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Student Organizations

If you were involved in clubs and organizations in high school, you might feel lost on campus without a group to call your own. If you weren't involved in high school but secretly wished you had been, here's your second chance! FSHS and College of Human Ecology student organizations and interest groups provide opportunities for experiential learning, networking, national and international competitions, travel, volunteer experiences, mentoring experiences, social events, friendships and fun. Consider joining the following groups when you get to campus:

Early Childhood Student Association

Learn what it's really like to work in the early childhood profession. This organization provides information and resources to early childhood majors in order to benefit them during their college career and beyond. Group members often attend the National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference, participate in K-State Open Houses and Telefund, and plan other professional development activities. Contact beswa@k-state.edu or hammerli@k-state.edu for more information.

Family and Consumer Sciences Interest Group

All students within the College of Human Ecology are eligible for membership in this interest group, which provides professional development opportunities and promotes the national theme of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. For more information, contact syahnke@k-state.edu.

Human Development and Family Science Association (HDFSA)

This group unites students interested in the HDFS major and provides leadership opportunities, resources and service to the community and the university. For more information, contact suzanneb@k-state.edu.

Financial Planners Association (FPA)

FPA K-State is a student organization that fosters the value of financial planning and advances the financial planning profession. Most of the student organization is made up of students enrolled in the Personal Financial Planning undergraduate program. FPA K-State allows students the opportunity to explore new ways to enrich academic experiences and prepare them for the profession. This organization offers students industry exposure through attending career events, hosting guest speakers who currently work in the profession, and hearing from recent graduates about their path to success. Contact: Roxanne Martens (rmartens@k-stat.edu), faculty advisor, for more information. 

Human Ecology Ambassadors

Promote the College of Human Ecology to prospective students, alumni, campus visitors and current students. Ambassadors must be full-time CHE majors with a GPA of 2.75 or higher and successfully complete the application and interview process. For more information, contact Karen Pence at ktpence@k-state.edu.

Human Ecology Council

Human Ecology Council consists of student executive members, standing committee members, one representative from each interest group within the College, and student senators elected to the University's Student Governing Board. The Council provides a forum for CHE student concerns, fosters internal communication, provides support and governance for the College, serves as a cohesive force for student organizations, interprets and publicizes the functions and activities of the College, sponsors programs and activities for students, and provides opportunities for leadership development. Contact cmr@k-state.edu for more information.

Kappa Omicron Nu

KON is a national honor society dedicated to recognizing and encouraging excellence in scholarship, research and leadership in Human Ecology. Undergraduate students nominated for membership in the society will have declared a major in the College of Human Ecology, have completed 45 semester hours or the equivalent, have 15 or more K-State hours, and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or rank in the top 10% of their class within the College. Nominated graduate students must be enrolled in one of the College's specializations and have completed 15 semester hours of graduate work at K-State and have a minimum GPA of 3.7. Initiation is held each fall and spring. For more information, contact marymolt@k-state.edu.

K-State Student Speech, Hearing and Language Association (KSSSHLA)

The K-State chapter of this national student organization encourages professional interest among college and university students in the study of normal and disordered human communication. All students not yet eligible for membership in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association are eligible for membership in this student chapter. For more information, contact bweltsch@k-state.edu.