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Letter from A.D. John Currie - March 9

Greetings from Kansas City!

In just a few hours, we will head over to historic Municipal Auditorium for our women's Big 12 semifinal basketball matchup with No. 1 Baylor. If you are in the Kansas City area, come cheer on Coach Patterson's squad following our big win over Iowa State yesterday. If you cannot make it to the game, tune in to Fox Sports Net at noon for a live telecast or listen along the K-State Sports Network.

Thanks to all the fans that made it to either one or both Thursday matchups in Kansas City - we are pleased with not only the performance of both of our teams this season but also the continued fan support that makes Bramlage Coliseum and both venues in Kansas City such a tremendous home court advantage.

I'm proud of the leadership of both our coaches and the perseverance of our teams. In a conference as tough as the Big 12 there are going to be inevitable ups and downs - but did you know that K-State is the only school in the league to have both men's and women's teams finish in the top five for two consecutive years? Coach Patterson is now one win away from her ninth 20th-win season and Coach Martin has had five straight 20-win seasons. In fact, in men's basketball over that time frame KU and K-State rank first and second in total Big 12 wins!
Stay tuned to www.kstatesports.com for post-season basketball ticket and travel information with updates beginning Sunday night. Regardless of the destination we are grateful that thanks to K-State's national fan base there will be lots of Purple in the stands!

The last several days in KC have been busy! We've had various AD and Big 12 meetings, visited with lots of our fans and donors, caught up with various media and bowl partners, participated in West Stadium Center construction planning meetings, worked the phone on future football schedules and even watched a little basketball.

Here are a few other updates from around the department as we enter the weekend.
 
Good Luck to Track Student-Athletes at NCAA's
Following five Big 12 Conference Indoor Championships last weekend, six track and field student-athletes will be competing for NCAA titles in Boise, Idaho, beginning later today. Ryann Krais (pentathlon), Boglarka Bozzay (800m), Alyx Treasure (high jump), Erik Kynard (high jump), Jeffrey Julmis (60m hurdles) and Mantas Silkauskas (60m hurdles and heptathlon). Follow the action all weekend on www.espn3.com and check back to www.k-statesports.com for full daily recaps. Good luck to these Wildcats this weekend!

The Best in the Big 12, Again
Congrats to all Wildcat alumni and our terrific Alumni Association, led by President and CEO Amy Button Renz, as K-State is No. 1 in the conference for the percentage of graduates who are members of their respective alumni associations for an unprecedented 16th straight year! This continued success and growth is a big part of K-State 2025, and we appreciate the partnership that we have developed and maintained with our alumni association. For more information on our association, visit www.k-state.com.
 
Four Student-Athletes Earn Big 12 Academic Award
Our student-athletes continue be recognized as some of the best in the nation as four Wildcats - Chelsie Bonds (track and field), Ryann Krais (track and field), Amanda Weishaar (rowing) and Laura Hildebrandt (women's golf) - received the second annual Dr. Gerald Lage Award from the Big 12 Conference earlier this week. The Dr. Gerald Lage Award is given to student-athletes who have lettered at least once in their respective sport while maintaining residence at their institution for at least one academic year. Each student-athlete must have completed at least 100 earned credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.80 or higher at the time of nomination. Congrats to these four student-athletes!

Football Tickets on Sale
Season tickets for the 2012 football season went on sale Monday of this week, and Wildcat fans purchased more than 2,500 seats during the first 24 hours - a new all-time first-day record! In addition to the season tickets sold on Monday fans purchased 2,100 view level Tradition tickets in December, moving the total number of season ticket purchases over the last three months to 4,600 seats. Season tickets for the seven-game home schedule remain available in sideline and south end zone seating of the lower bowl for $320 each. Fans who order online before the early bird deadline of March 30 will receive a $10 discount from the normal $25 season processing fee. The deadline for priority seating and season ticket renewals is Friday, April 27. All seat location requests, including new season ticket location assignments, will be processed in K-State Athletics priority point order in early May. For more information regarding tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.k-statesports.com. Let's sell out Bill Snyder Family Stadium this fall!

A Full Weekend of Action
In addition to the Big 12 Basketball Championships and the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, it will be a busy weekend back in Manhattan and across the region as many of our spring teams are in action. Our rowing team kicks off its season in Oklahoma this weekend with three full days of competition. The baseball team hosts Hartford for three games at Tointon Stadium beginning today and Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. You can also catch all three games live on K-StateHD.tv. Finally, our women's tennis team hosts Oklahoma State today at 1 p.m. and Oklahoma Sunday at 12 p.m. - both at the Wamego Recreation Complex.

That will do it for today. Good luck to all the K-State student-athletes competing this weekend, and remember, daylight savings time begins early Sunday morning so don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour.

Go Cats!!