2019 New Student Convocation

2019 New Student Convocation


[MUSIC]>>>EVENING. WELCOME TO THE THE 2019 MY NAME IS DOCTOR STEVE ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN THE A.Q. MILLER SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATIONS, IN THE COLLEGE>>IT IS MY SCIENCES. PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE MY TALENTED FACULTY COLLEAGUES, WHO HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOR YOU. PAUL HUNT, JOHN KILGORE JACQUELINE F STEVEN MAXWELL CRAIG PARKER, TH KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY FACULTY BRASS QUINTET. PLEASE ENJOY.>>THAT MUSIC WAS FANTASTIC. LET’S GIVE THE FACULTY BRASS QUINTET A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [APPLAUSE] STUDENTS FACULTY, STAFF AND GUESTS, LED BY MR. TERRY FERGUSON, ON BAGPIPES, PLEASE STAND AND WELCOME PRESIDENT RICHARD B. MYERS AND MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT’S CABINET, PROVOS AND EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT CHARLES TABER AND MEMBERS OF TH COUNCIL OF DEAN’S, FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT TANYA GONZALEZ STUDENT GOVERNING ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT JANSEN PENNY AND VICE-PRESIDENT ALI KARAMALI AND OUR DISTINGUISHED FACULTY, >>THET AND ALUMNI SPEAKERS. UNIVERSITY MACE WILL BE POSTED TODAY BY DOCTOR TANYA GONZALEZ, FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT. THE MAKES, DESIGNED BY ALUMNUS TOM SYMBOLIZES THE UNIVERSITY’S MISSION, THE DIAMOND SHAPED TOP POINTS TO THE FUTURE AND ITS THREE WOODEN RINGS REPRESENT WHAT YOU WILL TAKE WITH YOU FRO K-STATE, KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING, AND SKILL. PLEASE GIVE MR. FERGUSON A ROU OF APPLAUSE.>>PLEASE RISE FOR THE POSTING OF THE COLORS BY THE KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY AIR FORCE ROTC STUDENT HONOR GUARD AND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM WITH LEAD VOCALIST R.J. LEONARD. [MUSIC] [APPLAUSE] LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOU MAY BE SEATED.>>K-STATERS, PLEASE WELCOME TH 14TH PRESIDENT OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, GENERAL RICHARD B. MYERS AND THE UNIVERSITY’S CHIE ACADEMIC OFFICER, DOCTOR CHARLE TABER PROVOST AND EXECUTIVE VIC.>>THANK YOU, DOCTOR SMETHERS IT IS A HONOR TO SERVE ALONGSID THE MEMBERS OF THE CABINET, DEAN’S COUNCIL, FACULTY SENATE, AND STUDENT GOVERNING ASSOCIATION, JUST AS IT IS AN HONOR TO WELCOME YOU, K-STATE’S NEWEST STUDENTS. GIVE YOURSELF A>> [APPLAUSE] SE. AS I RECALL FROM MY OWN STUDENT DAYS, THE START OF THE FALL SEMESTER IS A TIME OF GREAT ANTICIPATION, AND EXCITEMENT. BUT ANOTHER TIME OF GREAT ANTICIPATION AND EXCITEMENT IS >>>WHEN YOU’RE HERE IN THIS BUILDING A FEW YEARS FROM NOW, SURROUNDED BY FAMILY FRIENDS, CELEBRATING YOUR GRADUATION FROM KANSAS STATE UN THAT’S ACTUALLY WHAT TODAY’S CONVOCATION IS ALL ABOUT. WE WANT YOU TO START AT K-STATE WITH A VISION OF YOUR GOAL, AND NOT JUST AT VISION, BUT A PRACTICAL AND CLEAR EYED PLAN. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO LEARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO EMPOWER YOURSELF SO THAT YOU CAN LEAD AND SO MUCH? HOW ARE YOU GOING TOKING IN WIT A WEALTH OF RESOURCES, MANAGE YOUR TIME AND SUCCESSFULLY NEGOTIATE CHALLENGES? