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October 6, 2015

Community invited to participate in K-State Homecoming events

Submitted by Tim Schrag

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The K-State Alumni Association and Student Homecoming Committee invite Kansas State University students, alumni, families and friends to join them for events and activities during K-State's 2015 All-University Homecoming Week Oct. 11-17.

This year's Homecoming theme is "A Century of Coming Home" to mark K-State's 100th homecoming celebration.

The first homecoming at K-State was celebrated in 1915 when football coach John "Jawn" Bender called on alumni to return to Manhattan to show their support at the football game against the University of Kansas. In 1939, K-State, then called Kansas State Agricultural College, hosted the first televised homecoming football game versus the University of Nebraska. It also was one of the earliest televised games in the history of college football.

"Homecoming week is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come out and show their K-State pride," said Amanda Lee, K-State's All-University Homecoming chair and assistant director of student programs for the Alumni Association. "It says so much that our Wildcat community has been able to celebrate this annual event for a full century. We look forward to K-State fans of all ages joining us for a spirit-filled week celebrating the K-State family, which spreads across the country and worldwide."

All Homecoming events are open to the public. View the most updated information and the schedule of events. All events and times are subject to change:

Sunday, Oct. 11

10 a.m., Homecoming Philanthropy 5K Run/Walk at K-State Alumni Center: Students, alumni and community members may run or walk through campus in the 13th annual Homecoming 5K Run/Walk, which benefits Flint Hills Community Clinic.

Noon to 2 p.m., Greek and Residence Hall Spirit Signs and Student Organization Sidewalk Chalking Contest

5:30 p.m., Crazy Cat Kickoff at Memorial Stadium: This series of comical games is sponsored by the K-State Association of Residence Halls.

8 p.m., Pant the Chant at Bramlage Coliseum: Homecoming pairings perform original spirit cheers.

Also: Coloring contest winners for grades K-6 will be displayed at Manhattan Town Center all week.

Tuesday, Oct. 13

10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Paint the 'Ville in Aggieville: Check out the Aggieville windows being painted by campus organizations and homecoming pairings.

8 p.m., Wildcat Request Live in Bramlage Coliseum: This lip sync and dance competition showcases Greek homecoming pairings.

Thursday, Oct. 15

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., K-State Student Ambassador Elections

6-8 p.m., Children's Carnival at the K-State Student Union: Open to the Manhattan and surrounding communities.

Friday, Oct. 16

3-5:30 p.m., Trick-or-Treat in Aggieville

5 p.m., Homecoming Parade: The parade route begins at Manhattan Town Center and will run along Poyntz Avenue from Third Street to 11th Street, then heads north along 11th until reaching Moro Street before snaking back south along Manhattan Avenue and concluding in City Park.

6:30 p.m., Homecoming Pep Rally at Larry Norvell Band Shell in City Park following the parade.

Saturday, Oct. 17

10 a.m., One hour prior to kickoff the K-State Alumni Center will be open for visitors.

K-State vs. Oklahoma homecoming football game. Time TBD. Visit www.kstatesports.com for updated game times.

A pregame celebration will begin two hours prior to kickoff in Cat Town, which is located on the south side of the west parking lot at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Cost to attend is $20 per adult and $15 per child from 4-17 years old. Reservations for pregame are required and are due by Oct. 9.

The winning Greek Spirit signs will be displayed at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. During halftime the new Student Ambassadors will be announced and the Homecoming Committee members will be recognized.

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