K-State Commencement - Spring 2016 | Human Ecology - Lake Harding Association

K-State Commencement – Spring 2016 | Human Ecology

K-State Commencement – Spring 2016 | Human Ecology

By Micah Moen 0 Comment September 11, 2019


>>IN 1867 KANSAS STATE
UNIVERSITY HELD ITS FIRST
COMMENCEMENT. THREE WOMEN AND TWO MEN GRADUATE
GRADUATED THAT YEAR. THIS FLEDGELEING UNIVERSITY HAD
A VISION OF PROVIDEING INNOVATIVE
EDUCATION TO ALL PEOPLE. THAT EARLY VISION, HAS CONTINUE
ED THROUGH TO THE PRESENT.
WITH OVER 250 MAJORS AND A DIVERSE STUDENT BODY, INCLUDEING STUDENTS FROM ALL 50 STATES, AND MORE THAN 100 COUNTRYIES.
BECOMING ONE OF THE NATION’S TOP TOMORROW.
WITH ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AMONG THE PROFESSORS 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. CONGRATULATIONS.
AND THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED THEM THROUGH
THEIR UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY. ¶ ¶ [ MUSIC ] ¶ ¶ [ APPLAUSE ]
¶ ¶ [ MUSIC ] ¶ ¶ ¶ [POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE] ¶ ¶ ¶ A
[ APPLAUSE ]>>GOOD AFTERNOON. 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 SPRING 2016. AT THIS TIME, I INVITE YOU TO
STAND AND JOIN RACHEL HUNT, A SENIOR IN MUSIC FROM MANHATTAN, KS AND STEPHEN KUCERA, A SENIOR
IN APPLIED MUSIC AND ACCOUNTING FROM KANSAS CITY, KS, IN SINGING
“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 RACHEL.
THANK YOU STEPHEN. PLEASE BE SEATED.>>AS I INTRODUCE TODAY’S
PLATFORM PARTY, I ASK THAT YOU HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL ALL ARE
INTRODUCED. FRONT ROW: FROM MY RIGHT (YOUR
LEFT) MADAÍ RIVERA, M.S., ACADEMIC
SERVICES AND DIVERSITY COORDINATOR, COLLEGE OF HUMAN
ECOLOGY, AND ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR FOR HISPANIC
RECRUITMENT, OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT LIFE, AND
RECIPIENT OF THE DAWLEY-SCHOLER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT
DEVELOPMENT. DR. THOMAS BARSTOW, PROFESSOR OF
EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY, GRADUATE PROGRAM COORDINATOR AND DIRECTOR
OF HUMAN EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LAB, DEPARTMENT OF KINESIOLOGY
AND RECIPIENT OF THE FACULTY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD. DR. APRIL MASON, PROVOST AND
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT DR. JOHN BUCKWALTER, DEAN ANDREA ALBRIGHT, VICE PRESIDENT,
DIVISIONAL MERCHANDISE MANAGER INTIMATE APPAREL, WALMART STORES
INC. AND COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER BRAD SIDENER, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER, K-STATE ALUMNI
ASSOCIATION BARBARA ANDERSON, ASSOCIATE
PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD, APPAREL, TEXTILES, AND INTERIOR
DESIGN DR. DOROTHY DURBAND, PROFESSOR
AND SCHOOL DIRECTOR, SCHOOL OF FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN
SERVICES BACK ROW: FROM MY LEFT (YOUR
RIGHT) DR. SHAWNA JORDAN, ASSISTANT
DEAN FOR STUDENT SUPPORT AND RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR,
FOOD, NUTRITION, DIETETICS AND HEALTH
RACHEL HUNT, VOCALIST DR. CRAIG HARMS, PROFESSOR,
DEPARTMENT HEAD, KINESIOLOGY. DR. MELODY LEHEW, PROFESSOR AND
INTERIM DEPARTMENT HEAD, HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
DR. MARK HAUB, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD,
FOOD, NUTRITION, DIETETICS AND HEALTH.
DR. DAVID POOLE, PROFESSOR OF EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY AND
DIRECTOR, CARDIORESPIRATORY EXERCISE LAB, KINESIOLOGY AND
RECIPIENT OF THE MYERS-ALFORD TEACHING AWARD.
