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, Instructor, College of Business Administration

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.

Dress up Your Success

Ms. Brianna Hayes, Assistant Director of Greek Affairs

Image is vital to our success.  First impressions are initially based off of sight.  What you are wearing can affect what a person thinks of you before you open your mouth to speak.  In this interactive presentation students will gain better understanding of self-image and how dress can affect your future success.

Flipping the Formula: Energy Management and Success

Mr. Chris Mueller, Residence Life Coordinator

Work-Life blend or balance is a constant topic of conversation among high school students, college students, and entry-level professionals. With so an increased focus on success and pressure to work long hours to achieve it, it can often be a daunting task to draw clear boundaries which allow us to be successful. Coupled with the popular view of success in the workplace and in life and you end up with an overworked and under achieving population that has trouble recognizing successes, dealing with failures, and maintaining a positive outlook on the work that they do. Based on information from The Energy Bus, The Happiness Advantage, and several other works and popular journals this lecture focuses on how we can change academic and professional culture to support more healthy work habits in which our students and employees feel more successful and maintain higher levels of energy and positivity. This lecture explores the literature read and provides practical strategies and ideas for managing personal energy in the work environment, in the classroom, and in our personal lives.

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.

Networking

Blue Key Students, Blue Key Senior Honorary

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. 

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.

Priorities

Blue Key Students, Blue Key Senior Honorary

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, College of Business Administration

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, College of Business Administration

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.