Letter from A.D. John Currie - October 29

Busy Wildcat Weekend AheadSaturday will be the perfect day for Wildcat fans with a full day of events and games. Coach Fritz and the volleyball team will host Texas Tech at 1 p.m. inside Ahearn Field House before our basketball teams host open practices and scrimmages at Bramlage Coliseum. Coach Mittie and the women's team will be showcased at 4 p.m. before Coach Weber and the men's squad take the court at 5 p.m. Get your first glance at our new videoboard - "Catzillatron!" - during Saturday's scrimmages. And let's cap the day by filling Bill Snyder Family Stadium for the 19th straight time as the Cats look to improve to 7-1 on the season.Cross Country Ready for Big 12's in Lawrence as Six Student-Athletes Earn Academic All-Big 12 HonorsSix members of Coach Godfrey's cross country team were named to the Academic Big 12 First Team earlier this week. Congrats to sophomore Jenny McCarty, sophomore Morgan Wedekind, junior Mary Frances Donnelly, and senior Erika Schiller from the women's team, and sophomore Brett Bachman and senior Fernando Roman on the men's team. Click here for our full release, and if you haven't already, click here to read a story on Fernando being nominated for a Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship.We wish Coach Godfrey's men's and women's teams well as they race for the Big 12 cross country titles in Lawrence Saturday morning.Women's Tennis Making ProgressK-State women's tennis has enjoyed a productive fall under the leadership of first-year head coach Danielle Steinberg. We are already looking forward to the team taking the court at Goss Stadium for our first spring match next semester. This weekend Coach Steinberg's netters will be in Houston for the Jason's Deli Intercollegiate.Residence Halls to Re-Open Early for KU GameThanksgiving week is busy and special for families and students alike, and it certainly will be full of competition for K-State teams both here and afar. To make it as convenient as possible for K-State students to return for the Dillons Sunflower Showdown football game on November 29 against the Jayhawks, our staff has worked with SGA and Residence Life & Housing to re-open the residence halls early after Thanksgiving.To cover the University's $5,000 overhead cost, we announced yesterday that Coach Snyder and I will each donate $2,500 so that the residence halls can re-open at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 28.Although our home finale is a month away, we wanted to make this commitment now so that students can start planning their return in time to fill the best student section in the country for the KU game, which will be Senior Day and the final home game for 21 of our players. Week in and week out, our student section plays a major part in the success of our football program and drives a vivid image of the K-State spirt to viewers across America. We really appreciate the leadership SGA President Reagan Kays and Vice President Cody Kennedy have shown in working with Derek Jackson and his fine residence hall staff to help maximize attendance for the final game of the season. Click here for our full announcement.That's all for today. Good luck to the Royals tonight, Sporting KC Thursday and all the Wildcats in action this weekend. Be sure and check k-statesports.com this weekend for all stories and results, and thank you for your loyal support of K-State student-athletes.Go Cats!John