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Presidential Lecture Series

Presidential Lecture Series

Attn: Emily Zwick and Annie Jewell
New Student Services
Kansas State University
177 Berney Family Welcome Center
705 N. 17th Street
Manhattan, KS 66506





Health and Nutrition

Am I in My Right Mind:  Understanding Right and Left Brain Dominance   

Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, Instructor, Department of Management

In an organization, business, or agency, individuals must deal with other people at one time or another.  That human interaction can sometimes be difficult if individuals don’t understand one another.  These interactions may vary from the boardroom to the mail room and from the manager’s office to the customer service desk.  This workshop will help you identify your own brain dominance, illustrate the social and cognitive tendencies of each dominance, and provide you with practical applications of ways to utilize the information for maximum benefit of your personal and professional communication.  With the insights gained from this workshop, you will learn how to better allocate your communication energy and assign the best roles and tasks to individuals where they can make the biggest contribution.  Do not miss this opportunity to discover what you value in yourself and how you can provide more effective leadership to others in your organization.

Design for Aging in a Modern World

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

As we age, 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 older adults rather than their disabilities.  This presentation will review and discuss ideas, options, and strategies for rethinking how people across the life span connect with and control their own environments when the aging body changes.

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. 

Managing Soil Health to Human Health

Dr. Chuck Rice, University Distinguished Professor of Soil Microbiology

Soil is often associated with food production and ecosystem services however soils have direct and indirect impacts on human health.  Humans are directly exposed to soils, which can adversely impact public health in terms of what we eat, drink, and breathe.  Soils contain pathogens and contain bacteria with antibiotic resistance genes and are a major source of endotoxin. Soil borne antibiotics are used to treat human infections, but can also result in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.  Natural products isolated from soil resulted in 60% of new cancer drugs between the period 1983-1994.  Soils are also crucial to human health through their impact on human nutrition.  Micro nutrient deficiencies in human health need to be directly tied to soil as a source for infant development.  Soils also indirectly impact human health via anthropogenic activities associated with soil.

The One Health Concept - Human, Animal and Environmental Health 

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

A twenty-minute PowerPoint overview will be delivered including the history of the One Health Concept, a case study of why specialization actually hinders investigations, and what is needed to get health officials back on track, followed by two hands- on activities by participants.  One is a critical thinking activity (Cats in Borneo), and the other a lab, involving a role-playing exercise involving foodborne illness.  

Our Immune System, and How Vaccines Work 

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

A twenty-minute PowerPoint overview will be delivered including how macrophages, B-cells, and cytotoxic T-cells function in our immune system.  The various vaccine types available (e.g., live, attenuated, etc.) will be discussed.     Following the presentation, a hands-on activity will be completed so that the participants have a record of the immune system response process. 

Prioritizing Mental Wellness through Stress Management

Blue Key Students, Blue Key Senior Honorary

Perfect for students new to college or interested in stress management, this workshop increases awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness during college when combating stress.

When I’m 64 

Dr. Maggie Syme, PhD, MPH

Our global population is aging rapidly, and we need to be prepared to meet the needs of a growing number of older adults. What are key concepts we need to understand how to competently serve an older population? Also, lifecourse theory suggests that we are contributing to our aging selves daily, and there are important things we can do to affect our own aging trajectory. This will be discussion of how to support ourselves and others to age well.


Dr. Maggie Syme, PhD, MPH

Did you know that the way you think about aging affects how long you live? Our conceptions of aging are powerful and impact us everyday. The majority of individuals believe the societal, ageist myths about growing older, and this can produce anxiety and cause us to be afraid of aging, among other negative effects. We need to understand what is myth and what is reality, and how we can contribute to changing the effects of ageism.