April 16, 2019 Events and Deadlines
This newsletter is distributed to department heads, graduate program directors, graduate program contact staff, and graduate faculty.
Graduate Program Directors
Electronic Form Submission – Decisions Workflow
Graduate School student forms can now be submitted electronically via the student forms dashboard on the Graduate School website. Forms submitted electronically through the forms dashboard will be sent through an approval workflow using Decisions which is a business workflow and rule platform administered by the K-State Office of Mediated Education. Students, faculty and staff can access the forms dashboard by navigating to “Academics” on the Graduate School homepage and selecting the “Form Finder”. The direct URL for Graduate School forms: https://www.k-state.edu/grad/academics/forms/
After opening the form finder page, click on “Electronic Form Submission” to get to
the forms dashboard. You will be required to log in/authenticate with your K-State
eID and password in order to access the forms dashboard:
Most forms will be routed to the major professor, committee members, and department head or graduate program director for review. Each of these individuals will receive an e-mail from <email@example.com> with a link to the form to be reviewed in Decisions. After clicking the link to the form, the reviewer must log in/authenticate with their K-State eID and password to open the form. The reviewer can either approve the form or return it to the student for suggested changes.
After all required committee member approvals are complete, the form will be forwarded to the Graduate School for final review and processing by the appropriate degree analyst. If approved, a copy of the final form will be e-mailed to the student, major professor and program contact/coordinator after graduate school processing is complete.
The Graduate School will conduct training sessions for graduate program directors, faculty, and support staff by request. Please send an e-mail to Scott Schlender <firstname.lastname@example.org> to request a training session. Training sessions for groups can be scheduled in the Graduate School classroom space (EH121) or for individuals in their office or Scott Schlender's office (EH114).
2018-2019 Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty
The Graduate School is pleased to recognize Dr. Kimberly Kirkpatrick, professor of Psychological Sciences as the 2018-2019 Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty. Please save the following date for their upcoming lecture. Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 3:30 p.m. 4061 Business Building, Executive Conference Room.
Call for nominations: Distinguished Thesis and Distinguished Dissertation Awards
The Graduate School is now accepting nominations for the MAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Thesis Award and the CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award. This year’s award categories are 1) Biological/Life Sciences and 2) Fine Arts and Humanities. These awards serve to recognize theses and dissertations that make an unusually significant contribution to their field. Each graduate program may submit one nomination for the thesis award and one nomination for the dissertation award. Please visit the award webpages for more information. Nominations must be submitted to the Graduate School, 113-119 Eisenhower Hall, or via email to Megan Miller (email@example.com) no later than 5:00 pm on May 3, 2019.
Run, jog, walk, or stroll in the Grad Dash 5k
Celebrate the final weeks of the spring semester by participating in the Graduate Student Council’s Grad Dash 5k. Race day is Saturday, May 11 and will be held on the K-State campus. Registration fee is $18 for race participation and a t-shirt, but there also are options for race registration or t-shirt only. Registration and payment must be submitted by April 24 to secure a t-shirt. Event proceeds will support GSC initiatives and activities.
Commerce Bank and WT Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award
The Graduate School is accepting nominations for the Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award. The award honors current members of the graduate faculty who are recognized nationally and internationally for their outstanding scholarly achievements and for their contributions to graduate education at the university. Recipients of the award will receive an honorarium and will be recognized during the fall Graduate School commencement ceremony and during a public lecture to the campus community. The link provides information to be submitted as one Word or PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 3, 2019.
Graduate students who are planning to graduate in spring or summer 2019 and need assistance using the ETDR template or need assistance with formatting their ETDR are encouraged to attend a walk-in help session being held during the week of April 15 in the Seaton Hall Media Center, Room 1.
April 15, 3-5 pm
April 16, 6-8 pm
April 17, 10 am-noon
April 18, 6-8 pm
April 19, 1-5 pm
Mock Interviews for International Students
On Thursday, April 25th, the Career Center will be conducting individual mock interviews for international students to practice their interviewing skills. Interested students should select an interview time in via the Sign-Up Genius Form. Prior to their mock interview, students should watch the “Preparing for an Interview” presentation facilitated by Mary Ellen Barkley, Assistant Director in the Career Center. Students should arrive at the Berney Family Welcome Center at least 5 minutes prior to their scheduled interview time on April 25th. If interested but unable to participate on April 25th, students can schedule a Mock Interview Appointment anytime with their Career Advisor through their Handshake account.
De-Escalation Techniques in the Classroom
April 26, 2-4pm, 127 Leadership Studies
GRAD BASH for Graduating Students
The K-State Alumni Association and Student Alumni Board invite all students graduating in May or August to the Grad Bash at the K-State Alumni Center on Thursday, May 9th, from 4-6 p.m. Enjoy a free food served by members of the K-State administration. There will also be a free gift from the Alumni Association(while supplies last), prize drawings, and the opportunity to network with other graduates.
Changes to Incomplete Grade Policy
As announced by the Office of Registrar, the Incomplete grade policy was recently
modified to be effective for courses taken fall 2018 and later. In general, an incomplete
grade earned in fall 2018 will convert to a grade of F during spring 2019 grade posting
unless a grade change has occurred prior to that time. Some exceptions to this may
include graduate research, theses, study abroad and some internship courses.
Graduate Student Writing Retreat Application Deadline Extended
The Writing Center and Graduate School are hosting the annual Graduate Student Writing Retreat May 20-24 and 28-29. The retreat provides graduate students time and space to write in a supportive atmosphere and promotes effective writing practices to boost the dissertation- and thesis-writing process. Applications will continue to be accepted through April 17, or until the retreat reaches capacity for participation.