A Letter from A.D. John Currie - May 6, 2016

Good Morning K-State Nation,

Last night I connected through Chicago on American Airlines right into MHK on my way back from Phoenix and a full week of Big 12 meetings with our football, men’s and women’s head basketball coaches and SWAs. As we approached Manhattan from the northeast I could see the purple lights of the KSU Foundation headquarters from miles away and then had a great panorama from seat 5A as we passed over Bill Snyder Family Stadium and the lights of the Vanier Family Football Complex, West Stadium Center and the Ice Family Basketball Center. When we landed we could also see the silhouette of the steel that was erected in the last few days for the second half of our new @FlyMHK terminal - speaking of construction, I can't wait to get to the office this morning and see the progress of the Phase 3B stadium construction since I left town Monday.

Tomorrow I will head over to the Ward Haylett Track Invitational as Coach Rovelto and his squads have one final tune-up before next week’s Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Fort Worth. Click here for event times and more information - admission is free, and it is your last chance to see some of our outstanding track and field performers in MHK this season.

From the air through the dark I could also see the outline of the "KS" in center field at Tointon Stadium, and I want to wish Coach Hill and our charging baseball team the best of luck this weekend in Norman against the Sooners. After winning two of three games at Big Ten foe Iowa this past weekend (our third straight weekend series win) the Cats picked up a season sweep of traditional baseball power Wichita State with wins on Tuesday and Wednesday and have now won the series in three of the last four years for a total of eight wins in nine tries against the Shockers in that span.

Heading into the OU series the Cats have been one of the hottest teams in the Big 12 over the last several weeks, having won a league-best seven of eight games over that stretch. Senior Clayton Dalrymple is currently leading the league in hitting in conference-only games at .419 while 2016 newcomers Jake Scudder and Josh Rolette are both hitting over .300 this season. The pitching staff leads the Big 12 in strikeouts and has allowed just two runs in four of the last five games. I am really proud of Clayton and the leader he has become – a former walk-on who has just continued to work hard each and every day and has developed into not only one of the top players on the team but a potential All-Big 12 performer this season. Clayton is also a two-time Academic All-Big 12 pick (soon to be three-time) and very active in our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Best of luck to the Bat Cats this weekend!

Here are a few more updates from around the department.

Big 12 Meeting Update
Coaches Snyder, Mittie and Weber, Executive Associate AD Jill Shields and I had a full series of meetings in Arizona which have drawn national media attention due to the ongoing conference discussions about potential future steps such as expansion, the rapidly-evolving media landscape and of course football championship games and other elements. When asked about keys to his success, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky once said, "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been." As we learn more to enable us to best advise the chancellors and presidents who comprise the conference Board of Directors on potential future steps to further strengthen our conference, I really appreciate the thoughtful and deliberate way Commissioner Bowlsby is leading us all through this process. Click here for a video recap from the Phoenix.

Powercat Auction a Huge Success
We had a great turnout at our annual Powercat Auction on April 22, and the big K-State crowd in attendance had a night of fun auctioning which included some new and unique items such as a trip to the Stanford game, a Vanier Family Football Complex locker, among many more items. When all was said and done, the event raised more than $406,000 – which more than $15,000 more than last year’s event – all of which will go back into providing our student-athletes with a world-class experience. Thanks to everyone for making this annual event a game changer for K-State!

Talley in Contention at NCAA Regionals
Madison Talley opened NCAA Regional play yesterday with an impressive 2-under 70 to enter today’s second round tied for third place. For Madison to advance to the NCAA Championships, she would need to finish among the Top 3 individuals whose team does not advance to the NCAA Championship. Click here to follow Madison’s round today and check k-statesports.com today and tomorrow for a full recap of her performance.

Tickets for Zac Brown Band/Train at BSFS on Sale Today for Season Ticket Holders and Students

As you know, we announced last week that we will be hosting two of the top music acts in the country this fall at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Grammy Award winners Zac Brown Band and Train. Tickets, which start as low as $39, will go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. for K-State students, Ahearn Fund members and season ticket holders. The general public can begin purchasing tickets on May 13. The half-day festival will take place on September 10 during our first bye week of the season, sandwiched between our road trip to Stanford September 2 and our home opener against FAU on September 17 and is sure to draw music fans from all over to America's #1 College Town. Visit www.wildcatkickoff.com or www.kstatesports.com for more information and to secure your tickets for this special event.

Finally, click here for some additional K-StateHD.TV content which includes some cool features on various student-athlete programs including a Leadership Academy Retreat, Career Cats Luncheon and the Junior Wildcat Fantasy Day.

Best of luck to all of our K-State students and student-athletes who are working and studying hard for next week’s final exams and thank you for all that you do in support of all 16 Wildcat teams. Have a great weekend and……

Go Cats!