About the Manhattan High School Alumni Association’s Wall of Fame

A longtime resident of Kansas, Karl Kandt is involved with several organizations throughout the state. Currently, Karl Eric Kandt serves as a member of Solar Kiwanis in Manhattan, Kansas, and also serves as the chair and a board member of the Manhattan High School Alumni Association.

Designed to recognize alumni who have achieved success beyond their time at Manhattan High School (MHS), the MHS Wall of Fame honors four individuals each year. The minimum requirements to become a Wall of Fame inductee include distinguished service and accomplishment in any field after graduation, and recognition of this service or accomplishment at the state or national level. Once selected by the Wall of Fame committee, inductees are honored on a plaque that is permanently displayed on the walls of MHS, and they are publicly recognized at an MHS event.

Representing nearly 100 members in 33 states, the MHS Alumni Association maintains its commitment to serve as a conduit between MHS and its alumni by coordinating and informing them of special events. Beyond the Wall of Fame, the MHS Alumni Association has refurbished a mosaic in the school gymnasium and established the school’s Alumni Center & Museum.


About the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake Fundraiser

Karl Kandt enjoys volunteering for worthy causes. Serving as a member of the Parent Teacher Organization at Herington Elementary School in Herington, Kansas, Karl Kandt assists with events such as Doughnuts for Dads and Muffins for Moms. Karl Eric Kandt also donates his time and resources to the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in Manhattan, Kansas.

Here is a brief overview of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising event.

Question #1: What is the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) organization?

Answer #1: BBBS is dedicated to providing supportive relationships through mentorship programs for children who are facing adversity. The organization is committed to giving all children the opportunity to succeed in life.

Question #2: What is the BBBS Bowl for Kids’ Sake event?

Answer #2: An annual event, BBBS Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun-filled opportunity for individuals, families, and local businesses to gather and have fun, while raising money for a worthy cause.

Question #3: Who benefits from Bowl for Kids’ Sake?

Answer #3: Bowl for Kids’ Sake benefits the approximately 2,600 Big Brother/Little Brother and Big Sister/Little Sister mentor relationships in Riley County, Kansas. As a result of its fundraising efforts, BBBS serves nearly 20,000 at-risk children in the county.

KACE’s 2013 Summer Drive-In Workshop

Though much of his career was spent at Kansas State University (KSU) as an assistant director of career and employment services, Karl Eric Kandt is currently focused on running Kandt Family Farming and Ranching. During his time at KSU, Karl Kandt belonged to the Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers (KACE). Kandt was chair of KACE’s Special Projects Committee from 2009 to 2010.

A nonprofit professional organization, KACE seeks to connect Kansas-based employers with career services personnel in neighboring colleges and universities. KACE was established to encourage graduates to stay in their communities and promote understanding between college staff, students, and local employers.

Each year, KACE sponsors the Summer Drive-In Workshop. This event gives employers and college staff the opportunity to learn from one another and from a variety of guest speakers. The 2013 keynote speaker is Grace Kutney, who will talk about integrating Twitter into marketing and outreach structures. In addition to a roundtable discussion, the workshop will also feature a Q&A session to address the questions “what skills are interns and new hires lacking?” and “how can career service professionals close the gap?”

Karl Kandt – On Academic Counseling in Higher Ed

For over 20 years, Karl Kandt has worked as an academic adviser in the field of higher education, most recently at Kansas State University as the assistant director of career and employment services. While currently managing his family farm in Herington, Kansas, and serving previously in transportation and support command roles as an officer in the US Army Reserves, Karl Kandt hopes to continue as an academic administrator and counselor in the future.

Academic counseling is a service provided to students by a school in which counselors (advisers), meet with students individually to help them make sense of degree programs, degree requirements, course selection, and future employment options. While the method of interaction between academic counselors and students may vary by school, all academic counselors in the United States are held accountable to the standards and regulations established by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). The mission of an academic counselor is to understand the abilities and aspirations of students and ask thought-provoking questions that help them realize their full potential and develop plans for lifelong learning.