Beezley family named K-State's 2015 Family of the Year 

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The Beezley family is the 2015 K-State Family of the Year. (Photo: K-State Communications and Marketing)

Members of the Beezley family travel four hours to Manhattan to attend every Kansas State University home football game, but Sept. 19, the family's trip was extra special. As they cheered on the Wildcats, they were honored at the game as the 2015 K-State Family of the Year.

Chimes, the junior honorary, selects the university's Family of the Year based on three criteria: how the family is affiliated with the university; the way family members show their loyalty and pride in K-State; and what role family plays in their lives.

"From the moment the Chimes selection committee opened the Beezleys' application letter, we could see how passionate they were about K-State — their application was even printed on purple paper," said Hayley Holt, junior in biology and Chimes co-chair of events. "They have a tangible passion for K-State and perfectly exemplify all the qualities we look for when selecting the K-State Family of the Year."

For more than six decades, three generations of the Beezley family have been involved in K-State through athletics, the university's greek system, the K-State Alumni Association and more. The Beezleys' history at the university began when William "Bill" Beezley '40 pursued a degree in agriculture, and his sisters, Jeanie, Pat '43 and Dorothy, followed in his footsteps. "Big Bull," as many knew him, married Geraldine "Jerry" Janssen, who also became a passionate Wildcat fan. Together they raised six children and four of them, Ann '75, Jerome '71, Pat '68, '70 and Jack '73, '75, attended K-State.

The Beezley family has been season ticketholders in football and basketball for more than 40 years and has a notable history in athletics. Bill Beezley played football for the Wildcats as a guard, was selected to play in the 1939 East-West Shrine Bowl, and was named to the All Big-6 team. Jerome Beezley played football for two years alongside Wildcat great Lynn Dickey '71.

One notable tradition in the Beezley family is a Christmas "Wildcat exchange" that replaces the traditional gift exchange with K-State-themed apparel, decor and gadgets.

"Aside from the personal commitments my family has made to K-State, they also owe much of their success to the university," said Alix Beezley, freshman in open option who nominated her family for the award. "I am looking forward to continuing my family's legacy and history at their beloved university."

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