WorldWide Wildcats Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 1
Join Us in Celebrating 50 Years of Distance Education
For 50 years, Kansas State University Global Campus has been proud to provide educational opportunities to adult learners across the globe. What began as a group of dedicated faculty members who drove to locations across the state of Kansas to provide extension programming to residents has since evolved into a diverse range of online credit programs and courses; noncredit and professional development opportunities; and statewide, national and international conferences.
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To kick off the anniversary celebration, K-State Global Campus hosted a guest lecture on Feb. 8, 2016 by Louis Soares, Vice President for the Center for Policy Research and Strategy at the American Council on Education. You can watch the presentation, Higher Education and the Future: Meta-themes and Innovation, or download the presentation slides on our website.
Much has changed and is still evolving in the way K-State delivers education to professionals in Kansas, the nation and the world. Whether lectures were printed in the newspaper, aired on PBS, mailed on VHS tapes or delivered online to your smartphone, our students have continued to inspire us through their dedication to lifelong learning. View a full timeline of how distance technology at K-State has progressed through the past half a century.
K-State Global Campus forges ahead into the next 50 years with determination to bring new educational options and delivery methods to place-bound students and professionals, no matter their location.
Join us in celebrating the past and future of K-State Global Campus in 2016. Showcase your K-State pride through custom apparel, share your K-State experience or favorite memories, or contribute toward helping the next generation of distance students find success through K-State. Your contribution to scholarships for distance students can ensure they have the financial means to complete their education and better their lives and the communities around them.
Find out more about K-State Global Campus history, educational offerings or celebration events and activities on the anniversary website.
Schedule a Free Personal Financial Counseling Session
The road to financial security is paved with tough decisions: Should I take out a loan or make a lump sum payment? How do I merge my finances with my spouse’s? What’s the best way to ask for a raise? How much should I put toward retirement and how much toward paying down debt?
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K-State’s Powercat Financial Counseling (PFC) provides currently enrolled K-State students with a variety of free resources to help them make all of these decisions and more. Distance students can view archived workshop presentations on a variety of subjects, enroll in online courses and programs on personal finance, or schedule free one-on-one personal financial counseling sessions via Zoom. Financial counseling sessions are conducted by a trained peer financial counselor who can help you develop a college financial plan to optimize your financial success during and after college.
“Our biggest successes are when we help a student get on track financially, allowing them to remain at K-State to pursue their degree, or when students indicate we helped reduced their financial stress," said Jodi Kaus, director of PFC.
K-State also offers a free online financial planning tool for students and alumni called SALT. The program is available through a partnership between PFC and American Student Assistance, with the help of the Lattner Family Foundation.
"SALTmoney.org is available free of charge to help K-State students and alumni learn how to borrow less, borrow wisely, repay loans and become financially savvy," said Kaus.
With SALT, users can:
- learn about budgeting and financial planning
- track all of their student loans in one place
- compare payment plans for loans
- use budgeting tools and calculators
- search for jobs, internships and scholarships
Visit the PFC website to learn more about their services or to schedule a free personal financial counseling session.
Scholarship Deadline Approaching
K-State Global Campus offers a number of different scholarships for distance students based on grade point average, financial need, military status, degree program or current employer.
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Even if you don’t receive a scholarship, you may still be eligible for student financial aid. We’ve compiled financial aid resources, links and applications on our website, so you can get started right away. Continue reading below for excerpts of letters from scholarship recipients.
“Thank you so much for the K-State Global Campus Scholarship for Distance Education Students. I pay for college out of my own pocket, and this scholarship has helped tremendously by allowing me to focus on my grades rather than pick up hours at my minimum wage job. Your gift has lifted an enormous amount of weight off my shoulders, and I will be forever grateful!”
“Thank you so very much for the scholarship. I am a mother to five children, one of which just started college last fall. Every time I thought about pursuing my degree, I was overcome with guilt of taking financial support away from the children’s educational fund. Being awarded this scholarship allows me to focus on learning every piece of information I can absorb, without those guilty feelings intruding.”
“I am very appreciative of the scholarship I was able to receive from your gracious support. I started this journey five years ago in order to better my employment situation and enable me to better provide for my family. Due to limitations of funds, I was unable to attend classes on a regular basis. The support I have received from this scholarship will allow me to finish my Master of Science in Academic Advising by August. This has been a long road for me with many challenges, and while it is not over yet, the way has been made smoother and the end has been sighted as a direct result of your generosity.”
Apply for Graduation
Students who plan to graduate in spring 2016 must apply for graduation through KSIS. Instructions to apply can be found online. The application process takes only a few minutes and should be completed as soon as possible in order to ensure your application is approved and that your name appears in the graduation ceremony program.
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All degree requirements completed and in-progress that semester must be met for consideration as a candidate for graduation.
K-State Global Campus invites distance education graduates to the Manhattan campus to attend the commencement ceremony and a graduation reception. The fall 2015 K-State Global Campus graduation reception was held on Friday, Dec. 11 at the K-State Alumni Association. Twenty-six graduates from across the U.S. and British Columbia attended the reception, along with their family members, program faculty, K-State Global Campus staff members and Willie the Wildcat.
For those unable to attend graduation in person, K-State Global Campus hosts Virtual Commencement. Virtual Commencement provides a venue for students at a distance to be honored for their accomplishments through online congratulatory notes, a live stream of the commencement ceremonies and addresses by administrators.
Interactive Presentations on Common Student Issues
Join Counseling Services every Tuesday for Kat Chats, interactive presentations that help address personal, academic and social issues that may impact students. View the schedule of presentations. Distance students unable to attend in person may join through Zoom or watch the recorded presentation at a later date.