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K-State students lend a helping hand in Moore, Okla.
Most Memorial Day weekends are spent with family and friends relaxing and barbecuing by the lake, but for about 33,000 people in Moore, Okla., the reality was much different. After the EF5 tornado devastated the town, a group of K-Staters decided to pack their bags and drive six hours to spend their Memorial Day weekend serving the residents of Moore.

Coordinated by Kansas State University senior Jerred McKee, a group of six young men from the Beta Sigma Psi fraternity traveled to Moore to help with the relief efforts. “It’s hard for me to describe how bad it was with just pictures and words—it’s something you just have to see in person, “ McKee said.

For McKee and his friends, volunteering in Moore was a way to put what they’ve learned at K-State into action. “Numerous people at K-State have shown me how important it is to give back,” McKee said. “The K-State family isn’t just strong internally, but externally as well. My brothers and I would drive down to help a Sooner family again in a heartbeat. We saw the worst in nature this weekend, but we also saw the best of humanity and we are forever grateful for that.”

Read the full story here.

Parents’ sacrifice honored and paid forward
“My parents started out with literally nothing,” said John Tobald, a 1976 agronomy graduate from Kansas State University. Tobald has established the Robert and Marjorie Tobald Memorial Scholarship in Agriculture to honor his parents for the sacrifices they made to ensure he and his brothers got a college education. “Neither of my parents attended college,” Tobald said. “In fact, my dad didn’t get to finish high school as that was back in the dirty thirties, and he had to quit after his sophomore year to help on the farm. Although neither of my parents went to college, they realized the importance of a good education. They made it a priority that my two older brothers and I got a college degree. It’s like they always said, a good education is something that no one can ever take away from you.”

To learn more about the Tobald’s scholarship, click here.

ConocoPhillips provides ongoing support to K-State Programs
ConocoPhillips has made a gift of $375,000 to Kansas State University for the College of Engineering, College of Business Administration and a variety of programs across campus. The gift will support departments and faculty fellowships in the two colleges, as well as student professional organizations and programs promoting diversity at the university, such as Project IMPACT’s Summer Bridge Program.

To read more about ConocoPhillips’ support for K-State, click here.

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