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K-State GPU 2019
Grandparents University

July 28-30, 2019

Co-sponsored by the College of Education
and the K-State Alumni Association

Register Online

This unique adventure requires that the parent(s)/grandparent(s) sign up for the sessions you and your child/children/grandchild/grandchildren would like to attend. The process for session sign-up is separate from registration for Grandparents University. Access to the session sign-up form will be included the confirmation email you will receive after registering.

Session Signup (Online)

See session option information below.



2019 Grandparents University

Join us on campus for three days and two nights of Wildcat activities for you and your child(ren) or grandchild(ren). K-State’s Grandparents University is designed to be a fun, learning adventure. You will have the opportunity to share your love of K-State while…

  • Working together on hands-on learning activities
  • Having fun during the various evening activities
  • Staying in one of the university residence hall suites
  • Enjoying time together
  • Meeting other grandparents, parents, alumni and non-alumni and children
  • Visiting Manhattan
  • Sharing K-State memories

2015 Grandparents University Stringitecture activityK-State GPU gives multi-generational families the opportunity to experience college life together during the summer. It is also an optimal time to help alumni and other adults supportive of the KSU land grant mission to become re-acquainted with the campus.

K-State Grandparents University is an opportunity for grandparents, parents, alumni and non-alumni, children and grandchildren (ages 8-12) to come together for a three-day educational experience while spending time together on the KSU campus.

Participants enjoy the college experience of living in the residence halls, attending classes across campus and sampling the many highlights of KSU. Grandparents University gives alumni a chance to relive their college days while exploring campus and creating lifelong memories with their children and grandchildren.

The program is self-supporting and relies entirely on registration fees, donor contributions and sponsor support to cover all expenses.


2019 Program

Sunday, July 28

1:00–2:00 p.m. – Check-In
2:00–2:50 p.m. – Housekeeping, Safety & Rules, Dorm Decorating
3:15–4:45 p.m. - Wildcat Welcome!
5:00–6:00 p.m. – Dinner by Vista Burger
6:15–7:45 p.m. – Wabash Cannon Bowl

Monday, July 29

7:00–8:15 a.m. – Breakfast
8:30–9:45 a.m. – Session 1 (maximum of 20 participants in each Option)

  • Option 1: I am on KKSU-TV! Feel the wind under your virtual rotors with our drone simulator, try giving the weather or the latest in sports in front of a green screen, and learn the art of interviewing and storyboarding to create a compelling talk show with you as the star. We'll explore the KKSU-TV set in Dole Hall and practice some fun communication skills.
  • Option 2: Summer Days with a Cop. The K-State Police department will explain the effects of drugs and alcohol on kids as well as adults. We will simulate de effects of drugs/alcohol by having participants wear special goggles and then have them go through a driving course with the department's golf cart. We will also have participants play a game of cornhole while wearing the googles and try to walk straight while wearing the goggles. Participants will receive "goodie" bags from the department with buttons, stickers, wristbands, and more. This presentation is recommended to children who are 10 to 12 years old.
  • Option 3: Tour of Animal Science Livestock Units. This session is a tour of part of the Animal Sciences and Industry livestock units. The dairy and sheep units will be the two stops. The guests will be able to get a close look at dairy cows and five-month old calves along with observing the milking parlor. There will be a chance to see some sheep and goats.

10:00–11:15 a.m. – Session 2 (maximum of 20 participants in each Option)

  • Option 1: The Beach Museum: Explore the Universe Beyond. Come view “Beyond Gravity,” the Beach Museum of Art’s Summer exhibition. We will explore multiple artists’ ideas of the universe and all it contains including rockets, celestial bodies and nebulae! Then spend time creating your own abstract interpretation of a nebula using paint and a fun sponge technique. An opportunity to create a colorful and tangible memory of your weekend together for grandparent and grandchild.
  • Option 2: Summer Days with a Cop. The K-State Police department will explain the effects of drugs and alcohol on kids as well as adults. We will simulate de effects of drugs/alcohol by having participants wear special goggles and then have them go through a driving course with the department's golf cart. We will also have participants play a game of cornhole while wearing the googles and try to walk straight while wearing the goggles. Participants will receive "goodie" bags from the department with buttons, stickers, wristbands, and more. This presentation is recommended to children who are 10 to 12 years old.
  • Option 3: KSU Dairy Plant Tour. Tour of the Dairy Plant. Covering fluid milk production cheese and Ice cream manufacturing. This session duration is 50 minutes.
  • Option 4: The Pretzel Twist. Everyone loves a warm, soft pretzel. Pretzels are fun to eat and even more fun to make! There is a lot of science that goes into everyday foods that we all eat. In this food science project, we will make our own soft pretzels. We will learn how baking ingredients work, why certain ingredients work well together, and what happens if you leave out or change any of the ingredients. Join us to learn about the science behind food while making your own pretzel twist!

