Kansas State University Scales Back Commencement Plans Due to COVID-19 Surge

Submitted by Communications and Marketing

Due to a current and projected surge in statewide COVID-19 cases, Kansas State University is streamlining commencement ceremonies planned for Nov. 20-22. The new plan calls for no speeches or processionals, but students will still have their name called in an on-stage recognition, and a photo opportunity in regalia with a diploma cover. Family members and friends will be invited to attend virtually, as the university does not want to promote travel during an expanding pandemic. Previous plans included short commencement addresses and allowed each student to have two guests.

“We understand the importance of these ceremonies to our graduates, faculty and staff,” said Richard B. Myers, president of the university. “However, given the recent surge in cases and the consequent strain on medical resources throughout the state, we must take every precaution with these events. We know these changes will cause disappointment, but our first priority is the safety of the K-State family and our host communities.”

The university is extending the opportunity for spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates to postpone participation in commencement until spring 2021. Details about the combined ceremonies will be shared in the coming months.

“Our graduates have shown a tremendous amount of resiliency with the change and uncertainty they have experienced with the pandemic,” said Charles Taber, provost and executive vice president. “While the streamlined ceremony will be different than our typical graduation, we still look forward to celebrating the achievements of our students.”

The university has made extensive plans to provide physical distancing during the ceremonies and follow best practices with regard to COVID-19. County health officials have been consulted about plans. A major concern is the amount of social gathering that typically occurs alongside commencement events, as graduates and their families celebrate their achievements. 

“I appreciate K-State’s leadership in looking out for the health and safety of students and their families, faculty and staff, and our community by making these additional adjustments to their plans for the commencement ceremonies, which seems appropriate at this time,” said Manhattan Mayor Usha Reddi. “I know the commencement ceremonies are special milestone and I think this is a good solution to address all concerns. I ask that everyone celebrate responsibly while protecting the health of each other.”

Academic Coordinator Position at Grand Canyon University

The Office of Student-Athlete Development at Grand Canyon University is accepting applications for our open Academic Coordinator position!  

Applicants must apply online at gcu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/GCU/job/AZ-Phoenix/…

This position will provide primary academic support, counseling, and guidance in course selection, degree requirements, career planning, and programming for comprehensive student-athlete development, working collaboratively with other University Academic Support Services. This position requires consistent and open communication with coaches, administrators, support and student-athlete development staff, as well as a thorough understanding of NCAA and Western Athletic Conference guidelines and regulations. The position will report directly to the Assistant Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Development. 


Academic Support:  

  • Assist in the day-to-day operations of the Student-Athlete Development Center.
  • Provide intensive academic support to assigned teams and/or student-athletes, including counseling and advising high risk student-athletes.
  • Work one-on-one to develop and implement learning strategies and effective study skills within the framework of the students’ academic and athletic time demands.
  • Monitor academic performance, prepare and implement individualized plans for at-risk student-athletes, and ensure student-athletes meet institutional and NCAA eligibility requirements.
  • Facilitate study hall.
  • Gather data, organize information, and prepare weekly coaches’ reports.
  • Assist with registration process, certification for competition, and Academic Progress Rate (APR) data collection.
  • Evaluate student transcripts and/or records.

General Administrative:

  • Assist with student-athlete development workshops and events, meet with recruits and their families on official visits, plan special events, and host honorary coaches for select games.
  • Other duties as assigned.   

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Education, Counseling, Sports Administration, or related field.
  • Previous experience working with students at the collegiate level, preferably in an intercollegiate athletics environment, and must possess the ability to clearly establish, monitor, and maintain appropriate boundaries with student-athletes.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of NCAA rules and regulations.
  • Strong organizational skills, effective interpersonal skills, problem-solving ability, integrity, time management skills, attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with computer software including: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Retain or similar database.
  • Ability to effectively interact with a diverse population of students, coaches, staff, and university administrators.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree, preferably in the field of Education, Counseling and/or Sports Administration.
  • Experience in a student-athlete advising environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with academically challenged or at-risk students.
  • Experience in using degree audit reports and student information systems.

