A Very Purple Birthday Celebration: Celebrating K-State's Generations of Success

K-State Communications and Marketing

For most of us, birthdays come once a year. K-State, however, is lucky enough to celebrate its 150th birthday for almost a year. The first operational land-grant university's sesquicentennial celebration will begin in February and continue until Homecoming on Oct. 26.  

Although the party will continue throughout campus for nine months, the celebration will officially begin Feb. 14 with a kickoff event in Ahearn Field House for the university and Kansas communities. There will be Call Hall ice cream — featuring a special birthday-themed flavor — cupcakes and music from K-State groups. While there, visitors also may peruse the exhibitions, which will feature displays from colleges, units and other campus groups.

Spend the rest of the weekend with fellow Wildcat friends. Dance the night away Feb. 15 at Manhattan's new Hilton Garden Inn during the 150th Gala, and then attend the K-State men's basketball game Feb. 16 in Bramlage Coliseum, where Founder's Day and K-State's roots will be celebrated.

The kickoff weekend will come to a close Feb. 17 in McCain Auditorium with a performance by Carol Burnett. The comedic actress will help celebrate K-State's 150th birthday with the audience interactive program "Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett: A Conversation with Carol where the Audience Asks the Questions." Tickets for the show are available online at http://www.k-state.edu/mccain/ or by calling 785-532-6428.

Many other sesquicentennial projects will take place throughout the year, including a K-State 150th Brown Bag Lecture Series, an exhibit at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, commissioned pieces of music and art, campus landscaping and community signage, and the Wildcat March Exhibition, which will take place from Feb. 14 through the fall.

The idea of the Wildcat March is a simple one — Kansas artists, architects, photographers and designers will paint, decorate and/or adorn fiberglass Wildcat statues. These Wildcats then will be exhibited around Manhattan during the sesquicentennial celebration.

The university also has a website offering official 150th commemorative merchandise, including T-shirts, a commemorative book, scarves, flags, notecards and Wildcat March replicas. To shop and learn more, check out http://ksu-150th-anniversary.myshopify.com/. The Kansas Wheat Alliance also approved a new wheat variety, "1863," named in honor of K-State.

More information about any of these events can be found at the official 150th website, http://www.k-state.edu/150/. Activities for the closing events in the fall are still in the works, so stay tuned.

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