Letter from A.D. John Currie - December 19

Wichita Wildcat Classic on SaturdayBefore heading to Arizona we have another event in our home state as Coach Weber and our exciting young men's basketball team, currently at 7-3 on the year, will host No. 15 Gonzaga on Saturday in the Wichita Wildcat Classic at INTRUST Bank Arena. Ticket sales have been terrific and a sellout is possible, but fans can still purchase tickets for as low as $12 for upper-level ends of the arena, while there remain options for lower-level ends and upper-level midcourt seats for $35 and upper-level corners for $20. These tickets are available through the game's website - www.PaintWichitaPurple.com - as well as all Select-A-Seat locations at www.SelectASeat.com or by calling (855) 755-7328. If you can't make it to the game, be sure and tune into ESPN2 beginning at 2:30 p.m. for this nationally-televised matchup. And during the holidays don't forget about the December 28 men's game against Tulane (4 p.m. on FOX Sports 1) at the world-renowned Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, and a home contest at 2 p.m. on New Year's Eve against George Washington.Pack the House Set for January 18While it is still several weeks away, mark your calendars for January 18 for an action-packed Saturday on the K-State campus. The track and field squads will get the day rolling with the Wildcat Invitational in Ahearn Field House before the men's basketball team hosts Coach Bob Huggins and the West Virginia Mountaineers at 12:30 p.m. inside Bramlage. Then, later that evening, Coach Patterson and our women's team will host Iowa State at 7 p.m. in our "Pack the House" game for 2013-14. All tickets to the game are just $1 and selected concessions will also be available for a $1 - would be a great stocking stuffer gift and outing for the whole family! Let's pack Bramlage as K-State has won the Pack the House initiative two out of the last three years! But before then, a weekend trip to Hampton, Va., and a December 28-30 trip to San Diego await the women's squad before opening Big 12 Conference play on January 2 at home against Baylor.Kudos to K-State Alumni AssociationI would like to take a moment to commend our staff at the K-State Alumni Association, led by President Amy Button Renz. Earlier this week, on one of my AA flights from MHK to Chicago, I had the opportunity to read the winter edition of the K-Stater magazine, which is edited by Andrew Zender (Class of '05) who also happens to be the son of former Wildcat basketball great Bob Zender. I have always held this publication in high regard, but I thought the most recent issue was the total package - from a story on our volleyball team's trip to Russia to a feature on the new business school project and anecdotes about students working their way through college. If you haven't read the winter edition of the K-Stater, which is a benefit of being a member of the K-State Alumni Association, I highly recommend it. For more information on how to join the association, visit www.k-state.com.Finally, in the spirit of the holiday season, check out this story by K-State Sports Extra's Kelly McHugh on our baseball team raising money for Christmas gifts for a local family -- just one of the many community outreach activities all of teams take part in. If you are not receiving our FREE daily emails with stories from Kelly and Mark Janssen, click here.That will do it for today. I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe Christmas, and I look forward to seeing a packed INTRUST Bank Arena on Saturday and a large purple contingent in Arizona next week!