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PROGRESS SO THAT YOU WIND UPRIGHT BACK HERE IN A FEW YEARS, NOT AS OUR NEWEST STUDENTS, BUT AS OUR NEWEST ALU I GRADUATED FROM K-STATE IN 1965 WITH A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, MUCH HAS CHANGED SINCE, JUST LOOK AROUND THE AT ALL THE NEW BUILDINGS, BUT WHAT HASN’T CHANGED, IS OUR COMMITMENT TO THE LAND GRANT MI WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING BROAD ACCESS TO A FIRST RATE UNIVERSITY EDUCATION FOR ALL WH SEEK IT, WHILE ALSO SERVING OUR STATE AND THE WORLD WITH TRULY WORLD CLASS RESEARCH AND OUTREA >>IT ISK-STATE’S MISSION. A MISSION THAT VALUES DIVERSITY AND A LAND GRANT MISSION, IS, A ITS HEART, ONE THAT VALUES INCLUSION, THE K-STATE FAMILY I STRONG, AND PROUD AND WITH THE ADDITION OF THIS ENTERING CLASS OF STUDENTS, YOU HERE IN EVENING, WE JUST BECAME EVENING STRONGER, AND WE COULDN’T BE PR >>IOST TABER DO YOU AGREE. ABSOLUTELY DO. ANOTHER REASON WE’RE STRONG IS THAT WE ENJOY OUTSTANDING SENIOR LEADERSHIP ON ALL FOUR OF OUR CAMPUSES, MANHA POLYTECHNIC, OLATHE. AND GLOBAL AND IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE THEM TO YOU THIS EVEN WOULD YOU THE MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT’S CABINET PLEASE STAN AS YOU ARE RECOGNIZED, WE WELCO ETHAN ERICKSON, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND DIRECTOR OF BUDGET ASHLEY MARTIN, ASSOCIATE VICE-PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING. JAY STEPHENS VICE-PRESIDENT FOR>>GARYAPITAL SERVICES. PRATT CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER BETH MONTELONE SENIOR ASSOCIATE VICE-PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH. THOMAS LANE, VICE-PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT LIFE AND DEAN OF STUDEN BRYAN SAMUEL. SAMUEL, CHIEF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION OFFICER WOULD THE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL OF DEAN’S PLEASE STAND AS YOU ARE RECOGNIZED. WE WELCOME. ERNIE MINTON. DEAN COLLEGE OF A TIM DE NOBLE, DEAN, COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE PLANNING AND DESIG KEVIN QWINNER. DEAN, COLLEGE OF GARY CLARK. INTERIM DEAN, CARL RICE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING. JOHN BUCKWALTER, DEAN, COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SCIENCES DEBBIE MERCER, DEAN COLLEGE OF ALISON WHEATLEY ASSISTANT DEAN COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES. MICHAEL HADDOCK. ASSOCIATE DEAN CAROL SHANKLIN DEAN GRADUATE SC BONNIE RUSH. DEAN, COLLEGE OF V DWAYNE DUNN. ASSOCIATE DEAN,>>JACKIE SPEARS. INTERIM DEAN AND C.E.O., OLATHE INTERIM DEAN AND C.E.O. ALYSIA STARKEY OF K-STATE POLYTECHNIC IS PRECEDING AT THE NEW STUDENT CONVOCATION ON THE SALINA CAMPUS>>FINALLY,ERALDS. WOULD THE FACULTY SENATE PRESIDENT AND SGA PRESIDENT, AN PLEASE STAND AS YOU ARE >>TANYAED AND WE WELCOME. GONZALEZ, FACULTY SENATE PRESID JANSEN PENNY, STUDENT GOVERNING>>ALIATION PRESIDENT. KARAMALI STUDENT GOVERNING ASSO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR LEADERSH AS PRESIDENT MYERS SAID, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY IS STRONG AND IT IS MADE EVEN MORE SO WITH TH ADDITION OF YOU, OUR INCOMING FIRST YEAR CLASS. WE BRING A WEALTH AND A DIVERSITY OF EXPERIENCE, IDEAS AND ASPIRATIO YOU HAVE SO MUCH TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR LEARN COMMUNITY. K-STATE IS STRONG AND PROUD AND IT IS ALSO WELCOMING. AS YOU TAKE UP YOUR PLACE HERE AS STUDENTS, PLEASE KNOW THAT YOU BELONG AND WE ARE THRILLED TO SEE YOU HERE WELCOME TO K-STATE! [APPLAUSE]>>IN 1863 UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT JOSEPH DENISON. PROCLAIMED FULL PRIVILEGE, TO ALL REGARDLESS OF GENDER, RACE OR CREED. WE MOVED WHEN GEORGE WASHINGTON OWENS AND MINNIE HOWELL RECEIVED THEIR DIPLOMAS AS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICANS TO GRADUATE WHITE FRO KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, WE >>WE CHOSE TO UNITE WHEN RACIAL TENSION AND UNREST PREVALENT ON MANY CAMPUSES, NAT WHEN WE PLEDGED TO FOCUS ON SHARED VALUES AND FOSTER AN INCLUSIVE AND WELCOMING ATMOSPH WE MOVED FORWARD.