Jun 25, 2024  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Services for Students


Academic Assistance Center

Judith Lynch, Director
101 Holton Hall
Fax: 785-532-6457
E-mail: academic_help@k-state.edu

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:

Tutorial Assistance

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.

Math Assistance

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 Program

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)

Proctored Exams
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
Fax: 785-532-6457
E-mail: acic@k-state.edu

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, a career library, and a staff dedicated to assisting students in the career planning process.

Additional resources include employment profiles, salary information, career reference books and files, K-State curriculum guides, graduate school information, and career planning workshops.

ACIC offers a one-credit hour course focusing on academic major and career exploration, personal assessment, and decision-making strategies.

Non-Traditional & Veteran Student Services

Suzanne Lueker, Director
101 Holton Hall
Fax: 785-532-6457
E-Mail: nontrad@k-state.edu

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
  • Married
  • Parent
  • Veteran
  • 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

Chaz Mailey, Psy.D., Coordinator
214 English/Counseling Services Building
Fax: 785-532-3932
E-mail: cmailey@k-state.edu
Web page

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
Fax: 785-532-6802
E-mail: ces@k-state.edu

Career and Employment Services (CES) provides career advising, skill development, employment connections, and resources to K-State students and graduates. Whether seeking part-time employment, 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.” 

Cooperative Houses

Alpha of Clovia

1200 Pioneer Lane
Manhattan, Kansas 66502
E-mail: clovia@k-state.edu

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
E-mail: smithhouse_ksu@yahoo.com

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
E-mail: housing@k-state.edu

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. 

Counseling Services

Dorinda Lambert, Director
232 English/Counseling Services Building
785-532-3932 Fax
E-mail: counsel@k-state.edu
www.k-state.edu/counseling and www.universitylifecafe.k-state.edu/

OFFICE HOURS: When school is in session - Monday and Thursday from 8 am-7 pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 am-5 pm. During school breaks–including summer - Monday-Friday, 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-5 pm.

WHAT WE DO: 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. We see students with a wide range of problems from normal adjustment concerns to more serious emotional/mental health issues. Our range of services aim to alleviate concerns, facilitate problem solving, promote well-being, and enhance success. When students’ needs are beyond the scope of our services, we will help with referral options.

At Counseling Services we value our multicultural campus community and, thus we provide culturally sensitive and relevant services. Counseling Services provides services in an atmosphere welcoming diversity in culture, in sexual orientation, religion, and other factors of difference. Our agency  is a supporter of the SAFE ZONE Program on campus.

Programs using a workshop or presentation format are offered in person or online to enhance personal growth and skill development. These may include stress management, biofeedback, managing academic anxiety, and relationship enhancement. A Career Life Planning course is also offered for academic credit.

OUR STANDARDS: The Counseling Services staff, and the APA-accredited internship training program in psychology, adheres to the ethical code of the American Psychological Association and licensing/legal standards for our professions.

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 to campus through consultation, outreach, and follow-up to lessen trauma and promote resolution.

FEES: 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. See our website for details.

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
Fax: 785-532-5499 

Educational Supportive Services Manhattan and Student Support Services Salina

Kathleen Greene, PhD, Director
201 Holton Hall
Fax: 785-532-6457
E-mail: ess@k-state.edu

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

Kathleen Greene, PhD, Director
201 Holton Hall
E-mail: mcnair@k-state.edu

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.

GSC is a highly active student governing board for graduate students. GSC provides students with professional development, networking and leadership opportunities. GSC awards students travel grants to present their research and scholarly work at professional meetings and to attend conferences. Students participate in a variety of networking events sponsored by GSC and other graduate student organizations.

  • The council meets on the first Monday of every month.
  • The Graduate Student Council is funded mainly the Student Governing Association from the Graduate Student Activity Fee. Access the GSC constitution (PDF).
  • You must register your organization each year to remain active with the Graduate Student Council.

Leadership Opportunities

There are various ways to get involved with Graduate Student Council. 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. Membership in the standing committees are open to all graduate students.

