As mentioned in the February Parent and Family newsletter, Lafene Health Center has a full-service pharmacy that offers convenient, affordable care. Lafene’s pharmacy staff can fill prescriptions from our Lafene Medical Providers or from your student’s hometown provider. Existing prescriptions can be easily transferred to the Lafene pharmacy by calling 785-532-7758 with a request for the Lafene pharmacist to call your local pharmacy. Prescriptions with refills from Lafene’s Medical Providers may also be transferred home to the student’s local pharmacy by a telephone call from that pharmacy to Lafene. Online prescription renewal is available through the myLafene+ patient portal on the Lafene website. Prescriptions are typically filled with minimal wait times, and students are notified via text when their prescription is ready to be picked up.
Completing the Spring 2020 semester online is not quite what everyone was expecting. This time can feel stressful and challenging; however, K-State is working hard to ensure students have academic resources available to finish the semester strong.
If your student is needing academic support to navigate online classes, there are several resources to get connected:
- The Keep Learning website is home to tips and resources for online learning. You can find ideas on how to stay organized, make the most of online learning, or how to access technology support.
- At the Academic Achievement Center we are focused on equipping students with tools and support necessary for their success. We offer connections to the Office of First-Generation Students, Scholar Services, Tutoring, and Academic Coaching.
- Academic Coaches are available via our virtual Learning Lab to meet one on one and discuss plans to finish the semester #K-StateStrong. No appointments are necessary for virtual coaching. Students can stop by anytime Monday through Friday 9am-5pm by clicking the “Connect to Academic Coaching” button.
- The Academic Success Tool Library is filled with tools that provide guidance on how to improve specific academic skills. This includes time management, test-taking, reading, and motivational tools.
- We are also hard at work to create videos that support your student’s academic success. Check out our YouTube channel to get step-by-step information about how to implement academic success strategies.
- In response to the impacts of COVID-19, K-State has made changes to the A/Pass/Fail policy for Spring 2020. Opting into this policy can have a positive impact on GPA and lower your students stress level due to distance learning. “Under this option, students earning a grade of A in a course will have an A recorded on the transcript for that course; a grade of B, C, or D will be recorded as Pass; a Grade of F will be recorded as F.” If your student is considering opting in to this policy, encourage them to speak with their Academic Advisor before making a final decision. Students have until May 8, 2020 to submit the form.
When students arrive at K-State, there’s one thing we want to make sure they know: We are here to help. We tell them that they don’t need to fumble through the hundreds of databases available, or stress out about how to find the research they need. That’s why we are here.
This message has perhaps never been as relevant as it is this semester. As students get used to taking classes in an online format, we know that they are feeling additional stress. Now, more than ever, we want parents to know that we are here to help your student succeed.
While Berney Family Welcome Center is closed physically, the Career Center team is ready to assist your students virtually! You can “Chat with us” as found on our homepage or give us a call at 785-532-6506 during our typical business hours Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. After office hours, please email email@example.com and we will be back in touch the next business day.
We have a variety of ways that students can connect virtually with Career Center advisors, including drop-ins, scheduled appointments and presentations via Zoom.
- Virtual Drop-Ins are offered Monday-Thursday 12noon-4 p.m. CST. Drop-ins are best for resume critiques and brief questions.
- Scheduled Appointments are offered virtually via Zoom or phone. Log in to Handshake. Click the “Career Center” drop-down menu, then select “Appointments.”
- Outreach Presentations are available for online classes and student organizations when scheduled in advance via our Request a Speaker form.
Your support of your K-State student during this challenging time is critical to student success. Living and working in the midst of a global pandemic demands a lot from all of us. The uncertainty of the moment and the near future is stressful. We need you to help your student finish the Spring 2020 semester.
How can you help?
- Give your student the time and space to complete academic work, especially if your student is living at home.
- Ask your student to share details of a study plan that includes future assignments and when and how your student plans to meet those course demands. If your student does not have such a plan, suggest creating one!
- Respect those study plans. Be mindful of how much you ask your student to do in support of household chores, caring for siblings or grandparents, or contributing to the family farm or business. Some contribution is reasonable, but these duties should not interfere with the study plan.
- Remind your student that K-State resources are available to them remotely. The Keep Learning website is a great place to start. Most office websites have guidance on how to access services at a distance.
- If your student is graduating this spring, celebrate this accomplishment and make plans to come to campus in December for a special ceremony.
- If your student is continuing, ask about summer and fall enrollment plans and encourage your student to meet with an academic advisor.
- Join your student on walks or other breaks during the day. If your student is not living at home, call or video-chat regularly. It is important to say connected to a social network even as we practice physical distancing.
The unforeseen curriculum of Spring 2020 is resiliency. Join me in helping your student make progress toward their academic, career, and personal goals by finishing the semester K-State Strong!
Submission by guest contributor Dr. Jeannie Brown Leonard, Vice Provost for Student Success
Dear K-State Community:
Currently, much of the K-State community is dispersed throughout the nation and globe during spring break. When everyone returns to campus the risk of spreading the novel coronavirus will increase. With careful planning and guidance from public health officials, there are prudent steps we can take to mitigate this risk and protect our campus and local communities.
The concept of social distancing has been shown to slow a disease outbreak during times of concern with pandemics. This means we reduce the number of times and places that people gather in large numbers or spend extensive time together. By slowing the spread of the disease, medical facilities are better able to handle the demand, which saves lives in the long run.
