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January 15, 2019

Celebrate 'Kansas Firsts' for Kansas Day on Jan. 29

Submitted by Jana Fallin

The Teaching and Learning Center is celebrating "Kansas Firsts" for Kansas Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Bluemont Room of the K-State Student Union. The event will include a Cox Bros. BBQ lunch. 

Kansas has been a pioneer state, both literally and figuratively. The state was home to the first famous cow town and the first major trails of western settlers and explorers. Kansas women also pioneered new territory in aviation and politics. Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, will share these and more Kansas firsts

K-State is the first operational land-grant university in the nation. In the tradition of "Kansas Firsts," we will celebrate K-State's first African-American graduate, George Washington Owens. Owens arrived at the Kansas State Agricultural College in 1896 and established himself as one of our most accomplished students and alumni. His inspiring story will be shared by Jed Dunham, Division of Communications and Marketing.

Jana Fallin, director of the Teaching and Learning Center, will present interesting facts about the state song, "Home on the Range."

At the event, attendees also will be able register to win a door prize: an original glass art piece of a sunflower, the state flower.

Please register to ensure we have enough food. There is a $15 fee for lunch.