WorldWide Wildcats Newsletter
Volume 9, Issue 3
Build Your Resume with an Online Certificate
If you are interested in building your knowledge and skills in a niche area, a certificate program may be a good fit for you. Kansas State University Global Campus offers online undergraduate and graduate certificate programs in a variety of fields.
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Ranging from 12 to 20 credit hours, the programs offer students a way to learn more about a subject within a shorter timeframe than a traditional degree program. Many of the graduate certificate programs can also be rolled into a master's program should the student decide to continue his or her studies.
K-State Global Campus offers 25 online certificate programs, including Applied Statistics, Data Analytics, Financial Therapy, Food Science, Social Justice Education and Transportation Engineering. To view all of the available programs, visit our degree listing page.
New Look, Same Mission
While the Career Center at K-State may look different than it used to, its mission remains the same: to "facilitate the career readiness of all students throughout the K-State community."
Formerly known as Career and Employment Services, and the Academic and Career Information Center, the Career Center can now be found in the Berney Family Welcome Center or, for our distance students, online.
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The Career Center offers an extensive career library, free assessments for exploring majors/careers, job search training, career advising, employer connections and a staff dedicated to assisting students in the career development process.
One way of helping students in their future careers is through career assessments, which allow students to explore their interests, abilities and values. The Career Center offers two free career assessments. FOCUS 2 is an online, interactive education and career planning system that combines self-assessment, major and career exploration, and decision-making into one comprehensive program. Self-Directed Search helps tie personal work preferences to corresponding work environments.
The Career Center also provides information related to finding a job in an increasingly digital world, from online resumes and portfolios, to the role social media plays in a job search and how to build a personal brand.
So whether you're rethinking your major, are considering a career change or are looking for a new job in your field, the Career Center is here to help.
Cheer on the Cats at a K-State Watch Party
Join fellow K-State alumni, students and friends, along with the K-State Catbackers, for a football watch party as the Wildcats travel to Morgantown, West Virginia, to face the Mountaineers on Oct. 1. Watch parties will be held at five sites across Kansas to show support for the K-State Wildcats and celebrate the 50th anniversary of K-State Global Campus. Sites include Kansas City, Wichita, Topeka, Great Bend and Garden City.
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Each party is free to attend, and food and drink will be available for those wishing to purchase it.
Kickoff will take place at 2:30 p.m. As details are finalized, please visit our website to stay up to date on locations. Don’t miss your chance to meet other K-Staters and cheer the Wildcats on to victory!
Scholarship Applications due Nov. 2
This year marks the 50th anniversary of K-State Global Campus extending the university’s educational resources to students and professionals throughout the state, nation and the world. Part of that effort includes providing increased scholarship opportunities for part-time, place-bound students who are not eligible for the majority of scholarships often geared toward full-time students starting college right after high school.
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Scholarships available include the K-State Global Campus Scholarship for Distance Education Students, Maurine Allison O'Bannon Memorial Scholarship, EdAssist Scholarship, scholarships in collaboration with K-State colleges and departments, and the Military Spouse Scholarship. Additional scholarships are available through organizations outside of K-State Global Campus.
Scholarship applications for the spring and summer 2017 semesters are due Nov. 2. For a full listing, visit our Financial Assistance and Scholarships webpage.
K-State Global Campus staff has been working to increase the amount of scholarship funds available to distance students through the K-State Global Campus Scholarship for Distance Students. Scholarships awarded through this fund are provided in the amount of $1,000 for undergraduate and graduate students.
One effort to raise funds was through the sale of 50th anniversary apparel. For a limited time, a portion of the apparel sales applied toward scholarships for distance students. In addition, when associate dean Dave Stewart retired, he requested that donations be made to the scholarship fund in lieu of gifts.
Pamela Erickson Named Director of Student and Faculty Services
A new face has graced the halls of K-State Global Campus recently. Pamela Erickson, the new director of student and faculty services, joins us from the College of Human Ecology where she was previously the director of the Professional Mentoring Program.
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"I am passionate about helping students achieve their educational goals," said Pamela. "Sometimes this has been through direct work with students, and sometimes it is through the creation of programs or tools to help students succeed. I have been witness to multiple success stories thoughout my career. Knowing the opportunities that higher education provided to so many students I worked with is what I enjoy most about working in this field!"
Pamela began her career in higher education as a graduate assistant for NACADA, the Global Community for Academic Advising, helping organize national conferences and member services. She then accepted a position as an academic advisor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, where she was eventually promoted to director of academic advising.
When asked what advice she would give distance students, Pamela said, "It is always worth beginning or continuing your education and striving toward your goals, whether that is continued learning in your field or earning a degree that will lead you to a new career."
A graduate of K-State, Pamela has a bachelor's in business administration in international marketing and a master's in college student personnel and counseling. In addition to her role as director of student and faculty services, Pamela also teaches a section of University Experience, a course that aims to help students succeed in college.
Originally from Olathe, Kansas, Pamela enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors. She, her husband and their four children frequently visit family in Florida and enjoy kayaking and hiking.
Inaugural Home Match Brings Record Attendance
The K-State women's soccer team played its inaugural home game on Sept. 16, and it was a record-breaking event. Over 2,400 fans showed up to the K-State Soccer Complex to watch the matchup between K-State and Northern Iowa, the largest crowd in state history for Division-I soccer and the sixth largest in Big 12 history.
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Although the game ended in a loss for the Wildcats, the final score of 2-1 did not overshadow the historic event, which included ceremonial kicks by head coach Mike Dibbini, athletic director John Currie and senior associate athletic director for compliance Lindsey Babcock.
Watch the crowd's excitement on the K-State Sports website, which also provides live streaming of many of K-State's sporting events, including football, volleyball and media events. To watch a live event, just visit the K-State Sports website and click the "Live" button in the left-hand corner of the screen.