Campus and community briefs


K-State Proud announces weekly schedule for campaign week

K-State Proud (an all-university, student-led organization) is in the ninth year of its campaign of “Students Helping Students,” which helps provide financial aid for students who have demonstrated extreme financial need or need temporary financial assistance.

K-State Proud is a nationally recognized campaign that has raised $833,000 and given more than 425 Student Opportunity Awards since its inauguration.

Community members are encouraged to visit the K-State Proud booth in the K-State Student Union every day for the remainder of the week between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to make a donation, receive a free T-shirt and enjoy the activity planned for the day. The schedule for the rest of the 2015 Proud Week is as follows:

Tuesday: Poppin’ with Proud

Pop over for popcorn and learn more about K-State Proud.

Wednesday: Purple Pride with Proud

Celebrate with Purple Pride ice cream.

Thursday: Cats for Caribou

Enjoy free Caribou Coffee!

Friday: Celebrity Day

Get your picture taken with Willie and other K-State celebrities.

Manhattan campus spring enrollment sets new record

The enrollment numbers for K-State’s Manhattan campus hit a record high for the spring 2015 semester, according to a K-State news release. Spring 2015 enrollment totaled 20,038, an increase from 19,969 for spring 2014.

The enrollment increase includes more undergraduate, multicultural and international students than previous semesters. Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students, gives credit to dedicated faculty and staff programs specifically targeting student retention, diversity and student success.

K-State is the number one choice among high school students in Kansas, and the undergraduate student body enrollment is 17,103. Hispanic/Latino, African American, Asian, multiracial and international student numbers are up as well.

“With 2,190 international students at K-State in total, including 2,109 on the Manhattan campus, we are not only at record high numbers for a spring semester, but also at record high percentages for fall semesters as well,” Marcelo Sabates, associate provost for international programs, said in the release. “In fact, this semester we have crossed – for the first time ever – the very significant 10 percent threshold for international student enrollment, with international students accounting for 10.5 percent of students on the Manhattan campus and 10.6 percent at the university as a whole. This is a historic milestone that aligns with our 2025 goal of being a top global university.”

Construction on Kimball, Seaton Avenues begins Wednesday

According to Little Apple Post, construction work on the Kimball and Seaton Avenues. Stormwater project will begin Wednesday, requiring a full closure of Seaton Avenue and a reduction to one lane on Kimball Avenue for westbound traffic.

A detour will be provided for alternative access to Seaton Avenue, and Kimball Avenue will remain open in both directions throughout the completion of the project. Seaton Avenue is expected to re-open to traffic by early April.