We will begin reviewing applications by next Monday, November 9th.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me at jason.frank@gcu.edu.

Thank you!


JASON FRANK Assistant Athletic Director, Student-Athlete Development
Grand Canyon University
3300 West Camelback Road | Phoenix, AZ 85017
P. (602) 639-7403 F. (877) 894-3881

Academic Coordinator Position at Tarleton State University

The Office of Intercollegiate Athletics at Tarleton State University is accepting applications for our open Academic Coordinator position.

Applications accepted only online at www.tarleton.edu/jobs



Provide a high level of academic support and programming for student-athletes from admission through graduation: Establish relationships and demonstrate a true willingness to communicate the ideas and expectations of the academic program. Coordinate the student-athlete tutoring program and oversee departmental study tables. Oversee academic eligibility for assigned student-athletes.  Proactively monitor and provide intervention strategies for student-athletes. Communicate effectively with student-athletes, coaches, staff, and faculty by providing timely and accurate academic reports.


Maintain organized files and records to document academic progress and eligibility. Coordinate student-athlete progress-toward-degree while working with various academic departments, Registrar’s Office, FAR, and individual student-athletes.


Assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes through transcript evaluation for practice, competition, and aid, in addition to scheduling and facilitating academic presentations and tours.


Serve on staff, departmental, and university committees as assigned. Represent the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics on various levels within the University campus, athletics profession, and the local community.


Participate in the development and enforcement of Academics and departmental policies and procedures.


Support and promote Student-Athlete Engagement events and seminars.


Participate and engage in professional development and leadership opportunities.


Maintains continual and thorough familiarity with all applicable NCAA, WAC and University rules and regulations. Establishes and ensures communication and enforcement of rules and regulations for all staff members and student workers supervised. Coordinates any eligibility waivers for incoming and continuing student-athletes on assigned teams. Manage, track, and predict APR for assigned teams.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Two years of related experience in advising students, teaching and coaching, or academic programs.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database software. Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Preferred Requirements:

NCAA Division I athletic program experience is preferred; working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations is preferred.

We will be reviewing applications Monday, November 9th.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions at cspellmeier@tarleton.edu



Cheri Spellemeier

Certificate Completion

When students are in the final semester of the academic advising graduate certificate program they should contact Ms. Cassandra Llewelyn, (cjwalker@ksu.edu), to tell her they are finishing their last class.

Ms. Llewelyn will complete the required paperwork for the Graduate School, and a certificate will be processed. Students should make sure their contact information is accurate, especially the mailing and email addresses. It will take 8 to 12 weeks for the certificate to be mailed. Due to Covid-19 it may take longer than usual for certificates to be mailed. The certificate will appear on transcripts within a few weeks.

This is only for Certificate students.

Program of Study

The Graduate School requires an approved program of study after the completion of nine credits (three courses) in the Master in Science in Academic Advising program. Only required for Master’s students; not Certificate students.

The Program of Study lists the courses you intend to take to complete the requirements of the degree. It will not list when you will take the courses. 

Which elective course do you plan to take? 

  1. EDCEP 812 – History and Philosophy of Higher Education – Fall
  2. EDCEP 839 – Assessment of Academic Advising – Spring
  3. EDCEP 864 – Current Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics – Summer

Your advisor (found in KSIS) is the major professor on your supervisory committee. Two additional faculty will serve on your committee. The committee reviews your final project. Do you have a preference for which professors serve on your committee? The following graduate faculty are available to serve on committees: 

     · Doris Carroll 
     · Christy Craft 
     · Judy Hughey 
     · Ken Hughey 
     · Marilyn Kaff 
     · Charlie Nut
· Lisa Rubin
     · Dan Wilcox

When you are ready, please send an email with your elective and committee members choices to Pam McGlynn.

Pam will generate your Program of Study through our new electronic form system. It will be electronically signed by the faculty on your committee and submitted to the Graduate School for Approval. Once it is approved you will receive an email from the Graduate School. Please do not fill out the form yourself. As a department we have decided that I will do the forms for all MS in Academic Advising students. 

