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Letter from the Vice President for Student Life Pat Bosco

Earlier this month I shared the following letter with campus partners and donors.  I hope all parents and families see the significant investment K-State is making to enhance your students’ career development opportunities and those for future students.

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K-State has a long tradition of preparing students to make important contributions to our communities and world. A key to educating and training K-State students for global opportunities, dynamic workplaces and future challenges has always been K-State’s family atmosphere, which continues to support student success and career readiness.

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A Letter from the Outgoing Student Governing Association Leadership

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2015-16 Student Body President Andy Hurtig of Wichita, KS and Vice President, Joe Tinker, of Overland Park, KS.

To our wonderful campus community,
Last week, we swore in your new Student Body President Jessica Van Ranken and Vice President Trenton Kennedy. We’d like to take a few moments and share some thoughts from our term in office.

Reflecting on this past year, we can’t help but smile when thinking about what an incredible journey it has been. With the help of the SGA body, we were able to collaborate with Athletics to eliminate their student privilege fee subsidy, which shows a mutual respect between the students of this university and our athletic department. In the unfortunate age of an ever rising cost of attendance, we worked to reduce the cost of textbooks by expanding the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative and we are very thankful for President Schulz’s support and fundraising for this program. With the help of our State Relations Director Brodie Herrman, we were able to pass Lifeline 911, a statewide law that grants limited legal immunity to intoxicated minors that are seeking emergency medical assistance, a project first started by former Student Body President Reagan Kays and former Vice President Cody Kennedy. We were lucky to have served our university during an era of unprecedented facilities enhancements, as we proudly broke ground on many of our K-State 2025 projects including the K-State Student Union, Seaton Hall and Phase IIIB of Bill Snyder Family Stadium, while likewise seeing the completion of the Berney Family Welcome Center, Engineering Hall, Vanier Family Football Complex and many others.

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Student Athletic Pass Opportunities

Student Tickets PromoStudent athletic passes for the 2016 – 2017 academic year are on sale now! K-State Students can join the best student section in the Big 12 Conference by logging in to their KSIS account and purchasing their athletic pass through the marketplace. General admission football and men’s basketball combo passes are $235 while general admission football only is $150. With seats on the 50-yard line at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and at mid-court in Bramlage Coliseum, K-State Students help provide one of the most intimidating atmospheres in the nation! If you have a student who will be starting at K-State in Fall 2016, your student will be able to purchase tickets during June Orientation & Enrollment. Representatives from K-State Athletics will be present to answer questions, and assist with ticket purchases. For more information, click here. Continue reading “Student Athletic Pass Opportunities”

The Value of Study Abroad Experience

Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 9.44.54 AMStudying Abroad is one of the most valuable and life-changing activities a student can participate in during their college experience. In today’s global economy, K-State students need to enter the workforce with international Screen Shot 2016-04-08 at 9.51.00 AMexperience and skills in order for them to be competitive in today’s global workforce. While students are having experiences and developing skills that employers value, they are also making progress towards their graduation requirements. K-State’s Study Abroad Office has joined a nationwide commitment to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.

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K-State Book Network: And the winner is…

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Tara Coleman, K-State Book Network Chair, with Wes Moore, author of KSBN’s 2015 book, “The Other Wes Moore”.

The motto of the K-State Book Network (KSBN) is “A campus on the same page.” It is designed to provide a common experience to help first year students transition from high school to college, grow academically and socially, and share something with all other first year students.

The university acknowledges that transitioning from high school to college can be a challenge for first year students. The purpose of the K-State First program, and KSBN, is to help guide that transition by giving students a common experience with the book and guided academic and social activities. It also sends the message that people in college read books, even ones that are not in their area of study, and that college is fun.

The events that go along with the books are geared to help students bond over their common reading experience, and learn new things about the book, related themes, K-State and the Manhattan community. It can be a great way for first year students to find common ground and start a conversation both inside and outside the classroom.

Director of Parent & Family Relations Mindy Weixelman recently visited with K-State Book Network Chair Tara Coleman to learn more about KSBN.

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Housing & Dining Services: Meet Derek Jackson

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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.

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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

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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

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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