Professional Development

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 also sends out information on various seminars held across campus every week to the Council members, to be shared with their graduate student groups.

If you have any questions, contact the GSC officers: egsc@k-state.edu.

Greek Affairs

Ben Hopper, Director
Brianna Hayes, Assistant Director
214 K-State Student Union
Fax: 785-532-5341
E-mail: greek@k-state.edu

K-State is home to more than 3,500 fraternity and sorority members. The fraternity and sorority community consists of 40 many of who own and control their own residential facility. The average Panhellenic sorority size is 66, and the average IFC fraternity size is 60.

Panhellenic sororities select their members during Fall Formal Recruitment which happens the week prior to the start of the fall semester. Women who wish to participate in the Formal Recruitment process must register on the Greek Affairs website and pay a participation fee by no later than August 1.

Most new members live in a residence hall during their first year of membership, and may move into the sorority house their second year of membership. Additional opportunities to join may be available in the continuous open bidding process. More information can be found about this process on the website.

Interfraternity Council fraternities select new members through an informal, chapter-driven process.  This process mainly occurs beginning in the spring and continuing through the summer. Most new members live in their fraternity house during the first year of membership if the chapter owns a property. Men may fill out an interest form on the website and find contact information for chapter recruitment chairs.

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 can also be found on the website.

Information about NPHC fraternities and sororities and other national organizations that select new members via the intake process can also be found on the website

Housing and Dining Services

Derek Jackson, Director
104 Pittman Building
1-888-568-5027 (toll free)
Fax: 785-532-6855
E-mail: housing@k-state.edu

The university encourages all new K-State students to live in an organized 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 3,850 students and on-campus apartment living for approximately 1,500 residents. Plus, we’re expanding! Construction of a new residence hall and dining center will begin in summer 2014.

Residence Halls

K-State residence halls have a rich tradition of providing a living and learning environment that encourages personal growth and academic success.

Our award-winning dining services provide a wide variety of menu options in dining centers that are conveniently located adjacent to the residence halls. Lifestyle options include standard occupancy rooms, suites, cluster floors and quiet floors. Staff members work diligently to meet the needs of all students.

After Housing and Dining Services receives a student’s online residence hall application and nonrefundable fee, the student is notified by e-mail that he or she can complete the online residence hall contract process. The cost of the contract is determined annually.

Jardine Apartments

Jardine Apartments provide on-campus 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 option with a wide variety of floor plans to choose from. Different price points include options in newly constructed, highly renovated, renovated and traditional apartments. Activities help residents get involved and stay connected.

To learn more about Jardine Apartments and to complete an application, visit the Housing and Dining Services website. 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 near campus for approximately 46 women. This option is designed for 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 a lower room-and-board rate, the women help with the day-to-day operations of the house.

Visit the Housing and Dining Services website to learn more about Smurthwaite and to complete an application. Because assignment to Smurthwaite is limited, it’s best to complete the regular residence hall application and contract as well, which can be transferred to a Smurthwaite contract upon acceptance.

Honors House

Honors House is a coeducational residence hall located just west of campus. The house accommodates those who participate in the University Honors Program (a combination of first-year students and upperclassmen).

Honors House provides a focused living environment with an emphasis on community development and academic success.

Learn more about the house and the qualifications for living there at the Housing and Dining website. To apply complete the regular residence hall application and indicate a preference for Honors House.

Academic Initiatives

On-campus living environments offer individualized academic support to residents through trained staff, programming and faculty involvement. Computer labs, study spaces, workshops and more help improve academic skills and make the residence halls a great environment for learning and academic success.

