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Four Years of Fun

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:07:49 PM America/Chicago

I don’t want to write this blog post. Not because I am lazy or because I am too busy, but because by writing this blog post, I am allowing myself to close a book that I have been writing for four years. It’s hard. While writing this blog post, there is about a %150 chance I’ll cry. I’m an ugly crier.

K-State has given me so much, that I don’t think I can even begin to do it justice when I describe the place it has in my heart. It has given me the highest highs, the toughest heart breaks, the best of memories and even better friends. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve laughed a lot. But most importantly I’ve grown a lot. Here’s my time capsule of the best four years of my life and what I have come to realize. Enjoy. (This is little freshmen Sam, who had NO idea what he got himself into)

Family Means a Lot

Starting off, I would like to say I was born and raised a wildcat. It was either go to K-State or get written out of a few wills. But one thing I never fully grasped was just how much of deeper connection I was going to have with my family because of K-State. I remember going to the Fiesta Bowl and tailgating with the family, and just realizing how lucky I was to have a family so filled with pride.

I would like to dedicate this paragraph to my brother, Alex. One of my all-time favorite memories of my brother was when I told him I was going to commit to K-State. He was the very first person I told. He was so pumped he jumped on me and started punching and shaking me (which is pretty on-brand for Alex showing affection). Little did I know that within the next four years, we would have grown even closer, traveled across the US for the ‘cats, and realized just how identical we actually look. Thank you, K-State, for making my first friend my best friend. And thank you, Alex, for always being there for me. I love you, man. 

Eh, Why Not?

The amount of times my parents called me and asked where I was and the answer was somewhere other than Kansas was a lot. I mean, I spent a good chunk of my four years on the road to watch the ‘cats. Here are a few things I learned from doing so:

1) If someone asks you to go to an away game, you say yes.

2) You only wear purple.

3) You only pack purple.

4) If there is a Whataburger or In-N-Out in said city, or along the way, you stop to eat there.

5) It’s not a bad idea to make a dope playlist, this playlist MUST include the fight song.

6) There will be one song that you REALLY jam to. This is now the song of your people. (Year 3000 – Molly I’m talking to you | Where They From – This one is for Jeff and Jess)

7) There will be a time where you are so bored you create games. Like, counting how many hawks you see.

8) No one, and I mean NO ONE, can compare the Pride of Wildcat Land. Our band is bomb.

9) If you are in a K-State section you sing the Wabash at kickoff.

10) Win or lose you are still glad you came, and just as proud as ever for your team.

11) Even if you don’t have any concrete plans to travel, there is always someone with an open seat. Even if it’s during your 9:30 and they are leaving at noon, you can make it work. Trust me on this.

The Two Biggest Things I’ve Gained: My Passions and My Pals

Here's to everyone that had a hand in sculpting my four years to be four of so much meaning. The thing that gets me more choked up than anything else is thinking that in a month I won’t have the amazing group of people surrounding me that I have come so accustomed to. So here it goes.

Thank you, John, Jessica, Kiley and Cole for seeing so much potential in me and trusting me to recruit wildcats. Having the opportunity to tell people how K-State was the perfect place for me, was incredible. It will ALWAYS have a place in my heart. I won’t let you down, I promise.

Thank you, Sara Quinn, GTM Sportswear and the K-State Superstore for allowing me to grow my passions for graphic design. It was a part of my life I didn’t know I was missing. It completely shook up my life in the best way, and I am incredibly thankful for that.

Thank you, Debra Skidmore and Steve Smethers for always being the friendly smile, the sassy remark and the constant drive for improvement. You two mean the absolute world to me, and I cannot imagine the journalism school without you. Your passions for your students is evident and I will always make a priority to say hello when I am back in town. There was not a single campus tour that I did not talk about you two by name when I was bragging about our professors. You showed me that good journalism can always change the world. Thank you, truly.

Lastly, my pals. Far too numerous to name. You somehow put up with me. You laughed at my laugh, you never said no to McDonald’s. You’ve seen me at my worst and for some unbeknownst reason still talk to me. You Wabashed with me walking down the streets of San Antonio. You’ve tweeted at me whenever I was casually 10 minutes late to class. You’ve listened to Aaron’s Party by Arron Carter too many times to count. Whenever I think of a place I love full well, I will always think of the games, the buildings and the music but I will always think of you all first. Here’s to many more years of friendship.

