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The Pilots Program

Author: Jill Abbott

We’re Nearing the End

You have (almost) made it through the last full month of your first year of college. Congrats! We are so proud of each of you for rising to the challenge of tackling your first year at Kansas State. The final weeks of the semester are incredibly busy in the Pilots Program so please continue reading to make sure you’re aware of all thMotivationalQuotee events and opportunities available for the end of the year.

A hearty congratulations to all of the awardees recognized at the annual Pilots Awards Reception! You’re all terrific students and the staff would like to thank you for a wonderful year in the Pilots Program.

Best wishes and good luck on your final exams,

The Pilots Staff, (Rebeca, Nidhi, Nilima, R.J., and Jill)


Mark Your Calendars:

Monday, May 2, 2016: Cultural Event Reflection Paper #2 Due on CANVAS

Friday, May 5, 2016: Last Day of PA Study Hours

Monday, May 6 – Friday, May 13, 2016: FINALS WEEK – No PA study hours

Friday, May 13, 2016: Assessment 2: Learning & Study Skills Assessment due

Saturday, May 14, 2016: Residence Halls Close

Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Final grades available in KSIS


Spring Pilots Class Final Exam Schedule


COMM 106 Public Speaking: Monday, May 9 from 7:30 – 9:20 am

PSYCH 110 Intro to Psychology: Monday, May 9 from 4:10 – 6:00 pm

GEOG 100 World Regional Geography: Tuesday, May 10 from 9:40 – 11:30 am

MATH 010 Intermediate Algebra: Wednesday, May 11 from 4:10 – 6:00 pm

Math 100 College Algebra: Wednesday, May 11 from 6:20 – 8:00 pm

SOCIO 211 Intro to Sociology: Thursday, May 12: 7:00 am – 11:59 pm (ONLINE)


Full list can be found HERE.

**If there is no location listed next to the class, the exam will be held in the same classroom as the regular session class.

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Scholarships and Awards Recipients

Thank you to all who attended the annual Pilots Awards Reception!  We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015-2016 Pilots Scholarships and Awards.


President’s Honor Roll (4.0 GPA):

Kelsey Drewelow, Meghan Dyster, Ryan Ehrenberg, Andrea Enciso, Michaela Feeney, Elizabeth Gregory, Caitlin Harkleroad, Kyle McLean, Tabitha Stumma, and Sandy Vang

Dean’s Honor Roll (3.75-3.99 GPA):

Ana Bautista, AJ Dunmire, Samantha Judd, Janet Matos, Anna Meagher, and Clayton Wintermantel

Pilots Honor Roll (3.5-3.74 GPA):

Erica Alfano, Almanek Allums, Micayla Campfield, Jorge Fernandez, Rachel Groff, Emma Jackson, Lauren Sullivan, Zoua Vang, and Chris Walton.

Continue reading “Scholarships and Awards Recipients”

Upcoming Cultural Event

Your second Cultural Event Reflection Paper is due Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11:59 on CANVAS. Here is the final upcoming, approved cultural event for you to attend before the paper is due. Check Canvas Announcements and the bulletin board in the Pilots Study lab for more information.

Holocaust Survivor Sonia Warshawski Skype Lecture

Thursday, April 28, 2016

6:00 pm

Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building



Resources after Pilots

Remember, there are numerous resources that you can use on campus even after your time as a Pilots student is over! Here are a few to keep in mind: 

Academic Career and Information Center explore majors, discover options and select occupations that connect with your interests, abilities and values.

Academic Assistance Center: provides a variety of services dedicated to helping K-State students achieve academic success.

Career and Employment Services learn about career fairs, resume and interview tips, job listings and internships.

Center for Advocacy, Response, and Education: provides confidential services and advocacy for survivors of sexual violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual harassment.

Counseling Services: provides brief intervention in a student’s life that may assist in decision making, skill building, or mental health support.

English Writing Center: provides feedback at any stage of the writing process to enable students to gain awareness of writing strategies; improve writing assignments or non-academic writing; and increase their sense of competence, confidence, and ownership in writing.

Financial Services provide fiscal services to the campus and serve as an interface with external agencies for all fiscal matters.

Lafene Health Center: allergy and immunization, general medical clinic, health promotion, laboratory, nutrition counseling, pharmacy, rehabilitation services, radiology (X-ray), registration & records, sports medicine clinic, and women’s clinic.

LGBT Resource Center: dedicated to helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, staff, and faculty and allied members of our campus and surrounding communities to be more secure, educated, and productive in their personal and professional surroundings.

Pilots Sophomore Initiative: goal setting and motivation, advising/counseling, a community of diverse peers, scholarship opportunities, monthly group meetings, awesome speakers, sponsored social activities, study groups, and peer assistance for specific courses.

SafeRideoffers students and their guests a safe alternative to drunken driving and other threatening situations.

Student Access Centerprovides equal access and opportunity to all campus programs and services for students with disabilities.

Student Activities and Servicescompliments the academic programs of study at K-State and to enhance the overall educational experience of students through exposure to and participation in social, cultural, recreational, and governance programs.

Office of Student Life: provides direct support and services to students, advocates for students in a variety of settings, connects students with accurate referrals for academic and personal problems.

