A Letter from A.D. John Currie - April 26 2016

Good Afternoon K-State Nation,

A busy April is drawing to a close with last night's Mark A. Chapman Powercat Choice Awards providing our student-athletes a much deserved break from competition and their studies. In case you missed this morning's K-State Sports Extra recap, click here to read about this annual celebration held in ESPY Award fashion and including all team and individual highlights from the past year both on the field and in the classroom. All the performance-related awards were voted on by members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

As you may be aware, due to the threat of severe weather, tonight's baseball game at Wichita State has been postponed until May 4. Of course this past weekend, Sunday afternoon's series-clinching baseball win over Baylor capped a very busy weekend for K-State Athletics. We had three sellout crowds at Tointon Family Stadium, a tennis win on Friday, the annual Powercat Auction on Friday night and of course, Saturday’s Purple/White Spring Game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. I had fun walking the stadium throughout the game, and then hitting tennis, our rowing banquet and the baseball game on Sunday. I especially want to acknowledge our game operations, facilities, fan experience and Ahearn Fund hospitality staffs who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to flawlessly execute all these events.

Just in case you missed it, the biggest news of last week for K-State was the appointment of General Richard Myers as our interim president. We are so fortunate to have someone with his experience and background lead our entire university community through this time of leadership transition, and I look forward to working with Mary Jo and General Myers and continuing to build on both our athletics department and university-wide goals. Click here for more information on General Myers.

We'll have more news to share later this week, but here are some updates from around the K-State Nation:

Talley Leads Women’s Golfers at Big 12 Championships; NCAAs Next
Women’s golfer Madison Talley shot two under-par rounds at the 2016 Big 12 Championship to finish in fourth place at Dominion Country Club. Talley’s performance marked the first time a Wildcat has finished in the top 10 at the Big 12 Championship and subsequently earn a spot on the all-tournament team since 2004. Congrats to Madison and best of luck to her at NCAA Regionals as she earned a bid as an individual for the second straight year. Click here for our full release.

McGruder Leads NBA D-Team in Finals
Former Wildcat great Rodney McGruder had a team-high 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce in a 104-99 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders earlier this week in the first game of the D-League Finals. He’s having a terrific year for the Skyforce (D-League affiliate of the Miami Heat), averaging 15.8 points on 51.3 percent shooting with 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 37.5 minutes per game. He has been even better since the Eastern Conference champions started the playoffs, averaging 26.2 points on 55.2 percent shooting with 6.4 rebounds. The best-of-three finals shift to Sioux Falls for Game 2 tonight at 7 p.m. CT on ESPNU. Best of luck to Rodney the remainder of the series!

K-State’s Business School Garners National Ranking
Congratulations to Dean Kevin Gwinner and the entire College of Business Administration as the school ranked as the 39th best undergraduate business school in the United States among public universities in Bloomberg Businessweek's recent "2016 Best Undergraduate Business Schools” - a 41-spot increase from the last Bloomberg Businessweek rankings! Big things are in store for the college as students, faculty and staff will move into a new 155,000-square foot facility next fall. Click here for more information on the College of Business Administration.

Happy Birthday to K-State Olathe
Today marks the five-year anniversary of K-State Olathe as the campus opened its doors to the Greater Kansas City area on April 26, 2011. Under the leadership of both Drs Dan and Ralph Richardson, K-State Olathe specializes in food safety and food security, animal health and adult education. The campus also collaborates with K-12 schools in the Greater Kansas City area on programs focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. Click here for more information on K-State Olathe.

That will do it for today. Best of luck to our men’s golf and women’s tennis teams this week at their respective Big 12 Championships and all other teams competing this week. Please stay safe tonight and throughout the spring weather season!

Go Cats!

John