Student leaves legacy of investing in others

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Marcus Bragg (Photo: David Mayes)

If we can learn one thing from Marcus Bragg, it is that there is a difference between being involved and being invested. Because he was invested in K-State, he left a lasting impact on many students and campus organizations. Even faculty members were inspired by his dedication.

Before graduating this May with a degree in management information systems, Bragg received the Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior award, which is presented to a select group of seniors by Pat Bosco, dean of student life.

With the many aspects of student life Bragg invested himself in, it was not surprising that he was a recipient of this award. During his five years at K-State, Bragg was involved in the Black Student Union, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, the National Panhellenic Council and many other organizations. He left behind an example of how to not simply be involved, but to be invested.

“If you take the time to really get invested in your leadership positions, it can be very impactful,” Bragg said.

Learn more about Bragg’s impressive tenure at K-State.   

A win-win for retired K-State alumni and future K-State students
K-State alumni Ray and Carolyn Waller, Wichita, Kansas, have found a way to benefit future K-State students while helping themselves through retirement. The Wallers have used a charitable gift annuity to set up a future scholarship for undergraduates or graduate students in statistics. Through a charitable gift annuity, the KSU Foundation gets a donation to benefit K-State, and the Wallers get an income tax deduction and a guaranteed lifetime income stream.

The Wallers arrived at K-State in 1961. Ray had been awarded an assistantship in the statistics department as part of his master’s degree, which he completed in 1963. Carolyn completed her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, also in 1963. After receiving his doctorate in mathematical statistics from Johns Hopkins University in 1967, Ray and Carolyn returned to Manhattan where Ray taught statistics at K-State for seven years.

The Wallers left Manhattan and spent much of their adult lives living outside Kansas. However, K-State has always held a special place in their hearts.

“We feel that education has afforded us career opportunities that we would not have otherwise received,” Ray said. “It is our hope that by continuing their education, students can consider new career options and realize their full potential in the career they choose.”

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