June 2010

RESIDENCE HALL FOOD SERVICES WINS GOLD AWARD

Offering a variety of menu choices—from everyday classic and seasonal foods to weekly theme dinners, not to mention fare for vegetarians and for international tastes—is the key to K-State’s Housing and Dining Services’ winning a gold award for residence hall dining: single stand-alone concept/outlet for large schools. The award from the National Association of College and University Food Services marks K-State’s move into the large school category.

Discover how K-State showcased its food service program

STUDENTS AND FACULTY TO DISCUSS COMMON BOOK

The Kansas State Book Network (KSBN), a new reading program, intends to open the lines of communication with incoming freshman as well as students and faculty across campus. Everyone has been invited to read the same book. Faculty can incorporate The Hunger Games, a New York Times bestseller by Suzanne Collins, into their courses, as Kevin Blake, a professor of geography, intends to do.

Read about the program
See how the geography course will incorporate the book

BOOKSTORE CHOICES OFFSET HIGH COST OF TEXTBOOKS

Low-cost alternatives to new textbooks are now offered by K-State bookstores. Students can rent books, purchase used textbooks, or even access jumpbooks, a lower-cost digital version of a textbook that comes with a digital code for downloading. And students can pre-order their textbooks online by submitting their semester schedule, and the books will be ready for them when they arrive on campus in August.

K-State students also developed a new app now on Facebook that lets students find out how much those textbooks are worth at the end of the semester before they wait in line at the bookstore counter.

Pre-order textbooks
Learn more about the Facebook app

GPS PROGRAM NAVIGATES STUDENTS TO SUCCESS

The Guide to Personal Success program, which helps first-year students make the transition to college, is being expanded for fall 2010. From its fall 2009 beginning with 135 students, the program is now open to all incoming freshman. GPS matches students with a faculty, staff, graduate student, or alumni guide to help them connect to the K-State community.

Learn more about improvements to the program

K-STATE IN THE NEWS

K-State is only school in Kansas included among nation’s greenest campuses
Graduate engineering programs are in nation’s top 100
Crops team takes first place in national contest
Two faculty members who study natural world are newest University Distinguished Professors
Interior design students win first place in international competition

Mark your calendar for family day

Family Day: September 25

This year’s Family Day is set for Saturday, September 25, so mark your calendar for a day of activities with your K-State student. Bring the whole family!

Check out last year’s schedule of events
Book your hotel room for both events
Check out more K-State events

GET INVOLVED WITH THE PFA

The Parents and Family Association helps you connect to K-State. Our website keeps you up to date on events like Family Day and Open House, which give you the opportunity to come to campus and spend the day with your student.

Through the Parents and Family Advisory Board, you can participate in student recruitment events in Kansas and out of state. You can also help us raise funds to support scholarships and make enhancements to student life at K-State.

Learn about the PFA
Stay in touch on Facebook

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Call the parent hotline at 785-532-2222 or e-mail pfa@k-state.edu.

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