Human Ecology | Fall Commencement 2018


>>KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY HELD
ITS FIRST COMPLEXMENT. THREE WOMEN AND TWO MEN
GRADUATED THAT YEAR AS THE FIRST LAND GRANT UNIVERSITY IN THE
NATION, THIS FLEDGING UNIVERSITY HAD A VISION OF PROVIDING
INNOVATE EDUCATION TO ALL PEOPLE .
THAT EARLY VISION HAS CONTINUED THROUGH TO THE PRESENT.
WITH OVER 250 MAJORS AND A DIVERSE STUDENT BODY INCLUDING
STUDENTS FROM ALL 50 STATES AND MORE THAN 100 COUNTRIES.
BECOMING ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP 50 PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES
BY 2025 IS TODAY’S VISION FOR TOMORROW.
WITH ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AMONG THE BEST IN THE NATION AND PROFESSOR
S WHO ARE LEADERS IN THEIR FIELDS, KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY IS AN INTERNATIONAL LEADER IN TEACHING, LEARNING,
SERVICE AND RESEARCH. TODAY’S GRADUATES JOIN OVER 200,
000 ALUMNI WHO ARE PROUD TO CALL K-STATE THEIR ALMA MATER.
CONGRATULATION. AND THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO
HAVE SUPPORTED THEM THROUGH THEIR UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE
AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. [ POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE ] [ APPLAUSE ]
>>GOOD AFTERNOON. I AM BRONWYN FEES, ASSOCIATE
DEAN, AND IT IS MY HONOR TO WELCOME EACH OF YOU ON THIS
JOYOUS OCCASION. WE IN THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN
ECOLOGY JOIN FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN CELEBRATING THE
ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE GRADUATING CLASS OF FALL 2018. AT THIS TIME, I INVITE YOU TO STAND AND JOIN DANIELLE
WINCHESTER, SENIOR IN HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT AND RACHEL GROS, MASTER S STUDENT IN
MUSIC, TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. >>OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE BY THE
DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S LAST GLEAMING? WHOSE BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? AND THE ROCKET’S RED GLARE, THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE. OH, SAY DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED
BANNER YET WAVE O’ER THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE? [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, DANIELLE AND PLEASE BE SEATED. AS I INTRODUCE TODAY S PLATFORM
PARTY, PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL ARE INTRODUCED. ON MY RIGHT, YOUR LEFT: DR. JOHN BUCKWALTER, DEAN. DR. CHARLES TABER, PROVOST AND
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT. AMY BUTTON RENZ, PRESIDENT AND
CEO, K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. DR. LYNDA MARCH, COMMENCEMENT
SPEAKER AND OWNER AND OPERATOR, NUTRITION SERVICES FOR RURAL
COMMUNITIES. DARAH PORTENIER, STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER AND DEGREE
CANDIDATE IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS. DANIELLE WINCHESTER, STUDENT
VOCALIST AND DEGREE CANDIDATE IN HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT. DR. MICHELLE TOEWS, ASSOCIATE DEAN OF RESEARCH, PROFESSOR,
FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVICES. ON MY LEFT, YOUR RIGHT: DR. BARBARA ANDERSON, PROFESSOR
AND DEPARTMENT HEAD, APPAREL, TEXTILES, AND INTERIOR DESIGN. DR. SONYA LUTTER, PROFESSOR AND
INTERIM SCHOOL DIRECTOR, SCHOOL OF FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN
SERVICES. DR. MARK HAUB, PROFESSOR AND
DEPARTMENT HEAD, FOOD, NUTRITION, DIETETICS AND HEATH. DR. MICHAEL OTTENBACHER,
PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD, HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT.
