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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




College Readiness

A Day in the Life of a K-State Student

Blue Key Students, Blue Key Senior Honorary

Through this presentation, audience will learn what it is like to be a hardworking, dedicated and engaged student at Kansas State University. Taught by current students, this provides a great learning opportunity for those who would like to learn more about the academic and extracurricular lives of college students.

All Points and No Understanding Make Jack a Dull Boy

Dr. Tim Rozell, Professor of Physiology, Animal Sciences and Industry

By the time they reach college most students are already very familiar with the idea of chasing points in classes.  After a few college courses, students are more convinced than ever that earning points is the true marker of success in education.  We reinforce the idea by creating bonus points and curving points and assigning grades based on percentages of points.  As a result, students begin to focus on earning points rather than on trying to understand the material being taught on the assignment. This lecture discusses the detrimental issues caused by point chasing and presents an alternative that provides true and lasting value for students. 

Beyond the Grade:  Approaching College With an Open Mind and Navigating Experiences that Challenge You

Ms. R.J. Youngblood, Teaching Coordinator of Pilots Program

Coming to college will expose a whole new world of ideas, interactions with people from different places, and challenges to what you think you know.  How do you approach college with a growth mindset?  How do you move beyond completing work for the sake of getting a grade to really engaging with the material to learn?  This lecture will discuss how to be excited about learning and how that mindset can benefit students both in a class and beyond.

College Access and Success

Blue Key Students, Blue Key Senior Honorary

Ideal for college-bound high school students, participants will be able to confidently continue in the college admission process.  Lead by current college students, this allows participants to hear more advice on the entire college decision and transition process.

College Advising for Student Success

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

No summary available.

Creating Your College Financial Plan

Ms. Jodi Kaus, Director of Powercat Financial Counseling

Learn the financial strategies for making the transition to college successful. In this lecture, budgeting, understanding credit, managing student loans, and preventing identity theft will be covered to achieve financial success. By learning how to develop a college financial plan, students can be proactive in reducing stress while in college.

Finding the Right Fit: Making Sense of the College Selection Process

Dr. Emily Lehning, Associate Vice President for Student Life & Director of New Student Services

A workshop designed for high school students who are searching for their college of choice. Students will discover a process to research and narrow their choices, while keeping in mind the important factors that will affect their success of “fit.”

Is There Life After High School?

Dr. Pat Bosco, Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students

No summary available

Language Teaching at the University

Dr. Anthony Nussmeier, Assistant Visiting Professor of Italian

In an effort to prepare high-school students for language-study at the university level, this lecture explores current approaches to language teaching at the university, as well as the differences between high school and college language-learning.

Ten TINY Words of Power: Academic and Cultural Empowerment for the First Generation and Multicultural Student          

Mr. Bryon K. Williams, Assistant Director of K-State Admissions

The decision to pursue college as a first generation and/or multicultural student can take a tremendous amount of confidence and resolve. In addition to this, it is paramount that they have the necessary life skills to succeed in a new and high pressure atmosphere. This workshop is designed to empower first generation and multicultural students, as well as share some of the life skills needed to make a successful transition into a college environment. 

"That Half of the Room is Yours": Conflict Behavior and Roommates

Mr. Chris Mueller, Residence Life Coordinator

Many roommates reject the idea of initiating or processing their own conflicts, often turning to destructive conflict management behaviors such as avoidance. A clearer understanding of influences on student conflict behaviors will help colleges and universities assist students in having positive experiences living on campus. While attempts to understand student conflict management are varied, few consider behavior patterns as systems. This lecture applies an organizational communication framework and Structuration Theory (Giddens, 1984; Poole & McPhee, 2005; Sewell, 1992) as a lens to address conflict behavior systems within residence halls and between friends and roommates. The lecture will examine systems of “coexistent” and “engaged” harmony and how resources of authority, space, favor reciprocity, mutual respect, routines, external others, and time influence and create these systems as well as change and inform behavior.

The First Year of College

Dr. Gregory Eiselein, Donnelly Professor of English & Director of K-State First

Designed for high school students who are getting ready for or thinking about life after high school, this lively presentation draws from current research to provide proven advice for surviving, succeeding in, and loving your first year of college.

Tips for Transfer: How to Get In, Fit In, and Stay In

Ms. Deana Core, Assistant Director of Admissions and Transfer Coordinator

This presentation will be helpful to community college students who are considering transferring to K-State and will focus on how to make the transition to the campus as worry-free as possible.  Tips on the application process, financial aid application, transferring credits, settling in to a new campus life and advice about academic success will be covered.  Transfer advisors and counselors would also benefit from the topics discussed.

What Do I Do Once I Get to College?  Experiences That Will Set You Up for Success                                                              

Ms. R.J. Youngblood, Teaching Coordinator of Pilots Program

Middle and high school students work hard to get into a great college, but what do you do once you get there?  As a first generation college student, there were a lot of things I learned about college the hard way.  Meeting with professors, getting involved in clubs, leadership opportunities, internships, and more are all things students should do to have a great college experience.  But how do you learn what you're supposed to be doing in college beyond attending class?  This lecture will focus on tips and tricks for navigating the first year of college and how to jump in and get experiences that will set you up for success in life after college.  

Your First Year Experience

Dr. Carmen Schober, Instructor & Learning Assistant Coordinator

My lecture will go over key points of interest regarding the college freshman university experience -- housing, making friends, navigating campus life, deciding on and pursuing a major and just in general how to get the most out of that first year.  I'll highlight K-State First's programs for first years and provide a general framework for what to think about in preparation for college.

Your Time to Shine!  Building a College Resume

Ms. Courtney Hallenbeck, Assistant Director of Recruitment Programs

This workshop will provide students with ideas of how they can get started on creating a resume that will make them stand out from the crowd when applying for college admission, jobs, and scholarships.