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Source: Heather Wagoner, 785-826-2917, hwagoner@k-state.edu
Web site: http://www.salina.k-state.edu/openhouse/
News release prepared by: Natalie Blair, 785-826-2642, nblair@k-state.edu

Thursday, April 8, 2010

K-STATE AT SALINA OFFERING FUN FOR ALL AGES AT ALL-UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE APRIL 24

SALINA -- Kansas State University at Salina's open house, Saturday, April 24, will be full of board game-related activities for players of all ages.

Visitors also will have a chance to learn about K-State's aviation and engineering technology programs, in addition to the new business administration bachelor's degree to be offered at K-State at Salina in fall 2010. Campus tours will be offered every hour starting at 9:30 a.m. from College Center.

The day will begin with purple pancakes at the flight team's annual fly-in fundraiser from 7-10 a.m. at the aviation ramp and maintenance teaching hangar.

The majority of K-State at Salina's open house activities are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus, 2310 Centennial Road, Salina.

Visitors can play "K-State at Salina Clue" and enter to win a family game night gift pack at College Center. After scouring campus for clues to the mystery, participants can conclude the game in the Student Life Center where free Purple Pride ice cream will be waiting.

Hands-on activities include using the Cat Cannon to shoot at targets suspiciously shaped like mascots from other universities, making a keychain souvenir or assembling an air-run motor.

The flight simulators will be up and running so visitors can try "flying" K-State's jet and an unmanned aircraft vehicle. K-State's fleet of aircraft also will be on display.

Anyone having a trouble figuring out the day's mystery can take out their frustrations at the car bash, with eye protection provided; eat some cotton candy, play a life-size game of Life, learn about a student-built boat run entirely on solar energy, create a bookmark or play a round or two of Scrabble.

"With wobblebots, Hemis, 3-D printers and high-powered rockets, K-State at Salina's open house is full of exciting surprises," said Heather Wagoner, open house co-director. "Everyone is welcome to join us for the day or just a few hours. It's a nice, free day out for a family and a perfect chance to learn more about the college."

A full listing of open house events is available at http://www.salina.k-state.edu/openhouse.