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•What do you miss most about K-State?
•What do you remember most about your first college room or apartment at K-State?
• Share one of your favorite memories of K-State's Homecoming.
•Share a memorable story about registering for class.
•How do you decorate your home, office, vehicle, etc., to show your K-State spirit?
•What was your favorite place to eat on campus or in town?
•What gameday ritual do you have?
•What, if anything, would you do differently if you could revisit your college days?
•What has been the biggest change at K-State since you were a student?
•What do you remember most about your first day on campus?
•What was the best piece of advice you received at K-State?
•What is your favorite K-State tradition?
•What is your favorite memory of Willie the Wildcat?
•How did you incorporate K-State into your wedding?
•Describe a memory of a storm or adverse weather during your time at K-State.
•What was your favorite K-State meal or special dinner while in college and why?
•What was your favorite song while in college and why?
•What are your favorite summertime memories at K-State?
•How did a K-State club or group make an impact on your life while at K-State?
•What is your favorite memory of a K-State vs. KU sporting event?
•What was your favorite road trip while you were at K-State?
•What was your favorite fad while at K-State?
•What was your most embarrassing moment in college?
•What are your memories of final exam week?
•Where did you meet another K-State while traveling?
•What are your favorite memories of a professor?
•Why did you choose K-State?
•What are your memories of your first night at K-State?
•What are your favorite memories of spring break?
•What were some of the causes you supported or fought for as a student?
•What are your memories of campus dining halls?
•What was your favorite social activity at K-State?
Share a memorable story about registering for class.
I remember going to registration in person and how a patient woman named Alma helped me when I didn’t have everything I needed. She also made a good suggestion about algebra. She had so much experience about what worked and what other students had done. It was an overwhelming process made better by the way she did her job.
-Caron Patterson Osberg ’95
August in the “Barn.” Oh, the memories. Picking up my stack of punch cards and walking out paying $300 for 15 hours. How times have changed.
-Tom Roth ’85, ’97
Clay Center, Kansas
It was so funny trying to explain “pulling cards” for enrollment to my kids when they were at K-State in the 2000s. They just didn’t understand it.
-Valeria Marrs Edwards ’75, ’76
It was a little hectic, but I just kept looking around, soaking in that, in a few short months, I would be back in that rocking “Barn” cheering on Mike Evans, Larry Dassie, Rolando Blackman ’81, etc.
-Craig Null ’77
I remember it well. Classes, Royal Purple and football tickets — those lines, but they always seemed to keep moving. I found my receipt for my first semester: $158 for one semester of classes and $300 for the dorm.
-Ron Wellington ’80
Always hotter than all get out! And the lines!
-Dr. Dana Petersen ’95, ’97
I was a 17-year-old freshman the fall of 1960, when enrollment involved lining up outside the southeast door of Ahearn Field House to enter in groups. Once inside we moved like cattle through mazes of ropes to find faculty members handing out computer cards for their classes.
When I ended up at the north exit, cards in hand to check out, the woman said, “That will be $104 for tuition.” I was shocked. Assuming my parents had taken care of my bills, I had no cash, checkbook or credit card. It was before cellphones. She told me to step out of the line. While standing there in embarrassment, I was relieved to see Jim Mottin ’64, my Highland Park High School classmate from Topeka, coming through behind me. I told him my predicament, and he whipped out his checkbook and paid for my tuition on the spot.
I am sure I paid him back. After all these years I don’t remember. Jim, did I?
-Louanne Theilmann Isernhagen ’64
Share one of your favorite memories of K-State's Homecoming.
I was a member of the 1990 class of Blue Key Leadership Honorary, which was the last group of Blue Keyers to plan, coordinate and carry out all aspects of Homecoming. We were introduced on the field during halftime of the football game in a driving rainstorm, where the water bouncing off the artificial turf filled our dress shoes. We spent the next day with buckets and rags, cleaning windows of businesses all over town that allowed us space for a window-decorating contest. Those are two favorite memories because of the great people with whom I shared in the misery!
-Jeffrey Bates ’91, ’97
At Edwards Hall in the mid-‘80s, it was always fun getting together after classes to work on our floats. Everyone pitched in, whether you were designing, building or poking tissue paper into chicken wire. Then the morning of gameday it was the big Homecoming parade from downtown Manhattan through Aggieville. Sadly, “Eddy’s” is no more, but the memories live on.
-Dr. Patty Standfast-Ungles ’85, ’87
So my favorite homecoming memory was the football season after I graduated. It was my first year working with the athletics department. My little brother came out to his first K-State football game ever vs. West Virginia. The game was on his birthday and I got him surprise field passes. It was what I called "the perfect K-State weekend" because it started with the Homecoming Parade, we then went to basketball's Madness in Manhattan (Dave got his photo with Thomas Gipson, a huge deal to him), tailgating, field passes, a Wildcat victory, then that Sunday there was the first WBB game of the year so we went to that too.
Best. Homecoming. Week. Ever. (Especially for a 9-year-old Wildcat fanatic.)
-Kelly McHugh ’13
I loved homecoming because of all the Greek events. But I don't think I ever made it to the game.
-Jenna Streff Coates ’11
I remember the Y-O skit presentations – the Greek houses would compete for the most off-the-wall skit. At Christmas break, our group (Sig Ep) would meet in KC to cook up a script, take in the Big Eight basketball tournament, and engage in other forms of debauchery. The Meuhlbach Hotel was our base of operations. Pretty fancy digs for a bunch of college kids!
-Steve Hummel ’68
What do you remember most about your first college room or apartment at K-State?
I lived in the new Plaza West apartments out by CiCo Park. My roommate was not only my closest friend at K-State but became my lifetime dearest friend! The K-State experience is unbeatable!
-Joyce Reid ’76
In September 1963, I drove from our farm in Lawrence to the gravel parking lot across the street from the K-State football stadium. It was my first look at West Stadium Hall, my new home. I climbed the steps to Room 211, where I met my freshman roommates, Harvey from New York, and the twins from western Kansas, Ken and Jim. There were bunk beds on each side of the door and four desks. It was noisy and congested, but it was all my parents could afford. I was the only roommate to become a sophomore the following year.
-Stan Husted ’67, ’69
Very cold floor since my room was on the second floor over an open arch in West Stadium Hall. Clothes closet was across the narrow hall. Two bunk beds slept four people to a room with two shared desks.
-Samuel Beckman ’67
Osage Beach, Missouri
Smurthwaite housed only 64 gals. There were four people in each room, but it did not feel crowded, because there was a divider in the middle of the room, which doubled as our four desks, back to back, two on each side, with two bunk beds, dressers and closets on each side. At the opposite end of the room from the doorway was a nice window and a window seat, which we shared. There was one telephone at the end of the hall, and anytime the phone rang, we all craned our ears to find out who it was for.
-Alice Seybert Montemurro ’68
Lake Delton, Wisconsin
After I returned from Vietnam (U.S. Army) I went to JCCC [Johnson County Community College] for a year then transferred to K-State. I had all of the “group living” I could handle for a while! I knew I could cook better for myself than I received from the Army. I rented an apartment at 1521 Leavenworth from Sevekal Master ’72. He and his family were great people. I would walk to Calvin Hall (business major) or ride my 10-speed. I had some other great guys renting apartments in the same house: Brad Dietz, Dave and Dan Groff and Doug Pederson . It was a great time and I loved being at K-State!
-Retired Lt. Col. Larry McCarthy ’76
Overland Park, Kansas
Room 122 in Van Zile Hall was my home for three of my four years at K-State. Gloria Johnston White was my roommate for two and a half of those years. We bought matching bedspreads and a plastic drape for the window and began a lifelong friendship.
-Eleanor Herr Miller ’54, ’59
My first room at K-State was in Van Zile Hall and was to house two students but we had three of us in the room because of lack of housing for students. A little crowded, but we managed somehow. The most memorial event was watching the "The Barn"/Auditorium burn from our window.
-Sharon Blasdel Jordan ’66
Glen Elder, Kansas
My roommate and I had to put aluminum foil on the TV antennas to be able to get the only channel available to us – channel 13 from Topeka. And we were grateful for that because The Young and Restless was on that station, and no self-respecting 18-year-old dorm resident missed The Y&R. At 11 every morning the Y&R music could be heard on every floor in Ford; at 11:29, there was mass exodus to Derby for lunch. When our children started at K-State many years later, they had to choose which cable package they wanted and could DVR whatever they chose.
-Shari Jackson VanLerberg ’77
Matt Warner walking on his slack line outside of my window in Boyd Hall
-Michaela Muck ’08
College Station, Texas
The paint was institutional lime green, phone in the room and not a lot of storage. The first few weeks everyone met each other in the bathroom and then the room doors opened to new friends.
My roommate and I shared the tiniest room in Putnam Hall our freshman year. I do mean really tiny. Way too many people would pack into this space for good times. It might have had to do with all the nonperishable food my grandfather would keep us stocked up on. Canned Vienna sausages were a favorite. My closet was more a pantry than storage for clothes. A wonderful memory.
-Carmaline Carmony Spurrier ’75
All of my college housing was in the basement of various residents of Manhattan. My landlady for the first two years was Dr. Mary Harman of the Zoology Department. She cleared one shelf of her refrigerator for me to keep food and I cooked on an electric hot plate in my room. When the weather became cool, mice came inside for the winter. I never did tell her about the mouse that died in the mattress where I slept.
-Ida Harlene Bower Buchanan ‘51
Returning veterans swelled the 5,000 plus student enrollment and private homes were arranged when I enrolled at K-State in 1948. I was assigned a house on Poyntz with five other women. Walking to the campus or carrying groceries across the park in all kinds of weather was brutal.
Fate was kindly prompt and a room at Van Zile Hall became available for the spring semester. I remember the stately building, lovely living room and sweep of windows in the dining area where we could see the college from in the distance, and my silver spoon with Van Zile engraved on it when I graduated, and the two Oscars I won for acting, and a fighter pilot I met and married.
-Julia Ruth Henry Bogart ‘52
What do you miss most about K-State?
I miss crossing campus in the evenings on my way to and from the Library. Never did the campus look lovelier than in the moonlight with either fallen leaves or falling snowflakes! Never was studying more rewarding!
- Gale West '79
Levis, Québec, Canada
Walking through campus on a cool crisp fall day, smelling the leaves and running into friends at the Union.
- Heather Stewart Hall ’90
Kansas City, Missouri
Old limestone, creaky wooden floors, hidey-holes in Seaton and Fairchild, tree-lined walks, the smell of the stacks.
- Sonya Wimmer Gaches ’85
Standing in line to get a good seat at Ahearn, campus in the fall, Vern's Donuts, watching soaps in the little corner of the Union (no DVR to record back then).
- Ann Collins Schoen ’76, ’90
The Rose Garden and campus walks at night.
- Jeff Reinert ’71, ’90
Garden City, Kansas
What, if anything, would you do differently if you could revisit your college days?
I would not have done anything differently. I enjoyed my time at K-State because it gave me the foundation I needed and friends for a lifetime!
