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

 

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, Academic Program Coordinator, 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.

Mirror, Mirror What Does the Future Hold?

Ms. Kiley Moody, Coordinator for New Student Services

This presentation will provide an opportunity to glance into the rearview mirror to see where you have been, but will focus on looking through the windshield to see what lies ahead of you. In addition, this presentation will provide tips to stay in the present and look through the windshield to make the most of each experience and opportunity.

Personal Finance: Why It Matters to You 

Dr. Ann Coulson, Certified Financial Planner and Assistant Professor of Family Studies and Human Services

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.

Personal Goal Setting

Blue Key Students, Blue Key Senior Honorary

This presentation will encourage students to think more deeply and more specifically about the goals they have in the short term as well as over a lifetime.  Also, to look at goal-setting within a larger context – to identify the importance of flexibility and seeing the bigger picture.

Sensitivity Training for Cultural Diversity: Who Are You Seeing?

Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, Academic Program Coordinator, 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

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 Honorary

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.