Academic Assistance Center
Judith Lynch, Director
101 Holton Hall
The Academic Assistance Center provides a comprehensive and coordinated system for the identification, diagnosis, advisement, counseling, and referral of students to the various academic support services available at K-State. In addition, the AAC provides direct academic support through programs that include:
Free tutoring is available in a variety of introductory courses through the EOF tutoring program. Students desiring assistance on a regular basis are assigned to small groups that meet weekly with a peer tutor who assists them with course content and learning strategies. Walk-in tutoring sessions are also available in math, writing, and other selected subjects.
The University Experience
The AAC offers the course EDCEP 111 University Experience to new students for 1-3 hours of credit. This course provides any new student with a general orientation to K-State and university life. Topics covered include study skills, effective use of campus resources, academic planning, career decision making, and university policies and procedures.
The AAC provides a math review class for students desiring basic review of pre-algebra mathematics before actually enrolling in a formal mathematics course. Assistance with Intermediate or College Algebra is available to students enrolling in University Experience as a part of that course.
PILOTS is a cooperative, year-long program meant to provide structure and encourage academic discipline and critical reasoning for qualifying entering freshmen. Students enjoy smaller classes, a computer Reading/Writing Lab, a clustering of support courses, and free tutoring. Classes are geared to a diversity of learning styles.
Credit by Examination
K-State offers students a variety of quiz-out programs through which a student may earn academic credit in specific courses. The AAC is the campus service agency for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the DANTES Program. The center will also provide consultation and conduct utility studies for academic departments interested in implementing a credit-by-examination program. Information and registration for the CLEP and DANTES programs are available from the AAC.
Entrance and Professional Examinations
The AAC administers the following examinations, which are often required to enter selected undergraduate, graduate, or professional programs. Contact the AAC to obtain further information concerning these and other examinations.
American College Test (ACT)
Engineering and Land Surveying Examination Services (ELSES)
Graduate Record Examination (subject exams only)
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
Pharmacy College Admission Testing PCAT
Praxis Series Assessment
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
Test of Spoken English (TSE)
Correspondence course and other non-K-State exams can be proctored in the AAC for a $20 fee.
Academic and Career Information Center
Michelle Haupt, Coordinator
14 Holton Hall
The Academic and Career Information Center provides assistance to students exploring and selecting academic majors and career options. ACIC is a resource center offering career assessments, an extensive career library, and a staff dedicated to assisting students in the career planning process.
ACIC offers a one-credit hour course focusing on academic major and career exploration, personal assessment, and decision-making strategies. Additional resources include employment profiles, salary information, career reference books and files, K-State curriculum guides, graduate school information, and career planning workshops.
Non-Traditional & Veteran Student Services
Suzanne Lueker, Director
101 Holton Hall
Non-Traditional & Veteran Student Services assists undergraduate and graduate students who meet one or more of the following criteria:
- 25 years of age or older
- Returning to school after an absence of 3 or more years
Non-Traditional & Veteran Student Services provides assistance and advocacy for students before, during, and after their admission to K-State. Staff members assist students in obtaining information and/or providing referrals in many areas, including: admission, scholarships, childcare, housing, tutoring, refresher and study skills courses, student health insurance, campus activities and community programs, non-traditional student networking opportunities, and many other student questions/concerns.
Alcohol and Other Drug Education Service
Bill Arck, Director
214 English/Counseling Services Building
The Alcohol and Other Drug Education Service offers timely and accurate information on the physical effects and social issues related to alcohol and other drug use and abuse. Campus services provided include individual counseling regarding alcohol and other drug issues; alcohol/drug information; basic assessment and intervention assistance; educational presentations; professional referral resources; and a variety of special alcohol/drug related programs and services for individuals, small groups and organizations.
Career and Employment Services
Kerri Day Keller, Director
100 Holtz Hall
Career and Employment Services (CES) provides career advising, skill development, employment connections, and resources to K-State students and recent graduates (within one year). Whether seeking part-time employment while attending classes, a summer job, an internship/coop, or a full-time career position, CES can help. Individual career advisors are available to assist clients as they create a professional resume, develop interviewing skills, and identify job search resources. The CES website provides information about upcoming events, workshops, and links to career and employer research sites.
Activate “My CES Account,” a free service to current K-State students and recent graduates. Through your account view internship/employment opportunities, refer your resume to employers, sign up for on-campus interviews and find employer contact information to enhance your professional networking circle.
Stop by Holtz Hall or visit us on the web to learn more about how we can help with “Guiding You from College to Career.”
