Letter from K-State President Kirk Schulz


Dear K-State students,

Welcome to the fall semester! To all of our returning students: welcome back to campus! To all of our new students: welcome to the K-State family!

As you have probably seen, campus resembles a construction zone. We have more than $250 million in new and renovated building construction underway, which will provide improved classrooms, new laboratories and offices, increased number of spaces for group work and an improved learning environment in general. I ask for your patience as these projects can be disruptive, but be assured a new and improved K-State is on the way.

As I enter my seventh year as K-State president, I would like to share a few suggestions as you start the new school year:

  • Be involved on campus. We have
    many opportunities for you to participate and make a difference. Find
    something that will make your K-State experience meaningful and fun!
  • Go to class. Go to class. Go to
  • All things in moderation!
  • Ask for help. We have a university
    full of faculty and staff who want you to be successful. Please ask if you
    need help in any aspect of your K-State experience.
  • By the same token, don’t hesitate
    to help your fellow K-Staters. That truly is the Wildcat Way.
  • Exercise your mind. Go hear a
    speaker talk about something you don’t know anything about. Listen to
    someone with a different point of view. Challenge yourself intellectually,
    and you will find that K-State will be a transformational experience.
  • Be physically active. Go for a
    walk. Take a bicycle ride. Go to the Chester E. Peters Recreational Complex and lift weights. Take a friend
    and go play table tennis. Find someway to be physically active.
  • Wear purple every day!

It is going to be a great semester at K-State, and I’m glad to have all of you as students at the nation’s first operational land-grant university.

If there is anything I can do to make your experience even better, please reach out to me at any time!

Go Cats!

Kirk Schulz

Hi, I’m Jonathan. I graduate this December, majoring in Anthropology, with minors in Creative Writing and Political Science. After that … we’ll see. Maybe graduate school in environmental anthropology. Maybe I’ll finally pursue my old childhood dream of becoming an infomercial host. It’s up in the air. Some of my interests and hobbies include devout sports fanaticism, religious study, and composing country songs that serve to explain the unearthly amount of disdain I have for country music. My band’s called Catfish Hurricane, you should check us out. Well, actually, you shouldn’t. I love writing, which is how I accidentally stumbled into this job. This stumbling into good things is my plan for life in general.