John Buckwalter, Dean
Welcome to the College of Human Ecology!
Whether you are just beginning or are continuing your academic journey, know that it is a journey that will change your life and broaden your world.
We are a college made up of many diverse parts. That broad range is one of our strengths. Everything we do is relevant to major issues of society. The unifying theme is that we focus on humans; we put people first.
The faculty and I are excited to have you in our classes. We want you to learn all you can about your chosen field and practice your new skills during internships and volunteer work.
I'm giving you three assignments for the next four years:
- Engage fully in the K-State experience. Get involved in student organizations where you will hone your leadership and team-building experiences. Take in as much as you can - athletic events, concerts and plays, campus-wide lectures and college activities. Get to know your new family of classmates and faculty. You will make lasting memories and life-long friendships.
- Get outside your comfort zone. Maybe that means attending an opera. Or traveling to a foreign country. Or listening to a guest lecturer whose ideas are new or different from your own. The Collegian, our student newspaper, and the on-line K-State Today will keep you up-to-date on events on campus. Our website lists college activities.
- Think about being a part of something bigger than yourself... a cause for which you are prepared to do battle, an organization you believe in, a problem that beckons you. Focus on "we rather than me." You will grow as a person. You will make a difference in the lives of others. You will develop leadership skills that will serve you well whatever path you take.
And enjoy your years at K-State and in the College of Human Ecology. If you have any questions or comments, let me know. My telephone number is 785-532-5500. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Twitter @JohnBuckwalter1
I look forward to meeting you.
Dean, College of Human Ecology