Alpha of Clovia
1200 Pioneer Lane
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
Alpha of Clovia Cooperative House accommodates up to 60 women. Although 4-H members are given preference, any undergraduate woman is welcome to apply for membership. To keep the house self-supportive, the women at Clovia contribute up to four hours a week for duties. Providing economical living conditions for members is a main goal at Clovia. House bills are approximately $215 per month, and vary according to social activities and other house functions. Rent is $320 per semester. Applications can be obtained at County Extension Offices, the State 4-H Department at Kansas State University, www.k-state.edu/clovia or the Clovia Membership Chairman, 1200 Pioneer Lane, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, 785-395-4500.
Smith Scholars Program
331 North 17th Street
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
Dr. L. Irene Putnam, who established the house in 1958 in memory of her brother, Maitland E. Smith, stipulated that Smith residents would be charged only for the actual costs of operation and maintenance of the house. The Smith Alumni Association, the organization that has run Smith since 1984, does not charge the residents its own administrative costs. It subsists on alumni donations and other fund raising efforts.
The Smith Scholars Program provides a broad learning experience for 30 young men each year. Smith Scholars are selected on the basis of academic promise and potential to contribute to a structured program of organized living. The Smith Scholars live in Smith Scholarship House, a cooperative living arrangement wherein the men do the cooking and housekeeping, providing a substantial savings in housing costs over other on and off campus dwelling environments.
Smurthwaite Leadership/Scholarship House
1500 North Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502-4695
The Smurthwaite Leadership/Scholarship House is a unique cooperative living opportunity for approximately 46 women who are interested in becoming active in leadership positions in student government, academic organizations, and co-curricular organizations. In exchange for this great opportunity and paying a lower rate for room and board, the women help with the day-to-day operations of the house.
Contact Housing and Dining Services for a Smurthwaite application packet. Assignment to Smurthwaite Leadership/Scholarship House is made through a special process. Since acceptance and assignment to Smurthwaite are limited, it is best to complete the online residence hall application and contract with alternate preferences.
Dorinda Lambert, Director
232 English/Counseling Services
Counseling Services is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
Kansas State University Counseling Services, in support of the overall mission of the University, provides the highest standard of professional services to help all students reach their full potential–personally, academically, and socially. Within an accepting, sustaining and compassionate setting, we attend to the psychological needs of our students to alleviate concerns, facilitate problem solving, promote well-being, and enhance success.
At Counseling Services we value our multicultural campus community and, thus we provide culturally sensitive and relevant services. While appropriately protecting confidentiality, we work collaboratively with other entities, both on and off campus, to foster a safe and healthy environment. During times when a critical event occurs, we are ready to offer timely response through consultation, outreach, and follow-up to lessen trauma and promote resolution.
Counseling Services is funded in part by the student privilege fee. Students receive some initial individual sessions without charge per year. A nominal fee is charged for additional services.
Programs using a workshop or seminar format are offered to enhance personal growth and skill development. These may include stress management, biofeedback, career life planning, assertiveness training and relationship enhancement. A Career Life Planning course is offered for academic credit.
The Counseling Services staff, and the APA-accredited internship training program in psychology, adhere to the ethical code of the American Psychological Association.
Disability Support Services
Andrea Blair, Director
Holton Hall 202
Disability Support Services is the office responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities. Staff will serve as a liaison with students’ instructors.
Academic accommodations provided to students include readers, materials in large print, and note takers. Test taking accommodations may include extended time, oral examinations, scribes, and testing in an environment with reduced distractions. Assistance is provided in obtaining text books in alternate format. Upon request, any class scheduled in an inaccessible location will be relocated for students with mobility impairments. Interpreters for students who are deaf or hearing impaired will be provided, upon request.
An Adaptive Technology Lab is located in the Media Development Center, 213 Hale Library. The center includes computers with large screen monitors that are equipped with special software such as text enlargers, screen readers, and voice recognition. Also available is a CCTV and Arkenstone Reading Machine with scanner.
Special equipment available for checkout and use by students includes an FM listening system and TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf).
Additional services include assistance with writing. Tutors are available for some classes. A shuttle van, equipped with hydraulic lift, operates on campus between all buildings. Transportation is available to students with either a temporary injury or a permanent physical disability. A wide range of accessible housing is available.
Educational and Personal Development
Mike Lynch, Associate Vice President for Student Life
Carla Jones, Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Senior Associate Dean of Students
103 Holton Hall
Educational Supportive Services Manhattan and Student Support Services Salina
Kathleen Greene, PhD, Director
Low-income students and first-generation college students are assisted in setting and attaining realistic educational goals and are provided information about graduate-level educational opportunities. Students admitted and enrolled at K-State are offered educational supportive services including study skills and academic enrichment program courses, academic pre-advising, individualized tutorial assistance, and a variety of referral services.