-Stacy Yeager Huddleston ’98
Kansas City, Kansas
I wouldn't do a lot different, but I would have had a completely different attitude. Instead of focusing on the moment I could leave Kansas State and get on with my life, I would have enjoyed the moments of being a student.
-Kevin Mark ’79, ’82
Maybe studied a little more my freshman year. Other than that I wouldn’t change a thing. I was very lucky and landed at Bessie B. West, 4-B and have wonderful friends for life!
-Carolyn Thompson Van Petten ’76
St. Paul, Minnesota
I'd probably play a little less bridge and study a little more!
-Martha Finney Bross ’58
Taken time to appreciate every day a little more ... every class a little more ... gotten more involved. Even so, K-State changed my life, and I will always be thankful!
-Stephani Johns-Hines ’91
I worked hard on my courses [but] could have worked more on calculus, engineering and physics. No excuses — quite happy with post-KSU career.
-Carl Eisenhauer ’78
Go to more games! Spent so much time in Seaton Hall.
-Jennifer Yard ’98
San Antonio, Texas
Buy football season tickets assuming this time I go back with some money in my pocket. Go Wildcats.
-Vinit Gupta ’02
Little Rock, Arkansas
I would have tried out for the rowing team. But I am so appreciative of the mentors I had, the lifetime friends I made and what I learned that has carried me through to this day.
-Susan E. Hill Williams ’79
Sagamore Hills, Ohio
I would have gotten more involved with groups.
-Wanda Esping ’81,’82
Rock Island, Illinois
What gameday ritual do you have?
I have to get my car washed on my way to the game. While it's getting washed I'll crank the music up and really get focused on the game. It's one of many gameday superstitions, but probably the most important. That applies to all football games, home and away (I have washed rental cars and washed mine before going to a buddy’s house to watch the game), but I will wash it before big games in any sport, so there have been pregame car washes before men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball.
-Nate Warren ’11
K-State Fight Song, Wabash Cannonball.
-Jeff Reinert ’71, ’90
Garden City, Kansas
Walking from Laramie all the way to the Bill [Snyder Family Stadium] with my friends and stopping at other friends’ houses on the way. Best times ever.
-Katie Lenhausen Huckabee ’12
Kansas City, Kansas
I have to be in my seat at least 45 minutes before kickoff.
-Greg Mann ’75
At each home football game, 30 to 60 friends and family members gather to celebrate birthdays, the reuniting of old friendships, births of new fourth-generation future Wildcats and, of course, to cheer on the ’Cats! The KSU Cat Family email goes out the week prior with the meal theme. We have a small but quaint little bus and a generator, Crock-Pots, grills and a picnic table make us tailgate worthy! From lasagna to enchiladas, chili soup to baked potatoes with toppers, or burgers/brats, we come to celebrate our love of the KSU family!
-Vickie Mumma James ’76 and John James ’75, ’76
What was your favorite place to eat on campus or in town?
The Student Inn, which was off campus. As a “poor” engineering student attending college, this place was a blessing! I could afford a week of healthy meals and still afford to go to college. A couple who lived near Aggieville ran it out of their basement. Only students could eat there, and student workers prepared the food. I ate every weekday meal there for four years (1959-1964).
Food: One serving of meat, all the vegetables and bread you could eat.
Cost: $10 for 15 meals — three per day, five days a week.
-Marlin D. Breer
The Little Grill. It's not technically "in town," but the food is always excellent, and sometimes they even have live music.
-Jenny Robertson ’08
Renyards West (site of current McDonald's). Great sandwiches and even better selection of about a dozen homemade pies!
-Steven Fisher ’71, ’77
Hibachi Hut was the best when we were in school!
-Sharon Musil Foust ’81
My husband and I used to LOVE to go to a little "mom-and-pop" sub shop on Seth Child called Subs and Such. Best subs and the friendliest couple.
-Amy Waldman Brooks ’91
Hibachi Hut without a doubt. The Ice Cream Social in the new Westloop mall was tasty, too. Oh, the good ol’ days!
-Jeff Stephens ’82
I was fond of eating in the Student Union cafeteria and Scheu's Café on Poyntz Avenue, which closed before I graduated.
-James Kent ’72, ’73
How do you decorate your home, office, vehicle, etc., to show your K-State spirit?
My son, Carter Olson, is a junior in marketing and works for K-State Athletics in the fan experience and sales division. Recently, my husband and I purchased a rental home where he and some of his friends live. I painted the dining room purple and wallpapered it with posters for all the athletic teams, copies of Powercat Illustrated, old and new pictures of Aggieville and several K-Stater covers and articles covering a variety of topics, including the timeline of K-State’s 150 years from the spring 2013 magazine. I received my bachelor’s degree in fine arts from K-State in 1983 and feel it’s important to have all areas of college life covered. When the room is totally done I may name it “The State Room” when I sign it.
-Chris Exline Olson ’83
My classroom at Central Plains Middle School in Bushton, Kan., has a definite K- State theme. I have collected and displayed this assortment for many years, and it has moved with me every time I have changed classrooms!
-Susan Luebbers Weber ’74
When I finished our basement in our home, my wife suggested I make the downstairs bathroom a KSU theme. She supplied a K-State shower curtain, purple embroidered bath towels, purpled floor mats, purple soap dispenser, cups, and banner. Our foreign exchange student got in the act by supplying a KSU toilet seat. Later came border trim around the edges.
The project grew into the main room of the downstairs with a magnetic dart board, stuffed K-State animals, a blanket throw with many souvenir cups and glasses over the years. Next to our desk is a 1997 KSU basketball poster that shows us setting in the stands in our purple behind then KSU basketball coach Tom Asbury pacing the sidelines.
-Don DeWerff ’76, ’90
What has been the biggest change at K-State since you were a student?
Technology is the change that has benefited students most. The students no longer have to stand in line to pull punched computer cards for each class during enrollment. They no longer have long nights waiting for an available key punch machine to make changes to their decks of program code. They no longer have to expose their “nerdiness” with a 12-inch slide rule clipped to their belts on the way to a physics exam. Not having to make collect calls to your parents on a rotary phone in a booth down the hall is a plus, also.
-Don Daniels ’74
Everything! 2,000 students – we all said “hi” and made friends. Campus was a short hike from one building to the next. Enrollment fee was $50 a semester. We worked for board and room. Football games – we never won! Girls wore hat and gloves to cheer from the stands. Professors knew us and were friendly advisers anytime. President Eisenhower called us by first name (even though we picketed him!) Only basketball hasn’t changed – we won!
-Margaret Pixley James ’48
Recently, my husband and I visited the campus and I was amazed at how tall and big the trees were, compared to when I was a student at K-State in the mid to late ’70s. Apparently, they have been well cared for by K-State's horticulture department/grounds keepers.
-Michele Cochran Reese ’79
There is so much more technology today. When I started at K-State, I was the oddball with my own computer and cellphone. I didn't have email or Internet access until my junior year, and that was through a dial-up modem! I could only dream of somehow sending a message to my sorority sisters to get a ride home from campus. Today's students can use text, tweet, Snapchat and I'm sure other tools I haven't found yet.
-Janelle Seck Dana ’96
Overland Park, Kan.
FUN football games because of the GAME!
-Paula Swann ’87
It’s hard not to associate K-State with the city of Manhattan, which to me has seen the biggest change. Manhattan’s transformation from sleepy college town to robust regional center of economic activity has been remarkable. The influx of national brands, downtown’s revitalization, jet service at Manhattan Regional Airport and the K-18 expansion has increased Manhattan’s visibility in the state to levels I thought unimaginable a decade ago. And this doesn’t take into account changes at the university, which are also remarkable, including NBAF, Bill Snyder Family Stadium, K-State Student Union parking garage and the updating of Jardine Apartments and other off-campus housing.
-Mike Shepherd ’01
As an English major for both degrees, I was in Denison often. My first office as a grad student was in Denison, as well. I know the library has beautiful landscaping where Denison used to be and I love walking there. For sentimental reasons, I do miss Denison, however.
-Carol Russell ’90, ’02
Bill Snyder for certain, and the enthusiasm for football! The parking lot south of the Union! I believe every new building (Alumni Association, for sure!) has been planned to fit and enhance the beauty of the campus. EMAW! Could not be more proud!
-Nancy Giesch Ingram ’76
The expansion of the buildings on campus and of course the use of technology. I worked as a student aid in the computing center in the basement of the Physical Science building, where only those authorized and wearing protective shoe covering, etc., to enter the room that contained the main frame that did not have the capacity of the laptop I am using now! Going back to get my master's in 2000-2001 was sure different just as it is today.
-Shirley Ford Symns ’69, ’01
The biggest change since I was a student is definitely the upgrade to the West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. I took part in a few football games there while I was a student, and my dream is to take my daughter to watch K-State football there before she is a Wildcat herself!
-Jennifer Toews Conner ’09
The way students dress to attend class and events in this day and age! When I was on campus the girls wore dresses and the guys were always dressed in nice jeans/slacks and shirts tucked in!
-Sondra Dorsch Bracelin ’66
St. Francis, Kan.
Football games -- attendance, wins and the display of purple pride! When I was at K-State we cheered like we had won the game if we got a first down. But we still went to games!
-Cindy Sommer Martens ’79
Overland Park, Kan.
Since 1980? Me! But I love the new/old library. Great job, K-State.
-Kathy Gromer ’80, ’81
St. Paul, Minn.
The changes from the old Farrell library.
-Victor Moss ’71
Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Attitude is the biggest change I see at K-State since my undergraduate days. The years between 1961 and 1966 were pretty lean as far as football game victories go. In those days we expected the team to do their best but we were pretty used to coming in second. Now all that has changed. We expect our Wildcats to win and most often are surprised when they don’t. The one this that has not changed is Manhattan. It still is a beautiful city and I always look forward to my trips back to K-State and the Little Apple.
-Mike Dumiak ’66
Sumter, South Carolina
What do you remember most about your first day on campus?
My K-State career had a not-exactly-auspicious start in late August 1978: I broke my right ankle playing one-on-one pickup basketball at Ahearn Field House, which meant I couldn’t drive, couldn’t work and had to rely on friends to take me to and from campus. However, three good things resulted: my basketball opponent didn’t score on me; I learned firsthand how kind and generous K-Staters are; and because I could do nothing but study, I compiled a 3.5 grade point average for the semester. It was a blessed break.
-Raymond “Ray” Schaefer ’82
My roommate (a high school friend) and I were standing in front of Nichols Gym wondering why our schedules showed this as the location for our water safety class. Nichols was still a shell in 1973 and the storm cellar doors were overgrown with ivy. My dad (Charles Rathert ’54) had sat in the rafters at Nichols for basketball games. I knew the history. Some young man finally redirected us to the natatorium. We missed the first day of class.
-Susan Rathert-Todd ’77, ’10
Learning my social security number.
-Ann Woodyard ’82, ’10
I remember thinking, “Yikes! This place is big! I hope I don’t get lost! Please, God, just get me from Ford to McCain without making a fool of myself.”
