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K-State Polytechnic Office of Student Life
Center for Academic Excellence and Engagement
Technology Center
2310 Centennial Road
Salina, KS 67401

Kyle Chamberlin
Director of Student Life


Purple traditions run deep in the K-State family. Once you join the family, they're yours for a lifetime!

Purple K

Stop by the purple K in Ballou Plaza! Finish the K-S-U pose, take your picture during move-in, the first snow on campus or after commencement! We'll meet you at the K!

Willie the Wildcat

Our fearless mascot, Willie the Wildcat, does a pushup for every point scored at K-State football games and electrifies fans with his famous K-S-U pose. He may not say much himself, but he sure gets the crowd to make some noise.

K-State Proud

K-Staters take care of one another, and the student-led, nationally recognized K-State Proud fundraising campaign is living proof. In its first 11 years, the campaign has raised more than $1 million for fellow K-Staters in need.

Wabash Cannonball

Get on your feet, clap, bend and twist to this rousing anthem. After a fire destroyed the home of the music department (PDF) in 1968, the band performed the only music that was left: "The Wabash Cannonball." Now doing "the Wabash" is a rite of passage. Recently, the Wabash was named the No. 1 pregame tradition in the Big 12 by ESPN. 

Open House

Every April, students, families, alumni and community members come to campus for Open House, a universitywide event that showcases academic programs, demonstrations, student organizations, campus life and more.


One of the most recognizable athletic logos in the nation is the K-State Powercat. The logo was introduced by Bill Snyder, head football coach, shortly after his arrival in Manhattan as the attitude of the athletics department and university was changing.

Manhattan native Tom Bookwalter, in cooperation with Snyder, created the powerful logo that is a prominent feature on the K-State football helmet – and anywhere you see a K-Stater!

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