McNair Scholars Program
The McNair Scholars Program, named for the African American astronaut who died in the 1986 space shuttle explosion, encourages and prepares academically promising students to pursue doctoral degrees. McNair Scholars are from low-income and first generation college educated backgrounds or are from minority groups who are underrepresented in graduate study.
Staff will assist McNair Scholars in selecting an appropriate graduate school for their career goals, in preparing for the Graduate Record Examination, and in applying for graduate admittance and financial assistance. Each year McNair Scholars will be matched with a faculty mentor and will work on research projects for which they will receive a stipend.
Graduate Student Council
Graduate Student Council (GSC) is the student organization representing graduate students from all academic disciplines at Kansas State University. Any organization with graduate student membership is invited to participate in the council and council activities are open to all graduate students. The council meets on the first Monday of every month at the K-State Student Union. To register your student group with the GSC, please use the on-line registration form. The Graduate Student Council is funded mainly by the Student Governing Association from the Graduate Student Activity Fee.
There are various ways to get involved with GSC. Every council member is encouraged to serve on a committee, including the Allocations Committee, GRA/GTA/GA Affairs Committee, International Affairs Committee, Research Forum Planning Committee and Ice Cream Social Planning Committee. Members also publicize GSC events and help maintain the website. Council officers are elected during the spring semester. Officers include the president, president-elect, secretary, and treasurer. All graduate students are encouraged to participate in the council activities. Memberships in the standing committees are open to all graduate students.
GSC strives to provide informational meetings, workshops and forums that enhance the professional development of graduate students. The council promotes interdisciplinary activities to enrich graduate students’ education beyond their own disciplines. The council distributes announcements on a variety of opportunities for leadership, engagement in campus activities, financial and research support, and much more.
Gayle Spencer, Associate Dean
Andrea Brown, Associate Director
Jenni Jones, Assistant Director
214 K-State Student Union
K-State is home to more than 3,300 fraternity and sorority members. The fraternity and sorority community consists of 47 chapters, most of who own and control their own residential facility. Chapters range in size from 10-150. The average sorority size is 140, and the average fraternity size is 64.
Most sororities select their members during Fall Formal Recruitment which happens approximately one week prior to the start of fall semester. Women who wish to participate in the Formal Recruitment process must register and pay a participation fee by no later than August 1 each year. Most women join sororities as freshman. Most new members live in the residence hall their freshman year, and the sorority house their sophomore year.
Most fraternities select new members beginning in the spring and continuing through the summer each year. Men usually join as freshman or sophomores. Most new members live in their fraternity house if the chapter owns a property. Men may join a fraternity year-round.
Complete information regarding fraternities and sororities including costs, how to register, recruitment dates and methods, the recruitment week schedule for sororities, and a list of K-State fraternity and sorority chapters can be found on the website.
Information about fraternities and sororities that select new members via the intake process which occurs later in the academic year can also be found on the website.
Housing and Dining Services
104 Pittman Building
1-888-568-5027 (toll free)
The university encourages all new K-State students to live in an organized living group. Living in a residential community provides students with a sense of belonging and an avenue for involvement. Research indicates academic achievement is enhanced by involvement. Students who choose a community-based living group are provided many opportunities for interaction with other students and university staff. Furthermore, the opportunity to participate in organized social, athletic, and educational events contributes to career success.
K-State provides on-campus residence hall living for approximately 3,800 students and on campus apartment living for approximately 1,500 residents.
K-State residence halls have a rich tradition of providing a living and learning environment that encourages personal growth and academic success.
The award-winning dining services provide a wide variety of menu options in dining centers conveniently located adjacent to the residence halls. Lifestyle options include standard occupancy rooms, suites, cluster areas and quiet floors. Staff members work diligently to meet the needs of all students.
After a student submits an online residence hall application and nonrefundable fee and it is received by Housing and Dining Services, they are notified by e-mail when they can complete the online residence hall contract process. The cost of the contract is set on an annual basis.
The on campus Jardine Apartments provide apartment living for students who are upperclassmen, graduate, nontraditional, married (with or without children), or single parents.
This unique apartment community offers students an apartment style housing selection including over 60 different floor plans to choose from. Different price points include options in newly constructed apartments, highly renovated, renovated and traditional apartments. Activities help residents to get involved and stay connected.
The rental rate includes gas, water, trash, and Internet. There is a nonrefundable application fee due at the time of application. Assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis, and early application is recommended. On assignment, a deposit of $400 is required.