Leadership and Involvement Opportunities

The Leadership Education And Development program offers current and aspiring leaders the skills they need to be successful. Hall Governing Boards, the Jardine Residents’ Council, and floor governments plan and implement intramural events; community service projects; educational, cultural and social programs 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 plans hall-related events and works closely with hall representatives to develop and implement policies that promote respect and acceptance among all residence hall students. The Little Apple Chapter of the National Residents Halls Honorary recognizes the top 1 percent of residents who have contributed outstanding service and leadership in the residence halls while demonstrating academic excellence. Also available is the Diversity Education and Leadership seminar, through which students learn about other cultures through lively discussions, presentations and engaging activities.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Sara Thurston González, PhD, Director
International Student Center
Fax: 785-532-6607
E-mail: isss@k-state.edu

The staff at International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provide vital services for K-State’s around 2,500 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)

William Smriga, Director
K-State Student Union
Director’s Office, 2nd Floor
Fax: 785-532-6565
E-mail: union@k-state.edu

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.


Food is always on the mind of the college student and the Union has plenty of choices:

The Union Foodcourt offers a wide variety of food in one convenient location. 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 Bowling 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 Union also provides you food choices around campus. You can sit back and relax in the 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.

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 Proudly Brews Starbucks!


The official K-State Campus Store is 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. Textbook options ranging from new to used, rental to digital are designed for student savings. The official K-State booklist is available online. For more information, contact 785-532-6583.

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.


The Union Bowling 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 Bowling 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.

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.


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 providing 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.

Other services

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 wildcatcard@k-state.edu.

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. The Union Director’s office, on the second floor, is also a Passport Acceptance location. U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Lafene Health Center

Lannie W. Zweimiller, Director
1105 Sunset Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502-3761
Fax: 785-532-6627
E-mail: lafene@k-state.edu

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 “privilege fees” 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.

Medical History

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 requesting allergy injections must furnish instructions from their allergist before injections can be administered at the Health Center.

Tuberculosis Screening

International students from countries with a high incidence of tuberculosis and domestic students who have spent more than three months in such a country are required by state law to be tested for tuberculosis prior to enrolling at K-State. Testing may be done at Lafene Health Center or another healthcare provider. Proof of testing and the results are required if not done at Lafene Health Center.

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
E-mail: mps@k-state.edu

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
Fax: 785-532-6108
E-mail: nss@k-state.edu

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. 

Off-Campus Housing

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 Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Jim Hohenbary, Director
215 Fairchild Hall
E-mail: jimlth@k-state.edu

The Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships assists K-State students as they compete for nationally competitive awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, Udall, and Fulbright.

The office helps students identify 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 résumé 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 much larger listing of national and international 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.

Office of Student Life

Heather Reed, Assistant Vice President/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
Sarah Webb, Assistant Dean and Assistant Director of the Office of Student Lif

102 Holton Hall
Fax: 785-532-5307
E-mail: stulife@k-state.edu

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
Fax: 785-532-7292
E-mail: powercatfinancial@k-state.edu

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. 

Recreational Services

Steve Martini, Director
Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex
Fax: 785-532-4983
E-mail: recservices@k-state.edu

Recreational Services oversees the programming and administration of intramurals, fitness/wellness programs, climbing wall, K-State challenge course, sports clubs, and free time use of the Peters Recreation Complex, outdoor recreation area and the K-State natatorium.

Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex

fully accessible and includes:

  • 14 racquetball courts
  • two squash courts
  • two wallyball courts
  • three gyms that include:
    • 10 basketball courts
    • 12 volleyball courts
    • 6 badminton courts
  • multi-activity court (MAC) gym provides for indoor soccer, in-line hockey, and 3 courts convertible for basketball, volleyball or tennis use
  • one weight room
  • one functional weight training room
  • one circuit/stretching area
  • two cardio areas
  • combatives room
  • four group fitness and multi-use studios
  • one multipurpose room
  • private personal training studio
  • climbing wall and bouldering rock
  • Quik Cats Cliffside snack/juice bar
  • game lounge offering video game stations, pool tables, foosball and electronic darts
  • Doris Peters lounge
  • two indoor tracks
    • 5 laps to a mile
    • 14 laps to a mile
  • table tennis area
  • locker rooms with saunas
  • service areas at north- and southside entrances
  • southside parking lot exclusively for students
  • administrative office


located adjacent to the Ahearn Sports Complex is fully accessible offering

  • two 25-yard pools
  • one diving pool
  • sun deck

Outdoor Recreation Area

surrounding the Recreation Complex includes these lighted facilities

  • playfields for football, soccer, softball
  • four sand volleyball courts
  • six tennis courts
  • two 3-wall handball/racquetball courts
  • running/walking trails (not lighted)

