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Department of Agricultural Economics

Undergraduate Student Center Update

Last summer, Dr. Arlo Biere, Faculty Emeritus, and his wife, Diane, pledged money to create an Undergraduate Student Center that is welcoming for students and student recruits. Dr. Biere's vision is now becoming a reality. Construction on the new Undergraduate Student Center started in early December 2020 and is nearing completion.

Taking the place of four previous offices/student louge space, the new center will provide a small conference room, workspace and offices for Dr. Elizabeth Yeager, Director of Undergraduate Programs; David Lehman, Instructor and K-State's National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) team advisor; and Cherie Hodgson, Undergraduate Academic Program Coordinator. 

Here's a quick look at the progress made on the Center.

Be watching for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening in the next few months!

If you'd like to help move the Department forward, there are several renovation projects for the future of the Agricultural Economics Department and the 3rd Floor of Waters or other opportunities to give depending on your interest including:

  • faculty endowments 
  • graduate scholarships
  • facility improvements
  • undergraduate scholarships

Dr. Biere chose to contribute to facility improvements, because his passion has always been for undergraduate students, and he wants to create a space that is modern and inviting.

Contact Dr. Allen Featherstone, (afeather@ksu.edu or 785-532-6702) Agricultural Economics Department Head, if you would like to visit about Departmental needs.

You can donate directly to some of the Ag Econ funds online at https://www.ksufoundation.org/agriculture/index.html, but not all options are listed. 

Please remember if you decide to donate to the Department, your employer may match your contribution dollar for dollar. You can check with either your company or Kim Schirer (kims@ksufoundation.org) at the KSU Foundation to determine if your company has a matching program, and how to make sure the Agricultural Economics Department benefits from that matching contribution.