I wish I took more pictures. I wish I took more time to see the sunsets. I wish our student section would learn how to clap on the beat. But most of all I wish I could do these four years all over again. Here’s to the real world, and knowing that I am fully prepared to succeed—all thanks to a spot that I love full well.

Hail, Hail, Hail. Alma Mater.

Sam Edwards,

Kansas State University, Class of 2017

Posted By Sammy Gleason

Fond K-State Memories

Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:35:24 AM America/Chicago

Guys. GUYS.

I have some VERY exciting news.

You ready?

Baseball is back.

You read that correctly.It is officially spring.

I love baseball. I grew up in Kansas City so let’s just say I learned every word to Garth Brooks’ Friends in Low Places at a pretty young age. So, getting me to commit to a baseball game typically doesn’t take too much convincing. Now I know watching baseball at home or a bar can be fun (my eldest sister knits and eats Mexican food whenever the Royals play because she is CONVINCED that it helps them win… don’t ask) but as the MLB season doesn’t start for a couple weeks we have something just as good here in the Little Apple: live K-State Baseball.

Some of my fondest memories of my now fleeting college experience is spontaneously heading to Tointon Family Stadium on a nice day and seeing the ‘Cats win with my friends. There’s just something about it. It could be the fact that the stadium sells beer or because baseball is the sport that links the time between basketball and football season. Regardless, baseball is the perfect sport. Not only are there no time restrictions but the strategy doesn’t include cheating (basketball in the last three minutes of play, looking at you). Now if you are one of those people who don’t particularly like baseball but love the old school looking baseball tee’s, I have something to show you. We now have these cool, that you cannot buy anywhere else, K-State baseball raglan sleeve t-shirts. I am high-key in love with mine! It’s super comfortable, super stylish, and super affordable for every SUPER fan.  

I purchased mine the very day they arrived in stock, then they sold out in only one weekend! Thankfully, they have been replenished and are now BACK IN STOCK!

 We also recently got these sweet new Nike ¼ zip performance jackets that I also couldn’t live without. I kid you not, when I wore it I got five compliments the very first day. ( They’re perfect for when it’s not too hot, not too cold, and all you need is a light jacket. 


So even if you will never find yourself watching the cat’s play (but really, go watch ‘em, games are fun, free for students, and there’s beer) you can still look like you know all about #Sports. Come in to see us, visit, or give us a call. We will keep you looking like a super fan! Let’s go Bat ‘Cats. It’s finally baseball season again!

Sam Edwards

Posted By Sammy Gleason

K-State Proud

Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:45:55 AM America/Chicago

Hello Wildcat Family,

I’m Sam Edwards, and I am currently a graphic design intern here at the K-State Super Store. I figured we would take a break from our normal blog posts to talk about something that the K-State Super Store is very proud to be a part of: K-State Proud.

When we say K-State Proud we mean it. Out of all the things that make my heart swell with pride, K-State Proud is the thing I love most about this university (and that’s saying something, I mean have you tried Call Hall ice cream?!). It is bar none one of the coolest things that our students have none.

“But Sam, what even is K-State Proud?”

Well, hypothetical reader, that’s a great question!

K-State proud is a student-led fundraising event that raised money for students who have exhausted all other means of financial income. Without K-State Proud, these students would not be able to attend college. Students across campus donate money each year in order to keep these Wildcats home in Manhattan. Over the past 11 years K-State Proud has raised over $1 million dollars and have helped more than 550 students. Students have raised over $1 million dollars. STUDENTS. THAT IS OVER 1 MILLION MCCHICKENS WE COULD HAVE CONSUMED. Why wouldn’t you feel K-State Proud after hearing that?

I have donated all four years of college, I have worn my shirts in Washington D.C., New Orleans, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Stillwater, Norman, Austin, Fort Worth, Waco, Lubbock, Ames, Lawrence, Kansas City, Key West, and everywhere in between. When I travel, I love throwing on my K-State Proud tee. Why? Because when I’m asked about it, I can tell people what a stellar program it is, and how proud I am that our students care enough to make sure our own are taken care of.

“Wow Sam, that sounds super cool… too bad I’m not in Manhattan any more… is there a way I can donate and still get that rad t-shirt?”

Oh my gosh hypothetical reader, I am SO glad you asked!

As luck may have it, you can purchase a shirt online through us and a significant portion of that goes directly back to K-State Proud! So even if you’re all the way in Whynot, North Carolina you can proudly show your support of the largest student led philanthropy in the world:

“So your saying that I can just add that stylish, really soft looking K-State Proud shirt to my shopping cart and a large portion of my sale will go to K-State Proud?”