DR. CRAIG HARMS, PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD, KINESIOLOGY. DR. SHAWNA JORDAN, ASSISTANT
DEAN FOR STUDENT SUPPORT AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, FOOD, NUTRITION, DIETETICS AND HEALTH. [ APPLAUSE ] PLEASE WELCOME DR. JOHN
BUCKWALTER, DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY TO RECOGNIZE
OUR STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>THANK YOU BRONWYN. GRADUATES, YOUR FAMILIES AND
YOUR FACULTY ARE SO VERY PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
WE EXPECT THAT THE FUTURE WILL HOLD GREAT PROMISE FOR EACH OF
YOU. TODAY WE CELEBRATE YOUR
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT K-STATE. DARAH PORTENIER WILL REPRESENT
THE GRADUATING CLASS AS THE FALL 2018 STUDENT COMMENCEMENT
SPEAKER. DARAH, WILL YOU PLEASE JOIN ME
AT THE PODIUM? DARAH WILL GRADUATE WITH A
BACHELOR S DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND
DISORDERS. DAUGHTER OF KENT AND TAMRA
PORTENIER OF KIRWIN, DARA HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE
K-STATE COMMUNITY. SHE IS AN EXEMPLARY STUDENT IN
THE COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS PROGRAM, MAINTAINING A
4.0 GPA THROUGH HER UNDERGRADUATE CAREER. SHE SERVED AS A VOLUNTEER
RESEARCH ASSISTANT FOR TWO YEARS IN THE PROGRAM, ASSISTING WITH
TWO DIFFERENT RESEARCH PROJECTS. DARAH IS DESCRIBED BY HER
ADVISOR AS BEING A TRULY OUTSTANDING STUDENT WHO IS A
MODEL FOR OTHERS IN HER DEDICATION TO LEARNING AND HER ACADEMIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS.” OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM, SHE IS
A MEMBER OF THE KANSAS STATE SPEECH LANGUAGE HEARING
ASSOCIATION, THE KANSAS SPEECH LANGUAGE HEARING ASSOCIATION,
THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY STUDENT COUNCIL, MORTAR BOARD HONOR SOCIETY, PI KAPPA PHI
HONOR SOCIETY AND KAPPA OMICRON NU HONOR SOCIETY, WHERE SHE
HOLDS THE POSITION OF PRESIDENT. SHE’S BEEN BUSY.
FOLLOWING GRADUATION, DARAH WILL ATTEND GRADUATE SCHOOL TO
CONTINUE ON HER JOURNEY TO BECOMING A SPEECH LANGUAGE
PATHOLOGIST. THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY IS
PLEASED TO WELCOME DARAH AS SHE SPEAKS ON BEHALF OF THE
GRADUATING CLASS. CONGRATULATIONS! [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU.
CELEBRATIONS, FAREWELLS, NEW BEGINNINGS, AND CAKE.
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2018, WE HAVE FINALLY MADE IT TO THIS
MONUMENTAL DAY. TO SOME, TODAY MARKS THE CLOSING
OF YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER, OR AS OTHERS LIKE TO CALL IT ENTERING
THE REAL WORLD. TO OTHERS, TODAY SERVES AS A
STEPPING STONE, MOVING YOU ONE STEP CLOSER ON YOUR JOURNEY TO
OBTAINING AN ADVANCED DEGREE. FOR OTHERS, YOU MAY BE THE FIRST
IN YOUR FAMILY TO EARN A COLLEGE DEGREE.
HOWEVER, DESPITE ALL OF THE DIFFERENT PATHS WE TOOK TO GET
HERE TODAY, WE ALL WOULD NOT BE HERE WITHOUT RESILIENCE. THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL
ASSOCIATION SHARES, DEVELOPING RESILIENCE IS A PERSONAL
JOURNEY AND BOUNCING BACK WITH RESILIENCE IS SIMILAR TO
TAKING A RAFT TRIP DOWN A RIVER. THE WRITER EXPLAINS FURTHER, ON
A RIVER, YOU MAY ENCOUNTER RAPIDS, TURNS, SLOW WATER, AND
SHALLOWS. AS IN LIFE, THE CHALLENGES YOU
EXPERIENCE AFFECT YOU DIFFERENTLY ALONG THE WAY.
IN TRAVELING THIS RIVER, YOUR JOURNEY SHOULD BE GUIDED BY A
PLAN, A STRATEGY THAT YOU CONSIDER LIKELY TO WORK FOR YOU.
PERSEVERANCE AND TRUSTING IN YOUR ABILITY TO WORK YOUR WAY AROUND BOULDERS AND OTHER
OBSTACLES ARE IMPORTANT. YOU CAN GAIN COURAGE AND INSIGHT
BY SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATING YOUR WAY THROUGH THE WHITE WATER. TRUSTED COMPANIONS WHO ACCOMPANY
YOU ON THE JOURNEY CAN BE ESPECIALLY HELPFUL FOR DEALING
WITH RAPIDS, UPSTREAM CURRENTS, AND OTHER DIFFICULT STRETCHES OF THE RIVER.
YOU CAN CLIMB OUT TO REST ALONGSIDE THE RIVER, BUT TO GET
TO THE END OF YOUR JOURNEY, YOU NEED TO GET BACK IN THE RAFT AND CONTINUE.”
