April 2012

K-STATE RESEARCHERS RECOGNIZED FOR SHAPING SCIENCE IN KANSAS

The Ad Astra Kansas Initiative named 21 K-State faculty members among the top 150 researchers ever to work in Kansas throughout its 150 years of statehood. Ad Astra’s yearlong project, “Science in Kansas: 150 Years and Counting,” celebrated the state’s sesquicentennial and helped emphasize the importance of science and the career possibilities in research and innovation to K-12 students.

See the list of K-State researchers

 

BOOK FOR READING PROGRAM FOCUSES ON THEMES OF RACE, RESEARCH, BIOETHICS, MORE

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” by Rebecca Skloot, is the book chosen for the third year of K-State’s university common reading program. The book is based on the true story of Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells—known as HeLa to the many scientists who use them— were taken without her knowledge and used to help develop some of the most important advances in medicine, including the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization and more.

The K-State Book Network connects first-year students to the campus community as all discuss and analyze the book’s themes. Discussion also encourages them to become immersed in challenging ideas right at the very beginning of their K-State careers.

Learn more about the book
Find out about KSBN

 

RESEARCH JOBS HELP STUDENTS GAIN REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

K-State provides a variety of out-of-the-classroom opportunities for students to gain research experience in many disciplines. Ranging from biology to accounting, these experiences allow students to work side-by-side with their professors and to learn how research works firsthand.

Read the Collegian story

 

EXPAND YOUR NETWORK AT OPEN HOUSE

If you plan to attend K-State’s Open House on April 21, why not volunteer to represent the Parents and Family Association at an information table? It’s a great time to meet other parents, and it’s a good excuse to visit your student. Please contact Danielle Young at ddy@k-state.edu if you would like to volunteer.

Make a full day of it, with entertainment, academic exhibits, food, and activities for all ages.

You can check out the new Tower building at Jardine Apartments, the exhibits at the Beach Museum, and entertainment at Bosco Plaza and the Quad. Learn about how the stock market works, make a healthy snack, stroll through the International Student Center rain garden, and much more. Open House offers hundreds of things to see and do.

Check out Open House basics

 

SPRING COMMENCEMENT IS APPROACHING FAST!

If your student graduates this May, the details are getting down to the final wire. The ceremony for K-State Salina is on Saturday, May 5. Ceremonies for the Graduate School and the College of Veterinary Medicine are on Friday, May 11; the rest of the ceremonies take place on Saturday, May 12.

Find commencement instructions and FAQs here

 

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
Follow PFA on Twitter

 

HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

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