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Slideshow: Summer scenes from the University of Kansas

Posted on Jun 21, 2018 in Campus News

Happy first day of summer, Jayhawks! We put together a slideshow of some of our favorite summer photos of campus through the years.

We hope you enjoy it!

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Campus icon ‘Tan Man’ to celebrate 75th birthday, and you’re all invited

Posted on Jun 20, 2018 in Alumni News

John Schneider, more commonly known as the "Tan Man" at the University of Kansas
Wescoe Beach has been a central hub for KU students for decades, where students study, chat and chill between classes.

Thousands of students have spent time soaking up the sun in front of Wescoe. But KU students from the late 1960s through the 1980s remember one particular man’s legacy of relaxing on the beach.

John Schneider, more commonly known as  “Tan Man,” spent the better part of three decades as a campus icon, sharing his charm and kindness with Jayhawks.

Alumni track down legend

John Schneider, more commonly known as the Celeste Gruhin, ’79, and her fiancé, Marc Jasperson,  b’78, were reminiscing about their times at KU when their memories of Tan Man came up. After some digging, the pair got in contact with him and met in Rose Hill, where he now lives. Schneider showed them his scrapbook of photos from KU, and Gruhin and Jasperson knew they wanted to help more alumni celebrate his role in KU and Lawrence lore.

Gruhin organized a get-together to celebrate Schneider’s 75th birthday. She created a Facebook event to help get the word out.

“The response has been crazy,” Gruhin said. “We’re hoping to keep the momentum going and make it a memorable event.”

The birthday party is set for 4-7 p.m. June 23 at Johnny’s Tavern in North Lawrence. The event is open to the public. Those who attend are invited to contribute photos of  “Tan Man” to be added to a scrapbook.

-Ryan Camenzind

Can’t make it to the party? Email your pictures and memories of Tan Man to us at share@kualumni.org, and we’ll be sure to pass them along so they can be included in the scrapbook! For more about Tan Man, check out the Lawrence Journal-World’s article from 2006. Watch for more coverage of the birthday celebration in the next issue of Kansas Alumni magazine.

 

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A special message from President Heath Peterson

Posted on Jun 18, 2018 in News

 

Your opinions are vital to the KU Alumni Association

Jayhawks,

By now, you should have received your personal email invitation to complete the 2018 KU Alumni Survey. If you are among the thousands of Jayhawks who have already shared their feedback, thank you! Your opinions are vital to the KU Alumni Association as we develop programs and communications that strengthen KU and connect Jayhawks for life.

We last asked for your feedback five years ago. Your responses guided us to create the Jayhawk Career Network and the KU Alumni Association app. We’re doing more than ever before to build relationships that enhance KU pride and traditions, and we need your help to ensure that our programs remain relevant to you.

I invite you to take our comprehensive survey by clicking your personalized link in the email. You can also visit kualumni.org/2018survey to learn more. The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete, and you will receive a 25 percent discount from the KU Bookstores, in stores and online. You’ll also be entered to win an Amazon Gift Card worth up to $500.

So, please tell us what you think! And thank you for everything you do to continue KU’s living legacy of excellence to inspire future Jayhawks.

Rock Chalk!
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Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09
President

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Hawks & Highways brings campus leaders to Kansas communities

Posted on Jun 15, 2018 in Alumni News

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Hawks & Highways is in full swing.

This is the first year of an effort to reach Jayhawks throughout Kansas by bringing the best of KU to their hometowns. The tour has visited Leavenworth, McPherson, Hays, Manhattan, Garden City and Pittsburg and has featured several KU guests, including athletic directors and coaches, campus administrators and Alumni Association staff.

Heath Peterson at Hawks & Highways | hawks highways

“More than 150,000 KU graduates and former students live in Kansas,” says Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09, Alumni Association president. “It’s a priority for us to connect with these Jayhawks in their communities to show our appreciation for their dedication and support.”

Speakers at the events shared sentiments of a positive trajectory for the University. Peterson reminded the crowd that total enrollment has grown for the fifth straight year. Matt Baty, d’07, senior associate athletics director, praised the relationship between Kansas Athletics and the Alumni Association, calling it “one of the best in the entire country.”

Future stops include the annual KU Alumni Invitational at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, along with a Salina event Monday, June 25. Chancellor Doug Girod and Head Basketball Coach Bill Self will headline an impressive group of Jayhawk leaders.

