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22201 W. Innovation Dr.
Olathe, KS 66061-1304

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K-State Olathe Open House | April 1

Make April 1 a day for fun, family and warm Wildcat memories at the 2017
All-University Open House. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., K-State Olathe is hosting numerous activities, exhibits and entertainment geared for all ages that celebrate K-State and the benefits K-State Olathe offers to Greater Kansas City.

Open House is free and requires no reservations.  

Where to start

Start building your future

Stop by the reception area upon arriving to pick up a K-State Olathe canvas tote bag (one per family), a passport and map. Return passports here for prizes when you leave. 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Main Lobby. 

Explore your opportunities

Learn about the graduate education opportunities available at K-State Olathe and the university at large. Get the information you need to begin building your future at K-State!
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bistro.

So, you’re going to college?

Learn about K-State undergraduate programs, student life and involvement opportunities from our Greater Kansas City area admissions representatives. Representatives from the Manhattan campus, K-State Polytechnic and K-State Global Campus also will be on hand.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Board Room.  

Willie the Wildcat 

Willie the Wildcat is in the house! Get a picture with the legend himself that will make all your K-State friends purple with envy. 

Main floor

American Royal

Learn about the American Royal and the opportunities the non-profit organization has provided to Kansas City since 1899. Get information about American Royal events, scholarships and try your hand at rodeo events on inflatable horses.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Forum Hall.

The next chapter: Continuing your education

K-State 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. - 2 p.m., Board Room.

Live sports radio broadcast

Sports Radio 810 WHB is doing a live broadcast of their morning show from
K-State Olathe's Open House.
9 a.m. to noon., Bistro.

Are you smarter than a Wildcat?

Take a spin on the prize wheel and test your K-State IQ.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bistro.

Cargill Animal Nutrition

Learn more about Cargill Animal Nutrition through interactive activities highlighting the pet foods they make in Kansas and the many livestock species they feed. They will be telling the sweet story of managing nutrients and feeding animals to meet goals with a build your own ice cream bar (featuring K-State Call Hall Ice Cream).
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Bistro.

Someone's in the kitchen…

Get a glimpse of how K-State Olathe helps entrepreneurs and businesses refine recipes, launch new food products and combat diabetes. Stop by the information booth to learn about the Healthy Cooking for Diabetes class. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Research and Development Kitchen. Or, build your own waffle with Heartland Food Products to get a hands-on taste of the food R&D process. 1-2 p.m., Research and Development Kitchen.

K-State Research and Extension 

Learn about the services K-State Research and Extension provides in the Kansas City regional area. Get information, advice and tips for lawns and gardens, healthy lifestyles and nutritious snacks, successful aging, financial management, wildlife management, and fun opportunities for youth development. Booths are below according to category.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Great Plains Room.

4-H Ambassadors

Information about Johnson County 4-H

Get information about 4-H Ambassadors and the 4-H program in Johnson County. We'll have handouts on the various 4-H activities, including food and nutrition, livestock care and robotics.

Also, stop by the booth to play Minute to Win It game with other Open House guests. Or, test your luck and knowledge at spinning wheel trivia game. 


Soil testing

Learn how to properly take a soil test. A display will show soil samples and the tools required. Soil test information and plastic bags for soil samples also will be available. 


Extension Kansas Master Naturalists

Learn about wildlife in the KC region. Antlers, animal skins and other items will be on display for kids to touch and learn. 

  Food, nutrition and health

Healthy snacking

Snacks are a healthy and important addition to kids' diets. We'll show — and offer — samples of healthy snacks, and provide some tips to help keep snacks a healthy part of your families' diets. Food samples include hummus and vegetables.


Glitter bug

Participate in an interactive activity using ultraviolet light to teach kids the proper way to wash their hands.

  Home and family

Gray for a Day

The display aims to educate participants on age-related sensory and functional challenges some adults might face through various simulations that reflect daily routines, simple tasks, and leisure or social activities. This is an interactive booth.


Extension Master Gardener Program

Get information about the Johnson County Extension Master Gardener program. Timely publications and hotline cards will be available.

