The Parents and Family Program will host it’s first ever Virtual Family Day. Leaders across the university have come together to provide ways for you and your family to engage with K-State. Some activities include a virtual Family Feud game, engagement with a student panel, and an opportunity to support our K-State Career Closet and Cats’ Cupboard. We are also encouraging families to post pictures and memories with the hashtag #KSUFamilyDay2020. Submissions may be used in the upcoming Royal Purple Yearbook. Check back regularly for schedule updates. https://www.k-state.edu/familyday/index.html
The Every Wildcat A Wellcat initiative is a campaign designed to promote a safe return to campus, provide guidance, and address concerns from the students and their parents about face-to-face classes amid a global health crisis. The campaign includes a pledge that details how students, faculty, and staff will be expected to maintain physical distance, limit participation in high-risk behavior, and wear a mask. Those who take the pledge will voluntarily commit to caring for themselves, caring for fellow Wildcats, and caring for K-State and the surrounding communities.
It is important for students to be prepared and plan ahead. We encourage all students to make a quarantine and isolation plan prior to arriving on campus. The plan should include what to do if they become ill, what to do if they are exposed to someone else who is ill, and how to continue studies if either of these things happen. Students residing on-campus in the residence halls or Jardine apartments have access to on-campus housing designated for isolation and quarantine on Manhattan and Polytechnic campuses. Parents will want to consider whether or not they want their student to return home if they become ill or exposed as well as how they will get home. They should also consider what social supports (food, internet access, medication, etc.) will be needed and how to access them.
All students will receive an Every Wildcat A Wellcat kit when they arrive on campus. The kits will be distributed at the residence halls and Greek housing. More information about kit distribution for students living off-campus will be coming soon. The kit includes a face covering, a no-touch key, a lanyard, hand sanitizer, and a first aid kit.
Guest contribution from Shawn Funk, Marketing and Communications, Lafene Health Center
Powercat Financial began in 2009 and is a financial education center where students are trained to assist fellow students with their money questions and provide financial education workshops and events across campus. We help students create personal spending plans or budgets to help them stay on track and to guide them in their financial decisions from moving into independent living, studying abroad or saving for their future. Services also help students evaluate their student loans and plan for their future by understanding their student loan repayment options and possible loan forgiveness opportunities in conjunction with their future income potential. View our helpful financial worksheets and resources at www.k-state.edu/powercatfinancial/planning.
We recommend students meet early their first year with Powercat Financial to develop their own personal college financial plan and then review it each semester with their peer financial counselor. The earlier students meet with us the more successful their financial futures can become. We’re eager to assist your student!
Students can request an appointment for a free financial session by visiting http://www.k-state.edu/powercatfinancial/services/.Our office is conveniently located on the third floor of the student Union in room 302. Students and parents can email questions to us at email@example.com or give us a call at (785) 532-2889 between 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free professional financial advice on a variety of important college financial topics is a rare commodity and can benefit any student from beginner to those more experienced with personal financial management
Guest submission from Jodi Kaus, Director, Powercat Financial
The Center for Student Involvement (CSI) is excited to welcome students back to campus this fall! This semester on campus may look different from any other semester we have experienced at K-State, but that doesn’t mean that students can’t still get connected and involved. The CSI is dedicated to ensuring that every Wildcat feels welcome and is able to find their home here on campus. We do this by helping students get connected, get engaged, and get involved!
To connect all K-State students from day one, we will kick off the semester with our Weeks of Welcome! This is an exciting time to get to learn about resources on campus and meet other students – from a social distance of course. Be sure to have your student check out the great events like New Student Convocation and the Career Center Carry-out. Also, make sure to have them grab their welcome bag that will be filled with great K-State swag – booths will be set up on campus throughout the first two weeks of classes! Visit wow.k-state.edu to see a full list of events.
Getting engaged with a student organization is one of the best ways for students to find their home here at K-State. We have over 500 student organizations here on campus. Be sure to have your student browse through our entire list of student organizations by visiting K-state.campuslabs.com. This is the best way to reach out and connect with members from the different student organizations. If your student isn’t sure what organization or involvement opportunity is right for them, have them take the Student Involvement Exploration Quiz or schedule a time to meet with the CSI staff.
Getting involved in student organizations by taking on leadership roles is a great way for students to not only get engaged on campus, but also to prepare for their future careers. We are here to help develop those leadership skills and are excited to host a series of leadership development workshops this year. A few of the topics we plan to cover include:
Building inclusive communities
We are here to support your student throughout their college career. We are always happy to meet with students one-on-one to learn about their specific interests and connect them with resources around campus. We are so excited to welcome your student to campus and can’t wait to help them get connected, get engaged, and get involved!
Submission from guest contributor Kelli Farris, Executive Director, Center for Student Involvement
Convocation is the first event to bring the incoming class of K-Staters together to mark and commemorate the beginning of the college journey, welcome students to campus, and story tell around what lies ahead. This year’s 2020 event will feature NFL star and K-State Alum, Tyler Lockett, Kansas State administrative leadership, and diverse leaders from the student body.
In a normal year, we would gather together, several thousand strong, in Bramlage Coliseum, to share in this moment of community and belonging. However, we want to put the health and safety of our community first during the time of COVID-19, so we will be gathering together virtually!
While we cannot gather in-person, K-State First has some ideas to help you creatively build community for our first-year students during this important occasion. We encourage you to watch along at the same time as your students and share in this powerful moment of K-State campus life. There is also an opportunity to move beyond watching, to process, create meaning, and build community. Below are some discussion questions you may use to encourage your students’ engagement with Convocation, and be part of the event with them.
What is a comment or point that resonated with you about the Convocation message?
One prominent theme of Convocation is that of Diversity and Inclusion. What does it mean to you when you hear, “Our differences make us stronger”?
Student speakers talk about seeking support when things got tough. What resources do you feel like would help you during your first semester and why? What might you do if you get stuck?
Many of the speakers describe the challenge of navigating college living, learning, and engagement during the time of Covid, what tools do you have to help to help you approach college adaptively and navigate uncertainty?
You can also join in on the conversation during the event in the YouTube chat or by connecting to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts @kstatefirst. We look forward to having you be a part of this momentous event to kick-off your students’ college experiences!
Guest submission from Mariya Vaughan, K-State First Assistant Director
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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-Thursday12noon-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