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It’s easy to follow along with Hawks & Highways! Follow us on Instagram for stories from the events, or follow us on Twitter for updates. The Williams Education Fund Twitter account also provides information about Hawks & Highways.

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Jayhawks in the News | June 15

Posted on Jun 15, 2018 in Alumni News

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Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our weekly edition of “In the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

McLemore erupts for 52 points in Roundball Classic, dreams of duplication in NBA game | Kansas City Star

Ben McLemore and a host of other former KU basketball players returned to Lawrence June 14 for the tenth annual Rock Chalk Roundball Classic. The event raises money for families battling cancer. Brian Hanni, the Voice of the Jayhawks, founded the event.
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Three chief judges | KU Law Blog

First, they were KU Law students, then they were Assistant United States Attorneys, then they were judges. Today, some 28 years after they first started working together as litigators for the Department of Justice, they are all now chief judges of their respective courts.
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Former KU attendee Kate Spade remembered as vibrant and colorful, like her creations | University Daily Kansan

Fashion designer Kate Spade died by suicide in her New York City apartment June 5. She was 55. Spade attended the University of Kansas before transferring to Arizona State University. She graduated with a degree in journalism in 1985.
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Have you heard news about a fellow Jayhawk, or maybe you have news of your own to share? Email us at share@kualumni.org, or fill out our Class Notes form to be included in a future issue of Kansas Alumni magazine. Read more about newsworthy Jayhawks.

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Bawk Chalk: Alumni construct creative hen house for their brood

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 in Alumni News

Alhen Field House chicken coop by Jarrod and Kate Neely Williams

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What started as a means to pass time between NCAA tournament games turned into much more for Jarrod, f’95, g’03, and Kate Neely Williams, ’97, who this spring masterminded the construction of Alhen Field House, a wildly creative chicken coop built in the likeness of KU’s legendary basketball arena.

The Maryland transplants, who moved to Grimesland, North Carolina, last year after retiring from the U.S. Naval Academy Band, hatched a plan for the hen house while discussing permanent lodging for the family’s 15 baby chicks, which include Devonte’ GrayHen, Bawk Vaughn, Chick Collison, Scot Pullet and Greg Roostertag.

“They can’t stay in the brood house forever,” Jarrod recalls telling his wife. “Why don’t we put them in Allen Field House?”

Alhen Field House

The Williamses, who were members of the KU basketball band, relied on memory and details they found online to construct the 10-by-14-foot structure, which features the field house’s signature red roof, limestone-hued walls, abundant rows of windows and large 3-D block letters that spell out “Alhen Field House.”

“We were just going to do the outside, but we thought how plain the inside looked,” says Jarrod, who embellished the coop’s interior with hand-painted championship and final four banners, as well as a Bawk Chalk scoreboard—complete with a blowout KU win over Mizzou—and the retired jerseys of Jayhawk greats. He even recreated the antique Longines clock that hangs on Allen Field House’s west wall.

“The 172-95 score is our all-time record against Mizzou,” says Kate. “We didn’t just make it up out of thin air, or it would have been even more lopsided.”

Jarrod insists there are no ruffled feathers in his ‘hood, despite the fact that nearly everyone is a Tar Heel or Blue Devil. “I’m really making friends in my new neighborhood,” he jokes.

—Heather Biele

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2018 KU Alumni Survey

Posted on Jun 5, 2018 in Alumni News

2018 KU Alumni Survey
 

Coming in June to KU alumni

Your opinions are vital to the KU Alumni Association and our efforts to strengthen KU. The Association last asked for alumni feedback in a 2013 survey, which identified critical areas of need. Those responses guided the Association’s investments in alumni and student programs, including creation of the Jayhawk Career Network, and helped set additional priorities.

We need your help

We need your help again. In June 2018, KU alumni, parents and friends will receive an email invitation with a personalized link to our comprehensive 2018 KU Alumni Survey. The survey should take 15-20 minutes to complete. To thank you for your participation, all respondents will receive a promo code for 25% off their purchase at the KU Bookstores, in stores and online, and be entered to win an Amazon Gift Card worth $100, $250 or $500.

To learn more about the 2018 KU Alumni Survey, click here, and watch your inbox for your personalized link to the take the survey in June.
 

