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Category: February 2016

Welcome Back Pilots Students

Welcome back to K-State, Pilots students!  We hope you enjoyed your holiday break and were able to relax and prepare for another exciting semester.  Last semester, 58% of our students received a 3.00 GPA or higher.  That’s over half of you — way to go!  Our advisors have updated the window display outside Holton 101 that welcome-backfeatures our student achievements.  Make sure to stop by and take a photo to send to your family and friends or email it to us so we can post them on Facebook and Twitter.  We are so proud of each and every one of you for working hard last semester, and we look forward to what the Spring 2016 semester has in store.  Keep up the hard work and make sure to apply for Pilots scholarships.

Here’s to a great semester!


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


Important Dates to Note:  calendar

  • February 1-28: Black History Month
  • February 1-26: Pilots Advising Appointments 1
  • Monday, February 8: Last day to drop a class for 100% refund
  • Monday, February 15: Last day to drop a class for 50% refund
  • Tuesday, February 16: Study Abroad Fair – 8 am to 5 pm – Student Union
  • Monday, February 23: Last day to drop class without a W recorded
  • Monday, March 7: Cultural Event Reflection Paper #1 Due
  • Monday, March 7: Pilots Scholarship Packets Due

Visit the syllabus on Canvas for for information or directions for EDCEP 110 assignments!

Fall Semester Honor Roll

Honor RollThe Pilots staff would like to acknowledge the following students for their academic achievements this past semester. Congratulations!

President’s Honor Roll (4.0 GPA)

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

Dean’s Honor Roll (3.75 – 3.99 GPA)

Ana Bautista, AJ Dunmire, Samantha Judd, Janet Matos, Anna Meagher, Ashlyn Riley, Valeria Rubio, and Clayton Wintermantel

Pilots’ Honor Roll (3.50 – 3.74 GPA) 

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

Forty students received between a 3.00 – 3.49 GPA last semester!  Congratulations and keep up the great work this semester.

We are so happy to have some new students joining the Pilots program this Spring.  Welcome, Abigail Bell, Carlos Diaz, Daniel Grinnan, Natasha Hall, Shanae McKenzie, Aaron Mullins, Bryan Munoz, Austin Noble, Crystal Posey, Tiffany Rich-Sturgeon, Savannah Simpson, and Jonathan White.Welcome-Banner

We are also excited to welcome three new Peer Assistants to the Pilots family, Katia Chavira (Geography), Shana Schmidt (English), and Carly Stithem (English) and our new social media intern, Alexus Lacy!

Pilots Scholarships

Scholarship packets for Pilots students are available to pick up in Holton 101 and in the Pilots study lab.  You should have also received an electronic version via email from Jill. These scholarships Apply for scholarshipsrequire a letter of reference.  Make sure your application packet is typed and looks professional and that you request your letter of reference ahead of time. Your reference should be from someone who knows you well, such as a professor, advisor, or a supervisor.

Remember, you must apply to be considered for one of these scholarships!



Return completed application packets to: Rebeca Paz, Pilots Program Director, 101 Holton Hall

To assist you in the application process, Jill will be holding a Pilots Scholarship Information Session on Monday, February 22 @ 4:00 pm in Leadership Studies Rm 113 and again on Thursday, February 25 @ 7:00 pm in the Pilots Study Lab before the applications are due.  As a group, we will be going over the scholarship application packet and discussing how to build a strong packet.

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Sophomore Initiative: “Enrich Your Journey”

What are your plans for your sophomore year of college?

What do you hope to achieve?

The goal of the Pilots Program Sophomore Initiative is to guide second year Pilots students as they perfect the skills and talents developed during the first year. Students will work on SMART goals, long-term planning, and tackle challenges often faced during the “sophomore slump” with the guidance of advisors and peer support.

Taylor Sweet
“The Pilots Program Sophomore Initiative helped me keep the friends I made last year and continued to assist me with time management skills. I still enjoy taking advantage of all the fun opportunities and free tutoring services as a sophomore. I encourage all the freshman to participate in the sophomore program because I have been able to upon all the skills I acquired as a freshman.” – Taylor Sweet (Sophomore)

Benefits of the Sophomore Initiative:

  • Resources for the 2nd year
  • Goal setting
  • Advising/counseling
  • A community of diverse peers
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Monthly group meetings
  • Awesome speakers
  • Sponsored social activities
  • Study groups
  • Peer assistance for specific courses

(No required classes or EDCEP 110)


Interested? Want to find out more? Talk to your Pilots advisor TODAY!

Pilots Sophomore Initiative

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A group of this year’s sophomores show off their holiday goody bags they received at the holiday party from Rebeca.

Upcoming Cultural Events

Your first Cultural Event Reflection Paper is due Monday, March 7 at 11:59 pm. Remember, you have to attend TWO separate cultural events this semester to get full credit for the assignments.  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.

The New Middle East Cold War Lecture: Dr. F. Gregory Gause

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Tadtman Boardroom, Alumni Center

“The Empowerment Experiment: My Year of Buying Black”: Maggie Anderson

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Kansas State Alumni Center Ballroom

You Can’t Change What We Never Chose: Samuel Brinton (Kansas State University Alumni, Nuclear Engineer, and LGBT Advocate)

Monday, February 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm

1109 Engineering Hall

For Those Who Love God and Trap Music: Dr. Joycelyn Wilson

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 1:00 pm

K-State Student Union, Rm 227

Celebrate Black History Month 2016

Erin Henderson
“Black History Month is way for people to understand the history because high schools fail to teach Black History as in depth as they should.” – Pilots Student Erin Henderson, Secretary, Freshman Action Team, Black Student Union

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. This year, K-State’s Black Student Union and the Office of Diversity are running a month-long celebration of events to honor Black History month!

  • Follow the social media campaign on Twitter using the hashtag  #TheBlackExperience for students to promote and uplift black culture at K-State.
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha will be hosting a fashion show on Tuesday, February 10 at 7:00 pm  to showcase business fashion for the upcoming Big XII Conference for Black Student Government in which 30 members of K-State’s BSU will in attendance.
  • Members of the BSU will also be giving back to the community by spending a day with the Boys and Girls club in Manhattan to engage in a variety of activities including health awareness.

    Nikki Allums
    “I think the importance of Black History Month is that Black History is American history.” – Pilots Student Nikki Allums, Treasurer, Freshman Action Team, Black Student Union
  • The Black Student Union presents: Soul Cafe featuring our special guests spoken word poet and musician Tebe Zalango and local Kansas City band, “The Ministry”. This event will have live music, dancing, poetry, and much more! Doors open at 6:30, the show begins at 7pm!
  • This year’s annual Black History Month Keynote Lecture presented by the Black Student Union features Maggie Anderson, author of the book, Our Black Year. Anderson has become the voice of American consumers of all backgrounds who want to make sure their buying power positively impacts struggling minority communities.

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