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Sources: Emily Lehning, 785-532-6237,;
and Jennifer Heim,
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News release prepared by: Emily Vietti, 785-532-2535,

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's All-University Open House -- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16 -- gives Wildcats of all ages an opportunity to choose their destination with a multitude of activities, food and more.

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.

2011 All-University Open House highlights include:

Hands-on activities
* Take a green-screen photo with Willie running on the football field and more, Waters Hall lawn.
* Take a short class with the modern languages department to determine your language level, ground floor, K-State Student Union.
* "Hair-raising" physics demonstrations, 143 Cardwell Hall and the main entrance. A demonstration of favorite physics tricks will be at 12:30 p.m. in 103 Cardwell Hall.
* Ask K-State's poet-in-a-box to compose a poem on a topic of your choice, ground floor, K-State Student Union.
* Climb a rock wall tower, Bosco Student Plaza.
* Build a model car out of plastic building blocks then create an ad to sell it, Calvin Hall.
* Wall Street will visit Calvin Hall with opportunities to play trading games with finance students, Calvin Hall.
* Show your putting skills on the miniature golf course, Justin Hall front lawn.
* Create a telescope to look at stars and planets, 149 Justin Hall.
* Make your own pirate hat and wheel and embark on a treasure map quest, Bluemont Hall.
* Bring in your child's ailing stuffed animal to be checked out by K-State's veterinary staff, small animal lobby, Mosier Hall.
* Meet a variety of farm animals face-to-snout, Weber Hall lawn.
 * Have your picture taken with a scaly, feathery or furry creature, E108 Mosier Hall.
* Check out bacteria and parasites under a microscope, 204 Trotter Hall.
* Take your photo with life-size cutouts of Willie the Wildcat and the K-State coaches, Dole Hall.
* Complete the College of Agriculture scavenger hunt and you could win a free T-shirt, Waters Hall lawn.

* Musicians Andy and Eric will perform at 9:15 a.m., Bosco Student Plaza.
* Poize hip-hop dance group will perform at 9:30 a.m., quad.
* The Lecompton Reenactors will re-enact a Civil War scene at 10 a.m. and noon, quad.
* K-State musician Laura Wetzel will perform at 10 a.m., Bosco Student Plaza.
* Cadence and the K-State Singers will perform at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively, quad.
* Catch Amy and Oh, Handsome Navigator will play at 11 a.m. and noon, respectively, Bosco Student Plaza.
* The Buffalo Wild Wings wing-eating contest will take place at 1 p.m., quad.
* On The Spot Improv will perform a set at 1 p.m., Bosco Student Plaza.
* The K-State Band will perform at 1:30 p.m., quad.
* Kansas City Marching Cobras drill team will perform around 2:15 p.m., Bosco Student Plaza.
* The Juggling Club will perform throughout the day, quad.

Good eats
* Seaton Hall pancake feed -- come for pancakes and sausage, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 142 Seaton Hall.
* Breakfast, snacks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tower Building, Jardine.
* Bake sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 204 Shellenberger Hall.
* Grilled hot dogs with or without chili, chips and soda, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., patio, Justin Hall.
* Pork burgers, baked beans and soda, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., "I-70," Mosier Hall.
* A $6.50 all-you-can-eat sandwich bar, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Derby and Kramer Dining Centers.
* Free baked good samples, soft drinks and coffee, Shellenberger Hall.
* Meat and dairy sale, Call Hall.
* Complimentary sandwiches and drinks while supplies last, Calvin Hall.
* Pancakes and doughnuts, 7 to 10 a.m., aviation ramp and maintenance teaching hangar, Salina.

Exhibits and demonstrations
* Cheer on engineering students as they race bicycles powered by string-trimmer motors around campus.
* Visit K-State's award-winning rain garden where water is a precious commodity, 1-2 p.m., International Student Center.
* Watch art students use the pottery wheel, ground floor, K-State Student Union.
* Check out a glass blowing demonstration at 10 a.m. and noon, 114 Willard Hall.
* Come face-to-face with a full-size Tyrannosaurus Rex skull and look through a slice of solid rock, ground floor, K-State Student Union.
* Watch a demonstration of tightrope-walking rats, ground floor, K-State Student Union.
* Check out the magic show, 11 a.m., quad north of Hale Library.
* Witness the eruption of a soda-pop geyser, front lawn, Call Hall.
* Be amazed as students transform basic blocks of ice into detailed sculptures, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Justin Hall patio.
* Watch as an original print is silk-screened onto fabric, 251 Justin Hall.
* Visit the poultry production exhibit with baby chicks on display, Weber Hall.
* Cockroach races and exotic insects, Insect Zoo, Glenn Beck Dairy Barn, K-State Gardens.
* Check out K-State's nuclear reactor, Ward Hall.

A full list of open house activities is available at