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Student Workers Help Provide Best Fan Experience in Big 12

May 12, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Game day - regardless of the sport - is a special day for many. It's the day K-State fans dress up in their finest purple attire and head over to the north side of campus ready to watch their favorite teams in action.

Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 11

Good Evening Wildcat Nation!

Let me start by wishing all of the moms in the K-State Family a Happy Mother's Day! I have a great mom back in Charlotte and my wife Mary Lawrence is a wonderful mother to our three children, but this holiday is even more special for the Currie family because it was on Mother's Day, May 10, 2009, that I had my final job interview with President Schulz, Amy Button Renz and Chuck Reagan.

For the AD search, then incoming President Schulz had appointed Amy as chair, and she assembled an excellent committee including Faculty Senate President Dr. Melody LeHew, SGA president Lydia Peele, FAR Dr. Mike Holen, volleyball head coach Suzie Fritz, student-athlete Chris Merriewether and alumni Lee Borck and Kevin Lockett - all ably supported by alumni administrative assistant Lynn Beier. After interviewing in April at the KC airport with the search committee, I was thrilled to receive a call from Amy asking me to come back for a final interview. And, I didn't hesitate when Amy apologized that Mother's Day Sunday was going to be the day. Even with three children ranging from 8 years to four months Mary Lawrence was perfectly understanding of my need to be away - she just said if I was missing Mother's Day I'd better get the job!

It has been an incredible first five years - thanks to the support of Wildcat fans worldwide, the efforts of our student-athletes and coaches and of course the transformational leadership of President Schulz we have made incredible progress towards the K-State Vision of a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program. We've emerged from a position of fiscal weakness to one of stability and from a period of conference alignment insecurity to a new era which sees the Big 12 as one of the leading leagues in the country. In the meantime we've had some incredible Championship Athletic Performances, including Big 12 team championships, multiple Big 12 and NCAA individual titles and post-season appearances by nearly all our teams, all while producing an outstanding APR and graduation record.

But, this is no time to rest - let's keep building together to deliver a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience and permanently secure K-State's position of strength within the upper echelon of intercollegiate athletics! Thank you for your continued support!

Dog Day at the Toint

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Jack, a three year old black labrador adopted from the T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter in Manhattan, Kansas, accepts a treat from his new pal Willie Wildcat at K-State baseball's Bark in the Park day.

May 11, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
 
Every dog has its day, and that day was yesterday for many local four-legged friends as the Bat Cats celebrated Bark in the Park Day at Tointon Family Stadium.

K-State Student-Athletes Celebrate in Style

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K-State's Abigail Weaver, Jennifer Smisek, Zack Nemecheck, Petra Niedermayerova, Beth Demars, Meggie Murray, and Tyler Norris win the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Award during the Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on May 8, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 10, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

An evening filled with fun and fashion, K-State student-athletes traded in their sweats and sneakers for high heels, suits and dresses on Thursday evening while attending the fifth annual Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards.

Cats Returns Home for Series vs. Oklahoma State

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K-State's R.J. Santigate fields a ground ball against Bakersfield at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on April 21, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 9, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

K-State Baseball (24-25, 4-14 Big 12) returns home to Tointon Family Stadium for a three-game series against the No. 7 Oklahoma State Cowboys (35-13, 13-5 Big 12) beginning tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Campbell Continues His Dream Through AFROTC

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K-State's Chris Campbell competes in the men's 4x400 yard relay during the KSU Winter Invitational at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on December 14, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
May 8, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

From a young age, K-State track and field sprinter Chris Campbell knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life.

Thanks to K-State, K-Staters

May 7, 2014
By Mark Janssen

This is just a quick note to say thanks.

Wood Sees World-Class Student-Athlete Experience from Both Angles

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K-State's Daniel Wood studies a putt during the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate at Colbert Hills Golf Club in Manhattan, Kansas on September 30, 2013. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 6, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

Men's golf senior Daniel Wood is serious about golf, his future, and after an internship last summer with the Ahearn Fund, he's serious about business.

Powercat Auction Reaches New Levels

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K-State's assistant athletic director Lon Floyd auctions items during the Ahearn Fund's 30th Annual Powercat Auction at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on April 25, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

May 5, 2014
By Kelly McHugh

On Friday, April 25, Ahearn Fund members from all over the nation gathered in Bramlage Coliseum for the 30th Annual Powercat Auction.

Career Cats Provides Bright Future for Student-Athletes

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K-State student-athletes have lunch with potential employers during the Career Cat Luncheon at the West Stadium Center in Manhattan, Kansas on April 28, 2014. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
May 4, 2014 
By Kelly McHugh

On the playing field, K-State student-athletes are fierce competitors always working hard to represent their school in the best way possible.