be well-rounded and equipped with a wide range of problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Many of these skills are developed outside of the classroom. At K-State Polytechnic, we strive to provide students with the experiences they need to grow and develop these skills through extracurricular programming and support services. Check out the many resources available for your student to further advance their skillset and strengthen their capacity for working through life’s challenges: 

Upcoming Events: 

Residence Hall Move-In 

  • January 14th– Move-In for new students, 10:00 am 
  • January 15th-Current students can return to residence halls, 12 pm 

Welcome Back Week 

  • January 16th
    • Laser Tag in the Student Life Center, Time TBD 
    • New Student Welcome Dinner, College Center Conference Room, 7:00 pm 
  • January 17th-Roller Skating, Skating Rink, 8:00-10:00 pm 
  • January 18th
    • Club Fair, College Center Lobby, 11:00-1:00 pm 
    • Nitro Bowling, Bowling alley, 7:00 pm -12:00 am 
  • January 19th-SGA Free Lunch, 11:30-1:30 pm 
  • January 20th-Non Traditional Student Meet and Greet/BBQ, College Center Conference Room, 12:00-2:00 pm 

Martin Luther King Week 

  • January 22nd-‘Accidental Courtesy’ Movie, a documentary about Daryl Davis and his one man effort to combat racism by befriending members of the KKK…Includes discussion and snacks. 

Other Events

  • April 7 Open House–more details to come!  

Concerned About Your Student? 

Are you concerned about the academics, health, behavior, or welfare of your student? 

Call the Student Services Manager at (785) 826-2984, or use the Student of Concern reporting form. The Academic and Student Services Office can reach out to them and help them get the assistance they need. 

If there is an emergency involving your student, or if you have concerns that require immediate action, please dial 911 or campus security at 785-826-2952. 

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