Leadership Committee Announced for Campaign

MANHATTAN, Kan. Eighteen prominent K-Staters have joined University and Athletics officials on the Leadership Committee for the $70 million Wildcat Victory Campaign, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Director of Athletics Bob Krause announced.

The Wildcat Victory Campaign is a fundraising initiative to enhance and upgrade all of K-State’s athletics facilities, most notably Bramlage Coliseum and Bill Snyder Family Stadium.  A phased plan of construction projects has been developed funded by the issuance of $35 million in bonds and $35 million in private contributions.

Krause said the Leadership Committee’s role is to advise and assist the Athletics Department in fundraising for the campaign and to review the development of the facility plan. The committee members, along with their hometowns include: Russ Briggs, Manhattan, Kan.; Mark Dobbins, Olathe, Kan.; Chad Faulkner, Wichita, Kan.; John Graham, Manhattan, Kan.; Jackie Hartman, Fort Collins, Colo.; Carl and Mary Ice, Colleyville, Texas; Kevin Jones, Scottsdale, Ariz.; David and Sherri Marmie, Great Bend, Kan.; Jamie McAtee, Manhattan, Kan.; Fred Merrill, Jr., Overland Park, Kan.; Bob Moore, Hamlin, Texas; Derek Moore, Hamlin, Texas; Mike Riordan, Prairie Village, Kan.; Barry Robinson, Rolling Hills, Calif.; Bill Sanford, Naples, Fla.; and John Young, Overland Park, Kan..  Also serving on the committee are Amy Button Renz, President of the K-State Alumni Association and Mike Smith, Vice President for Development at the KSU Foundation.

“We appreciate each member’s willingness to serve on the Leadership Committee,” Krause said.  “They represent a broad spectrum of K-Staters around the country, and their willingness to share their time, talents and resources are essential for a successful campaign.”

The first two phases of the facility plan include an addition to Bramlage Coliseum and improvements to the west side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Bramlage Coliseum project will include practice gyms for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, coaches’ offices, team locker rooms, a strength and conditioning center, sports medicine center and a media interview area and workroom. The complex will also house the Wildcat Experience and Hall of Fame showcasing the history of K-State Athletics, new ticket and development offices to better service customers, a new donor room for game-day functions and will provide improved access to the arena for fans.

Plans for Bill Snyder Family Stadium consist of the renovation and expansion of the Dev Nelson Press Box on the west side, including additional suites and a new club seating section, new and expanded restrooms and concessions, an entry plaza and gates, as well as practice field enhancements.

“This campaign will provide the facilities and infrastructure which are so important in all phases of player recruitment and development,” Krause said.  “It will also generate additional revenue through expanded premium seating, giving us the financial strength which underpins the entire department. In total, the campaign is extremely important to our ability to consistently compete for championships.”

The K-State Athletics Department also announced the launch of the Wildcat Victory Campaign website. For updates on the Wildcat Victory Campaign and the facility projects, including pictures and video, visit http://inside.kstatesports.com/wildcatvictory.