Meet Our Graduate Students – Karen Molineaux 

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Sitka, Alaska

My Program: Masters of Instructional Technology

I completed my History under grad, and Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Eastern Oregon University. I am currently the Instructional Design Technician for the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka, as well as a wife, mom, step-mom, grandma of 5 (almost 6), and licensed Oregon teacher.

During my MAT program, we trained in technology use in the classroom; I instantly fell in love, and knew that I needed to continue studying and learning this area of education. What attracts me the most to Instructional Technology is that I get to translate pedagogical research and best practices into tool kits that are crafted to promote a sense of community for online rural, remote, and Alaska Native students for retention and completion outcomes – all with a constant focus on student success. In my current position at UAS-Sitka, I have been able to do just that as a member of the Student Services Title III Grant Team. This field continues to expose me to a deeper understanding of all departments in the educational arena, especially in higher ed student affairs and the crosswalk between high school and college or career pathways.

I chose FHSU’s MIT program because of 3 major criteria: It is fully online, the tuition is the best in this field of study that I had found, and the institution is all about Google! My instructors set me up for success from day one, and because of this, I was able to enter into the field of instructional design at the higher ed level with skills and confidence that I had always dreamed of. My experience inspired me to continue on, and I am now in FHSU’s Educational Specialist program for Educational Leadership!


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Meet Our Students- Kristine Tippin

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Kristine Tippin
Salina, KS

Master of Professional Studies in Human Resource Management

I graduated from FHSU in May 2016 and started my career 5 days later at Schwan’s Global Supply Chain as an Associate HR Generalist. In my current position, I have a wide range of responsibilities including employee relations, unemployment claims, payroll, and performance management.

I chose HR because I wanted to help people while also helping businesses thrive. I enjoyed the graduate program because it exposed me to various aspects of HR and allowed me to better understand the impact human resource professionals make in a company.

FHSU had fantastic teachers and courses that equipped me with the knowledge and abilities to perform well in the HR field.

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Affordable MBAs? They’re at Fort Hays State University!

FHSU’s recognition as a national leader in online education continues on, as our Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program was recognized as the 12th-ranked in the U.S. by

Students in the international MBA program at Fort Hays State University will take courses amounting to 34 credit-hours to earn their degree. Those courses include international marketing, international economics, international finance, information systems for management, strategic management, and organizational behavior in a global context. Graduates from the MBA program at FHSU have landed jobs at Wal-Mart corporate, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Texas Instruments, Koch Industries, IBM, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the FDIC, and General Electric.

Want to know more about the FHSU MBA?  Yours may be the next success story we get to share.

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Our Graduate Students – Meet Mary Swanson

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Meet Mary Swanson, a graduate of the FHSU MBA and China GTA program who currently lives in Xinzheng, Henan, China.

“After completing my undergrad at UC Berkeley, I worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for a few years before relocating to China! Despite the challenges of living abroad, I love it and will be back in China with my husband for our 5th year this fall!

The China GTA program not only gave me the opportunity to build my teaching and public speaking skills, but also gave me the opportunity to live and work in a very different country and culture. I loved being able to learn more about China and Asia in general as it’s much easier to travel to Korea, Japan, Thailand, Philippines and many other countries from there.

I love traveling, learning and taking on new challenges. The MBA program gave me just that with the opportunity to study abroad, travel as I studied and continue to grow and learn through obtaining my MBA.”

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Why Do Graduate Students Quit?

Universities are increasingly facing up to the challenges of student retention.  For institutions like FHSU, state-supported bodies that have first-generation and under-served student populations as part of their core mission, retention isn’t just a buzzword: it’s critical to the reason the university exists in the first place.

The Atlantic magazine asks a provocative question about retention about a student population that doesn’t get a lot of attention when it comes to retention and student success: graduate students.

While the main focus of the article is on doctoral students, the questions brought up can apply to all post-baccalaureate students:

Research suggests that the majority of students who enter doctoral programs possess the academic ability to complete their studies, but systemic issues at schools may lead to high attrition and mental distress among graduate students.

What can FHSU and our graduate school do to improve our students’ chances of success?  One option, quoted in the article, suggests that quality mentorship is key to getting graduate students through their programs:

An overwhelming number complained about a lack of quality mentoring and support from faculty. The study also noted that doctoral students believed mentoring needs to begin earlier, be more systematic, and be based on a multiple-mentor model.

What should the mentor-student relationship be like?  How can we improve our student mentorship?

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September, 2015

Welcome back to a new academic year! The staff at the Graduate School have been working hard through the summer to process applications for admission and issue GTA contracts for the Fall, 2015 semester as well as clearing Summer, 2015 graduates. We have had record numbers of applications for fall and summer graduates and enrollments continue to climb above 2014 levels, so the year is already off to a strong start.

GTA stipend increases

We are pleased to announce that the university has approved a budget request to increase the GTA stipend from $7,000 per year to $10,000 over the next two years. For the Fall, 2015 semester, GTA contracts are being issued at the rate of $8,500 per year. This stipend has not changed since 2005.

Enhancements to Graduate Student Application System

Graduate School staff are now working with the New Development Team in the Computing Center to build out a substantial enhancement to our current application system which has a goal of going live on or about November 1. Testing will be starting this fall in a few departments and training will be forthcoming after that.

