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All-University Open House celebrates K-State stories through food, fun and learning

Monday, March 24, 2014



MANHATTAN — Kansas State University invites students, visitors and community members to write a new chapter of K-State's story — yours. On Saturday, April 5, all three campuses will offer activities, learning, fun and food as part of the annual All-University Open House.

Open house will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Manhattan campus, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Salina and Olathe campuses. At all locations, open house is an opportunity to discover where Kansas State University's story meets yours while exploring some of the university's 475-plus clubs and organizations and 250 majors and options.

"Open house is a wonderful way to experience what it means to be a Wildcat," said Emily Lehning, assistant vice president for student life. "The university is a leader in teaching, research, outreach and extension. We're excited to highlight the excellent work of our students, faculty and staff while celebrating K-State stories."

Eight colleges are represented at the Manhattan campus open house, offering activities, projects, displays, food and entertainment. The colleges of Engineering and Agriculture offer a pancake feed from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 142 Seaton Hall. Engineering students and faculty also will race bicycles powered by grass trimmer motors, among other college activities. Agriculture invites you to check out soda pop geyser demonstrations on the Call Hall lawn, or take the shuttle to the grain science department's north complex to enjoy lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many additional dining and snack options are available across campus.

Chill out at the College of Human Ecology's ice-carving demonstration. Hotel and restaurant management students will transform a large block of ice into beautiful sculptures at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the patio of Justin Hall. Graduate students in communications sciences and disorders will analyze voice health using the latest equipment in 123 Campus Creek Complex.

The College of Arts and Sciences will feature many displays on the first floor of the K-State Student Union, including art students printing objects with 3-D printers and the English department's custom poetry from the Poet-in-a-Box. While visiting the College of Business Administration at Calvin Hall, enjoy snacks, a bounce house for children and an opportunity to decorate a Wildcat dollar.

See history come to life at the College of Education's wax museum. Step on the button of a motionless wax figure and watch it come to life and speak. The College of Architecture, Planning & Design's many events include BOXhattan, allowing visitors to try their hand at city planning.

Take a stroll to the College of Veterinary Medicine complex to see a variety of exhibits and activities. Children may bring their stuffed animals in for "treatment," and visitors of all ages can learn to perform a physical exam on the veterinary medicine pony.

Open house attendees can visit the Biosecurity Research Institute to explore careers in biosecurity. Scientific research has been a part of Kansas State University since it was founded. In 1004 Pat Roberts Hall, talk to the experts about the features of the institute that allow groundbreaking research to take place.

Journey across the Manhattan campus to the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art where you can wander the wonders of the galleries. Check out the multimedia exhibition in the Vanier Gallery celebrating the native stone arched roof cellars of the Flint Hills, the open structures interpreting house and home in the Stolzer Gallery, and much more. Galleries at the Beach Museum of Art are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At K-State Olathe, picture yourself as a Wildcat by getting your photo taken at the Willie the Wildcat green screen, or share your Kansas State University story in the recording studio. You also may participate in a real-life laboratory experience to see how the presence of bugs in water indicates environmental health.

Visit K-State Salina to take a hot-air balloon ride and assist computer systems technology students in activating a robotic candy dispenser. Plus, decorate a 2-liter bottle rocket and see how far it can launch.

Other events will take place at colleges and departments throughout the university's Manhattan, Salina and Olathe campuses. Visit http://www.k-state.edu/openhouse to learn more about the annual event. Join us to add a K-State chapter to your story.


Emily Lehning


All-University Open House

Written by

Megan Saunders

At a glance

K-State invites everyone to add a chapter to their story at the All-University Open House on Saturday, April 5. 

Notable quote

"Open house is a wonderful way to experience what it means to be a Wildcat."

— Emily Lehning, assistant vice president for student life