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Category: March 2016

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)


March is National Women’s History Month Women's History Month picstitch


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


Enrollment Steps for Summer/Fall 2016

If you’re a second semester freshman, please follow these steps for Summer or Fall 2016 enrollment:

  1. Make an appointment with your academic advisor (the advisor for your major). Your academic advisor’s name is listed in your KSIS student center.
  2. If you have a declared major, pick up a curriculum guide from ACIC (014 Holton Hall) or print one out.
  3. Look over your degree requirements and think of what classes you may want to take. Use the Fall 2016 course line schedule to determine which classes are available.
  4. Log onto KSIS to find your enrollment date and time and to ensure that you do not have any holds on your account. (You will have an advising flag and an Academic Assistance Center hold, both of which will be lifted after meeting with your academic advisor and your Pilots advisor, respectively.)
  5. Meet with your academic advisor and prepare a class schedule including course names, reference numbers, and class times.
  6. Make an appointment to meet with your Pilots advisor after you’ve met with your academic advisor.
  7. Bring your completed class schedule to your next Pilots advising appointment. Make sure you ask how to navigate the line schedule, enroll in classes, and put your name on a course wait list if you are unsure.
  8. Enroll via your KSIS Student Center during or after your designated enrollment date and time. If you need assistance and/or have questions, please contact your Pilots advisor.

NOTICE: Different colleges have different policies on seeing students for pre-enrollment.
• Call your college or department to make an appointment with your academic advisor as soon as possible.
• Pay attention to your emails. You may receive detailed instructions on how to contact your academic advisor.

If you have any questions about the process, ask your Pilots advisor (Rebeca, Nilima or Nidhi) to assist you.

Sophomore Spotlight: Maria Vieyra

Pilots Sophomore Maria Vieyra recently submitted an original piece of artwork she developed as a part of the Canvas of Diversity Initiative that aims to turn the K-State Student Union construction zone into a place for campus expression, multiculturalism, anti-oppression, and social justice. maria vieyra

What message did you want to convey by creating this piece?

“I wanted to show people that moving forward doesn’t mean pushing anyone back.  We should be aware that we are different and that’s not a bad thing.  Our background, culture, and heritage are important and we shouldn’t disregard that. Some people say its good to take a “colorblind” approach, but I feel like we should be embracing differences and appreciating color in the world.”

Where did you derive your inspiration for this piece?

“Mostly caffeine…kidding, but personally, I have met a lot of people who would like to take the colorblind approach to meeting people, but I don’t because I want to embrace differences and promote others to do as well  This painting was created to show people how beautiful color is.”

How else can students demonstrate their awareness for issues of diversity and social justice if not with art?

“There’s a variety of ways to be active in these issues like protesting and attending meetings of different organizations that center around these issues.  Definitely challenge yourself to read and learn more to make yourself a more well-rounded person who is aware of the issues.”

What advice can you give to the Pilots students to help them increase their awareness of social justice and issues in diversity?

“Go to events! Even if you don’t have to go, still go because it will really open your eyes and let you see how different people are which is a wonderful thing to see.”

Any final thoughts?

“Pulling a two-day all nighter to create this piece is not advisable! Just be aware of these opportunities because I was not aware of this initiative until just a few days before the submission date. Always be on the lookout for opportunities like these to get involved and showcase your skills.”


Maria's Painting2



Undergraduate Research is NOT just for Scientists

Conducting research as an undergraduate is an excellent way to gain experiences and skills that will benefit you both academically and professionally. In addition to exploring your areas of interest in-depth, undergraduate research develops skills in collaborative learning and critical thinking. For students interested in pursuing grad school, undergraduate research is a way of expanding your education outside of the classroom and better preparing yourself for the rigors of graduate study. Even if you are unsure about graduate studies, conducting undergraduate research is a way of exploring your research interests and testing the suitability of a research career to your interests. Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry to see what opportunities are available and how to get involved!

Two of our very own Pilots students are currently working as undergraduate research assistants.  Read below to see how they got started and how valuable the experience can be.


Jacob Sanderson – Psychological Sciences Jacob Sanderson

Jacob is currently working in the Department of Psychological Sciences with Dr. Pickens conducting experiments with rats.  Dr. Pickens research focuses on alcohol and decision-making associated with learning tasks.

Why do undergraduate research?

“There is real world relevance to all the terms and theories outlined in your classes so participating in research solidifies these principles through application.”

What do you like about doing research?

“Learning by watching and participating. Asking questions about the process helps me understand how to construct a research design.”

How do you suggest getting involved?

“Cast a wide net that goes further than your specific interests. One of the best ways to learn something is to understand what you don’t know.  If you are curious about participating in undergraduate research, I encourage you to just jump in. I personally have no special skills that make me the ideal researcher, but what I lack in skills, I make up for in curiosity.”

Lauren Sullivan – Business Management

Lauren Sullivan

Lauren currently works in the department of Management Information Systems with Dr. McHaney. She is gathering information from social media sites from people she can connect with on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to assess the differences in lingo used on these three sites. Later, Lauren will input the data into a program that will analyze patterns of words to identify different emotions and personality types.

Why do undergraduate research?

“It can help broaden your interests and go beyond what your major entails.  My major is business management, but I can find ways that the information I gain in research can be applied to my future career.”

So the College of Business faculty do research too? I didn’t know that!

“I didn’t either! I never thought I’d be able to be a part of a research team since my major is business management, but after networking with my Pilots PA, I found out that even fields that aren’t science-related have problems that need solved. Even Professors from different universities are collaborating with us on this project!”

How do you suggest getting involved?

“Just reach out to professors.  Even if they aren’t currently in the middle of a project, they likely know someone who is. Be open minded because it can provide some really great connections for the future.”



Tax Assistance at Manhattan Public Library

Need help filing your taxes? The VITA program can help! IRS-certified volunteers can provide free tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of less than $52,000 (Military returns and non-Kansas returns excluded).

Appointments are required and you can schedule one by calling (785) 565-6426 or emailing vitataxes@gmail.com. The program takes place at the Manhattan Public Library (629 Poyntz). Read more HERE.

Photo Gallery

Valentine's day Picstitch1
Megan, Trayvon, A.J., Steve, and Jordan help celebrate Valentine’s Day by expressing their love for Pilots
Group Pic2
Lorena, Xavier, Odalys, Mursadeez, Jocelyn, Nallely, Jourdyn, Del’Sha, Ray’Monik, Brandon, and Jairo take a moment to pose for a photo on a chilly February afternoon.


Shelby Study Session
Our wonderful PA, Shelby leads a discussion with Aaron, Austin, and Sierra over their notes for Psychology 110.
Girls Group Pic1
Lorena, Odalys, Jocelyn, and Nallely are all smiles as they relax in the Staley School of Leadership Studies.
Group Pic1
Pilots Students listen intently to a guest speaker in Geography 100 on February 4th.
Valentine's day Picstitch2
Abigail, Brandon, Nikki, Clayton, and Crystal celebrate how much they love Pilots right before Valentine’s Day.
Group Pic3
Lorena, Jocelyn, Nallely, Odalys, Jourdyn, Xavier, Mursadeez, Del’Sha, Brandon, and Jairo take a break from their homework to have a little fun in the Leadership Studies Building.
scholarship workshop
A group of Pilots students attend the Pilots Scholarship Workshop and learn how to make their applications stand out!
sophomores at los lobos
A few of our wonderful sophomores take a moment to pose with Rebeca before attending the Los Lobos event at McCain Auditorium on February 18.