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Sources: Emily Lehning, 785-532-6237, lehning@k-state.edu;
and Jennifer Heim, 785-675-2334, jheim@k-state.edu
Web site: http://www.k-state.edu/openhouse
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415, kmayes@k-state.edu

Thursday, April 8, 2010

K-STATE'S ALL-UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE APRIL 24 OFFERS VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES, FUN

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's All-University Open House, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, will show Wildcats of all ages what the university has to offer.

Exhibits, entertainment and tours will be available to show future students and the public what current K-Staters are already doing. Open house is free and no registration is required. Sales of food and special items also will be available.

2010 All-University Open House highlights include:

Hands-on activities
* "Hair-raising" physics demonstrations, 143 Cardwell Hall and the main entrance. A demonstration of favorite physics tricks will be at 12:30 in 103 Cardwell Hall.
* Meet a variety of farm animals face-to-snout, Weber Hall lawn.
* Ask K-State's poet-in-a-box to compose a poem on a topic of your choice, ground floor, K-State Student Union.
* Look inside a cow's stomach, J128 Mosier Hall.
* Try your hand at a Latin American paper craft and learn how to introduce yourself in several different languages, ground floor, Union.
* Decorate a gingerbread woman, ground floor, Union.
* Climb a rock wall tower, Bosco Plaza.
* Build a model car out of Legos then create an ad to sell it, Calvin Hall.
* Make-and-take art project led by future art educators, Bluemont Hall.
* Tee off on a five-hole miniature golf course, front lawn of Justin Hall by Lovers Lane.
* Face the physical challenges of Twister and learn a little bit about fruits and veggies in the process, Hoffman Lounge, Justin Hall.
* Bring in your child's ailing stuffed animal to be checked out by K-State's veterinary staff, small animal lobby, Mosier Hall.
* Design a special button made from second-hand clothing, 350 and 351 Justin Hall.
* Have your picture taken with a scaly, feathery or furry creature, E108 Mosier Hall.

Entertainment
* The Lecompton Reenactors will bring to life a Civil War-era town hall meeting, 10 a.m. and noon in the quad. They also will perform at 9:15 a.m. in Bosco Plaza.
* Live music by students from the College of Architecture, Planning and Design, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.‚ Pierce Commons, Seaton Hall.
* Cadence, K-State's a cappella group, 10 a.m., Bosco Plaza.
* Kansas City Marching Cobras drill team, about 12:30 p.m., Bosco Plaza.
* K-State Singers, 11 a.m., quad.
* K-State Band, 2 p.m., quad.
* K-State musicians Laura Wetzel and Caleb McGinn will perform, at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m respectively, Bosco Plaza.
* Poize hip-hop dance group and the Juggling Club will perform on the quad throughout the day.

Good eats
* Pancake and sausage feed, 142 Seaton Hall.
* Pork burgers, baked beans and soda, Mosier Hall.
* Bakery science students will give tours of the teaching lab with French bread and pretzel baking demonstrations to include free samples, soft drinks and coffee, Shellenberger Hall.
* Enjoy grilled hot dogs, chili, chips, and a complimentary Pepsi, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Justin Hall patio.
* Treat yourself to a Call Hall ice cream float, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Justin Hall patio.
* Sample freshly prepared insect cuisine, Insect Zoo, Glenn Beck Dairy Barn, K-State Gardens.
* All-you-can-eat sandwich bar for $6.50, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Derby and Kramer dining centers.
* Complimentary sandwiches and drinks while they last, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Calvin Hall.

Exhibits and demonstrations
* Wall Street will visit Calvin Hall with a demonstration of how the stock market really works, Calvin Hall.
* See how GPS technology influences agriculture, 142 Seaton Hall
* Be amazed as students transform basic blocks of ice into detailed sculptures, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Justin
Hall patio.
* Play nutrition Jeopardy, Hoffman Lounge, Justin Hall.
* Watch as an original print is silk-screened onto reusable muslin tote bags, 251 Justin Hall.
* Try your hand at sustainable fashion by combining new and second-hand items, 350 Justin Hall.
* Bring pictures of your yard and get expert advice on how to improve your outdoor environment, K-State Gardens.
* Pick up day lily divisions from the university gardens and student-grown bedding plants, K-State Gardens.
* Visit K-State's award-winning rain garden where water is a precious commodity, 1-2 p.m. International Student Center.
* Tour the Biosecurity Research Institute's training lab and try on safety gear, Pat Roberts Hall.
* Watch art students use the pottery wheel, ground floor, Union.
* Cockroach races and exotic insects, Insect Zoo, Glenn Beck Dairy Barn, K-State Gardens.
* See the magic of chemistry in action, 11 a.m., quad north of Hale Library, weather permitting. Alternate location is 114 Willard Hall.
* Glassblowing demonstrations, 10 a.m. and noon, 114 Willard Hall.
* Come face-to-face with a full-size T. rex skull and look through a slice of solid rock, ground floor, Union.
* Investigate how students built a steel bridge and a floating concrete canoe, 2124 and 2144 Fiedler Hall.
* Watch competition robots and play games written by K-State students, Fiedler Library.
* Check out K-State's nuclear reactor, Ward Hall.
* Witness the eruption of a soda-pop geyser, lawn in front of Call Hall.

Open House festivities will be followed by the Spring football game at 6:10 p.m. in Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Tickets are $5. Following the game, a free concert, SpringFest, will be hosted by the Union Program Council. The concert will feature artists Nick Motil and Quiet Drive and be in the stadium's east parking lot, Gate 9 area.

A full list of Open House activities is available at http://www.k-state.edu/openhouse, and an open house video is also available on K-State's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/KState.