EXPERT ON HELPING STUDENTS SUCCEED IN THE FIRST YEAR OF COLLEGE WILL DELIVER CHESTER E. PETERS LECTURE APRIL 16
An expert on how colleges and universities can make a student's first year a success will present K-State's 2010 Chester E. Peters Lecture on Student Development.
Mary Stuart Hunter will discuss "Moving Beyond Osmosis: Institutional Responsibilities for First-Year Student Success" at 10 a.m. Friday, April 16, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union. The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the office of the dean of the K-State College of Education.
Hunter is associate vice president and executive director for University 101 programs and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina. She has taught University 101, South Carolina's first-year seminar, since 1978. She also facilitates many of the resource center's conferences on first-year seminar instructor training and development and peer leader programs, which are conducted across the nation and internationally.
Following her lecture, Hunter will meet with K-State's first-year seminar faculty and staff at a special reception.
Accreditation is based on a program's compliance with 16 standards and more than 100 indicators of quality including faculty qualifications, facilities and resources, comprehensiveness of curriculum and evidence of student learning. K-State is among the 167 interior design programs based in North America that are accredited by the council.
The K-State bachelor's degree program in interior design is ranked third among accredited programs, according to the latest ranking from DesignIntelligence. The ranking reflects an annual survey of leading architecture and design firm principals who were are asked from which interior design programs they have had the best hiring experience.
"As a top-ranked, human ecology-based program in the United States, our graduates enjoy tremendous employment opportunities and success in multidisciplinary architecture and design firms,” said Jana Hawley, head of K-State's department of apparel, textiles and interior design.
An accredited education followed by an internship and examination is required for professional status as an interior designer. K-State's interior design graduates are hired by well-known multidisciplinary firms including Perkins and Will, Skidmore Owings and Merrill, and Gensler.
"Our interior design graduates are hired for their technical competence, professionalism, knowledge of human behavior and commitment to sustainable design," said Virginia Moxley, dean of K-State's College of Human Ecology. "When compared to peer institutions, K-State's program also is also one of the best values available to students of interior design."
Interior design is a field that addresses technical, functional, and aesthetic concerns in the design of interior environments. In addition to these fundamental concerns, K-State’s interior design program emphasizes design to support and enhance the psychological and physiological well-being of building users.
NASA CHIEF SCIENTIST TO GIVE UNIVERSITY DISTINGUISHED LECTURES APRIL 20 AND 21 AT K-STATE AT SALINA
Dennis M. Bushnell, chief scientist at NASA Langley Research Center, will give two presentations at K-State at Salina as part of the University Distinguished Lecture Series.
Bushnell will present "Societal Future States: The Future of Technology and the Human Race" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the College Center Conference Room. He will discuss the societal impacts of technological advancements and the human race's responsibility for future advancements. The presentation is a preview he will give to the World Future Society in July.
Bushnell also will present "The Futures of Energetics" at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 21, in the College Center Conference Room. The presentation covers new and novel energy sources that can replace the need for fossil carbon sources.
Both presentations are free and open to the public.
At NASA Langley, Bushnell is responsible for technical oversight and advanced program formulation with emphasis in the areas of atmospheric sciences and structures, materials, acoustics, flight electronics/control/software, instruments, aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, spacecraft, space access and other areas.