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Letter from A.D. John Currie - November 25

Happy Thanksgiving Wildcat Nation!

It's hard to believe the semester is nearing completion, but I wanted to take this opportunity to wish K-Staters everywhere a Happy Thanksgiving.

We have had an exciting fall semester so far - Coach Snyder has our football program back in the bowl picture, we have ranked among the nation's best for home attendance in volleyball and our women's cross country team capped a memorable season reaching the NCAA Championships for the first time in 10 years and finished No. 25 in the nation!

Both basketball teams are also off to terrific starts, and we appreciate those who attended the CBE Classic at Sprint Center and helped turn Kansas City purple.

Most importantly, Wildcat fans can be proud that K-State has the No. 1 graduation rate in the Big 12 for all student-athletes for the fourth straight year, a testament to our student-athletes, coaches, academic staff and University faculty.

One particularly outstanding Wildcat student-athlete achieving national recognition was Alyssa Bellinder who was awarded the coveted Elite 88 award for Division I cross country - essentially this award means that Alyssa is recognized as the top performing athlete/student in her entire sport factoring GPA and athletic achievement!

We are making tangible progress towards our vision of being a model intercollegiate athletics program and at the core of that progress is the unwavering support of Wildcat fans across the country.

As a reminder we still have $20 general admission tickets for tomorrow night's 7 p.m. men's basketball game in Bramlage while admission to Saturday's 7 p.m. volleyball finale (Senior Night) at Ahearn is just $7, so break out of the house and come cheer on the Cats!

If you are in the Dallas area on Saturday come support the Cats' efforts for a seventh football win in Denton as we take on North Texas at 3 p.m. You can watch the game via the internet on www.ESPN3.com - check with your local internet provider for details - or listen for free at www.k-statesports.com.

It is still important that fans pre-order bowl tickets as we inch closer to the end of the regular season. As a special reward for loyalty and recognition of the help that our K-State fans provide in this regard, beginning this year all fans ordering bowl tickets by November 30 will receive one "bonus" priority point for each ticket purchased for the bowl K-State attends. Visit www.k-statesports.com/bowlgame for more information.

Mary Lawrence, Jack, Virginia, Mary-Dell and I are especially thankful today for the opportunity to be in Manhattan and at Kansas State University. Enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey...... and Go Cats!

John Currie