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K-State Parents and Family Program

Urgent message from President Myers regarding novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

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 16-20Online 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.
  • 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 covid19@ksu.edu.

Richard B. Myers

Parents and Family Welcome Letter from Dr. Lane

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.

Thomas Lane, Ed. D.

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”

Black History Month Alumnus Spotlight: Chandler Johnson ‘11

Alumnus Chandler Johnson

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”

2020 K-State Family of the Year Applications Open

Jane Dodge Works 2019 Family of the Year

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-Every Man a Wildcat- Every Wildcat a WellCAT

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”

Inside K-State’s Cats’ Cupboard

Fall 2019 donation for Cats’ Cupboard

The fall semester was the busiest yet at Cats’ Cupboard. On average, one visitor used the food pantry every 12 minutes the space was open. The record for most visits in one day was set on Dec. 2 with 66 student visits.

In an end-of-semester survey, Cats’ Cupboard visitors were asked to share what the food pantry meant in their lives. Nearly 55% of respondents said they’d considered leaving K-State due to financial challenges, and 95% said utilizing Cats’ Cupboard decreased their level of financial stress.

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K-State Graduates are in High Demand

MANHATTAN — Kansas State University graduates continue to set records for employment rates and salaries in a wide variety of careers across the globe.

According to the university’s annual post-graduation report, 96 percent of 2017-2018 graduates are employed or pursuing further education — a 1 percent increase from 2016-2017 graduates and a 2 percent increase from 2015-2016 graduates. In addition, the overall median starting salary for recent bachelor’s degree graduates rose by 2 percent to $45,000.

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Support Your Students’ Education Abroad Experience

Has your Wildcat shown interest in studying abroad, but you as a parent have some reservations? K-State takes pride in working with students to provide a unique, safe, and memorable experience abroad that is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Wilkerson family from Columbia, MO has extensive knowledge about studying abroad and the Education Abroad office. Judy and Carroll Wilkerson have had 4 children study abroad! The        K-State PFA caught up with the Wilkerson family to get insight on what it’s like having a child study outside the U.S.

“We have had 4 children study abroad – 3 in Europe and 1 in South America.  Our way of helping them prepare was encouraging them and asking them questions to be sure they had everything in order.  Packing was probably the biggest challenge when going somewhere for multiple months and limited suitcase space.  We are fortunate to live in the era of the internet and we were able to stay connected with FaceTime, usually once a week due to the time difference, and text messages.

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New Partnership with Greyhound Bus System

At the beginning of 2019, Greyhound announced a partnership with K-State to provide transportation in connecting students to cities like Kansas City, Wichita, Salina, and Denver as well as small towns in between. Especially for students who fly into the Kansas City airport (MCI), this opportunity will allow students to catch a ride with Greyhound for affordable prices starting at $21 (depending on the day).

Click on the press release (right) to read more.

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Engaging in Open House, a Rich K-State Tradition

Open House Internal PR Chair, Emily Zwick

K-State PFA met up with Emily Zwick, who is serving as the internal public relations chair for  K-State All-University Open House. Emily is a senior studying agricultural economics from Wichita, Kansas. Following graduation in May, Emily will be working as a supply chain associate for Cargill in Minneapolis, MN.

PFA: Thank you for agreeing to share information about Open House with us! To start things off, can you share a couple sentences that describe K-State’s All University Open House?

Emily: Sure! Open House is a family friendly event with something for everyone. Join the 20,000 people who flock to K-State’s carnival of academic exhibits, entertainment, food, and fun every year. Don’t miss live entertainment in the Quad and Bosco Student Plaza. Explore K-State’s 250 majors and options, 475 campus clubs, and nine colleges: arts and sciences; engineering; business administration; education; agriculture; human ecology; architecture, planning, and design; veterinary medicine; and technology and aviation (at K-State Polytechnic).

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