There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. COLIN POWELL

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2 Our vision is to be the school of choice for the best students in the region and to be a school that attracts highly qualified students from the USA and the world by providing an environment where every student can succeed. There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. COLIN POWELL At the College of Business Administration, we believe that every student can succeed. And we strive to give them every opportunity to do so through scholarship support, mentorship, applied learning and relevant programs that prepare them for successful careers. Kansas State University s goal to be a top 50 public research university by 2025 is ambitious, and the College of Business Administration plays an important part in reaching that goal. The college s prestige is rising, and our goal is to be a top 50 public school of business. We have awardwinning programs guided by business executives who advise our faculty on workforce needs. Our curriculum, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, is designed to challenge students and teach them collaboration and critical thinking skills. We couldn t have accomplished such a high level of success without the support of alumni and friends, and we call on you now to help us reach this transformational goal. Through the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign, we will raise $100 million for the College of Business Administration in support of our 2025 goals and to benefit four areas: student success, faculty development, programmatic support and facility enhancement.

3 Student success Everything we do is aimed at enhancing the student experience, be it through applied learning experiences, mentorships with executives, or participation in innovative programs. Providing students with financial support to make their education possible is a necessity. Scholarships enable us to attract and retain the best students and to further diversify our student body, both from domestic and international perspectives. Having diverse, engaged and bright students is a key part of our overall strategy to be a top 50 public business school and helps K-State fulfill its 2025 goals. High-quality graduate students also enable us to conduct high-impact, widely-recognized research. By providing scholarship support to our college s students, you make having a top-notch, diverse and engaged student body possible. Faculty development Our goal is to be a top 50 public business school and K-State strives to be a top 50 public research university by In order for us to achieve these lofty goals, we must be able to recruit and retain outstanding faculty who conduct impactful research, who excel in the classroom, and who engage students in faculty-led research projects. Support for salary enhancement, research funding and professional development is essential to maintaining a cadre of top-notch faculty and staff. Your participation can support faculty research, staff development and endowed faculty positions, which provide a powerful way to attract and retain eminent scholars who care about nurturing students, creating new knowledge and serving society. Programmatic support Our programs and centers of excellence enable us to promote our practical, applied and experiential curriculum, enhance the reputation of the college and the university through national recognition in teaching and research, and propel us toward being a top 50 public research university by All our curriculums are designed to be collaborative in nature, inclusive and experiential wherever possible, and all include competencies in multiculturalism and globalization. Key initiatives and centers you can help support include: Integrated Investment Management National Strategic Selling Institute Risk Management Center Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship Accounting Advanced Placement Project Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Professional education for alumni Executives-in-residence Diversity programs (tutoring/student support) Competitive new initiatives in all curriculums Innovative, applied research partnerships Facility enhancement The College of Business Administration aims high to deliver the brightest and boldest future possible for students. Our new building will showcase applied learning, business activity, relevant research and corporate collaboration. The digital age will be embraced throughout with experiential learning labs, flexible and collaborative work space, and adaptability for the future of business. As a center for business education, the new building will serve as a portal for students to connect with their peers, their future employers, executive mentors, global educators and countless other learning experiences. The new building will provide room for program growth, space for innovation and creativity, and technological learning facilities designed to enhance the excellence and proud tradition of the business school. Endowed funds connect generations Endowed funds create a lasting legacy and the assurance that your fund will make a difference well beyond your lifetime. The principal of the gift is never invaded and is expected to continually increase, while awards are made from the earnings. This means that the endowed fund you create today will reach into the future to continue to provide support for the purpose that is close to your heart. Whether you choose to support students, faculty, or another area, your heart goes with your gift to future generations. Because the size of the endowment is directly correlated to our capacity to serve future generations of K-Staters, the endowment is an important benchmark toward our goal to become a top 50 public research university by 2025.

