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Academic Achievement Center

Academic Achievement Center
101 Holton Hall
1101 Mid-Campus Dr. North
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6457 fax

Tutoring Services

Holtz Hall
1005 Mid-Campus Dr. North
Manhattan, KS 66506


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Stephanie J. Bannister sbann@ksu.edu   

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Assistant Vice President for Student Life

"My favorite part of the work we do is watching our mission as a land-grant institution come to life! We pour into each and every student so that no matter their career choice or where the land they feel equipped and empowered to invest in those around them."

RJ Youngblood youngblood@ksu.edu

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Assistant Director"I enjoy connecting students to impactful resources that help them engage with and make meaning of their experiences at K-State." 

Katie Pierce katiepierce@ksu.edu

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Managing Director of Tutoring Services"I love helping students problem solve and witnessing the joy of learning and reaching goals." 

Jessica Kerr  jpkerr@ksu.edu

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Managing Director and Academic Coach, Academic Coaching Program"Having an opportunity to connect with students, hear their personal stories, understand their challenges in navigating this path towards study and self-transformation is above all the reason I am compelled to work in this capacity as a coach in the AAC."

Nidhi Bhandari  nidhim@ksu.edu

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Academic Coach "My favorite part about working with students is when they share their excitement about the progress they are making and discovering themselves in new ways."

Allison DuLac  adulac@ksu.edu

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Academic Coach"My favorite part about working with students is hearing their stories and watching them grow. It is exciting to see a student develop and discover themselves during their college years, and I enjoy supporting them through the process."

Ellen Clayton eclayton@ksu.edu

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Academic Coach"I am excited to be an Academic Coach to help students reach their full potential at the collegiate level. As a high school teacher in Memphis, TN for six years I noticed that many of my students were getting to college but they were not always equipped with the resources to help them be successful on campus. As a coach, I hope to create a level playing field where all students have equitable access to opportunities and academic success."

Emily Polston emily74@ksu.edu

Academic Coach


"I am passionate about humans and equity. I think it is such a pleasure to get to work with students in this capacity because it allows me to guide them by connecting them with tools and resources that encourage their discovery that the university is a place where they can find support and success."


Kiley Moody  kmoody@ksu.edu 

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Managing Director, Scholar Services "I truly enjoy working in the Academic Achievement Center because everyone is student focused and puts students first."

Dale Hawkinson  dph777@ksu.edu

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Math Instructor

"My favorite thing about working with students is the same as it was 35 years ago when I began my teaching career: their questions, thinking about and discussing them together, and watching their satisfaction as the 'light bulb comes on' and they succeed."

Avery Broccolo  broccolo@ksu.edu

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Administrative Specialist

"What I love most about coaching is the opportunity to sit with a student who makes a change. Whether big or small, being able to be a part of a student's academic or personal success here at K-State is so rewarding to me. I love being able to see a student's joy when they accomplish something they never thought possible and the hope and determination that is developed from that experience. More than anything, I love seeing students believe in themselves." 

Elaina Parker  esparker@ksu.edu

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Graduate Assistant, Academic Coaching 

 "Getting to see and help students stay positive and maintain support while facing the challenges of college."

Sunny Patel spatel@ksu.edu

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Graduate Assistant, Academic Coaching  

Rebecca Cherry rebeccacherry@ksu.edu

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Graduate Assistant, Academic Achievement Center "My favorite part about working at the AAC is supporting our vision to empower and inspire students to meet their goals. I also love working with a team of people that truly care about their impact on students' lives and connecting them with resources." 

Brooke Keilholtz bkeilholtz@ksu.edu

Graduate Assistant, Kauffman Scholar  

Vanessa Turpin vanessaturpin@ksu.edu

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Graduate Assistant, First Scholars