Good Morning Manhattan

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"Attending Good Morning Manhattan! has several great features. One, it's a smaller group of people so you have the opportunity to meet everyone. Two, the information we receive from speakers creates a personal connection to that individual; and three, the time frame works great in the morning."

-- Larie Schoap, ESB Financial

Connect with friends and fellow Chamber members to learn about local topics of interest. Be sure to bring your business cards for networking and door prize drawing. 

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Next Event: September 19, 2019

7:15-8:30 A.M.

Location: Four Points by Sheraton, 530 Richards Dr.

Good Morning Manhattan Speakers: 

Thomas Lane-b
Dr. Thomas Lane
VP for Student Life/Dean of Students
Kansas State University
Bringing more than 25 years of student life administration experience, Thomas Lane became vice president for student life and dean of students at Kansas State University in July 2019. He provides executive-level leadership, strategic planning, oversight and coordination of all units in the Division of Student Life, which include the Office of Student Life, Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs, Housing and Dining Services, the Center for Student Involvement, the Student Access Center, Non-Traditional and Veteran Student Services, the Center for Advocacy, Response and Education, the LGBT Resource Center, the Center for Child Development, Recreational Services, the K-State Student Union, Lafene Health Center, Counseling Services, the Career Center, the Holton Hall Business Office, Parent and Family Relations, Military and Veterans Affairs and the Cats' Cupboard. Lane also guides development and implementation of high-quality and student-centered approaches to support student success in non-academic dimensions of student university experiences, and he responds to student crises and issues and concerns, among other duties.

Before joining K-State, Lane served as associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Missouri State University since 2015. While serving as dean of students, Lane initiated and chaired a regional conference on college student mental health which continues annually at Missouri State. He joined Missouri State in 2005 as assistant dean of students and director of the Plaster Student Union, serving as the chief administrative officer for the union and supervising its administrative, student activities, campus recreation and conference services offices. He was promoted to assistant to the vice president for student affairs in 2008, retaining directorship of the union and overseeing a major renovation to the facility. Lane served as assistant vice president for student affairs from 2011-2015, providing leadership and supervision to the university's student life units, including of residence life, housing and dining services, campus recreation and the student union. Prior to working at Missouri State, he served in various student life roles at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Illinois State University.

Lane earned a bachelor's degree in communications in 1991 and a master's degree in educational administration in 1995, both from Illinois State University. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis in 2010 from the University of Missouri. He has served as an adjunct and affiliate faculty member at the University of Missouri and Missouri State, teaching courses for their graduate programs in higher education leadership. An active professional association member, Lane is a past president of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and currently serves as co-chair of the NASPA IV-West/East 2020 conference planning team. He has also been an engaged community leader serving as president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks (2018-19) and an elected city commissioner in Fargo, ND (2002-2005).

JPennyJansen Penny
Student Body President
Kansas State University

Jansen Penny is a senior studying Industrial Engineering at Kansas State University where he serves as student body president. Jansen is a Colorado native where he grew up on the family farm and ranch in Burlington, CO. A few initiatives his administration is taking on include food insecurity with Cats’ Cupboard, sexual violence and partnering with Aggieville and SafeBar Alliance, and student-designated budget cuts and projects that improve cost and affordability for all students. After his time at K-State, Jansen plans to pursue a career working in supply chain or consulting before returning to the family farm and ranch.

StephaniePetersonStephanie Peterson
Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization
Stephanie is the Director for the Flint Hills Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The MPO is a federally-required, transportation planning agency responsible for coordinating the region's future multi-modal transportation system. Prior to working for the MPO, Stephanie was a Transportation Planner for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT). She attended Kansas State University where she received her Master's in Regional and Community Planning and a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences with a minor in Leadership Programs and Studies.

Members $20 | Non-Members $35


7:15 a.m. Doors open
7:25 a.m. Buffet breakfast
7:40 a.m. Program begins
8:30 a.m. Program concludes


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