Events and activities
Each class of Mortar Board expresses their commitment to scholarship, leadership and service differently, however, below are activities that are consistently held each year. Check out the photos page to see Mortar Board in action!
MORTAR BOARD RETREATSConducted each semester, these retreats allow members to create bonds with fellow members and build leadership skills. Goals and plans for upcoming semesters are also developed.
READING IS LEADING
This project is part of the National Mortar Board "Reading is Leading" initiative. Each week, two members volunteer to read stories to children at local grade schools and daycares. The storybooks are then donated to the reading location for addition to their libraries.
FIRST BOOKThe XIX chapter raises money each year for First Book, an organization that provides access to books for children in need. During the 2011-2012 academic year, the chapter raised over $5,800, the second-most of any Mortar Board Chapter and the most ever raised by a chapter at K-State!
PEN PAL PROJECT
Mortar Board's newest project is partnering with a Manhattan elementary school to help form bonds between college students and elementary school students. The project includes weekly letters passed between the students.
Each year, Mortar Board hosts a reception to honor chosen faculty members. Honored faculty members are chosen by Mortar Board because of their outstanding achievements in teaching, advising, or mentoring.
POINSETTIA SALESPrior to the holiday season, Mortar Board members sell poinsettias as a major fundraising activity for the chapter. This fundraiser enables the chapter to award two scholarships each year.
ADOPT A FAMILYEvery holiday season Mortar Board adopts a family in need through the Flint Hills Breadbasket.
ACADEMIC DECATHLONEach spring Mortar Board and Kansas State University host the State of Kansas Academic Decathlon. This event, for Kansas high school students, is a weekend filled with various competitions ranging from essay writing to super quiz.
USHERING/HOSTING CAMPUS EVENTS Members volunteer their time to usher at both Landon Lectures each semester and to host the university President and his guests during home football games.