Letter from A.D. John Currie - March 23

Big 12 Championships in MHKWe are fortunate this year to be hosting two Big 12 Championships in Manhattan this spring beginning with next week's Big 12 Equestrian Championships, March 30-31. Then in May, be sure to come out to the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships as some of the world's top athletes will be competing right here in our backyard. Check k-statesports.com and big12sports.com next week for information on the equestrian championships and we hope to see you out at TimberCreek Stables next weekend!K-State/Texas Baseball Series to be Nationally Televised on FCSWhen we launched K-StateHD.TV last year, one of our goals was to put ourselves in a position to provide additional content and even live events, in high definition, to our respective broadcast partners as part of our continuing effort to add exposure for K-State and enhance the world-class student-athlete experience. Earlier this week we announced in conjunction with Fox College Sports an agreement to distribute K-StateHD.TV programming to a national audience, and K-StateHD.TV will make its national television debut this weekend with the Texas baseball series. The hard work that our staff has put into the growth of K-StateHD.TV and the production and broadcast quality for our world-wide audience has been greeted with rave reviews by our fans and media partners. This collaboration with Fox College Sports to distribute our programming across the nation on its platform is another step of showcasing our brand to our world-wide fan base, and we appreciate their partnership. Click here for more details. Hanna Wiltfong Earns Post-Grad Scholarship from NCAAI would like to congratulate senior rower Hanna Wiltfong as she was recently awarded an NCAA Women's Enhancement Program Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics. Hanna was one of only 13 female student-athletes in the country to earn the $6,000 scholarship, which will be used towards a sports-related graduate program.  Congrats Hanna, and we wish her the best as she furthers her educational opportunities. Football Tickets Still on Sale/Spring Practice AheadAs a reminder, 2012 football season tickets for our seven-game home schedule are on sale. Be sure and order today as several sections have already sold out in anticipation of an exciting 2012 season! Several options and price levels are available as well as payment plans (before March 30) that allow you to split your cost into five equal payments. The early bird deadline is next Friday, March 30, so call the ticket office at 1.800.221.CATS or visit kstatesports.com to order your tickets today. Coach Snyder and our team will open spring practice April 4, while our 2012 Purple/White spring game will be at 1:10 p.m., Saturday, April 28.Other Spring UpdatesOur rowing team, led by head coach Pat Sweeney, opened the spring season last weekend in Texas with a strong showing. Our baseball team, which defeated No. 8 Texas A&M last Friday night in College Station, is off to a 12-8 mark this year and hosts No. 21 Texas this weekend.The Weekend AheadWith many of our teams in action this weekend, our tennis and baseball teams will be at home as Coach Bietau's squad hosts Texas Tech today at 1 p.m. and Baylor Sunday at 12 p.m. out at the Wamego Recreation Complex. Coach Hill and the baseball team host Texas in a three-game Big 12 series out at Tointon Stadium beginning tonight at 6:30 p.m. The series will conclude with a 2 p.m. matchup on Saturday and a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday. Catch all three games on K-StateHD.TV and on FCS. Meanwhile, our track and field and both golf teams will spend the weekend in Arizona competing at respective tournaments and competitions.That will do it for today. Good luck to all of our teams competing this weekend, and thank you for all that you do in support of our 440-plus student-athletes.Go Cats!