Story by Jackie Newland, sophomore, ACJ
This year’s All University Open House was held on April 11. Different departments, clubs and organizations from across Kansas State University, set out to attract new students by giving them a taste of Manhattan, Kansas.
The Department of Agricultural Education and Communications started the day off early with the first annual Farm to Fork 5k. The event was planned by the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) as a way to educate participants about the source of food.
Graduate students in agricultural communication showed their food spirit by dressing up as food products for the run.
Jason Ellis, associate professor, played a large part in helping ACT with this event. “I’m most excited about the 5k as an opportunity to bring something new to Open House that promotes food and agriculture through a friendly competitive race,” says Ellis. With 35 runners in jthe first year, it seems that this event was a success.
The agricultural education students and staff also took part this year by creating a fun scavenger hunt for the students. The items on the scavenger hunt were booths related to agriculture around the area in order to promote the College of Agriculture and the organizations within it. Once the scavenger hunt was completed, students could then bring back their card in exchange for a free College of Agriculture t-shirt.
Brandi Disberger, agricultural education Instructor, elaborated on how the department’s involvement in open house. “In agricultural education we have the privilege of getting to highlight the entire college of agriculture. The scavenger hunt allows us to get donations from clubs and organizations within the college of agriculture in order to design a t-shirt. We then give out 300 of those t-shirts who visit at least seven places within the college of agriculture,” says Disberger.
“Individuals who come to open house get to see us showcase what Kansas State University and the college of agriculture really do for our students and for our community, as well as what K-State can do for them,” says Disberger.
There is no question that K-State goes above and beyond to care for its students. Open house is just one more way of inviting incoming and potential students to become a part of the K-State family.