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Source: Emily Lehning, 785-532-6237,
News release prepared by: Rosie Hoefling, 785-532-2535,

Monday, Sept. 13, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University alumni, students and their families will have the opportunity to participate in the university's 82nd annual Family Day, Saturday, Sept. 25.

Family Day offers a wide range of activities on campus and in the Manhattan community throughout the day.

"Family Day is an important tradition for the K-State community," said Emily Lehning, K-State assistant vice president for student life and director of new student services. "We love to have our alumni and students bring their family members to the campus to experience life as a K-Stater."

Family Day participants can tour campus, experience exciting programs and services offered to students, attend the K-State vs. Central Florida football game and much more. Multiple kid-friendly activities are being offered, including a children's carnival and discounted admission to the insect zoo. Family Day also is an opportunity to find out how K-State is working to become a nationally recognized top 50 public research university by 2025.

K-State's honorary family of the year will be recognized during the football game and at a special brunch. Families are nominated by application every year for their dedication to K-State. Members of Chimes, K-State's junior honorary, select the family to be honored.

Most activities are free, but some may include a fee and require a reservation. More information about K-State's Family Day, including a complete list of events, can be found at

A few of the Family Day activities include:

* "Pasta, Passion and Pistols"dinner theater, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, K-State Student Union Main Ballroom. Begin your Family Day festivities a day early with a family-friendly theater production sponsored by the Union Program Council. For tickets and table reservations call 785-532-6571.

* K-State Legacy Pinning Ceremony and Breakfast, 9-10:30 a.m. Sept. 25, K-State Alumni Center Ballroom. The ceremony recognizes the commitment of K-Staters across generations and concludes with family members and friends pinning current K-State students as a symbol of shared loyalty to the university. Family members who are not alumni are also honored with the K-Stater by Choice recognition. For pricing and reservation information, please call 785-532-6237.

* Children's Carnival, 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 25, Bosco Student Plaza in front of the Union. Join K-State fraternities and sororities as they host a free children's carnival featuring a moon bounce, games and candy.

* K-State Insect Zoo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25, Glenn Beck Dairy Barn, 1500 Denison Ave. In addition to the barn's regular exhibits, the zoo will feature a variety of events, including cockroach races, a bee expert and an insect cooking demonstration. Admission is $1 per person.