Outdoor Rental Center

located adjacent to the outdoor tennis courts offers equipment rentals to the K-State community during spring, summer and fall seasons

  • camping equipment
  • canoes and kayaks

Intramural Sports

scheduled competitive activities offering

  • team, individual, and meet sports for students, faculty, and staff
  • over 50 different intramural activities for men, women, and co-rec competition

Fitness Services

programming designed to promote health and wellness

  • group fitness sessions offering a wide variety of formats such as cardio, yoga, pilates, and aqua exercise
  • personal trainers providing fitness assessments, nutrition analysis, and exercise program planning
  • educational outreach presentations/workshops

Climbing/bouldering Area

providing a variety of ever changing climbing routes ranging from beginner to advanced

  • 40-ft rock wall with 11 top ropes
  • 12-ft freestanding boulder

 K-State Challenge Course

team building, experiential activities available by reservation to K-State students and organizations, as well as the Manhattan community offering:

  • Low elements consisting of ropes, wires, poles and other wooden objects
  • High elements using ropes and belay systems provided activities 30-40 feet in the air

Sport Clubs Program

provides opportunities to participate both competitively and noncompetitively in a number of traditional sports such as volleyball, soccer, and rugby, plus nontraditional sports such as paintball, skydiving, and ultimate.

Cooperative programs

  • Wildcat Wellness Coalition: a cooperative wellness program with Recreational Services, Lafene Health Center, and Counseling Services offering classes, workshops, seminars, and activities designed to promote the seven dimensions of wellness: physical, environmental, occupational, social intellectual, emotional, and spiritual.
  • Sports medicine: athletic trainers from Lafene Health Center provide on-site evaluation and treatment of sports-related injuries plus first aid and taping services

Student Employment

positions for lifeguards, sports officials, building supervisors, group fitness leaders, personal trainers, facilitators, and office assistants.

Additional information and a complete schedule of hours and events is available on the Recreational Services home page.

Student Access Center

Andrea Blair, Director
Holton Hall 202
Fax: 785-532-6457
E-mail: accesscenter@k-state.edu

Student Access Center 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.

Special equipment available for checkout and use by students includes an FM listening system, Video Phone and TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf).

Additional services include assistance with writing. Tutors are available for some classes. Transportation is available to students with either a temporary injury or a permanent disability. A wide range of accessible housing is available.

Student Activities and Services

Bill Harlan, Director
Office of Student Activities and Services
K-State Student Union, Ground Floor
Fax: 785-532-7292
E-mail: osas@k-state.edu

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, Off-campus Housing Support, 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 and maintains the OrgSync website for student organizations and K-State.

Student Government

Heather Reed, Advisor
K-State Student Union, Ground Floor
Fax: 785-532-7292
E-mail: osas@k-state.edu

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.

Student Organizations

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 Program

Upward Bound at K-State Salina

Upward Bound K-State Salina
2310 Centennial Road

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 families by providing academic, social and emotional support. The Salina Upward Bound program serves students from Ell-Saline, Clay Center, Lincoln, and Newton high schools.

K-State Women’s Center

206 Holton Hall
Fax: 785-532-6457
E-mail: womenscenter@k-state.edu

The K-State Women’s Center student staff works to promote a safe learning environment, through advocacy, presentations, academic classes, training and referral. The office provides private, non-confidential support for K-State students who have been victimized by violence or who are threatened by biased, hateful or criminal behavior. The Women’s Center advocate assists and supports individuals who are filing complaints under K-State 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, and a culture of harmony as a means of lowering violence in all its forms, through advocacy, presentations, academic classes, training, and referral. K-State promotes a healthy, caring campus through SafeZone, and the Campaign for Non-Violence.