A Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 13, 2016

Good Afternoon K-State Nation,

With all of the graduation activities around campus today I had thought originally that I would wait until next week for a new letter, but with a bunch of new superlatives for K-State this week I just couldn’t resist sending a short update before I head over to Bramlage for the graduate school commencement exercises.

First, remember Big 12 Championships for track and field are in progress today in Fort Worth, our rowing team is in action tomorrow and of course our big baseball series with the Jayhawks begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium. You can catch all three baseball games on Cox Kansas and K-StateHD.TV, while Saturday and Sunday’s games will also be broadcast live on ESPN3. We hope to see you out at the ballpark in support of our team and nine seniors who will be playing their final home series as Wildcats.

I also want to wish a happy graduation weekend to all Wildcat students (and our 58 current and former student-athletes) who will earn their K-State degrees. Among the 58 student-athletes participating in the ceremonies this weekend are five former Wildcats who have worked through our special Second Wind program to earn their degrees, and I commend James Allen (baseball), Brittany Chambers (women’s basketball), Jared Goedert (baseball), Jared King (baseball) and Tramaine Thompson (football) on their determination to finish their degree work. Congrats to all graduates and their families!

Also, if you are attending the College of Veterinary Medicine ceremony today at 3:30 p.m. in McCain Auditorium, you will have the privilege of hearing from Coach Snyder as he addresses the graduating class. I continue to be amazed by the active role Coach Snyder plays each and every day not only in our football student-athletes’ lives but also the impact and caring nature he displays to all our students and fans.

Now, drumroll please, and applause for some K-State “behind-the-scenes” stars receiving much deserved conference and national recognition this week:

Mindy Hoffman Named Big 12 Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year
A key member of the K-State Athletic Training staff, Mindy Hoffman was named the 2016 Big 12 Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year this week. The award goes to an individual for his or her service as an Athletic Training professional serving an institution and the members of the Medical Aspects of Sport committee. Mindy will begin her 11th year at K-State in 2016-17, and of course, as I walked through the Vanier Complex sports medicine area earlier this morning, Mindy was, as usual, providing top-notch rehab services to several of our student-athletes. Congrats Mindy!

Communications Staff Earns National Super 11 Award
Also this week, our media relations/communications staff was named to the Football Writers Association of America “Super 11” list of top SID staffs in the entire country. Congrats to Associate AD Kenny Lannou and the rest of his staff (Ryan Lackey, Tom Gilbert, Randy Peterson, Chris Kutz, Josh Brunner and Mary Gorman) on this terrific honor – voted on by the national media that cover college football. You can click here for our full release.

K-State Sports Properties Team Honored at Annual Learfield Awards Show
Our K-State Sports Properties team, which manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights at K-State Athletics, took home three trophies including Property of the Year at the company’s annual awards show at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. The Property of the Year Award went to four different Learfield properties with K-State selected as the winner of its division based on annual sponsorship revenue dollars. Individually, General Manager Ben Boyle received the Coach of the Year Award, given annually to one of Learfield’s general managers from its portfolio of more than 120 collegiate properties. Ben also teamed with Doug Bax from Learfield National Sales to win the Keystone Account of the Year Award. Congrats to Ben and his staff of Seth Alberg, Brett Foltz, Jeff Bloomer, Sean Wollenberg and Greg Goodman on a terrific year. We appreciate their partnership and all they do for K-State!

Equestrian Team Earns NCEA Sportsmanship Award
Kudos to our equestrian team for being chosen as this year's National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Team Sportsmanship Award winner in an announcement by the organization earlier this week, becoming the first Big 12 program to earn the honor. Congrats to 2016 Big 12 Coach of the Year Casie Maxwell and our student-athletes on a great year both in the classroom and arena. The team collectively recorded a 3.19 team GPA and had 13 Academic All-Big 12 selections in addition to posting more than 830 hours of community service for a variety of different charities. Click here for our full release on this honor.

That will do it for today. Again, congrats to all K-State graduates who will walk across the stage this weekend, and we‘ll see you out at Tointon Family Stadium for this weekend’s Sunflower Showdown baseball series. Thank you for all that you do in support of our 450-plus student-athletes and 16 teams.

Go Cats!

John