MANY OF US HAVE ENCOUNTERED UNEXPECTED, STRESSFUL, AND
TRAUMATIC EVENTS ON OUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING THE INDIVIDUALS THAT
WE ARE TODAY. AS STUDENTS AT KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY, WE HAVE SHOWN RESILIENCE IN NUMEROUS WAYS,
SUCH AS, WHEN WE NAVIGATED THE SNOW KNOWING CLASSES WOULD NOT
BE CANCELED DESPITE THE BLIZZARD-LIKE CONDITIONS,
CIRCLED THE CAMPUS PARKING LOTS NINE OR TEN TIMES HOPING THAT
JUST ONE SPOT WOULD OPEN UP BECAUSE CLASS WAS STARTING IN
FIVE MINUTES, AND FEELING OVERWHELMED WHEN PROFESSORS KEPT
PILING ON END OF SEMESTER PROJECTS, PAPERS, QUIZZES, AND
EVERYONE S FAVORITE, COMPREHENSIVE FINALS. NEVERTHELESS, WE ARE HERE TODAY
TO CELEBRATE OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A RESULT OF OUR PASSIONATE
DRIVE TO SUCCEED, REGARDLESS OF WHAT OBSTACLES WE HAVE HAD TO
CONQUER ALONG THE WAY. AS ASSERTED BY DR. A.P.J. ABDUL
KALAM, WHEN WE TACKLE OBSTACLES, WE FIND HIDDEN
RESERVES OF COURAGE AND RESILIENCE WE DID NOT KNOW WE
HAD. AND IT IS ONLY WHEN WE ARE FACED
WITH FAILURE DO WE REALIZE THAT THESE RESOURCES WERE ALWAYS
THERE WITHIN US. SO GRADUATES, THE NEXT TIME YOU
ENCOUNTER A CHALLENGE, AN UNEXPECTED SITUATION, OR LOSE
SIGHT OF YOUR DREAMS AND GOALS, THE RESOURCES YOU NEED TO
OVERCOME THESE OBSTACLES ARE ALWAYS WITHIN YOU. CLASS OF 2018, DESPITE THE
DIFFERENT PATHS WE ARE TRAVELING ON AND THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES WE
WILL FACE ALONG THE JOURNEY TOWARDS OUR DREAMS AND GOALS, MY
HOPE IS THAT YOU ALLOW YOURSELF TO TAKE BREAKS ALONG THE WAY,
AND KEEP IN MIND THAT TO REACH THE END OF YOUR JOURNEY YOU
NEED TO GET BACK IN THE RAFT AND CONTINUE ON BECAUSE YOU, ALONE,
HAVE THE POWER TO PICK YOURSELF UP, CHANNEL HIDDEN RESOURCES
WITHIN YOU AND LIVE RESILIENT EACH AND EVERY DAY. [ APPLAUSE ] DR. SHAWNA JORDAN, ASSISTANT
DEAN, WILL NOW RECOGNIZE STUDENTS WITH ACADEMIC HONORS. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, DARAH.
IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE STUDENTS WHOSE
ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE EARNED CUM LAUDE, MAGNA CUM LAUDE, AND
SUMMA CUM LAUDE HONORS. 12 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED
THE DESIGNATION CUM LAUDE. THESE STUDENTS HAVE A CUMULATIVE
K-STATE GRADE POINT AVERAGE OF 3.750 TO 3.849. NINE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED
THE DESIGNATION MAGNA CUM LAUDE. THESE STUDENTS HAVE ACHIEVED A 3.850 TO 3.949 K-STATE ACADEMIC
AVERAGE. 15 STUDENTS HAVE BEEN AWARDED
THE DESIGNATION SUMMA CUM LAUDE, THE HIGHEST ACADEMIC HONOR
CONVEYED BY THE UNIVERSITY. THESE STUDENTS HAVE ATTAINED A 3.950 OR HIGHER CUMULATIVE
K-STATE GRADE POINT AVERAGE. WILL THESE STUDENTS WHO EARNED
SUMMA CUM LAUDE, MAGNA CUM LAUDE, AND CUM LAUDE PLEASE
STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED? WILL THE AUDIENCE JOIN ME IN
RECOGNIZING THEM? [ APPLAUSE ] YOU MAY BE SEATED , STUDENTS.
