Home for the Holidays

Posted on Jan 7, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s long winter break presents an ideal opportunity to recruit high school seniors in their hometowns, connecting them with current KU students from their communities who are home between semesters. To make those connections, the Office of Admissions and the Alumni Association have organized 13 “Home for the Holidays” events in January in key cities.

Robin and Rick Putnam“These events offer one more way for the University to reach out to admitted students and personalize recruitment efforts, highlighting why they should choose KU,” says Lisa Pinamonti Kress, g’98, director of admissions.

Alumni and KU friends (including parents of current students) often host gatherings in their homes, where high school seniors and their families can meet informally with admissions representatives, current students and alumni. ‘By hosting in the homes of alumni or friends, we are able to showcase the commitment to and love of KU that endure long after graduation’, Kress says.

The expansion of Home for the Holidays events reflects KU’s growing momentum in freshman recruitment. In January 2013, admissions and alumni representatives hosted successful winter break events in six cities, and last fall the admissions office hired six new full-time recruiters in KU strongholds. “Our office continues to expand out-of-state recruitment, and with the success of last year’s events, we decided to reach out to alumni in additional cities,” Kress says. “In the areas where these events have occurred, we have seen increases in students attending KU beyond our traditional numbers from these regions. We also decided to host two events in our feeder areas in Kansas. We appreciate the partnership we have with the Alumni Association and our outstanding alumni.”

2014 Home for the Holidays events

Saturday, Jan. 11

New York City
Hosted by Marshall Bellovin (Gabriel, c’13)

Sunday, Jan. 12

Austin
Hosted by Lori Anderson Piening, b’92
Omaha
Hosted by Robin and Rick Putnam, c’77, l’80
San Francisco
Hosted by Eric and Gayle Starr (Daniel Starr, Class of 2015)
Phoenix
Hosted by the Hilton-Spiegel family (Shari Hilton, Class of 2016)
Washington, D.C.
Hosted by Ryan, c’07, j’07, and Erinn Schaiberger Colaianni, b’07, g’08

Thursday, Jan. 16

Atlanta
Hosted by Kevin Carroll, assoc.
Tulsa
Hosted by Tim, b’80, l’83, and Melanie Andersen Trump, b’80, l’83
Wichita
Hosted by Greg Ek, b’76; Camille Bribiesca Nyberg, c’96, g’98; and Jeff Kennedy, j’81

Saturday, Jan. 18

San Diego
Hosted by Lisa Massoth Brinig, j’83

Sunday, Jan. 19

Northern Los Angeles
Hosted by Robbin and Donald Close, c’60
Memphis
Hosted by Shep and Margaret Fargotstein (Molly, c’12)

Sunday, Jan. 26

Kansas City
Hosted by Debbie Barnes Ward, j’86

If you or your current or prospective student is interested in attending a Home for the Holidays event, please contact Joy Maxwell, director of legacy relations, at jmaxwell@kualumni.org, or the KU Office of Admissions at adm@ku.edu.

Photo: Robin and Rick Putnam, c’77, l’80, hosted an event in Omaha. Photo by Joy Maxwell.

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