>>WE MUST EMBRACE OUR AGES, FAITHS, BELIEVES, RACES, AND DI WE MUST EMBODY OUR CULTURES, IDEOLOGIES, AND PERSONALITIES, >>DIFFERENCES,. ARE ESSENTIAL. YOU DON’T NEED TO CHANGE YOUR BELIEFS TO BE A VALUED MEMBER OF THE K-STATE FA BE YOURSELF, SHARE IDEAS, LISTEN TO OTHERS, AND MOVE K-STATE FORWARD, WHEN FACED WITH CHALLENGES, AND HARDSHIPS — FO WHEN OUR BELIEFS ARE CHALLENGED WHEN WE ARE TRIUMPHANT, FORWARD IT’S THE DIRECTION WE’VE ALWAYS GONE, AND THE DIRECTION WE MUST CONTINUE TO GO. FORWARD. PLEASE WELCOME PROFESSOR GREGORY EISELEIN DIRECTOR OF K-STATE FIRST, THE UNIVERSITY’S FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE PROGRAM, AND PROFESSOR TARAH COLEMAN, THE CHAIR OF THE KSBN COMMON READIN I AM DELIGHTED TO BE HERE, TODAY, TO WELCOME YOU TO KANSAS I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR BECAUS IT’S A TIME TO START OVER. WHAT MATTERS NOW IS NOT WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR OR IN THE PAST. WHAT MATTERS NOW IS TODAY, AND TOMORROW, AND THE REST OF THE >>FOR YOU, OUR NEW STUDENTS, THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE. CONVOCATION IS OUR CHANCE TO WELCOME YOU INTO K-STATE, AND T REMIND YOU THAT WHEN YOU WAKE U TOMORROW, FOR YOUR FIRST DAY OF COLLEGE, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE THIS AMAZING CHANCE TO START OV YOU’LL FIND THAT WHATEVER YOU WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL MATTERS LES NOW THEN WHAT YOU DO TOMORROW, AND THE NEXT DAY, AND THE REST >>I SAY THISL YEAR. BECAUSE WHEN YOU RETURN HERE A FEW YEARS FROM NOW TO RECEIVE YOUR DIPLOMA, YOU’LL BE A DIFFERENT PERSON. YOU MAY HAVE THE SAME COLOR EYES AND THE SAME WAY OF SMILING, BUT YOU’LL SEE THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY AND YOU’LL THINK DIFFERENTLY, FOR VIRTUALLY EVERYONE WHO WALKS THESE HAULS AND EARNS THAT DEGREE, COLLEGE SO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE TRANSFORMATIVE EVENTS THAT WILL DEFINE YOUR COLLEGE CAREER, YOU CLASSES, K.S. UNITE, WILDCAT DIALOGUES, HOMECOMING AND SO >>CONVOCATION IS ALSO ABOUT TAKING FEW MINUTES, HERE ON THE EVE OF YOUR COLLEGE CAREER, TO THINK ABOUT WHAT KIND OF PERSON YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GRADUAT YOU’LL NOT ONLY KNOW MORE, A LO MORE, WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE, BUT YOUR CORE CHARACTER WILL ALSO B STRENGTHENED, AND CHANGED BY YOUR TIME AT K-STATE, AND YOU’R GOING TO LEARN WHAT IT’S LIKE T BE A PART OF ONE OF THE GREATES EXTENDED FAMILIES EVER. WHEN WE WE CALL K-STATE A FAMILY, IT MEANS SOMETHING. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE THAT YOUR K-STATE FAMILY IS HERE FOR YOU, NOW AND WITH YOU AFTER YOU GRADUATE. YOU’LL REALIZE THAT THE SUPPORT WE PROVIDE EACH OTHER IS CRUCIAL TO YOUR LEARNING AND YOUR SUCCESS THIS ELEMENT OF FAMILY MAKES K-STATE A VERY SPECIAL PLACE TO LEARN, AND IT WILL BECOME AN INDELABLE PART OF WHO YOU ARE, >>SO, AS VERY MOMENT ON. YOU START YOUR COLLEGE CAREER, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO THINK ABOUT YOUR FAMILIES AND EXTENDED FAMILIES AND THOSE WHO HELPED YOU GET HERE BUT ALSO THE NEW FOLKS WHO ARE GOING TO HELP YOU MAKE IT BACK HERE FOR GRADUATIO YOUR PROFESSORS, AND YOUR K-STATE SUPPORT NETWORK, AND YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS. THANK YOU, AND HAVE A GREAT FIRST DAY OF C OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MY GOOD FRIEND, UNIVERSITY