-Kristi Baker ’79, ’84
Standing in line, in the August heat, in Ahearn, waiting to get my schedule. Suddenly the horizontal stripes on the guy in front of me started waving up and down. It was so hot that I fainted. I received all kinds of special attention and a ride back to the dorm from campus police.
-Tara McDonald Schmanke ’85
I met my husband sitting on the front porch of Ford Hall on my first day on campus. We have been married 43 years!
I remember getting out my map to figure out where I was going. I realized later how comical that probably looked to upperclassmen. I also remember thinking there were a lot of people on campus (and I graduated from high school with 600 people in my class) and wondering what people from small high schools were thinking.
-Kim Myles Burchstead ’81
Overland Park, Kan.
What I remember most about my first day on campus is walking into the band room in McCain on the first day of Band Camp ... I sat next to Drew (now my husband), and we had a memorable conversation about names, before Dr. Tracz got into the music and marching – oh, and it was SO hot! Drew was the first person I met at K-State and we shared our entire college experience together! Here we are 10 years later ... We just celebrated our fifth anniversary and have two beautiful children. K-State definitely holds a special place in our hearts!
-Stacy Velleca ’08
What was the best piece of advice you received at K-State?
Best advice came in classes in both journalism and then the Institute of Citizenship. It was "Question authority!"— and I deeply hope it's still being taught.
-Ann Thackrey Berry '51
"To be early is to be on time. To be on time is to be late. To be late is to be left." - Frank Tracz before any band trip we ever took!
-Katie Eads Bussard '08
There are no calories in a cup of coffee.
-Rena Hartzler Armatas '53
La Quinta, Calif.
Study abroad! Now I live in Prague, have a Czech wife, a little boy and am expecting another. I also travel around Europe for work and go to the Alps to ski, along with supporting the ’Cats from across the pond!
-Clint Meyer '06
Prague, Czech Republic
Going to school is the easiest thing you will ever do.
-Greg Mann '75
Ruth Hoeflin, my K-State advisor, encouraged me to finish my MS. Barry Finchbaugh advised me to purchase a section of pasture land. I took both suggestions. No regrets! Best advice for my life.
-Gayla S. Peacock-Moeckel ’78
The best advice I received at K-State came from long time Voice of the Wildcats Dev Nelson, who in my freshman year of broadcasting from Ahearn Field House told me that the radio sports listener wants to hear only three things: the score, time and position of the ball on the court or field. Anything else is needless fluff. I have used it on every sports play-by-play game during my career for the last 47 years.
-Bill Stallard '70
You are going to work your entire life, there's no need to rush through school only to start working a year early.
-DeeAnn Turpin '13
What is your favorite K-State tradition?
In August, Willie the Wildcat and the K-State Marching Band would perform in Aggieville. This was the mark of band camp ending and a new school year beginning. So much anticipation, enthusiasm, pride in the air.
-Mardell Maxwell ’09
Jogging on the K-State campus.
-Dolores Marroquin ’91, ’92
I was in the marching band throughout college. Playing the Wabash Cannonball during the football pre-game was such a memorable experience because you were on the field watching the crowd’s excited reaction to such a great K-State tradition. It was wild!
-Dana Avery ’12
My roommate and friends from West Hall would dress up on Sunday for church and then eat in the Gold Room at the Derby Dining Center.
-Lisa Ann Nobert Sjogren ’86 ’92
El Dorado, Kansas
Going to Swannies for a backdoor doughnut run, and taking a study break at Vista for a cup of french fries and a malt.
-Terry Chartier ’86
The spring bed races — I loved decorating the metal bed frames and having the race through the streets of the campus with people being pushed and the crowd yelling their support.
-Ginny Campbell ’75
The mini loaves in the Union. It may not seem like a tradition, but when you’re from as far away as I am, that daily dose of bread was how I knew I was on campus. I have yet to meet anyone from any other university that has those blessed loaves!
-Tressa Rae Heffronn ’01
I liked the whistle that was at the power plant. You could hear it all over town. In the days before ubiquitous clocks, it announced the hour at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. (if I remember right). Some of the barracks residents across the street — this was a really long time ago, before Jardine Apartments were built — complained about the noise and the university shut it down. Big mistake.
-Diane Dufva Quantic ’62, ’66, ’71
Chanting “K-S-U Wildcats” after a Wildcat touchdown!
-Jenny Shepherd Crosse ’01
The Kansas State Rodeo!
-Karla Johnson ’00
What is your favorite memory of Willie the Wildcat?
I was a K-State Cheerleader from 1984 to 1986. During a men’s basketball game, Willie brought me out onto the court at halftime and wanted me to shoot free throws. I had never played basketball in my life, but I shot it and made the first one. As I walked off the court thinking I was done, he had me shoot a second one, and yes, it was a swish!
-Sandi Westhues Crow ’87
Open House in April 2000 was my daughters’ (then ages 2 and 4 years old) first visit to K-State. For weeks prior to coming they talked about meeting Willie. My oldest brought her favorite Willie Beanie Baby to meet him. By 3 p.m., it was time to leave and there was no sign of Willie all day. Spirits were low and tears imminent. Out of the blue, Willie came strolling toward us. My daughter practically trembled with excitement as she showed her Willie the Wildcat, and both girls received hugs from their favorite mascot.
-Patty Standfast Ungles ’85, ’87
Volleyball games have a contest where fans can try to serve a ball to hit signs placed on the opposite side of the net to win a prize. My 2-year-old son Tyler’s attempt was predictably awful. Willie led him closer to try again. After two more unsuccessful tries, he picked Tyler up and carried him directly in front of the sign so he could hit it with the ball. Tyler did and the crowd erupted. Our family delightfully ate pizza that night with the prize, thanks to Willie.
-Dave Albracht ’81
Kansas City, Kan.
After waking up at 4 a.m. and traveling over 1,000 miles to New York for the Pinstripe Bowl, my husband and I went to a press conference at Times Square. We were thrilled when John Currie offered to take our picture with Willie!
-Ann Sanders Woodyard ’82 ’10
I worked at the campus card center when we first transitioned the student ID card to a card with a smart chip, and then eventually a debit card with Commerce Bank. We wanted to promote the new cards, so Willie came in the office for his photo shoot for an ID card. We shut down the office and put up cardboard in the window so we wouldn’t give up his identity. We snapped a pic, he signed his Willie autograph and away he went.
-Gina Turner ’99
When Coach Vince Gibson said the old Willie head looked like Mickey Mouse!
-Ronald Welsh ’68, ’78
Lifting him onto the roof of Rusty's Last Chance after the Cats beat KU 59-55 in Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 14, 2006.
-Neal Strathman ’06, ’07
During the 1980s, I returned to K-State to finish my degree. One Saturday afternoon we took our two young daughters to a K-State football game. When Willie made the rounds, I took my 4-year-old down to see him. When we went back to our seats, I asked her what she thought of Willie. She said, "He sure has big teeth!"
-Dale W. Reed ’89
How did you incorporate K-State into your wedding?
My husband and I met at KSU, so we wanted to have our wedding in Manhattan and, of course, our main wedding color was purple! Also we took our pictures with our wedding party on K-State’s campus by Anderson and Fairchild Hall. They turned out wonderful! Lastly, we provided homemade Wildcat-shaped mints with our cake!
-Chelsea Stephens Raybern ’09, ’11
We incorporated K-State into our wedding with the groom’s cake. My husband is a Nebraska Husker fan, and he designed the cake to be a football field to show our love of college football. He had Nebraska on one end zone and K-State on the other end zone. Herbie Husker and Willie Wildcat figurines sat in the center of the field/cake. My K-State friends and family would not eat the groom’s cake until the K-State side was cut. Unfortunately, our family football rivalry days are over.
-Deborah Wallis Wurdinger ’93
We had chocolate purple Powercats on one of our wedding cakes, we gave out purple and gray M&M’s to our guests, and entered our reception to Wabash Cannonball and our guests were Wabashing.
-Kenda Hemphill Brewster ’05
I made sure there were no K-State events going on at the time so friends and family wouldn’t have to miss anything that’s really important!
-Steven Walterscheid ’09, ’11
My husband and I are both KSU alumni, and having hints of KSU in our wedding was something special and unique to us. Purple was our main color. Powercat-shaped mints and a Powercat-shaped groom’s cake spiced up our cake table. My garter was also KSU themed!
-Katie Govert May ’10
There was really no debate — our wedding was going to be on campus. Our pictures have Anderson Hall in them. Our reception was in Manhattan. K-State brought Sarah and I together!
-Steve Wilson ’04
Roeland Park, Kan.
On April 6, 1956, Gerry Day ’56 (student body president) and I were married with the wedding reception at the newly dedicated Student Union. Loren Kottner, director, skillfully managed this first event. We left to the traditional throwing of rice by the east stairway, which no longer exists.
-Marjorie Badeker Day ’57
Former member of the Student Union Governing Board
It wasn't intentional but all my bridesmaids attended/graduated from KSU and my bridesmaids' dresses were K-State purple as were the flowers on the cake, the bouquet, and the table decor.
-Lori Coughlin ’91, ‘93
My wife and I were married at St. Paul’s Episcopal church on Sept. 4, 1993. We then had our reception in McCain Auditorium’s lobby. I was a stagehand during my college years at McCain. (Manhattan native at KSU 1988-1992). My wife also was a stagehand, so it was only fitting to have it there. We had the cake cutting in the center, and the band Mainstreet played. We toasted and danced the whole night there. The Union catered it for us. We took photos around the stage and production areas. Now my wife and I live in Lawrence with our two kids and work as stagehands/technical directors for the Lied Center of Kansas.
My husband and I were married in June 2007. Of course our wedding colors were purple and silver. After the ceremony ended, we all walked back up the aisle to "The Wabash Cannonball." As a wedding gift from my new husband, Willie the Wildcat was a surprise guest at our reception.
-Lisa Ross Stromgren '94
Osage City, Kan.
We met when we were college students and were involved in a campus church. We were married in All-Faiths Chapel on Sept. 2, 1962. This was partly a family tradition as my brother was married in All Faiths in 1956. The reception was held in the Presbyterian Campus Center. Our college friends were a big part of our wedding that made it a real campus affair. I had already graduated, but George still had a year to go. I enjoyed the extra year because I got to take some courses that I'd had no time to take before. We are still avid K-State fans, and our son, Steve, also is a K-State graduate.
-George Beyer '63 and Margaret Dickinson Beyer '62
Amy Shippy and I were married in Danforth Chapel on Aug. 8, 1959.
-Donald Elson ’58, ’68 and Amy Elson ’59
Since my husband and I met through a mutual friend at a KSU football game in 2005, I surprised my husband at our wedding reception last summer with a surprise visit from Willie after the mother-son dance. The look on his face, not to mention all of our guests' faces when he walked in to the fight song is something I'll never forget! My husband and I even did the K-S-U chant and push-ups with Willie in the middle of the dance floor! After all, we owe it to K-State for bringing us together!
-Kasey Randle-Biehler ’07
Overland Park, Kan.
Describe a memory of a storm or adverse weather during your time at K-State.