Hypothetical reader you nailed it!

In all seriousness, K-State Proud is something entirely unique to K-State. Many others have tried to duplicate it, but none have come even close to what we have done in Manhattan. This is something that allows those who need it most to achieve their dreams and get that degree.

If you or anyone you know is a K-State student who is in need of dire financial aid, please apply or nominate someone for a student opportunity award ( If you want to donate more than the required amount for a shirt, please check out And lastly, if you want this tradition to get even bigger, tell all your friends and family to donate and let the world know you are #KstateProud.

Oh, and did I mention this shirt is super soft?

K-State Proud,

Sam Edwards

Posted By Sammy Gleason

Perfect Valentine's Gifts for your Lady Wildcat

Friday, February 3, 2017 1:58:41 PM America/Chicago

PSA to all the gentlemen out there: Valentine’s Day is this month. February 14th to be exact. Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about ways you can show the special Wildcat in your life that you love them. And you know what would make her less mad that you forgot her birthday last year? Absolutely CRUSHING V-Day.

Now that we got that out of the way, here are some indisputable facts.

FACT: The K-State Superstore is having buy 2 get 1 half-off for women accessories. That means you can go crazy without breaking the bank-- scarfs/winter hats/bags/leg warmers/jewelry you name it. All buy 2 get 1 half-off. Boom.

FACT: Everyone looks good in purple. Genuinely everyone. It’s a royal color for a reason. It’s a fact. Not an opinion.

FACT: Soft things are universally cherished. Corgis, fleece blankets, you name it. Probably pretty high up on the ‘Things That Then I Nuzzle It Makes Me Cozy and Happy’ list. So why not get your special someone a blanket scarf? How about not just any blanket scarf but this one? It’s purple, it’s soft, it’s perfect.

A few merits of buying this blanket scarf:

1) Part blanket, part scarf. This is the centaur of the fashion world, guys

2) Ability for spontaneous picnics.

3) Plaid is SUPER in right now.

4) It’s genuinely super soft, I 10/10 would make a cocoon out of this if humans were like butterflies.

Look how cozy this looks. One of our recent blog posts we talked about how to layer, and with the Buy 2 Get 1 Half-Off deal going on you could buy all three of the accessories seen in the picture below. That’s a scarf, a hat, and boot cuffs—all perfect for her to cheer on the ‘cats in the winter. Did I mention that those cuffs are grey AND purple so she could switch it up? That’s like a whole additional gift right there!

Lastly, let’s talk about two very important topics: bags and jewelry. This K-State Ikat Bag (not to be confused with ICAT, not the same thing—I promise) is pretty much perfect for weekend trips, going to the gym, or walking on Lovers Lane on campus. (Not to mention it’s perfect for carrying other really cool things, like blanket scarves) If she’s been hinting that she needs a new tote—this one is definitely a solid choice.


Did you notice the subtleness of the bracelet? It simple, yet clearly shows the world that she’s a strong, fashionable wildcat that loves showing her K-State pride. It would make the perfect gift for any woman who bleeds purple. ¬¬¬

So come in to our stores, or shop online, but whatever you do, don’t forget that Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away.

Don’t worry, guys. We’re watching out for you.


Written by Sam Edwards, K-State Senior in Public Relations, K-State Superstore Graphic Design Intern, overall nice guy

Posted By Sammy Gleason

Stay Warm with K-State Fashionable Clothing and Accessories

Thursday, January 12, 2017 4:13:02 PM America/Chicago

Beanies and scarfs may very well be your favorite elements during the winter months. Why not show off your K-State pride while staying warm and fashionable? Featured in the picture below, is a K-State Fuzzy Pom Beanie with a white faux fur pom and embroidered K-State powercat. In the winter months, it is fun to throw on a K-State Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf to add more interest, color and layers.

Another way to stay warm, besides K-State fashionable clothing and accessories, is with a K-State Blanket. We have EXCLUSIVE K-State blankets found only at the K-State Super Store, such as this sweatshirt style blanket featuring a printed Willie the Wildcat. 