Smurthwaite Leadership/ Scholarship House
The Smurthwaite Leadership/Scholarship House is a unique cooperative living opportunity for women who are interested in becoming active in leadership positions in student government, academic organizations, and co-curricular organizations.
Assignment to Smurthwaite Leadership/ Scholarship House is made through a special application process. Since acceptance and assignment to Smurthwaite are limited, it is best to complete the online residence hall application and contract with alternate preferences.
On-campus living environments offer individualized academic support to residents through trained staff, programming, and faculty involvement. Computer labs, study spaces, two academic resource centers, free tutoring, cluster floors for students with the same major, and workshops to help improve academic skills make the residence halls a great environment for learning and academic success.
Leadership and Involvement Opportunities
The Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) program offers current and aspiring leaders the skills they need to be successful. Hall Governing Boards (HGB), the Jardine Residents’ Council, and floor governments plan and implement educational, cultural, and social programs; intramural events; community service projects; and more. Judicial boards provide an opportunity for students to address one another regarding policy violations that impact the community. The Kansas State University Association of Residence Halls (ARH) works closely with hall representatives to develop and implement policies that promote respect and acceptance of all residence hall students. ARH also plans larger all-hall events. The Little Apple Chapter of the National Residence Halls Honorary (NRHH) provides an additional opportunity for K-State’s top student leaders in the residence halls where they impact the residents through recognition and service activities.
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
Sara Thurston González, PhD, Director
International Student Center
The staff at International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provide vital services for K-State’s over 1,800 international students, scholars, and their families. This includes advice on U.S. immigration regulations, support during their stay in the U.S., and cultural programs. The staff assists them with visa and passport issues, work authorization, entry and exit documentation, certification of status forms, housing, programming and personal concerns. ISSS also offers assistance to faculty and departments wanting to bring international scholars to the United States. Additionally, the staff serves the entire campus as a resource on international student and scholar issues. The office operates under the Office of International Programs and works with all facets of the University to implement and support both the goals of each student and scholar and the goals of the University in international education. Staff members provide leadership and support for a variety of programs that promote global awareness and understanding.
ISSS is housed in the International Student Center which is composed of three building that have been completely funded by private gifts to K-State. The Taiwan Wing houses most of the staff. The Korean Room houses the director’s office and office meeting space. The Center provides a comfortable relaxed atmosphere where people can meet or attend various programs. It includes a multipurpose meeting room, kitchen, reading lounge, and small classroom. Rental of the facilities is available. The building has wireless internet reception.
K-State Student Union and Union Program Council (UPC)
Bernard Pitts, Executive Director
K-State Student Union
Director’s Office, 2nd Floor
Union Mission Statement: The K-State Student Union is the host of the campus community and plays an integral role in the educational mission of the University. It provides products, services, and programs to enhance the quality of life of its students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests, with particular emphasis on students. It fosters an environment that promotes respect for all peoples and values diversity, leadership development, and the free exchange of ideas.
Since 1956 the K-State Student Union has served the university and surrounding community with a variety of social, recreational, educational, and cultural activities. The Union and its diverse programs and services are supported by student fees and generated revenue. The Union is the exciting hub of campus life. Often referred to as the “living room” of the campus, the Union provides a gathering place and a common ground for students, faculty, staff, alumni, university departments and the greater community.
All revenues generated at your K-State Student Union assist in funding program, opportunities, and services for our campus community. The Union is also the home of several campus organizations.
The official K-State Bookstore located on the Union’s ground floor, is not only the most convenient place to get your textbooks, but also has a great selection of K-State merchandise and apparel. New textbook options, including our Rental Program and digital “Jumpbooks,” are designed for student savings. A complimentary browsing station is available on the first floor to compare pricing and inventories. The official K-State booklist is available online. For more information, contact 785-532-6583.
The Union Recreation Center, located on the Union’s lower level, is the best place for relaxing on campus. Whether it’s something fun to do between classes or an evening with friends, the Union Recreation Center is the place to be. The center is equipped with 16 bowling lanes 14 billiard tables, two air hockey tables, a video arcade, shuffleboard, and a Subway Sandwich Shop. Student bowling leagues are always very popular and billiard leagues are also available. The recreation center is also available for group gatherings.
Food is always on the mind of the college student and the Union has plenty of choices:
The Union Food Court offers a wide variety of food in one convenient location. Denny’s, Chic-fil-A, Taco Bell, Panda Express, pizza, comfort food favorites, salad bar, and even sushi are some of the offerings available daily.
