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Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series

Attn: Emily Zwick and Matt Mindrup
New Student Services
Kansas State University
177 Berney Family Welcome Center
705 N. 17th Street
Manhattan, KS 66506






Agriculture:  Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century

Dr. Chuck Rice, University Distinguished Professor of Soil Microbiology

Agriculture and the agricultural sciences have some of the greatest challenges and opportunities in the next several decades.  Challenges facing agriculture include food security, energy, natural resources (water and soil) and changing climates.  By the year 2050 the world population is expected to reach >9 billion people.  It is estimated that food production will need to double. Global demand for energy is also expected to increase and agriculture is an energy user and potential supplier.  Key natural resources of soil and water are in limited supply and are being degraded.  Projected changes in climate may alter food production and soil and water resources.  To meet these challenges agriculture will need to intensify and diversify our agricultural production in order to meet the food security challenge while sustaining our soil and water resources.

Career Exploration

Blue Key Students, Blue Key Senior Honorary

This presentation works to provide students a platform to discuss their values, passions, and abilities, and subsequently explore careers that align with those characteristics. 

Careers in Interior Design: It’s More Than You Think

Dr. Migette Kaup, Professor of Apparel, Textile, & Design

The profession of Interior Design provides a diverse range of career opportunities for people with the right education.  The qualifications of professionals in the field, however, are commonly misunderstood.  This presentation will discuss interior design as a distinctive and recognizable profession, the educational standards that are considered as minimum preparation for professional status, and the changing legal requirements in many states that regulate practice.  For students who are considering Interior Design education, this presentation will help them to seek out the educational program that best suits their interests and will debunk the myths commonly associated with interior designers.

Never Stop Ascending: The Importance of an Education in Engineering

Mr. Craig Wanklyn, Recruitment Coordinator for College of Engineering

With the total amount of STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers set to increase by 19% over the next ten years, the concept of an encompassing and comprehensive education within engineering has become a top priority for high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation. “Never Stop Ascending” looks to engage future engineers by focusing on important educational aspects and attributes, consistent qualities in successful engineers, leadership opportunities, and career spotlights on those who make an impact while using their engineering education.

The Importance of Planning in Our Regions and Community:  Past, Present and Future

Dr. Huston Gibson, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

This is an introductory lecture on regional and community planning. This lecture will provide a general overview of planning history, processes, tools, and theories. Audiences will be introduced to the profession, a variety of regional and community planning topics, and some of the biggest planning challenges and opportunities facing our regions and communities today. Planning is about making great communities happen; find out more at www.planning.org.

Using Science to Work with Animals: Career Opportunities

Dr. Barry Bradford, Associate Professor of Animal Science and Industry

The number of pets in the U.S. continues to increase at dramatic rate, and the population of students entering college with an interest in a career working with animals is also on the rise.  Most of these students, though, have little idea that there are professionals other than veterinarians who apply science to the goal of raising healthy animals.  The goal of this presentation will be to give students a broader perspective of the many science-based careers options that exist for animal lovers.

Outside the Box: A Look at the Profession of Landscape Architecture

Ms. Jessica Canfield, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning

Too often the work of landscape architects goes unrecognized or is widely misunderstood. Yet the work of landscape architects surrounds our daily lives, from parks to playgrounds, streetscapes to plazas, and green roofs to gardens. Landscape architects transform spaces into places—for recreation, for relaxation, for entertainment, and for learning and delight. Landscape architects are not only concerned for the health, safety, and welfare of people, but for the environment and its natural resources as well. This presentation highlights some of the world’s most cutting-edge designed landscapes, while also defining what 21st century landscape architecture entails.

Passion first; Paycheck second

Dr. Kristin Malek, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management 

With increasing economic and financial concerns, students often look for careers that have a certain level of guaranteed starting salary.  These may not be areas that students are actually interested in or passionate about, therefore they often find that they are not happy in their education or the resulting job. This can result in higher dropout rates or becoming stagnant in their careers.  Students who are passionate about their chosen path may have lower starting salaries, but end up more motivated and self-driven to continue learning about their field, dedicate themselves to their task at hand, move up within the company faster, and reach salaries much higher than they expected in a shorter time frame. This storytelling lecture incorporates these principles throughout my personal journey getting an interior design degree (and my parents hesitations) and my resulting career at an engineering firm. Then, I talk about my choice to switch to event management and get an advanced degree (and my parents hesitation) and my resulting career. Finally, I transition from event management to academia (and my parents hesitation) and my current career.  

A career day in the life of an event planner

Dr. Kristin Malek, Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management 

The general population seems to have many misrepresentations about when event management is and what it entails. This is even true within the general hospitality industry that we work within!  With TV shows and films like “Say Yes to the Dress” and “The Wedding Planner,” people are often surprised with what it takes behind the scenes to put on a successful event. Equally surprising to most people are the many different options available to event management students beyond wedding planning – from the planner side to the supplier side to sales and within corporations, associations, trade shows, special events, and government.  This storytelling approach begins with an introduction of potential event careers and transitions into an in-depth look at a day in the life of an event planner. Some key differences in scheduling, travel, and responsibilities between different types of event planners are also discussed.