Following in her footsteps

Posted on May 16, 2014 in Alumni News and News


Tracey Keegan, d’92, and Addison Keegan-Harris, c’14.

For Facebook’s “Throwback Thursday” this week, Tracy Keegan, d’92, shared an image from the day she walked down the hill at KU’s commencement in 1992, noting that she was pregnant with her daughter at the time. This weekend, her daughter Addison Keegan-Harris, now all grown up, will walk down the hill. She’ll be following in her mother’s footsteps—in more ways than one.

Mom Tracy has been a loyal volunteer for the KU Alumni Association’s Ad Astra Chapter in Topeka for years. Her involvement with the chapter has helped KU recruitment efforts, supported university advocacy efforts during KU Day in the Capitol and helped bring talented KU musicians and other programs to alumni in the Topeka area.

This week, Tracy’s daughter Addison was named the recipient of the Donald K. Alderson Memorial Award, which recognizes a graduating senior whose campus involvement as a student benefits fellow students and the greater good. The announcement recognized her Jayhawk lineage—she’s the daughter of two KU alumni—and included just a few of her activities on campus. Ready for this?

Since she was destined to be a future Jayhawk from a young age, Addison jumped right in, getting involved as a resident assistant for GSP and Corbin before becoming an orientation assistant and a research assistant for the Performance Management Laboratory. She also helped found the Applied Behavior Science Undergraduate Student Organization and served as president of Peer Leadership Consultants. As a result of her stellar career at KU, she was named a finalist in the fall for the 2013 ExCEL award, recognizing excellence in community, education and leadership among KU students. She will graduate this weekend with a degree in applied behavior science and a minor in leadership studies.

Clearly, KU involvement runs in the family, and we can think of no greater legacy for a Jayhawk to leave.

—David Johnston

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