Dr. Thomas Lane, Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students
"The Irony of a Life in Student Life"
As a first-generation student from central Illinois who nearly failed out of college his freshman year, Dr. Thomas Lane will reflect on a twenty-five year career working in Higher Education with a diverse array of students and navigating through often difficult campus issues. In his talk, he will share personal and professional experiences that have shaped his views on leadership and serving students as well as pivotal moments that clarified values he carries with him today.
Dr. Be Stoney, Associate Professor, Physical and Multicultural Education
"I'm Going Home"
My talk will share the impact of returning home...how the "paths" to returning to one's home town - to past and current experiences - resurfaces familiarity and (un)common landscapes in our neighborhood and family. I'm reminded that it is where I've come from and where I have been that directly connects me to students, colleagues, and my position in life.
Dr. Justin Kastner, Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology
"Precendents, Purpose, and Paths Forward: Why History Matters to Me, and Why
In this talk, Justin Kastner will share how “looking to and learning about the past” has fueled his academic and personal development, love of learning, and service to society in his twin roles of university professor and community pastor. In addition to duly acknowledging the research and teaching value of historical scholarship, Justin will showcase how scholarly and practical crafts affiliated with history have enriched his family life, ushered in remarkable friendships, and inspired paths forward.
Provost Charles Taber
"Personal Responsibility for Social Justice"
What individual, personal responsibility do members of a community have to promote social justice? When social injustice is rooted in history and the past behavior of others, why should I as an individual have any responsibility to do anything about it? What roles do universities have in creating a just society?
Dr. Bryan Samuel - Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
“Access, Opportunity and Community - Why The Drive To 60% Is Critical For Kansas”
“Education for all is key to an enlightened society” (Generations of Success). Access to higher education and opportunity to engage, fully and fairly, in everything a university offers has a profound impact on students and the communities universities serve. As a physically challenged, first-generation, minority male from a low-socioeconomic background I have been up-close and personal with how a lack of access and opportunity for higher education can desolate a community. Access to higher education and opportunities for full and fair engagement are the keys to enhancing all communities.
Dr. Nadia Oweidat - Assistant Professor, Department of History
"Jordan to Oxford"
Dr. Nadia Oweidat was born in Jordan to a deeply traditional family who objected to women's education. In spite of their opposition, as well as entrenched cultural, legal and societal obstacles, she was able to achieve her dream of getting a PhD from the University of Oxford. In this talk, Dr. Oweidat will share some of her most inspiring life lessons and their relevance to K-State students, faculty, and staff.
Dr. T. Annelise Nguyen - Associate Professor, Toxicology; Director, Veterinary Research Scholars Program; Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine
"A Story of Escape, Adversity, and Triumph"
Dr. Annelise Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam, one year prior to the Fall of Saigon. Growing up in a chaotic aftermath of the Vietnam War, she lived through a childhood of privation, including a lack of formal schooling and scarce food. Dr. Nguyen’s mother decided to keep her from enrolling in the communist education system. Dr. Nguyen began to build an incredible sense of street smarts while working by her mother’s side in a small business. Through the family reunification, a.k.a. chain migration, Dr. Nguyen arrived in the U.S. at the age of 10 and learned how to read for the first time. She graduated top 10 of her high school class and obtained a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Ph.D. in Toxicology from Texas A&M University. While working at Kansas State University, she obtained an MBA and established a small commercial real estate business. With her childhood experience and professional training, she will share her journey on how she became a breast cancer researcher, an innovator of four patented technologies, and a passionate educator for STEM. In addition, she will describe some of her world travels.