Letter from A.D. John Currie - October 4

As Big 12 Conference action heats up (on the field too!), your continued support of our K-State student-athletes this Saturday for the Missouri game is more important than ever. Thanks to your support, the passion of our student section, our tailgating scene, and the tremendous Pride of Wildcatland Marching Band, we already have a gameday atmosphere second to none... AND... Saturday's game against Missouri also provides our fans the opportunity to witness one of the most unique traditions in college football - Harley Day! The ticket office phone and internet registers have been ringing hard but good seats are still available for as little as $40, so help us send a message to our ABC television audience by filling Bill Snyder Family Stadium with 50,000 strong! In order to accommodate fans in purchasing tickets for Saturday's game, our ticket office at Bramlage Coliseum will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. this week until the game is sold out. But don't wait until Saturday - reserve your tickets now by calling 1-800-221-CATS, visiting our website at www.k-statesports.com/tickets or stopping by the ticket office. Volleyball Returns Home Wednesday Come out to Ahearn tomorrow night for the 7 p.m. match and support Coach Fritz and the 13-4 Cats as they take on Iowa State in a huge conference match. The Cats are 2-1 in the Big 12 and have won 13 out of their last 15 matches. Congratulations to sophomore Kaitlynn Pelger as she was named Big 12 Player of the Week twice and National Player of the Week once during the Cats' win streak. The first 200 fans in attendance tomorrow night can purchase $1 pretzels! Rowing Strong in Oklahoma The rowing team closed out its fall schedule last weekend in Oklahoma with a strong showing. The 1st Novice 8 came home with the gold after clocking in at 15:00.932, while the 1st Varsity 8 also turned in a solid race. Coach Sweeney and the rowing team will now begin preparations for a spring schedule that begins March 16 in Texas. Also in Action Both golf teams will compete in final round action today as the women's team will tee it up in Missouri and the men's team at home out at beautiful Colbert Hills. Good luck to reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Petra Niedermayerova this week as she will compete in the main draw of the ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif., beginning tomorrow. State of the University Friday afternoon I attended President Schulz's excellent "State of the University" address in Forum Hall. Did you know that K-State has record enrollment (again) and is now officially the preferred college destination for more Kansas high school students than any other university? Click here to watch President Schulz's speech and view the accompanying power point presentation. Big 12 Update Of course no letter these days is complete without the requisite conference realignment update. President Schulz and I continue to be engaged and active in conversations with our peers in the conference and around the country. We are glad to have Interim Commissioner Chuck Neinas now fully involved in the efforts to achieve long term stability and prosperity for the Big 12. Click here to read yesterday's Big 12 release on Board actions. Despite the distractions, Big 12 student-athletes are doing their part as six of 10 Big 12 football programs are currently ranked in the Top 25, including your K-State Wildcats at No. 20! Thanks again for your continued support. Keep the K-State connection strong by following us on twitter, facebook, k-statesports.com, K-StateHD.TV and K-State Sports Extra for all of the latest happenings in K-State Athletics. You can also help by forwarding the links above to your other K-State friends. We will see you Wednesday night at Ahearn and Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Go Cats! John