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Housing & Dining Services: Meet Derek Jackson

Derek Jackson
Derek Jackson-Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Housing & Dining Services

While enjoying lunch at JP’s Sports Grill (located within the Jardine Apartment Community), Director of Parent & Family Relations Mindy Weixelman sat down with Assistant Vice President for Student Life/Director of Housing & Dining Services Derek Jackson to hear the latest news about Residence Life.

Mindy: Hi Derek! There are so many exciting projects, both large and small, taking place within Housing & Dining Services right now. I’m eager for you to share an update with K-State parents and families. Let’s start with a quick overview. Tell us about Housing & Dining Services.

Derek: Housing and Dining Services provides a living-learning environment for students, families and guests that is safe and comfortable. When construction on our newest residence hall (Wefald Hall) is complete this fall, we’ll have housing for more than 6,000 students in ten residence halls, a large apartment community, one leadership/scholarship house for women and a house for honors students. Our three dining centers serve made-from-scratch, balanced meals planned by registered dietitians, and feed approximately 10,000 people a day.

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Parent to Parent

Advice for supporting your student as classes fly by.

Mach Family
Scott, graduate of K-State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and Patty, graduate of The University of Kansas’s Department of Political Science, cheered on the ‘Cats with their family at the 2012 Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas.

Dear K-State parents and families,

As parents of three collegians (our son, Brett, graduated from a small private college in 2010, our son, Cooper, graduated from K-State in 2012 and our daughter, Carolina, is currently a sophomore at K-State) we’d like to share our thoughts on what you might experience with your student as the end of spring semester draws near.

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Lafene Health Center: WellCAT Ambassadors Program

WellCAT fall 2015
2015-16 WellCAT Ambassadors

Director of Parent & Family Relations Mindy Weixelman recently met with Lafene Health Center Director of Health Promotion Julie Gibbs to learn about the WellCAT Ambassadors, and how the program benefits K-State students and families.

Mindy: Hi Julie! I have been hearing wonderful things about the WellCAT Ambassadors program. While most K-State parents and families are likely familiar with Lafene Health Center, they may not be aware of the great work you and your students are doing with this relatively new program. Tell us about this leadership opportunity.

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Summer Institute in Conflict Resolution

ENL Summer School

MANHATTAN — A first-time certificate-earning institute being offered at Kansas State University this summer is designed to meet the growing need in the workplace for individuals with conflict resolution abilities.

Kansas State University’s Summer Institute in Conflict Resolution will be offered June 6-July 29 on the Manhattan campus through the School of Family Studies and Human Services in the College of Human Ecology. Students successfully completing the institute will earn the university’s certificate in conflict resolution.

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Letter from the Vice President for Student Life Pat Bosco

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

Earlier this month I shared the following letter with students, faculty and staff.  I hope all parents and families take great pride in knowing your student attends a university that attracts the best and brightest students.

Dear faculty and staff,

I thought you would find interesting some of the demographics released from the Kansas Board of Regents for the fall 2015 new student class:

  • We remain the No. 1 choice among Kansas high school graduating seniors, actually increasing our lead over our top in-state competitor.
  • We enrolled, once again, a record number of domestic multicultural students.
  • We increased our average ACT composite score for new domestic students for the fifth consecutive year from 23.6 to almost 25.

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Powercat Financial Counseling (PFC): Meet Jodi Kaus

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Jodi Kaus, Associate Director of Student Financial Assistance/Director of Powercat Financial Counseling

Director of Parent & Family Relations Mindy R. Weixelman recently sat down with Associate Director of Student Financial Assistance/Director of Powercat Financial Counseling (PFC) Jodi Kaus to learn more about PFC and how it benefits K-State students and families.

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Lifeline 911 Bill One Step Closer to Being Made Law

Andy Hurtig, Student Body President
Andy Hurtig, Student Body President

“We couldn’t be more excited that our state is just one final step away from having Lifeline 911 passed into law. When it comes to student safety, situations of life and death should always be considered with utmost responsibility.We feel passionately that this legislation can keep one student’s dangerous decision from resulting in the ultimate consequence, as this law will give students the confidence to make the call in alcohol-related medical emergencies. We feel this is not only an important achievement on behalf of student safety, but also a tremendous testament to the role that student governments in the state of Kansas can play in advocating for student interests at all levels of government.”

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Tips for Talking & Texting with your Student

 

ENCOURAGE your student to:

  • Download K-State’s LiveSafe app on their phone

www.k-state.edu/safety/livesafe/

LiveSafe is an app for the K-State community that provides a direct connection to K-State police so that everyone can easily communicate all their safety needs. Its easy-to-use features help students stay safe every day.

  • Stop by Career & Employment Services in Holtz Hall to prepare for upcoming Career Fairs on campus.

www.k-state.edu/ces

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Letter from the Vice President for Student Life Pat Bosco

boscoLast month I shared the following message with students, faculty, and staff.  I encourage you to read, and discuss with your student during the winter break.

Recent events around the country provide an opportunity for this university to reaffirm our commitment to respect, human dignity and social justice. At our school, we strongly support the principles of community and continue efforts to provide a welcoming, supportive and, most importantly, a responsive climate for our students, faculty and staff. Sadly, racism and other forms of discrimination exist everywhere, including here. This is not the K-State way.

It’s our job to make sure everyone has the chance to be successful — in the classroom, at work and in our communities. This is America 2015 and we must all do better…now. By living these principles, we provide all K-Staters a voice to show respect for one another and recognize every person’s value.

We pledge to educate, listen, and respond to anything that interferes with success at our university. We know we are not perfect, but we care and want to do better. Our hearts of purple are extended to all who are working toward ending all kinds of discrimination on college campuses. Continue reading “Letter from the Vice President for Student Life Pat Bosco”