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University plans budget adjustment on Lawrence campus

Posted on May 30, 2018 in Campus News

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The University of Kansas will enact a budget adjustment on the Lawrence campus to address fiscal constraints and cut costs for fiscal year 2019.

The adjustment entails a 5.87 percent across-the-board budget reduction for all Lawrence campus departments and units, including central administration. The reduction will be implemented beginning July 1, the start of the next fiscal year.

“The map to move us forward readjusts our budget to meet our obligations and helps us put our students, staff and faculty first,” said Carl Lejuez, interim provost and executive vice chancellor. “This includes a commitment to keep tuition increases as low as possible and to enact a plan for getting back to annual merit raises, even if small at first.”

Lejuez has already met with deans and vice provosts to discuss how they can manage budget reductions to their respective units in a way that best preserves their mission and core functions.

The need to recalibrate the university’s budget is the result of many long-term commitments and investments that each year have exceeded revenue, combined with institutional budgeting practices inconsistent with the current challenges of higher education funding, as well as a decade-long trend of state funding declines.

“Staying the current course is not an option,” Lejuez said. “If we make no changes in the coming year, we will have overspent our budget with no remaining balances to support this overspending, and operations will be short a minimum of $50 million within five years. Additionally, spreading the cut over several years is not an option. This tactic costs us more financially; perpetuates a climate of uncertainty about job security, raises and tuition costs; and keeps us in a constant state of want and need rather than advancing us toward a position of stability that we all deserve.”

The Office of the Provost has already begun developing a longer-term plan that includes the development of a new budget model.

To read more of the story, visit the University of Kansas’ website.

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University celebrates 146th Commencement

Posted on May 25, 2018 in Campus News

The University of Kansas celebrated its 146th Commencement May 13. Nearly 4,000 graduates made the traditional walk down the Hill and into David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

Chancellor Doug Girod addressed his first graduating class as the University’s 18th leader, and Kevin Carroll, the Alumni Association’s national chair, welcomed the Class of 2018 as alumni and encouraged graduates to connect with fellow Jayhawks through their one-year gift memberships in the Association.

Dr. Richard Weinshilboum, c’62, m’67, received an honorary degree during the ceremony. Weinshilboum is a Mayo Clinic scientist who is a pioneer in the field of pharmacogenomics, the study of how drugs respond to a person’s genetics.

Read more about the storied traditions of KU’s Commencement, and watch our slideshow below for photos from this year’s celebration.

 

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Architecture students renovate Union’s campus model

Posted on May 24, 2018 in Campus News

A model of KU's Campus in the KU Union | Architecture students renovate Union's campus model

The Kansas Union is full of KU history, but one piece was missing from public view for months. The scaled campus model, featuring a tiny Strong Hall, small Allen Fieldhouse, and minuscule Potter Lake, was undergoing its first major renovation since 2002.

Students Sarah Irby and Will Shadwick, both School of Architecture graduate students, worked on the project. “I committed to it before I saw the model,” Shadwick said. “Once I saw how big it really is, I wasn’t sure what I’d gotten myself into.”

Despite the small size of the campus buildings, the construction process was far from simple. Irby, a’18, and Shadwick, a’8, used blueprints from building constructions to ensure they correctly matched the model’s 1/100 scale.

The technology used to construct the campus replica has certainly changed since the model was last updated. While wood is still used for some features, advancements in 3D printing allowed for plastic modeling of buildings to the 1/100th of an inch.

No amount of technology can replace the time commitment needed to paint windows, replace trees, adjust colors, and all the other details that come with the first renovation in 16 years. “Early on we had to decide what we were going to change, and what we would leave alone,” Shadwick said.

For example, Memorial Stadium still has a track surrounding the field. “With major stadium renovations coming soon, we thought we’d leave that to students later on,” said Shadwick with a smile.

“We’ve been meaning to do this for a long time,” said David Mucci, director of the KU Memorial Union. “These students did a great job.”

Past renovations to the model, a gift from the class of 1962, took pace in 1969, 1971, 1976, 1985, 1987, 1995, and 2002. “Usually it’s a renovation every five years, but with campus changing so rapidly we’d be repeating too often,” Mucci said.

The model is available to view on the third floor of the Kansas Union, near the staircase.

Architecture students renovate Union's campus model

-Ryan Camenzind

Read more about the KU Memorial Union’s changes in recent years, including its newest student space, Union Square.

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