Letter from A.D. John Currie - April 3

Spring Game in KC SOLD OUT!! SRO Tickets AvailableCoach Snyder and the football team began spring practice earlier this week, and excitement is building for our special spring game festivities at Sporting Park in Kansas City as last week we announced a sellout of more than 16,000 for the game.  A select number of standing-room-only tickets and new limited ticket options are available by contacting the ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS.  Be sure and check k-statesports.com in the coming weeks for complete spring game details, including university-wide activities that will surround the game.  And remember that our annual Powercat Auction will be held the night before here in Manhattan - click here for more information.Heisman Winner Johnny Rodgers Visits Campus to Honor Tyler LockettLast week we had the honor of welcoming representatives of the Jet Award, given annually to the nation's best collegiate return specialist, as they recognized four-time All-American and National Scholar Athlete Tyler Lockett as this year's winner (click here for our full release).  Among the attendees from the organization were Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, the namesake of the award, as well as William "Coach" Reed, while Coaches Snyder, Sean Snyder, Miller, Coleman, Hayes and Cox were also present for the recognition.  I am so proud of Tyler and all that he represents and as I said during my comments at the luncheon, Tyler is truly one of the greatest, most humble and hard-working student-athletes that I have been fortunate to work with throughout my career.  I know the K-State Nation joins me in wishing him the best as he prepares for the NFL Draft later this month.  Click here for a video recap of the Jet Award luncheon and presentation.Robert Streb Ready for Masters TournamentFormer Wildcat and current PGA rising star Robert Streb, who enters this week's play ranked No. 6 in the current FedEx Cup Standings, will head to Augusta, Ga., next week to play in the annual Masters Tournament.  One of the most famous golf tournaments in the world, Robert qualified for The Masters following his win in October at The McGladrey Classic and will have a contingent of Wildcat fans in attendance as Coach Robbins, Chad Weiberg and more than 30 Ahearn Fund members will make the trip to Augusta.  Best of luck to Robert this week in Houston and next and be sure to follow his progress by clicking here.Busy Weekend AheadIn addition to wrapping up our baseball series with West Virginia (tonight's contest will air on FOX Sports Midwest, Saturday's will air on FOX College Sports and both can also be seen on K-StateHD.TV), our track and field teams will head down to Waco to participate in the Baylor Invitational, while tennis continues Big 12 competition with a trip to Lawrence tomorrow to face the Jayhawks.  Best of luck to all of our teams in action!Provost Mason Recognized by Alma MaterI would like to take a moment to commend Provost April Mason on recently being named one of four 2015 Distinguished Women Scholars at Purdue University, her alma mater.  Provost Mason, who is also a member of our KSA, Inc. Board of Directors, plays a tremendous role at K-State.  As provost, she oversees the academic affairs of the university and ensures its academic standards, and in cooperation with the president, vice presidents, and the Deans Council, provides leadership in the development, review, and implementation of policies and goals related to teaching and learning, research, and engagement.  She is one of the best in the business, and we truly admire and appreciate her work in furthering President Schulz's K-State 2025 vision.Athletic Training Students RecognizedAs we continue to provide a World-Class Student-Athlete Experience, one of the areas that we emphasize is the medical care and assistance provided to our student-athletes.  Some of the unsung heroes of our department are the many student trainers that assist our full-time staff in the care of our teams and student-athletes, and we are proud that many of these students were recently honored by the Kansas Athletic Trainers' Society for their academic achievement.  Click here to read the full story and join me in recognizing these terrific students for their dedication to K-State!K-State Political Science Program Ranked No. 1!Congratulations to the political science graduate program under the leadership of department head Jeffrey Pickering as it was recently named the No. 1 program in the nation by GraduatePrograms.com.  Such accolades are further proof our university's progress toward becoming a Top 50 public research institution, and as a politics minor in college myself, I am especially proud of Dr. Pickering and his department.  Click here for more information.That will do it for today.  I wish you and those close to you a great Easter weekend, and thank you for your continued support of our student-athletes!Go Cats!John