A Letter from A.D. John Currie - October 6, 2015

Good Afternoon K-State Nation,

Along with the crisp morning air of October comes lots of K-State action as we are plenty busy with the heart of football, volleyball and cross country seasons and equestrian, tennis, rowing, golf and even basketball already getting underway.

The national impact of the Big 12 and the excitement of the challenge of our full round-robin format continues to grow and now following another great weekend of football action, our conference heads into Saturday with three teams ranked in the Top 10, including of course No. 2 TCU which will be in Manhattan for a 6:30 p.m. FOX primetime matchup inside Bill Snyder Family Stadium in front of our 23rd consecutive sellout crowd. I am looking forward to the tremendous atmosphere that I know will impress FOX’s top television crew of Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Molly McGrath. Coach Snyder’s team is just a play or two away from being 4-0 this season following last week’s tough last-second loss at No. 19 Oklahoma State. I was so proud of our team never giving up in Stillwater despite injuries and adversity.

With capacity crowds of 50,000+ fans filling BSFS each home game, there can be times when emotions get the best of some folks. Let me remind you if you ever need to report an incident or need assistance at the stadium please find the nearest Event Staff member or text your issue by entering the word “catfan” followed by your message and seat location to 69050. The request will be directed to the stadium dispatcher to help resolve the issue. It has been great to hear fan compliments of the much-improved overall access for cell phone calls and texts this season due to our recent installation of both a DAS and Wifi system. We want our fans to have the best experience possible when attending all Wildcat events, and services such as these truly make a difference.

Let’s also remember our commitment to sportsmanship and how our personal actions reflect our goal of providing The Best Fan Experience in the Big 12 to all spectators, including our guests from TCU. And, let’s be loud… really loud!

Now on to a few more updates from around the department.

Innovation and Inspiration Campaign Officially Launches this Weekend

This weekend, K-State will officially kick off Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University. Led by the KSU Foundation under the direction of CEO Greg Willems, the campaign aims to raise $1 billion, the most ambitious fundraising goal in K-State history, to fuel progress toward President Schulz’s K-State 2025 vision of achieving top 50 public university status. Fans around town and at the stadium this weekend will notice newly-installed banners and signage throughout campus promoting the campaign, which benefits K-State’s three campuses, the K-State Alumni Association and K-State Athletics. You can click here to visit the official campaign website for more details on this comprehensive campaign.

Gandon Claims Title/Women Third in Golf Action

Since my previous letter, our golf teams have had two great performances, and belated congratulations are due to Jeremy Gandon of the men’s golf team, as the freshman from Charpey, France, shot an 8-under par 66 in the final round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Iowa to win the individual title and help the Cats to a fourth-place team finish last week. The women’s squad also had a strong performance last week as the Cats finished tied for third at the Johnie Imes Invitational in Missouri and are back in competition today in Washington. One final golf note: congrats to former Wildcat Robert Streb as he shot a final round 65 in last week’s FedEx Cup playoff finale to finish a successful season with a No. 18 final FedEx Cup ranking!

Both Cross Country Programs Ranked

Congratulations to Coach Godfrey and both cross country teams as they moved to No. 15 in the region after a strong recent performance in Stillwater, Oklahoma, at the Cowboy Jamboree. The ranking marks the first time that the men’s team has been featured in the poll, which began ranking teams in the 2010 season, while the women’s team was last featured in the rankings during the 2014 season, placing eighth in the final poll of the year on November 3, 2014. Both squads return to action on October 16 in Peoria, Illinois, as the team travels to compete in the Bradley Classic.

Equestrian and Rowing Have Successful Debuts
The Wildcat equestrian team picked up an 11-8 win over South Dakota State last weekend in the team’s first competition of the 2015-16 season, while the rowing squad went to Oklahoma City and had nine of 11 boats place in the top-10, including two first-place finishes by the Novice/Frosh 8+ and Novice/Frosh 4+ boats. Equestrian opens its home schedule this Friday as Oklahoma State visits Timbercreek Stables, while rowing’s next action is October 18 in Lawrence.

Big Volleyball Weekend too; Back in Bramlage by Popular Demand

In addition to the football game with No. 2 TCU, it will be a big weekend for our volleyball team as Coach Fritz’s squad hosts West Virginia at 2 p.m., Saturday in Bramlage Coliseum. Admission to the match is free, and we encourage fans coming early to the stadium to pack Bramlage for some exciting Big 12 volleyball action. Also, many of our former volleyball student-athletes will be back in town for our department-sponsored volleyball reunion with activities aplenty scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Alumni Association to Host Homecoming Pregame Event

Homecoming weekend is also just around the corner, and the K-State Alumni Association invites all K-Staters to gather in Cat Town prior to our 2:30 p.m. football game against OU on October 17. The pregame celebration will begin two hours prior to kickoff in Cat Town, on the south side of the west parking lot at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and includes a buffet meal with barbecue brisket, grilled chicken breast, honey baked beans, coleslaw, pasta salad, rolls, cookies, brownies, coffee, iced tea, beer, wine and soft drinks. Cost to attend is $20 per adult and $15 per child, ages 4-17. Reservations for pregame are required and are due by this Friday. Click here for more information.

That will do it for today, but stay tuned for more updates this week as we are excited for a busy weekend of activities. Thank you for all that you do for our student-athletes, and……

Go Cats!

John