WorldWide Wildcats Newsletter
Volume 8, Issue 4
Share Your Story for National Distance Learning Week
National Distance Learning Week, Nov. 9-13, recognizes distance students like you and how you're accomplishing your education. You can help Kansas State University Global Campus celebrate! Use the online form to share your K-State stories and memories for a chance to win prizes.
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Nationally sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association, the week raises awareness about the opportunity, convenience and success that distance learning offers.
"We will be celebrating distance learning week by asking our students and alumni to share their favorite K-State stories or memories with us as part of the upcoming K-State Global Campus 50th anniversary next year," said Jason Maseberg-Tomlinson, director of student and faculty services at K-State Global Campus. "K-State Global Campus has a long history of serving students at a distance, and we are not only coming up on half a century of academic flexibility and success, but also celebrating how far distance education has come and how many new options are now available to students."
Three winners who share their K-State stories or memories will each receive a $50 gift card from Varney's Book Store. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13.
As part of National Distance Learning Week celebrations, you can also visit the K-State Global Campus Virtual Open House or giveaway website with free downloads to showcase your purple pride. Join us on social media or visit the website to see all the ways you can participate.
Distance Student Receives First Wounded Warrior Scholarship
Kansas State University continues to help military students with financial support to complete their education. Corey Van Otegham, a distance student from Iowa in the online Master of Agribusiness program, is the first recipient of a $2,500 Wounded Warrior scholarship at K-State.
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The Wounded Warrior scholarship is available to K-State students with financial need who are honorably discharged veterans with a Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs disability rating associated with a combat or hostile-related injury sustained since Sept. 11, 2001.
Sam and Janet Peppiatt, Houston, Texas, established the scholarship, inspired by their own family history to create a scholarship supporting wounded military veterans studying at K-State.
The application deadline for the next Wounded Warrior Scholarship is April 17, 2016. Complete the online application, or view all nontraditional and veteran student scholarships.
Meet the Military Student Services Coordinator
Military students are a large and valued presence in the Kansas State University community. Dominic Barnes, K-State Global Campus' new Fort Riley and military student services coordinator, continues to ensure that military students have best educational experience through K-State.
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Barnes has over 20 years of experience in the U.S. Army, and his family members have all attended K-State. He earned his master's degree from K-State in modern languages—English as a second language, and his wife, Wendy, completed a K-State doctoral program.
Working on post in close proximity to soldiers at Fort Riley who are interested or enrolled in K-State distance programs or courses, Barnes coordinates with the Fort Riley Consortium of Colleges to handle enrollment and support of military students and their families. He also coordinates outreach for K-State Global Campus to the military community.
Barnes is determined to help servicemembers in the best way possible. Advising face-to-face at the K-State Fort Riley office, he can explain and explore different degree plans, education options and advising that target soldiers' individual needs.
"I teach soldiers one by one that there is a way to plan a successful education within all the constraints they live with as they serve," he said. "Military distance students experience a high level of uncertainty in what may be considered an average day or in any level of stability or predictability. Unexpected changes in priorities, requirements or unit readiness can call for even longer work days. Extended time away from home for training can also mean no Internet access, missing classes, late homework and even dropping classes."
Barnes is also putting servicemembers, their families and veterans on the K-State Manhattan or Polytechnic campuses to get them into the college mindset. As a recent retiree from Fort Riley and through his personal experience in a blended online/on-campus program from K-State, he connects and identifies with everyone who walks into his office. This experience in both military culture and academic culture drives his passion to help military students.
"The GI Bill is why many joined the military service, myself included," Barnes said. "Online programs allow military students to begin coursework early, laying the groundwork for advanced degrees. Work and school must coexist, and online degree plans, or blended online and on-campus programs, are the best option."
Contact Dominic Barnes at 785-784-5930 or email@example.com, or visit the K-State Fort Riley Office at Building 215 Room 133.
Take the Fall Campus Photo Tour
The fall season is beautiful on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. The limestone architecture, abundantly colorful trees, crisp air and bustling students paint a picturesque landscape for learning. Experience fall at K-State by taking a quick stroll through the fall photo gallery.
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You're Invited: Graduation Reception and Virtual Commencement
Graduating in December? You can celebrate Kansas State University commencement no matter where you live. Participate in or view the on-campus ceremonies, virtual commencement or join us at an on-campus graduation reception for summer and fall 2015 graduates.
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The graduation reception will take place Friday, Dec. 11, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom. Celebrate your milestone accomplishment with the K-State Global Campus dean, staff, faculty members and other distance students and their families. Please RSVP to Laura Widenor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can't make it to campus for graduation? Family, friends, colleagues and instructors can submit a message through the virtual commencement website to congratulate this semester's distance graduates. Messages will be emailed to the graduate and posted to a virtual reception.
Cheer on the ‘Cats at a Basketball Watch Party
Kansas State University alumni clubs throughout the U.S. bring alumni and friends together to keep connected and cheer on our beloved Wildcats. Check the K-State basketball watch schedule in the coming months to find a watch party near you as dates are posted. You can also find information and resources in the K-State Alumni Association's Ultimate Basketball Guide.