Digging deep: Students help visitors discover purple roots at All-University Open House

K-State Communications and Marketing

Watch a video about the annual All-University Open House on April 16 at Kansas State University's Manhattan, Olathe and Polytechnic campuses. (Video: K-State Communications and Marketing)

For Shannon Oakley, Kansas State University senior in secondary education, the annual All-University Open House was a highlight of her childhood — a chance to explore the campus, learn new things and experience adventures. Now, she has an opportunity to work behind the scenes as one of the student coordinators helping to organize the university showcase.

“Open House is such a unique event in that it is driven by students,” Oakley said. “Alumni, current and prospective students, and friends of the university get to come together for a day to explore what it means to be rooted in purple.”

Students from disciplines across campus are volunteering in different capacities for this year's open house, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16 in Manhattan, Kansas, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Olathe and Polytechnic campuses. Open house is an annual event to show the public and prospective students the excitement of the K-State experience, and students play a big role in the planning process.

"We're very proud of our student leaders," said Emily Lehning ’98, ’00, ’08, assistant vice president for student life. "Open house is an excellent opportunity to showcase and enhance our students' leadership and academic achievements. Open house brings together our students, faculty and staff for a fun and educational day."

This year's open house theme is "rooted in purple," and emphasizes the K-State family's commitment to their university, communities and successful futures. Interactive displays, enjoyable activities, games, informational booths and more will highlight all aspects of K-State — including student life, research and academic programs — while celebrating the university's rich history and traditions.

K-State’s different colleges are offering a variety of activities this year, including: 

Watching Kansas State University experts carve ice sculptures is just one of the many types of activities offered at the All-University Open House at K-State's Manhattan campus, which is organized with the help of K-State students. This year's open house will be April 16 on the Manhattan, Olathe and Polytechnic campuses. (Photo: K-State Communications and Marketing)
• Complete the College of Agriculture's scavenger hunt and receive a free T-shirt.

• Immerse yourself in models, furniture, plans and landscapes that are drawn, designed and built by students, with the College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

• See weird science with the College of Arts and Sciences' glowing chemistry magic show.

• Check out the College of Business Administration's trading lab, sales lab and play games to earn CBA Bucks, redeemable for snacks and refreshments.

• Turn the page on a new favorite at the College of Education's children's book fair.

• Take a turn on the College of Engineering's racing simulator.

• Pick up pedometer from the College of Human Ecology and learn more about living a physically active lifestyle.

• Bring your family and friends to cheer for your favorite pet at the College of Veterinary Medicine's annual pet talent show.

• Create innovative food creations that are fun to sample at K-State Olathe.

• Discover the aviation program at the Kansas State Polytechnic Campus in Salina: jump in a simulator to fly an aircraft or check out the university’s fleet.

Learn more about open house at k-state.edu/openhouse. During open house, you can park in the garage for free and ride a shuttle to events. Shuttles run every 15 minutes.

Taking place in conjunction with open house is the K-State Alumni Association’s For Sophomores Only program, which gives high school sophomores a taste of college life at K-State. Registration for this year’s event is closed, but if your high school student will be a sophomore next year, check out www.K-State.com/FSO to see what the event is all about.

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