Caribou Coffee Shop, is a great place to grab a cup of coffee and relax. Just inside the Union’s north entrance, Caribou’s large menu of specialty drinks, Call Hall ice cream, and its cozy atmosphere make it an easy find for a time-out on a busy day.
Subway, in the Union Recreation Center, is ready to serve you great tasting sandwiches and breakfast seven days a week. Subway is open longer hours and later than any other food venue in the Union.
The Bluemont Buffet has been a campus favorite for many years. The Bluemont Room, second floor of the Union, hosts the buffet from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is the perfect spot for a relaxed, quiet, professional lunch atmosphere. The all-you-can-eat buffet features entrees, carved meats, vegetables, hot rolls, desserts, beverages, and a salad bar. The buffet also features specialty buffets throughout the year such as Office Professionals’ Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day and many more.
Easy to find right inside the Union’s north entrance, the Cats’ Den Convenience Store is the best place to pick up a drink or a tasty snack between classes. ReFresh-ReThink-ReFuel at the Cats’ Den alternative snack area featuring gluten-free, vegan, organic, natural and energy/power options. We stock a variety of soft drinks, juices, energy drinks, snacks and sandwiches, as well as our freshly-popped popcorn.
The K-State Student Union also provides you food choices around campus. You can sit back and relax in the K-State School of Leadership Studies building with a cup of Radina’s coffee. Radina’s Coffeehouse & Roastery is dedicated to providing fresh, handcrafted coffee roasted to its peak flavor. Radina’s serves high-quality, unique coffees from around the world.
At Café Q, conveniently located in the atrium of Rathbone Hall in the Engineering Complex, your Union provides gourmet coffee to K-State students and visitors and creates a relaxing atmosphere in the lounge area of the complex.
Einstein Brothers Bagels, on the lowest level in Hale Library, provides a great mid-campus stop to refresh between classes, over lunch, during your study breaks or anytime. High-quality food is the standard here, with a diverse menu ranging from gourmet coffee drinks, to baked goods, salads, made-to-order sandwiches, and decadent desserts.
The Vet Med Café, located in Trotter hall, allows our faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to enjoy traditional breakfast and lunch items, as well as quick Outtakes items, bottled beverages, and delicious desserts without trekking across campus. The Vet Med Café Poudly Brews Starbucks!
Your Union can accommodate all of your meeting and catering needs with our large variety of meeting rooms, banquet facilities, and state-of-the-art technology. These rooms are offered at a discount to students, faculty, staff, and registered campus student organizations. We are dedicated to providiing the highest quality of catering services, from a simple coffee break to extravagant receptions and dinners. Whether it’s for an executive retreat for 12 or an annual conference for 1000, your Union has a place for you.
The Union Computer Store is a full-line computer store and an Apple authorized educational reseller. Students can receive discounts on Apple computers, Microsoft and Adobe products, as well as other academic software. The Union Computer Store carries an extensive inventory and variety of computer supplies, including MacBooks, iPads, the complete line of Apple iPods, and a large selection of iPod accessories. Online shopping is offered 24/7 at the Computer Store. Stop by our location on the Union’s first floor or give us a call at 785-532-7319.
All students, faculty and staff can get their official university ID card, the Wildcat Card, at the ID Center, located on the first floor of the Union. Wildcat Cards can be used as a photo ID, access/entry card, library card, and Cat Cash on-campus debit account. Cat Cash is ideal for anyone who carries a K-State Wildcat ID Card and spends time on campus. The ID Center can assist with card replacements, Cat Cash deposits and Union Gift Card purchases. If you have any questions, contact 785-532-6399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Union has many other services to offer, including a full-service Commerce Bank, ATMs, a copy center, two computer labs with printing, the K-State’s Women’s Center information center, and the K-State Veterans Center. The Union is also the home of many student offices: the Student Governing Association (SGA), the Office of Student Activities and Services (OSAS), Greek Affairs, Multicultural Student Organization, Union Program Council (UPC), Union Governing Board (UGB), and the campus radio station, Wildcat 91.9.
Union Program Council (UPC)
Union Program Council (UPC), K-State’s premier student-led event planning organization, provides entertainment to the K-State community and an opportunity for students to gain leadership skills. UPC sponsors over 180 programs each year. UPC’s student volunteers determine the films you see on weekends, select the comedians that make you laugh, choose the art exhibited in the William T. Kemper Art Gallery, decide which controversial issues speakers address, expose you to different cultures with their multicultural programming and organize a substance-free After Hours every Friday night during the semester.
