Media advisory prepared by: Erinn Barcomb-Peterson, 785-532-1543, ebarcomb@k-state.edu

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Media advisory for Landon Lecture with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack

LECTURER: The Landon Lecture by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10. He will present "Why America Needs Agriculture."

NEWS MEDIA PARKING: Free parking is available to news media by using a K-State media parking pass, which allows parking in any nonreserved or nonhandicap student or faculty/staff space in K-State's parking lots. Please note that parking without a pass in a reserved or handicap space can result in a parking fine or the wheel-locking or towing of your vehicle. If you do not have a media parking pass, please contact news/editorial services at vpcm@k-state.edu or 785-532-2535 several days in advance of the lecture to arrange for one. Other parking options include the K-State parking garage, 17th Street and Anderson Ave., where parking is $1.50 an hour on a space-available basis. A one-day visitor parking pass also can be purchased for $4 at the drive-up teller window on the west side of the parking garage. The pass allows for the same outdoor parking as with a media parking pass. Please allow ample time for parking.

NEWS MEDIA SEATING: Reserved seats for print media will be in the first few rows of the auditorium. A portion of the last row of McCain will be set aside for electronic media, where an audio distribution box will be available. If you plan to attend the lecture please email vpcm@k-state.edu or call 785-532-2535 to reserve a seat.

CREDENTIALS: Although credentials are not required for the lecture, please bring your media identification with you in case it becomes necessary.

SECURITY: Media should be prepared to have camera bags, computer bags and the like searched when entering the auditorium.

LECTURE TEXT: Prepared text of the lecture will NOT be available.

SATELLITE FEED: There will be NO satellite feed of video and sound bites from the lecture.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Vilsack will be available to the media for 10 minutes following the lecture. After the audience has left the auditorium, Vilsack will return to the lectern, where media may place microphones and recording equipment. Media may convene in the auditorium's front rows and set up tripods in the seating area. Because media will not be allowed on stage, reporters may want to bring long microphone cords. If you plan to attend to take advantage of the media availability, please email vpcm@k-state.edu or call 785-532-2535.