LIBRARY OIS PROFESSOR TARA COLEMAN, WHO ALS LEADS OUR AMAZING COMMON READIN HEY, WILDCATS, MY NAME IS TARA COLEMAN, AND I’M REALLY EXCITED TO BE TALKING TO YOU TODAY. I, TOO, AM I A WILDCAT. I GRADUATED FROM K-STATE IN 2002 AND GOT MY FIRST REAL GROWN UP JOB IN 2004 AT HALE LIBRARY, AND I’VE BEEN AT THE LIBRARY HERE EVER SINCE. ON TOP OF THE LIBRARY, I HAVE THE HONOR OF BEING THE CHAIR OF OUR COMMON READING PROGRAM. THE K-STATE BOOK NETWORK KSBN N. THE PURPOSE KSBN IS TO HELP BUILD COMMUNITY AND CREATE A COMMON EXPERIENCE FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS AND THE REST OF THE CA AT K-STATE WE WHATEVER PURPLE, WE DO THE WABASH, AND WE READ B EVERY YEAR A LARGE COMMITTEE MADE UP OF STUDENTS, STAFF AND FACULTY SELECT ONE BOOK WE THIN WILL HELP CREATE A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR OUR CAMPUS AND I’M EXCITED TO TALK TO YOU ABOU THE BOOK WE’RE READING THIS YEA DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY. BY>>IT TELLS THE STORY OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DARIUS K A PERSIAN AMERICAN TEEN WHO BALANCES HIS LOVE FOR TEA AND STAR TREK WITH HIS DEPRESSION. A VISIT TO HIS MOTHER’S FAMILY IN IRAN OFFERS HIM A NEW WAY TO UNDERSTAND HIMSELF, HIS FAMILY >>THIST HE CALLS HOME. BOOK GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO FIND WAYS TO SUPPORT OTHERS WHILE TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES. IT GIVES US EXAMPLES OF WHAT TH STRUGGLE IS FIND IDENTITY CAN LOOK LIKE AS WELL, AS WAYS TO MEND FENCES WHEN SOMEONE IS HUR IS DARIUS’ EXPERIENCES, MAY BE FAMILIAR TO SOME OF YOU, AND I HOPE YOU USE THE BOOK FOR INSPIRATION AS YOU NAVIGATE K-STATE AS A NEW STUDENT. EMBRACE YOUR NERDINESS, TRY NEW AND POTENTIALLY UNCOMFORTABLE THINGS, BE OPEN TO NEW FRIENDSHIPS, AND GO TO FOREIGN PLACES, EVEN IF IT’S JUST AGGIE ONCE YOU HAVE READ IT, I WANT YOU TO TALK ABOUT IT WITH SOMEONE ELSE. IF YOU AREN’T SURE WHAT TO SAY, START WITH WHAT WAS>>WAS ITOL LIKE FOR YOU? >>I ALSOUS’ EXPERIENCE? WANT YOU TO TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THE BOOK AND THIS YEAR’S A IT CAN BE SOMETHING LIKE LIGHT BINGING ON SOMETHING NERDY LIKE STAR TREK. IT CAN BE SOMETHING SERIOUS LIKE WRITING SCRIPTS TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE AND VIEW POND TO AN UNCOMFORTABLE, UNFAMILIAR >>AND IING SITUATION. >>AND I TO JOIN ME AND WANT YOU TO JOIN ME AND HUNDREDS OF OTHER K-STATE’ERS TO LISTEN TO THE AUTHOR TALK ABOUT HIS BOOK ON SEPTEMBER 12TH AT 7 P.M.>>ONE MOREN BALLROOM. THING, HALE LIBRARY’S FIRST FLOOR WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN LATER THIS WEEK. I WANT YOU TO COME FIND ME AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THOUGHT ABOUT DARIUS THE GREAT>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. WELCOME TO K-STATE AND GO CATS.>>NOW, PLEASE WELCOME THREE OUT STANDING RETURNING ST BRIANNA JACKSON. BYRON LEWIS, AND OLIVIA ROGERS. OUR FIRST SPEAKER WILL BE BRIANNA, A K-STATE FIRST LEARNING ASSISTAN MCNAIR SCHOLAR AND SENIOR IN TH COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SCI AS A FIRST GEN SENIOR, I CAME TO COLLEGE NOT KNOWING WHAT TO EXP I GOT INVOLVED AS SOON AS I GOT K-STATE AND HAVE GOTTEN INCREASINGLY BUSY AS COLLEGE IN IF COLLEGE HAS TAUGHT ME ANYTHING, IT’S THIS, TAKE THE OPPORTUNITIES PRESENTED TO YOU, BUT ALSO LEARN TO SAY NO. I HAVE MANY EXPERIENCES, THAT HAVE HELPED ME GROW THESE LAST THREE THEY INCLUDE GOING TO ACADEMIC CONFERENCES, STUDYING ABROAD, PRESENTING MY OWN RESEARCH, JUS TO MAPLE A FEW. BUT YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT YOU NEED TO BE YOU FIRST OF ALL, AND YOUR GOALS YOU’RE HAPPINESS AND YOUR WELL BEING, MAY COME BEFORE THE OTHER>>YOURIONS YOU MAY HAVE. TIME HERE AT K-STATE IS A VERY CRUCIAL PERIOD FOR EMERGING ADU THIS IS THE TIME TO EXPLORE THE WORLD WITHOUT LEAVING A 25 MILE YOU’LL MEET PEOPLE THAT WILL BECOME AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOU FUTURE LIFE. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE LIFE FROM A NEW POINT OF VIEW, AND GROW INTO A HUMAN BEING POS UNRECOGNIZABLE FROM WHO YOU ARE >>NO ONETHAT’S OKAY. WILL TELL YOU THAT COLLEGE WILL BE HARD. IT WILL COST YOU LOTS OF MONEY AND YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF BED SOME DAYS, AN HEAR LONG SPEECHES OVER AND OVE BUT IT’S ALL WORTH IT. YOU WILL COME OUT ON TOP, YOU WILL SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL, NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES YOU TO GET THERE, JUST KNOW THAT YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE >>OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS BYRON LEWIS, A MENTOR IN THE CALL ME MISTER PROGRAM, AND SENIOR IN THE COLLEGE OF EDUCAT.>>WHEN I CAME TO K-STATE THREE-YEARS AGO, AS A TRANSFER STUDENT, I NEVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES, I WOULD HAVE OR THE AMAZING PEOPLE I WAS BLESSED TO MEET ALONG THE WAY. AFTER A YEAR AT A SCHOOL THAT WASN’T A GOOD FIT FOR ME, AND THEN A TWO-YEAR HIATUS FROM SCHOOL, K-STATE GAVE>>THISRESH START. UNIVERSITY HAS SOMETHING FOR ALL OF THE IDENTITIES THAT MAKE UP I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET INVOLVED IN ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT INTEREST YOU, EVEN IF YOU’VE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE. TRY YOUR HAND AND GET INVOLVED IN STUFF YOU LIKE. HERE, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CONNECT WITH OTHER STUDENTS AND MENTORS, CULTURALL SPIRITUALLY, AND, ACADEMICALLY, AND AS A FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT MYSELF, I KNOW HOW ADDED PRESSURES, CAN GET TO PEOPLE HAVE TO BALANCE THEIR COURSE LOAD WITH WORK, EXTRACURRICULARS, AND RELATIONS AND SOME MAY BE TRYING TO LOOK AFTER FAMILY BACK HOME. YOU ARE GOING TO BE PULLED IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS, BUT PLEASE REMEMBER YOU ARE A STUDENT FIRS PAY EXTRA ATTENTION TO YOUR WELL BEING, AND MENTAL HEALTH THAT WAY YOU CAN TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING,S, THAT LIFE THROWS AT YOU. AS I LIKE TO SAY, IT’S OKAY TO TAKE A MINUTE TO BREATH SO, WHETHER YOU ARE A TRANSFER, A FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENT, NON-TRADITIONAL, LEGAC OR ANYTHING ELSE IN BETWEEN, PLEASE LOOK AT THIS AS YOUR FRESH START. YOU ARE HERE FOR A REASON, YOU BELONG HERE. AND I AM SO PROUD OF YOU FOR CHOOSING OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS OLIVIA ROGERS, A MEMBER OF THE MORTAR BOARD SENIOR HONOR SOCIETY AND SENIOR IN THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES.>>PERHAPS THE MOST ASKED QUESTION DURING YOUR TIME AT COLLEGE IS WHAT’S YOUR MAJOR? FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY AND WHAT DO >>COMINGTO DO WITH THAT? INTO COLLEGE I WAS LASER FOCUSED ON WHAT I WOULD BECOME AND WHAT I WAS GOING TO DO. DID I WANT TO>>WHAT CAREERMAJOR? >>WHAT HAVE SOME DAY? CLIPS OR ORGANIZATIONS, DID I WANT TO BE INVOLVED WITH DURING>>WE OFTENK-STATE? DEFINE OUR SUCCESS, BY WHAT WE BUT I’D LIKE TO OFFER A DIFFICULT PERSPECTIVE. SUCCESS IS NOT ABOUT WHAT WE BECOME, BUT>>YOU MAY ORBECOME. MAY NOT FINISH COLLEGE WITH THE MAJOR YOU STARTED. YOU MAY OR MAY NOT FIND YOUR DREAM JOB, MAYBE YOU’LL EVENED FIND SOMETHING MUCH BETTER. YOU