All students are encouraged to get involved with UPC and its various committees. Students help create and plan the exciting events that are the talk of the campus. UPC volunteers receive valuable experiences that complement both their academic pursuits and future job skills. Students who want to get involved should contact UPC on the web, by phone 785-532-6571, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Lafene Health Center
Lannie W. Zweimiller, Director
1105 Sunset Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502-3761
The Lafene Health Center is a modern ambulatory health care facility designed to provide for most student outpatient health needs. The health center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare. Students who have paid the health fee as a part of their tuition are eligible for care. Non-student spouses, university conference participants, and other campus visitors may receive care upon payment of a special fee.
Lafene Health Center provides, through a full complement of medical and other professional personnel, a range of services that include special clinics for sports-related injuries, women, and allergies and immunizations, as well as a clinic for general care. Also included are services in health education, nutrition, and physical therapy. The services of a pharmacy, laboratory, and x-ray are available at reduced rates.
The center is staffed by full-time physicians with medical support personnel. When necessary, the student is referred to specialists for treatment at the student’s expense.
After regular clinic hours, a student who is ill or injured may receive medical care at a local hospital, at the student’s expense. Home visits are not made. The local ambulance service is available, when needed, to transport patients to the appropriate health care facility.
It is strongly recommended that all students at K-State carry medical insurance, either through the parents’ plan at home or through the university-sponsored student health insurance plan available at special rates. It is mandatory for International Students to carry medical insurance. This latter plan covers most services provided at Lafene Health Center and allowed claims for medical expenses if the student requires care away from the campus.
K-State encourages all students (new and transfer) to provide complete medical history, including a current immunization record. This history must be completed on the Kansas State University Lafene Health Center Medical History Form and is required prior to provision of non-emergency treatment at the health center. A physical examination is not required, but encouraged, and a copy of this examination assists the staff in evaluating illnesses. If a student has a continuing medical problem, a summary from the attending physician is helpful should treatment at the center be needed. Students receiving allergy injections must furnish instructions from their allergist before injections can be administered at the health center.
International students from countries with a high incidence of tuberculosis and others who have spent more than three months in such a country are required by university policy to be tested for tuberculosis prior to enrolling at K-State.
Incoming Students Residing in University-owned Housing
State of Kansas Board of Regents requires all incoming students residing in university-owned housing to be vaccinated against meningitis or sign a document waiving the vaccination. The vaccine can be obtained at Lafene Health Center or the student’s private physician. Meningococcal Vaccine Documentation Forms may also be obtained at the Health Center or the university housing office.
Language Learning Center (LLC)
01 Eisenhower Hall
Making learning enjoyable…If you are a faculty, or a student enrolled in a language course, come on in! You are invited to the K-State language center. We will provide you audio, video, and computer multimedia services for both undergraduate and graduate level courses within the Department of Modern Languages. The LLC currently serves about 1,250 students each semester, and offers a variety of resources. The Language Learning Center is the location for students to have their language skills tested prior to enrolling in most language courses.
Multicultural Programs and Services
Mirta Chavez, Director
224 Anderson Hall
The Office of Multicultural Programs and Services provides assistance to the Asian- American Student Union (AASU), Black Student Union (BSU), Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO), Native American Student Association (NASA), United Black Voices (UBV), and other cultural and academic interest organizations focusing on multicultural students.
MPS assists organizations in sponsoring programs and activities that heighten multicultural awareness and leadership at K-State and in the community. MPS also provides support and assistance to all multicultural students through individual consultations and through building strong support systems that help foster the educational and personal development of multicultural students on campus.
New Student Services
Emily Lehning, Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Director of New Student Services
122 Anderson Hall
New Student Services works with prospective and new students and their families. Admissions representatives meet with high school students during school visits, college fairs, and special events.
New Student Services coordinates campus visits, orientation and enrollment, Wildcat Warm-up, the K-State Parents and Family Association, and the Presidential Lecture Series. The department co-coordinates the K-State First program, including the K-State Book Network, First-Year Seminars, Connecting Across Topics (CAT) communities, and the Guide to Personal Success (GPS) program.
The Office of Student Activities and Services provides a bulletin board in the Union that lists available rental units, with information on cost, size, restrictions, etc., and other housing options.
Office of Student Life
Heather Reed, Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Student Life
Karen Low, Assistant Dean and Assistant Director of the Office of Student Life
Scott Jones, Assistant Dean and Assistant Director of the Office of Student Life
102 Holton Hall
The mission of the Office of Student Life is to enhance the K-State student experience and promote student success in the classroom and in life. Student Life helps when problems arise, working with students and with other campus services to find the most appropriate and effective solutions. The Office of Student Life is also a resource for parents who may have concerns or questions. The Office of Student Life administers the judicial programs for non-academic misconduct and works closely with the student judicial system.
