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,

Hope you are all having a good and productive week so far.

We want to start by congratulating K-State Proud on the great work they’ve been doing as they celebrate their 10th year helping students continue their education at K-State. Beyond the good-looking shirts, K-State Proud is a phenomenal organization that truly exemplifies what it means to be a part of the K-State family. We look forward to the work you’ve been doing and, of course, sporting those proud purple shirts.

Gun violence remains a significant issue in institutions of higher education across the country. It is an issue we take seriously and have been actively working to guard against. For the past few weeks, we have been working with student body presidents, vice presidents and legislative directors at colleges around the state of Kansas on a survey that will allow us to gauge opinions on the matter of guns on campus. We encourage all members of the K-State family to fill out the survey to help us better understand the opinions and concerns of the K-State family.

We are also excited about K-State’s Innovation and Inspiration campaign starting today. As members of the K-State family, we all know the impact the university has on society and the lives of its students and faculty. We urge everyone to share this impact with the community on Twitter and thank those who make it possible using the hashtag #KStateInspires.

Lastly, we hope to see you all at Bill Snyder Family Stadium this weekend as the Cats take on the TCU Horned Frogs, who are ranked second in the country. Let’s get loud and show them exactly why K-State is one of the most intimidating environments to play in in the Big 12.

We look forward to your feedback, questions, comments and concerns either via email at or on Twitter @KStateSBP_SBVP. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you and Go Cats,

Andy Hurtig, student body president

Joe Tinker, student body vice president

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.