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Letter from A.D. John Currie - July 2

Good Morning K-State Fans!
The month of July is upon us, which always means two things: the July 4 holiday filled with food and fun with friends and family, and it also marks the beginning of another fiscal year here at K-State Athletics, Inc.

In my last letter, I shared that for FY14 we will have a balanced budget and achieve a surplus for the fifth straight year. I appreciate our coaches and staff for continuing to make budget-conscious decisions each and every day as well as all of Wildcat Nation for filling our stadiums all year long and participating in the Ahearn Fund.

In keeping with our commitment to transparency, today it is our pleasure to share with you our projected fiscal year 2015 budgeted revenues and expenses, and if you click here you can see both sides of our annual "budget card" - which of course I'll be carrying in my pocket at all times!

Summer Bridge Program Provides Smoother Transition

July 2, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

While the summer may be a time of relaxation for some, for incoming K-State student-athletes, it's just the opposite.

All in the Design

The view from Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, a course former K-State men's golfer Ty Schrock designed with Jack Nicklaus. (All photos courtesy of Ty Schrock)

June 30, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

When it comes to golf, it's all in the design. 

Johnson Prepares for Future through NCAA Career in Sports Forum

K-State's Taylor Johnson spikes the ball against Siena at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on September 7, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

June 27, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Come December, K-State volleyball senior Taylor Johnson's competitive sports career will come to an end. 

Q&A with New Men's Golf Coach Grant Robbins

New K-State men's golf coach Grant Robbins, his wife Brooke and their children, Bryce and Brayden, outside the Colbert Hills clubhouse Thursday morning. (Photo: Rod Mikinski)

By Kelly McHugh
June 25, 2014

For new K-State men's golf head coach Grant Robbins, the past three weeks have been a whirlwind. Since arriving in Manhattan in late May, he's spent his days getting used to a new system as well as spending time on the road recruiting future Wildcats.

Brand Competes with U.S. Collegiate National Team

K-State's Katie Brand digs the ball against Southeast Missouri State at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on September 6, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
June 23, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

This week, K-State volleyball setter Katie Brand has the opportunity to take her skills to a new level. 

Raising the Bar

K-State's Alyx Treasure competes in the women's high jump during the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships West Preliminaries at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 31, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

June 20, 2014 
By Kelly McHugh

It's been a long, winding road for K-State track and field high jumper Alyx Treasure, and despite transfer, injury, surgery and just about every setback in between, the Prince George, Canada, native has found a way to persevere. 

Letter from A.D. John Currie - June 18

Greetings K-State Nation!

This morning I write to you from Dodge City as I get ready to enjoy breakfast at the Winter Livestock Commission Cafe with a loyal group of K-Staters. Assistant AD Lon Floyd and I spent yesterday visiting K-Staters in Scott City and Garden City before I capped off the evening by hopping over to Hutchinson for an awesome Catbacker event. Today, Lon and I will head up to Great Bend for lunch and then down to the Wichita Catbacker dinner. The crowds on this year's tour have been incredible, and it is great to feel the excitement K-State fans have for the upcoming year.

In keeping with our goal of providing The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12, we are thrilled to announce later today that Bramlage Coliseum will be dramatically enhanced as a new high-definition Panasonic center-hung video board, six additional LED displays and state-of-the-art innovative lighting and sound systems will be installed this fall in time for the 2014-15 season!

Our staff has done a great job of working with Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams, Inc. (WJHW), one of the top acoustical consulting and electronic systems design firms in the country, to manage the project, which will begin later this summer and be completed in October.

When you walk into Bramlage next season you will immediately notice the brand new Panasonic HD center-hung videoboard, which will have a display nearly four times larger than the existing video board in Bramlage.

Additional atmosphere video enhancements will come from new LED displays installed above Sections 12-15 on the north end and Section 24 to Section 1 on the south end. These displays will provide additional opportunities for crowd engagement, out of town scores and sponsor integration.

We are equally excited to be installing a brand new best-of-class modern audio sound system, including nearly 100 total loudspeakers, which will utilize the latest amplifier and digital signal processing technology with more than 200,000 watts of amplification. The increased speaker locations will provide for better sound distribution and audio clarity and quality throughout the arena. Finally, a new LED lighting system will offer more versatile and higher quality of output in the arena and allow for special effects during introductions, halftime and miscellaneous recognitions while also reducing our electricity usage and cost in the arena.

The improvements, which will cost approximately $2.4 million, represent the most significant capital investment to the interior of the arena since the addition of loge boxes in 2007. The new videoboards and sound system replace existing ones last renovated in 2000-01. Thanks to our 10,000-plus members of the Ahearn Fund, this project will be paid for by general athletic department gifts and operating revenue without the aid of tax, tuition or general university dollars!

Bramlage already offers one of the best home court advantages in college basketball and these improvements, coupled with the 2012 completion of the $18 million Basketball Training Facility, gives K-State about as good of an overall basketball set-up as you'll find around the country.

A Bright Future Ahead

June 18, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

When you ask K-State track and field sophomore Devin Field about his goals for the future his answer is simple: he wants to be the best.

Track and Field Concludes 2014 Outdoor Season

K-State track and field sophomore Devin Field competes in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

June 16, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
Interviews courtesy of K-State Athletics' Anthony Meier

K-State track and field concluded its outdoor season last weekend in Eugene, Oregon, at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, with both men's and women's teams registering Top 20 finishes. It marked the first time since 2011 that both squads finished in the Top 20, as the men earned a tie for 19th with 12 points and the women tied for 20th with 11 points.