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Letter from A.D. John Currie - October 31

Dear K-State Nation:

Great things are happening across campus with an all-time record enrollment and an exciting fall season for all K-State sports. However, today's letter will be completely devoted to an important update on the future of K-State Athletics and Wildcat Football!

In just five weeks we will officially break ground on what I believe will prove to be the most significant facility transformation in our history - the new Vanier Football Complex - which will be scheduled for completion in time for the 2015 season!

If you have been on campus this fall, you have seen the very visible signs of the excitement and momentum that has grown throughout the University community. President Schulz's visionary K-State 2025 plan is becoming a reality all around us with $167.1 million in planned academic construction in FY15 now underway, highlighted by the new College of Business building, Engineering expansion, Purple Masque Theatre, the Berney Family Welcome Center at Memorial Stadium, Wefald Residence Hall, KSU Foundation building and other projects transforming our beautiful campus. I am very proud of the hand-in-hand work of our Ahearn Fund staff with our KSU Foundation colleagues who, thanks to our donors, achieved record fundraising levels again this year. Still, consistent with Coach Snyder's mantra of improving a little bit every day, we know that yesterday's records are tomorrow's expectations!

Holiday Competition Provides Fun for Student-Athletes

October 31, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State student-athletes were given the opportunity earlier this week to take their talents and skills to a whole new level. 

October 2014 Top 10 Moments

K-State celebrates match point against Oklahoma at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

October 30, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Filled with memorable wins and exciting individual performances, October was a month to remember for K-State Athletics and Wildcat fans nation-wide. 

With that being said, here are a few moments K-State Sports Extra has highlighted as October's greatest:

Letter from A.D. John Currie - October 29

Good Afternoon K-State Nation,

The "Muscular Midwest" is flexing, and it has been a pretty incredible seven days for sports fans in Kansas!

For the 'Cats it started last Wednesday with our No. 22 volleyball team sweeping Oklahoma and then defeating West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday as Coach Fritz's squad improved to 19-3 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 play. Saturday of course also included the 23-0 football shutout of the Longhorns in front of the 10th-largest crowd in Bill Snyder Family Stadium history.

Sunday featured a thrilling and memorable milestone for K-State golf as Robert Streb ('09) celebrated his first PGA Tour win with a gutsy come-from-behind run and dramatic playoff birdie to cap a huge final round on Sunday at The McGladrey Classic in Georgia. Robert always shows his K-State pride by wearing purple on Sunday. With this win he earns a coveted two-year PGA exemption and an invitation to the 2015 Masters. We are so proud of Robert and look forward to welcoming him and his wife, Maggie, back to Manhattan this weekend for our golf reunion, and we know you will enjoy congratulating him during Saturday's football game. Click here for a video feature on Robert following his win.

The Chiefs scored a big win Sunday afternoon, the Royals and Kauffman Stadium have been the center of the baseball world this past month and last night's Game 6 blow-out has Kansas City abuzz about tonight's decisive World Series Game 7, while Sporting KC is back in the MLS Cup Playoffs Thursday night! Meanwhile as basketball season approaches K-State, KU and Wichita State are all again projected to factor into the conference and national races.

And last night, the College Football Playoff (CFP) Committee recognized K-State's performance and tough schedule by including the 'Cats in its historic first top 10 rankings. There is a lot more football to be played of course and there is no game more important than the next one. The national spotlight swings back to Manhattan Saturday for our ABC televised game against Oklahoma State which will kick off at 7 p.m. Let's be in the stands early again to show the nation our purple passion for the 'Cats!

Tuesdays in Vanier | A Look at Freshman Elijah Lee

K-State's Elijah Lee sacks Texas' Tyrone Swoopes at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on October 25, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

October 29, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

It wasn't long ago that K-State linebacker Elijah Lee was playing football under the bright lights on Friday nights at Blue Springs (Missouri) High School.

Taylor Continues Career with K-State

October 28, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Antoinette Taylor knows how to win basketball games. 

McCrane a Consistent Force for the Wildcats

October 27, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Each and every time his name is called on, Matthew McCrane steps on the field with confidence.  

Wildcat Defense Impresses Again

K-State's Elijah Lee sacks Texas' Tyrone Swoopes at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on October 25, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

October 26, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

If you're familiar with the old saying, "Offense wins games, but defense wins championships," perhaps you have been reminded of it time and time again this 2014 K-State football season.

Football Returns Home for Matchup vs. Texas

Oct 18, 2014; Norman, OK, USA; Kansas State Wildcats players celebrate the victory against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Oct. 25, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Wildcat fans, your No. 11 K-State football team (5-1, 3-0 Big 12) returns home to Bill Snyder Family Stadium to face off against the Texas Longhorns (3-4, 2-2 Big 12) today at 11 a.m., and for the second consecutive week, the game will be aired nationally on ESPN.

An Inside Look at Wildcat Hoops for the Ladies

Women showed up in full force for this year's Hoop Scoop for Women clinic at the K-State Basketball Training Facility (Photo by: Scott Weaver/K-State Athletics)

October 24, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State men's basketball and the American Cancer Society teamed up this month to put on a special event for ladies only.