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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

August 18, 2015

Diversity Programs Office Update

Submitted by Zelia Wiley

The Diversity Programs Office has had a very busy and successful summer.

  • The Final Presentations for KSRE were remarkable. The participants presented to an audience including Dr. Ernie Minton, Dr. Don Boggs, and their faculty mentors. The 2015 KSRE Research Fellows were from 1862 & 1890 Land-grant institutions: North Carolina A&T University, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Florida A&M University, Langston University, and Kansas State University. We wish the students success in their future endeavors and thank the faculty mentors once again!
  • The MAPS Closing Banquet consisted of greetings from Dr. Myra Gordon, Dr. Zelia Wiley, Brandon Clark, Laverne Bitsie-Baldwin, Dawn, and representatives from Cargill and Phillips 66. The student groups’ biofuels projects were on display from their poster presentation the day before. Families from around the country came to support their scholars as the scholars received a certificate of completion. The end of the summer brought 5-6 credit hours for every MAPS Scholar along with memories that will last forever. We will continue to foster the talent we have found in our MAPS scholars as their freshman year begins! The 2015 College of Ag Cohort return in the fall
  • Kompass had its first emergence this year and has become a clear essential program for our incoming freshmen. A free three-day intensive bridge program, KOMPASS was designed to accelerate academic success for incoming freshman multicultural students in Agriculture, Business and Engineering. Students had the opportunity to: 1) learn the secrets of academic success; 2) meet people on campus who provide services to students; 3) make friends for the fall semester; and 4) feel comfortable interacting with industry executives and university faculty. There are two sessions: August 10-12 and August 22. On August 22, the KOMPASS participants will be attending a Guaranteed 4.0 workshop to start the semester strong. Congratulations to our KOMPASS participants!
  • Welcome back to all of our students! Please feel free to come by the office and say hi!

We would like to thank everyone for the support that we’ve received as we transition into the Fall 2015 semester! For more information about upcoming events or to collaborate with the DPO, please call 785-532-5793 or contact Dr. Zelia Wiley, Assistant Dean of Diversity, zwiley@ksu.edu

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