In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 after spring break, we are taking these immediate steps:
- K-State will suspend in-person classes at all campuses the week March 16-20. Online classes will be held as scheduled. During this time students are strongly encouraged to travel home or remain at home and spend the week there, if possible. For those who cannot go home, our campuses will remain open and services will be available such as student health, residence halls and dining halls. The situation may change very rapidly, based on what we’ve seen in other areas.
- Beginning March 23, classes will be taught remotely (not in person) until further notice. The suspension of classes March 16-20 provides time for faculty members to prepare to move classes online or to teach through other alternative methods. While completing classes remotely, students are strongly encouraged to remain at their permanent homes away from campus, unless they cannot return home due to travel restrictions, financial burden, or lack of reliable internet access. We are working to accommodate learning that typically takes place in laboratories and other in-person situations. Our success will depend on the creativity and resourcefulness of our students and faculty, in which we have great faith. We will provide at least one week’s notice before in-person classes resume, per Kansas Board of Regents guidance.
- Telecommuting may be an option for some employees. We have published initial guidance for relaxed policies and ask unit heads to determine who may be eligible to work off-campus.
- Visitors are urged to postpone campus visits during this time. We strongly encourage visitors to reschedule planned trips to our campuses and recommend postponing previously scheduled visits. Please keep in mind that international travelers arriving from CDC-designated Level 3 countries are subject to a 14-day quarantine period.
- Veterinary medicine students who are involved in clinical rotations or clinical work will receive further guidance from the College of Veterinary Medicine.
- Polytechnic students who are involved in flight training or the maintenance program will receive further guidance from the College of Technology and Aviation.
- Large campus community events (more than 100 people) will be handled on a case-by-case basis. We strongly encourage campus units to cancel events with more than 100 persons between now and March 30, please be prepared for the situation to change rapidly. Student events occurring between now and March 30 should be postponed or moved to another format. Athletic events will follow Big 12 guidance.
- Travel policies have not changed at this time. All university-sponsored international travel is banned to CDC warning level 3 or U.S. State Department Travel Advisory level 4 countries. There are no mandated restrictions for university-affiliated or sponsored domestic travel at this time, but we ask you to consider the potential risks for you and others and the possibility of trip disruption. As conditions evolve, further restrictions may be added.
These social distancing steps are admittedly inconvenient but have proven to be effective in other locations and will help safeguard the greater good for all. I know each of us will act responsibly to help us protect the entire K-State family and the local communities that are home to our campuses. We can meet this challenge with the strength and resiliency our university has demonstrated for over 150 years.
Please check our website on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for the latest information. If you have a specific question please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard B. Myers
Greetings K-State Parents and Families! My name is Thomas Lane and I serve as the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at Kansas State University. Thank you for opting in to receive the Parents and Family Newsletter.
Every other month, this newsletter will provide guidance and include stories of recent K-State happenings. Beyond keeping you informed, the Parents and Family Program will be hosting an exciting lineup of events throughout the year. Be sure to save the date for the 92nd Annual Family Day celebration held on Saturday, September 12, 2020. We invite families to experience K-State, eat great food, and make memories with your student. Families can hang out at the pre-game Tailgate Party (registration opens early summer) or celebrate your student at the breakfast Pinning Ceremony. This ceremony honors students who are the first in their family to attend K-State and honors students who are following a long family legacy of Wildcats. Continue reading “Parents and Family Welcome Letter from Dr. Lane”
The K-State Parents and Family Program recently caught up with K-State alumnus Chandler Johnson. He graduated from K-State in 2012 with a B.S. in both Communication Studies and Journalism and Mass Communication. He is now an Online Visual Design Specialist at Unbound, a nonprofit based out of Kansas City, Missouri, helping families find resources to become self-sufficient.
Since his time at K-State, Johnson has continued to find personal ways to preserve and share powerful narratives. This month he has been celebrating Black History Month in style. Johnson created Pick Progress, an independent web-based mixed media art project focused on “sharing stories of Black individuals and highlighting elements of Black culture.” The project centers on 31 hair picks that he designed, each featuring a different phrase of empowerment inspired by Black community and culture. Johnson also interviewed and photographed a broad range of individuals whose voices are “traditionally underrepresented in the greater American narrative.” Each person is photographed holding or wearing the pick, and their stories, thoughts, and experiences related to the featured phrases are included on the website Continue reading “Black History Month Alumnus Spotlight: Chandler Johnson ‘11”
The annual K-State Family of the Year award recognizes a family that has shown great dedication to the Kansas State community and the Wildcat Family. The K-State Family of the Year is chosen on the basis of their current and past affiliation with the university, and demonstration of their “K-State Pride” and support for the K-State Family. In 2019, the Jane Dodge Works Family was recognized as the K-State Family of the Year. The Jane Dodge Works family has been dedicated to K-State for over 152 years, beginning with Jane’s grandmother, who attended Kansas State Agricultural College in 1867. For six generations, each member has made it a point to share their “K-State Way” with all they encounter. Continue reading “2020 K-State Family of the Year Applications Open”
Lafene Health Center is thrilled to partner with the K-State Parents and Family Program to provide information about Lafene that you might not know. If you haven’t been to Lafene Health Center recently, then you haven’t been to Lafene Health Center!
We are excited about the services that Lafene offers and we want YOU to know about them too! Lafene provides students with high quality health care, focusing on keeping your student healthy and promoting a healthy campus community. Students have access to coordinated and comprehensive services targeted at building and maintaining overall well-being.
These services are available through Lafene Health Center, including our Health Promotion Department, and Counseling Services. We believe good health is essential for academic success. We provide preventive care including immunizations, physicals, well women and well man exams, STI screenings and pre-travel visits. Continue reading “Lafene-Every Man a Wildcat- Every Wildcat a WellCAT”