In the spring of 1980, I was at Ballard’s with a girl from my floor looking at T-shirts for a floor function. While there, the tornado sirens sounded. The employees working there ushered us into the basement and we stayed there quite a long time. While a tornado did not touch down, thankfully, it was somewhat exciting and cool to see another side of Aggieville!
-Richard M. Henry ’80
Wow ... the tornado that blew through Manhattan back in 2008 was crazy. I had just left campus to head back to my apartment when the sirens went off. Everybody on campus was scrambling to find a place to go to ride out the storm. My husband, also a student, and I went back early the next morning to see the devastation on campus; we were in complete shock! We met many people from all over the state who came back to survey the damage of their alma mater and the place they once called home.
-Ashley Rieschick ’09
I returned to K-State in the fall of 1965 to get my master’s degree in agronomy. During the spring of 1966, we were putting the finishing touches on my soybean research project to get data during the summer. That evening, the tornado hit Manhattan and campus. The Agronomy Farm was badly damaged, as was my research. Fortunately, I had time to re-establish my plots and get my data. I finished the project, received my MS degree and moved to Oregon.
-Gary Cooper ’61, ’67
The great 1951 Kaw River flood has eclipsed memories of that spring’s record Manhattan hailstorm: We were driving down Moro in Aggieville, radio playing Old Soldiers Never Die because Truman had just relieved MacArthur of his Korean War command, when suddenly the roof was being battered by golfball-size hail. As usual, it was over swiftly. But the surprise $157 car-insurance bonanza was more than that 1937 Plymouth was really worth — and a godsend to two married students. We drove it gratefully, dents and all, for years more.
-Ann Thackrey Berry ’51
In the summer of 1993, I was working evenings at the Veterinary Medicine Complex. One day, fierce thunderstorms were building up to the west near the town of Keats. A tornado touched down and a warning was issued. I decided to go on the roof of the Clinical Sciences Building (now Mosier Hall) to see the tornado. Sure enough, I saw it, but it probably was not the smartest thing to do.
-Zach Adkins ’95
Salt Lake City, Utah.
As trailer house residents in the late 1960s at Campus Courts, south of Jardine Terrace, we had to run across the street to take cover in the basement of the old Dairy Barns — now K-State Gardens. Luckily, housing director Mr. Carney didn’t join us to see our forbidden pets also taking refuge.
-Darrell D. Denton ’69
-Kay Johnson Denton ’70
What was your favorite K-State meal or special dinner while in college and why?
Thanksgiving dinners at Derby Dining Center were always amazing! I remember the turkeys being carved at each corner of the dining hall. Also, I haven’t been able to find anything like the Canadian Cheese Soup served at Derby. The cinnamon rolls from T*H*E Bakery were the best ever!
-Andres Acuna ’93
San Jose, Costa Rica
It was an event to wait in line for Thanksgiving Dinner at the Derby Dining Center. People waited hours in line for this great meal. We would go to the G Line that no one knew about and eat the delicious desserts in the “fancy” part of the Derb.
-Keith Kennedy ’11
Even after my friends and I moved out of the dorms, we still paid our money and came back for the Derby Thanksgiving dinner. I remember Willie and the marching band showing up and us doing the Wabash in the middle of dinner! It was always a good time and a GREAT meal!
-Wendy Haun ’08
This might not count but the Union used to make and bag mini white bread loaves that were amazing! Hot item — went fast! Anyone else remember these?
-Brenna Talley ’99
Kansas City, Mo.
As a girl from the East Coat I remember being smitten with biscuits and gravy at the Derby Dining Center my freshman year. They were just what a hungry rower needed after a cold practice on Tuttle Lake.
-Lindsay Smith ’02
I had friends on the football team, and their all-you-can-eat training table was in a special area at Derby. I would get my tray of “regular” food and meet them in their section to compare meals. There were many times when one of the players would take pity on me and bring me a tray of food from his area. They ate a lot of steak in those days!
-Debbie McKain Marchesini ’85
I remember when the Wildkittens (before we were called Wildcats) had an end of year sports banquet. We ate at the Student Union and had Royal Crown Bread! That is the most awesome bread ever. They used to serve it with every banquet meal back in the day.
-Linda Long Hall ’80
I remember getting an invite to eat at the Student Union with Pat Bosco and some other freshmen and it was my first time ever to eat Purple Pride Ice Cream from Call Hall. Great experience.
-Gregg T. Joyal ’09
It wasn’t the whole meal but the sardines and pickle salad at Kramer Food Center that I remember ... mainly because I ate some off my boyfriend’s plate and we got into a fight. He’s been my husband for over 42 years so I guess he got over it.
-Connie Jaynes ’70
St. Kitts, West Indies
What was your favorite song while in college and why?
It was the winter of 1947-48, and I had a job hand washing coffee cups at the old Student Union — a World War II barracks moved in from Fort Riley and located where the parking garage is today. There was a nickel jukebox and customers played the Glenn Miller Orchestra song String of Pearls over and over and over. To this day I visualize dirty coffee cups with this song.
-Lawrence Strouts ’49, ’65
Hands down it’s the K-State Alma Mater. I love hearing it sung at the end of basketball games and at the opening of football games! It just wouldn’t be K-State without “I know a spot that I love full well ... ” The memories flood back from my days on campus in the late 1960s each time I hear it. I have it programed on my digital doorbell along with the Fight Song and Wabash Cannonball. So when someone rings my doorbell. It’s a Wildcat day at my house!
-Chari Lacey Miller ’70
Great Bend, Kan.
Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog (Joy to the World) by Three Dog Night because of their live concert at Ahearn Field House. They were two and a half hours late.
-John Atherton ’72
Dust in the Wind. I was taking a photography class spring semester senior year to fulfill an elective. Every time I developed my film, I got dust specks on my photos. Every time that happened, I thought of the song. I hated that song by the end of semester!
-Sue Grems Warden ’78
Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice. I was a freshman in Haymaker Hall in 1990 when it was in the Top 10 on the radio. I remember radios blaring with this
No. 1 song.
-Travis Rink ’95
Wildcat Victory and The Band Is Hot. I was in the marching and pep bands during my nine semesters at K-State.
-Dana Fritzemeier Krueger ’99
Who Let the Dogs Out. It was played early Saturday mornings before home football games to get everyone pumped up and ready to tailgate!
-Amanda Hodnicki Wise ’02
Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer. It was the 1990 Homecoming theme my freshman year. We played Iowa State and won. My sorority also made up different lyrics to the first verse of the song.
-Jamie Gideon Woodworth ’94
Every time I hear Tubthumping by Chumbawamba, I think of Homecoming 1997. It takes me right back to Pant the Chant, Body Building and of course, the football game!
-Kristen Corbin Cruce ’01
Platte City, Mo.
Anything disco takes me back to the Aggieville bar, Mother’s Worry 1976-1980!
-Anne Moser Dreiling ’79
How did a K-State club or group make an impact on your life while at K-State?
The K-State Marching Band is the group that had the greatest impact on my life. When I arrived at K-State in the fall of 1968, women were allowed to join the marching band, and I went to the first meeting with the new director Phil Hewett. It was such a bonding experience because of the many hours we spent together. We opened the new stadium, and were the first to play “Eat’um Up K-S-U.” We became like a family, and the band is one of the reasons why I love K-State.
-Sharon Yarbrough Hill ’70, ’94
I would not have survived the last couple of years of college without the people I met at K-State Wesley. The friends I met there will be my family forever!
-Ashley Stewart ’08, ’11
Dodge City, Kan.
From the first day I set foot on the campus until the day I graduated the KSU Marching Band was and still is part of my family today. I knew they would always be there for me when the times got tough. God bless you Stan Finck.
-Mike Kelso ’86
I chose K-State because of their national-quality rifle club. K-State’s rifle team had decades of tradition as a national-level program and club members also assisted in teaching beginning shooting to students. I shot competitively and was selected All Big 8 for four years, All American for two years, and received invitations to the US International Team Tryouts. I made lifelong friends. I’m saddened that the club and program are no more.
-Bill Ahrens ’77
Roeland Park, Kan.
Blue Key Senior Honorary shaped my K-State experience by surrounding me with people that had amazing motivation and incredible passion for our university. I was pushed by my peers to do more and expect more of myself.
-Hannah Hoisington ’11
Being a part of the women's crew when it was a club sport taught me so many leadership skills and showed me that my body and mind were stronger that I could have imagined prior to my time as a rower. The things I learned as a rower, officer and coach have contributed greatly to my success in life. I also developed lifelong friendships with the men and women of KSRA.
-Traci Cole '93
In 1960 I was a freshman and pledged Pi Beta Phi. There were 30 of us who joined that fall, and many of us have remained friends over the past 50 years. I was given many leadership opportunities, as well as social skills. It is a lifetime organization, and I been a member of several alumnae clubs. I have met so many wonderful alumnae, young and old.
-Penny Heyl Moss ’64
Transferring to K-State as a junior, and joining the 1959 pledge class of Alpha Delta Pi two years late, I was really looking for a good place to live and a chance to make new friends. As it turns out, nearly 50 years later, we still are in touch, and have a reunion every couple of years. These women are my best friends and always will be!
-Dorothy Bert Teichgraeber ’63
In the fall of 1959 I made the best decision of my college life. I joined Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Fourteen members of that class have been close friends ever since, having reunions on a regular basis that includ our families. My sisters were there for me through a crippling illness, the death of my husband and the deaths of my parents. What a blessing they have been.
-Joan McNeal Taylor ’63
Being part of the Pride marching band has a positive impact on every member. Band director Frank Tracz is a great motivator and inspired me to push myself on and off the field. He reminds everyone to "Go to class!” and "Finish strong."
-Bryant Newby ’07
Kansas City, Mo.
Ski and Snowboarding Club gave me the opportunity to couple with like-minded students with a passion for exercise and extreme sports. The annual trips of adventure and fun fueled my desire to improve that will benefit me for many years to come.
-Clark Conley ’09
What are your favorite summertime memories at K-State?
The best place to hang out during the summer was Pilsbury Crossing. There was nothing better than wading in the water, sitting on the back of a tailgate socializing or playing football with friends in the sun.
-Kristin Shields ’06
The summer of '79 I worked in a nutrition lab at Call Hall. At night Ahearn was open for pickup basketball games on the main floor. One evening we were playing and the next team to challenge us for the floor had on it Mike Evans and Rolando Blackman who were back in Manhattan. So I can say I "played" against two K-State greats or were at least on the same court. To say the least we didn't keep the court.
-Mark Rieb ’77, ’82
During the summer, you can find a parking spot in any lot on campus! It's fantastic!
-Emily Stevens Ohmes ‘03
I loved summers in Manhattan as a college student. I worked at The Pathfinder in Aggieville, and on Fridays, my co-workers and I would leave work, eat at the free taco bar at Last Chance, then head to campus to play disc golf. Playing the campus course meant spending time in sections of campus I didn't know very well, like the radio tower south of Calvin Hall and the big fork statue. Of course, I wasn't very good, so I also got familiar with a lot of trees and bushes, but it was a great way to spend a Friday evening at K-State!
-Heather Riley Lansdowne '93
Grabbing a Diet Coke at Dara's and settling into the baby pool in the front yard on a Saturday afternoon.
