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Letter from A.D. John Currie - June 1

Good afternoon Wildcats!

I hope you had a nice and relaxing Memorial Day holiday. Certainly all of us are grateful for the service and sacrifice through the years of all our servicemen and women ... and their families.

Like many of you Memorial Day was busy for our family - my son and I joined the baseball team at Tointon Family Stadium to watch the NCAA selection show, and the whole family hit Aggieville for lunch at Kites before a little pool time.

However, a meaningful highlight of the day was attending the dedication of K-State's new World War II memorial, "Tags of Honor." The ceremony was attended by several hundred people, including a number of WWII veterans and their families, and featured remarks by Gov. Brownback, President Schulz, Command Sgt. Major Jim Champagne and others. The memorial plaza sits in a spectacular spot adjacent to McCain Auditorium, Fairchild Hall and Anderson Hall. Make sure to visit this special area on our beautiful campus when you are in town for a football game this fall.

I am attending the annual Spring Big 12 meetings in Kansas City this week and wanted to take the time today to commend our coaches and student-athletes for a terrific 2010-11 season. We still have 10 track and field student-athletes who are anxious to compete at next week's NCAA Outdoor Championships, while our baseball team is headed to Fullerton, Calif., for NCAA Regional play - our third straight appearance under Coach Hill!

In fact, our baseball team's selection into the NCAA Tournament on Monday propelled our athletics program into elite company. We are proud to say that K-State is one of just six teams in the nation this season to have its football team in a bowl game, both basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament and its baseball team to advance to NCAA Regional play!

But, our successful year doesn't stop there. On top of our success in football, men's and women's basketball and baseball additional highlights from 2010-11 included:
•  A Top-25 ranking and an NCAA Championship berth by our women's cross country team
•  A record-breaking season by our women's tennis team, which also became just the second program in league history to have one student-athlete named the Big 12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year in the same season
•  A Reserve National Championship in Western for the second consecutive year by our equestrian team
•  Top-20 national finishes and numerous Big 12 and NCAA individual championships for our track and field programs
•  A combined 13-1 record against the Jayhawks in head-to-head competition
 
We are certainly looking forward to the 2011-12 year as we enter into a new and exciting era as a member of the Big 12 Conference. Football, volleyball and cross country seasons are right around the corner and single-game football tickets for an exciting seven-game home schedule, which features a record five conference games, go on sale online beginning June 6. Check k-statesports.com for a list of all ticket prices and options. We need Bill Snyder Family Stadium packed each and every Saturday this season!
 
June 30 also marks the end of our fiscal year and thanks to the support of all our fans and Ahearn Fund members, as well as careful expense management, we are on track to meet our expectation of fiscal integrity with a balanced budget. At the same time, again thanks to your support, we are making significant capital investments and facility improvements that directly affect the student-athlete and fan experiences!

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That's it for today. Good luck to our baseball and track and field programs this week. Baseball opens up regional play Friday night at 6 p.m. and all games of the NCAA Fullerton Regional will be televised nationally by ESPNU. Check back to k-statesports.com for a recap of the all the action as well as the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field results next week.
Go Cats!

John Currie