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Letter from A.D. John Currie - August 26

Good afternoon Wildcats!

The Manhattan community and K-State campus are buzzing with the record number of students who began fall semester classes this week.  This past Sunday night, approximately 6,000 fired-up K-State students took part in the Week of Welcome pep rally at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.  This event has become a special annual tradition for K-State students with a stirring performance by the Pride of Wildcatland Band, Cheer and Classy Cats, and great remarks from President Schulz, Coach Snyder and a number of student-athletes. The best student section in college football is ready for an exciting 2011-12 athletics season and so are we!

Volleyball Starts Today
Our student-athletes have been working hard in preparation for the fall season.  Volleyball starts today in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Invitational.  Be sure to head to Ahearn Field House on Tuesday night to support Coach Fritz and the volleyball team in their home opener against Creighton.  The match, which will serve as the debut for our new K-StateHD.TV network, will begin at 7 p.m.  As a special offer to kick off the season in grand style with a full house to support our volleyball team and show off the atmosphere of Ahearn to our global audience, all general admission tickets are just $1.  Last year K-State finished 18th in the country in volleyball attendance!  But, if you cannot make it to Ahearn, be sure to log on to K-StateHD.TV and watch the Cats!

Cross Country to Wichita, Football Getting Ready
Coach Smith and our cross country teams will begin their fall season in Wichita next weekend, while Coach Snyder and the football team open in Manhattan the same day.  We're closing in on our third straight "Family Reunion" opening-day sellout as only about 2,500 tickets remain for next week's Family Reunion football opener against Eastern Kentucky.  Tickets priced as low as $20 remain available as well as $10 military tickets! Help make it three straight sellouts for the Family Reunion by being at Bill Snyder Family Stadium on September 3.  To better serve you, our Bramlage Coliseum ticket office will also be open TOMORROW from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., while tickets may also be purchased online at k-statesports.com.

BSFS Stadium Improvements to be Unveiled
Our student-athlete and fans' experiences at Bill Snyder Family Stadium have definitely been enhanced this summer thanks to approximately $2.5 million of your gifts and ticket dollars invested in the beautiful new state-of-the-art AstroTurf GameDay Grass infill surface on Wagner Field, while all our fans in the East View Level will have the convenience of new restroom facilities complete with family restrooms and water fountains.  Many K-State fans flying in and out of MHK on our four (soon to be five!) daily round trip American Eagle jet flights to Dallas and Chicago have told me of how bright and clear the huge "K-State" end zones show up from high in the sky!  Let us know what you think of the upgrades at BSFS this fall!  We are committed to making our stadium truly one of the finest in the country and these improvements are just a start.

K-StateHD.TV Making Waves
We are also excited that the football opener will be broadcast across the globe exclusively in high definition on K-StateHD.TV - the first exclusive online HD broadcast of a K-State football game in school history!

The reaction around the country regarding K-StateHD.TV has been tremendous and I appreciate all the efforts of our staff in preparing for this endeavor.  For more information on K-StateHD.TV or to subscribe to the service, visit www.k-statehd.tv.

Manhattan Getting Even Better, but Come Early!
For everyone attending the football game next week, we are advising you to allow for extra travel time as several major road construction projects around the Manhattan area will impact game-day traffic.  Click this link for more information.  We encourage you to come early, especially those of you utilizing K-18 from the west, and drive safely.  Over the next three years KDOT is upgrading K-18 to an interstate quality highway all the way from I-70 to Manhattan.  It is going to be awesome, but we all need to be extra careful and patient in the work zone.

The Big 12
You have likely already read yesterday's release from Texas A&M regarding its intentions to explore other conference options.  We continue to work under the leadership of the conference office on our No. 1 goal of convincing the Aggies to remain part of the tremendous potential future of the Big 12.  There is great solidarity among the other nine institutions and an eagerness to achieve the stability our students, fans and alumni deserve.

President Schulz and I remain actively engaged with our Big 12 partners, including Texas A&M, and we will continue to keep our fans informed of significant developments.

K-State 2025 Marches On
It is exciting to see the momentum building across campus towards President Schulz's K-State 2025 visionary plan to move K-State into the ranks of America's top 50 public research universities.  At the same time we are gaining ground on our vision of a "Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program."  Your support, presence and encouragement mean everything to our student-athletes, coaches and staff.

Thank you!  We'll see you next week in Ahearn Field House, Bill Snyder Family Stadium and around the world on K-StateHD.TV!

Go Cats!

John Currie

Director of Athletics