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Sources: Emily Lehning, 785-532-6237,; and
Erica Mason, 620-792-6523,
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Monday, April 6, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's All-University Open House, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, will show families, prospective students and Wildcats of all ages what the university is all about.

Exhibits, entertainment and tours will show campus guests what each of the university's colleges and programs has to offer future students and what current students are learning. Open house is free and everyone is invited.

Some open house highlights include:

Hands-on activities
* Make an "ants on a log" snack and learn about healthy eating, Hoffman Lounge, Justin Hall.
* Hands-on physics demonstrations that promise to be "hair-raising," 143 Cardwell Hall and main entrance.
* Climb a rock wall tower, Bosco Student Plaza.
* Decorate a gingerbread woman and learn about women in Kansas history, ground floor, Union.
* Have your picture taken with your very own milk mustache, Hoffman Lounge, Justin Hall.
* Build a model car out of toy building blocks and design an advertisement to market it, Calvin Hall.
* Try on all of the gear worn by scientists who work in high-security labs, Biosecurity Research Institute, Pat Roberts Hall.
* Meet all sorts of farm animals, Call Hall Plaza.
* K-brand airbrush tattoos, Waters Hall lawn.
* Dress up like a veterinary surgeon, 104 Trotter Hall.
* Stuffed animal clinic, small animal lobby, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Mosier Hall.

* Campus walking tours will leave the admissions booth in the Union every half hour, with the 1 p.m. tour conducted in both English and Spanish.
* Hop a shuttle to check out the residence halls or Jardine Apartments, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bosco Student Plaza.
* Tour K-State's gardens, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., University Gardens.

* Kansas City Marching Cobras drill team, 12:15 p.m., Bosco Student Plaza.
* Multicultural dance competition, 1:30 p.m., on the quad between Waters Hall and Hale Library.
* You be the judge during the Vet Med Pet Show, 12:30 p.m., 201 Trotter Hall.

The green scene
* Check out the carnival of conservation and culture, play recycling games, see a water pollution display and learn how K-State students are making a difference, quad between Waters Hall and Hale Library.
* Take a tour of the International Student Center's eco-friendly rain garden, which highlights ways to reduce storm water runoff, reuse it in a perennial garden and improve water quality in local streams through the use of permeable pavement, 1 p.m., International Student Center.

Exhibits and demonstrations
* Glassblowing demonstrations. 10 a.m. and noon, 114 Willard Hall.
* Watch students transform a block of ice into an artistic creation, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Justin Hall patio.
* Lecompton re-enactors will bring the Civil War to life. 12:30 p.m., quad between Waters Hall and Hale Library.
* "Weird science" chemistry magic show. 11 a.m., quad north of Hale Library. The show will be moved to 114 Willard Hall in case of inclement weather.
* Learn your name in Japanese at the modern languages display, ground floor, K-State Student Union.
* Check out K-State's nuclear reactor, Ward Hall.
* See how an original print is silk-screened onto a muslin tote bag, on the hour from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 251 Justin Hall.
* Take a spin through K-State's Insect Zoo and learn about the world's largest tarantula, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Glenn Beck Dairy Barn, University Gardens.
* Explore how fungi, nematodes, bacteria and viruses affect the food you eat, Throckmorton Plant Sciences Center.
* Check out the tightrope-walking rats, ground floor, Union.
* See a full-size cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull and look through a slice of solid rock, ground floor, Union.
* Learn about sustainable design by recycling vintage silk ties into stylish buttons, 350 Justin Hall.
* Check out the solar car designed and built by students, Rathbone Hall.
* Learn how many loaves of bread come from a bushel of wheat or how many gallons of oil come from a bushel of soybeans, southeast entrance to Throckmorton Hall.

Things to eat
* At the Open Air Cafe, hotel and restaurant management students will serve grilled hot dogs, chips, a cookie and a complimentary Pepsi, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Justin Hall patio.
* Pancakes and sausage, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 142 Seaton Hall.
* Pig out on a porkbuger at the Swine Practitioners' booth, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mosier Hall.
* Free sandwiches and a drink, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Calvin Hall.
* Crispy mealworms and yummy crickets will be served at the Insect Zoo, Glenn Beck Dairy Barn, University Gardens.
* Fresh-baked samples and bread baking demonstrations, Shellenberger Hall.
* Sample K-State cheese, ice cream and meats, first floors of Call and Weber halls and the lawn between the buildings.

A complete listing of All-University Open House events is online at: