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Kramer addresses end-of-year giving

Marty Kramer                      Director of Development

Marty Kramer, director of development for the College of Education, shares important information with alumni and friends interested in making charitable contributions before the end of the year. Kramer can be reached at martyk@found.ksu edu or at 785.532.7578.

Your legacy is important. That’s where your will comes in. Your will is a smart way to protect your family while also establishing your legacy at Kansas State University. Called a charitable bequest, this type of gift offers four main benefits:

  1. Simplicity. All you need are a few sentences in your will or trust. Click here to read the sample bequest language for Kansas State University.
  2. Flexibility. Because you are not actually making a gift until after your lifetime, you can change your mind at any time.
  3. Versatility. You can structure the bequest to leave a specific item or amount of money, make the gift contingent on certain events, or leave a percentage of your estate to K-State.
  4. Tax Relief. If your estate is subject to estate tax, your gift is entitled to an estate tax charitable deduction for the gift’s full value.

Putting your family first
When planning a future gift, make sure your family is financially taken care of first. Including a bequest of a percentage of your estate ensures that your gift will remain proportionate no matter how your estate’s value fluctuates over the years.

We can help
Contact KSU Foundation Gift Planning at (785) 532-7531 or giftoptions@found.ksu.edu with any questions about naming Kansas State University in your will or living trust. You can also click here to download our free Personal Estate Planning Course lesson book and record book. We’re happy to help, without obligation.

‘We the People’ premieres at Smithsonian

A documentary devoted to America’s core political ideas and produced in concert with the College of Education’s Center for Social Studies Education, or CSSE, will premiere Sept. 18 at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C.

The film was produced through a partnership with Inland Productions and CSSE, K-State’s Center for Engagement and Community Development and the Office of Military Affairs.

Thomas Vontz, professor of curriculum and instruction, designed online civic learning modules for elementary, secondary and adult learners.

“This project really aims at connecting people of all ages with the ideas that define us as Americans, which is at the core of our land grant mission at K-State,” Vontz said. “Our online materials will provide moviegoers and others with opportunities to explore those ideas more deeply and connect them to historic and contemporary issues and individuals.”

To view the movie trailer, please click the link below.

We The People Movie | Filmed in IMAX.

Premiere set for ‘Military Life’ documentary

The College of Education has produced “Military Life,” the second installment in its video series titled “A Walk in My Shoes.” The premiere is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11 in Forum Hall.

Seven people – retired soldiers, spouses, an adult child and educators – share their perspectives on the rewards and challenges of being connected to the military. Topics include the realities of deployment for the family and the solider, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, and the social/emotional needs of military-connected children.

Last year, Sandy Risberg joined the faculty as an instructor and liaison for the Educate the Educator program. She is a military spouse, mother and educator who raised two sons while moving several times during their K-12 academic careers. Risberg was instrumental in the production of this video.

“Sandy’s insight, network of contacts and tireless commitment to bettering the lives of military-connected children have brought this issue to life in our college,” said Debbie Mercer, dean of the College of Education. “Not only can we share this video with our preservice teachers, we can share it with anyone who interacts with the military or their family members.”

Watch the trailer:

Join us at Cat Town

Great food, great friends and the promise of a great game against the Baylor Bears are three terrific reasons to join us at the college-sponsored tent at Cat Town on Saturday, Oct. 12. Arrive two hours prior to kickoff and prepare to cheer on our Wildcats!

To attend, please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 4 at www.found.ksu.edu/rsvp/ed-cattown or call Jodi Smith at 785.532.3797. We hope to see you there!

Research lecture series to launch

Gloria Ladson-Billings, assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the guest lecturer for the College of Education’s inaugural Distinguished Educational Research Lecture Series on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. in Forum Hall.

The title of her presentation is “Through a Glass Darkly: The Persistence of Race in Education Research & Scholarship.” Ladson-Billings is a pedagogical theorist and teacher educator. She is a renowned author and lecturer on the topics of critical race theory, social justice and education research.

The faculty is thrilled to have a scholar of her caliber as the series’ first lecturer.

SECSA video on YouTube

The department of special education, counseling and student affairs, or SECSA, also produced a video this summer.

“We made this video to share the experiences of graduates and current students with individuals who may be interested in our programs on campus or those online,” said Ken Hughey, SECSA department chair.

Watch the video:

For more information about SECSA programs, visit the department’s website at http://coe.ksu.edu/departments/secsa/index.html.

BESITOS program celebrates 15th anniversary

The original BESITOS students and faculty.

The vibrant community of faculty, staff and students involved with the BESITOS program, a federally funded Title III grant, had a reunion on May 18 to observe the program’s 15 years of success. The event, in conjunction with the college’s graduation ceremony, brought together current and past graduates to celebrate their academic and professional accomplishments.

BESITOS has provided elementary and secondary education degrees and study abroad opportunities to bilingual and culturally diverse students since 1998. This unique program model has more than 170 graduates and has significantly increased the number of bilingual educators across the state of Kansas.

Pedro Espinoza, associate director of recruitment and retention for the Center for Intercultural and Multilingual Advocacy, or CIMA, looked forward to this celebratory event.

“This reunion meant a lot to all former and current BESITOS students,” he said. “This was a great opportunity for everyone to meet in one place and share their success stories. For some, it was an opportunity to meet with their former cooperating teachers and advisors and thank them personally for their support during their educational journey while at Kansas State University.”

Open House was huge success

Riders enjoy the train at Open House.

Everyone who participated in this year’s All-University Open House had a great time!

Amanda Morales and Darla Stone, who serve as co-advisors for the Education Council, oversaw the college’s planning efforts for the April 20 Open House. Morales explained the college organized 13 events with five new ones: Family Train Ride; Technology Past, Present, Future; Popcorn Palooza; Experience a One-Room Schoolhouse; and Rocket Balloons.

Morales said the train ride was a huge success and that Stone already booked it for next year. She said people truly enjoyed the one-room schoolhouse and extended her deep appreciation for the faculty and students who contributed artifacts to the display.

The co-advisors credit Education Council President Lauren Wormington and Open House Chair Haley Fairbank for the event’s success.

“Lauren and Haley assumed the bulk of the responsibilities for planning and organizing Open House,” Morales said. “We had many of volunteers, and the Education Council simply did an outstanding job.”

Thanks to the Education Council, it was a day for memories.

“We had a steady flow of visitors all day,” Morales said. “Perhaps the screaming rocket balloons outside or the smell of popcorn and cotton candy served as lure. It was so fun to see the kids with purple lips walking around after eating the cotton candy.”

KELI launches mentoring program for new principals

Mary Devin at a KELI planning meeting.

The Kansas Educational Leadership Institute, or KELI, is rolling out its leadership program for new principals this fall.

KELI was founded in 2011 when six statewide organizations banded together to design a program to support the development of quality leadership in Kansas schools. KELI matches first-year school leaders with highly experienced mentors in an intensive mentoring/induction program.

Adding mentorship for principals after the successful launch of the superintendents’ program is part of the original vision for KELI.

“New principals will now have the opportunity to benefit from onsite, individual mentoring and support as they navigate their new leadership position,” said KELI Executive Director Mary Devin. “KELI seeks to develop quality leaders who are committed to continued growth. This type of leadership attracts and retains quality teachers, resulting in excellence in education across Kansas.”