Powercat Financial Counseling
Jodi Kaus, Director
809 K-State Student Union, ground floor
Office of Student Activities and Services
Powercat Financial Counseling assists students with financial decisions including budgeting, saving, student loan repayment, and understanding credit. The center is free to K-State students and uses a peer mentor program where students studying in a finance related curriculum provide one-on-one peer financial counseling and education to fellow students. In addition to individual confidential counseling, the center provides free workshops to campus groups and organizations about various financial topics. The goal of Powercat Financial Counseling is to improve the financial literacy and success of all K-State students. Visit the PFC website to schedule an appointment, to request a financial workshop presentation, or to learn more about financial issues.
Steve Martini, Director
101 Peters Recreation Complex
Recreational Services is responsible for intramurals, recreational sports, fitness/wellness programs, K-State challenge course, and sport clubs administration for the campus.
The award-winning Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex features 14 racquetball courts; two squash courts; three gyms for basketball, volleyball, and badminton; two weight training and cardiovascular areas; a large multipurpose area for group fitness sessions; two indoor running/walking tracks; a combatives area; a table tennis room; personal training studio, locker rooms; central services area for equipment checkout and operations; and business office.
The natatorium at the Ahearn Sports Complex offers two 25-yard pools, diving well with 3-meter and 1-meter boards, and sunning deck. The natatorium is handicapped accessible.
Outdoor facilities include lighted playfields for football, soccer, softball, and sand volleyball; lighted tennis, basketball, and 3-wall racquetball/handball courts; horseshoe pits; and a fitness cluster with running/walking trails.
Outdoor recreational equipment and camping equipment can be rented at the Outdoor Rental Center.
A wide variety of group fitness sessions are offered, including cardio, BOSU, indoor cycling, yoga, pilates, and aqua exercise. Personal trainers offer assessments and program planning. Athletic trainers provide evaluation and treatment of sports-related injuries, including first aid and taping service.
Intramural sports are scheduled competitive activities. Team, individual, and meet sports are offered for students, faculty, and staff. More than 50 different intramural activities are offered for men, women, and co-rec competitors.
The K-State challenge course is available by reservation to K-State students and organizations, as well as the Manhattan community. Team building, trust, and better communication are just a few of the many benefits to be gained from participating. The course consists of icebreakers, group initiatives, and low and high elements. The low elements consist of ropes, wires, poles, and other wooden objects, while the high elements are the same, but 30-40 feet in the air! The high elements make use of ropes and belaying systems. Trained facilitators guide participants through the course.
The sport clubs program provides an opportunity to participate and compete against other universities, in a number of traditional sports such as volleyball, soccer, and rugby, plus nontraditional sports such as paintball, skydiving, and ultimate Frisbee.
The department provides many student employment opportunities for lifeguards, sports officials, building supervisors, group fitness leaders, personal trainers, and office assistants.
Additional information and a complete schedule of hours and events is available on the Recreational Services home page.
Scholarship Advising Office
Jim Hohenbary, Assistant Dean for Nationally Competitive Scholarships
112 Eisenhower Hall
The Scholarship Advising Office assists K-State students as they compete for nationally competitive awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall.
The office informs students about awards that might suit their accomplishments and goals, advises students as they prepare their applications, and manages the campus selection process for scholarships and fellowships that require applicants to be nominated by their university.
A strong academic record and active resume are essential for applications. Students interested in competing for major awards are encouraged to consult with the office as early as possible in their college career.
The office website provides a more complete listing of national scholarships and fellowships. Note that the office primarily advises students regarding major award competitions that are external to the university. Students seeking information about K-State scholarships should consult the Office of Student Financial Assistance and their academic departments.
Student Activities and Services
Gayle Spencer, Associate Dean of Student Life and Director of Student Activities and Services
Office of Student Activities and Services
K-State Student Union, Ground Floor
The Office of Student Activities and Services helps students identify campus activities and avenues of campus and community involvement. The office houses the Student Governing Association, Student Judicial System, Student Legal Services, Consumer and Tenant Affairs, K-State HD, and the Student Organization Budget Office. The office also assists individuals and groups who wish to organize and register their organization on the K-State campus.
Gayle Spencer, Associate Dean of Student Life and Director of Student Activities and Services
Office of Student Activities and Services
K-State Student Union, Ground Floor
The purpose of the Student Governing Association is to help students voice concerns, suggestions, or grievances. Every student is a member of SGA and is represented by a college council (elected by the students in each respective college), a student senator, and by the student body president and vice president. The student senators, student body president, and vice president are elected by the K-State student body.