VANESSA BOWEN, A DEGREE CANDIDATE IN KINESIOLOGY AND
STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER. DR. BRONWYN FEES, ASSOCIATE DEAN
FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF
FAMILY STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVICES
KAREN PENCE, ASSISTANT DEAN I WOULD NOW LIKE TO INTRODUCE
DR. JOHN BUCKWALTER DEAN OF
THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY WILL RECOGNIZE OUR FACULTY AWARD
RECIPIENTS AND STUDENT SPEAKER. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>WHILE WE HAVE MANY ACCOMPLISHED FACULTY MEMBERS IN
THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY, IT IS MY HONOR TO MENTION THREE
OUTSTANDING FACULTY MEMBERS THIS AFTERNOON FOR SPECIAL
RECOGNITION. ALTHOUGH I WILL INTRODUCE THEM
BRIEFLY, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO READ ABOUT THEM AND A BRIEF
DESCRIPTION OF THE AWARD ON PAGE 56 AND 57 OF THE COMMENCEMENT
PROGRAM. FACULTY AWARD WINNERS, PLEASE
STAND AS YOUR NAME IS ANNOUNCED AND STAY STANDING UNTIL ALL
NAMES ARE ANNOUNCED. PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL
ALL THE AWARD WINNERS ARE INTRODUCED. DAWLEY-SCHOLER AWARD FOR
EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT DEVELOPMENT
MADAÍ RIVERA WAS SELECTED AS THE RECIPIENT OF
THE DAWLEY-SCHOLER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT
DEVELOPMENT.>>FACULTY RESEARCH EXCELLENCE
AWARD AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE FACULTY
RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD. DR. DAVID POOLE WAS SELECTED AS
THE RECIPIENT OF THE MYERS-ALFORD TEACHING AWARD. WILL YOU JOIN ME IN
CONGRATULATING OUR 2016 FACULTY AWARD RECIPIENTS? [ APPLAUSE ]>>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. VANESSA BOWEN WILL REPRESENT THE
GRADUATING CLASS AS THE SPRING 2016 STUDENT COMMENCEMENT
SPEAKER. VANESSA, WILL YOU PLEASE JOIN ME
AT THE PODIUM?>>VANESSA BOWEN IS A GRADUATING
SENIOR IN KINESIOLOGY WITH A FOCUS ON EXERCISE BEHAVIOR
SCIENCE AND RECIPIENT OF A CERTIFICATE IN PROFESSIONAL
STRATEGIC SALES. SHE HAS SERVED ON THE
KINESIOLOGY STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD AND IS A MEMBER OF DELTA
DELTA DELTA, SERVING ON OFFICERS COUNCIL, AS SOCIAL CHAIR,
INTRAMURAL CHAIR AND RECRUITMENT GUIDE FOR FORMAL RECRUITMENT.
ON CAMPUS, VANESSA HAS WORKED AS A PUBLIC HEALTH RESEARCH
ASSISTANT ANALYZING PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND A BUILDING
SUPERVISOR WITH RECREATIONAL SERVICES, OVERSEEING 90 STUDENT
STAFF MEMBERS AT THE REC COMPLEX.
SHE PLANS ON PURSUING A MASTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO. VANESSA IS OUR SPEAKER TODAY
BECAUSE SHE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY.
SHE SEES A COLLEGE FILLED WITH INDIVIDUALS LOOKING TO GO OUT
INTO THE WORLD AND HELP OTHERS, HERSELF AMONG THEM. THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY IS
PLEASED TO WELCOME VANESSA AS SHE SPEAKS IN BEHALF OF THE
GRADUATING CLASS. CONGRATULATIONS! [ APPLAUSE ]>>WELCOME TO OUR LAST MOMENTS
AS UNDER-GRADS AT KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY!
I’M TRYING MY HARDEST TO BE “IN THE MOMENT” FOR THIS CELEBRATION
WE’VE ALL BEEN WORKING FOR. DISBELIEF, SHOCK AND AWE AND THE
PROVERBIAL “WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE” ALL COME TO MIND.