MAY EXPERIENCE CAREER SUCCESS, YOU MIGHT ALSO EXPERIENCE CAREER FA BUT THROUGH ALL OF THE UNCERTAINTIES REGARDING WHAT YO DO, AND WHO YOU ARE, DOESN’T CH WHO YOU ARE DICTATES HOW YOU RESPOND, REACT, AND GROW THROUG EVERY SEASON OF LIFE. I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU THREE S’S THAT CAN HELP YOU SHIFT FROM ANSWERING THE QUESTION, WHAT YO WILL BECOME TO ANSWERING WHO YO >>NOW IS THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED, IN CLUBS, ACTIVITIES, ORGANIZATIONS, MINISTRIES AND SERVICE PROJECTS, RESEARCH, YOU NAME IT, K-STATE PROBABLY HAS A >>SO, GET INVOLVED. BUT BE INTENTIONAL AND SELECTIVE>>EVERYTHING HAS TRADE-OFFS, AND YOU MIGHT SPEND TIME IN AN ACTIVITY TO THE DETRIMENT OF A CLASS, OR TIME WITH FRIENDS TO THE DETRIMENT OF ALONE TIME. THESE TRADE-OFFS AREN’T ALWAYS BAD, BUT BE AWARE OF THEM, SHOW ME YOUR CALENDAR, AND AND I CAN SHOW YOU WHAT IS TRULY IMPORTAN >>IT’S EASY TO BECOME SELF-FOCUSED DURING YOUR COLLEG IN THE MIDDLE OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT YOUR OWN LIFE, IT’S EASY TO FORGET THAT EVERYONE ELSE IS TRYING TO DO THE SAME T CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO COMPLETE ONE SMALL ACT OF SERVICE A DAY, FIND A MOMENT TO LOOK OUTSIDE O HOLD THE DOOR OPEN, TALK TO THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU IN CLASS, CALL A FAMILY MEMBER. SIS, THERE’S A SAYING THAT WHAT WE MEASURE, WE MANAGE, TAKING TIME TO SIT AND REFLECT ON WHO YOU ARE BECOMING IS KEY TO FOLLOWING THROUGH ON YOUR GOALS. JOURNAL, GO FOR A WALK, OR TAKE A DRIVE. SLOW DOWN AND ASK YOURSELF, IF YOU ARE BECOMING THE PERSON YOU >>IT’S TEMPTING TO MEASURE SUCCESS BY WHAT WE BECOME. BUT THE TRUE WEST MOST LASTING SUCCESS AND IMPACT DOESN’T ACTUALLY STEM FROM THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, WE LIST ON A R INSTEAD, AS PUT BY PROLIFIC WRITER, THINKER, AND SAINT CAT THEY ARE RUN OF SIENA, BE WHO YOU ARE, MEANT TO BE, AND YOU WILL SET THE WORLD ON FIRE. THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU, OLIVIA,>>FELLOW BRIANNA,. WILDCATS PLEASE WELCOME VETERINARIAN AND DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, FOR MIDWEST VETERINARY SERVICES, DOCTOR CHARLEY CULL FROM THE 1212, 2014, 2016 GRADUATING CLASSES AND A 2019 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DIVIDED YOUNGER ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT, SHARING REMARKS WITH US VIA VIDEO. I’M HONORED TO WELCOME ALL OF YOU INTO THE K-STATE COMMUNITY AS YOU BECAME PART OF A FAMILY THAT TAKES PRIDE IN SHARING THE VALUES ARE TRADITIONS AND MEMORIES THAT>>TODAY, YOUOGETHER. BEGIN A NEW CHAPTER IN YOUR LIFE, AND FOR MOST OF YOU THIS IS WHERE YOU’RE LEGACY BEGINS. SO DON’T WASTE A MOMENT, AS YOU HAVE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR LIFE, YOU HAVE RIGHT NOW, YOUR CHOICES TODAY WILL IMPACT NOT ONLY YOUR LEGAC AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, BUT >>THINK OF LEGACY. THIS WAY, IF YOU HAD ONLY FOUR YEARS TO LIVE WHILE ATTENDING KANSAS STATE, UNIVERSITY, HOW>>YOU COULDEND IT? SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH THE PEOPLE YOU MEET, REALLY PAYING ATTENTION TO EVERY WORD THEY SAID, YOU COULD GO OUT AND HAVE SOME AMAZING EXPERIENCES, EXPLORING THE WORLD THROUGH THE DIVERSE PROGRAMS, THAT K-STATE OR YOU COULD SPEND IT LEARNING AS MUCH AS YOU CAN FROM YOUR CLASSMATES, FRIENDS, PROFESSORS >>YOUSTUDYING LIFE ITSELF. COULD CREATE SOMETHING THROUGH ENROLLING INTO HANDS ON LABORATORY EXPERIENCES, OR HUNGER GRADUATE HE RESEARCH OPP YOU COULD GO OUT AND BUILD YOUR NETWORK BY BECOMING ACTIVE ON CAMPUS, GOING TO SPORTING EVENT