From the president’s desk

Student Governing Association's Andy Hurtig, president, and Joe Tinker, vice president. (File Photo by Evert Nelson | The Collegian)

Fellow K-Staters,

It was an eventful week, followed by an even more eventful weekend, so we’re glad we had an extra day off to regroup.

We want to start off by thanking you for being patient and composed during Friday’s campus alert. We would especially like to thank the K-State Police Department, President Kirk Schulz and the Division of Marketing and Communications for their efforts in proactively communicating and managing the situation. It’s not often that we find ourselves in potential situations of violence on campus, but we are glad we can depend on the K-State family to get through it effectively.

You might have noticed that K-State and our marching band, the Pride of Wildcat Land, have been in the news for less than favorable reasons. We would like to take this opportunity to publicly declare our support for Dr. Frank Tracz and the band. Dr. Tracz is not only a gifted educator and band director, as displayed by the band’s recent Sudler Trophy win, but also an important part of the Wildcat family. We hope all students will join us in supporting him and the Pride of Wildcat Land going forward.

Last week marked the beginning of two new construction projects on campus. Last Wednesday, we broke ground on the K-State Student Union renovation project. We also held an official groundbreaking ceremony for the Seaton Hall renovation project on Friday. Both projects are in line with K-State’s 2025 plan, which aims to enhance K-State’s reputation as a world class public research institution. While the construction projects might be inconvenient to deal with in the short term, we are excited about their long-term benefits and are looking forward to the positive impact they will have on the university.

If you would like to be involved in Student Government at K-State while developing your leadership skills, we encourage you to apply for the SGA Intern program. This is a phenomenal opportunity to be a part of the SGA’s inner workings and have a real impact on campus life. A more detailed description of the program and applications can be found on SGA’s OrgSync page. The deadline for applications is next Tuesday.

Lastly, if you would like to provide us with feedback or express concerns about anything happening on campus, you can contact us directly via twitter at @KStateSBP_SBVP or by email at As usual, we hope you wear purple on Friday in support of the football team as they go down to San Antonio to take on UTSA.

Thank you and Go ‘Cats,

Andy Hurtig, student body president

senior in accounting

Joe Tinker, student body vice president

senior in psychology

My name is Jamie Teixeira and I am a senior English and journalism with a minor in Leadership. I am the president of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, a tutor at the K-State Writing Center,and a member of the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble. My future plans are to become an editor or publisher of children's literature. Outside of school I love to read and cuddle with my kitten, Bert.