December 2014 E-Newsletter from the K-State Center for Risk Management Education and Research

View this e-newsletter online.

In addition to the Center update from Ted Schroeder, this e-newsletter includes:

Foundation update from Emilie Fink
Student Fellow spotlight – Gerald Mashange
Student activity update – Kassie Curran
Alumni spotlight – Claire Hilscher
Advisory council spotlight – Ed Prosser

A Center update from Ted Schroeder

An absolutely phenomenal journey are the best words I can think of to describe the development of the Center for Risk Management Education and Research.

What started as an idea to enhance risk management educational opportunities for Kansas State University students three years ago, today has developed into a Center that is becoming recognized as the place to go to find the most talented and best prepared graduates with a broad understanding and appreciation for risk management.

Our first class of student fellows has graduated and launched productive and lucrative career paths. Our second class is finishing this next spring, many having already accepted jobs well in advance of graduation. Our third class of student fellows begins the program in January. Indeed, we are already enjoying the fruits of visionary leadership and valuable investments of industry supporters, the K-State Foundation, academic and administrative leadership, and the student fellows who have taken ownership of the Center to help foster the successes we are enjoying today and will well into the future.

It has been nothing short of amazing to see how everyone involved with the Center from industry leaders and friends, faculty members, university administration, the K-State Foundation, and most importantly, the student fellows, have stepped up to help champion, engage with and support the Center.

The student fellows have been very busy immersed in a wide array of hands-on practical educational experiences including participating in several company visits across the country and numerous guest lectures from risk management experts. Students have been exposed to risk management across a wide array of industries spanning branded food companies, industrial products and energy companies, primary producers and manufacturers, financial institutions, market exchanges, government regulatory agencies, risk consultants, and commodity trading companies. Emphasis has been on learning about how companies with varied risk exposures identify, characterize, measure, pursue, avoid, optimize, and manage risk. As one of our major financial supporters put it, we are “turbo charging” student knowledge in integrated risk management.

Indeed the future of the Center shines brightly. In what started as an agricultural economics, finance, and industrial and manufacturing systems engineering joint initiative, we are now attracting student fellows from majors that span several colleges and academic majors across campus in what is truly a model program for interdisciplinary education.

Thank you for all of your support of our program. Please let me know if we can be of any assistance. We look forward to continuing to work with each of you as we build a world class Center for Risk Management Education and Research.

I wish you all the very best for the Christmas and New Year season!

Ted Schroeder, Director | Center for Risk Management Education and Research | | 785.532.4488


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This blog site will encompass the experiences and insights of Student Fellows of the Center for Risk Management Education and Research. The Student Fellows will share their journey as they go through their academic courses, network with industry leaders and work with the Center’s team of faculty to gain the knowledge necessary to help identify, accurately assess, and ultimately manage risks. For more information about the Center, visit our website at
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