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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.


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

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

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Dr. Pat Bosco, VP for Student Life/Dean of Students

Earlier this month, I shared the following message with K-State faculty and staff regarding where to direct students for academic support and student success.  It’s important to me that parents receive these updates so you can provide the necessary support for your student.

Where to direct students for academic support and student success

By Pat Bosco

In preparation for midterm exams, it is important to keep in mind all of the opportunities and ways that a student can seek academic support and success. Many of these are at no cost and built around a student’s schedule. As part of the K-State family, it is important we continue to work together to connect our students and one another to services.

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Career Center: Meet Jared Meitler

Jared Meitler, Career Center Coordinator and student, Taylor Gnagi.

While meeting on the Explore Floor (located on the 2nd floor of the new Berney Family Welcome Center), Director of Parent & Family Relations Mindy Weixelman sat down with Career Center Coordinator Jared Meitler to hear the latest news about career exploration resources.

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Safety Resources: Meet Campus Police

Officer Randy Myles with students, Carolyn Abrams and Carolina Mach

This is the first article in a 3 part series about K-State’s safety resources.

There is an unspoken expectation that students’ safety won’t be compromised when they come to college. K-State has made it a priority to ensure that expectation has always been met. A major element in securing student safety on campus is the K-State Campus Police Department. The department’s mission is, “to preserve a safe campus environment where diverse social, cultural, and academic values are allowed to develop and prosper.”

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The Power of Parents

Dr. Bosco visiting with K-State Telefund callers about the importance of the information collected during the annual phone survey with parents.


During the spring meeting of the K-State Parents & Family Association Advisory Board, parent ambassadors collaborated with me to allocate a record total of more than $110,000 in parent contributions to fund critical student-centered programs. Combined charitable gifts to the Parents & Family Fund provides an immediate impact on the following Student Life priorities:

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National study finds K-State the best value in Kansas, best for graduates’ starting salaries

infographic-2For the second year in a row, a study by SmartAsset finds Kansas State University is the best value in Kansas when it comes to getting the most bang for your education bucks. And for the second-straight year, the study finds the average starting salary for Kansas State University graduates tops that of graduates of other schools in the state.

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