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Dean’s Message

Dean Carol ShanklinI am writing this greeting as I return from Quebec City where Associate Dean, Gerry Craig, and I attended the Council of Graduate School’s Summer Meeting.  We learned several new ideas that we look forward to implementing to enhance the quality of our graduate student experiences.  We were pleased to share ideas about professional development opportunities we provide K-State graduate students and the wonderful partnership we have with the Graduate Student Council and many units on campus.  This issue highlights one new and successful initiative – the Dissertation Writing Retreat – that evolved from a partnership with the Library, the English Department and the Writing Center. We appreciate the support we received from K-State administration for the pilot project and to a special alumni who will be supporting future professional development to strengthen our graduate students’ communication skills.

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Launch of First Writing Retreat for Doctoral Candidates

DWRDiscussionGroupFifteen students, from across all disciplines, participated in Kansas State University’s inaugural week-long Dissertation Writing Retreat during the May Intersession. The Writing Center, with sponsorship from the English Department, Graduate School, K-State Libraries, and the Offices of the Provost and the Senior Vice President, hosted the retreat. Participants wrote for five hours daily, reflected on personal goals, and communicated with peers about progress being made towards their dissertation. In addition, Center staff met daily with individuals to provide feedback and encouragement.

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Jim Killacky: A life full of higher education

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Jim Killacky at what is known as the Twelve Apostles – a major tourist attraction on the south coast of Australia.

Born and bred in Ireland, Jim Killacky knows a thing or two about luck and perseverance. This Irishman at heart has thrived in every aspect of his life. Ever since moving to Kansas from New York, Killacky knew some part of his life was supposed to be in higher education. Little did he know then that the majority of his life would be spent learning from and teaching others in the world of academia.

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Gail McClure on Enhancing Communication Skills of Graduate Students: Support the Graduate School

In a recent Q & A, the current Senior Advisor at the National Science Foundation discusses her experience with graduate studies, the importance of graduate education and the need to enhance communication in the industry.

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Dean’s Message

Dean Carol ShanklinSpring semester has been a busy and exciting time for the Graduate School team.  In collaboration with the Graduate Student Council (GSC), we initiated the Graduate Student Appreciation Week to recognize the numerous contributions that our graduate students make to K-State’s teaching, research, and outreach mission.  Many of the colleges planned activities for their graduate students during the week.  One of the highlights of the week was the GSC Graduate Student Recognition Event  where many of the accomplishments of our outstanding graduate students were recognized.

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2015 Spring Commencement

The Kansas State University Graduate School awarded 101 doctoral, 8 MFA degrees and 617 master’s degrees at the spring commencement ceremony held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015 in Bramlage Coliseum.  During the ceremony, the honorary doctorate was awarded to  Nancy Kassebaum Baker who also presented the commencement address.  A reception was held immediately following the commencement, where family, friends, faculty, and K-State administrators gathered.

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2015 Graduate Alumni Reunion

The graduate classes of 1965 and 1990 returned to the Manhattan campus on April 16-17, 2015, to celebrate the inaugural Graduate School Reunion.   The reunion gave the attendees an opportunity to experience how the university campus has changed since they were students and participate in networking events that reconnected classmates, colleagues, faculty, current graduate students and K-State administrators.

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