With cold weather moving in this weekend, staying warm is a necessity. Make sure to stay nice and cozy with a warm cup of hot chocolate. If you have to brave the cold, I hope it’s to cheer on the ‘Cats at Bramlage Coliseum during the K-State VS. Baylor Basketball game on January, 14th at 3:30 pm. Either way, stay warm (or purple proud!) with your K-State shirts, beanies, jackets, mugs and blankets. Keep it warm and cozy! Go Cats!

Don't Just Be a Fan. Be a Super Fan.

Story by Sammy Gleason, K-State Super Store/GTM Sportswear Media and Promotions Manager
Posted By Sammy Gleason

Houston Bound

Thursday, December 15, 2016 2:12:06 PM America/Chicago

It’s that time of year again! K-State Football is heading south for the winter to play in the Advocare Texas Bowl on December 28th in Houston, Texas. If you’re planning a trip to follow the ‘Cats, be sure to check out some of the officially licensed Texas Bowl styles offered at the K-State Super Store! We have a variety of styles ranging from t-shirts, including a ladies raglan style, to a Champion brand hooded sweatshirt.

Check out one of our newest K-State student team members, Hayley, modeling a few of the most popular bowl gear styles!

It sure feels good to be Houston Bound! Find your exclusive K-State Bowl t-shirt here.

Don’t just be a fan, be a super fan!

Story by Sammy Gleason, K-State Super Store/GTM Sportswear Media and Promotions Manager & Photos by Sammy Gleason
Posted By Sammy Gleason

Four Trendy Outfits to Copy This December

Thursday, December 1, 2016 9:42:22 AM America/Chicago

December is here, whether we believe it or not, and that means the cold season is upon us. For the next few months, warmth, comfort, and layering are everyday musts. What a perfect excuse to update your winter wardrobe with some much needed K-State purple! The K-State Superstore offers a variety of jackets, vests, scarves, and winter gear to update your closet for the blustery months ahead. The four K-State outfits below are here to remind you that with the cold weather comes some of our holiday favorites!

Layering is the first rule in the book when it comes to winter style and we could not agree more. It is so easy to effortlessly throw on your favorite long sleeved tee, vest, and scarf to complete an outfit that will keep you warm throughout the day. The K-State Superstore offers a variety of comfortable vests that look great with any long sleeved tee or light jacket. One of our hottest items is the Pacific Heathered Vest ( This vest is made out of 100% anti-pill fleece and comes in a light grey color. By pairing it with your favorite flannel and one of our K-State holiday long sleeved tees ( , this layered look is perfect for staying warm and cozy.

 We know we are not the only ones who have a pile of scarves that we just can’t seem to part with. From chunky to decorative scarves, they keep finding their way into our closets. Having the right scarf is a necessity when it comes to staying warm on chilly days. The next two looks feature two of our warmest, most functional scarves. The second look contains the K-State Ladies Knit Winter Button Scarf ( . Made from acrylic yarn, this scarf features a flat K-State embroidered design and two buttons for added detail. Paired with our button scarf is the Women’s Heathered Full Zip, which comes in a neutral Heathered Oatmeal color. This jacket can spruce up any outfit and it adds a much needed pop of K-State purple.

The third look features the K-State Tartan Blanket Scarf ( There are many ways to style a blanket scarf, but we love to simply drape it over both shoulders for an effortlessly, easy look. Paired with this scarf is the K-State Criss Cross Headband ( that will be sure to keep your ears warm when braving the cold. This is the perfect winter accessory and is a simple way to show off your K-State pride with any outfit! You can never go wrong with a simple pair of gloves and that is why our classic K-State Acrylic Knit Gloves ( are just what you need on a cold day. These gloves feature a K-State Powercat on each hand and come in both black and purple.

The fourth and final trendy outfit to copy this December features our K-State Woolly Thread Crew. It looks great with your favorite pair of dark wash jeans or a simple pair of fleece leggings. Perfect for a cozy night in or a comfy day at the office, this hot new item is an easy way to stay snug this December. For added warmth, we love to pair with our K-State Supercell Knit Hat ( This knit hat features an embroidered K-State Powercat and comes in both youth and adult sizes. There you have it, four effortless K-State outfits that will keep you warm for the chilly months ahead! To shop these looks, follow the link here ( to our online store or come in and visit us at 519 McCall Road ( and 1800 College Avenue ( Happy shopping, Go Cats!

