K-State 150th Grand Finale

Photo by Zachary Stroth with Stroth Photography.

Photo by Zachary Stroth with Stroth Photography.

K-State concluded its nine-month sesquicentennial celebration Thursday afternoon on the Anderson Hall lawn.

“It seems like just a short time ago that we had that opening gala. We had all the stuff as we celebrated 150 years of meeting the needs of the great state of Kansas,” said Kirk Shultz, K-State President.

The university will take a step closer its goal of becoming a top research university by the year 2025 with the dedication and groundbreaking of several building projects on campus.

“Mary and Carl Ice Hall will be dedicated over in the Research Park and then we open up our state-of-the-art rowing center. And then behind us, is where our new business building is gonna be, and then on the other side of campus, we’re gonna expand our engineering complex,” said President Shultz

The 150th grand finale included a viewing of several artifacts that will go into the K-State time capsule. The capsule will contain a variety of items donated by student organizations, all academic departments, greek organizations and the community.

“Rosters of students, to faculty members, to what the curriculum is like. From the Dev Nelson Press Box that was torn down, that is now replaced by the West Stadium Center, we have the “U” from Kansas State University,” said Grant Hill, K-State senior and student representative on the 150th steering committee.

The 3000 lb capsule will be buried in the lawn in front of Anderson hall, and rest under a limestone patio.

“There will be a memorial with benches that will be a permanent place for people to reflect our generations of success. Our past, our present and our future,” said Jackie Hartman, university chief of staff and sesquicentennial chair.

The capsule will be un-earthed and re-opened in 50 years to celebrate the K-State’s 200th anniversary.