THE NEXT FEW MINUTES I’D LIKE TO SHARE HOW A FEW SHORT HOURS OF
READING THIS PAST SEMESTER CHANGED MY OUTLOOK ON THE WORLD.
IT’S ONE OF THOSE “AHA” MOMENTS IN MY LIFE I WILL ALWAYS
REMEMBER. ALWAYS BE A GIVER.
THIS SENTENCE WRITTEN ON THE INSIDE OF “THE GO-GIVER” BY BOB
BURG AND JOHN MANN GIVEN TO MY CLASS AND I TO READ.
AFTER BEEN GIVEN THE TASK TO READ THIS BOOK, IT WAS JUST THAT
IN THAT MOMENT. A TASK THAT WE HAVE ALL BEEN
GIVEN. READ THIS BOOK AND TAKE A QUIZ
TOMORROW ON THE FIRST 4 CHAPTERS.
SO I SAT ON MY BED READY TO READ THE FIRST 4 CHAPTERS.
I ENDED UP COMPLETING THE WHOLE BOOK IN JUST ONE NIGHT. LITTLE DID I KNOW I WAS GOING TO
READ A PARABLE ABOUT A YOUNG MAN YEARNING FOR THE SECRETS OF
SUCCESS, JUST LIKE ALL OF US. AFTER MEETING AN OLDER AND WISER
MENTOR, THE NOVICE ENTREPRENEUR QUICKLY DISCOVERS THAT A TRUE
SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT IS YIELDED BY GIVING TO OTHERS. AFTER FINISHING THIS STORY, I
FOUND MYSELF ENTHRALLED WITH THE MESSAGE:
WE CAN ATTAIN SUCCESS BY GIVING AND SHARING WITH THOSE AROUND
US. FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND MY FELLOW 2016 KANSAS STATE GRADUATES, WE
SIT HERE TODAY EACH POSSESSING AN ABUNDANCE OF TALENTS AND
WISDOM ACQUIRED THROUGHOUT OUR LIVES AND EDUCATION.
WHETHER YOU ARE 22 OR 92, YOU HAVE GAINED A WEALTH OF
INFORMATION AND EXPERIENCED EVENTS THAT HAVE PROVIDED YOU
WITH VALUABLE KNOWLEDGE. BUT WHAT WOULD OUR KNOWLEDGE,
TALENTS, AND LIFE EXPERIENCES BE IF WE DID NOT GIVE OR SHARE THEM WITH OTHERS?
OUR EVERYDAY ACTIONS AND CHOICES CAN TRANSLATE INTO SUCCESS THROUGH GIVING OUR KNOWLEDGE AND
SKILLS TO OTHERS. CAREER CHOICES AND DEGREES CAN
BE THOUGHT OF NOT ONLY AS TITLES OR MENIAL JOBS, BUT AS A MEANS TO USE YOUR KNOWLEDGE TO HELP
THOSE AROUND YOU. CONSIDER YOURSELF MORE THAN A
TEACHER, BUT RATHER AN INDIVIDUAL SEEKING TO EDUCATE
THE MINDS THAT DICTATE OUR FUTURE.
CONSIDER YOURSELF MORE THAN A BUSINESS EXPERT, BUT RATHER A PERSON WHO PROVIDES THE SKILLS
NEEDED TO CREATE A PRODUCTIVE ENTERPRISE FOR THE NEXT
GENERATION. CONSIDER YOURSELF MORE THAN A
DOCTOR, NUTRITIONIST, OR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL, BUT RATHER SOMEONE WHO DISCLOSES
WHAT THEY KNOW TO KEEP THE BODIES AND MINDS OF HUMANITY
HEALTHY. CONSIDER YOURSELF MORE THAN A
SOCIAL WORKER OR COUNSELOR BUT RATHER AN INDIVIDUAL WHO GIVES
THEIR TALENTS TO MAINTAIN A PEACEFUL AND JUST COMMUNITY. YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, NO MATTER
WHAT PROFESSION OR CAREER YOU DECIDE TO PURSUE OR HAVE ALREADY
PURSUED, CAN BE BUILT UPON A FOUNDATION OF GENEROSITY.
