March/April 2011

K-STATE 8 REPLACES GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

New students registering for fall courses will enter K-State under a new general education program called the K-State 8. Continuing students can elect to change to the new program, which requires students to take courses in eight basic areas of knowledge that shape well-rounded thinkers and help prepare students for careers and graduate school.

The eight areas are aesthetic experience and interpretive understanding; empirical and quantitative reasoning; ethical reasoning and responsibility; global issues and perspectives; historical perspectives; human diversity within the U.S.; natural and physical sciences; and social sciences. A presentation on the website explains the eight areas and offers course examples for each one.

Watch the Why K-State 8 presentation to learn more
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TIPS FOR MAKING TAX RETURN FILING EASIER FOR STUDENTS

As the April 18 deadline to file a tax return looms, your student may or may not be thinking about filing taxes. Amy Hageman, an assistant professor of marketing, offers five tips specifically geared to students to make the tax preparation process less overwhelming, including checking with your parents to see if they’re claiming you as a dependent.

Check out tax tips for students

BOOK FOR READING PROGRAM EMPHASIZES IDENTITY AND ENGAGEMENT

Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, is the book chosen for the second year of K-State’s university common reading program. The nonfiction book details the human side of people’s experiences in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and examines the themes of American identity, community engagement, 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 program

TOP ACTIVITIES

The Collegian, the student newspaper, recently ran a list of the top 50 activities a K-State student can do, both on and off campus, from attending a Landon Lecture to eating banana pancakes foster at The Chef. Even if you’re a parent, spouse, or alum, this list will resonate with you since it blends the past with new activities. So next time you’re passing through Manhattan, visit an old favorite or explore a new site.

Explore the sites

RESIDENCE HALLS AND ENGINEERING LIBRARY RECEIVE RAVE REVIEWS

Making students feel at home and giving them a great place to study on campus recently put K-State on two best-in-the nation lists. The residence halls appeared on a new list from DormSplash.com, winning a Dormy Award for receiving a high average rating from student reviews. K-State also tied for fourth on the list of the 14 schools with the best resident assistants. The Fiedler Engineering Library earned second place on TechFlash.com’s list of the most impressive college computer labs, and the website also cited the library’s size, the small team learning rooms wired for the information age, and the fact that the library is 100 percent electronic.

Find out more about the awards

CHOOSE YOUR DESTINATION AT OPEN HOUSE

If you plan to attend K-State’s Open House on April 16, 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 Mollie McReynolds at molliem@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, including the Marching Cobras. 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

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
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HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

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

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