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Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families

Institute hosts professional development panel

Traci Scott, 2015 Presidential Leadership Scholar and Regional Liaison Officer for the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, facilitated “What’s Next? Preparing College Students for Success in the Professional World” in May. Hosted by the Institute, professional development panel featured speakers who discussed how to best navigate the professional world. Topics included professional dress, the role social media plays in the hiring process, maintaining a professional resume and gender differences in the work place.

Panelists were Katrina Lewison, manager of project administration at CivicPlus and a retired Army captain; Judy Woodward, health promotion officer of the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley; LTC Johnny Casiano, Office of the Commanding General, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley; CPT Racheal Tax, combat aviation brigade pilot, Fort Riley; and 1LT Josh Humphrey, Military Intelligence Company Executive Officer Delta Company, 82nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, Fort Riley.

The event was at the Leadership Studies building on campus.

A similar panel is being planned for Fall 2015 at the K-State-Salina Campus.

A link to the panel presentation video can be found at:

Institute attends 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion ‘Diehard’ Range Day

Brittany Beneke and Emily Betthause
Brittany Beneke and Emily Betthauser

Briana Goff and the two new Institute interns, Brittany Beneke and Emily Betthauser, attended the 1st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, “Diehard” Range and Equipment Display Day at Fort Riley in June. Several community partners attended the event, which included an equipment display and shooting at Range 4. They were trained to shoot both an M4 and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon during the event. Dr. Goff and Kali Summers, Institute graduate assistant, attended the Battalion’s Military Ball on July 1, which concluded “Diehard Week,” celebrating the battalion.

Meet our spring 2015 interns

Caysi Gatts
Caysi Gatts
Aeriel Dodson
Aeriel Dodson

Caysi Gatts served as one of the Institute’s Spring 2015 interns. Gatts graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in family studies and human services and a minor in conflict analysis and trauma studies. She also worked as a Project Y.E.S. staff member for 2 years. She plans to study for a master’s degree in social work at Washburn University and hopes to work with families in a military or medical setting.

Aeriel Dodson graduated in May 2015 with a degree in family studies and human services and a minor in music. She will attend the University of Kansas to pursue a master’s degree in social work.