WorldWide Wildcats Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 2
Student, Programs Honored by Continuing Education Associations
An online student and two online degree programs from Kansas State University Global Campus received awards by continuing education associations in recent months. The University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) provide opportunities for higher education institutions to share and grow their expertise in online and continuing education.
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Outstanding Continuing Education Student - Credit
Jackie Wilson-Schau was awarded the Outstanding Continuing Education Student – Credit by UPCEA. The award recognizes outstanding student achievement in professional and continuing education. Wilson-Schau, Englewood, Colorado, also won this award at the regional level in October 2015.
Wilson-Schau found her passion through K-State's distance education program, finishing her undergraduate work in interdisciplinary social science with a 4.0 GPA. She is now continuing her education by pursuing an advanced degree in academic advising, inspired by her mentor through the university. Her goal is to provide excellent advising and personal support to students, like herself, who find themselves facing challenges they never imagined as young, incoming freshmen in college.
Outstanding Credit Program
The online conflict resolution certificate program received the Outstanding Credit Program Award from UPCEA. The conflict resolution program, offered online as a graduate or undergraduate certificate, focuses on techniques to improve communication and gain a healthier understanding of conflict as a positive force for change. Since its inception in 2005, the program has helped students and professionals learn to resolve disputes wherever they occur, from the workplace, to the classroom, to communities locally and globally.
Exceptional Credit Program
The ACHE Great Plains Region awarded the online community development master’s program with the Exceptional Credit Program Award. The community development master's program provides the skills, information and networks needed to facilitate sustainable and prosperous community change and equips practitioners with the tools necessary to build a community in the 21st century. The program is part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, or Great Plains IDEA, a partnership of 20 public university members that provides access to the best educational opportunities by collaboratively developing and delivering high-quality, online academic programs.
Online Minor Programs Provide Opportunities to Supplement Education
Kansas State University Global Campus offers opportunities for students to increase their knowledge and understanding of a field through online minor programs. Minors consist of a small number of classes and provide an avenue for students to supplement or pursue a passion outside of their bachelor’s degree curriculum.
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Two stand-alone minors are available to students working toward a bachelor’s degree at K-State or other accredited institutions, or to those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree. These minors are offered in the fields of bakery science and nuclear engineering.
Current students enrolled in an online or on-campus degree program at K-State have the opportunity to choose from six additional concurrent minors. Concurrent minors are available in the fields of animal sciences and industry, business, conflict analysis and trauma studies, economics, food science and industry, and women’s studies.
The programs require between 15 and 18 credit hours to complete. To learn more, visit our undergraduate minor program webpage.
Advisor Spotlight: Rebecca Dale
Rebecca Dale joined Kansas State University Global Campus as an academic advisor in October 2015. In the few months since then, Becca has shown herself to be a strong advocate and resource for her students and a friend to her colleagues. A Harry Potter fan, Becca has read all the books, owns all the movies and has visited the Harry Potter theme park in Orlando.
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Hometown: Moscow, KS (population 350, graduating class of 10 students!)
What is your degree in, and where did you go to school? B.S. in Hotel and Restaurant Management (2007), M.S. in Foodservice and Hospitality Management (2013) – both at Kansas State University
Describe your work background. After graduation in 2007, I worked at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel in Kansas City, Missouri, for four years. I started in their management training program for five months, then was the assistant front office manager for 10 months, and ended my hotel career as a sales manager for two-and-a-half years. Life in a hotel changes every day, with new guests and new conferences bringing new experiences to the hotel. No two days were alike and that was exciting.
In August 2011, I returned to K-State for my graduate degree and was hired as the first professional academic advisor in the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics in the summer of 2012. I was advising up to 350 on-campus students when I left for K-State Global Campus in October 2015. I loved getting to know my students, helping solve their problems and sharing my industry experience, especially with students entering the hospitality industry.
Describe your work with The Global Community for Academic Advising, or NACADA. I became a member of NACADA in 2013. With NACADA’s headquarters residing in Manhattan, I feel we are fortunate to have access to their office and staff. Along with attending the national conference in 2014, I was on the planning committee for the 2016 Region 7 conference, which took place in Manhattan. In addition to being on the planning committee, I presented a concurrent session along with three other K-State colleagues.
What do you enjoy most about your job? It’s so much fun getting to know more about distance students than what they are taking for classes each semester. In most cases, we do not physically get to meet our students, so it’s a treat when a student wants to set up a phone appointment or video conference appointment. Everyone has a unique story and is going through a different time in their life, and it’s very rewarding when a student trusts me enough to tell me those interesting details of his or her life.
What advice do you have for distance students? Being at K-State Global Campus the past five months has given me a new appreciation for distance learners. So many times, these students are juggling the roles of a family member, full-time employee and student. Trying to balance all of these responsibilities can be overwhelming. My advice is to be realistic in your time demands and not try to take on more than the hours in the day allow. When in doubt, reach out to us (your academic advisors) and we will help you as much as we can. We want to serve as your central point of contact for the university and we have a wealth of knowledge and contacts at our disposal. We are your biggest cheerleaders and advocates!
Academic Advisors Connect at NACADA Regional Conference
Kansas State University academic advising staff and students had the opportunity to join approximately 400 other advisors and students at the 2016 NACADA Region 7 Conference held in Manhattan, Kansas, in February. The conference provides opportunities for academic advisors to learn new practices, research initiatives and ways to better serve students as they journey through college.
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The Global Community for Academic Advising, or NACADA, is an association of professional advisors, counselors, faculty, administrators and students working to enhance the educational development of students. Each year, the association hosts 10 regional conferences across the U.S. and Canada and a national conference that brings together up to 4,000 academic advisors to share the knowledge and experiences.
“The profession of academic advising is relatively new when it comes to established research, and no two higher education institutions have the exact same advising structure,” said Rebecca Dale, a member of the conference committee and conference presenter. “I am always re-energized after attending a conference and eager to implement the new ideas I learned while attending the conference.”
Attendees of the Region 7 conference had the opportunity to tour the NACADA headquarters, which is located in Manhattan. The opening reception, held at the Flint Hills Discovery Center, allowed conference attendees to network and nosh while listening to a performance by Red State Blues Band. K-State Global Campus provided a photo booth and props for attendees to enjoy.
During keynote presentations, Bill Snyder, head football coach for Kansas State University, spoke about the importance of mentoring and leadership, while Curt and Christie Brungardt, Fort Hays State University, shared their story of gender relationship violence. "Responding and Revealing: Addressing Challenges Related to Expressions of Religion and Spirituality in Academic Advising" received the Best of Region Award. The presentation was given by Christy Craft, Kansas State University, Savannah Nelson, Kansas State University, and Joanna Seley, University of Nebraska Lincoln.