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
pls@k-state.edu

 

k-state.edu/pls

 

Educational Opportunities

Becoming an Educated Person

Dr. Jerry Frieman, Department Head and Professor of Psychology

The title suggests that education is a lifelong process. The focus is on the characteristics of educated people: being intellectually curious; thinking critically; being open-minded; being knowledgeable about history, current events, the arts and literature; reading for enjoyment and enrichment; and communicating effectively.

Creative Thinking: A Design Process

Ms. LaBarbara James Wigfall, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Regional & Community Planning

This presentation focuses on how we can change our ways of thinking and habitual patterns of doing things in order to produce more creative solutions. The art of creating can be applied to everything, from designing a city master plan, a building, or park, to selecting clothes we wear to school. Each design we create expresses our personality and our attitude about life. Therefore, the way we design our environments must be logical, practical, and adaptable. The more creative we approach problems, the more effective will be our solutions.

Fiction Writing Workshop  

Dr. Daniel A Hoyt, Assistant Professor & Director of Creative Writing

In this interactive workshop, we will talk about and write fiction — a.k.a. the lie that tells the truth. Together, we'll discuss the purpose and elements of fiction, we'll start writing our own new short stories, and we'll examine and share the results of our work.

Grammar Lessons

Mr. Ben Hopper, Director of Greek Affairs

Comic sans is never an appropriate font.  And comma placement is vital.  Whether you're communicating via text or Twitter, submitting a scholarship or job application, or writing an academic paper or a professional business letter, the way you present your information reflects on you. (And your current and past English teachers.) Learn some grammar tricks and tips that will help you throughout your life.

Jazz: A Metaphor for Life

Dr. Wayne Goins, University Distinguished Professor and Director of Jazz

There are many different aspects involving the life of a jazz musician that are surprisingly common to every day life of non-musicians. My lecture will explore some of these commonalities. For example, the concept of “improvisation” is usually directly related to the art of jazz, but it might surprise most people to discover the amount of improving that takes place in the normal routine of their day. Another common occurrence in jazz is the kind of communication and teamwork involved among jazz band members in order to create what is commonly recognized as “swing.” This phenomenon also takes place in high frequency among a large percentage of groups in the both the workplace and at home—whether we realize it or not. Finally, the art of both writing and speaking have strong parallels to the language of music in general, and building a “jazz solo.” 

Learning Styles

Blue Key Students, Blue Key Senior Honorary

Everybody learns in a number of different ways. This workshop goes into the details of the different learning styles and helps the audience appreciate the different types. Through these discussions participants will discover which style works best for them. 

Real Joy in Scholarship: How to Discover and Leverage Your Scholarly Identity

Dr. Justin Kastner, Director of University Honors Program and Co-Director of Frontier Program

This talk seeks to debunk a commonly held view that academic and vocational titles (e.g., one's major, minor or job title) accurately and comprehensively express one's scholarly identity, while providing practical guidance on how to discern one's true identity as a scholarly, thoughtful leader. The talk will provide practical guidance on how to both (a) discover one's scholarly interests, instincts, and skills and (b) accurately communicate one's scholarly identity. While helpful to students and faculty alike, the talk will be of particular value to students beginning the internship search and job-placement process.

Six Contemporary Fiction Writers Everyone Should Know  

Dr. Daniel A. Hoyt
In our high-speed, dot.com world, fiction remains an invaluable tool for magnifying and examining our own lives. This presentation covers six 21st-century writers — people like George Saunders and Jennifer Egan — who are breaking new ground in fiction, who are telling new stories, who can help us understand the world in sharp and vital ways.

Stimulating Creativity: You Can Be Creative Even Though You May Not Be Artistic

Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, Instructor, College of Business Administration

At a time when the need to be efficient is at an all-time high, the need to be innovative is competitive for the same incentives.  Creativity leads to innovation and innovation contributes to efficiency, yet many of our current workplaces do not stimulate, reinforce, or reward creativity.  There are few formal trainings that teach creativity and much of society views creativity as an art form or as something that does not belong in a corporate setting.  This session deals with the biases of creativity and facilitates ways that it can be stimulated in the everyday workplace of corporate America.

Young Men’s Issues in Education  

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

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