KNOW THAT YOU CAN ATTAIN TRUE SUCCESS BY SHARING THE WONDERFUL
GIFTS, TALENTS AND KNOWLEDGE YOU POSSESS AND BY ALWAYS BEING A
GO-GIVER. SO, GUESTS AND KANSAS STATE CLASS OF 2016, I WOULD LIKE YOU TO JOIN ME BY NOT JUST DOING
SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY, BUT BY GIVING SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY. THANK YOU.
[ APPLAUSE ] NOW IT’S MY PLEASURE TO
INTRODUCE SHAWNA JORDAN. OH, WOW SORRY.
[LAUGHTER]>>DR. SHAWNA JORDAN, ASSISTANT
DEAN, WILL NOW RECOGNIZE STUDENTS WITH ACADEMIC HONORS.>>THANK YOU, VANESSA.
IT IS NOW MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE STUDENTS WHOSE
ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE EARNED CUM LAUDE, MAGNA CUM LAUDE AND SUMMA
CUM LAUDE HONORS. AWARDED THE DESIGNATION CUM
LAUDE. THESE STUDENTS HAVE A CUMULATIVE
K-STATE GRADE POINT AVERAGE OF 3.750 TO 3.849. TWENTY-NINE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN
AWARDED THE DESIGNATION MAGNA CUM LAUDE.
THESE STUDENTS ACHIEVED A 3.850 TO 3.949 K-STATE ACADEMIC
AVERAGE. 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. SUMMA CUM LAUDE, MAGNA CUM LAUDE
& CUM LAUDE DESIGNATION PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED? WILL THE AUDIENCE JOIN ME IN
RECOGNIZING THEM? [ APPLAUSE ]>>THANK YOU STUDENTS.>>SEVEN STUDENTS HAVE COMPLETED
THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY HONORS PROGRAM.
HONORS PROGRAM MEMBERS MUST MAINTAIN A 3.5 CUMULATIVE GRADE
POINT AVERAGE, AND COMPLETE A TWO OR THREE CREDIT INDEPENDENT
PROJECT OR RESEARCH PROBLEMS COURSE TO QUALIFY TO HAVE HONORS
PROGRAM IMPRINTED ON THEIR DIPLOMAS. WILL THE STUDENTS WHO COMPLETED
THE HONORS PROGRAM PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED?
WILL THE AUDIENCE JOIN ME IN RECOGNIZING THEM? [ APPLAUSE ]>>ASSOCIATE DEAN BRONWYN FEES
WILL INTRODUCE OUR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER.>>THANK YOU DR. JORDAN. IT IS MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO
INTRODUCE ANDREA ALBRIGHT AS OUR DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER TODAY. ANDREA ALBRIGHT BEGAN WITH
WALMART IN 2005 AS AN ASSISTANT BUYER AND IS CURRENTLY THE VICE PRESIDENT OF INTIMATE APPAREL. SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR
DEVELOPING PRODUCT STRATEGY AND EXECUTING A BUSINESS PLAN FOR A
MORE THAN $2 BILLION BUSINESS. AS A DIVISIONAL MERCHANDISE
MANAGER, SHE COORDINATES BUYING, SOURCING, REPLENISHMENT AND
PLANNING FOR INTIMATE APPAREL, SLEEPWEAR, BRAS, UNDERWEAR,
SHAPEWEAR, SOCKS AND HOSIERY WHILE ASSESSING AND IMPLEMENTING
NEW PROCESSES AND BRAND STRATEGIES FOR THE LADIES’
INTIMATES BUSINESS. ANDREA RECEIVED A MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AND HER BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
APPAREL AND TEXTILE SCIENCE FROM K-STATE.
ANDREA SERVES ON THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY’S ADVISORY BOARD
AND ON THE APPAREL AND TEXTILES PROFESSIONAL ADVISORY BOARD.
SHE IS A MENTOR IN THE COLLEGE’S PROFESSIONAL MENTORING PROGRAM
IN ADDITION TO TEACHING, TRAINING AND MENTORING FOR WALMART US AND INTERNATIONAL
DIVISIONS. PLEASE HELP
ME WELCOME, ANDREA ALBRIGHT.>>GOOD EVENING.
