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K-State Olathe

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

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How much food, entertainment and fun can you handle? Find out at Open House and explore campus' first floor and second floor during this carnival-like event.

No reservations are required at this free event. 

First Floor

American Association of Industry Veterinarians 

The American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV) is a federally recognized nonprofit organization of veterinarians working in industry. Visit the AAIV booth to learn more about professional development opportunities for veterinarians in the animal health industry. 
9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Foyer 

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

Farm food fixed fresh 

Join Chefs Bryan and Sarah Severns to learn how to make fun and fresh summer dishes using ingredients from your local farmers market. 
1-2 p.m., Research and Development Kitchen

K-12 challenges 

K-12 students are challenged to use engineering, science, problem-solving and creativity to complete a series of contests. Activities include the Tumbling Tower contest, creating your own adventure hat, making foam dough and the dancing food colors experiment. 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Research and Development Kitchen

K-State Research and Extension  

Come learn about the services K-State Research and Extension provides to Greater Kansas City. Get information, advice and tips for lawns and gardens, healthy lifestyles and nutritious snacks, families and home, successful aging, financial management, natural resources and wildlife management, and fun opportunities for youth development. 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Great Plains Room

KSRE booths
4-H Ambassadors
Information about Johnson County 4-H youth development

Learn about the 4-H youth development program in Johnson County from 4-H Ambassadors. Play the "Minute to Win It" game with Open House guests or take a spin on the trivia wheel. Pick up handouts about 4-H projects ranging from food and nutrition, livestock care and robotics.


Agriculture and Natural Resources
Extension Kansas Master Naturalists

Get tips and information on bluebird nests, boxes and general bird habitat. Handouts will be available with planting tips for bird habitat, general birding information and Extension Master Naturalist program info.

Extension Master Gardener Program

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

Home and Family
Opioids and laundry pods

Learn what qualifies as an opioid and how this national crisis is affecting Kansas. Information will be provided on how to dispose of medication properly and how residents can avoid being a target of an opioid burglary.

Healthy eating patterns

Explore different ways of healthy eating. Taste samples of food made according to the Mediterranean, vegetarian and DASH diets.

Safe produce storage

Learn how to store your produce to keep it fresh, safe and delicious.

Johnson County K-State Research and Extensions
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.

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

Maxxam food safety  

Dive into the world of food safety with Maxxam. Learn how bacteria grows and why it's important for companies to test food products and pet food for these microorganisms. Stop by and learn about this important work and the services available from Maxxam.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Foyer 

American Royal

Visit the American Royal exhibit to learn about the mission of the organization and upcoming events, including educational programs, rodeos, livestock shows, equine competitions and the World Series of Barbecue. Kids are encouraged to get ready for spring by making a "Garden in a Glove."
9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Forum Hall



Second Floor

Where in the world is... ? 

Start your K-State Olathe adventure at the adult learning and leadership booth where you can explore class opportunities, such as "Leading Adults in a Diverse and Globalized World" or "Teaching and Leading Multigenerations." Then, stick around to test your knowledge of culture and geography at our world map activity. 
9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Room 223

Graduate programs 

Explore several of the graduate-level programs that offer courses at K-State Olathe. Programs include adult learning and leadership, 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., Rooms 221-223

Coffee with the deans 

Enjoy coffee and visit with Ralph Richardson, K-State Olathe dean and CEO, Carol Shanklin, dean of the K-State Graduate School, and Janice Barrow, associate dean for academic affairs and executive education, K-State Olathe. Eligible prospective students who are applying or accepted to a K-State Olathe degree program for the summer or fall 2018 semesters will be considered for one of four $500 new student scholarships. The scholarship application and award details will be provided at Open House. For more information, please contact student services at 913-307-7373.
10-11 a.m., Cat's Pause 

The three M’s of teaching: Mistakes, Mindfulness and Methodology

Explore what it takes to transition from the role of a student to a teacher, especially skills that can help teachers succeed in the global classrooms of today. Through interactive activities, learn about K-State College of Education programs with a focus on ESOL endorsement. 
9 a.m. -2 p.m., Second floor hallway

"Ohanameans "family 

"Family" means no one gets left behind. Hospitality is about celebrating with friends and family. Come enjoy some popcorn and consider how your family experiences the hospitality industry day after day. While supplies last. 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Room 221

Kids' corner 

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


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

Professional Master of Business (PMBA)

Did you know K-State's Professional MBA program is ranked 36th in the nation? Stop by and learn how this AACSB-accredited online program can help you advance in your career. With five entry points and a flexible approach, you can begin as early as June 4.  Professional. Personal. Your PMBA.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Room 223

Redivus Health

Check out how Redivus Health is improving the future of health care with their Clinical Decision Making Tool for sepsis, stroke, heart attack and cardiac arrest.
9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Room 221 

Going green 

The Sensory and Consumer Research Center invites you to provide your opinion in a taste test. Compare varieties of lettuce grown at the K-State Horticulture Research and Extension Center-Olathe, and participate in a fun emoji study. You also can learn more about becoming a paid participant in our studies. 
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. Use #KStateOpenHouse to tag yourself and others in the pics on Facebook and then hang the photo strip on your fridge.   
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Room 223

Animal science and anatomy 

Learn about animal anatomy, interesting animal facts, the human-animal connection and the veterinary biomedical science graduate program. Kids can enjoy coloring pages with farm animals, while older participants can take the Funny Bone quiz and submit answers for a book drawing. Discover how relationships with pets can make the world a better place by significantly improving human health and the quality of life. "Paw It Forward!" by dropping off donated items, such as pet food and supplies, at the booth to help dogs and cats at the Great Plains SPCA. 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
, Room 223




Don't forget to pick up a canvas tote bag (one per family) and a passport from the reception area.  Return passports here for prizes when you leave.