  Johnson County K-State Research and Extension

Who we are and what we do

Discover your location extension agency. Get an overview of the services offered through informational handouts and an agent.


Expand your career potential

Learn how to elevate your career potential and build a degree. Use JENGA blocks to build a tower and learn about the Professional Science Master’s degree. The tallest tower of the day wins a prize. 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Second floor hallway. 

Frontier program

Interested in crossing disciplinary borders to better understand our complex world? Check out Frontier, a scholarly, skill-development program that helps students do just that. Justin Kastner, K-State faculty member and co-director for the Frontier program, will be on site at Open House to meet with families, friends and prospective students. He teaches a number of courses at K-State Olathe, including two courses on the global food system and international trade policy, and Multidisciplinary Thought and Presentation and Interdisciplinary Process. Stop by and learn about the role the Frontier program plays in K-State Olathe students' academic and career development, and how you can get involved.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Second floor hallway.

Team Building with Legos

Test your teamwork, collaboration and communication skills, and show off your K-State pride in a Lego activity.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Second floor hallway.

Coffee with the deans

Enjoy coffee and visit with Ralph Richardson, K-State Olathe dean and CEO; Janice Barrow, associate dean for academic affairs and executive education; and Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School and professor of dietetics. Attendees receive a K-State Graduate School application fee waiver (valued at $65), applicable for K-State Olathe graduate degree programs.
10-11 a.m., Cat's Pause Lounge.

Kids' Corner

Dive into tons of fun at the Kids' Corner. Activities include free face painting, K-State coloring pages and puzzle building.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Outside of Room 227.

Graduate programs

Explore several of the graduate-level programs that offer courses at K-State Olathe. Programs include adult and continuing education, master of agribusiness, food science, horticulture with an emphasis in urban food systems, industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, master of public health, professional science master's, school counseling, and veterinary biomedical science.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Hallway and Rooms 221-223.

What is public health? 

Explore what public health means to you and others by tagging items around K-State Olathe's campus with a fun sticker. Snap a picture of your tag and post it to Facebook with the hashtag #KStateMPH. 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Room 221. 

K-12 challenges

K-12 students are challenged to use engineering, science, problem-solving and creativity to complete the following activities:

• Wildcat Penny Boat Contest — Build a boat using only one sheet of aluminum foil. The boat that can carry the most pennies by 1:30 p.m. wins a prize. 

• Cup and Paper Bridge Construction — Bend, shape, fold or twist one piece of paper so it holds the most weight in washers between two paper cups. 

• Design It, Build It — Design a cellphone holder using only given materials for a team of two. All participants get to take home the holders they made.  

• Marshmallow Tower — Build the tallest tower using spaghetti noodles and marshmallows. 

9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Room 221.


Come get a free Cherokee Purple tomato plant and learn about horticulture happenings at K-State. The Horticulture Research and Extension Center-Olathe is home to many programs in the areas of food crops, flowers and turfgrass. While supplies last.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Room 222.

Going green

The Sensory and Consumer Research Center invites you to taste test the original power food: spinach. Compare varieties of spinach grown at the K-State Horticulture Research and Extension Center-Olathe against spinach varieties from grocery stores.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Room 222.

Strike a pose

Grab a friend (or friends), some props and then picture yourself having fun at Open House — literally — with a photo booth. Hang the pictures on your fridge and then tag yourself and others in the pics on Facebook. 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Room 223.  

Food science

Learn about germs and the science behind the food you eat. 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Room 223.

Animal science and anatomy

Learn about the anatomy of animals and veterinary biomedical science. Kids can enjoy coloring pages with farm animals while older participants can explore animal anatomy through a display and activity. Also, learn how to elevate your career with the veterinary biomedical science program. 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Room 223.


Pancake breakfast

Flip your lid for a free pancake breakfast. While supplies last
9-10:30 a.m., Patio. 

A KC tradition

Johnny's BBQ in Olathe is serving up classic Kansas City barbecue. Get to know fellow K-Staters while enjoying free barbecue that was featured on "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." While supplies last. 
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Dock.

All-University Open House

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Manhattan | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Olathe | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Polytechnic | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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 would like to join the ranks, please email Roberta at 
robertar@k-state.edu or call