Story by Hannah Ediger Apparel & Textile Marketing Kansas State University Retail Store Management Intern | GTM Sportswear and photos by Hannah Ediger
Posted By Sammy Gleason

Favorite K-State Cooking Essentials

Thursday, November 17, 2016 3:22:30 PM America/Chicago

Why not make this Thanksgiving even better with a whole set of Magnolia Lane dinner plates? Here at the K-State Super Store, we have a plethora amount of dinner plates in various sizes and shapes. Each plate is unique and hand painted to give a delicate touch to the dinner table. There are plates decorated with snowflakes, polka dots, stripes, etc. You are bound to find a dinner set that matches your Holiday season events. Setting up the dinner table with fancy plates, napkins and decor is easy when you shop at the K-State Super Store.

Try our K-State oven mitt, chef hat, apron and tongs that will guarantee a ‘wow’ from all of your guests.

 With your table set and looking more purple than ever, you are ready for a Wildcat Thanksgiving. We would love to see your Thanksgiving tables decorated in purple with @kstatesuperstore tagged on Instagram and Facebook. Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving! We look forward to seeing you at our Black Friday Sale at 519 McCall Road on Friday the 25th.  As well as, the KSU VS. KU football game on Saturday, the 26th of November.  As always, GO CATS!

Story by Elizabeth Carro, Ecommerce Intern & Photos by Elizabeth Carro
Posted By Sammy Gleason

K-State DIY Layering

Thursday, November 3, 2016 2:29:36 PM America/Chicago

First rule: There is no rule…when it comes to layering your favorite K-State styles that is! Start piling on your favorite K-State shirt, jacket, scarf, hat or coat. Remember to start simple, add on and then add on some more! There’s no such thing as too many layers or different patterns of purple. We are here to show you how to become a master at layering K-State apparel.

Trendy Outfit Ideas:

Let’s fall in love with K-State fall styles together! The KSU Chunky Knit Infinity Scarf has a chevron pattern featuring a woven label with a K-State design. It is sure to keep you warm throughout an entire game day. The KSU Fuzzy Pom Beanie is trendy, warm and has a fun look to help you stand out during K-State football games.


Add an officially licensed K-State jacket to any dress or pair of leggings. Our K-State Ladies Flyaway Full Zip Jacket is a 100% polyester full zip jacket with front pockets and snap button closures. This jacket features an embroidered K-State Powercat embellishment on the left chest and K-State on back neck.

Zoo Zatz brand of athleisure KSU Knit Boot Cuffs have a K-State Purple Powercat embroidered at the top. Stay warm during chilly game days or autumn nights with the help of these stylish boot cuffs. The weather makes these accessories necessary and style makes them essential. Rock your K-State styles this fall and winter with the help of the K-State Super Store! Stick around right here for convenient online shopping or find us in-store on McCall Road or at the Stadium. As always, Go Cats!

Story by Sammy Gleason, K-State Super Store/GTM Sportswear Media and Promotions Manager & Photos by Sammy Gleason
Posted By Sammy Gleason

K-State Halloween Costumes

Monday, October 17, 2016 3:35:46 PM America/Chicago

Who says Halloween has to be spooky? Trick-or-treating is fun for all ages, but it’s even better in K-State apparel. This Halloween the K-State Super Store has a couple of trendy outfits for all ages for this spooktacular Halloween.

On this football fall evening, we would love to see all of our boys in a K-State football jersey. We have a great selection of jerseys, from adult replica Jordy Nelson and Darren Sproles to a #16 appliqued option. Not only can you purchase one of these Nike styles, but you can also create your own personalized GTM or Augusta brand jersey. K-State Super Store is capable of helping you add a name or number to a custom jersey for kids and adults!

Now that you have your fierce football player, it’s time to outfit your peppy cheerleader! Here at the K-State Super Store, we have every piece you need to be the peppiest cheerleader out there. We have similar cheer uniforms with matching tops and bottoms to help your little one look just like an actual K-State Cheerleader. Don’t forget, every cheerleader needs her purple and silver poms! Our mini poms sell for $5 each and complete the cheerleader look.


 Now that you have the football jersey and/or cheerleading outfit, it’s time to complete the look with accessories!

Football players- 

  • Eye Black stickers
  • K-State football


  • Poms
  • Boy cut briefs
  • Temporary face tattoos
  • And for the final touch, nail tattoos

With everything above, you are destined to get the most candy on the block! Go out there and show them your best Byron Pringle touchdown celebration, finished with a cartwheel and a “Go Cats!” from your cheerleader!


Story by, Elizabeth Carro Ecommerce Intern
Posted By Sammy Gleason
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