11:30–11:45 a.m. – Group Activity
12:00–1:00 p.m. – Lunch
1:15–2:30 p.m. - Session 3 (maximum of 20 participants in each Option)

  • Option 1: The Beach Museum: Explore the Universe Beyond. Come view “Beyond Gravity”, the Beach Museum of Art’s Summer exhibition. We will explore multiple artists’ ideas of the universe and all it contains including rockets, celestial bodies and nebulae! Then spend time creating your own abstract interpretation of a nebula using paint and a fun sponge technique. An opportunity to create a colorful
  • Option 2: Let’s Make New Frosting. In the world of food science, there are always new food products for everyone to try. You will get to be a food scientist for a day and figure out a new frosting flavor and color for cupcakes. You will also work with food scientists to determine what flavor your cupcake should be to make your frosting taste great! Just think in this session, you will get to eat your cake!
  • Option 3: KSU Dairy Plant Tour. Tour of the Dairy Plant. Covering fluid milk production cheese and Ice cream manufacturing. This session duration is 50 minutes.
  • Option 4: Robot at My Command. Participants will have a hand-on experience exploring core STEAM concepts and link them to the world. They will also have the opportunity to build a robot and experience coding concepts along with a lot of fun. This session duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

2:45–3:15 p.m. – Call Hall Ice Cream at Call Hall
3:30–4:45 p.m. – Session 4 (maximum of 20 participants in each Option)

  • Option 1: Let’s Make New Frosting. In the world of food science, there are always new food products for everyone to try. You will get to be a food scientist for a day and figure out a new frosting flavor and color for cupcakes. You will also work with food scientists to determine what flavor your cupcake should be to make your frosting taste great! Just think in this session, you will get to eat your cake!
  • Option 2: Robot at My Command. Participants will have a hand-on experience exploring core STEAM concepts and link them to the world. They will also have the opportunity to build a robot and experience coding concepts along with a lot of fun. This session duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Option 3: The Pretzel Twist. Everyone loves a warm, soft pretzel. Pretzels are fun to eat and even more fun to make! There is a lot of science that goes into everyday foods that we all eat. In this food science project, we will make our own soft pretzels. We will learn how baking ingredients work, why certain ingredients work well together, and what happens if you leave out or change any of the ingredients. Join us to learn about the science behind food while making your own pretzel twist!

5:30–6:30 p.m. – Dinner
7:00–9:00 p.m. – Natatorium
8:30–9:30 p.m. – Snacks at the Dorm

Tuesday, July 30

8:00–8:45 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00–10:30 a.m. – Tours

  • Option 1: K-State Veterinary Health Center (20 people max.)
  • Option 2: Ice Family Basketball Center (20 people max.)
  • Option 3: Chester E. Peters Recreation Complex (20 people max.)

10:45–11:00 a.m. – Fill out evaluation forms
11:00 a.m. – Brunch by Bockers II, Closing Remarks & pictures with Willie the Wildcat


2015 Grandparents University textiles activity

Adult/Child Requirement

Children attending Grandparents University must be accompanied by an adult at all times. No more than two children can be accompanied by one adult. Similarly, no more than two adults may accompany one child.


Required Contact Information

There are several pieces of information needed for registration and we strongly encourage you to obtain this prior to starting registration. In addition to names and contact information for those attending, you will also need the names, email, phone and mailing address of the child's parent or legal guardian. All communication is done by email, so you'll need to provide an email address for each adult participating as well as the child's parent/guardian. You'll also need the age of the child (at the time of Grandparents University 2019) and t-shirt sizes for all participants. Once you're registered, each participant must sign and complete several release forms, which will be sent to attendees after registration.


Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel your registration, please send a written request to the conference registration office at registration@k-state.edu by June 30 to receive a refund less a $20 processing fee. We will be unable to issue any refunds after this date since we will have already incurred a majority of the costs for Grandparents University. As a self-funded program, we cannot use public university dollars, and therefore refunds are not possible after the date noted above. Please consider this carefully when registering.

Fees will not be canceled for registered participants who do not attend and have not notified our office by the cancellation deadline.

Global Campus may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If the conference is canceled or postponed, Global Campus will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charged assessed by airlines or travel agencies.


Grandparents University Health Information

2015 Grandparents University tap dancing activityKansas State University does not collect or review health information regarding participants in Grandparents University. The University does, however, require certain consents as a condition of participation in the program. All children participating in Grandparents University must have a signed Release, Hold Harmless, and Indemnity Agreement, signed by the child’s parent or guardian, on file with KSU.

Adult participants are required to submit a signed Release, Hold Harmless, and Indemnity Agreement. Grandparents University maintains a list of urgent care facilities and emergency room facilities should you or your grandchild require medical assistance.

Both Release, Hold Harmless, and Indemnity Agreement Forms will be sent after Registration.

A sample Medical Authorization Form will be available also. This form will not be collected by Kansas State University and is not a requirement for Grandparents University. We do encourage grandparents to obtain some form of medical authorization from their grandchild’s legal guardian in the unlikely chance the grandparent may have to make medical decisions for their grandchild.


Registration includes:

  • Sunday dinner
  • Monday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Call Hall ice cream
  • Tuesday brunch
  • All tours and activities
  • A free game and pair of shoes for bowling
  • A free pass to the Natatorium pool
  • One suite for two nights in Haymaker Hall
  • A t-shirt, bag, and memories to last a lifetime!

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.

2017 Grandparents University staff photo

2017 Grandparents University Staff