December 2013

It’s been a busy and successful Fall semester in the Pilots Program! We are in the midst of the end-of-semester crunch and are just days away from the start of winter break. On behalf of everyone at Kansas State University, we would like to wish you the best of luck on your final exams, papers, and projects, and we hope you enjoy a few weeks of rest and relaxation during the upcoming holiday season. We are so proud of each and every one of you for working hard and meeting the challenges of your first semester at K-State!

Best wishes,

The Pilots Staff

Final Exam Schedule

Visit our Helpful Resources page for test taking strategies and prepping for finals! Check with your PA about group review sessions this week and next!

Check with your instructor regarding exam LOCATIONS

DED 051 Math ReviewWed. Dec 119:30 AM
SOCIO 211 Intro to SociologyFri. Dec 131:30 PM
COMM 106 Public SpeakingMon. Dec 167:30 AM
MATH 010 Intermediate AlgebraTue. Dec 172:00 PM
PSYCH 110 Intro to PsychologyTue. Dec 174:10 PM
GEOG 100 World Regional GeographyWed. Dec 1811:50 AM
MATH 100 College Algebra (all sections)Wed. Dec 186:20 PM
HIST 251 History of the US to 1877Fri. Dec 20

9:40 AM

Final Exam PA Review Sessions

All final exam review sessions will meet in the Pilots lab.

Public Speaking (COMM 106) with Madi
Tuesday, December 10 / 8:00 PM

Geography (GEOG 100) with Megan
Tuesday, December 17 / 10:00 AM

History (HIST 251) with Sabrina
Thursday, December 19 / 1:00 PM

Math with Chris
Thursday, December 12 / 4:30 PM (All math sections except Trig)
Thursday, December 19 / 9:00 AM (MATH 150 PLANE TRIG ONLY)

Ask your PA if you are unsure whether or not they are conducting a review session. PAs will schedule reviews as needed.

Winter Break Wishes

Here are a few things students and staff are wishing for/excited about. How about you?

What are you wishing for this year?

  • Whirled peace!
  • I want an automobile
  • A new driver and other various boring golf stuff
  • I’m wishing for a new Dodge Charger J (won’t happen)
  • I’m wishing for a white Christmas and NO ROTAVIRUS!

What are you excited about for break?

  • Eggnog
  • Going home
  • Getting away from the cold
  • Excited for binge watching Netflix!
  • I am excited to spend time with my family!
  • I’m excited to get some much needed rest over break
Holiday Recipes!

Sweet & Spicy Mulled Apple Cider(adapted from All Recipes)


-4 whole cinnamon sticks        -peel of one lemon
-1 teaspoon ground cloves      -¼ cup real maple syrup or brown sugar
-8 whole allspice berries          -6 cups apple juice
-peel of one orange                            


1. Place cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, allspice berries, orange peel, and lemon peel in a medium saucepan. Pour in maple syrup and apple juice, then bring to almost a boil.

2. Reduce the heat to its lowest setting and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and serve in mugs.

Peppermint Bark (slightly adapted from All Recipes)


-8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips      -teaspoon peppermint extract                    
-8 ounces white chocolate chips               -10 candy canes, crushed
-2 teaspoons canola oil, divided


1. Line a 9x9 inch pan with waxed paper.

2. Microwave 1 teaspoon of canola oil and the semi-sweet chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl at 50% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at 50% power for another 30 seconds. Pour the melted chocolate into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle ¼ of the crushed candy canes over the chocolate layer and put in the freezer while you melt the white chocolate.

3. Microwave the remaining teaspoon of canola oil and the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl at 50% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at 50% power for another 30 seconds. Stir in the peppermint extract. Pour the white chocolate over the semi-sweet chocolate layer and spread evenly, being careful not to mix the two chocolates together. Sprinkle the rest of the crushed candy canes over the top and gently press in. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, or until completely hardened.

4. Remove from the pan and break into pieces. Store in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Wet Ingredients                Dry Ingredients

-2 eggs                          - 3 ½ cups flour
-½ cup canola oil             -1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
-¼ cup molasses             -1 ½ teaspoons nutmeg
-2 cups sugar                  -1 ½ teaspoons salt
-1 can of pumpkin           -1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
-1 ½ teaspoons vanilla     -1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
-as many chocolate chips as you want


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients in separate bowls, then combine and stir until smooth.

2. Drop dough by the spoonful onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Inexpensive Gift Guide

Gifts $25 and under for anyone and everyone!

Bouncy ballthat bounces up to 75 FEET!

“You are Beautiful” pencils, because you know some very beautiful people, inside and out.

Ninjabread cookie cutters, because…awesome?

Grippy pad to stick a phone onto the dashboard for GPS and tunes.

Twelve-hour hand warmer, to keep hands warm on long winter bike rides and while ice-skating.

Milktape, a USB drive disguised as a cassette tape so you can make real mixtapes.

Selfie taker, for the Instagram lover in your life.

Pi ice cube tray, for your math-loving friends.

Tube wringer, the most practical of gifts for the person who has seemingly everything.

Amplifiear projects an iPad’s sound toward you so you can actually hear songs, videos, movies, etc.

Awkward Family Photos game, family fun at its finest.

Kiva microloan in the gift recipient’s name to someone who needs it, like a Kenyan farmer who wants to purchase seeds or a young Bolivian woman who needs school tuition. When the borrower repays the loan, the money returns to your account and you can loan it out again to someone else!

What to Expect Next Semester: Spring 2014 Preview

Things to look forward to in the Spring semester of Pilots:

  • Honor roll lists: President’s (4.00 GPA), Dean’s (3.75-3.99 GPA), and Pilots (3.00-3.74 GPA)
  • PA hours in more subject areas (Biology, Economics, Spanish, and more!)
  • Pilots scholarship opportunities
  • Another wonderful semester with the Pilots Program!


End of semester survey available

December 9

End of semester survey DUE

Last day of classes
December 13

Final examinations
December 16-20

Residence halls close
December 21

Final grades posted
December 24

Residence halls open
January 19

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 20

Spring term begins
January 21

Priority deadline to submit the K-State Scholarship application
February 1

Priority FAFSA deadline for Fall 2014-Spring 2015
March 1