FAMILY DAY CELEBRATES FAMILY, TRADITION—AND FOOTBALL!
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!
You can tour campus; attend a children’s festival; drop by the barbecue on Bosco Plaza; soak up K-State history; visit the Beach Museum, the K-State Insect Zoo, the K-State Gardens, and the Konza Prairie; and much, much more. Top it off with Family Time in Cat Town, set to start two hours before the University of Central Florida football game kick off.
K-STATE NAMED ONE OF BEST SCHOOLS IN NATION
K-State makes a repeat appearance in the 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges, released by Princeton Review, after also appearing in the 2010 edition of The Best 371 Colleges. Student surveys said that K-State is tremendously affordable and a big school with a small-town feel and that administrators are “ultra-accessible.”
COLLECTION OF RESOURCES TARGETS FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
K-State First takes aim at making the first year at K-State successful by integrating several experiences: CAT Communities, First-Year Seminars, the K-State Book Network, and GPS, or Guide to Personal Success. Dedicated teachers, learning communities, smaller courses, a K-State guide, and a common reading experience all combine to ease the transition to college-level learning and college life.
Dedicated faculty who are leaders in their fields are important to your students, both in the classroom and in the laboratory. Here are just two who were in the news in August.
Michael Wesch, an associate professor of cultural anthropology, is a thought leader in higher education and is one of the first three fellows named by the National Institute for Technology in Higher Education. He is interested in tying together the notion of literacy and multiple media forms, and in the classroom he and his students have developed videos on the impact of technology in our lives. Their work includes such popular YouTube videos as “The Machine is Us/ing Us” and “A Vision of Students Today.”
Annelise Nguyen, assistant professor of toxicology, is studying cell communication as a way to achieve a better treatment for cancer. Nguyen’s journey from Vietnam to a career as a cancer researcher in the U.S. has encouraged her to reach out to students who are struggling with bilingual communication, are first-generation college students, or are from traditional families with different standards for their daughters than their sons.
SHARE SAFETY TIPS WITH YOUR STUDENT
Crime statistics compiled annually by the K-State Office of Student Life show K-State is among the safest universities in the Big 12. K-State is safe because faculty, students, and staff approach campus safety as a shared responsibility. As a new semester begins, it’s always time for a refresher for both new and returning students.
MAP-WORKS ASSESSES ADJUSTMENT TO ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL LIFE
MAP-Works will be launched the third week of the fall semester for first-year students to check up on how well students are making the adjustment to college. Students will be asked to take a survey about their high school behaviors and expectations of college life. The survey focuses on learning, connections, making healthy decisions, and knowing yourself. Data will be shared with specific K-State staff and faculty who can direct at-risk students to student life resources that can help them.
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.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Call the parent hotline at 785-532-2222 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.