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2017 Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year Award Celebration

This article was provided by Ashley Bailey and the K-State Career Center. 

Kansas State University student employees, supervisors, family and friends gathered April 11 to recognize more than 40 K-Staters who were nominated for the Student Employee of the Year award.

Dominique Hoover was named student employee of the year by the K-State Career Center

Before announcing the 2017 winner, Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students, recognized the family of the late Kyle Pelton, the 2016 Student Employee of the Year. Pelton’s post-graduation employer, Textron Aviation, was also acknowledged and presented a $1,000 lead gift that will help fund a a permanent display for all past and future award winners. In addition to the gift, the award will now be known as the Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year award.

Shortly following the gift revealing, Dominique Hoover, student facility manager for K-State’s Recreational Services, was named the 2017 Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year. Hoover is a senior in mechanical engineering and from Hutchinson, Kansas.

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Move Out Recycling Procedure for K-State Housing and Dining Services

A message from K-State Housing and Dining Services regarding summer move out at all residence halls and Jardine Apartments:

Content provided by Alison Rogers, Copywriter, Housing and Dining Services

In an effort to reduce waste during the move out process, we’d like to make you aware of several ways your student can easily recycle unwanted items and trash.

A dumpster labeled for recyclables (paper, plastics 1-7, aluminum and tin) will be placed next to the dumpster for landfill items. Glass will go into the current collection bins outside each hall and in current Jardine locations.

The lobbies in each residence hall will contain areas in which to place non-perishable food items, books, clothing, blankets and small household items.

Electronic waste, furniture and rugs that are in good condition can be deposited in designated outdoor locations near our facilities. We encourage students to shop around before they go!

Our resident assistants or front desk employees are available to answer any questions.



Living in Manhattan During the Summer

Summer is right around the corner! Some K-State students will head back to their beloved hometowns, some will head to places far away to participate in a study abroad program or internship, and some will stay nestled here in Manhattan, KS!

Living in Manhattan, or any college town over the summer, is a unique experience. Thousands of people head out of town for three months, clearing up most of the street parking spots and lines at the grocery stores.

However, to the ones that choose to stay here and take summer courses or work, it means a time to get to know the locals, adventure to new places around town, and meet others who chose the same summer plans.

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Wildcats Forever Offers Free Giveaways and Unique Connection to K-State

Would you like to get your K-State student more engaged on campus? Why not encourage them to join Wildcats Forever, one of the best traditions and largest organizations on campus!

Wildcats Forever is the K-State Alumni Association’s organization for students. For only $20, students receive a membership T-shirt, a collectible glass and a membership card with discounts to their favorite places in town. Some of the discounts include Call Hall Dairy Bar, Acme Gift, Colbert Hills and much more. There also are opportunities throughout the year to participate in events, contests and giveaways. Anything goes — we give away items such as snacks during finals week, pizza, K-State apparel and scholarships.

And don’t worry — your student won’t need to attend any meetings or take on other responsibilities when they become a member of Wildcats Forever. We just want them to enjoy the awesome benefits and strengthen their connection to K-State!

“Wildcats Forever is a fun and easy way for current undergraduate and graduate students to start getting involved with the Alumni Association and learn about all the services we can offer them — both during their time as students and after they graduate,” said Marcus Kidd ’14, ’16, assistant director of student programs.

To join Wildcats Forever, your student can stop by the Wildcats Forever booth in the K-State Student Union during orientation and enrollment this summer, or they can sign up anytime online through their KSIS account. You can also gift a membership to your student.

Learn more about Wildcats Forever or give us a call at 785-532-5056.

The Impact of the Federal Budget and Budget Policies on Higher Education


By Sue Peterson and Peter Dorhout

Budget Update

The federal budget is in a period of uncertainty. We know many K-Staters are concerned about the White House 2018 budget blueprint and that national organizations and professional societies are urging many of you to make your voices heard on a number of issues. The full President’s Budget will be released the second week in May.

The continuing resolution for the 2017 budget expires on April 28, and we are without a clear path at this time.

We share your apprehensions and want you to know that the Office of Governmental Relations and the Office of the Vice President for Research are watching closely. The federal budget development process is long, and the 2018 budget remains far from final.

