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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

November 8, 2016

Diversity Programs Office Update

Submitted by Phil LeBlanc

The Diversity Programs Office would like to share some information about recent events involving the office:

• This past Halloween, students passing through the union were able to vote for their favorite pumpkin for the K-State Chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Science’s Pumpkin Carving/Painting Contest. Participants received a free pumpkin after registering for this event. The winners of the contest were announced at the MANRRS General Body meeting at 6 p.m. in Waters 137 on November 2nd. Elisa Trigo, junior in Animal Sciences and Industry, won first prize; Karanbir Aulakh, Graduate Research Assistant in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, won second prize; and Serenity Hicks won third prize. Thank you to Ag Academic Programs, Sunflower State Bank, and Dr. Zelia Wiley, Interim Associate Provost of Diversity, and the Office of Diversity for donating items for the fundraiser.

• Last Friday at the Dean’s Advisory Council, two members from the K-State MANRRS chapter, along with other students from the college, spoke about their internship and research experiences from this past summer. Adriana Meneses, junior in Animal Sciences and Industry, talked about her internship in California, MO, with Cargill; and Frantina Williams, senior in Agribusiness, talked about her internship with John Deere in Olathe, KS.

• The Agriculture Future of American (AFA) Leaders Conference took place from Thursday, November 3, to Sunday, November 6, in Kansas City, MO, and the Diversity Programs Office was proud to have representatives from the Multicultural Academic Program Success (MAPS) Bridge Program and Project IMPACT Kompass. They include:

Katilyn Alanis, Agricultural Communications and Journalism, MAPS 2014
Makinsey McIntosh, Animal Sciences and Industry, MAPS 2015
Faith McClaskey, Agricultural Economics, MAPS 2015
Dariyan Springfield, Animal Sciences and Industry, MAPS 2015
Shaylee Arpin, Agricultural Communications and Journalism, Kompass 2015

• Mr. Jeffrey Ettinger, CEO for Hormel Foods, visited our campus yesterday to speak about Hormel’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Hormel Foods is a new partner with Project IMPACT. Mr. Ettinger and other K-State graduates who now work for Hormel spoke with Project IMPACT students from the Colleges of Agriculture, Business, and Engineering.

Please continue to look for more diversity news and events as we continue to advertise. We appreciate your support. For more information about upcoming events or to collaborate with the DPO, please call 785-532-5793 or contact Interim Associate Provost of Diversity, Dr. Zelia Wiley, zwiley@ksu.edu.