4 A sound investment in future leaders People who are creative, tenacious and motivated, who challenge the norm and are forward thinkers these people embody the entrepreneurial spirit. At K-State s Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration, these qualities are fostered in students all over campus and in the greater community. Launch, a student entrepreneur idea competition, has grown from 100 students in 2009, when the program began, to more than 365 students competing in In six years, more than 1,500 students have competed and $120,000 has been awarded to students to launch Dr. Chad Jackson works with students to develop business plans for the Launch entrepreneurship competition. 34 new companies. Launch provides students an experiential learning opportunity to create, validate and launch a business concept, said Chad Jackson, director of the center. These programs are a crucial supplement to the classroom because it gives students the opportunity to apply classroom lessons to a personal passion and to gain practical experience at implementing a new business concept. Dr. Diane Swanson discusses business ethics with her students. A permanent investment in excellence Heroes people who truly make a difference are all around. Heroes to K-State are those who make a permanent investment in the current and future success of the university. Offering endowed faculty positions is an essential part of K-State fulfilling its goal of being a top 50 public research university by Chairs and professorships empower K-State to attract and retain the researchers and educators who are vital to the success of students and the university. They support the university as a whole, supplementing the professor s salary while also providing additional operating support for assistants, travel, equipment, research and other expenses. Dr. Diane Swanson, who holds the Edgerley Family Chair in Business Administration, says endowed positions help students as well as faculty. When faculty members are strongly supported in research, we are able to bring cuttingedge research into the classroom long before these findings are reflected in textbooks, she said. This can provide our students with a competitive advantage in the workplace. 4

5 Efren Frayre (left) meets with fellow peer mentors. Scholarships drive success If it wasn t for scholarships, I wouldn t be here. We hear that often from students. Due to the rising cost of higher education and the fear of student loan debt, many students either choose not to attend a four-year college like Kansas State University, or forgo college altogether. Efren Frayre, a business management major from Garden City, Kansas, has been able to attend K-State thanks to the support of several scholarships, including the Ellis Foundation Scholarship, Business Administration Dean s Scholarship and Koch Impact Scholarship. Frayre made the most of his first year at K-State and has plans to help incoming freshmen make the transition to college life. He serves as a peer mentor for the college and for the First Scholars program and is a member of Student Foundation. If it wasn t for scholarships, I d have to work more and I wouldn t have time to participate in extracurricular activities, Frayre said. All of these tremendous things I was able to accomplish my first year at K-State wouldn t be there if not for the scholarships. Taking advantage of all the college offers students to advance themselves professionally and personally, Frayre says he feels better prepared to begin his career. The Professional Advantage Program provides wonderful opportunities to network with business professionals and companies, Frayre said. The college really gives you the chance to put what you learn in the classroom to the test outside of the classroom. Being a first-generation college student of Hispanic origin, Frayre said he really appreciates the multicultural diversity he finds at the college and across campus. Coming to K-State, entering the College of Business Administration and seeing all the multicultural students there is a really big thing, he said. Diversity is a strength. Everyone has something to contribute and we can all learn from each other. 5

6 Contact us Kevin Gwinner, Ph.D. Interim Dean College of Business Administration Your gift will make a difference The $1 billion Innovation and Inspiration Campaign supports K-State s goal to become a top 50 public research university by Our success will depend in large measure on the support of alumni, friends, foundations and industry partners who believe in the power of education, the promise of research, and the principle of service to humanity. To learn more about K-State s progress toward 2025 goals, please visit Darin Russell Senior Director of Development College of Business Administration Funding priorities: $100 million Student success Freshmen scholarships Merit scholarships for continuing students Need-based scholarships Merit scholarships for graduate students Graduate assistantships Faculty development Endowed chairs and professorships Faculty research support Staff development support Programmatic support Integrated Investment Management National Strategic Selling Institute Risk Management Center Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship Accounting Advanced Placement Project Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Professional education for alumni Executives-in-residence Diversity programs (tutoring/student support) Competitive new initiatives in all curriculums Innovative, applied research partnerships Facility enhancement New building $25,000,000 $15,000,000 $15,000,000 $45,000, Kimball Avenue, Suite 200 Manhattan, Kansas

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