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