K-State Alumni Association dedicates KSU Obelisk at K-State Alumni
|The KSU Obelisk is an
18-foot, limestone and stainless steel sculpture that represents the
Alumni Association’s mission to preserve and share university traditions.
(Photo: K-State Alumni Association)|
Hailing it as a symbol of the pride and
loyalty of Kansas State University alumni and friends, officials of the K-State
Alumni Association dedicated a new campus monument, the KSU Obelisk, during a
ceremony Sept. 20 at the K-State Alumni Center.
Located at the east entry of the Alumni Center near the intersection of Anderson
Avenue and 17th Street, the KSU Obelisk is an 18-foot, limestone and stainless
steel sculpture that represents the Alumni Association’s mission to preserve and
share university traditions. It features the K-S-U letters, which are a
prominent chant in the K-State Fight Song, and two bronze plaques depicting the
words of both the K-State Fight Song and K-State’s alma mater. Two sides of the
monument are adorned with Wildcat paw prints in recognition of the university’s
The KSU Obelisk was made possible through a gift from Dan and
Cheryl Yunk, Manhattan, Kansas. Dan Yunk, who earned degrees from K-State in
1971, 1975 and 1987, is the former executive director and CEO of Kansas Farm
Bureau. He serves as executive director of the Kansas Educational Leadership
Institute and also is a member of the Alumni Association board of directors.
Cheryl Yunk, who earned degrees from K-State in 1972 and 1979, is a retired
educator for the Manhattan-Ogden School District.
“K-State has been such
a significant part of our family for many years, and we wanted to help create a
place where alumni and friends can return to campus and reflect on what K-State
has meant to them,” Dan Yunk said. “The KSU Obelisk is a wonderful addition to
the other iconic landmarks on campus that reflect the rich history and legacy of
The KSU Obelisk was constructed and installed earlier this year
by Compton Construction Company in Wichita, Kansas, owned by K-State alumni Gib
Compton, a 1980 graduate, and Brenda Compton, who graduated in 1977. It was
designed by Salina, Kansas, artists Richard “Dick” Bergen, a 1963 K-State
graduate, and his son, Richie Bergen, who earned degrees from K-State in 1986
and 1998. Dick Bergen has created many sculptures that adorn the K-State campus,
including the bronze Wildcat statue on the Johnson Terrace on the north end of
the Alumni Center.
Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the K-State
Alumni Association, expressed appreciation to the Yunk family for their support,
which made the statue a reality.
“Since the Alumni Center opened in
2002, we dreamed of adding a feature that shared the history of our alma mater
and the K-State Fight Song,” Renz said. “Dan, Cheryl and their family
enthusiastically supported this vision, and today we celebrate what has fast
become a new photo opportunity on campus and a monument that will stand as a
legacy of our heritage for future generations.”