150th anniversary connects past, present and future

By The Mercury

Kansas State University’s 150th anniversary celebration, which kicks off in February 2013, isn’t just about honoring the university’s past.

Current students are being encouraged to take part in planning and celebrating the sesquicentennial.

Grant Hill, a senior in accounting and student body vice president, Whitewater, is playing a major role in creating a student committee to decide the contents of the sesquicentennial time capsule to be buried as part of the 150th celebration, Umscheid said.

Hill’s job has been checking with the university archivists to find out the best way to preserve the memorabilia that will be put in the time capsule.

Hill and Nate Spriggs, senior in agricultural economics and student body president, Riverton, also have initiated sponsorship of a student statue for the Wildcat March exhibition, which will feature specially painted and decorated wildcat statues, all sponsored by different university groups or area businesses and organizations.

The students’ wildcat statue is being painted and adorned by the student group AIGA with input from the Student Governing Association.

It will be featured at the K-State Student Union and on the university’s Salina and Olathe campuses during the nine-month sesquicentennial celebration.

Mason Grittman, senior in mechanical engineering, Hoyt, also has been active in planning the celebration.

Grittman has been charge of going through the university’s archives to find Notable Wildcats – people who either graduated or attended Kansas State University and who are are now widely known.

Umscheid said student classes also are involved in planning the celebration. Foundation members will assist as hosts of special kickoff weekend events.

In addition, many classes across campus have had daily assignments or projects that have centered around the 150th celebration.

More information on Kansas State University’s 150th celebration can be found on the Kansas State University’s 150th celebration website,Twitter,  or Facebook.

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