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


Health and Nutrition  

Does Body Weight Matter in Cancer?                   

Dr. George Wang, Professor of Human Nutrition

The obesity and overweight rates in adults and the youth have been growing for the past 20 years in the United States.  High prevalence of obesity problems can be explained by a lifestyle characterized by over-consumption of energy combined with low physical activity.  There is ample evidence that a healthy body weight via decreased calorie intake and increased physical activity reduces cancer risk.  This lecture will provide new information regarding weight control and cancer prevention from a nutritional perspective. Furthermore, the current research in the lecturer’s laboratory will be provided for a better understanding of the potential mechanisms of why weight control may prevent cancer.

Is Obesity a Disease?

Dr. David C. Poole, Professor of Kinesiology, Anatomy, & Physiology

This presentation explores the scientific evidence for obesity being considered as a disease.  Recent scientific and medical evidence is presented and the societal view of overweight/obese individuals is integrated into the narrative.  Audience views are solicited and discussed. 

So Many Choices!    

Mrs. Jessica Arnold, Assistant Coordinator, New Student Services

Life is full of choices. What should I have for breakfast? Should I turn in my homework on time? Our daily choices begin the moment we get out of bed in the morning. In fact, that is our first choice…to get out of bed! Some choices can be harmful to our health, while others can help us become more successful, healthier people. This completely customizable and interactive presentation allows educators to choose the healthy choices topic for discussion. You choose the topic, we discuss the choices. The ultimate goal for this presentation is to help your students make healthier choices and improve their decision making skills for a successful future!

Understanding the Role of the Built Environment in Successful Aging

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

In the field of long-term care and housing for seniors, we are often in search of new ideas that will help improve our environments, our services, and our lives.  Sometimes, however, to be effective in our planning we need to return to the fundamentals of what it means to be connected to the world around us.  Healthy and successful aging focuses on “abilities” of elders rather than their disabilities. This presentation will review and discuss ideas, options, and strategies for rethinking how people of different abilities connect with and control their own environments when the aging body changes.