Celebrate the Season

K-State Today Student Edition

December 7, 2018

Celebrate the Season

By President Richard MyersSeason’s greetings, K-State Family.
As the fall semester comes to a close, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the past year, celebrate our achievements and look to the future.
In commencement ceremonies today and tomorrow, more than 1,500 students will receive their degrees from Kansas State University. We take pride in preparing them to draw on their K-State education and experiences to help guide them in their path forward in life. We celebrate our graduates and all who had a role in supporting them!
During the past year, we continued our commitment to support diversity and inclusion as a top priority. We explored the role of intercultural learning through our One Family initiative which resulted in numerous outcomes, including Wildcat Dialogues. The dialogues provided a foundation of community understanding for the new leaders of our restructured diversity and inclusion activities. As part of the restructuring, Bryan Samuel joined our K-State family in March as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, a newly created position reporting directly to me. Adrian Rodriguez was named associate vice president for Student Life over diversity and multicultural student affairs last December.                      
In October, during our second KSUnite event, it was uplifting to see the Student Union Ballroom filled to capacity with overflow crowds congregating throughout the Union to hear our speakers and show their support for unity at K-State. It was also a highlight to announce that we have raised more than $4.2M for a multicultural center on campus. Our goal is to graduate world-ready students who understand and value the power of inclusion and unity.              
In May, we were saddened by the disastrous fire at our beloved Hale Library. However, in true K-State style, our family came together to lend support in addressing the multiple tasks involved in the recovery of books and materials and in providing …

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