October 2013 Newsletter

Welcome to the first Pilots newsletter of the 2013-2014 academic year!  We hope you are adjusting to life at K-State and that your courses are going well. As your dedicated and enthusiastic staff, we are here to help you successfully navigate your first year of college. Please get to know us and let us get to know you. We expect that you will work hard, try your best, and take advantage of the support we offer. Remember: if you put the effort in, you will do well!

Best wishes for a successful year,

The Pilots Staff

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Cultural Events

The second Cultural Event Reflection Paper is due Friday, December 6, at 1:30pm. Check KSOL or the Cultural Events bulletin board in the lab for updates and changes to the list of events! Please CAREFULLY look over your graded Cultural Event Reflection #1 and use Shay's notes as a guide for your next paper. See a Writing PA to have them help you edit/proofread any future written assignments.


Journalist David Finkel
Thursday, October 17, 4:00pm / Alumni Center Main Ballroom
Email Briana Nelson Goff to reserve a ticket.

Author Brian Gilley
Friday, October 18, 4:00pm / Town Hall (Leadership Studies)

LGBT Leadership Conference
Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19 / 1st Floor, Leadership Studies
Register by 5pm on October 16th.

El edificio de los chilenos
Monday, October 21, 7:00pm / Forum Hall (Union)

Landon Lecture Series
Monday, October 21, 7:00pm / McCain Auditorium

Columnist Mustafa Akyol
Monday, October 28, 11:30am / Town Hall (Leadership Studies)

The Graduates/Los graduados
Monday, October 28, 6:00pm / Town Hall (Leadership Studies)

Wednesday, October 30, 4:00pm / Wareham Theatre (410 Poyntz)

Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case That Made History
Wednesday, November 13, 3:00pm / K-State Union Room 227

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Other Events

Looking for a fun event, or just something to do? Here’s a taste of what’s going on at K-State. Also, don’t forget that October 20-26 is Homecoming! Here’s a list of events for K-State Homecoming 2013: A Tale of Traditions.

Free classes on Photoshop, iMovie, and more
October 12-17, November 2-7 / 213 Hale Library

Ready Player One movie series
October 17 and October 24, 7:00pm / Manhattan Public Library Auditorium

K-State After Hours: Salsa Night
October 18, 6:00 – 10:00pm / K-State Student Union Courtyard

UPC Film: Now You See Me ($1)
October 18 and October 20, 8:00pm / Little Theatre (Union)
October 19, 7:00pm and 9:30pm / Little Theatre (Union)

Volleyball: K-State vs. Texas Tech
October 19, 7:00pm / Ahearn Field House

Second round of advising dates for Pilots students
October 21 – November 22 (Caroline, Michelle, or Rebeca’s office)

Madness in Manhattan
October 25, 8:00pm / Bramlage Coliseum

UPC Film: Rocky Horror Picture Show($5)
October 25, 10:30 pm / K-State Student Union Ballroom

UPC Film: Hocus Pocus ($1)
October 26, 7:00pm and 9:30pm / Forum Hall (Union)

Spring 2014 Enrollment Steps (PDF)

NOTE: Freshmen students enroll as early as November 18; however, because of the several steps involved in the planning process, NOW is the time to get started.



There are lots of intramural sports going on this semester! Sports in purple are individual sports ($1 entry fee) and sports in gray are team sports ($20 entry fee per team). Talk to Caroline Jones (Pilots advisor) if you are interested in a team sport or if you need help signing up for a sport. You can also see the intramurals website for more information. Visit her in 101 Holton Hall or email her at cajones@k-state.edu

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StrengthsQuest Tips

So you took the StrengthsQuest assessment but you’re not sure how to leverage your strengths in your academic life. We’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of Pilots students’ top 5 strengths, a brief description of each, and a few tips on how to use them (adapted from the University of Minnesota’s Center for Academic Planning and Exploration):

Restorative: You’re adept at dealing with problems and good at figuring out what is wrong and how to resolve it.

  • Think about school as a way to improve yourself. You’ll be more motivated this way, especially if you reflect on your progress.
  • Read the syllabus when you get it and attack assignments that you consider particularly challenging.
  • Do not let an unexpectedly low grade crush your spirits! Learn how to apply your greatest talents more effectively so you can improve your grade next time.

Adaptability: You prefer to go with the flow. You’re a “now” person who takes things as they come and discovers the future one day at a time.

  • Recognize that you can balance academic demands with social commitments, extracurricular activities, and part-time jobs. Think about how you were able to successfully juggle multiple responsibilities in these areas last week and congratulate yourself!
  • Live in the moment. Calm yourself before an exam with positive self-talk and remember that you are capable of dealing with surprises on tests.
  • Challenge yourself by taking courses that involve experiments. Notice how you make adjustments in order to get the results you’re looking for.

Harmony: You like to look for consensus and areas of agreement and you don’t enjoy conflict.

  • You perform best in an environment where people listen to one another and try to understand each other rather than force their ideas on one another. Working in this type of environment will help you succeed, but working in a challenging environment will help you grow and develop.
  • If an instructor changes assignments or due dates in the middle of the semester, seek reasons for the changes and share them with classmates—don’t just join in with the complaints and protests of others!
  • Seek opinions and ideas from experts. Their insights can help you formulate your own beliefs and philosophy.

Includer: You are accepting of others. You recognize those who feel left out and you make an effort to include them.

  • Try to get every student to participate in small group discussions by asking everyone their opinions.
  • Of course, you should attend at least two Cultural Events a semester while you’re in the Pilots Program. You probably find these kinds of events interesting, so feel free to go to more than two! Cultural Events are also a great opportunity to introduce yourself to others at the event and have enlightening conversions with them.
  • Seek out people from different backgrounds and cultures and learn about them. You can even invite them to attend a Cultural Event with you!

Positivity: You have an enthusiasm that is contagious. You’re upbeat and you can get others excited about what they’re doing.

  • Help make learning fun! In the future, become a Peer Assistant for the Pilots Program in a subject you enjoy and do well in.
  • Compliment others when appropriate and help others laugh and relax when needed.
  • Contribute to class discussions. Remember, your positivity is contagious!

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** Last day to drop a regular session course **
November 1

Enrollment for Spring term (Freshman students)
November 18 – November 22

Second round of advising dates for Pilots students
October 21 – November 22
Caroline, Michelle, or Rebeca’s office

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Student of the Month Nominees!
(The following students have been nominated by their instructors for Student of the Month - Way to go!)

Sam Austin 
Shunyce Battles 
Christopher Berry
Chelsea Buckner-Lyons  
Janicka Burgess 
Taj Brimmer 
Kyle Elliot 
Simphony Guiden 
Ashley Hirsch
Dai’Shaun Isaiah 
Kris Jones
Eileen Mick  
Zachary Percival 
Jessica Sutton 
Lauren Sherwood   
Martez Tabron 
Safiya Woodard
Brandon Woods