K-State Military Education and Family Initiatives Symposium
Purpose of the Symposium:
This conference-style event will focus on local school and community partners and the issues related to better serving all military-connected students, veterans, and military spouses. Topics such as college and career ready standards, training school counselors, the impact of multiple combat tours on learning, transitioning from soldier to student, financial behaviors of military members, and the impact of trauma and PTSD on spouses and families will be discussed. We want to get the word out about the education, research, and resources available at Kansas State University to help fuse the horizons of our military connected families and their local communities.
Date: 11 March 2014
Location: Riley’s Conference Center
9:00-9:30 Opening remarks COL Cole, Garrison Commander, Fort Riley and Dean Debbie Mercer, College of Education, K-State

9:30-10:00 Keynote by Tony Crawford, “Kansas State University and Military Science: A Historical Partnership.”
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Session 1
Understanding Today’s Military Student: K-12
Understanding Today’s Military Student: Higher Education
Understanding Today's Military Family Life Issues
Fostering Community Connections
Sandy Risberg
College and Career Ready Standards: What does that mean for our 2 million military connected students?
Kevin Shea, Maria Clark, Paul Berg & Ashley Gleiman
Panel on Impact of Multiple Combat Tours on Learning
Joyce Baptist, PhD and Elaine Johannes, PhD
Today's military youth: Research on their developmental needs and perspectives
Briana S. Nelson Goff, PhD and Kali Summers
Military Outreach Programs with K-State's Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families
11:15-12:00 Session 2
Understanding Today’s Military Student: K-12
Understanding Today’s Military Student: Higher Education
Understanding Today's Military Family Life Issues
Fostering Community Connections
Judy Hughey, PhD
K-State College of Education Military Connected Students & School Counseling
Kevin Shea, Maria Clark, Paul Berg & Ashley Gleiman
Panel on Impact of Multiple Combat Tours on Learning
Mary Bell, PhD
Game changers: How soldiers’ rank and deployment status affect their financial behaviors, knowledge, and anxiety.
Ann Domsch, Kansas OMK Coordinator,Elaine Johannes, PhD
Kansas: Operation Military Kids and Programs for Military Youth

12:00-1:15 Lunchtime/ Expo tables (walking lunch)
Manhattan MRC
Salina Patriot Business Program
Junction City Military Affairs Council
Kansas: Operation Military Kids
MCEC’s Parent to Parent program
Army Community Service (ACS)
AUSA, Family Readiness Programs
Kansas- Joining Community Forces (JCF)
K-State Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families
Army Education Center
Others as confirmed
1:15-2:00 Session 3
Understanding Today’s Military Student: K-12
Understanding Today’s Military Student: Higher Education
Understanding Today's Military Family Life Issues


Fostering Community Connections
Sandy Risberg
COE Military ED-OPS Program for pre- and in-service teachers
Jane Fishback PhD, Transition from Soldier to Student
Briana S. Nelson Goff, PhD
Trauma and the military family: Research on the impact of trauma and PTSD on spouses and families
Bronwyn Fees, PhD, Jackie Cox, and Bradford Wiles, PhD
Fostering Community Connections in Young Children in Military Families




2:15-3:00 Facilitated Breakout Discussion

3:00-3:30 Final Wrap Up: Comments by Dr. Beth Funk