A letter from Gen. Myers

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Interim President Gen. Richard Myers poses in his office during an interview with the Collegian on Aug. 24, 2016. (File Photo by Mason Swenson | The Collegian)

Dear K-Staters,

Thanks to all the students, faculty and staff who turned out for the Landon Lecture with Wes Bush, CEO of Northrop Grumman. He spoke about cognitive autonomous systems and the need for cross-disciplinary thinking as our country continues to excel in the areas of technology.

Critical thinking is needed as we adopt new, sometimes controversial technologies in health care, intelligence, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, safety and security, which impact all walks of life. I was pleased with the turnout, yet surprised that there were not more K-Staters in attendance to capitalize on this rare opportunity to connect with such a phenomenal leader.

As a member of the K-State community, the Landon Lecture Series provides you with a great opportunity to both enhance your K-State experience and broaden your perspective based on what these leaders bring to our campus.

K-State’s Landon Lecture Series is one of the nation’s most well-known and prestigious lecture series. I challenge you to take advantage of the thought leaders from around the globe who visit our campus to share their insights and experiences, and offer tips and strategies to further engage and challenge our thinking. There is something for everyone; the lecture series is not intended nor meant to be experienced through a strict, disciplinary lens. These lectures challenge us all to think big and think differently.

Again, I strongly encourage you to take full advantage of the unique opportunities the Landon Lecture Series provides. Please plan on attending the following lectures scheduled for this academic year.

Higher Education Panel of Kansas State University Alumni
10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26
Forum Hall, K-State Student Union
Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Dr. David Hall, president of the University of the Virgin Islands
Dr. Bud Peterson, president of Georgia Institute of Technology

The Honorable Admiral Cecil D. Haney, United States Strategic Commander
10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21
McCain Auditorium

Dr. Temple Grandin, author, world-renowned autism spokesperson, and animal sciences professor
10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29
McCain Auditorium

Martin Baron, executive editor for The Washington Post
10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 6
Forum Hall, K-State Student Union

I echo inspirational speaker Sheri Fink’s comments: “Always be open to inspiration. You never know where it may come from. Begin with an open mind, end with an inspired heart.”

Sincerely,

Gen. Richard Myers, USAF, Ret.
Interim President

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Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.