Wildcat community invited to celebrate K-State's 100th Homecoming

K-State Alumni Communications

Kansas State University will celebrate its 100th annual Homecoming on Oct. 11-17. (Video: K-State Alumni Communications)

The K-State Alumni Association and All-University Homecoming Committee invite Kansas State University students, alumni, families and friends to join them for events and activities during K-State’s 2015 All-University Homecoming week, Oct. 11-17. This year’s Homecoming theme is A Century of Coming Home to mark K-State’s 100th Homecoming celebration. 

The first Homecoming at K-State was celebrated in 1915 when football coach John “Jawn” Bender called on alumni to return to Manhattan to show their support at the football game against the University of Kansas. In 1939, K-State, then called Kansas State Agricultural College, hosted the first televised homecoming football game versus the University of Nebraska. It also was one of the earliest televised games in the history of college football. 

"Homecoming week is a wonderful opportunity for the community to come out and show their K-State pride,” said Amanda Lee '08, K-State’s all-university Homecoming chair and assistant director of student programs for the Alumni Association. “It says so much that our Wildcat community has been able to celebrate this annual event for a full century. We look forward to K-State fans of all ages joining us for a spirit-filled week celebrating the K-State family, which spreads across the country and worldwide.”

All Homecoming events are open to the public. For the most updated information, visit www.k-state.com/homecoming. The schedule of events is as follows (all events and times are subject to change). The K-State Alumni Center Memorabilia Room also will be open to the public during Homecoming week and will include a special Homecoming display. Visitors may stop by Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. until one hour prior to kickoff.

The 2015 Homecoming Philanthropy 5K Run/Walk will benefit Flint Hills Community Clinic. The event starts at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, and runs through campus. (Photo: David Mayes '96)
 Sunday, Oct. 11
10 a.m. Homecoming Philanthropy 5K Run/Walk, K-State Alumni Center: Students, alumni and community members may run or walk through campus in the 13th annual Homecoming 5K Run/Walk, which benefits Flint Hills Community Clinic. Click here to register. 

Noon-2 p.m. Greek and Residence Hall Spirit Signs and Student Organization Sidewalk Chalking Contest.

5:30 p.m. Crazy Cat Kickoff, Memorial Stadium: This series of comical games is sponsored by the K-State Association of Residence Halls.

8 p.m. Pant the Chant, Bramlage Coliseum: Homecoming pairings perform original spirit cheers.

Also: Coloring contest winners (grades K-6) will be displayed at Manhattan Town Center all week. 

 Tuesday, Oct. 13
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Paint the ’Ville, Aggieville: Check out the Aggieville windows being painted by campus organizations and Homecoming pairings.

8 p.m. Wildcat Request Live, Bramlage Coliseum: This lip sync and dance competition showcases greek Homecoming pairings.

 Thursday, Oct. 15
8 a.m.-5 p.m. K-State Student Ambassador Elections.

6-8 p.m. Children’s Carnival, K-State Student Union: Open to Manhattan and surrounding communities.

The Homecoming Parade is a favorite tradition each year at Kansas State University. (Photo: Tom Theis '13)

 Friday, Oct. 16
3-5:30 p.m. Trick-or-Treat in Aggieville.

5 p.m. Homecoming Parade: The parade route begins at Manhattan Town Center and will run along Poyntz Avenue from Third Street to 11th Street, then head north along 11th until reaching Moro Street before snaking back south along Manhattan Avenue and concluding in City Park. This year’s Grand Marshal is Dr. Russell Hardin '46, the 1945 football team captain.

6:30 p.m. Homecoming Pep Rally, Larry Norvell Band Shell, City Park (following the parade)

 Saturday, Oct. 17
8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The K-State Alumni Center will be open for visitors. Click here to read a feature on the Alumni Center's Memorabilia Room, which will feature a special Homecoming display.

12:30 p.m. K-State Alumni Association Pregame Party in Cat Town. Open to the public. Buffet closes at 2 p.m. Register before Friday, Oct. 9.

2:30 p.m. K-State vs. Oklahoma Homecoming football game. Visit http://www.kstatesports.com/ for more information.

The winning Greek Spirit signs will be displayed at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. During halftime, the new Student Ambassadors will be announced and the Homecoming Committee members will be recognized.


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