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Source: Newell Bowman, newell19@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Emily Vietti, 785-532-1545, evietti@k-state.edu

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Four generations and more than eight decades of involvement with Kansas State University have earned the Andy J. Schuler Jr. family, Chapman, the honor of being K-State's 2010 Family of the Year.

The Schuler family will be recognized Saturday, Sept. 25, at the K-State football game against the University of Central Florida, and at a special brunch as part of the university's Family Day activities. Nearly 20 members of the family will be in attendance.

"If Webster's Dictionary had a definition for Purple Pride, it would reference the Schuler family, with our family portrait as its illustration," said the nominating family member in the application. "We Schuler family members didn't just attend K-State: we were actively involved along the way."

Between them the Schuler family holds 21 degrees from five of K-State's colleges. They were members of Phi Delta Theta, Alpha Delta Pi, Kappa Delta, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Phi Kappa Theta, Chi Omega and Triangle. Schulers have lived in Ford, West, Goodnow, Marlatt, Moore, Haymaker and Van Zile halls.

Members of the Schuler family were elected to serve as student senators, class officers and SGA executive committee members, according to the nomination application. They marched with the Pride of Wildcat Land, helped paint K-Hill, played on the K-State soccer club and various intramural teams, served K-State ice cream at Call Hall, participated in the Union Program Council, served as Block and Bridle Queen, wrote articles and columns for the Collegian and Royal Purple, participated in numerous judging teams, and worked on basic cancer research. They were members of countless departmental and college organizations, where they held numerous leadership roles.

"There are very few corners of the K-State campus that have not been touched in some way by some member of this family," one family member said.

K-State's junior honorary, Chimes, selects the K-State Family of the Year based on three criteria: how the family is affiliated with the university; the way they show their loyalty and pride in K-State; and what role family plays in their lives.

The Schulers’ involvement with K-State started in the early 20th century, when A.J. Schuler's Fairview Angus Farm loaned steers to Kansas State Agriculture College. He was selected by K-State Block and Bridle as outstanding stockman of the year, and his portrait still hangs in the student lounge in Weber Hall.

A.J.'s son, Andrew Schuler Jr., attended K-State for one semester before being called home to work the farm during World War II. Andrew and his wife Rosie raised nine children, including their niece. All nine graduated from K-State.

"Most important, K-State is the place where many of us met our spouses and formed friendships that will last our lifetimes," a family member said. "Through our K-State family, we have grown in ways that we never could have expected and experienced opportunities that we never would have dared to dream possible. For that, we will all be eternally grateful and forever K-State proud."


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