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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

785-532-1521

pls@k-state.edu

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Life Skills

A Whole New Mind: The Importance of Diversity in the 21st Century

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

As the world continues to change and adapt, it is critical that students have a knowledge and appreciation of diversity on a global scale. This workshop encourages students to think about diversity with a new mind, and teaches the importance of acceptance and inclusion in relation to a diverse society.

Conflict Management Training

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

All organizations, regardless of size and mission, experience conflict.  Whether the conflict is personal, or system-wide, it can get in the way of positive progress and productivity.  In this training we will define the nature of conflict, discuss its causes, and examine various ways of handling conflict.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the initial step of resolution: embracing the issue(s).  We’ll explore some of the causes and the consequences that it can have for both the individual and the organization.  Ultimately this training is designed to help participants see conflict as something to be managed in order to have beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders.

Creating Resilience for an Uncertain Future

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

Energy Management

Dr. Stephanie Bannister, Assistant Vice President of Student Life

The good news, we were made to thrive!  The bad news, our current world of work and demanding pace will not slow.  To address this divide we will explore a mindset of energy management and unpack how to thrive in a fast-paced world.

Money: Why It Matters to You 

Dr. Ann Coulson, Certified Financial Planner & Assistant Professor

This presentation will be adapted to the age and interest of the audience. For instance, for high school students, it might focus on selecting majors, how to pay for college, handling student loans. For an adult audience, it might focus on planning for retirement or how to help your children or grandchildren pay for college. Any financial planning topic may be requested.

Networking

Blue Key Students, Blue Key Senior Honor Society

Having a strong network is becoming more and more important in today’s world. This workshop provides tips on how to begin developing your personal network and how to continue to build upon relationships and connections you have made. 

Priorities

Blue Key Students, Blue Key Senior Honor Society

The goal of this presentation is to provide tools on how to manage time and stress effectively. Audience members will be able to begin identifying what are the most important priorities in their lives and managing their time around their priorities. 

Sensitivity Training for Cultural Diversity: Who Are You Seeing?

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

Living in a global society, where every day we interact with individuals different than ourselves, it has become necessary for everyone to understand how to effectively carry out personal and professional interactions.  The lack of knowledge, skills, and practices surrounding diversity can result in the loss of friends, diminished profits/market shares, poor customer service, employee turnover, low job satisfaction, and unnecessary legal battles.  Recent demographic trends indicate the demand for well informed and trained employees.  This workshop provides a framework of how diversity interfaces with all aspects of our lives including the roles of language, culture, social psychology, and personality to determine how these work together to create the magnification and maintenance of stereotypical differences between and among groups.  The main goal of the workshop is to enable the participants to understand how to effectively and efficiently manage themselves and their role in a diverse environment to establish a positive climate for all stakeholders.  Come learn how you can be a P.O.P. (Proponent of People) and live more meaningfully in a diverse world.

Stress Management: Have I Lost All My Marbles

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

In this training we will examine the sources of stress, discuss causes, and examine various ways of managing stress.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the initial step of resolution: embracing the issue(s).  We’ll explore some of the causes and consequences that it can have for both the individual and the organization.  Ultimately this training is designed to help participants see stress as something to be managed for beneficial outcomes to everyone in the workplace.

Time Stress Management

Blue Key Students, Blue Key Senior Honor Society

This presentation focuses on three main things.  One will be stress itself and where it comes from.  The second will be what specific things we find stressful in our lives, and to end we will spend some time exploring strategies for dealing with stressful situations. 

Design Thinking for People, Interiors, and Places

Dr. Bryan Orthel, Assistant Professor of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design

This presentation will demonstrate creative problem-solving to design a better a better future.  The presentation will frame the theoretical background of design thinking and ask the audience to quickly apply these ideas to a real-world problem.  The presentation relies on basic improve comedy exercises (physically moving and talking), small group collaboration (team-based problem solving), and discussion about how these skills can be applied through college education to careers.