Jack and Donna Vanier were honored as the 2011
 Homecoming Parade Grand Marshalls, Oct. 28
 in Manhattan. (Photo: David Mayes, K-State Alumni

Longtime university supporters Jack and Donna Vanier of Brookville, Kan., were honored as grand marshals of the Kansas State University Homecoming 2011 parade Oct. 28. The parade was sponsored by the Association and the All-University Homecoming Committee as part of last week’s annual festivities.

Owners of the CK Ranch in Brookville, the Vaniers are active philanthropists who have supported many Kansas State University and community initiatives through the Vanier Family Foundation. Both have been honored with K-State’s Medal of Excellence, the university’s highest honor, were inducted into the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame and are lifetime members of the K-State Alumni Association.    

Jack is a past member of the K-State Alumni Association board of directors and a recipient of the Association’s Alumni Medallion award. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the beef cattle industry and may be best known for his contributions to the K-State football program, which resulted in the football complex being named for him and his family.

Donna has served K-State in many capacities including as a trustee and member of the KSU Foundation’s executive committee and as chair of the Board of Visitors for the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. Her contributions to the museum have been recognized with the naming of one of its galleries in her honor.

The Vanier family also has supported many K-State programs and colleges including K-State at Salina, the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, Colbert Hills Golf Course and the colleges of human ecology, agriculture and veterinary medicine, among many other university and community causes. All three of their children are K-State graduates.

“We are so appreciative of Jack and Donna and how special they are to the K-State family,” said Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association. “The Homecoming Committee selects the grand marshals each year, and it’s a real testament to how much appreciation and respect K-State students have for the Vanier family by choosing to recognize them in this manner. They have been very loyal and generous in their support of the entire university, and it was our utmost pleasure to honor them during this year’s parade.”

From the 5K Race, to the parade and pep rally, K-State Homecoming Week 2011, themed "Wildcat Wave," brought out the Wildcat pride in students, alumni and community members. Competitions throughout the week among Greek chapters, residence halls and student organizations fostered a competitive spirit around campus. Building parade floats and competing in dance and lip-sync contests were some of the ways students were able to showcase their talents throughout the week. Don't miss Homecoming 2012 next year when purple pride takes over Manhattan! Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun on Facebook and Twitter! We had a blast sharing updates, photos and videos throughout the week. If you missed out, be sure to find us at: www.Facebook.com/KStateAlumniAssociation and Twitter.com/KStateAlumni

Overall Homecoming 2011 results are below:

Student organizations
1st place — Powercat Motorsports
2nd place — Black Student Union
3rd place — Students for Environmental Action

Residence halls
1st place —  Ford - Haymaker — Moore
2nd place — Strong Complex — West — Smurthwaite
3rd place — Goodnow — Marlatt

Greek pairings
1st place — Alpha Delta Pi — Alpha Tau Omega
2nd place — Alpha Xi Delta — Delta Upsilon — Kappa Sigma
3rd place — Kappa Alpha Theta — Phi Gamma Delta — Sigma Nu
4th place — Alpha Chi Omega — Beta Sigma Psi — Delta Chi — Tau Kappa Epsilon  
5th place — Kappa Kappa Gamma  — Gamma Rho Lambda — Lambda Chi Alpha — Phi Kappa Theta

Click here for complete results!