KU News Release

May 12, 2010
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, (785) 864-8860

Wheat State Whirlwind Tour to make stops in Manhattan, Marysville, Salina

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LAWRENCE — Nearly 40 University of Kansas faculty and staff will visit sites in Manhattan, Barnes, Marysville, Republic and Salina on Monday, May 17, the first day of the 2010 Wheat State Whirlwind Tour.

Now in its 12th year, the tour will visit more than 20 Kansas communities and cover more than 1,000 miles. Sponsored by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, the tour gives faculty and staff, many new to Kansas, a firsthand look at the state’s history, geography, culture and economy.

The tour is sponsored by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. She will join the tour May 17 and 18.

The 2010 tour will begin with a visit to the future site of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University in Manhattan. Sue Peterson, assistant to the president at K-State, will lead a tour of Pat Roberts Hall on K-State’s campus. From there, the bus will hit the road for Barnes in Washington County for lunch at Our Daily Bread Shop.

The next stop will be a visit to the Landoll Corp., 1196 Pony Express Highway in Marysville. Don Landoll, president, chairman and founder, will lead a tour through the plant and speak to the group about the internationally known company’s design and manufacture of transportation and agricultural equipment.

The tour then will travel to the Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site, 480 Pawnee Trail in Republic. Richard Gould, site administrator, will lead a tour of the museum, which tells the story of 1820s-era Pawnee villages in the area.

From Republic, the group will travel to Salina, the final stop of the day. Tour participants will have dinner and an alumni reception at Martinelli’s Little Italy. Ken Warren, managing director of the Land Institute in Salina, will speak to the group after dinner.

Salina will be the beginning of the second day’s travels, with a visit to the Smoky Hills Wind Farm. The tour will continue to Lake Wilson, Lucas, Palco, Damar, Nicodemus and WaKeeney.

This year, tour participants will share highlights of the trip on Twitter. Visit twitter.com/kuwheatstate May 17 -21 for daily updates, impressions from participants and more. To view daily itineraries, maps of this year’s route and photos of previous tours, visit www.wheatstate.ku.edu.

Itinerary for Monday, May 17

7:45 a.m. – Load bus at KU Visitors Center, 15th and Iowa streets
8 a.m. – Depart for Kansas State University
9:30 a.m. – Tour National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility
10:30 a.m. – Depart for Barnes
11:30 a.m. – Arrive at Barnes, lunch at Our Daily Bread Shop
1 p.m. – Arrive at Marysville, tour Landoll Corporation
2 p.m. – Depart Marysville for Republic
3:15 p.m. – Tour Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site
3:45 p.m. – Depart for Salina
5:15 p.m. – Arrive at Salina
6 p.m. – Arrive at Martinelli’s Little Italy for dinner and alumni reception
8:30 p.m. – Return to hotel

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