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K-State gears up for sesquicentennial

Gala, Carol Burnett and more slated for university’s 150th

By The Mercury

The nation’s first land-grant institution and Kansas’ first public university is laying plans to mark its sesquicentennial early next year.

A nine-month celebration marking the 1863 establishment of Kansas State University will begin with various events Feb. 14-17. The university was founded as Kansas State Agricultural College on Feb. 16, 1863.

The kickoff event will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at Ahearn Fieldhouse. An exhibition for colleges, units and groups, it will be free to the public.

Laurel Littrell, planning and assessment director for K-State Libraries, wrote “Nature’s Law” for the Kansas State University Orchestra to play during the kickoff celebration program, which will begin at 4 p.m.

Littrell graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Music in theory/composition. She earned her Master of Music in theory/composition from the university in 1987.

Gala One Fifty, celebrating K-State history and the 1863 Circle, will be Friday, Feb. 15, at the Hilton Garden Inn. Register at Seating is limited.

For Founder’s Day, the celebration will focus on the men’s basketball game vs. Baylor at 6 p.m. Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. For tickets, call the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 785-532-7606.

Entertainer Carol Burnett will headline the weekend with a question-and-answer session focusing on her life and career, but allowing audience members to direct the focus. That presentation will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at McCain Auditorium. For tickets, contact the McCain box office at 785-532-6428.

There will also be what is termed a “Wildcat march exhibition” that will take place around town from Feb. 14 through fall 2013.

The idea is a simple one: have Kansas artists, architects, photographers and designers paint, decorate, and/or adorn fiberglass wildcat statues. These wildcats will be exhibited during the nine-month Sesquicentennial celebration.

At the conclusion in October, the wildcats will be auctioned, and the proceeds will go toward a 150th Student Academic Scholarship Fund, the Sesquicentennial Scholarship.

Other sesquicentennial projects include a pictorial history book, sesquicentennial time capsule, 150th Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series, and a special 150th ice cream flavor at Call Hall.

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