Human Ecology

Supporting the College of Human Ecology through the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign

In the College of Human Ecology, we are passionate about what we do. We teach. We learn. We research. We strive to make the college an “aspirational destination” for students. It is our responsibility to provide students with quality educators, opportunities and facilities. We invite you to help us meet that responsibility and create a better future for our students, our college and our world.


Funding priorities: $40 million

Through the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign, we will raise $40 million for the College of Human Ecology in support of our 2025 goals and to benefit four key areas: student success, faculty development, facility enhancement and excellence funds to support emerging needs.

Student success: $14 million

We support student success in many ways, including scholarships, international experiences, research opportunities and leadership development. With your help, we can offer scholarships to support students and also to attract promising young students who show potential for excelling on campus and in their future professions. With your generous support, we can help even more students study outside the United States, expanding their worldview and job prospects. We can change more lives by conducting more research around the world and bringing more students along for the experience, and we can promote leadership development through Connections to the Future, a new mentoring initiative that will provide a distinctive edge for graduate and undergraduate students.

Faculty development: $11 million

A sure way to attract and retain quality faculty is to grow the number of endowed chairs and professorships in our college. We are surrounded by exemplary men and women who have strong research and teaching credentials, are well established in their fields, have strong records of published research and continually reinvent what and how they teach as they challenge and nurture students. The ability to hire competitively and reward high-achieving faculty is critical. By supporting faculty, you invest in excellence for our college and support world-changing research and discovery.

Facility enhancement: $5 million

The College of Human Ecology has had many triumphs recently. We dedicated a privately-funded $5 million LEED Gold-certified addition to Justin Hall. We added space for faculty, graduate and undergraduate research in physical activity and nutrition. We acquired and renamed Mary and Carl Ice Hall for research and educational opportunities in K-State’s Research Park. Many of you helped make these changes possible, and for that we are grateful. As we look to reinvigorate and upgrade the original portion of Justin Hall, we recognize many enhancements are needed to bring this circa-1960 structure in line with our research and learning needs. Together we can create the ideal environment essential for one of the leading colleges of human ecology in the nation.

Excellence funds: $10 million

Excellence funds provide deans and administrators with flexible resources to meet areas of greatest need as well as emerging opportunities. Excellence funds may support specific needs in curriculum areas, lectures, symposia, and student and faculty travel for professional and personal development. These funds are critical to supporting the college’s national reputation as a leader engaged in significant social, health, economic and environmental issues.

Give now

Make an online gift to the College of Human Ecology, or support your favorite area of the college by contacting Suzanne Dell-St. Clair, senior director of development, at 785-532-7542 or suzanned@found.ksu.edu

Spirit for giving

Carl and Mary Ice share their love of K-State through philanthropy.

Investing in the future

Gib and Brenda Compton, a generous K-State couple.

Strength in diversity

Koch Industries renews support for diversity, other programs at K-State.