-Sol Pettit-Scott ’04
Falls Church, Va.
My favorite memory of K-State in the summertime is going to Cico on 4th of July to see the fireworks and watching all the activities at City Park.
-Diana Lilly Knox ’85
Strolling through the quiet campus on a summer morning and hearing the bells tolling from Anderson Hall to me always spurred warm feelings and illustrated to me the important fundamental message that Kansas State University is always alive. The zest for higher learning and pride in working toward success never stops, not even on a beautiful summer morning. How tremendous that something so simple as a bell might re-emphasize the specialness that surrounds you year round at Kansas State.
-D. Scott Fritchen ’99
In the summer there were classes on the lawn and field trips to amazing geology sites near Manhattan.
-Betty Stevens ’65, ‘66
I spent one summer living in Manhattan, taking a few classes, working in the kitchen at Harry's, and fixing up the house my roommates and I lived in at 14th and Humboldt. With most of the students gone, we felt like we had the run of the town, and it was great to experience the atmosphere of a college town during its "down-time." I'd encourage any student to consider spending one summer in The Little Apple - it's a great way to experience Manhattan in a new way.
-Andrew Zender ’05
Heading to Tuttle Creek with friends for some fun and sun!
-Larry Keller ’97
I remember early summer of 1966 -- the year the tornado hit Topeka and Manhattan. It hit campus during the week of 4-H Round-Up (now called Discovery Days). I was in the Union at the 4-H Key Award Banquet with about 200 winners from throughout the state. It began raining very hard and the windows looked like they were painted gray. The electricity went out just briefly and then came back on. By the time we finished dinner and started out of the Union, the storm was over. There were limbs everywhere and some downed power lines. Much of the city — including the dormitories — were without electricity. We had all those 4-H’ers in Goodnow Hall with one candle per room and one flashlight to a floor.
-Marsha Lowther Longberg ’67, ’69
In the summer of 1975, I enrolled for eight Kansas State credit hours to spend June and July at Kansas Archeological Field School. Our “digs” were on construction sites for Kansas City International Airport and Smithville (Mo.) Reservoir. I learned that archeology involves sunburn, mosquitoes, poison ivy and long days poking around in the dirt, checking each trowel-full for tiny fragments of bone or ancient pottery. I also formed friendships that continue to this day. I have fond memories of leaning on our shovels in the middle of wheat and corn fields, laughing in anticipation of a time we would start sentences with “I remember back in the summer of ’75.”
-Rita Shelley ’78, ’84
What is your favorite memory of a K-State vs. KU sporting event?
My West Hall roommate and I were attending the 1979 K-State vs. KU football game in Lawrence. Unfortunately, the Jayhawks were winning at the time, and one loud guy yelled, "And all the girls at K-State are ugly, too!" At that moment, my gorgeous roommate and I stood up to go to the concession stand, walked right by the guy and showed off our K-State purple. He didn’t make a sound, while all his KU friends laughed up a storm. I think we represented K-State well that day!
-Michelle Metz Knoll ’83
Baldwin City, Kan.
At a home football game in 1999, two guys sitting/standing directly in front of me had each snuck in a chicken. They had painted each of them blue and red. The poor chickens were tossed in the air after K-State scored the first touchdown. Although this may not be my "favorite" memory, it's certainly something I won't forget.
-Betsy Price ’04
My favorite memory at a K-State vs. KU sporting event has to be the 1995 football game between the two schools when both were ranked. KU came into the game undefeated and K-State had just one loss on the year. The sold-out crowd, including the student section where I sat, was on its feet throughout the contest and at the conclusion of the game, K-State had bombed KU 41-7. This was the last game between the schools in the old Big 8 Conference. Both schools finished the year ranked in the Top 10 in both polls. With the uncertainty of the future of the current Big 12 conference, it was fun to remember back to a time where conference expansions, realignment, huge television contracts, etc., were not discussed on a regular basis.
-Mark Wendt ’97
Late one February night in 1978, a caravan of sorority sisters drove from Manhattan to Lawrence, one day before the “big” basketball game. Being ornery Gamma Phi’s, we placed detergent in the “Fountain” and scattered quickly when campus police drove around looking for the culprits. All girls were accounted for except one. We later found her on top of a light pole as she used her gymnastic talents and scampered up the pole. We were never found out until this publishing. I laugh about it today, as I sit on the lawn at the Gamma Phi house in Lawrence where my daughter is a member, as I see the same light pole, 33 years later.
-Nancy Hammel Kuehler ‘78
Overland Park, Kan.
In the early 1970s, I recall some ornery boys at Marlatt Hall went to Lawrence and dumped purple detergent in one of the KU fountains. If I remember correctly, they were caught and spent several hours cleaning it up. I never went to the games, but subbed for fellow students on the Goodnow switchboard for those who wanted to go to the game.
My son, Nathan Rouse, was born Feb. 14, 2002. On that same date in 2011, I was able to take him to the K-State vs. KU men’s basketball game in Manhattan as a birthday present. After watching K-State beat KU, we walked out of Bramlage Colisuem and he said, “This is the best birthday present ever.” Nothing else needed to be said the rest of the night.
-Mike Rouse ’91
At a K-State vs. KU basketball game in Lawrence, a bunch of us coeds had used KU student tickets to get into the game so we were surrounded by Jayhawk fans. We tried to be halfway quiet during the game so they wouldn't get on us about being purple in the middle of a red and blue section. But just before halftime, there was a gasp from the crowd as banners saying, "Go K-State" dropped from the ceiling and covered the scoreboard in the middle of the court. We, of course, couldn't ignore that and we were cheering like crazy! We made a quick escape after that! What a fun time that was!
-Charlene Warders Shipps ’65
At the K-State vs. KU football game in Lawrence in 1998, it was pouring rain the whole time. I was in the marching band. My shoes were soaked; my uniform, everything. The band was lined up getting ready to go on the field for halftime and we were around the KU student section. The students were screaming at receiver Darnell McDonald and saying things only students can come up with. Darnell turned to the students and, without a word, pointed up to the score board (we were winning), shrugged his shoulders and gave a big grin. The KU student section completely shut up and everyone in the band that had seen it had huge smiles on our face. We won that game.
Valentine's Day 2011, men's basketball game...amazing game, amazing atmosphere...best Valentine present ever!!!
What was your favorite road trip while you were at K-State?
My favorite college road trip was to the 1999 Holiday Bowl in San Diego. There were 10 of us that drove to the bowl game from Kansas City. We left the day after Christmas and drove straight through. We arrived about 4 a.m., and slept in the car until we could check in. We went to the game, and we won! We stayed to celebrate the New Year at Planet Hollywood with a bunch of K-Staters! It was a great trip — one I will never forget.
-Lindsay Ball-Lewis ’01
Back in 1969, the Alpha Xi Delta chapter at K-State was invited to initiate the new AZD chapter at Warrensburg, Mo. My dad had provided my college car, a 1960 Buick LeSabre nicknamed “Beulah the Battleship.” You know, a big car with tail fins and all. He thought I was safer in a BIG car. Well, I loaded up the car with five other sorority sisters, plus all our luggage for the weekend, and we drove to Missouri. What a ride and what a weekend! Oh the fun of meeting sisters at the new chapter and building camaraderie. I’ll never forget that weekend.
-Chari Miller ’70
Great Bend, Kan.
Our electrical engineering class senior trip was in fall 1947. We went by bus to St. Louis. Our visits were primarily to facilities of the Union Electric Co. The civil engineering senior trip coincided with ours. Their important visit was to a brewery where they claimed there was a water fountain that freely dispensed beer! We stayed at the Clarion Hotel. There was a radio in each room that could be activated by inserting a quarter. Our host, Professor R.G. Kloeffler jokingly observed that anyone who had to spend a quarter to operate the radio might not qualify for a degree in electrical engineering!
-Dick Humes ’48
In fall 1953, C.J. “Chief” Medlin took the editors and business managers of the Collegian and Royal Purple to Chicago by train for a meeting about publications. We stayed downtown and attended a “The Breakfast Club” radio broadcast. Since the Collegian was an All-American publication, I was asked to monitor a program on advertising. The trip was an interesting experience.
-Sally Doyle Baker ’56
By far, my favorite road trip was to the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., in 1997. It also was on New Year’s Eve that year.
My brother and I went with two of my friends. We had a package from Lucky’s Bar (which isn’t around anymore). They gave us each a T-shirt and hooked us up with hotels in New Mexico and Arizona. They even threw a free New Year’s Eve party for us at the hotel.
I will always remember how my friend Chris and I sang the K-State Fight song to some (homeless people). She didn’t even know the words, but I did! They loved it!
I also loved how it seemed like all the K-State fans traveled the same way at the same time. You could tell who was for K-State by colors on cars or “Tempe or Bust” slogans. We all honked at each other too!
It was one of the best times of my life.
-Jennifer Lilly ’98
What was your favorite fad while at K-State?
I attended K-State from 1964 to 1968, and we would buy long sleeve sweatshirts, cut off the arms above the elbow and wear them inside out. The sweatshirt and a pair of jeans were my daily attire, be it Spring or Fall semester.
Dave Denning ’68
Polo shirts with a strand of pearls.
-Terri Blount ’83
When I was a freshman at K-State in the fall of 1976, the biggest fashion fad among the girls was wearing denim overalls or painter pants. We also wore bandanas tied around our heads, which was a great way to cover up dirty or unruly hair (especially for those awful early morning classes!)
Fashion-wise in the early 1960's, girls wore "wheat-colored" jeans with their sweatshirts. Colored keds with very pointed toes were worn with hose, (no socks), and dresses! In cold weather per Dean Lahey's office, we could only wear slacks when the temp. was 10 degrees or lower, I believe.
-Kathleen "Kay" Wessel ’65, ’99
It is a toss up between "Vern's (donut) runs" or Sunday evening Vista burgers!
-Denise DeMersseman-Smith ’80
Streaking was the fad at many colleges in the mid to late 70's. K-State had several streaker "citings" when I was a student, usually in the spring. I didn't witness one, but it kept life exciting.
-Evelyn Everett Knowles ’75, ’79
Kansas City, Mo.
Tight rolled jeans and the new patio at Last Chance Saloon.
-Phil Wortz ’93
What was your most embarrassing moment in college?
Spring of senior year, a friend and I attended an Angel Flight conference in New York, then went on to Boston, the sight of our post-graduation dreams. In Harvard Square at lunchtime, we learned there was no student union, so we stopped a young man to ask him how we could get to Aggieville, which we thought was the generic term for any university commercial district. When he figured out what we wanted, he graciously did his best not to make us feel as "hayseed" as we were, but we read this experience as confirmation that we weren't ready for Boston.
-Joyce Francis ’68
Port Ludlow, Wash.
My first semester, freshman year, I was riding my bike on campus. Right in front of Weber Hall, I decided I’d be cool and jump up the curb onto the sidewalk. Of course, I missed and went flying off my bike, skidding across the concert. To my horror, a large class of cowboys was standing outside, witnesses to my bicycle disaster. With my head hung, I stood up and grabbed my bike. At that moment, a car with two boys pulled up and asked if I needed any help. I was so embarrassed, I quickly said, “No,” and hurried off.
