With the opening of Call Hall at the Union, Wildcats now have one more way to enjoy that delicious Purple Pride ice cream! The K-State Student Union is excited to offer a variety of customary flavors and seasonal selections at the new location. Operating hours can be viewed here. A community favorite, Call Hall and the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry have a long history of excellence at Kansas State University.
K-State has offered dairy processing courses since the beginning of the 20th century. In 1905, the Dairy Husbandry Department was established and a new building named Dairy Hall was built at a cost of $15,000. This new facility was used for teaching courses in both dairy production and dairy manufacturing. The greatest influences at this time in dairy manufacturing were cream quality and the production of butter.
In 1923, the Department of Dairy Husbandry moved into new facilities, the first floor of West Waters Hall. At this time, a modern dairy processing facility was available for students to receive hands-on experience in the processing of milk and the manufacturing of other dairy products such as cheese, condensed milk, butter and ice cream. During this time, a dairy manufacturing curriculum was developed, offering students a program to prepare to enter the dairy processing industry.
In 1961, the Department was renamed Dairy Science and in 1965, the Department of Poultry Science merged with Dairy Science. After 41 years in Waters Hall, the Department of Dairy Science moved into Call Hall in 1964.
K-State's dairy processing area, which is 120 x 80 feet, is located in the northwest wing of Call Hall. The processing area is equipped with modern machinery for the receiving, pasteurizing and packaging of market milk. Equipment is available for the manufacturing of cheese, butter, ice cream, concentrated and dried milk. The primary purpose of that facility is for teaching, research and extension. While Call Hall at the Union is focused on ice cream products (including malts, shakes and sundaes), other dairy products from processing are available through the Call Hall Dairy Sales Counter.
All milk used in production comes from the university’s dairy farm. Call Hall products are well-known among alumni, staff, students and local residents for their high-quality and superb flavor. It's the perfect thing to top off a meal from one of the many Union dining locations, so come by and enjoy a frozen treat from Call Hall at the Union today!