KAPPA OMICRON NU IS A NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY DEDICATED TO
RECOGNIZING AND ENCOURAGING EXCELLENCE IN SCHOLARSHIP,
RESEARCH AND LEADERSHIP IN HUMAN ECOLOGY. KAPPA ONICRON NU STUDENTS AND
FACULTY ARE WEARING BURGUNDY AND CREAM HONOR CORDS TODAY.
ETA SIGMA DELTA IS AN INTERNATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR
STUDENTS WITH AN EXCELLENT ACADEMIC RECORD IN THE
HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM INDUSTRY.
ESD STUDENTS ARE WEARING CORDS ALSO TODAY.
PLEASE JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THESE STUDENTS. [ APPLAUSE ] AT THIS TIME, IT IS MY HONOR AND
PRIVILEGE TO INTRODUCE TODAY S DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER. DR. LYNDA MARCH IS A REGISTERED
DIETITIAN WHO OWNS AND OPERATES NUTRITION SERVICES FOR RURAL
COMMUNITIES, HELPING TO CARE FOR PATIENTS IN NURSING HOMES, SMALL
HOSPITALS, SENIOR FEEDING PROGRAMS AND CORRECTIONAL
FACILITIES IN THE TEXAS PANHANDLE AND EASTERN NEW
MEXICO. MARCH IS ACTIVE IN THE NUTRITION
COMMUNITY, SERVING AS EDITOR OF THE RENAL NUTRITION FORUM AND
VOLUNTEERING AS A GRANT WRITING FACILITATOR FOR NON-PROFIT
ORGANIZATIONS IN HER AREA. OUTSIDE OF NUTRITION, SHE IS AN
ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE TEXAS SCOTTIE DOG RESCUE FOUNDATION. DR. MARCH RECEIVED HER DOCTORAL
DEGREE FROM K-STATE IN HUMAN ECOLOGY WITH A SPECIALIZATION IN
HOTEL, RESTAURANT AND INSTITUTIONAL MANAGEMENT AND
DIETETICS. SHE RECEIVED HER BACHELOR OF
SCIENCE DEGREE FROM TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY AND A MASTER OF
SCIENCE FROM STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY.
PLEASE WELCOME DR. LYNDA MARCH. [ APPLAUSE ]>>A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY
FAR, FAR AWAY…. YOU WERE BORN INTO A FAMILY. CHANCES ARE YOU LOOK OR RESEMBLE
SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY. MAYBE YOU HAVE YOUR MOTHER S
EYES, YOUR DAD S PERSONALITY, YOUR GREAT AUNT SUSAN S TOES. YOU GREW UP IN THE INFLUENCES OF
YOUR FAMILY. THERE WERE TRADITIONS LIKE THE
HOLIDAYS, THERE WERE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES YOU
WERE GUIDED IN. YOU WATCHED YOUR FAMILY DEAL
WITH PROBLEMS, MAKE DECISIONS AND LIKELY YOU CARRY THEIR
RESEMBLANCE WITH YOU TODAY. AND AT SOME POINT YOU CHOSE TO
COME TO KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY, OR K-STATE.
THAT WAS A BIG DECISION. WHO INFLUENCED YOU ON THAT DECISION
IN ADDITION TO YOURSELF? WAS IT A FAMILY MEMBER?
A TEACHER OR COACH? SOMEONE YOU LOOKED UP TO?
IF THEY DID INFLUENCE YOU, THERE WAS SOMETHING YOU WANTED SO YOU
COULD BECOME LIKE THEM TO GET WHERE YOU HAVE DECIDED TO GO IN
YOUR LIFE. WHETHER IT WAS TWO, FOUR OR MORE
YEARS AGO YOU ARRIVED AT K-STATE, YOU HAVE SPENT THIS
TIME WORKING ON THE EDUCATION YOU NEED TO GIVE YOU THE TOOLS
IN LIFE TO GET WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.
WHILE YOU WERE HERE YOU BECAME PART OF THE K-STATE FAMILY. FAMILIES INFLUENCE YOU
FOR A LIFETIME. WHILE YOUR GENETIC FAMILY IS BY
BIRTH, YOUR K-STATE FAMILY HAS BEEN BY CHOICE. MY CHARGE TO YOU THIS AFTERNOON
IS TO CONSIDER WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PART OF THE K-STATE
FAMILY? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A
K-STATER? AS A TRAINED RESEARCHER BY ONLY
THE BEST HERE ON CAMPUS TO FIND THIS ANSWER, I WENT TO A
REPUTABLE SOURCE, WIKIPEDIA. THERE WAS NOT A LISTING FOR
K-STATER . THE UNIVERSITY WEBSITE WAS A
BETTER RESOURCE LISTING THE UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT OR
WHAT HAS BEEN PLANNED FOR YOUR BECOMING PART OF THE FAMILY.