I’M HONORED TO BE HERE. FIRST AND FOREMOST LET ME THANK
THE STUDENTS, THE FACULTY, DEAN AND FAMILYIES FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE YOUR COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
THIS YEAR. I’M HONORED.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2016.
I SPENT A LOT OF TIME THINKING ABOUT WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY TO YOU.
I DID A LOT OF TIME GOOGLEING AND
WICKY, I KNOW THAT’S A GREAT RESEARCH STOOL A LOT OF YOU
STUDENTS — TOOL A LOT OF YOU STUDENTS USE.
THEY BUCKETED INTO THREE TYPES OF SPEECHES.
ONE OF THEM WAS KIND OF THE DOOM EVERYTHING IS BAD YOU WILL NEVER GET A JOB GO HOME AND LIVE WITH
YOUR PARENTS. WOO THAT WASN’T REALLY THE ROUTE I WANTED TO TAKE.
THE OTHER ONE WAS UNICORNS AND RAINBOWS YOU ARE ALL GOING TO BE FABULOUS EVERYTHING IS HE AND
LIFE IS GOING TO BE AWESOME. THAT’S NOT REALLY REALITY.
AND THEN THE OTHER ONES WERE A LOT OF COMEDIC ROUTINES WHICH
I’M NOT REALLY THAT GOOD AT SO I MY REALITY AND WHAT IT WAS LIKE
FOR ME AFTER I GRADUATEED. SO ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO I WAS
SITTING IN YOUR CHAIR. I WAS SO EXCITEED FOR THE FUTURE
. HI MY LIFE PLANNED I THINK WE
ALL START OF WITH A VISION OF OUR FUTURE AND WHAT HE WANT TO
DO AND WHO WE WANT TO BE. OTHERWISE WHY WOULD YOU GO TO
COLLEGE RIGHT? WHY WOULD YOU PICK THE MAJOR YOU HAVE CHOSEN?
I WAS ENGAGED GETTING READY TO BE MARRIED I ACCEPTED A JOB AT
WAL-MART. I HAD VISIONS OF THREE KIDS A
WHITE PICKET FENCE AND UH-UH AWESOME
CAREER. FLASH FORWARD THREE YEARS LATER
I’M A SINGLE MOM I JUST FILEED DIVORCE WITH A WEEK OLD BABY.
MY COMPANY IS RESTRUCTUREING AND AND STAY WITH MY CURRENT COMPANY OR GO OUT AND FIND A NEW JOB ON
MY OWN. HI A CHOICE TO MAKE.
A LOT OF CHOICES ALL AT ONCE. AND RATHER THAN DRINKING WARM
CHARDONNAY ON MY COUCH ALL DAY, I REACHED OUT TO MY SUPPORT
GROUP AND REALLY BUILT A GREAT STRUCTURE AROUND ME.
I LEARNED FROM IT. SEE WHAT I LEARNED FROM THIS
PROCESS WAS THAT ADVERSEITY INTRODUCES YOU TO YOUR TRUE SELF
SELF. THERE IS A LOST THINGS YOU’RE
GOING TO LEARN YOU’RE GOING TO LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF AND A LOT OF THINGS YOU MAY NOT LIKE ABOUT
YOURSELF THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SHED AND FIGURE OUT HOW
TO MOVE ON. YOU CAN BE BITTER, OR YOU CAN BE BETTER.
AND IT’S IMPORTANT ON HOW YOU REACT TO THAT AND HOW YOU LEARN
FOR THE FUTURE. SO WHAT HAPPENS?
WHAT DID I DO? I MOVEED TO NEW YORK, I PICKED
UP MY SIX MONTH OLD BABY, WE MOVEED ALONE, MOVEED TO NEW YORK CITY.
I TOOK A JOB, A CITY I HAVE NEVER LIVED IN COMPLETELY
FOREIGN TO MANHATTAN, KANSAS, ARKANSAS, COULDN’T BE MORE
EXTREME AND I LEARNED SO MUCH. HAD THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE,
AND MET MY FUTURE HUSBAND. IT WAS TERRIFYING LITERALLY
TERRIFYING, BUT IT WAS ABSOLUTELY THE RIGHT DECISION
AND I DON’T LOOK BACK AT ALL. IT HELPED ME FURTHER MY CAREER,
I MET THE LOVE OF MY LIFE AND I HAVE TWO BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN NOW.