-Amy Thomas ’01
Edwards AFB, Calif.
I lived Freshman year, 1959-60, in Southeast dorm on the first floor wing adjacent to stern headmistress Miss Grace's apartment. Girls met their dates in the foyer just outside the door to our hall and directly across from the front desk where Miss Grace held forth. I was going with my boyfriend to his fraternity's formal dance and unbeknownst to me as I glided out to meet him....I was dragging a bra connected to the heel of my shoe! What to do in a public place filled with young men? Bend over and retrieve the undergarment and go back to my room with it. I have never forgotten this embarrassing moment!!
-Barbara Blackburn Chiles ’63
On a Thursday night football game, before they added the upper deck on the stadium, back in 1992, my friend & I were going into the student section and went through the railings to get to our seats. However, my head/hair got stuck in some guy's pants zipper and I couldn't get it un-stuck for like 2 minutes---it was SOOOO embarrassing, but funny too!
-Charlotte A. Abell-Bailey ‘97
I took Psychology of Sexual Behavior my sophomore year. A friend was also in the class. He liked to introduce me as his "Psycology of Sexual Behavior lab partner." That always embarrassed me, but was funny.
-Tracy Arnold-Wooten ‘93
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Easy...When I was a pledge at my fraternity in fall of 1999, an active stole my Jeep...about 3 hours later he came back to the house and informed me it was stuck in some bushes...that was an understatement! As I approached Seton Hall, You could see my Jeep teetering on the wall as it was high centered on the wall, and surrounded by cops...
-Matthew Schmidt ‘04
I fell on the treadmill at the Rec at 5:30 in the morning during the summer after my freshman year. My knees were getting scraped up as I desperately tried to reach the emergency stop button. I was sore for days and mortified that a bunch of good looking guys saw it happen!
-Aubrey Abbott Patterson ‘98
I was riding my bike to class at 10:30 am, one of the busiest times on campus! A Camaro was stopped at the cross walk next to King Hall, I thought I would just go between the Camaro and the curb and just go around since it was easier for me to dodge people on the crosswalk on a bike as opposed to a car. As I was passing the car, the passenger opened his car door and I crashed right into it! I flew off the bike and into the crosswalk sign! I had a LARGE audience gathered around, a huge bruise on my back and a bruised ego for sure! Someone called 911 and when I heard the ambulance sirens, I took off running up the hill to Bluemont with my bike in tow! Yikes!
-MaKenzie Gerwick ‘07
Working in the College of Vet Medicine cleaning dog runs and getting "hung up" on the top of one of the pens while cleaning a ceiling vent and had to wait for someone to help me down in my torn shirt and undergarments showing a lot of skin. Embarrassing!
-Teresa Hagedorn ‘86
What are your memories of final exam week?
A couple of fraternity brothers and I developed a finals tradition of
sneaking a full buffet of food into the Hill seminar room of Waters
Hall. I distinctly remember a Crock-Pot making the trip on multiple
occasions. People came and went, but the idea was a nonstop finals
study-fest without leaving for food. Once, we stayed there for 18-24
hours. Engineering and biology majors stayed much longer than the
-Jack Shaw ’94
One day, I
came home to my (supervised, in those days) apartment and found a note
from one of my roommates to call “Jim” at a certain number.
I had a
cousin named Jim at K-State at that time, but the number was not his. I
dialed the number, gave my name and asked for “Jim.” The man kindly
replied, “Joyce, I think someone is playing a joke on you. This is
I hung up so quickly I don’t remember if I apologized or not!
-Joyce McCready ’66
1944, I finally learned to drink coffee during final exam week of my
senior year. Four of us gals and our chaperon (required then) lived in a
pleasant apartment on the second floor of a house on Bluemont Avenue.
During finals, when we were off cramming for our test, we’d have coffee
breaks around the kitchen table. One of the girls would make a pot of
coffee. Not many drank it back then. We diluted the coffee in our cups
with plenty of canned milk. I thought that made it good.
-Ruth Meacham Mesler ’44
Kansas City, Mo.
Walking to my first 7:30 a.m. final of one exam week, I saw something that is forever bubbling in my memories.
happened about 15 minutes before the test as I passed the western
entrance to Farrell Library. I noticed the fountain had mounds and
mounds of white accumulation, spilling over and outside the rim.
Curiously, I could still hear the water running.
thought to cross my mind was, “Wow, the maintenance dudes (it was 1975)
should’ve shut that off if it was going to be below freezing. Now
they’ve got a bunch of ice to deal with.”
But then I had my second thought: “Wait a minute, it’s May!”
I learned from the creative instigators (who I probably should not
name) that they added three bottles of Lemon Fresh Joy dish detergent to
the fountain at about 3 a.m. I passed my final despite the distraction.
-Kenny Allen ’78
Valley Center, Kan.
My fondest memory of finals week was lots of Swannie runs! Best doughnuts ever.
-Terri Blount ’83
Finals week was the best week — five hours of tests and then you’re done with classes for weeks.
you were the first person in my fraternity done with finals for the
week, your brothers might have a little surprise waiting for you. And by
surprise, I mean revenge — like a shower with your clothes on.
-Kyle Fitzgerald ’06
Kansas City, Mo.
Where did you meet another K-State while traveling?
My husband and I were traveling to Key West, Fla., in late September 2001. We booked a kayaking and snorkeling excursion on the ship Danger and to our surprise one of our guides was a fellow K-Stater. He was very helpful throughout our boat trip and even offered to have us over to watch the K-State/Oklahoma game that weekend with two other alumni. I never expected to run into anyone from Kansas while we were there.
-Janelle Seck Dana ’96
Overland Park, Kan.
During a camping vacation to Yellowstone National Park in 1984, I happened upon a thermal heated mountain stream and laid down in the hot water with 50 other hikers to enjoy the soothing affect. I noticed a young couple wading in the hot stream looking for a spot to plop down. The chap looked vaguely familiar. Curiosity drove me to wade over and ask if he was a K-Stater. Turns out he was a former student who I had taught ag journalism in the 1970s. There we were, soaking up to our necks in the same hot mountain steam in Wyoming.
-Tim Lindemuth ’77
Living in Texas I am always on the watch for the powercat logo. Most recently while walking in the breast cancer walk in Dallas, I wore my green powercat cap so my family would be able to spot me. I was spotted by another walker, a man in his own powercat cap. This past summer I took my parents to Branson, Mo., and in the butterfly garden there was a man with a powercat belt. He was with his daughter, an education major, and she had many of the professors and instructors I worked with as I was getting my Ph.D. You never know who you will meet when you watch for the powercat.
-Freida Golden ’04
Being in the Air Force, I've lived all over the country, plus a couple of times overseas, and had the opportunity to travel to many countries. While deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1996, I ran into one of my ROTC classmates and we got to fly on a mission together. In 2000 my wife and I moved to Germany and about a year later another K-Stater moved to our base. While living there we vacationed in Barcelona, Spain one summer and saw a couple of K-State students who were on a summer break trip. (It pays to wear a Powercat if you want to be recognized!) Right before we left Germany another K-Stater, Col Chris Chambliss, arrived as our Group Commander. This summer I was deployed to Balad, Iraq and ran into Carina Givens, who I hadn't seen since we graduated college. The one that really takes the cake was my assignment to Korea where Mary Beth Hoke, Dana Windhorst and I were all in the same squadron. Incidently we're all stationed here in South Carolina now also. Most recently, my wife and I were in Savannah touring the house from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and had a couple of K-Staters from Western Kansas in our little 12 person tour group. It is a very small world, but it's smaller if you wear your K-State attire!
-Lt Col Neil Neaderhiser
Sumter, South Carolina
I was waiting in the airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina when I discovered I was sitting next to two K-State Alumni from Tennessee.
-Sara McReynolds 2008
About 8 years ago while driving through Germany, we turned off the main road onto a street going into Heidelberg. We were seeking someone to whom we could ask directions. There on the corner stood a cute female with a purple sweatshirt which said "Kansas State University - Home of the Little Apple" Of course, she was quite friendly and helpful!
-Mel Matuszak ’59
After spending 5 months studying abroad in Costa Rica, my mom and grandma came to spend the last week with me traveling around the country. The day before we flew out of the country, we were staying near Manuel Antonio National Park. While lounging around our hotel's swimming pool, I was approached by a man who asked if I went to K-State. He said he had seen me wearing a K-State shirt earlier in the day. He was there with his wife and daughter who went to K-State. It was their second day in Costa Rica and he and his wife were leaving at the end of the week, but his daughter was staying for 5 months to study abroad.
-Julie Stithem ’07
I was traveling with some hunting buddies to an elk hunt in northwestern Colorado. I was driving way too fast and was stopped by the Colorado Highway Patrol. When I rolled down the window the trooper smiled when he saw the purple Cotton Bowl sweatshirt I was wearing. "Were you there?" he asked. When I said yes he said "So was I." He was a K-state grad and what followed was a 10 minute discussion of Wildcat football and ended with him telling me to slow down and "Go ’Cats!" We both drove away pleased with the meeting.
-Kyle Antenen ’80
Ness City, Kan.
I live in the San Francisco area and while on business trip stopped in Raleigh, N.C., to catch the ’Cats on TV. I came upon a table of four K-Staters. We compared notes and I found out that one of them attended a wedding of one of the employees in my San Francisco office.
-Dennis Schmidt ’71
I was traveling around Southern Italy on the island of Capri, and I was getting off of the ferry and saw a K-State tag on the backpack of the person in front of me. I then realized it was a classmate of mine from K-State. It was really great running into a fellow K-Stater in such a faraway place.
-Abby Logerman ’06
The summer before my freshman year at K-State (my second trimester as a Wildcat fetus), I traveled with a group to, amongst other places, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. As fate would have it, I proudly sported a purple K-State shirt on the Friday night we visited the tower. On the elevator up, a couple asked me if my group was from Kansas -- which we were -- and they told us they were alums and that their daughter was a current student at the time! Big tower, small world.
-Tyler Stubenhofer ’08
This is not a traveling story, but I retired in January 2006 and my wife and I moved to Lincoln, Neb. I joined a Kiwanis Club in Lincoln and lo and behold there were two other K-State graduates in our club. Gus Dornbusch and Herschel Staats graduated in 1958, I graduated in 1961, we were all three in the 1958 Royal Purple and now all live in Lincoln. Of course Gus, Herschel and myself are K-State fans and we love to give the Cornhuskers in our Kiwanis Club real fits! It's a small world sometimes.
-Harold Dorssom ’61
About five years ago, I went on an Alaskan cruise with my wife and two sons. While lining up to board a whale-watching ship in Juneau, I spotted an older couple. He was wearing a K-State jacket (I had on a K-State pullover). So I stepped out of line and walked over to say hello. A few moments later I came back and told my kids the couple's names, when they graduated, major, number of kids, where they live now, etc. My 15 year-old said, "You talked to the guy for 90 seconds and learned all that?" I replied, "We're Wildcats. We're friendly."
