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Powercat Financial Counseling (PFC): Meet Jodi Kaus

Jodi Kaus - headshot
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


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.


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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”

Update on Changes to the Weapons Possession Policy at State Universities

Kansas State University considers the safety of students, faculty, staff and all employees the ultimate priority. As a campus community, we have continued our discussion of campus safety measures, gun control, and the Kansas Board of Regents plans to implement the law passed by the Kansas Legislature in 2013 for concealed carry. Continue reading “Update on Changes to the Weapons Possession Policy at State Universities”

The long break: How to navigate and enjoy your time together

By Molly McGaughey

My favorite, newly found TV show is The Middle. It’s been around for a while but I didn’t discover it until this summer. I think at this point I’ve seen almost every episode. And it’s not a guilty pleasure if I’m willing to announce to the world that I love it, right? One of the things I love best about the show is that it depicts a family that is terribly imperfect but still incredibly likeable. Continue reading “The long break: How to navigate and enjoy your time together”

Family Matters

How your college student’s definition of family may expand at the university level.

By Molly McGaughey

MollyFamilies with college students are always striving to find a new relationship equilibrium. How much to communicate and how much detail to share about daily life and relationships is probably still in flux for many of you.

Most of you should be familiar with K-State’s use of the word “family” to describe our campus community. I must admit that I both like and dislike this. Being literal I point out that Larry Moeder is my boss, not my uncle (even though for years many admissions representatives have called him “Uncle Larry”). And what about people from families that have struggled in the past to find harmony? Does the word “family” mean the same thing to them as it does others?

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Housing Spotlight | Smith Scholarship House

Smith Scholarship House.
Smith Scholarship House.

Love where you live – How cereal, camaraderie and community are making Bryan Lytle’s experience unforgettable at Smith Scholarship House, an all-male cooperative environment. Learn more about Smith Scholarship House through a Q&A with President, Bryan Lytle! Continue reading “Housing Spotlight | Smith Scholarship House”