SO ALL THIS TO TELL YOU, YOU HAVE A CHOICE IN YOUR LIFE.
I BECAME MORE CONFIDENT THAN I EVER WAS BEFORE.
I WAS HAPPY, AND I FELT MORE LIKE MYSELF THAN I HAD IN YEARS.
REFLECT AND LEARN FROM YOUR ADVERSEITY.
KEEP WHAT YOU LIKE, AND GET RID OF WHAT YOU DON’T LIKE.
FAILURE IS REAL, AND IT IS INEVITABLE.
SO IS SUCCESS. SO IS LEARNING.
IN THE END, YOU CAN LEARN FROM THIS AND BECOME A BETTER PERSON.
I WILL END THE SPEECH BY QUOTE ING
CONAN O’BRIEN. AS MANY OF YOU REMEMBER HE HAD
AN EPIC FAILURE ON THE TONIGHT SHOW.
HE SIGNED OFF HIS LAST SHOW BY QUOTEING, WORK HARD, BE KIND,
AND AMAZEING THINGS WILL HAPPEN.
THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]>>IT IS MY PLEASURE TO
INTRODUCE BRAD SIDENER, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND COO OF THE
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, WHO WILL BRING GREETINGS ON BEHALF OF THE
K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION. [ APPLAUSE ]>>GOOD AFTERNOON GRADUATES.
WELCOME FAMILY AND FRIEND S.
ON BEHALF OF THE K-STATE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION REPRESENTING OVER
180,000 LIVING GRADUATES WHO WILL BE YOUR LIFELONG K-STATE
FAMILY. TODAY, AS YOU RECEIVE YOUR
DEGREE, WE ARE HONORED TO RECOGNIZE YOU AND ALL YOU HAVE
ACCOMPLISHED. WE ARE ALSO HERE TO WELCOME YOU
INTO A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR ALMA MATER.
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
OUR CORE VALUES THAT GUIDE US IN OUR MISSION TO KEEP YOU
CONNECTED WITH K-STATE. THE FIRST ONE 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 AS YOU SING THE ALMA MATER OR TAKE KSU PHOTOS AT YOUR
FAVORITE SPOT ON CAMPUS. THE THIRD CORE VALUE IS
“PURPLE.” FOR K-STATERS IT’S MORE THAN A
COLOR. IT’S A SYMBOL OF PRIDE AND
CONNECTION. WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE WEARING THE
K-STATE PURPLE, A K-STATE CLASS RING, OR EVEN SHOWING OFF THEIR
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.
ENJOY THE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS AND CONTINUE TO BE AN ACTIVE
MEMBER. K-STATE ALUMNI ARE AMONG THE
MOST LOYAL IN THE NATION. IN FACT, OUR MEMBERSHIP RANKS IN
THE TOP 5 IN THE NATION FOR PERCENTAGE OF GRADUATES WHO ARE
MEMBERS. THAT LOYALTY IS SHARED WORLDWIDE
BY GENERATIONS OF K-STATERS WHO HAVE THE SAME PASSION FOR
K-STATE THAT YOU FEEL TODAY AS YOU EARN YOUR DEGREE FROM ONE OF
THE FINEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE NATION.
THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION IS ALSO PLEASED TO PRESENT YOU WITH AN
EXCLUSIVE ALUMNI BUSINESS CARD HOLDER. AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE
AND YOUR TITLES AND ADDRESSES CHANGE, PLEASE BE SURE TO LET US
KNOW. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALWAYS CONNECTED TO YOUR
K-STATE FAMILY. CONGRATULATIONS, AND GO STATE! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU, BRAD.>>TO THE GRADUATES OF THE CLASS
OF 2016, 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 PLEASE JOIN ME IN A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THEM? [ APPLAUSE ]>>IN ADDITION, WILL THE 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? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>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 PLEASED TO CONFER UPON YOU THE RESPECTIVE
BACCALAUREATE 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. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE
MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF SPRING 2016.
YOU MAY BE SEATED.>>AT TODAY’S CEREMONY I INVITE
PROVOST APRIL MASON, ASSISTANT DEAN SHAWNA JORDAN AND ASSISTANT
DEAN KAREN PENCE 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 OF NAMES ]>>DR. DOROTHY DURBAND 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 DEGREES OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN FAMILY
STUDIES AND HUMAN SERVICES AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN PERSONAL
FINANCIAL PLANNING. [ READING OF NAMES ]>>DR. MARK HAUB WILL PRESENT
THE 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. [ READING OF NAMES ]>>DR. MELODY LEHEW WILL PRESENT
THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOSPITALITY
MANAGEMENT.>>WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES
FOR FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT, PLEASE
RISE? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>DEAN BUCKWALTER, I PRESENT
THE CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREES OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HOTEL AND
RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT. [ READING OF NAMES ]>>ASSISTANT DEAN KAREN PENCE
WILL PRESENT DEGREE CANDIDATES FOR GENERAL HUMAN ECOLOGY.>>WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES
FOR HUMAN ECOLOGY, PLEASE RISE? DEAN BUCKWALTER, I PRESENT THE CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREES OF
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN ECOLOGY. [ READING OF NAMES ]>>DR. CRAIG HARMS WILL PRESENT
THE DEGREE CANDIDATES FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF KINESIOLOGY.>>WILL THE DEGREE CANDIDATES
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF KINESIOLOGY PLEASE RISE? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>>DEAN BUCKWALTER, I PRESENT
THE CANDIDATES FOR THE DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN
KINESIOLOGY. [ READING OF NAMES ]>>PLEASE JOIN ME IN
CONGRATULATING ALL OF THESE GRADUATES.>>GRADUATES, YOU CAME TO KANSAS
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 TO CHALLENGE YOU TO DO 4 THINGS:
FIRST: BE GENEROUS WITH YOUR TIME AND TALENTS.
AS COLLEGE GRADUATES, YOU ARE A PRIVILEGED GROUP.
YOU CAN THINK OF THE SERVICE THAT YOU PROVIDE TO OTHERS AS
THE RENT YOU PAY FOR YOUR PLACE IN THE WORLD. SECOND: STRETCH BEYOND YOUR
COMFORT ZONE. READ A BOOK THAT REQUIRES YOU TO
KEEP A DICTIONARY CLOSE BY. SLEEP IN A TENT. VOLUNTEER IN ANOTHER NEIGHBORHOOD.
IN THAT MASSIVE AREA OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE, YOU WILL
LEARN ABOUT YOURSELF AND THE REAL WORLD. EMBRACE THE IDEA THIS IS NOT THE END OF YOUR EDUCATION, BUT ONLY
THE BEGINNING .
FULFILL YOUR ROLE AS A GRADUATE OF THIS INSTITUTION.
EMBRACE THE ONES THAT CAME BEFORE YOU AND THE ONES THAT
WILL COME AFTER YOU. AT SOME POINT GIVE A K-STATE
GRADUATE A JOB. CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE CATS AND STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR K-STATE FAMILY.
AS YOU LEAVE THIS GREAT UNIVERSITY YOU TAKE WITH YOU THE BEST WISHES OF THE FACULTY AND
STAFF. WE WISH YOU SATISFACTION,
SUCCESS, AND ALL YOUR PERCENTAL AND PROFESSIONAL ENDEAVORS.
CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO THE COLLEGE OF HUMAN ECOLOGY
GRADUATEING CLASS OF 2016. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO
INVITE YOU TO STAND AND JOIN RACHEL IN THE SINGING OF THE
ALMA MATER FOR THE FIRST TIME AS THE WORDS ARE ON PAGE 3 OF THE
PROGRAM. AT THE END OF THE REFRAIN WILL
THE AUDIENCE BE SEATED FOR THE RECESSIONAL. ¶ ¶ [ MUSIC ] ¶ ¶ ¶ 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.¶
¶ K-S-U, WE’LL CARRY THY BANNER HIGH. ¶
¶ K-S-U, LONG, LONG MAY THY COLORS FLY. ¶
¶ LOYAL TO THEE, THY CHILDREN

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