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K-State Olathe Open House

Join us at our Open House on Saturday, April 5, 2014!

9 a.m.-2 p.m. FREE and open to the community! #KStateOpenHouse

Your story starts here

In the lobby, check in and grab a passport, a map and a bag to take on your journey. Get your passport completed to receive a token of our appreciation for attending PLUS be registered to win great prizes from area businesses!  You also can sign up for our newsletter and learn about our campus. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lobby.


Hear from K-State experts and industry partners throughout the day about how their work impacts Kansas City and the world. Forum Hall.

  • Dr. Jerry Jaax: "The Hot Zone." Inspiration for the movie “Outbreak.” Monkeys, anyone? 10 a.m.
  • Randy Tosh: "SmartVet." How the VetGun™ is revolutionizing animal health. 11 a.m.
  • Dr. Saugata Datta: "Urban Water and You." Learn to play a part in making wise use of our world’s water. Noon.
  • Dr. Marianne Swaney-Stueve: "Scientist tested; mom approved." Sensory science as an exciting and untapped career. 1 p.m.

Explore your opportunities

Learn about graduate education opportunities available at K-State Olathe and the university at large. Develop your story to find more – more opportunity, more money, more job security. Make 2014 the year that you enrich your expertise and advance your career by "going back!" 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lobby.

So, you’re going to college?

Visit with representatives from undergraduate admissions to learn more about the academic opportunities and student life experiences that await you as a Wildcat. Representatives from the Manhattan and Salina campuses will be available. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lobby.

The next chapter: continuing your education

Kansas State University offers a plethora of online programs through the K-State Global Campus. Guess how many online K-State students hail from a particular state — then find out if you might be on the map soon, too! 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lobby.

Food service, food safety

Learn the techniques that food service employees use to keep food safe. K-State Olathe's Focus on Food Safety program helps restaurants and restaurant workers have the highest standards for food safety and quality. 12:30 to 2 p.m., Research and Development Kitchen.

How to pack a healthy sack or snack

Snacks are a healthy and important addition to kids' diets. We'll show (and offer) you samples, and provide some tips to help keep snacks a healthy part of your kids' to-do list. Food samples include hummus and vegetables. 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m., Studio Kitchen.

Did you wash ‘em?

Before you head into the lunch line, be sure to test your hands under the germ light and see how hand-washing can prevent the spread of germs — bacteria and viruses — that can harm us. It's scary stuff; be prepared to make a second trip to the sink! 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Studio Kitchen.

A Cajun classic

Jazz Louisiana Kitchen is back by popular demand! Treat yourself to this Cajun feast in the Great Plains Room while you get to know other K-Staters. Don't worry, we're treating you to a mild version so you won't have to worry about it being a "tear jerker." While supplies last. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Great Plains Room.

Purple Pride

Yes, the ice cream! This K-State favorite will be served after lunch. There's a limited supply, so grab a spoon! Luckily, we know where to send you to get more. 1 to 2 p.m., Bistro.

Happily ever after

"Picture" yourself as a Wildcat. Share your K-State story in the recording studio, write it on the giant storyboard or gab about it with others over a cup o' joe. Be sure to get your picture taken at our Willie the Wildcat "green screen!" 1 to 2 p.m., Great Plains Room, Recording Studio, Classroom.

Jack and the tomato stalk

The great tomato plant giveaway is back! Visit the Olathe Horticulture Research and Extension Center table to get your tomato plant and learn about the horticulture/urban food systems degree and courses at K-State Olathe. Limited supply, one plant per family. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Foyer.

SmartVet demonstration

The VetGun™ is revolutionizing the delivery of animal health products — and the technology is being developed right here at K-State Olathe. See a live demonstration of how this technology works. 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m., grassy area by main parking lot. A presentation on this topic will take place at 11 a.m. in Forum Hall.                    


Problem solvers

Learn what our research scientists and industry partners are working on! You'll see the work of our veterinary biomedical science program, the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health, the Microbial Surveillance Lab, food science/microbiology, biological/agricultural engineering and more! 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Research Wing.

Accelerate innovation

Learn how the K-State Olathe Innovation Accelerator is solving real-world problems with real-world solutions. This lab is supported by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and aims to provide K-State resources and expertise to get businesses working better. That's the Wildcat Way! 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Olathe Innovation Accelerator, Research Wing.

What's in your water?

Participate in a real-life laboratory experience to see how the presence of macroinvertebrates (bugs) in water indicates the health of the water and the environment. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Urban Water Institute Lab, Research Wing.

Water’s cautionary tale

Collect and analyze water samples from our front pond to learn what water tells us about our environment with this interactive water lab. Weather permitting. Noon to 2 p.m., follow signage to front pond.

Take a peek

Be sure to walk through the Sensory and Consumer Research Center while you're in the research wing. Sensory testing is taking place in a Second-Floor Classroom.


K-State Research and Extension

Learn about the services Research and Extension provides in the Kansas City area: 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, natural resources, agriculture, horticulture, tax preparation assistance and more. View nuisance pest live trap demonstrations, soil and composting demonstrations, and other interactive displays. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second-Floor Classroom.

Insect infestation

Diagnosing insects and disease is an important part of Research and Extension outreach. Look through the microscope and find out what's bugging you. Next, learn about the emerald ash borer, which was detected in Kansas in 2012 and in Johnson County in 2013. First found in Michigan in 2002, this insect has spread to more than 20 states, killing millions of ash trees. Understand more about its movement and detection. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second-Floor Classroom.

It’s not easy being green

Visit with the experts. Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners, or EMGs, can answer your questions on lawn care and gardening how-to's. Audiences will learn practices to help maintain a healthy lawn. This table display will include hosta plants, handmade garden art and tickets for purchase to the EMG biennial garden tour, which includes six private gardens open to the public. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second-Floor Classroom.

Epic academics

Maximize your career potential and enhance your skills with our academic programs and degree options in adult education and agribusiness. What's the next chapter in your story — more money? More skills? Advancing your potential? We'll help you write the next chapter. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second-Floor Classroom.


The grocery store can be a zoo, especially when it comes to germs. Learn how to select items at the market and store them at home without getting sick. Specially planted "germs" will be detected under UV lights, and proper hand-washing techniques will be introduced. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second- Floor Classroom.

Share your story from college to career

Want to ace your next interview? Try out our virtual interview system and gain new confidence in telling your story to land your dream job. Find out more tips and advice from K-State's Career and Employment Services. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second- Floor Classroom.

Tasty with a chance of meatballs

Participate in a consumer research study and see if you can tell the difference between two meatball samples. Then, see the science behind a sensory test. It's more than just a tasty treat — your opinion matters! 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second-Floor Classroom.

Keep it cool

Power outages can happen at any time, but winter ice storms and spring and summer thunderstorms are usually the most common causes for long-term loss of power. Find out why it is important to chill foods properly. Guests will get a free refrigerator thermometer to use at home, while supplies last. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Second-Floor Classroom. 

Calling all K-Staters!

We're on the hunt for K-State family and alumni in the metro area who would be interested in serving as volunteers for the open house. If you'd like to join the ranks, please email Roberta at robertar@k-state.edu or call 913-307-7316.