KU News Release

May 9, 2011
Contact: Mike Krings, University Relations, 785-864-8860

Wheat State Whirlwind Tour to explore industry, education, land use May 23

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LAWRENCE — Nearly 50 University of Kansas faculty and staff will visit sites in Marysville, Barnes, Concordia and Salina on Monday, May 23, the first day of the 2011 Wheat State Whirlwind Tour.

Sponsored by Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, the annual tour takes KU faculty and staff, many new to Kansas, on a nearly 1,500-mile tour to introduce them to the state’s economy, history, geography and culture. This year marks the 13th time the bus has traversed the state.

The tour will make its first stop in Marysville, in Marshall County, for a visit to Landoll Corp., 1900 North St. Don Landoll, president, chairman and founder of the company, will talk about the award-winning firm’s design, production and global marketing of machinery used in transportation and agriculture. He will also discuss the community’s efforts to attract new businesses and remain economically viable.

From Marysville, the group will travel to Barnes in Washington County for lunch at Our Daily Bread Family Bake Shop and Bistro. The family-run restaurant is well-known for its baked goods and draws customers from all over Kansas.

From Barnes, the group will travel to Concordia, where they will visit Cloud County Community College. Tour participants will meet with Cloud County faculty and administrators to discuss the challenges and opportunities for community colleges and Kansas and how KU can continue a successful partnership. While in Concordia, the group will also visit the National Orphan Train Museum and the renovated Brown Grand Theatre.

The day’s last stop will be Salina in Saline County. Tour participants will take part in a dinner and alumni reception at Martinelli’s Little Italy. Heath Peterson, assistant vice president of the KU Alumni Association, will welcome the group, and Wes Jackson, founder of the Land Institute, will speak after dinner. The institute researches ways to improve the ecological sustainability of agriculture while maintaining yields of current practices.

Salina will be the beginning of the tour’s second day. The group will pay a visit to Smoky Hills Wind Farm before traveling on to Lucas, Palco, Nicodemus and WaKeeney.

Tour participants will share their insights on the trip on Twitter. Visit twitter.com/kuwheatstate May 23-27 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 23

7:45 a.m. — Load bus at KU Visitors Center, 15th and Iowa streets
10 a.m. — Arrive in Marysville for tour of Landoll Corp.
11:20 a.m. — Depart for Barnes
Noon — Arrive at Barnes for lunch at Our Daily Bread Family Bakery and Bistro
1 p.m. — Depart for Concordia
2 p.m. — Arrive in Concordia; visit Cloud County Community College, Orphan Train Museum and Brown Grand Theatre
4:30 p.m. — Depart for Salina
5:30 p.m. — Arrive in Salina
6:30 p.m. — Arrive at Martinelli’s Little Italy for alumni dinner and reception

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