As I write to you we are experiencing one of the mildest winters in many years, no snow and no hard freezes and it is the end of December.
K-State continues to excel in teaching and scholarships, being placed 7th in the nation in the numbers of scholars (Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall). K-State ranks first nationally among all 500 state universities in Truman and Goldwater and fifth in Udall scholarship competition since each foundation began awarding scholarships.
The recently constructed building to house KSU’s Biosecurity Research Institute was named Pat Roberts Hall to honor the US senator who recognized before September 11th that terrorist action poses significant risk to the U.S. With the senator's help, and support from the state of Kansas, the Biosecurity Research Institute has begun operation. The institute is state-of-the-art and one of a kind in the world today.
K-State has renamed its Military Science Building in honor of an alum, General Richard B. Myers, who has served in the position of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation's highest ranking military officer. The Kansas Board of Regents has approved the renaming of the building to General Richard B. Myers Hall. A dedication ceremony, featuring Myers, was held on November 9th 2006. General Myers joined the Air Force in 1965 through the Air Force ROTC program at K-State, where he also earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
President George W. Bush, the United States’ 43rd President, delivered the Landon Lecture on January 23, 2006 to about 9,000 K-State students, faculty, staff, patrons, military members and special guests. President Bush was the third sitting president, after Richard Nixon (1970) and Ronald Reagan (1982), to give a Landon lecture.
K-State played Rutgers in the inaugural Texas Bowl on December 28 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. For the first 30 minutes they were even, but then Rutgers pulled ahead for a win in front of a total of 52,210 fans.