New Office Manager Brings a Little Bit of South Dakota to the Chapman Center

A South Dakota native, Micaela Rausch double majored in Business Administration and English at Mount Marty College in Yankton, South Dakota. Harboring an adventurous spirit, she hung up her graduation gown and moved down to Manhattan in early September.

Upon arriving at her new home, Micaela quickly expressed a strong desire to become a member of the K-State community.

“When I decided to move to Manhattan, I discerned right away that I wanted to work at the heart of the town—K-State. The office position in the Chapman Center for Rural Studies seemed like a solid fit for my background in administrative support work as well as the commitment I have to lifelong learning.”

In addition to her background in clerical work, Micaela also spent a summer in college working on a cemetery restoration project that sparked an interest in investigating stories of the past. Her summer uncovering the stories of a cemetery makes it easy for her to understand why everyone in the Chapman Center is so passionate about the research they conduct.

When she’s not working, Micaela always strives to stay active and involved. With two marathons under her belt, she has enjoyed exploring the various running trails around town. Loving to sing, she quickly joined her church choir and is fitting into the Manhattan lifestyle quite well.

“I’ve only been in Manhattan for a few weeks, but already the liveliness and vibrancy of Manhattan makes it seem like home. It feels like I’ve been here months instead of just weeks.”



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