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K-State Students Win Internships

Two years ago, the K-State Career Center launched a university-wide initiative to centrally track and collect data on students participating in summer internships.  A team of representatives from Undergraduate Studies, Student Life, academic colleges, Information Technology Services, Office of Assessment, and other key stakeholders worked together to develop an efficient data collection and reporting process.

Career Center Executive Director Kerri Keller shared the catalyst for the initiative: “Internships are growing in their importance as a high-impact educational practice for college students and as an activity that promotes career readiness.  While the current survey only reflects one year of data, ultimately, learning from student internship experiences will help K-State expand their connections with employers, provide academic advisors with internship ideas for students, strengthen university ties with industry, and demonstrate K-State’s commitment to the career readiness of its students.”

The team of representatives collaborated to define internship for the purpose of the survey as “educationally-related work experiences that integrate knowledge and theory with practical application and skill development in professional settings.”

The Wildcat Internship Survey (WINS) was distributed in a year ago to 11,000 students and achieved a 59% response rate.  Freshman were purposely excluded along with students from the Colleges of Education and Agriculture because these two colleges had pre-existing methods for students to report similar information. Continue reading “K-State Students Win Internships”

K-State’s Black Student Union is Best in Big 12 for Ninth Time


For the ninth time in 12 years, the university’s Black Student Union, or BSU, was awarded the Clarence Wine Award for Outstanding Big 12 Council of the Year at the 40th annual Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government, Feb. 16-18, at the University of Texas, Austin.

“I could not be prouder of the hard work and dedication that our BSU continues to demonstrate year after year,” said Brandon Clark, program coordinator in the university’s Office of Diversity.

To be considered for the award, the organization had to assemble a book and presentation about its successes in serving students and celebrating diversity. Clark said K-State’s Black Student Union continues to win the award for several reasons:

• Maintaining, promoting and growing annual traditions, including the Welcome Back Barbecue in August for more than 20 years.

• Connecting freshmen and new students with upperclassmen through the Black Student Union’s mentorship program.

• Consistently inviting keynote speakers for Black History Month events in February.

• Presenting these accomplishments and more in a clear and enthusiastic way at each year’s conference.

“While winning awards is nice, I’m just glad that this organization is committed to its mission of focusing on the development of the K-State community,” Clark said. “Our BSU works to advance academic stability, political action and leadership of black students while promoting black culture across all aspects of life.”

In addition to the Clarence Wine Award, members of the university’s Black Student Union received three awards at the conference:

• Alexis Cushshon, freshman in architectural engineering, St. Louis, Missouri, and president of the Black student Union’s Freshman Action Team, was honored with the Mickey Leland Award for Outstanding Community Service.

• The Freshman Action Team received the Most Outstanding Freshman Action Team of the Year Award.

• Bryan Davis, junior in management information systems, Topeka, and president of K-State’s Black Student Union, was elected as the 2017-2018 chair of the Big 12 Council on Black Student Government.

Zelia Wiley, interim associate provost for the Office of Diversity, said the Black Student Union’s achievements show its commitment to welcoming and retaining diverse students at the university.

“I’m so pleased with the student leaders in our BSU,” Wiley said. “The Office of Diversity stands behind BSU and all our multicultural student organizations.”

Delegates of Kansas State University’s Black Student Union at the Big 12 Conference on Black Student Government.


Content provided by:  Office of Diversity Program Coordinator Brandon Clark

Keeping K-State Students Safe and Healthy

As part of K-State’s comprehensive and proactive approach to encourage students to stay safe and healthy, K-State requires all students to complete the annual (July 1 – June 30) web based Alcohol and Sexual Assault Prevention Program (ASAP).

Health Promotions Director Julie Gibbs

K-State’s ASAP uses the Think About It series of modules from Campus Clarity© to address alcohol and other drug use and sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention through interactive educational content and scenarios.

The ASAP program is designed to help students:

  • Make healthy decisions.
  • Know and understand state laws and K-State campus policies.
  • Be aware of university community resources associated with these topics.
  • Be aware of how to report concerning behavior.
  • Learn how to safely intervene when suspicious or concerning behavior is observed.

