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Office of Student Life
Kansas State University
201 Holton Hall
1101 Mid Campus Dr North
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-5307 fax

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Office of Student Life Staff

Andy Thompson (he, him) - Senior Associate Dean & Director of Student Life

Strengths: Arranger • Maximizer • Developer • Communication • Consistency

Health & Human Sciences  |  Education  |  Architecture Planning & Design  |  Veterinary Medicine

Andy Thompson

Andy has been director of the office since 2020, and works with students in Health and Human Sciences, Education, Artchitecture, Planning, and Design, and Veterinary Medicine. He chairs the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), and co-adivses the Judical Branch of the Student Governing Association who adjudicates complaints of the Student Code of Conduct.

Prior to his work in the Office of Student Life, Andy spent his career in the department of Housing and Dining Services at K-State as the Residence Life Coordinator of Marlatt Hall.  Andy earned his Master's of Education in Counselor Education from Clemson University and his Bachelor's of Science in Recreation Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Throughout his career he has enjoyed working with students on a variety of issues and helping them navigate the university experience. ​

His professional interests include helping students find success in their academics and personal life, collaboration across the university for student success, and helping students find their passion at the university.

Contact Dean Andy Thompson at: athomp@k-state.edu

Laurel Moody (she, her) - Assistant Dean

Strengths: Input • Learner • Achiever • Arranger • Relator

Arts & Sciences (O-Z) | Business | Engineering

Laurel MoodyLaurel is a lifelong K-Stater who began working at the university in 2010 shortly after graduating with her degree in Journalism. Laurel supervises the Student Life Coordinators, graduate student, and co-advises the judicial branch of the Student Governing Association.

Laurel was the Office Manager for the Office of Student Life from 2012 to 2016. She received her master's degree in Academic Advising in 2013, and has taken multiple classes in conflict resolution.

Laurel works with students in the College of Engineering, Business Administration, and Arts & Sciences. Her interests include providing support for students and the community after disasters, conflict resolution, academic advising, student of concern development, and working with student staff to develop competencies for the workforce.

Contact Dean Laurel Moody at: lmoody@k-state.edu

Wade M. Weber (he, him) - Assistant Dean

Strengths: Strategic • Ideation • Input • Adaptability • Activator

wade weberWade is the newest member of the Student Life Office team. He works with students from across the academic colleges to provide a wide range of support to the office team, which includes directly working with students, providing assistance to the campus community, and serving in the Dean On Call rotation. Wade is also providing support and coordination to the Vice President of Student Life for special assignments focusing on reviewing and updating university wide student life policies and procedures.

Contact Dean Wade Weber at: wweber@ksu.edu

Janelle Rieger (she, her) - Interim Assistant Dean

Strengths: Input • Learner • Intellection • Individualization • Ideation

Arts & Sciences (A-N) | Agriculture


Janelle is a K-State alum with a degree in Biology.  She also holds a master's degree in Education from Fort Hays State University which she attained during her 14-year tenure as a secondary life science teacher.  

Janelle came to the Office of Student Life as a Student Services Coordinator in the fall of 2021 and is currently serving as an Interim Assistant Dean. She is a co-chairperson of the University's Early Assessment & Reporting committee and supervises the Student Life Desk Assistants. She also serves on the President's Committee on Religious, Spiritual, and Nonreligious Diversity.

Janelle works with students in the College of Agriculture and Arts & Sciences. Her interests include developing relationships with campus partners that will reflect in the wellbeing of students and supporting students as they navigate their way through all types of adverse experiences.

Contact Janelle at: jarieger@ksu.edu

Mary Rodriguez (she, her) - Case Manager

Strengths: Restorative • Responsibility • Deliberative • Connectedness • Harmony

Liasion to students in the Kramer Complex and Jardine Apartments

MaryBefore her work with the Office of Student Life, Mary worked as a school-based therapist, Juvenile Intake Assessment with Johnson County Government, and a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. Mary earned her Masters of Social Welfare from KU and Bachelors of Science in Social Work at K-State Salina Campus. Throughout her career, Mary has found a passion in working with young adults pursuing their collegiate journey.

Her professional interests include working with students to identify their strengths as they pursue their collegiate journey and their passion for their discipline and supporting students as they create change in their lives personally, academically, and within their communities. Empowering students as they navigate how to advocate for themselves, face their barriers, and problem-solve through them, and connecting students to on and off-campus resources to fulfill their goals

Mary's Office is in the Kramer Complex. Contact Mary at: mrodrigu66@ksu.edu

Kayleigh Smith (she, her) - Case Manager

Strengths: Positivity • Individualization • Woo • Communication • Achiever

Liasion to students in the Derby Complex and Scholarship Houses

kayleighWorking as a case manager, she strives to advocate for and encourage students to skill build and problem solve to begin making progress to accomplish goals within their personal and academic lives.

Prior to her work in the office of Student Life, Kayleigh worked as a Permanency Case Manager in a foster care system and as a Youth Case manager in mental Health. Kayleigh Graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Youth and Adolescents, from Pittsburg State University in May of 2021. Kayleigh also shares a passion for coaching youth in gymnastics and continues to coach recreationally at a local gym.

Her professional interests include helping individuals reach success through skill building and problem solving while assisting them to make progress on goal planning and achievement. Her favorite quote is, “You cannot make a super star in one hour, it takes time, practice, and patience.” -Unknown

Kayleigh's Office is in the Derby Complex. Contact Kayleigh at: kayleighs@ksu.edu