YOUR FAMILY MISSION STATEMENT IS AS FOLLOWS: YOU HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED INTO A
HIGHLY SKILLED AND EDUCATED CITIZEN EXPECTED TO ADVANCE THE
WELL-BEING OF KANSAS, THE NATION, AND THE INTERNATIONAL
COMMUNITY. YOU HAVE BEEN PREPARED TO BE
INFORMED, PRODUCTIVE, AND A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN WHO ACTIVELY
PARTICIPATES IN ADVANCING CULTURAL, EDUCATIONAL, ECONOMIC,
SCIENTIFIC, AND SOCIO-POLITICAL UNDERTAKINGS. THAT S A BIG EXPECTATION OF A K-STATER. YOU ARE PREPARED BY YOUR K-STATE
FAMILY TO GO CHANGE THE WORLD. MANY PEOPLE WITH KNOWN NAMES OR
ACCOMPLISHMENTS HAVE GONE BEFORE YOU INCLUDING: HERBERT DIMOND, INVENTOR OF THE
SNOOZE ALARM. ERIN BROCKOVICH, ENVIRONMENTAL
ACTIVIST WHOSE STORY WAS FEATURED IN THE MOVIE STARRING
JULIA ROBERTS. EARL WOODS, FATHER OF GOLFER
TIGER WOODS AND ONE OF THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO PLAY ON A
COLLEGE SPORTS TEAM. AND NUMEROUS OTHER NOTABLE NAMES
IN INDUSTRY, SCIENCE, ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS. AND TODAY YOU ARE ON THAT LIST,
TOO. YOU HAVE BEEN PREPARED TO
ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS. YOU HAVE HAD TEACHERS THAT GO
ABOVE AND BEYOND THAT CHALLENGED YOU TO LEARN AND DO.
YOU MADE FRIENDS THAT YOU WILL KNOW FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.
YOU HAVE HAD UNIQUE EXPERIENCES THAT YOUR PEERS AT OTHER
UNIVERSITIES WILL NEVER KNOW LEARNING THAT AGGIEVILLE HAS
MORE THAN A DONUT SHOP, LISTENING TO THE WABASH
CANNONBALL OVER AND OVER CHEERING THE TEAM, ENJOYING CALL HALL ICE CREAM, WALKING BY THE
COWS ON THE WAY TO THE PARKING LOT. THE YOU YOU BROUGHT TO K-STATE
HAS BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO A K-STATE FAMILY MEMBER, PREPARED
FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPRESSION WHERE EVER
YOU GO. YOUR TIME AT K-STATE IS UP, BUT
YOUR FAMILY MEMBERSHIP IS JUST BEGINNING. YOU ARE CHARGED HERE ON OUT TO
SHOW WHAT THIS FAMILY MEANS TO YOU.
WHEN YOU PACK YOUR VEHICLES THIS EVENING HEADING INTO THE PLANS
OF A JOB, MORE SCHOOL, OR LIFE ON A TROPICAL ISLAND, YOU ARE
ONLY LEAVING THE PHYSICAL PRESENCE OF K-STATE. WHAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED AS A
FAMILY MEMBER YOU ARE TO GIVE AWAY.
WHAT DOES THAT VISION LOOK LIKE? I SEE SOMEONE WHO TAKES PRIDE IN
COMMUNICATING THE EDUCATION YOU RECEIVED. I SEE SOMEONE WORKING AND GIVING
BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. DREW BARRYMORE, ACTRESS, WHOSE
FIRST ROLE WAS IN THE MOVIE ET SAID, WHATEVER I’VE EXPERIENCED
IN MY LIFE IS A PART OF MY STORY, AND I’M PROUD OF THAT.
BUT IT’S SOMEONE WHO WAKES UP EARLY, WORKS ALL DAY, BELIEVES
IN CHARITABLE WORK, IS BUSINESS-MINDED, DILIGENT,
ACCOUNTABLE, PROBLEM-SOLVING. SHE GOES ON TO SAY I AM SO MUCH
ABOUT SCHOOL, CONSISTENTLY AND TRADITION.
