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February 2, 2018

K-State First accepting nominations for inaugural First-Year Advocate Awards

Submitted by Mandi McKinley

K-State First is accepting nominations for its inaugural First-Year Advocate Awards. These two awards — one for an undergraduate student and one for a faculty/staff member — will highlight the work being done at the university to provide challenges to help first-year students grow and the support to help them achieve.

A committee will review nominations and designate one current faculty/staff member and one current student as First-Year Advocates. Award winners will be listed on a perpetual plaque to be displayed in the K-State First office in 14 Holton Hall, receive a framed certificate and be recognized at the K-State First awards dinner in the spring.

Nominations should show that the candidate lives the mission of K-State First by demonstrating:

  • A commitment to student engagement in university-level learning and academic success for first-year students.
  • A strong focus on academic excellence in first-year students.
  • A dedication to community for first-year students
  • An emphasis on diversity when engaging first-year students.
  • An ability to empower first-year students.
  • A willingness to help first-year students find purpose and achievement in their personal lives and future careers.

Nominations can be made via Qualtrics. Nominations may be submitted in a variety of formats; for example, nomination materials might include — but are not limited to — an essay of 500-600 words, a 2-3 minute video, or a five-minute PowerPoint presentation. Successful nominations will demonstrate a commitment to many, if not all, of the above criteria.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 15. Email any questions to kstatefirst@k-state.edu.