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K-State Today

June 29, 2017



Vaughan promoted to assistant director for K-State First

By Gregory Eiselein

Mariya Vaughan

The office of the vice provost for undergraduate studies announces Mariya Vaughan's promotion to assistant director for K-State First.

Vaughan has served as the assistant coordinator of K-State First since August 2014 following a national search. She earned her bachelor's degree in graphic design and women's studies, and a master's degree in English and women's studies, all from K-State. Vaughan served as a full-time instructor in the English and women's studies departments at Kansas State University from August 2011 to May 2014.

In the past three years, the K-State First program has grown to serve thousands of incoming freshman and first-year transfer students through Connecting Across Topics, or CAT, learning communities; First-Year Seminar courses; the Guide to Personal Success, or GPS, mentorship program; and the K-State Book Network, or KSBN, common reading program.

Through this expanded assistant director leadership role, Vaughan will oversee and manage the daily operations of K-State First and the work of its team members, build and maintain relationships with partner units on campus, coordinate the GPS mentoring program, lead communications, marketing, and recruitment efforts, and continue to work closely with students as a teacher in both CAT Community and First-Year Seminar courses, as a mentor in GPS, and as the faculty/staff advisor for the K-State First student group.

Vaughan continues to work with the K-State First team, including Gregory Eiselein, director; Mandi McKinley, staff assistant; and Brent Weaver, learning assistant coordinator. The K-State First office is in 14 Holton Hall.