NEVER FORGET THE TRADITIONS! DRESS YOUR CAT IN PURPLE ON GAME
DAYS, PUT A ROCK AND A FLAG WITH A WILDCAT IN FRONT OF YOUR
HOUSE. BRING YOUR FAMILY BACK.
PLACE ON YOUR TASK LIST TO START GIVING BACK TO THIS PLACE THAT
HAS SHAPED YOUR FUTURE. WHEN IT TELEPHONE CALLS YOU THE
FIRST TIME, GIVE THEM SOMETHING, ANYTHING YOUR STARBUCKS MONEY. WHEN THEY CALL THE NEXT YEAR,
GIVE A LITTLE MORE. HONOR THOSE WHO GAVE
SCHOLARSHIPS, BUILDINGS, EQUIPMENT FOR YOU TO ENJOY
CUTTING EDGE FACILITIES, EXPERIENCES, AND PROFESSORS BY
GIVING TO FUTURE FAMILY MEMBERS. AND ABOVE ALL ELSE, BE GENEROUS
IN YOUR PASSION FOR DOING GOOD AND MAKING THIS WORLD A SAFER,
HAPPIER PLACE TO BE. THERE ARE MANY DIFFICULT
PROBLEMS WE FACE TOGETHER. NEVER DOUBT THAT YOU HAVE THE
TOOLS TO START SOLVING THESE ISSUES AS YOU ARE WELL-PREPARED.
BE YOUR STORY. THE WORLD CERTAINLY NEEDS YOU. THANKS. [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE
AMY BUTTON RENZ, PRESIDENT AND CEO FOR THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, WHO WILL BRING
GREETINGS ON BEHALF OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, LYNDA.WE ARE
FORTUNATE TO HAVE YOU AS A GRADUATE AND WONDERFUL MESSAGE
FOR THESE STUDENTS AS TO HEAR. I AM PLEASED TO BE A PART OF
YOUR SPECIAL DAY AND OFFER CONGRATULATIONS ON BEHALF OF THE
K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING OVER 280,000
GRADUATES AND FRIENDS WHO WILL BE YOUR LIFELONG K-STATE FAMILY.
TODAY, AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE, WE ARE EXCITED TO
CELEBRATE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
WE ARE ALSO HERE TO WELCOME YOU INTO A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH
YOUR ALMA MATER AS YOU BEGIN THIS NEW CHAPTER AS A K-STATE
GRADUATE. OUR MISSION AT THE ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION IS TO LEAD AND INSPIRE LIFELONG INVOLVEMENT
THAT WILL BENEFIT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY AND ALL MEMBERS OF
OUR WILDCAT COMMUNITY. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THREE OF
THE CORE VALUES THAT GUIDE US IN OUR MISSION TO HELP KEEP YOU
CONNECTED WITH K-STATE. THE FIRST VALUE IS LINK.
THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PROVIDES THE LIFELONG LINK THAT ALUMNI
DEPEND ON TO REMAIN CONNECTED. YOU CAN STAY IN TOUCH THROUGH
HUNDREDS OF ALUMNI ACTIVITIES HELD ON CAMPUS, AROUND THE
COUNTRY AND INTERNATIONALLY. ANOTHER VALUE IS TRADITION.”
YOU WILL LIKELY CELEBRATE A FEW TRADITIONS THIS WEEKEND AS YOU
SING THE ALMA MATER OR TAKE K-S-U PHOTOS AT YOUR FAVORITE
SPOT ON CAMPUS. YOU MAY ALSO HAVE FOND MEMORIES
OF DOING THE WABASH AT A K-STATE SPORTS EVENT OR RUBBING THE NOSE
OF THE BRONZE WILDCAT STATUE AT THE ALUMNI CENTER FOR GOOD LUCK
ON A TEST OR TO ENSURE A WILDCAT VICTORY. AS THE KEEPERS OF TRADITION WE
ALSO HOPE YOU WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO VISIT THE ALUMNI CENTER TO
EXPERIENCE ALL OF THE WONDERFUL TRADITIONS KEPT THERE, INCLUDING
OUR NEWEST ADDITION, A STAINED-GLASS MURAL, DESIGNED BY
2016 GRADUATE MARCUS GILBERT, WHICH PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE BEAUTY
OF OUR STATE AND THE K-STATE CAMPUS. THE THIRD CORE VALUE IS
PURPLE. FOR K-STATERS IT S MORE THAN A
COLOR. IT S A SYMBOL OF PRIDE,
CONNECTION AND FAMILY. WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE WEARING
PURPLE, OR A K-STATE CLASS RING, OR SPORTING A K-STATE LICENSE PLATE, YOU WILL FEEL THAT SENSE
OF FAMILY. IN RECOGNITION OF YOUR
GRADUATION, THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY AND THE ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION ARE PROVIDING YOU WITH A COMPLIMENTARY ONE-YEAR
MEMBERSHIP TO THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION.