OR WITHIN YOUR DORMS OR GREEK H YOU COULD LEAVE A LEGACY BY CREATING ART AND MUSIC, MAKING PEOPLE’S LIVES BETTER, OR SOLVING A PROBLEM IN YOUR OWN >>ANY OF THOSE CHOICES, OR A COMBINATION OF THEM, WOULD BE A WORTHY WAY TO SPEND THOSE HOWEVER, EACH MOMENT IS LIMITED FLEETING AND PRECISE. WITH THE SAME MINDSET ABOUT TIME, I CHALLENGE YOU TO LIVE YOUR LIFE TO THE FULLEST, AND EMBRACE TOD AS A FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE GRADUATE FROM A SMALL RURAL NEBRASKA COMMUNITY, I’M PROUD T HAVE MY LEGACY’S FOUNDATION BUILT UPON THE VALUES, TRADITIONS, AND MEMORIES FROM M TIME AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST. GO CAT!>>>FINALLY TO DELIVER THE CHARGE TO YOU, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY’S NEWEST STUDENTS, PLEASE WELCOME UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI’S PROFESSOR DOCTOR KAL MONK FROM THE TENNESSEE AND 201 GRADUATE I GO CLASS AND A 2019 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHE YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT. SOUNDES LIKE I’M THE LAST THING STANDING BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR NIGHT. LET’S HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF EXCITEMENT. MAKE THIS AS PAINLESS AS POSSIB AS AN ALUM OF KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, AND NOW A PROFESSOR OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE, I AM THRILLED TO TALK TO YOU IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF THE LIFE’S BIGGEST TRANSITIONS. MANY OF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING MULTIPLE TRANSITIONS. THE TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD, ADJUSTMENT TO A NEW TOWN, YOU’R BEEN LAUNCHED FROM THE NEST OF YOUR FAMILIES OF ORIGIN, AND YO ARE ALL EXPERIENCING THE TRANSITION TO COLLEGE AT K-STAT IT’S EXCITING BUT LIKE ANY TRANSITION, CHANGES CAN BE STRE ONE TICKET TRANSITION STRESSOR>>UNCERTAINTY. IS THE UNKNOWN. IT CAN PROMPT EMOTIONAL REACTIVITY AND CRIB LINK ANXIETY, AS A FORMER THERAPIST, I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND NORMALIZE THIS BUT UNCERTAINTY CAN ALSO BE A GREAT THING, BECAUSE IT MEANS YOUR LIFE ISN’T SET IN STONE. YOU HAVE THE FREEDOM TO EXPLORE AND FIND OUT WHAT DOES AND >>I WASN’TK FOR YOU. POPULAR IN HIGH SCHOOL. I KNOW IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT I WASN’T ALWAYS THIS HANDSOME, CONFIDENT, DASHING MOST GOOD LOOKING SPEAKER YOU’RE EVER SEE I WAS ACTUALLY SOCIALLY AWKWARD BECAUSE I DIDN’T KNOW WHO I WAS >>I HAD AANTED TO BE. LOT OF CRIPPLING SELF-DOUBT AND I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL IN A SMALL TOWN. I WAS WHAT MANY WOULD CONSIDER A NERD. I WORE TUBE SOCKS WITH SANDALS AND REALLY LIKE EVIDENCE THE X MEN AND BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLEIGHER. BUT I TRIED REALLY HARD TO FIT IN, TO BE WHAT OTHER TEENS >>I TRIED TO BE. A JOCK, FOR EXAMPLE, BECAUSE SPORTS WAS GREAT WAY TO ELEVATE YOUR SOCIAL STATUS WHERE I WAS I JUST NEED TO LET YOU KNOW THA I AM THE MOST UNCOORDINATED PERSON YOU WILL EVER MEET. IF I WERE CHEWING GUM WHILE I WAS TALKING TO YOU RIGHT NOW, I WOULD PROBABLY FALL OVER. I WAS SO BAD AT PRETENDING TO BE A JOB THAT MY SWEET, SUPPORTIVE MOM WAS FORCED TO ASK. ARE YOU SURE YOU WANT TO KEEP PLAYING BASKET WHEN YOU CATCH THE BALL OR DRIBBLE, YOU LOOK REALLY AWKWAR AREN’T EMBARRASSED. I WAS ON THE C. TEAM. A CLASS OF 40, MAYBE 18 GUYS ON THE BASKETBALL TEAM, AND I WAS THE C. TEAM. I CONTINUE EVEN MAKE JUNIOR VARSITY AT 6′ SO MY FIRST SEMESTER AT K-STATE, I DIDN’T TRY OUT FOR THE BASKETBALL TEAM. AND I STAYED IN MY DORM ROOM ALMOST EVERY NIGHT