Study Abroad: learn about hundreds of programs in over eighty countries.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiryserves as a conduit for undergraduate research at Kansas State University and to promote collaborations and awareness across campus and beyond in order to advance the university’s visionary 2025 plan and to attain the status of a Top 50 public research institution.



Farewell Marcus!

Big congratulations to our Sociology and Finance PA, Marcus Dobson, on accepting his first post-graduation job as the district leader for the Frito Lay branch of the Pepsi Cola Company!  As the district leader, Marcus will be in charge of the finance, marketing, and operations management for that division of the company in addition to supervising a crewMarcus1 of operating managers.  Beginning in June, Marcus will travel to New York and Minneapolis for a rigorous training program and then fly back to Kansas City to begin his new career.   Shortly after graduation, Marcus will work on becoming a CFA (Chartered Finance Analyst) and apply for MBA programs in 2018.

So how did Marcus achieve his dream in just five short years?

Continue reading “Farewell Marcus!”

Photo Gallery

Bluemont Hall experienced a bit of a heat wave last month. Math PA, Sarah Watkins decided to take advantage of the gorgeous weather to work on Math homework with Ted and Rachel.
Sophomores and Nidhi
Our outstanding sophomore group welcomed Pilots advisor, Nidhi, to talk about the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment and discuss the strengths of all personality types.
Jairo and Randy
Engineering students, Jairo Fernandez and Randy Munoz, work collaboratively to solve a problem for their Math 221 class.
Sophomore, Maria Vieyra’s beautiful artwork is showcased at the annual Pilots Awards Reception.
Evelyn Lucio, Grace Barr, and Mursadeez McCray pose to for the camera before the ceremony begins.
Zoua and Sandy Vang celebrate their accomplishments after the ceremony ends.
Temujin Strickland, Brandon Nsaho, Tom Her, Kyle McGary, and Jairo Fernandez celebrate the end of a fantastic year in the Pilots Program.
Micalya Campfield and Sarah Wright flash their awards for the camera after the completion of the ceremony.
Janet Matos and Carlos Diaz Perez celebrate their semester together in Pilots.

Hello, March!

It’s hard to believe March is already here!  We are approaching a very busy time of the semester with midterms, projects, scholarship applications due, and not to mention Spring Break.  Now more than ever is the time to remain focused and organized so you will not miss any important happenings with Pilots and K-State.  Please take a moment to read our March newsletter to stay up to date with events, due dates, and some amazing student accomplishments.

Best wishes for the month of March!

The Pilots Staff (Rebeca, Nilima, Nidhi, R.J., and Jill)


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Mark Your Calendars!

Monday, March 7, 2016: Pilots Scholarship Applications due at 5:00 pm in Holton 101

Monday, March 7, 2016: Cultural Event Reflection Paper #1 due by 11:59 pm on CANVAS

March 14 – 18, 2016: SPRING BREAK – NO CLASSES

Monday, March 21, 2016: Enrollment for Summer/Fall 2016 available on KSIS

March 21 – April 15, 2016: 2nd Round of Pilots Advising Appointments

Monday, March 28, 2016: Last day to drop a regular session class (will receive a W)

Saturday, April 16, 2016: All University Open House (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016: Pilots End of the Year Scholarship and Awards Reception (3:30 – 5:00 pm in the Little Theater | K-State Student Union)

Cultural Events


Your first Cultural Event Reflection Paper is due on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 11:59 pm on CANVAS.  There are only two events left to attend for this paper!

Lecture by American Comic Artist, Trina Robbins

Friday, March 4, 2016

4:00 pm

K-State Alumni Center

“Art, Pleasure, & Imagination” ft. Artist, Favianna Rodriguez

 Monday, March 7, 2016

5:00 pm

13 Leasure Hall


Your second Cultural Event Reflection Paper is due Monday, May 2, 2016 at 11:59 on CANVAS. Here are some upcoming, approved cultural events for you to attend before the paper is due. This list is constantly updated with new cultural event opportunities. Check Canvas Announcements and the bulletin board in the Pilots’ lab for more information.


Noorjahan Akbar: Teaching Women to Lead Worldwide: Overcoming Social and Political Struggles”

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

4:00 pm

Forum Hall, K-State Student Union

“Tangerine” Film Showing

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

4:30 pm

Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building

Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez: “Lost in Projection”

Monday, March 21, 2016

7:00 pm

Flint Hills Room, K-State Student Union

Landon Lecture: Author, H. W. Brands

Thursday, April 7, 2016

4:30 pm

McCain Auditorium

Opening Reception for “Behind the Glass Eye: Photographs by Toyo Miyatake” and “Minidoka on my Mind: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura”

Thursday, April 7, 2016

5:00 pm

Beach Museum of Art

“You People: Mistrust of the Other”

Saturday, April 9, 2016

2:00 pm

Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building

“This is Real! What’s Going on with Diversity?” by Terri Johnson

Thursday, April 14, 2016

4:30 pm

Room 123, Leadership Studies Building

Dr. Vershawn Young: “I’m not Freddie Gray, but I want Justice: Performing African American Resilience in Digital Spaces”

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

4:00 pm

Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building