1. K-State home
  2. »Presidential Lecture Series
  3. »Careers

Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series

Attn: Abby Works and Jill Applegate
New Student Services
Kansas State University
9 Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506–0110

1-800-432-8270 (toll free) or 785-532-6318




Career Development:  Resumes, Personal Branding, and More

Mr. Andrew Kohls, Career Development Coordinator

This lecture will discuss developing a career model to best fit the group's needs.  We will cover the basics of resume writing and discuss how to integrate past experiences to highlight strengths and transferable skills.  This lecture will also discuss personal branding in the context of social media, networking, and other online platforms.  The lecture may also be adapted to include interviewing preparation or an overview of K-State's Career and Employment Services' resources.

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

Dr. Migette Kaup, Associate 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.

Dreams, Imagination, and Creativity: Tickets to a Successful Career    

Dr. Bernard Franklin, Special Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life, New Student Services

No summary available

Geology - Its Impact on Society and Exciting Careers

Dr. Don Von Bergen, Department Head of Arts, Sciences and Business at K-State Salina

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.  

Hot Careers  

Dr. Bernard Franklin

No summary available

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.

Opportunities in Food Science

Dr. Curtis Kastner,Director, Food Science Institute

Learn about the professional opportunities in Food Science along with the educational opportunities offered at K-State. In addition, discover the program areas at the Food Science Institute.

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

Ms. Jessica Canfield, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

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.

Soil: At the Nexus of Food Security, Climate and Sustainability

Dr. Chuck Rice, University Distinguished Professor of Soil Microbiology

Food production needs to double to meet a global population of 9 billion. Meeting future food needs puts stress on soil resources and requires new ways of plant production and managing soils. Climate poses another challenge in meeting food security. Food security, water availability and quality, and climate change are some of the greatest challenges facing our society. Meeting these challenges must be balanced with the sustainability of soil. This will require changing soil and water management practices, increasing nutrient and water use efficiencies, in addition to developing more productive crop genotypes and improved crop management strategies. Clearly, stress on soil resources through land use change could become entangled with food security. Plant production systems should be guided by two principles, productivity and resource efficiency, to protect soil resources and ecosystems. To achieve these two principles and have any success of meeting the growing food demands, plant-soil systems must intensify and diversify. Intensification of the plant production system should consider multiple crops, reduction in tillage intensity, and increase nutrient and water use efficiency. Diversification should consider annual and perennial plants and multiple uses across the landscape. To meet food demands while maintaining soils will require novel thinking.

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.