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K-State Open House gets back to its 'roots'

Wednesday, March 23, 2016


BOXhattan, where visitors can try their hand at city planning, is just one of the fun, free events offered on the Manhattan campus as part of Kansas State University's All-University Open House, Saturday, April 16. Open house events also will be offered on the university's campuses in Olathe and Salina.| Download this photo.


MANHATTAN — Students, visitors and community members are invited to get rooted in purple at Kansas State University. On Saturday, April 16, the Manhattan, Olathe and Polytechnic 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 Olathe and Polytechnic campuses. Open house is an opportunity to discover your K-State roots and grow new ones 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. "K-State is a leader in teaching, research, outreach and extension. We're excited to highlight the opportunities available to future students, as well as the excellent work of current students, faculty and staff."

Eight colleges are represented at the Manhattan campus open house, offering activities, projects, displays, food and entertainment. The College of Engineering invites visitors to visit the brand-new Engineering Hall expansion and take a turn on the racing simulator. Don't miss the College of Agriculture's mock irrigation system, then take the shuttle to the grain science and industry department's north complex to enjoy a free lunch. Many additional dining and snack options are available across campus.

Add your purple leaf to the College of Human Ecology family tree, or test the health of your voice in Justin Hall. Graduate students in communications sciences and disorders will provide free hearing screenings at 127 Campus Creek Complex.

The College of Arts & Sciences will feature many displays throughout campus, 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 free snacks and learn about the college's new building opening later this year.

Check out live choir performances from the College of Education, and release pent-up energy in a bounce house. 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 about anatomy on the painted horse and palpation pony.

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

Before you leave, journey across the Manhattan campus to the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art where you can wander the wonders of the galleries from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the Polytechnic campus in Salina to check out the dancing robot and take part in wild chemistry demonstrations. At the Olathe campus, visitors will be treated to innovative food creations, door prizes and delicious Call Hall ice cream.

This is just a sampling of the many events that will take place at colleges and departments throughout the Manhattan, Olathe and Salina campuses. Please note that the K-State Student Union on the Manhattan campus is undergoing renovations, so some exhibits may have moved from previous years. Visit k-state.edu/openhouse to learn more about the annual event. Get ready to get rooted in purple at K-State.


Emily Lehning


All-University Open House

News Tip

Manhattan, Olathe and Salina

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Megan Saunders

At a glance

Get "rooted in purple" at Kansas State University's All-University Open House, Saturday, April 16, on the university's campuses in Manhattan, Olathe and Salina.