Vice President for Student Life

Kansas State University

122 Anderson Hall

Manhattan, KS 66506-0102


800-432-8270 toll free


785-532-6108 fax

Division highlights

Academic Assistance Center
  • The Leasure Hall Tutoring Center has expanded its hours and is offering walk-in tutoring in math and chemistry in the evening on Sunday – Thursday until 9:20 p.m. 
  • A satellite-tutoring center is being established
Academic & Career Information Center
  • ACIC career specialists met individually with 1,398 students exploring majors and choosing career paths
  • 749 students attended the annual Academic Majors Fair of 2011, 75% of registrants were freshmen
  • In 2011, 114 students were enrolled in the ACIC Academic and Career Decisions course
Career & Employment Services
  • Pat Hudgins was awarded the 2012 Regional Services Award for Non-Profits and recognized as a part of the Class of 2013 Leadership Manhattan
  • Kerri Day Keller - 2012 National Career Development Association Graduate Student Research Award
Center for Child Development
  • The Center is a leader in providing high quality state-wide early childhood trainings
  • The Center meets the needs of children with special needs (i.e. speech, mental health, developmental delays, English as a Second Language, etc.) by partnering with the school district and many other specialists who come to the center to work with children
Counseling Services
  • Chaz Mailey, Psy.D. joined the staff. Dr. Mailey will spend the first semester managing the ABC Program and working closely with Bill Arck, the current AODES Director. When Mr. Arck retires in December, Dr. Mailey will step in as the Coordinator for AODES, which will include his supervision of an Assistant Coordinator for the ABC Program, who will be hired by the end of the Fall term.
Developing Scholars Program
  • The program achieved an 81% graduation/matriculation rate
  • Two University Distinguished Undergraduate in Research Award Recipients
  • Scholars participated in national competitions:   Truman and Rhodes finalists, Fulbright Recipient, Gilman recipient, Lideres de Hoy Essay recipient, Landmark Scholar, and Teach for America participants
Educational Supportive Services
  • Since 1973 ESS has provided a variety of services to assist at least 300 students annually who are from socio-economic backgrounds that might prevent them from earning baccalaureate degrees
  • The most recent ESS federal annual report indicates 87% of all ESS program participants were in good academic standing which exceeded the program goal of 83%
Housing and Dining Services
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has selected Mary Molt to receive the Academy’s 2013 Medallion Award,recognizing her lifetime of contributions to the dietetics profession and the Academy.
  • Mary Molt received the Gold Plate, awarded by the National Restaurant Association and was named as “Top 20 Most Influential” by Food Service Director Magazine alongside Michelle Obama
  • Housing and Dining Services has partnered with Johnson Controls to help residents conserve energy. This project involved the addition of software that shows real-time energy usage, which allows everyone to have a hand in reducing energy consumption.
Lafene Student Health Center
  • Successfully screened over 5,000 students to comply with new Kansas statute regarding tuberculosis exposure
McNair Scholars Program
  • 100% of all McNair Scholars participated in undergraduate research opportunities and other scholarly activities
  • 99% of McNair students were retained through graduation
  • Two McNair students were named as Truman Scholars
  • Two McNair students were named as Goldwater Scholars
Military Affairs
  • K-State Military-connected student enrollment continues to increase to represent over 10% of entire student body
  • The department continues to advance university-wide awareness and efforts to become a more "military-inclusive" campus community and institution and continues to make progress
New Student Services
  • Achieved a record enrollment
  • Maintained status as the #1 choice for Kansas high school graduates
Non-Traditional & Veteran Student Services
  • Created the Veterans Center in the K-State Student Union
  • Assisted more than 200 students who collectively logged in excess of 3,500 hours in the Center. On average, more than 30 students utilize the space per day when classes are in session
  • NTVSS has facilitated numerous faculty/staff trainings on military-affiliated student challenges and obstacles
  • NTVSS facilitates scholarships for student veterans, funded by community organizations
Office of Student Life
  • Earned nearly an 86% user satisfaction rating in most recent senior survey
  • Responded to 23 Critical Incident Responses (CIRTs) involving seriously disruptive or dangerous behaviors
Pilots Program
  • The program currently enrolls 200 students
Powercat Financial Counseling
  • In May 2012, the United State's White House held a Summit on Financial Capability and Empowerment unveiling a toolkit of best-practices for higher education in the area of increasing financial capability which recognized Powercat Financial Counseling as a model program
  • PFC has experienced an annual increase in individual financial counseling and group financial presentation services each year since its inception in 2009.
  • Kansas State University is increasing its efforts to educate students about their finances with a grant from the Council of Graduate Schools. Kansas State University is one of 15 institutions across the nation to receive this grant. The university is collaborating with the council and financial services provider TIAA-CREF to design a program that prepares students to play an active role in managing their personal finances and making informed decisions about saving, spending and borrowing. Working in concert with Powercat Financial Counseling, the program will reach students through individual counseling, group financial presentations and through, an online financial tool introduced to the university in January 2013. 
Recreational Services
  • $24 million expansion/renovation project at Peters Recreation Complex adding 85,000 square feet of activity and recreation space to include climbing wall facility, additional south parking lot and entrance, multi activity court gymnasium, exercise and fitness studios, expanded running/walking track 1/5 mile, weight rooms, snack bar/lounge, complete renovation of current building, wireless etc.  Completion anticipated Spring semester.
  • $2.9 million Outdoor Recreation Court Area project.  Students and Athletics co sponsored new facility to include six tennis, three basketball, two sand volleyball courts and two handball/racquetball courts, new outdoor rental/maintenance building including bathrooms, tennis team locker room.  Lighting of entire area and landscaping including fencing of area. Completion anticipated Spring semester.
  • Manages the electronic/real-time catalog for undergraduates
  • Application of student groups and block enrollment to increase efficiency in CAT Community enrollment processes 
Student Access Center
  • Formerly known as Disability Support Services, the office changed the name to reflect the philosophy of putting people first. The emphasis is on the accessibility of the environment rather than the individual. 
  • Over 650 student are registered with the office. 
  • Freshman to Sophomore retention rate is consistent with the overall university rate. 
  • The office hosted the 7th annual "K-State For All: Disability Awareness Week"
Undergraduate Admissions
  • Received and processed a record number of applications for admission
  • Admitted a record number of students
Women’s Center
  • In 2014, the majority of students in their first four years of undergraduate education will have taken some sort of alcohol/sexual safety training through at least one media; a significant portion will have had the message in two forms (online and in person)
  • Women's Center donors have made it possible for the Women's Center to offer to pay for therapy at Counseling Services for all students who are unable to pay for trauma/healing interventions