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Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series

Attn: Mandy Marchesini and Courtney Claxton
New Student Services
Kansas State University
177 Berney Family Welcome Center
705 N. 17th Street
Manhattan, KS 66506

1-800-432-8270 (toll free) or 785-532-1521





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.

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.

Exploring Public Health Careers 

Ms. Martha Nowak, K12 Program Coordinator at K-State Olathe

This presentation will cover the possilbe careers in the arena of Public Health, including education, administration/management, policy, community practice, and research.  The varied career environments, level of education required, and challenges facing Public Health will be presented.  A PowerPoint presentation will take 20 minutes, and then a hands on activity to design a wearable health device will be conducted.

Geology - Its Impact on Society and Exciting Careers

Dr. Don Von Bergen, Department Head of Arts, Sciences and Business at Kansas State Polytechnic

This is the only planet all of us will ever live on.  Almost everything we consume comes out of the earth and most of what we dispose of goes back into the earth.  This lecture will explain what geology is and what a geologist does.  It will look at the huge impact geology makes on our lives and how dependent upon geology we are to sustain our standard of living.  From earthquakes to Tsunamis, from gas we use in our cars to getting rid of our trash, from finding clean drinking water to uncovering prehistoric dinosaur bones, geology plays a critical role.  A brief overview of the many exciting careers in geology will also be examined.  The format of the talk is an interactive power point slide show.  Questions and discussion are encouraged.  No prior knowledge is needed.  The talk can be adapted to any age group. The topic of ENERGY, coal, oil, oil shale, nuclear, wind power, ethanol, can be integrated into the lecture if requested.  

Never Stop Ascending: The Importance of an Education in Engineering

Mr. Dave F. Hoffman, 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.

Why I Chose Music Instead of Medicine

Dr. Julie Yu-Oppenheim, Associate Professor of Music

I always knew I would be a doctor, but it still surprises me that I am a doctor of music and that I have never regretted this decision.  Art saves lives and improves a person's condition.  I will share some of the societal, gender and personal highlights of what led me to this career decision and how it worked out.

Hospitality 101: 

Mr. James Storey, Professor of Practice

Introduction to the various hospitality industries, opportunities, review of skillset and experience needed to be successful in the hospitality industry, review icons and history of the hospitality industry, and explain why a career in hospitality can be so enjoyable and rewarding.

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.

What it’s really like to work in the hospitality industry (for 25 years)

Mr. James Storey, Professor of Practice

A description of working in the various segments of the hospitality industry, how to achieve upward mobility and success in the hospitality industry, and a review of moments of truth while working in the hospitality industry.