K-State Buildings Named After Acacians

K-State Acacia has been integral to the development of Kansas State University.  Our members boast such high level of commitment to their university that Acacians are the namesake of 5 buildings on campus.  These include:

Julius T. Willard (roll number 0001).  Namesake of Willard Hall (Chemistry and Art), Willard served Kansas State as Chemistry Department head, University Vice President, and University President.

Leland Bushnell (roll number 0005).  Bushnell was hired at K-State as an Assistant Professor and eventually rose to Department Head of Bacteriology.  Bushnell's largest contribution, however, was his research, and he became internationally known for his knowledge of poultry diseases.

Henry Waters (roll number 0067).  After heavy involvement at the University of Missouri (eventually becoming Dean of the College of Agrigulture), Waters was named president of Kansas State Agricultural College.  He is now the namesake of Waters hall.

Roy Seaton (roll number 0099).  After earning his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science, Seaton began as an Assistant Professor, progressed to Professor, and ultimately was named Dean of the College of Architecture and Engineering.  He is now the namesake of Seaton hall, the largest hall at Kansas State University.

Kenney Ford (roll number 0139).  Namesake of Kenney Ford Dormitory, Brother Ford began his service to the University as the Executive Secretary of the Alumni Association.  Under his leadership, the organization became 40,000 members strong, and launched the K-Stater alumni magazine.   Ford also was responsible for planning the K-State Student Union and was President of the American Alumni Council.

Vernon "Tiny" Foltz (roll number 0183).  Brother Foltz followed Brother Bushnell to become Department Head of Bacteriology.  He is better known for serving 20 years as Faculty Advisor of the Interfraternity Council.  In his namesake is Foltz Terrace (a housing unit off Manhattan Ave), Foltz Conference Room, and a memorial endowment.

To learn more about these devoted Acacians, click here.

Internationally Famous Acacians

Have you ever used Cliff's Notes to review for a test?  Or used a calculator on your math homework?  Then your life has already been impacted by an Acacian.  The list of influential Acacians runs deep: the 1908 presidential race between William H. Taft and William Jennings Bryan was a political battle between two Acacians.  After winning the race, Taft would later also become the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; Bryan would go on to deliver the famous Cross of Gold oration, and lead the Prosecution in the Scopes Monkey Trial.

Gary Patterson

Brother Gary Patterson (roll number 830) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the the head football coach at Texas Christian University, a position he has held since the end of the 2000 season. Patterson has led the TCU Horned Frogs to four conference championships the Conference USA title in 2002; three consecutive Mountain West Conference titles from 2009 to 2011; and seven bowl wins including a victory in the 2011 Rose Bowl. His 2010 squad finished the season undefeated at 13-0 after the Rose Bowl win on New Year's Day 2011, and ranked second in the final tallying of both major polls.

Political Involvement

K-State Acacia also welcomed political geniuses Frank Carlson (roll number 337) and Arthur Capper (roll number 72) to its ranks.  Both were Governors of the State of Kansas.

Brother Carlson was the first Governor until Sam Brownback to be both a United States Senator and Representative as well. Carlson was also the Senate Majority leader and started the Presidential Prayer Breakfast tradition.

Brother Capper was the first native Kansan to be governor of the state of Kansas.  He served two terms in this office, and then was elected United States Senator.  When he retired from the Senate, he was Chairman of Senate Agriculture Committee.