The University of Kansas celebrated its 105th Homecoming Oct. 1-7, 2017.
The theme for this year’s celebration was “Jayhawks of the Galaxy.” Students and alumni participated in several activities throughout the week, including competitions, community service opportunities and reunions. Members of the KU and Lawrence communities collected more than 3,300 cans of non-perishable food for Just Food of Douglas County during the CANstellation competition. They also donated more than 1,500 office supplies for Community Village Lawrence. The supply drive was sponsored by the Homecoming steering committee and the United Way of Douglas County.
Two University of Kansas students, Sana Cheema of Hays and Zoya Khan of Overland Park, were named winners of the 27th-annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership (Ex.C.E.L.) Awards. The award presentation during halftime of the KU-Texas Tech football game Oct. 7 in Memorial Stadium concluded KU’s 105th Homecoming celebration.
The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $250 scholarship to two students. The winners will present at the Blueprints Leadership Conference next spring in conjunction with KU’s Student Involvement and Leadership Center.
Anna Perrone, a junior from Modesto, California, won the Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award. Larry and Nancy Stoppel of Washington, Kansas, received the Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award.
The overall winners of Homecoming events were Alpha Delta Pi, Triangle, and the Engineering Student Council.
The KU Alumni Association and a student-led steering committee coordinate the week of activities. Students are selected for the committee based on an application and interview process.
Homecoming sponsors were Crown Toyota Volkswagen, PepsiCo and Kansas Athletics.
KU’s Homecoming tradition began in 1912. In 2011, Rich and Judy Billings of Lakewood, Colorado, created an endowment to fund future celebrations. The Billings’ are both 1957 KU graduates.
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