Enrollment for Spring 2021

Enrollment for Spring runs November 2, 2020 – Jan. 25, 2021

Course Offerings for Spring 2021
EDCEP 816 Research Methods
EDCEP 829 Learning Principles
EDCEP 835 Foundations of Academic Advising
EDCEP 838 Student Development Theory
EDCEP 839 Assessment of Academic Advising* – Completion of EDCEP 816 Required
EDCEP 851 Multicultural Aspects of Academic Advising
EDCEP 854 College Student Athlete
EDCEP 863 Trends in Career Development
EDSP 853 College Students with Special Needs
EDCEP 864 Current Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics

K-State Seeks Student-Athlete Services Post Graduate Intern

K-State Athletics is seeking qualified applicants for a Student-Athlete Services Post Graduate Intern, which is a temporary, full-time, benefits-eligible position for up to 24 months.

An example of job duties includes but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the day-to day operations of the Student-Athlete Enhancement Center
  • Mentor student-athletes, monitoring the academic progress of selected student-athletes
  • Supervise study table, unofficial initial eligibility evaluations of prospective student-athletes, recruiting and other projects as assigned
  • Assist with academically at-risk student-athletes, new student-athlete orientation and summer bridge student-athlete transition program
  • Participate in weekly professional development meetings

For more information and to apply visit: https://careers.pageuppeople.com/742/cw/en-us/job/509818/studentathlete-services-post-graduate-intern-kstate-athletics

Virtual K-State Reception, October 6, 6pm – 8pm Central Time

The Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs is hosting a virtual K-State reception to be held by Zoom during the NACADA annual conference. Specifically, it will be from 6:00pm-8:00pm (Central Time) on October 6, 2020. You are invited to attend this reception even if you are not attending the NACADA conference, and you are welcome to participate for as little or as long as you would like during those two hours.

There will be formal remarks by K-State faculty and staff at the top of each hour (6:00pm and 7:00pm). The rest of our time together will be used to connect with each other, to share memories from the program, etc. We hope to see you at least for a short period of time at some point during those two hours!

Please contact Pam McGlynn if you would like the Zoom link.

Graduate School Commencement Update

MS in Academic Advising Graduates will participate with the College of Education at the Graduate School Commencement at 4 pm on Friday, November 20, 2020.

The Graduate School Commencement is scheduled for two ceremonies on Friday, November 20th in Bramlage Coliseum. Graduates from the following colleges will be participating at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony: Agriculture; Architecture, Planning and Design; Arts and Sciences; and Engineering. Graduates from the colleges of Business, Education, Health and Human Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, K-State Olathe and K-State Polytechnic will participate in the 4:00 p.m. ceremony.

Only faculty who are hooding terminal degree candidates will be allowed to participate in the ceremonies due to social distancing guidelines. I know that this is disappointing but we want to accommodate the graduates and up to two guests per student.

Army West Point Hiring an Athletic Academic Support Coordinator

The United States Military Academy, also known as Army West Point, is excited to announce that we are hiring for the position of Athletic Academic Support Coordinator. 

This position will be assigned to Football, working along side the Director of Football Academic Support. Specific duties include: coordinating and monitoring the academic success of cadet-athletes, conducting weekly meetings, compiling academic reports, communicating with faculty and coaches, as well as assisting with continuing eligibility.

Please note a few things; first, the link will have the title of “Training Instructor NF-04,” that is simply the coding for the job, the title of the position is Athletic Academic Support Coordinator once hired. Secondly, we understand that the job being posted through a government site can be confusing at times. If applying, please do not hesitate to reach out to me so I can help guide you through the questions and process.  

The job is currently posted at the link below, and will be open until October 5th; applications need to be submitted prior to the close date. Any and all questions/inquires are welcome; please feel free to reach out to me directly at eric.wall@westpoint.edu or 845-938-7818


Eric Wall
Director of Athletic Academic Support
United States Military Academy – West Point
(845) 938-7818