SGA is divided into three branches: legislative, judicial, and executive. Student Senate makes up the legislative branch. It is composed of seven standing committees: allocations, campus outreach, college council allocations, governmental relations, public relations, privilege fee, and senate operations.
The judicial branch is composed of the judicial council, student review board, student tribunal, parking citations appeals board, and the housing and dining services judicial boards.
The student body president, vice president, and cabinet make up the executive branch. The president has the responsibility to promote the general welfare of the students and acts as the official voice of the student body to the faculty, administration, and public.
More than 480 organizations are available to students, faculty members, staff, and community members.
Any organization desiring to become a registered organization must register with the Office of Student Activities and Services. Registered groups have the opportunity to request funds from SGA, hold fund-raising activities on campus, and schedule rooms and tables in the K-State Student Union as well as most campus facilities. Registered student organizations may also post notices in university buildings and on campus bulletin boards.
Student Life Services
Pat J. Bosco, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
122 Anderson Hall
Student Life Services, including Admissions, Student Financial Assistance, Greek Affairs, Housing and Dining Services, K-State Student Union, New Student Services, Recreational Services, Registrar, Career and Employment Services, University Publications, Printing Services, Center for Child Development and the Office of Student Life, are coordinated and directed by the Vice President and Dean of Students. These units meet the needs of prospective and enrolled students.
Upward Bound and Other Youth Programs
Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science Programs
Margaret Turner, Director
Upward Bound-Manhattan and
Upward Bound Math and Science
1800 Claflin Ave., Ste. 204
785-532-6374 (Math and Science)
Upward Bound provides academic and personal counseling and guidance to high school students who qualify by being first generation and/or students with limited income from Pottawatomie, Riley, and Geary counties. Upward Bound Math and Science serves students from Topeka. Each program motivates students with academic potential and prepares them for post-secondary education. Emphasis is on academics, social, cultural, and vocational activities and experiences during the school year and a summer campus residential program.
Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math/Science Programs are a pre-college and pre-vocational preparatory program designed to help high school students set academic and career goals. These programs help to implement new ways to keep young people in school and give them skills and motivation to continue their post-secondary education pursuit. The objectives of these programs are to assist and encourage capable sometimes under achieving students to become interested and successful in school and to provide an atmosphere for students where the opportunity for a more positive self-image is created.
Upward Bound at Salina
103 Tullis-Salina campus
Upward Bound is a federally funded campus-based TRiO program designed to assist low income and underrepresented students with college potential who need additional academic preparation, advisement, and encouragement to succeed in high school and later, in college. The Upward Bound program participants are involved in the program from the time they are selected for participation until they graduate from high school. The program offers a six-week summer residential component and academic advising sessions during the academic year.
The mission of the Upward Bound program at K-State at Salina is to promote enrollment and persistence in post-secondary education for program participants and their familiies by providing academic, social and emotional support. The Salina Upward Bound program serves students from Ell-Saline, Clay Center, Lincoln, and Newton high schools.
Earl Woods Youth Academy
Jon Kropilak, Executive Director
Earl Woods National First Tee Academy
201 Holton Hall
This dynamic youth development initiative delivers valuable character education and leadership training to participants from throughout the world. Many University departments support the EWYA mission of impacting young people by conducting career and academic workshops, ethical leadership training, and life skills clinics. The EWYA is a non-profit organization.
K-State Women’s Center
Mary Todd, Director & Sexual Assault Advocate
Faculty Advisor, Wildcats Against Rape
206 Holton Hall
The K-State Women’s Center student staff works to promote a safe learning environment and a culture of harmony as a means of lowering violence in all its forms, through advocacy, presentations, academic classes, training, and referral. Over 150 K-State men and women from all majors comprise the Women’s Center’s student group, W.A.R. (Wildcats Against Rape), dedicated to raising awareness and lowering the incidence of campus sexual violence. The P.E.E.R.S. (Proactive Educators for the Elimination of Rape and Sexual Violence) class is taught by the K-State Women’s Center Director and is founded on the belief that students can effectively educate each other on issues concerning rape and sexual/relationship violence. The K-State Women’s Center sexual assault advocate provides 24-hour assistance for K-State students who have been victimized by violence or who are threatened by biased, hateful, or criminal behavior. We work with individuals who are filing complaints under K-State’s Policy Prohibiting Sexual Violence and with offices and agencies on and off campus who can help students with law enforcement, legal, medical, and academic concerns. We promote a healthy, caring campus through SafeZone, nonviolence works and such projects as the Manhattan Empty Bowls Project.