-Douglas Weber ’78
Flying home from spring break by myself, I met the nicest family of K-Staters in the San Francisco airport. We cheered on the K-State men's basketball team as they played Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA tournament before we had to board the plane. It was great to meet friendly K-Staters!
-Beth Buchanan ’08
Overland Park, Kan.
My fiancee, now wife, and I bumped into a fellow K- S tater while walking through the Termini train station in Rome, Italy!
-Dustin Hamman ’08
Overland Park, Kan.
I cannot remember his first name. His last name was Rathbone. I believe he was from Manhattan. In 1937-38, my freshman year at KState, we were in the same class, Chemistry I believe, together. In the summer of 1940, I was a summer camp counselor at the Admiral Farragut Academy in New Jersey and had "sneaked" into New York one afternoon to watch Joe DiMaggio and the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. On the packed subway ride back to Times Square, who did I spot standing right beside me? Rathbone! WWW ME 1942.
-Wayne Wittenberger ’42
New York, N.Y.
I was in London for Wimbledon in 2006 and was wearing a K-State T-shirt. As I entered one of the tour buses I was immediately met with a rousing "Go Cats" from 6 current students visiting London during their summer break. What a small world.
-Bonnie Mayne (fs)
In Charles De Gaulle Airport (Paris). I was on a stop over on my way to New Dehli, and noticed a student wearing a KSU sweatshirt. She was on her way to visit her parents in Africa during Christmas break. We had a nice visit while we waited for our connections. What a small world!
-Shannon Loriaux ’97
Rome, Italy - After studying abroad in Germany during the summer of 2001, a friend and I took a whirlwind tour of Europe and randomly met up with fellow K-Staters in the Dunkin Donuts in the lower level of the Termini Train Station. We had no idea they were even in Europe, let alone in the same Dunkin Donuts we had stopped for breakfast so it was a very fun surprise!
-Kristen Ball ’03
My husband and I were in Philadelphia for his required 8-month landscape architecture internship. In our first week there, we were shopping in our apartment complex's grocery store when a guy came up and asked if we were from K-State. He had noticed my purple powercat jacket. It turns out he, his wife and another friend in the complex graduated from K-State. And they weren't the only ones. In our 8 months in Philadelphia, we ran into several other K-Staters. It was great to meet them all, and it made our time out on the East Coast feel like home.
-Anna Kristina Scherling ’07
My first semester at K-State was the fall of 1961, having just graduated from Wakefield High School (30 miles west of Manhattan). I dropped out at the end of the semester with nothing more than a K-State sweat shirt to show for my efforts. In August 1964, while on furlough from the Air Force in Germany, I was walking through Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, wearing that same sweat shirt and was approached by an American man in his 50s who was a K-Stater. He even thought he might have known my dad who graduated from K-State in 1932.
-Jim Kent ’73
My mom, sister and I were in Paris four years ago in the elevator on our way down from the top of the Eiffel Tower. To our surprise, I wasn't the only one in that small space wearing a K-State sweater. A young couple of alums also had their purple on that chilly day.
-Elise Nimtz ’08
It was 5:30 a.m. at JFK Airport, the men's room. I was shaving after an overnight flight from Paris, where I'd been studying with the KSU Summer in France group. In walks a K-Stater, Tom, who had been a classmate in Speech during our freshman year, four years before. He was returning from London after a summer study there. It is a smaller world than one imagines.
-Charles Ruberson, '71, '72
Albuquerque, New Mexico
My boyfriend and I were wearing our K-State hoodies in New Zealand when a guy stopped to ask if we had gone to school there. When we told him we yes, he said that his girlfriend had as well. It turned out that she lived close by - only blocks from where we did! We got together several times and it was great to connect with another K-Stater so far away!
-Regan Rose ’04
My wife, Jo Ann Stroup Lyman '49, and I met Lew Hitch in a 1952-53 exhibition game on the Island of Molokai, Territory of Hawaii. Lew was a member of the Minneapolis Lakers professional basketball team that was on Molokai to play a local team. The encounter provided a time of reminiscing about the glory days of K-State conference basketball. We were on our way to the Philippines and back to Kansas.
-Paul L. Lyman '49, '52
West Chester, Pa.
When I was a Department of Defense Dependents School teacher in the 1990s, I saw someone with a K-State shirt in the Giessen, Germany post exchange. We got to talking and discovered she, Ann Eilert '86, was teaching in the same military community I was, although we were at different schools (she in Giessen and I in Butzbach). We never knew each other in college. One of our brigade commanders and his wife (Greg and Dana Fontenot) were also K-State grads.
-Lisa Griswell Jones '85
Daegu, South Korea
What are your favorite memories of a professor?
When I was finishing my undergrad degree in sociology, I went to the late Professor George Peters and asked for an incomplete in his course so I could finish the data analysis research paper later. His response has always stuck with me. "Tim, I'll give you an incomplete, but it isn't going to get any easier, you know." It took me a year and a half to finish the paper, (due to procrastination), and get my degree. He was right. Life doesn't get easier.
-Timothy Bonner '78, '80
William Janes is a teacher I will never forget. Everyone called him "Wild Bill" Janes. He taught various math classes such as trig, geometry, advanced algebra, etc., and had a unique way of getting your attention. He taught in a small building; I believe it might have been Holtz Hall. The timeframe was in the 50s and 60s. "Wild Bill" would ask the class for their definition of infinity, and no matter what answers he received, he would say they were wrong and then give the proper definition. He would take a piece of chalk and start at one corner of the room, running around the entire room drawing his chalk line and then throw the chalk out the open window as far as he could and proclaim, "That's infinity!" What a grand old man he was.
-Jim Logbeck '66
Sometimes the best lessons come after graduation. Years after earning my master's degree, I was teaching English at Nebraska. A couple of my former K-State professors urged me to visit Don Stewart, one of the department's longtime lions. They called Don, and he happily gave me directions. He was extremely ill, so frail I couldn't shake his hand.
What I discovered was a man with an inexhaustible passion to explore, tell stories, fill each day with accomplishments in words and in spirit; and in effect, still teach. I continue to learn from his grace and joyous wonder at life.
-Michael Young '83
My favorite professor when I was in school was Tiny Foltz (adviser to K-State fraternities). He absolutely loved his work and loved getting his students involved. He was the best.
-Tom Boley '70
My favorite memory of a professor was journalism professor Ron Johnson and his red pen in the Collegian newsroom. I learned more from that one red pen than I did in half of my classes. Thanks, Ron!
-Renee Forsythe '02
My most memorable professor would be Homer Socolofsky of the history department. Classes like "U.S. to ..." and "U.S. since ..." would not have been the same without him. He took what could have been a boring, dry topic and made it fascinating with bits of unique trivia.
His obvious love of the topic only fueled my interest in history. I can't say as much for his grad assistants we had to tolerate in recitation. Most were rabid anti-war protestors – this was a sign of the time.
He made such an impression that three years later as a senior, I opted to take his "Kansas History" course. Ah, the days of the Vietnam War – was there any era quite like it?
-Charlotte Pfefer '72, '77
Why did you choose K-State?
I chose K-State for its family atmosphere and sense of welcome. Its hard for some 18-year-olds to adjust to college, life but some way K-State makes you feel comfortable at all times. The teachers are terrific, and the campus is beautiful. Plus, the athletics are top notch, too. I graduated one year ago, and I miss Manhattan more and more everyday. It's a great place!
-Tyler Price '08
Overland Park, Kan.
I came to K-State in 1968 because of their football team and architectural curriculum. Another reason was the fact that K-State did not seem to have the anti-war sympathies of the time. I could not identify with those schools which did not support our military personnel. I truly appreciate the quality of my education and the quality of the folks of Kansas.
-Von Salmi Sr. '74
I had been out of high school for four years, working on a cattle ranch, beginning to worry about the draft. Riding across a pasture with my boss, I stated that I was considering volunteering for the Air Force. With only a moment's hesitation he responded, "If you need a change in your life and want to improve yourself, why not go to college?" With no pre-established goals I said, "I don't know where I would go, and I don't know what I would study." He replied, "Why don't you go to Kansas State and study Agricultural Engineering." My friend, my mentor, my supporter, the late Bill House, rancher, lawyer, KU graduate.
-Ivan Wilkinson '64
Estes Park, Colo.
I have always been very proud to share with all of my friends and work associates this little bit of history. I was the first child in my family to go to college, and it happened at a time (1971) when I had made multiple applications to go to a college of architecture. What is funny is I submitted to both KU and K-State, and KU turned me down informing me that for the first time ever their college of architecture was full so I ended up at K-State. What makes this so sweet is that at this time KU was a 4+2 program, not a professional degree in architecture, where as K-State was a 5-year professional program. I not only got lucky with the program, but have always looked back at my four years at K-State as some of the best times of my life.
-Gary Collins '76
Hanover Park, Ill.
In 1966, I came to campus to check out KSU. I took a taxi from the airport to the school and got dropped off at the Student Union. Being naive, I thought every Student Union had a hotel attached (like Purdue where my brother was). I found out it didn't, so I wandered around until I came upon a dorm. The doors were locked (10:30 p.m.) so I rang the doorbell and the assistant dorm director came to the door. After telling him my story he took me in for the night and then invited me to breakfast. His girlfriend joined us, who just happened to be Miss Kansas (or so he said). However, I said, "If all the girls look like her, then I'm coming to KSU." Meanwhile, I married and still am to my high school sweetheart – 40 years ago this July 1!
-Art Ratner '72 & '75
I chose K-State for two reasons. The first reason was because the College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the best vet schools to go to, and the second reason was because I love the color purple. Red and blue just doesn't work for me!
-Nichole Haynes '08
Both of my parents attended K-State during the early 1930s. My father graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and my mother received her MRS. They always said they met in the middle of Anderson Hall.We attended homecoming games at K-State during my middle school years. That was when I knew that I wanted to attend K-State, too. I graduated in 1958 with a degree in business administration. Yes, and I ALSO received my MRS., as I met my husband, Jack McKittrick, also a graduate in business administration (1958) while attending K-State. We were married in 1960.
-Betty Waldean (Kretzmeier) McKittrick '58
What are your memories of your first night at K-State?
Putnam Hall was not air conditioned way back in 1976. My room was on the fourth floor, so we had a Cape Cod window where we sat one fan in the window and the other fan sat on the floor (and ran non-stop until the end of September!). I couldn’t believe the humidity. But an evening in Aggieville, back when the drinking age was 18, helped — a lot.
-Chris Johnson ’79
My high school graduating class was 21 students from a town which had a population of 600 people. I recall living at Marlatt Hall which housed 600 men. I felt like a tiny fish in a large pond. The first night, my roommate and I turned out our lights about 10 p.m. only to discover that most of the sixth floor residents stayed up (being noisy) much later. I couldn’t go to sleep. Pranks were rampant. One night after going to bed, someone hammered at our door. I yanked it open and a trash can of water (20 plus gallons) spilled into our room. The guys who lived below us complained that water ran down through holes in our closet floor and soaked their clothing!
