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Letter from A.D. John Currie - November 27

Happy Thanksgiving to the Wildcat Nation!

With so much of our everyday routine consumed by work, sporting events, etc., it's easy to take for granted the real meaningful and priceless things in life - I am thankful for my wonderful wife, Mary Lawrence, our three terrific children, and the opportunity that we have to raise our family here in Manhattan, Kan.  We are glad to have my mom in town for the holiday and looking forward to being off the road for a couple days before we head over to Lawrence on Saturday morning.

Here at K-State we have a lot to be thankful for - a vibrant university with a dynamic president located in one of America's classic college towns; a community that supports its university like no other place in the country; 153 departmental employees all pulling in the same direction towards a common goal of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program; collectively, the best group of head coaches in the country; and last but not least, a group of student-athletes who represent Kansas State University so well and bring the energy and passion with them each day to be the best they can on the playing field, in the classroom and in life.

This past Saturday's game against Oklahoma, our 13th straight football sell-out, capped a historic season as the K-State nation set a new single-season total attendance record of 423,095 and a new average attendance record of 52,887. Even though we came up just a bit short on the scoreboard there was a huge victory in Bill Snyder Family Stadium that I want to tell you about.
Early in the first quarter one of our loyal fans, attending the game with his son and grandsons and sitting in section 11, collapsed and suffered total cardiac arrest. Thankfully, fans in the surrounding area immediately started CPR, while our ushers quickly directed the Riley County EMS and fire department to the area. The victim had no heartbeat or pulse when EMS arrived and emergency personnel continued compressions. Using defibrillation, the professionals of Riley EMS were able to restore the victim's heartbeat, and he was awake and coherent as he was transported across the street to Mercy Regional Hospital. After several cardiac procedures he is now on the road to recovery and in excellent care in Mercy Regional's Intensive Care Unit.  We wish him and his family all the best as he recovers!

What better illustration of the K-State Family than the many people who heroically responded this past Saturday - fans, staff, Riley EMS and Manhattan Fire Department; indeed a great reminder for all of us as we prepare for our annual Thanksgiving Day traditions. Whether it's turkey and dressing with all of the fixings, or sitting in front of the television with friends and family watching our favorite football team, let's all carve out a few moments to reflect on what we are thankful for.

Tonight our volleyball team will play at TCU in its second-to-last regular season match before returning home for senior night against No. 25 Iowa State in Ahearn. Tonight's 6:30 p.m. match can be heard on 1350 KMAN and k-statesports.com, while Saturday's 7 p.m. home finale can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV. Please join me there as we recognize seniors Tristan McCarty, Courtney Cook, Lilla Porubek, Dakota Kaufman, Kaitlynn Pelger and Courtney Traxson and cheer on the 'Cats as we attempt to earn an NCAA berth for the third straight year.

On the basketball front, our women's team plays SMU tomorrow in the Bahamas at 3:15 p.m. (listen live on the K-State Sports Network at online at k-statesports.com) and Friday against either Virginia or Tennessee, while the men's team is back home and will tip-off at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon in Bramlage against Central Arkansas before hosting Ole Miss in the Big 12/SEC Challenge series next Thursday at 8 p.m.

Please make a special effort to be in Bramlage. Thomas Gipson is back in action and coming off a double-double performance, while exciting freshman Marcus Foster has now scored in double figures in five straight games.

And of course, we'll look forward to seeing a sea of purple in Lawrence on Saturday for the 111th edition of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Let's send out our seniors with a fifth-straight Governer's Cup victory while we remind the national Fox Sport 1 audience how the K-State Nation travels!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and...

Go Cats!

John