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A message from VP for Student Life/Dean of Students Dr. Bosco

Ways To Support Our Students

I recently shared this message with K-State faculty and staff, and thought parents would also appreciate learning more about ways that we support our students.

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Dear faculty and staff,
With the recent reorganization in the Division of Student Life, Holton Hall is revitalized with a better, more convenient collaboration of offices that support students.

Over the summer, the Office of Student Life, Non-Traditional and Veteran Student Services, Student Legal Services and Off-Campus Housing moved 201 Holton Hall. These offices join the Student Access Center, the LGBT Resource Center and the CARE office rounding out a true “one stop shop” for student support on the second floor of Holton.
I understand this time can be a stressful and challenging time in the semester for students. Please encourage students to take advantage of the many helpful resources at K-State. Working with the Academic Assistance Center, Office of Student Life staff can discuss academics and help schedule an academic coach. They also can help problem solve and connect students to other resources.

Faculty and staff are the number one referral of students to our office. There are multiple ways to refer a student who may be in need of assistance. You’re welcome to call us at 785-532-6432, stop by our office in 201 Holton, walk a student over to make an appointment, or fill out our Student of Concern Reporting form. We find the most successful referrals happen when the student knows you are referring them and you help them make the connection with our office.

As the semester winds to a close, please keep these free and convenient resources in mind and pass them along to your students. We are a K-State family, and together we can help one another succeed.

Go ‘Cats!
Pat Bosco

A letter from President Myers

RB Myers PhotoWith the upcoming change in presidential administrations, there is potential for change that may affect our university community, including undocumented students. While we may be in uncertain times, one thing remains clear — our land-grant mission to the state of Kansas and our country. By staying true to our mission, we can remain on course as the political future unfolds.

There has been much discussion in higher education circles about the status of undocumented students, with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, status. DACA is an immigration policy initiated by the Obama Administration in 2012. Under the policy, certain undocumented immigrants to the United States who entered the country as minors can receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for employment.

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University update regarding sexual violence policies

Recent media reports have made inaccurate claims about how Kansas State University handles reports of sexual violence. The university provides support and assistance services to all reported victims, regardless of where the sexual assault or harassment is reported to have occurred. Blanket statements that K-State does not investigate incidents that happen off campus are simply not true.
“We strongly encourage all persons at the university, including students, to report any incident regardless of where it occurs,” said Richard Myers, university president. “Some of the media claims being made recently are inaccurate, and we want to clear up any misinformation about our policies.”
The university looks into all complaints of sexual violence through its Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Violence, and Stalking (PPM 3010). That policy addresses conduct occurring in the following locations, which is consistent with Title IX requirements: (1) on campus; (2) on and off campus in university-sponsored programs.

In addition to thoroughly reviewing all complaints under PPM 3010, the university has several other policies and processes that apply to reports of sexual violence. K-State assesses the risk to individuals and the university community, regardless of where the conduct reportedly occurred. This happens through policies and processes such as the Threat Management Policy and the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). Students found in violation of these policies have been removed from campus in the past.
The university also directs students to the numerous resources available. Regardless of the applicability of the policies mentioned, and regardless of the outcome of any investigation, students are offered help with law enforcement, legal, medical and academic concerns. Continue reading “University update regarding sexual violence policies”

Academic Coaching: Failure as Opportunity

The Academic Coaching program offered under the Division of Student Life, is a free resource made available to any student at any level of any degree. Students will be assigned a professional academic coach, made available to meet one on one without a limit on duration.  The notes below are thoughts from the Director of Academic Coaching, Scott Voos.academic-coaching

 

Failure as Opportunity

Reality can be a slap in the face. It hurts to a point. Is shocking and can be embarrassing. But it’s also a jolt of energy and if even for a split second, forces you to think about your current state of things. If steered properly it can propel you to make impactful change, where tremendous growth and opportunity can be made. For a student, the end of a semester can be that slap in the face. The reality check moment where they are forced to think about what the heck just happened.

Student life hits them hard and runs like a steam engine downhill. Social pressures and the luring temptations of a good time are around every corner. Frequently lost in the shuffle is that one pesky class that’s too early or boring. That reading assignment that they’ll get to tomorrow. Online quizzes are thought to be so easy, they usually don’t even have to prepare for it. The continuous justification of getting to it later, normally culminates with that dreaded F.

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Career Closet Wishlist

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As you’re cleaning out your closet for the new year, consider donating items to the K-State Career Center’s Career Closet.

The Career Closet is a free opportunity for students to obtain gently-used professional attire for upcoming interviews or career fairs. All donations are tax-deductible.

All items adhering to our donation guidelines will be accepted, however, those who donate items on our wishlist will be entered into a prize drawing. Wishlist items needed include:

  • Men’s business suits sizes 34-40
  • Women’s business attire sizes 0-6
  • Men’s button-down shirts sizes 15-16.5

One drawing winner will be awarded a $50 campus store gift card and five other drawing winners will each receive two tickets to the K-State Men’s Basketball game versus Baylor on January 14.

Items eligible for the drawing will be accepted between December 1 and January 6.

To donate, bring items to the Career Center at 148 Berney Family Welcome Center, during regular office hours Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For those outside the Manhattan area or with drop-off schedule conflicts, please contact the Career Center at careercenter@k-state.edu or 785-532-6506.

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Board of Regents Announces 14th President of Kansas State University

The Kansas Board of Regents announced the appointment of Richard B. Myers as RB Myers Photothe 14th president of Kansas State University on Nov. 15.

“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.”

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House Rules Over the Holidays

This article was originally published on CollegiateParent.com
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.

screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-1-28-37-pmWas 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.”

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Kansas State University Again Honored Nationally for Diversity, Inclusion

For the third consecutive year, Kansas State University has received a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award, for its commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives.

The university also received the 2014 and 2015 HEED awards, which are from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine.

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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.

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Advancing Social Justice at Kansas State University

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.

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Union Program Council presents Don’t Text #JustDrive

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Students test out a distracted driving simulator.

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.

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