-George Bowers ’72
My first night, I was a huge ball of nervous anticipation and excitement rolled into one. Part of me was so excited about being away from home, out on my own for the first time, while the other half (probably more like 3/4s) of me was scared out of my mind! Ultimately, I found relief in the fact that everyone around me was in the same situation. I don’t think I got much sleep in the dorm that night, but I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.
-Beau Blackford ’02
Broken Arrow, Okla.
I came to K-State in fall 1942 at the age of 17 and enrolled in the pre-vet program. I drove my 1930 Model A Ford to Manhattan with an “A” ration card and found a room at the home of Professor Smutz. I had not been away from home for an extended period before. I was young and was apprehensive. After I was at K-State for a few weeks, I found I did not need a car and sold it because I needed the money.
-Dr. Lewis J. Runnels ’46
West Lafayette, Ind.
I went to the movie theatre in Aggieville and saw Animal House with someone who was from my hometown in New Jersey. We went to the boys and girls sections of a private Catholic high school, but the schools were 20 miles apart. We both got on the same flight in Philadelphia for KCI and then the same four-seat prop flight to Manhattan. I literally sat in the copilot seat. The pilot said, “Don’t touch anything.” No problem!
-Mitchell Farrell ’82
There was a mixer — a dance on the tennis courts. An hour or so into it, I began to dance with an upperclassman. He was pre-med, and I was pre-nursing. We danced well together. He suddenly said, “You are a freshman ... in the dorm? You have five minutes till curfew.” We jumped in his car and flew across campus. I ran up to the door just as the dorm mother locked it. She unlocked it and said, “This is the last time I will do this for you!”
-Paula Pangburn Roman ’61
What are your favorite memories of spring break?
My favorite spring break memory was competing in the Big Six indoor championship meet in Kansas City, Mo., with the 1941-42 K-State track team. A surprise victory in the indoor 60-yard high hurdles brought coach Ward Haylett down from his seat high in the stadium, over the railing and down to the track to congratulate me. I’ll never forget the excitement and fun — and the joy of being with Ward Haylett. The crowd went wild, too.
-Edwin Darden ’47
On spring breaks in 1978 and 1979, students majoring in social work took two wonderful alternative spring breaks. Both were led by social work professor Marvin Kaiser. One year we went to San Antonio, Texas, spending time in the barrios and parishes among the Mexican-American residents. It was just after Henry Cisneros had been elected mayor — the first Latino mayor of a major U.S. city. The other year, our trip took us south again, this time to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. There we learned about life on the reservation, how the coffee pot is always on in a Navajo home and how absolutely wonderful homemade fry bread is an essential to good Indian tacos! Both trips were great for the learning, the camaraderie and the inspiration of seeing how what we were studying at K-State could make a difference in people’s lives.
-Rev. Daniel M. Davis ’80
My best memory was the year our Alpha Xi Delta house boys went with us to Padre Island. We took two or three cars and followed each other the entire way there. The week, needless to say, was non-stop fun in the sun. Upon returning to the Oklahoma-Kansas border, we hit ice and snow and that brought us back to the reality of not only being back in the Land of Oz, but back to school. We took a pit stop just north of Lindsborg, Kan., at my parents’ farm and then drove to Manhattan. Upon arrival it was just as we had left it: The best place to be away from home.
-Geri Nelson-Bachman ’85
Overland Park, Kan.
My favorite spring break was the break of 2002. There were five of us from Putnam Hall fourth floor who got together and rented a ski condo for the break. A couple of guys were freshmen while the rest of us were either juniors or seniors. It was the first time I came to the realization that age doesn’t matter when you meet true friends.
-Ty Lewick ’99, ’02
Great Bend, Kan.
What were some of the causes you supported or fought for as a student?
While I was at K-State, they were wanting to tear down Nichols Gym which had burned out many years before and was just a shell sitting on the campus — although it made a great place to play frisbee. I grabbed a sign “Save Nichols” and protested outside Anderson Hall. This was my first, and last, time I actually held a picket sign.
-Janice Mueller Pankratz ’79
During my senior year at K-State, I was president of the Kansas State Association of Student Social Workers, a group of social work majors at colleges and universities. In Kansas, social workers with bachelor’s degrees could get jobs because of the state licensing board. In many other states, social workers weren’t hired without master’s degrees. A group from KSASSW lobbied in Topeka to keep the board. The final legislation passed was unique to the state and written by social work students. No, it wasn’t staging protests at the Union, or having strikes in the food halls. But it was dedicated students fighting to be able to get a job with a bachelor’s degree!
-Dan Davis ’80
When I was a student, there was conversation about building a student center. We had to go to various buildings for sports. We had no athletic center for the students. I was in favor of the cost assessment to our tuition bill. Many students didn’t want to pay for a building they wouldn’t realize during their time at K-State. I felt I had to support the building of this center for future students. I have visited the complex and it is an amazing facility. I am so glad it was available for my daughter to use the last four years. I see my stance in the 1970s as an investment in my (our) child’s future.
-Virginia “Ginny” Campbell ’75
Our wives fought to get the 7 a.m. whistle stopped on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The veterans’ housing was across from Ahearn, down from the fire station. The whistle woke up the kids on the only morning the working wives had to rest. They finally stopped it. It was said to be disturbing the monkeys in the lab.
-Jay Anderson ’62
One of the causes we supported back in the ’70s was to save the old Nichols Gym. Some of us actually cut class to stand in front of the bulldozers the day the gym was to be razed. As I recall, we also passed a referendum vote to increase fees to help pay for the renovation.
-Dr. Michael McIrvin ’79
The late 1960s were a caldron of causes nationally, and K-State had its share of protests and demonstrations. I remember attending an anti-war demonstration in front of Anderson Hall. It was very loud. I had no opinion on the war at that time and went simply to see what I could learn. There were rallies led by visiting Black Panther leaders, SDS and other organizations. Like other students at K-State, I supported equal rights, ending the war, and, of course, Wildcat basketball.
-Nancy Williams ’70
What are your memories of campus dining halls?
When I was at K-State, I worked as a student supervisor in Derby. Kevin Ross (’97) also worked there, and I thought he was not a hard enough worker. I complained to Mrs. K (Camille Korenek) that we should fire him, but she would not let me because she wanted to teach him responsibility. After two years of fighting, we went out my senior year. Three months later we were engaged, and we have just celebrated our 10-year anniversary.
-Pamela Ruff Ross ’96,
My sophomore year, there was a group of about 8-10 of us “Hay(maker) 6” guys who always ate together in Derby Dining Center. There was this one employee who usually greeted us as we entered the dining facility and swiped our cards. She was always so friendly and became known as our “Derby Girl.” One particular evening, our group decided to surprise her with our own rendition of “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling.” We serenaded her right in the middle of Derby at peak dinner time! Today, I am honored to call “Derby Girl” my sister-in-law, Gina.
-Jeff Loomis ’95, ’96
Prairie Village, Kan.
Typically a bunch of guys would sit together in Derby, many times lined up all along the back side of a table. That made it easier for them to watch girls go by. There were some buddies from Haymaker 9 that had a special "card." Whenever a girl walked by that they wanted to date, or thought was cute, the guy would say “Give me THE CARD.” We girls would watch sideways out of the corner of our eyes to see if we would get THE CARD request from some of the guys. As it turned out, we became good friends with many of those guys. One even helped me survive freshman algebra.
-Susan Tousignant Mueller ’82
I tried more tasty types of soup in the Marlatt dining hall than I had ever tried up to that point in my life. It really broadened my taste in soup.
-Doug Stallard ’78
Lake Jackson, Texas
I enjoyed stopping by Derby Bakery for fresh bread still warm from the oven or a deliciously sweet sugar cookie!
-Leslie Epp ’01
We always had Sunday lunch at the Union cafeteria. The Methodists let out early so we could beat the rush.
-Wenonah “Noni” Carey Sweet ’70
When I was in high school, living in Manhattan, my friend and I worked as servers at the cafeteria when banquets were served. Mrs. Ziegler was in charge. Wonderful banquets were served in proper style, and we were carefully instructed on serving. Beverages were to be served from the right side and plates of food were delivered or removed from the left. That is training I have taken with me for a lifetime.
-Mary Lou Anderson ’72
My favorite memory of the “Derb” is of the first day of classes in the fall, watching the freshmen wander aimlessly looking for the exits. A lot of them would go down the same stairs they entered. I remember watching employees or older students helping the freshmen find their way around never making fun at the fact that the freshmen were completely lost.
-Kerry Fischer ’06
What was your favorite social activity at K-State?
“Swanson’s” by day, “Swanies” by night. All night study sessions weren’t successful without a 2 a.m. Swanies run at Swanson’s Bakery. Donuts were sold out of the alley door. Students were lined up down the alley and around the corner. I’ve never had a better twist donut since.
-Lisa Hodges ’83
I loved going to the K-State basketball games with my friends! We had an awesome team and Ahearn was always packed and noisy.
-Pat Serpan ’59
When I was a sophomore (1941-42), what good, clean fun many of us had on Saturday nights at the Dime Dance or Y Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. in Anderson Hall. There was no student union then. The fellas gathered on one side of the room, the gals on the other. When the music began, the fellas made a dash for partners. Often, it was girls’ choice. Here, I met again the senior from the home ec-ag mixer and had a date from then on. Doc Holtz, dean of men and YMCA sponsor, played the big band records when music still had a melody. After Pearl Harbor, the war took most of the fellas — they were drafted or they enlisted. It was almost like going to a girls school.
-Ruth Mary Meacham Mesler ’44
Kansas City, Mo.
It’s hard to name just one favorite social activity at K-State. As a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority, I loved playing on the TKE powder puff football team; Friday night at Kite’s in Aggieville; stopping by the Union cafeteria or Catskeller between classes to visit with friends or study; and dressing up in purple T-shirts and painter pants and going to the Wildcat football games.
-Jane Scott Kennedy ’79
Without a question, it was the Earl Scruggs Family and Friends concert in Ahearn Field House. It was an all-night concert with Earl Scruggs, Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Joan Baez, The Byrds, Ramblin’ Joe Elliott and David Bromberg performing. I hope I didn’t forget anyone. We actually left a little early because I wanted to get my date, now my wife, home before her father got up in the morning.
-Bill Francis ’74
In the late 1950s, playing bridge was a favorite. At my dorm, Waltheim Hall, there were always three others who were willing to spend a couple of hours playing. At the Union, bridge games were much in evidence every evening. Shuffle, cut and deal!
-Martha Bross ’58
Midnight Madness at the Purple Masque Theater was a night for talented, aspiring and wannabe playwrights to crank out three to five-minute plays based on a different theme. The theme was not revealed until two or three days prior to the event. We all gathered in the theatre around midnight on a Thursday night once a month. The uncensored, unedited scripts were thrown on stage. One-by-one, the plays were picked up and volunteers were solicited from the audience to act out the scenes. Talented and not-so-talented actors hopped on stage to sight-read the scripts. There were times we would all cry from laughing so hard. Each month was an exciting experience. That was one of the greatest social events at K-State.
-April Blackmon ’02, ’08