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


Student Development


Dr. Frank Tracz, Director of Bands

Life is short. Why settle for second place when first is available? What do we need to do to achieve greater results and enjoy what we do more? Discussion includes the obstacles that get in the way of success and happiness, the people that help and hinder success, and what role we play in our own success story.

Finding Your Butter!

Ms. Dixie Schierlman, Associate Dean of Student Life at K-State Salina

Finding Your Butter! is a presentation about finding your inner strength when you have to face adversity.  It is the story of the difference an education can make in your life and where there is a will, there is truly a way.  This presentation could be considered a motivational talk for any age, but particularly 7th graders-12th graders, women’s groups, and social services groups.

How Good Do You Want to Be?                                                    

Dr. Frank Tracz

This lecture is designed to explore what it takes to self-motivate and make significant progress towards your success goals. Looks at “life today” and develops a plan to grow and flourish in these challenging times. Personal responsibility, drive, passion, and work ethic issues are the key!

I Am What I Think About

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

No summary available

Live Outside the Books...Enhance Your Out-of-Class Experience

Mr. Ben Hopper, Director of Greek Affairs

It's important to go to class, study hard, and get good grades. You are working on getting an education. But it is also important to get involved to supplement our in class education. Learn ways to enhance your educational experience by getting involved. Develop leadership skills, form life-long friendships, travel, hone communication skills and more.

Motivating Yourself and Others                                                     

Dr. Pat Bosco, Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students

No summary available

Recharging Your Volunteer Batteries

Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin,Academic Program Coordinator, Department of Management

At a time when the mass media utilizes words such as “accountability” and “community service,” the need to understand the impact of volunteering is at an all-time high.  On the contrary, the need to be financially competitive has driven society to place a high priority on the “paying activities.”  Many of the communities we live in and our current workplaces do not stimulate, reinforce, or reward volunteerism.  Individuals are often asked to volunteer as an extra assignment or even justify their contribution to volunteer activities.  With this kind of scrutiny, those involved with service to others find themselves burned out.  There are few formal trainings that teach volunteerism and much of society views volunteering as something that somebody else does.  This session deals with the motivating factors of volunteering, identifies ways to recharge yourself as a volunteer, and facilitates ways that is can be stimulated throughout your organization.