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Source: Emily Lehning, 785-532-6237,
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-6415,

Friday, Sept. 18, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's 81st annual Family Day will be Saturday, Sept. 26. The day provides students and their families with the opportunity to spend time together on campus.

The Family Day schedule has events that spotlight a variety of K-State departments, academics, clubs and organizations. With so many activities offered, there is something for everyone, said Emily Lehning, K-State assistant vice president for student life and director of new student services.

"Family Day is a great opportunity for parents and families to join their students on the campus and celebrate together," she said. "We have many different programs to appeal to people of all ages and to give everyone the chance to enjoy the day."

Lehning said Family Day activities also are a good way for new students, who have had a few weeks to get to know the campus better, to now share their new experiences with their families.

Most Family Day events are free, although some do charge a fee and may require a reservation. More information about Family Day, including a complete listing of events, is available at:

Students and their families are invited to take part in the K-State Legacy Pinning Ceremony, where the K-State family tradition is honored with the pinning of current students by K-State alumni in their family. Family members that are not alumni, known as K-Staters by Choice, also are invited to participate. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. in the ballroom of the K-State Alumni Center, and breakfast will be served. The cost for the ceremony is $12 per student and $15 for family members. Reservations can be made by calling 785-532-6237 or by e-mail to

Other activities include campus tours, a children's carnival on the K-State Student Union's Bosco Plaza and a barbecue lunch in Cat Town on the southeast side of Bill Snyder Family Stadium before the K-State football team takes on Tennessee Tech. The lunch costs $10 per person. Reservations are requested by contacting 785-532-7584 or The lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

K-State's honorary family of the year will be recognized at the K-State football game. Every year, families are nominated by application for their dedication to K-State. After reviewing the nominees, K-State's junior honorary, Chimes, determines the winner.