From the president’s desk

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Dear K-Staters,

I want to kick this week’s letter off with a shoutout to our men’s and women’s track and field teams, both of which are off to a fast start this season. The women’s team is currently ranked No. 12 in the nation, with seven athletes leading the Big 12 in their events. Last week, the women placed fourth and the men placed fifth overall in the New Mexico Team Invitational. Your last chance to see the team compete at home this season is on Feb. 20 in Ahearn Field House for the K-State Open.

Next, congratulations are in order for Powercat Financial Counseling, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week. This program, created by the Student Governing Association with funds from the Student-Centered Tuition Enhancement allocation, has grown steadily and is now on stable funding. PFC is a perfect model of SCTE’s goal: using our tuition dollars to fund programs that make a noticeable, positive impact on student life. A reception will be held in the K-State Student Union Courtyard at noon on Wednesday.

We are continuing conversations with Athletics Director John Currie and his staff in regard to future improvements on Memorial Stadium. We want Memorial Stadium to be a great home for the new women’s soccer program, while remaining useful to the band, sports clubs, ROTC, students and the community at large. We’re hoping to complete some renovations before the fall semester begins so coach Dibinni and the soccer team can get right down to business.

The Tuition and Fees Strategies Committee, formerly the Tuition Strategies Committee, has begun meetings regarding fiscal year 2016. The committee, on which only students are voting members, is chaired by Abby Works, speaker of the Student Senate, and myself, and includes representatives from each college. We’ll work hard to develop a tuition recommendation, which we’ll send to President Kirk Schulz, who will consider our recommendations while drafting his budget proposal for the Kansas Board of Regents. All of our meetings are open, so feel free to join us!

That’s all for now. We’ll see you in Bramlage Coliseum at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Make sure to wear black to watch us take down the Cowboys! If you need a black shirt, you can get one from K-State Proud and support your fellow students!

Sincerely,

Reagan Kays, student body president

rkays@ksu.edu

Cody Kenney, student body vice president

ckennedy@ksu.edu

@KStateSBP_SBVP

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