THAT IS UNTIL SOME PEOPLE ON MY DORM FLOOR COUN. ENCOURAGED ME TO GET OUT AND MEET PEOPLE TO GET INVOLVED. HUE MAN DEVELOPMENT RESEARCHERS TALK ABOUT THE PSYCHOSOCIAL MORATORIUM, A DEVELOPMENTAL TRANSITION PERIODS TYPICALLY IN WESTERN NATIONS, BEFORE MANY OF THE RIGID RESPONSIBILITIES OF ADULTHOOD CREEP IN, WHEN SOME YOUNG ADULTS ARE GRANTED THE FREEDOM TO TRY ON DIFFERENT HAT OR ROLES DURING TRANSITIONS. TO EXPLORE THEIR IDENTITY AND FIND OUT WHO THEY ARE, THEY WANT TO K-STATE IS WHERE I FINALLY THE FREEDOM TO EXPLORE WHO I WAS IN AN INTELLECTUALLY ENCOURAGING E >>I GOT TO BE FUNNY. AND EVEN THOUGH I MIGHT HAVE BEEN UNCOORDINATED AND AWKWARD ON THE BASKETBALL COURT, I LEARNED I CAN OWN A DANCE FLOOR HERE AT K-STATE YOU CAN FIND A SPACE TO BE ACCEPTED. IF YOU LIKE SPORTS, YOU CAN JOIN AN>>IF YOU LIKEM. DANCE, YOU CAN TAKE A SALSA CLA IF YOU LIKE LIVE ACTION ROLE-PLAYING, YOU CAN JOIN A BUNCH OF PEOPLE DRESSED LIKE WIZARDS AND THROW STYROFOAM SWORDS AT EACH OTHER ON THE QUAD, AND YOU’LL BE AMONG FRIEN I MY SET OF NEVER DID THAT, BUT AT K-STATE THERE IS A CLUB FOR ALMOST EVERYTHING. AND I DON’T JUDGE, I ONCE DRESSED LIKE LADY GAGA, AND SANG POKER FACE IN THE STUDENT UNION FOR A FUNDRAISER. HIGH SCHOOL KALE WOULD HAVE >>HERE IN WILDCAT NATION, I WAS ENCOURAGED AND SUPPORTED TO FIND WHO I WAS AND MY PASSION. I LIKED HELPING PEOPLE AND DOING SERVICE, SO I GOT INVOLVED IN LEADERSHIP STUDIES, FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND VARIOUS CAMPUS MINISTRIES AND HONOR SOC I BECAME LIFE-LONG FRIENDS WITH PEOPLE WHO I NEVER WOULD HAVE THE NERVE TO TALK TO IF WE WENT TO THE SAME HIGH SCHOOL. AFTER GRADUATION, I BECAME A MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST AND THEN A RESEARCHER, AND PROFESSOR. NOW I SPEND ALL DAY TALKING TO COLLEGE STUDENTS, ABOUT DATING AND MARR >>A CAREER ANDT? FIELD I WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN EXISTED IF I TRUSTED THE VOICE UNCERTAINTY, IN MY HEAD THAT WA TELLING ME I WOULD FAIL AND I SHOULD AVOID EXPLORING BY STAYING IN MY DORM ROOM. UNCERTAIN CERTAINTY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE CRIPPLING, IT CAN BE EXCI FOR MOST OF YOU, THIS IS A TIME IT EXPLORE WHO YOU WANT TO BE. CAREER-WISE, BUT ALSO AS A PERS SO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS MORATORIUM PRIVILEGE TO THE >>EXPLORE, KIND PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT YOU, BUT ALS PEOPLE WHO CHALLENGE YOU AND >>FIND YOUR TRIBE. W. FIND YOUR CALLING, AND ASK YOURSELF, WHAT DO I WANT TO BE? AND BECOME IT. HERE AT K-STATE. AND I’LL LEAVE YOU WITH THE WISE WORDS OF ONE OF MY IDOLS. WHOM I DISCOVERED IN MY TIME AS AN UNDERGRADUATE AT K-STATE, IT’S GOING TO OKAY JUST DANCE, THANK. IT’S GOING TO BE OKAY. JUST DANCE. OH, YEAH. THANK YOU.>>MEMBERS OF THE K-STATE FAMILY, PLEASE STAND AND JOIN MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL OF MUSICIAN, THEATRE AND DANCE IN SINGING OF K-STATE ALMA MATER. ♪ I KNOW A SPOT THAT I LOVE WELL, IT’S NOT IN FOREST NOR YE >>EVER IT HOLDS ME WITH MAGIC I THINK OF THEY, ALMA MATER. K.S.U., WE’LL CARRY THE BANNER K.S.U., LONG, LONG MAY THY >>LOYAL TO THEY, THY CHILDREN WILL SWELL THE CRY. HAIL, HAIL, HAIL, ALMA MATER. >>DEAR WILDCATS, WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AGAIN, AT THIS VENUE ON MANY OCCASIONS, INCLUDING FOR YOUR OWN COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY. ARE YOU READY FOR FOOTBALL? YES. YOU ARE NOW INVITED TO JOI NEXT DOOR AT BILL SNYDER FAMILY STADIUM FOR THIS YEAR’S KICKOFF >>WELCOME TO K-STATE. AND GO CATS! [APPLAUSE]

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