Kansas State Polytechnic Alumni & Friends
A little name change perspective…
One thing we all agree on — the place of learning in Salina, Kansas that we call home — is doing amazing things and has a rich history of doing so. Our students, alums, faculty, staff and friends are loyal, hardworking and eager to see "us" succeed and prosper into the future. We are K-State and we are family.
Your stories throughout the last 50 years of our history are inspiring and motivating. I have heard from those that drove back and forth to Topeka in the ‘60s to lobby to keep the school open, and then do the same thing again all through the ‘70s and ‘80s. The dedication and commitment that you gave, time and time again, brought us to where we are today. I have heard from those of you who didn’t want to merge with K-State, yet later came to appreciate that we did. Those of you who would bring your families in on the weekends to work on the buildings, as a family. I have heard EMAW from you and Go Cats, and I have cheered right along with you, honored to get to work for such a place. It is a privilege to work in Salina and get to meet all of the alums that have been through the Schilling Institute, Kansas Technical Institute, Kansas College of Technology, Kansas State University at Salina and Kansas State University Salina.
The committee that researched and presented the idea for our proposed name change met for hours, over the course of years (literally, years). They met with the campus at large, presented to our advisory council and consulted our alumni. We discussed the proposed name with our esteemed Alumni Fellows in the spring and received positive feedback on all fronts. This is an exciting time for our campus and for K-State, as the goal is to position us well into the future.
Our community has supported us, they have helped sustain us and it is a place I am proud to call my home. The name change doesn’t reflect removing Salina from this piece of ground or this institution, or removing degree choices that we offer. Just as they do now, diplomas will still carry the name Kansas State University.
This name change is our collective effort to progress and to attract students at a national level, as we see the numbers of Kansas high school graduates decreasing. To protect this place that we love and want to see prosper, we have to accept and meet the challenges that transforming times bring us. Our amazing bachelor's degrees will continue to prepare students for a successful, fulfilling career. The student experience will be supported by caring, engaged leaders just as it always has been and we will work tirelessly to make this a great place to be.
To me, no matter the iteration of Kansas State University that we are, we are family, we are K-State.
Verna M. Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.
CEO, Kansas State Polytechnic
Dean, College of Technology and Aviation