October 10, 2012



Majors, Minors and More event today

By Kevin Cook

Kansas State University’s 2012 Majors, Minors and More event — formerly the Academic Majors Fair — will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Grand Ballroom at the K-State Student Union. 

“Having the event in October gives students the chance to have follow-up visits with advisers in time to complete any necessary paperwork before enrolling for the spring 2013 semester,” said Michael Lynch, K-State associate vice president for student life.

Last year’s fair attracted approximately 750 students. When surveyed, more than 95 percent of them said they’d recommend this event to a friend.

“Our goal is to help students make connections with academic programs at K-State that will fit their strengths and lead to future achievements," said Michelle Haupt, coordinator of the Academic and Career Information Center and planning committee chair.

"When students are passionate about their major they are more motivated to higher levels of success," Haupt said. "Each year it’s exciting to hear stories of students who attend the event and find a major or career path that is a great fit. It is common that students will learn about a program or opportunity that they otherwise would not have known about had they not attended this event. Students should make a point to stop by and check out all that K-State has to offer.”

The Majors, Minors and More event features representatives from all nine K-State colleges.  Individual departments and student services representatives will talk to students about academic majors, minors, secondary majors and career alternatives.

Richard Todd, assistant professor of plant pathology, said his experience at the event last year was an excellent opportunity as a minor coordinator to connect with students interested in the applied genomics and biotechnology minor.

"It was great to discuss with the students the possibility of enhancing their degree with a minor, to discuss their career options, and to help them find undergraduate research opportunities matching their interests," Todd said."

Majors, Minors and More is sponsored by K-State’s Academic and Career Information Center, the College of Arts and Sciences’ open option program, housing and dining services and all nine of K-State’s colleges.

More information is available at www.k-state.edu/acic/majorsfair.