Graduate Student Conference Travel Competition

The Graduate School will begin to offer a competition for graduate student conference travel funding assistance in September, 2015. We plan to run one competition in the fall and one competition in the spring semester. Graduate students interested in this opportunity should visit the student conference travel assistance page on the Graduate School website to learn more and to apply. The Fall application deadline is September 15.

Graduate Council News

The Graduate Council met on August 26th at 3:30pm in Picken Hall #122. We are pleased to add the 20th graduate degree program to FHSU with the launch of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (approved by KBOR in June, 2015) so we now have 21 sets on the Council. Graduate Council members for 2015-2016 with their programs and date of term expiration are:

Dr. Jim Barrett (MSE – 2016)
Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke (MS and EdS in Psychology – 2016)
Janelle Harding (MSN – 2016)
Dr. Kim Perez (MA in History – 2016)
Linda Ganstrom (MFA – 2016)
Dr. Tom Schafer (MS in Geosciences – 2017)
Dr. Jayne Brandel (MS in SLP – 2017)
Dr. Elliott Isom – (MS in Counseling – 2017)
Dr. Carl Singleton (MA in English – 2017)Dr. Christine Hober (SEC representative – 2017)
Dr. Elmer Finck (MS in Biology – 2017)
Dr. LeAnn Brown (MPS – 2017)
Dr. Robert Moody (MS and EdS in Ed Admin – 2018)
Dr. Greg Weisenborn (MBA – 2018)
Dr. Scott Robson (MS in COMM – 2018)
Dr. Dorothy Fulton (MS in Special Ed – 2018)
Dr. Suzanne Becking (MIT – 2018)
Dr. John Zody (MS in HHP – 2018)
Dr. Jerry Spotswood (MLS – 2018)
Dr. Jenny Manry (DNP – 2018)

Changes – New Faces

With the re-organization of the university this spring, the Graduate School will now have three new faces in the office this fall: Matt Means, Director of the Honors College, Dr. Chapman Rackaway, Director of Liberal Education, and Mr. Kenton Russell, Coordinator of the First-Year Experience. Leslie Paige, Coordinator of the Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects remains in the office, but now reports directly to Provost Glynn. Dr. Crowley is now the Dean of the Graduate School and Assistant Provost for Academic Programs.

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May, 2015

Re-Engineering News

Thanks to an outpouring of support from FHSU faculty and staff members, the Graduate School will remain a centralized unit serving the 21 graduate programs at Fort Hays State University. The results of Phase I of the university Re-Engineering process was announced to the university on April 21, 2015. Dr. Tim Crowley will remain as the Dean of the Graduate School and the current office will remain as is in its current office location. Two changes do effect the unit, however. The Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects (OSSP) and staff member Leslie Paige will report now to the new position of Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs. Dr. Crowley’s Assistant Provost for Internationalization title will no longer be in effect beginning June 7, 2015 as all international education duties will be assumed by a newly created position of Associate Provost for International Programs. Dr. Crowley will assume responsibility for the Honors College, Liberal Education, and catalog/course management duties for the university.

Graduate School Honors Ceremony

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Faculty, staff, and students gathered on May 13, 2015 to honor outstanding graduate students for the 2014-2015. A group of 25 graduate students and 3 faculty advisors were honored for outstanding achievement and service to the Graduate School. President Martin addressed the gathering with encouraging words and indicated a bright future for graduate education at FHSU. Here is a full list of awardees:

Outstanding MBA Achievement Award
Rachel Frische
Jay Connelly
Jill Moeder
Brandi Obermueller
Kevin Brousson
Jeremy Hacker
Lexie Xiaomeng Lin
David White
Outstanding MLS Culminating Experience Concentration
Dongya Qu IEL
Julie Maranto Humanities
Serena Garcia Social Sciences
Jiawei Dong Global Management
Stephen Combs Humanities
Outstanding GTA Award Degree Program
Adam Armijo Psychology
Kevin Kenney Psychology
Garrett Nathan SLP
Blake Roth SLP
Jackie Kelei Zhang MPS
Lincoln Mohler MBA
Kevin Brousson MBA
Jill Moeder MBA
Ryan Gress HHP
Andrew Gannon HHP
Outstanding Thesis/Field Study/MFA Catalog
Phillip Paul Robbins Psychology
Courtney McCue Psychology
Outstanding Graduate Faculty Advisor
Dr. Robert Meier Informatics
Dr. Jenny Manry Nursing
Mr. Glen McNeil HHP

2015 Commencement Ceremonies


Fort Hays State University celebrated it’s 112th Commencement ceremonies on May 15 and 16. 2015. Approximately 250 graduate students were hooded by Dr. Crowley. The May 15 ceremony included candidates from the Colleges of Business and Entrepreneurship and Health and Life Sciences. The May 16 ceremony included candidates from the College of Arts and Sciences and Education and Technology. We estimate approximately 500 graduate degrees will be cleared by June 1, 2015 from Summer, 2014-Fall, 2014-Spring, 2015.

KBOR Approves Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Program

At the May 20, 2015 Kansas Board of Regents meeting, FHSU’s proposal for a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program was approved. This is the first doctoral program in the university’s history and represents a significant achievement milestone. Program leader Dr. Jenny Manry and Nursing department chair Dr. Christine Hober spent many hours of work this year on this project. Applications for admission to this program will begin to be accepted in January, 2016 with the first cohort of students beginning their studies in the Summer, 2016 session. Please contact Dr. Jenny Manry with additional inquiries.

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