WE HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AND CONTINUE
TO BE AN ACTIVE MEMBER AFTER YOUR FIRST YEAR.
K-STATE ALUMNI ARE AMONG THE MOST LOYAL IN THE NATION.
IN FACT, OUR MEMBERSHIP RANKS NUMBER FOUR AMONG THE POWER FIVE
UNIVERSITIES AND NUMBER ONE IN THE BIG 12 FOR PERCENTAGE OF
GRADUATES WHO ARE MEMBERS. THAT LOYALTY IS SHARED BY
GENERATIONS OF K-STATERS WHO HAVE THE SAME PASSION FOR
K-STATE THAT YOU FEEL TODAY AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR DEGREE FROM ONE
OF THE FINEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE NATION.
THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS ALSO PLEASED TO PRESENT YOU TODAY
WITH AN EXCLUSIVE ALUMNI BUSINESS CARD HOLDER.
AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE AND YOUR TITLES AND ADDRESSES CHANGE,
PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP US UPDATED.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALWAYS CONNECTED TO YOUR K-STATE
FAMILY. CONGRATULATIONS, AND GO CATS! [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU, AMY. TO THE GRADUATES OF THE CLASS OF
2018, YOUR GRADUATION IS AN IMPORTANT OCCASION! YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS,
MANY OF WHOM ARE WITH US TODAY, HAVE HELPED YOU TO ACHIEVE YOUR
GOAL OF EARNING A COLLEGE DEGREE.
WILL YOU JOIN ME IN A ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO THANK THEM? [ APPLAUSE ] IN ADDITION, WILL FACULTY IN THE
COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY RISE SO THAT WE CAN THANK AND COMMEND
YOU? [ APPLAUSE ] AND NOW, THE MOMENT WE HAVE
GATHERED TO CELEBRATE. WILL ALL THE CANDIDATES FOR
DEGREES FROM THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY PLEASE STAND? BY THE AUTHORITY OF THE PEOPLE
OF KANSAS AND THE KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS, UPON RECOMMENDATION
BY THE FACULTY AND UPON COMPLETION OF DEGREE
REQUIREMENTS, I AM PLEASE TO CONFER UPON YOU THE RESPECT
IVE BATCH LORT
DEGREES YOU HAVE EARNED IN THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY AT
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. YOU MAY NOW MOVE THE TASSEL TO
THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR MORTARBOARD. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE
MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF FALL 2018.
YOU MAY BE SEATED. AT TODAY S CEREMONY, I INVITE
PRESIDENT RICHARD MYERS, PROVOST CHARLES TABOR, ASSISTANT DEAN
SHAWNA JORDAN AND ASSOCIATE DEAN MICHELLE TOEWS TO JOIN ME FOR
THE PRESENTATION OF DIPLOMAS. BARBARA ANDERSON WILL PRESENT
THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF APPAREL, TEXTILES
AND INTERIOR DESIGN.>>WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF APPAREL, TEXTILES AND INTERIOR DESIGN
PLEASE RISE? DEAN BUCKWALTER, I PRESENT THE
CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREES OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN APPAREL
AND TEXTILES AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN INTERIOR DESIGN. [ READING GRADUATES NAMES ] PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATE
ING OUR NEW GRADUATES.
