Open house draws an expected 20,000 to campus

By Corene Brisendine

Braving the biting chill of a windy Kansas day, people flocked to campus Saturday for Kansas State University Open House.

One group of students traveled from Kansas City, Kan., to explore all the academic options available. Leontra Foreman, seventh-grade math teacher from Arrowhead Middle School in Kansas City, said they bring students every year to promote college as a viable option after high school. She said this year they brought about 100 students, ranging from sixth to eighth grade.

Colin Barnes, 13, was just looking forward to seeing all the stuff K-State had to offer. He hopes some day to be a lawyer.

De’anne Donnell, 13, said her older sister attends K-State, and she was considering doing so, too, but doesn’t know what she wants to study. Donnell said her older sister is majoring in engineering.

Parents and children swarmed many of the academic sites on the campus, as well as the K-State Union. The activities at Mosier and Trotter Halls, home of the College of Veterinary Medicine children, illustrated the variety of things going on campus-wide.

At one place in Mosier, children lined up to have their stuffed animals examined by veterinary medicine students. At Trotter, visitors could learn all about dogs—from diseases to body language. One table had a map of the world and pictures of different dogs. The game was to guess where the dog originated. The next table had pictures of dogs with cute and angry expressions showing their owners without words that they were happy, angry, hungry or tired.

Around the corner, was a race track with the digestive system painted on it. Kids raced remote-control cars and trucks beginning at the mouth through the stomach and intestines and to the finish line out the colon.

A giant stuffed bear lay belly-up with stitches covering his arms and legs. Children could open the stitches and pull out bags of candy as a reward. Next, they could be scrubbed and gowned for surgery.

For pet lovers, there was a hedgehog that visitors could hold. Dogs being fostered by the Riley County Humane Society were also on display in the hope of getting them adopted.

K-State has been holding the all-campus open house since 1969. It has become one of the most popular days on campus. Along with each college’s special events and wonders to view, live entertainment was provided in Bosco Plaza next to the K-State Student Union. The event lasted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and campus officials expected about 20,000 people to attend.

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