“The kindness that has been extended to Mary Jo and me has been overwhelming from the time we’ve been here as the interim,” said President Myers during the Regents’ announcement to the university. “I am humbled to be the 14th president and proud to be serving Kansas State University.”
My daughter, just home from college for her first visit fall semester freshman year, was heading off to meet friends. I’d spoken those words every night she went out in high school but, this time, they caught in my throat.
Was it absurd to give her the same old curfew? At school, she lived beyond my supervision. She was in charge of completing homework, dealing with professors, not to mention when and where she went out, with whom, when she came home and a host of other decisions I didn’t want to think about.
How does all this newfound independence translate when a student returns at the holidays? As my friend Lisa, the parent of two college students, says, “It’s a process and it takes four years.”
The HEED award is the only national honor for U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Kansas State University was one of 83 recipients chosen nationally for the award and will be featured in the magazine’s November 2016 issue.
A letter from President Myers to campus Nov. 1, 2016.
Dear students, faculty and staff,
While there have been many productive discussions regarding social justice and race relations at Kansas State University, a recent letter from the Black Student Union has called for more action. I will address each of the group’s four major requests.
Union Program Council, the K-State Alumni Association and AT&T have joined together to save lives through the Don’t Text #JustDrive campaign. Students and supporters of Kansas State University can challenge themselves and others to stop texting and driving.