[ APPLAUSE ] DR. SONYA LUTTER WILL PRESENT
THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE SCHOOL OF FAMILY STUDIES AND
HUMAN SERVICES.>>WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES
FROM THE SCHOOL OF FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVICES
PLEASE RISE? DEAN BUCKWALTER, I PRESENT THE
CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN FAMILY
STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVICES, BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN
DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING. [ READING GRADUATES NAMES ] EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION [ READING GRADUATES NAMES ] BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN
DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY SCIENCE. [ READING GRADUATES NAMES ]
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING. [ READING GRADUATES NAMES ] PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATE
ING OUR NEW GRADUATES. DR. MARK HAUB WILL PRESENT
DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FOOD, NUTRITION,
DIETETICS AND HEALTH.>>WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF FOOD, NUTRITION, DIETETICS AND HEALTH
PLEASE RISE? DEAN BUCKWALTER, I PRESENT THE
CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREES OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ATHLETIC
TRAINING, BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN DIETETICS AND BACHELOR OF
SCIENCE IN HUMAN NUTRITION. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND ATHLETIC
TRAINING. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN DIETETICS . [ READING GRADUATES NAMES ] BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN
NUTRITION AND NUTRITION AND HEALTH. [ READING GRADUATES NAMES ] PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATE
ING OUR NEW GRADUATES. [ APPLAUSE ]
DR. MICHAEL OTTENBACHER WILL PRESENT THE DEGREE CANDIDATES
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT.>>WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT PLEASE
RISE? DEAN BUCKWALTER, I PRESENT THE
CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREES BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HOTEL AND
RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE AND HAMPTON — HOSPITALITY
MANAGEMENT. [ READING GRADUATES NAMES ] PLEASE CONGRATULATE ALL THE
GRADUATES. [ APPLAUSE ] DR. CRAIG HARMS WILL PRESENT THE
DEGREE CANDIDATES FOR KINESIOLOGY.>>WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF KINESIOLOGY PLEASE RISE? DEAN BUCKWALTER, I PRESENT THE
CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
KINESIOLOGY. BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN KIN EASE
OLOGY [ READING GRADUATES NAMES ] PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING
ALL OF THESE GRADUATES. [ APPLAUSE ]>>GRADUATES, YOU CAME TO KANSAS
STATE UNIVERSITY FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD AND FOR A
BRIEF MOMENT IN TIME, YOUR LIVES CONVERGED IN THE CLASSROOMS AND
LABORATORIES AND STUDIOS IN THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY.
IT HAS BEEN FOR US A PRIVILEGE TO HELP YOU LEARN.
FROM HERE YOUR LIVES WILL ONCE AGAIN DIVERGE AS YOU PURSUE
ADVANCED DEGREES AND CAREERS, AND AS YOU FOLLOW YOUR PASSIONS
THROUGH AS YET UNKNOWABLE LIFE PURSUITS.
AS YOU START YOUR NEW LIVES, I WOULD LIKE LEAVE YOU WITH A
COUPLE OF THOUGHTS. DO NOT THINK OF YOUR NEWLY
MINTED DEGREE AS A TICKET TO A SPECIFIC PLACE, BUT RATHER AS A
PASSPORT THAT CAN TAKE YOU TO AN UNLIMITED NUMBER OF
DESTINATIONS. INDEED, AS A PRIVILEGED PASSPORT
HOLDER YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS TO PLACES THAT YOU CANNOT EVEN
IMAGINE. EMBRACE THE JOURNEY, BUT BE
GENEROUS WITH YOUR TIME TALENTS AND RESOURCES.
AS COLLEGE GRADUATES, YOU ARE A PRIVILEGED GROUP.
TAKE OTHERS WITH YOU ON YOUR FABULOUS JOURNEY.
INVEST YOURSELF IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS, YOUR COMMUNITY AND YOUR
ALMA MATER. THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY AND
KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY ARE EXTREMELY PROUD OF EACH OF YOU.
PLEASE STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR K-STATE FAMILY.
WE CAN T WAIT TO SEE WHERE YOUR JOURNEY TAKES YOU.
ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO THE COLLEGE OF
HUMAN ECOLOGY GRADUATING CLASS OF 2018. [ APPLAUSE ] AT THIS TIME, I D LIKE TO INVITE
YOU TO STAND AND JOIN DANIELLE WINCHESTER AND RACHEL GROS IN
THE SINGING OF THE ALMA MATER FOR THE FIRST TIME AS ALUMNI. THE WORDS ARE PRINTED ON PAGE
THREE OF YOUR PROGRAM. AT THE END OF THE REFRAIN,
AUDIENCE PLEASE BE SEATED FOR THE RECESSIONAL.>>I KNOW A SPOT THAT I LOVE
FULL WELL, ‘TIS NOT IN FOREST NOR YET IN DELL, EVER IT HOLDS ME WITH MAGIC SPELL, I THINK OF THEE ALMA MATER. KSU, WE LL CARRY THE BANNER
HIGH, KSU LONG, LONG MAY THY COLORS FLY. LOYAL YOU TO THEE THY CHILDREN
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