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Sources: Emily Lehning, 785-532-6237,;
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News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Monday, April 6, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University is inviting everyone to campus to experience university life firsthand, just as it has for the last three decades.

K-State's All-University Open House, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, will allow visitors to experience what life is like on the K-State campuses in Manhattan and Salina. Exhibits, entertainment and tours will show what each of the university's colleges and programs has to offer future students, as well as what current students are learning. Open house is free and everyone is invited.

Each college will offer an array of demonstrations and activities, many of them interactive and kid-friendly. An abundance of food and entertainment also will be available.

For incoming or prospective students, college representatives will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about the more than 250 majors and options at K-State. Walking tours of the campus will also leave every half hour from the admissions booth in the K-State Student Union. The 1 p.m. tour will be conducted in both English and Spanish. The residence halls, Jardine Apartments and K-State's fraternity and sorority houses also will provide information and conduct tours.

Kids can bring their "ailing" stuffed animals to be diagnosed at the stuffed animal clinic in Mosier Hall or watch soda pop geyser demonstrations outside Call Hall every half hour from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On the ground floor of the Union, the women's studies program is providing kids with gingerbread women to decorate, and the geology department will have a full-size cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull on display. At 10 a.m. and noon the chemistry department will put on a glassblowing demonstration in 114 Willard Hall. The department of military science will have a rock-climbing wall at the Bosco Student Plaza all day long.

Entertainment will include the Kansas City Marching Cobras, who will perform at 12:15 p.m. on the Bosco Student Plaza. Other live entertainment will be available throughout the day on the plaza, including the K-State Singers, a cappella group Cadence and bands McCoy and Kiss and Tell.

Open house also means plenty of food as various groups will feed the public's hunger for both information and good eats, like pigging out on a pork burger at Swine Practitioners Club booth or trying the insect cuisine to be offered at K-State's Insect Zoo.

For those who can't make it to campus, students in K-State's A.Q. Miller School Journalism and Mass Communications will be producing live reports about open house activities. The reports, which will be available twice an hour from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will be broadcast on Cox Cable channel 8 in the Manhattan-Junction City area and also will stream live on the Internet at

A complete list of events and activities at K-State's All-University Open House is available at: