“A proud alumnus of Kansas State University, I am pleased to rise today to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the home of the ever fighting and always optimistic Wildcats,” Senator Roberts said. “Since its beginning, even before Kansas joined the union as a free state, all the way up to today, Kansas State University continues to provide a first rate education to thousands of students. I am proud of our history and look forward to the future as the University strives to become one of the top 50 public research institutions in the country. I have no doubt we’ll make it.”
Roberts had graduated from there with a degree in journalism. In 2006 the new home of the Biosecurity Research Institute was named "Pat Roberts Hall." As Senator, Roberts had fought to make plant and animal research a priority for both the university and the state of Kansas.
“I am pleased to honor Kansas State University as our state’s first public university and America’s first land grant institution on its 150th anniversary,” Senator Moran said. “I have learned how special the K-State family is from my own two daughters who both chose K-State for their undergraduate education. Also, since Robba and I moved to Manhattan last year, it’s been good to get to know the residents of Manhattan. I know K-State’s next 150 years will be even brighter than the last.”
K-State actually got its start in 1858 as Bluepoint Central College, with a small number of students. Among their achievements now, Kansas State University boasts that they are a national leader among public universities in the total number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Udall prestigious scholarship winners and that the university is home to more national CASE/Carnegie Professors of the Year than any other public research university in America.
Editor's note: We didn't mean to slight Emporia State for receiving the same recognition: 150 years since its founding. It is recognized for the Reading Preparation of Elementary and Secondary Teachers – one of only five programs honored internationally in 2009. And in a national study of teacher education programs it was named one of only four post-secondary institutions in the nation to be identified as an Exemplary Model [for] Teacher Education.