Guest Information

Spouse and Guest Registration

Registration includes: Sunday Conference and Alumni Brunch; Monday breakfast and lunch, Tuesday breakfast and lunch; KVMA Trade Show and all refreshment breaks. Event tickets must be purchased separately.

Event Tickets
Ticket is required to attend the following events.
You do not have to be registered for the conference to purchase event tickets.
Heritage Evening Reception, Dinner and Awards 
Sunday, June 2
75th Anniversary BBQ and Live Music (all you can eat and drink) $10 
Parking Permits:

Free parking is available in the parking garage at the Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center.

Special Assistance:

Need special assistance or have special dietary needs? Please contact the Office of Continuing Education and Events at or 785.532.4528 if you need assistance or have special requirements. Please contact us at least three weeks prior to the conference and we will make every effort to assist you.

By registering, I give my permission to distribute my name and contact information to conference attendees and vendors. If I prefer not to be included in these distribution lists, I will include a written request for my contact information to be omitted.

Notice of Non-Discrimination:

Kansas State University is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military status, veteran status, or other non-merit reasons, in admissions, educational programs or activities and employment, including employment of disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam Era, as required by applicable laws and regulations. Responsibility for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, has been delegated to the Director of Affirmative Action, Kansas State University, 214 Anderson Hall, Manhattan, KS 66506-0124, (Phone) 785-532-6220; (TTY) 785-532-4807. Revised April 22, 2008.


Conference Guest Activities

We have some fun activities planned for registrants and their guest. We have also worked with some of the local venues to provide discounts and special rates for you to be able to enjoy some of the sights and sounds of the Little Apple.



Little Apple Activities

Flint Hills Discovery Center – (

Visitors to the Discovery Center will be greeted with an overview of the Flint Hills Story that begins with the formation of the hills themselves from the fossilized organisms of an inland sea some 250 million years ago. It is a landscape shaped by wind and water and the alternation between cold and warm climates.

Step into the grasslands and you will discover a great diversity of life, above and below the ground. Experience what it is like under the Flint Hills and witness the great web of roots and rhizomes that allow grasslands to resist fire, and provide room and board to a wide variety of predators and prey. Visitors meet the first human residents of the region, drawn by the availability of chert/flint, the indispensable resource of hunter/gathers.

Fire has been an important part of man’s management of the grassland for thousands of years. Visitors to the Discovery Center will learn how key burning is to the cycle of life that makes the tallgrass prairie one of the world’s most nutritious grasses and fundamental to the Kansas cattle industry.

The dynamic forces of euro-American settlement will be explored including ranching, the role of the railroads, streams and rivers, and the birth and demise of towns and communities. Woven throughout the exhibits is the importance of informed stewardship of this great natural resource in the decades ahead. What are the challenges that face the Flint Hills? How can we all become better caretakers of this unique and important landscape?


Splash Park – (

Cool off at the City Pool, and this is not just any city pool. It also has a Splash Park! Enjoy an afternoon with the kids at the Splash Park and Sting Ray Wave Pool.


Adult (16+) - $5.00
Youth (age 2-5) $4.00
Child (under 2) Free
Sting Ray Wave Pool (all ages) $2.00


 Insect Zoo – (

The KSU Insect Zoo opened in 1999, and is housed in the old Dairy Barn on the campus of Kansas State University.

During guided tours, visitors are offered a chance to touch a variety of animals not usually offered in the petting zoo, including millipedes and walking sticks.

The zoo features a number of exciting educational exhibits, including a Tropical tree/flooded Amazonian Rainforest, Tropical Nighthouse (Cave), Giant Leafcutter Ant colony, Observation Beehive (left), a Mock Kitchen, a Freshwater Display, and a number of terraria with numerous species of tropical insects, tarantulas and spiders, scorpions, and other arthropods.

Admission Rates:
Walk-in visitors - $2.00 per person
Seniors and Military - $1.50 per person
Guided Tours – charge is $3.00 per person and must be scheduled one week in advance


 Beach Museum – (

We will be the premier center for the study and appreciation of Kansas art.

For many decades Kansas State University’s art collection was housed in campus public spaces and offices. The focus was art from Kansas and the region. As part of the university’s 1990 Essential Edge campaign, K-State First Lady Ruth Ann Wefald led the efforts to raise private funds to build a 26,000 square foot museum on the southeast corner of campus. The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, made possible with a generous lead gift from Ross and Marianna Beach of Hays, Kansas, opened in the fall of 1996. Mr. Beach named the museum in honor of his wife in celebration of the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. Arthur Andersson of Moore/Andersson Architects (now Andersson•Wise Architects), Austin, Texas, designed the museum. Andersson’s 1996 building had five galleries, two art storage spaces, an auditorium, classroom, offices, and workspaces. An adjacent parking lot was provided for museum visitors. Andersson created the building in a postmodern style that is sensitive to the campus’s historical limestone architecture and open green spaces.

The museum’s collection had grown from less than 1,500 pieces of art when it opened in 1996 to over 7,000 objects. The collection continues to focus on art of Kansas and the region. In addition to free exhibitions, the museum presents educational programs for audiences of all ages. The annual attendance exceeds 25,000 of which approximately are 30% students, 30% University students, faculty, and staff, and 40% general visitors. The museum was accredited by the American Association of Museums in April 2003.

Admission Rate - Free and free parking


Sunset Zoo – (

Sunset Zoo, located in Manhattan, Kansas, is open 360 days a year and is home to over 300 animal species. Mission: to inspire conservation of the natural world.

General Admission Rate:
Adult -$4.00
Child - $2.00
Children under 2 & FOSZ members are free

Konza Prairie (

Konza Prairie's hiking trails wind through lowland gallery forest, cross Kings Creek, and climb over ancient limestone ledges into the native tallgrass prairie. At the highest points, enjoy spectacular views of the Flint Hills and the Kansas River Valley.

Six miles of hiking trails are open daily from dawn to dusk. Experience Flint Hills geology throughout our trail system. Enjoy a moderate walk with occasional steep climbs, uneven footing and narrow pathways. To protect the trail and hikers, the trail is occasionally closed during wet conditions or controlled burning.

The nature trails are provided by K-State Division of Biology and Friends of Konza Prairie. Maintenance of trails depends on user contributions. A trail maintenance fee of $2 is appreciated. NO DOGS OR BIKES ARE ALLOWED ON ANY PART OF THE TRAILS!!!

Konza Prairie's hiking trails begin at the parking area near the main entrance. At the trail head, please sign our guest register and pick up a self-guided trail brochure. We like to know who is visiting and how many people are in your party.

Before you begin, consider the ability level and preparedness of your group, as well as the length of your hike and the amount of time you have before the preserve closes.

Please come prepared to spend a minimum of two hours outdoors on the trail. Prepare for your visit and review the preserve rules.

Admission Rate – Free of Charge


Call Hall Dairy Bar (

Enjoy some of the best ice cream in town at the Call Hall Dairy Bar! The Dairy Sales counter is located in Call Hall next to the main processing plant. There is one full-time employee and up to 10 student workers. It is open to the general public Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Products sold in the Dairy Sales counter are ½ gallon ice cream, 3 gallon ice cream rounds, gallon and ½ gallon milk, cheese, butter, eggs. All products are produced from the KSU farm units.

The meat department was moved into the sales counter August 2006 after an expansion of the sales area. There is a wide range of meats to select from, including beef, pork, and lamb. The meats department also has specialty seasonal items such as smoked turkey, smoked hams, summer sausage, barbeque beef, barbeque pork and wildcat loaf.

Ice cream flavors and prices vary.