There are four ASAP modules.  Each module is updated annually and has content specifically designed for a particular student group:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students (21 and younger) enrolled in their first term at KSU receive the “Think About It: Part 1” training.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students (21 and younger) enrolled in terms two and beyond receive the “Think About It: Campus Save” training.
  • Adult learner undergraduate students (22 and older) receive the “Think About It: Adult Learner” training.
  • Graduate students (22 and older) receive the “Think About It: Graduate Student” training.
Program to reduce risky student behavior and prevent sexual assault on your campus.

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Meet Career Center Executive Director: Dr. Kerri Keller

Director of Parent & Family Relations Mindy Weixelman sat down with K-State Career Center Executive Director Dr. Kerri Keller in her office to learn the latest news about career development resources available to K-State students.

Career Center Executive Director Dr. Kerri Keller

Mindy:  Thank you so much for meeting with me, especially late on a beautiful Friday afternoon!

Kerri:  The Career Center enjoys the partnership we have with parents, so I’m glad to visit with you. I think I have information that will benefit parents and families.

Mindy:  Yes, you do!  Let’s jump right in.

We know that most parents send their student to college because they want their student to get a JOB. Tell parents and families about the K-State Career Center and your team of staff.

Kerri:  The Career Center facilitates the career readiness of all students throughout the K-State community. We help students explore majors and careers, develop their potential through internships and career-related experiences, tell their stories through their resumes and interviewing, and connect with employers and other opportunities. Each student has a friendly and knowledgeable Career Center advisor who works with their college and is available for in-person appointments, classroom presentations, email consultations and more to help your student.

Mindy:  You have such a talented staff. I completely agree that they are friendly and knowledgeable. I would also share that they have a reputation for being very effective with employers and students.

I think it’s important for parents and families to understand your role at the Career Center.  Give us a feel for what your role includes.

Kerri:  As director of the Career Center, I provide leadership and overall management of our department. I am fortunate to work with a committed, hard-working and enthusiastic team of nearly 50 full-time and student employees. I see my job as being similar to an orchestra conductor – I’ve played several of the instruments among our group but my goal now is to help everyone else be the best at their part so that we can create a powerful career services harmony – one that is music to the ears of our students, families, employers and others within the K-State community.


The team of professional staff at the K-State Career Center located in the Berney Family Welcome Center

Mindy:  I love that answer!  I think a lot of people can relate to your analogy of an orchestra conductor.

Do you hire student employees at the Career Center?  If so, can you provide some examples of how student employees advance the work of the department?

Kerri:  Yes, student employees are vital members of the Career Center team. Our student staff welcome current and prospective students to our facility, greet employers and other campus visitors, and answer questions about utilizing our services. Our career specialists assist their peers with major/career exploration through individual assistance and our 1-credit hour career class. Other student employees throughout our center assist with planning events, entering jobs, marketing our services and managing our Career Closet. Our graduate assistant staff provide career advising to students, provide outreach to student groups and manage a variety of other projects and programs. Continue reading “Meet Career Center Executive Director: Dr. Kerri Keller”

Over 40 Years of Helping Students Achieve Academic Success

Educational Supportive Services (ESS) is a FREE service that helps first-generation, low-income and disabled students earn undergraduate degrees. ESS students can take advantage of one-on-one tutoring, peer mentoring, workshops (academic, financial, career, etc.), and more—all designed to make sure students improve academic success, graduate and achieve their life goals. ESS is funded by a federal TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) grant.


Do you know a student who would benefit from this program? For more information:  Call (785) 532-5642 or visit Educational Supportive Services.




The Ronald E. McNair Baccalaureate Achievement Program  (McNair Scholars Program) prepares talented under graduates for graduate study, with the goal of increasing the number of Ph.D. recipients from underrepresented socio-economic and ethnic groups. The hallmark of the program is its Summer Research Internship where students conduct original research, report their finding, write an abstract, and present. Additionally the program provides classes, colloquia, advising, tutoring, and faculty mentoring to support academic success, assist with completing the application process, and preparing students for the graduate study environment. The McNair Scholars Program is a TRIO program funded from the federal Department of Education.

For more information: Call (785) 532-6137 or visit McNair Scholars.


McNair Scholar presenting at the Heartland Research Conference on September 23, 2016.





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