Alumni Club and Catbacker tours in full swing

K-State Alumni Communications
Each year, Catbacker and Alumni Club members gather at events to socialize and contribute to scholarships for K-State students. (Photo: K-State Sports Information)

K-State Alumni and Catbacker clubs throughout the state help promote the University, Alumni Association and Athletics while assisting in fundraising efforts for student scholarships at K-State.

Once a year, K-State Athletics, Alumni Association and University staff members travel to many of the combined clubs' annual events, which allow K-State alumni, friends and future Wildcats the chance to meet some of their favorite Wildcat coaches and K-State guests. Many locations have golf tournaments and banquets, making for a great day for Wildcats of all ages.

K-State officials kicked off the annual club tours on May 13, with the first stop at the "Western Swing" in Dodge City. The day started at Dodge City Country Club with more than 60 golfers coming out to enjoy a beautiful day on the course. 

Following golf, participants headed to the Knights of Columbus for a banquet. After a steak dinner, guests listened to women's basketball coach Deb Patterson, football offensive line coach Charlie Dickey, and Voice of the Wildcats Wyatt Thompson remark on the success of the K-State athletics this season. Big 12 Coach of the Year Bruce Weber rounded out the program, talking about some of his new recruits as well as sharing a story about his first visit to Dodge City years ago.

During the program, fourteen area students were awarded scholarships totaling $3,250, by the Dodge City Area K-State Alumni Club, the Col. Gayle Foster Endowed Scholarship fund and the Kansas State University President’s Office. 

“We are so pleased to congratulate these outstanding students,” said Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the Alumni Association. “The Alumni Association board of directors is committed to helping prospective students attend K-State, and the alumni club scholarship program is a vital component in assisting those efforts. We greatly appreciate local alumni and friends who have helped make these awards possible through their loyal support.” 

The scholarships are for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Alumni Association annually awards approximately $250,000 in student scholarships with funding provided by local K-State alumni and friends and Alumni Association programming. There are more than 1,500 K-State alumni and friends in the Dodge City area.

More 2013 Catbacker Tour and Alumni Club events can be found at

Dodge City was the first stop on the annual Alumni Club and Catbacker Tour schedule. K-State alumni and friends will help raise money for scholarships through golf outings, banquets and live auctions held throughout the summer. (Photos: K-State Sports Information)

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