Jayhawk Roundup, up and away

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Thanks to alumni, fans and friends for another successful Jayhawk Roundup!

The Roundup is the largest event hosted by the KU Alumni Association in Wichita, attracting hundreds of people to Murfin Stables each year for a fun evening of dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and KU camaraderie.

Jeff Kennedy, j’81, national chair of the Board of Directors, and Patti Gorham served as this year’s Jayhawk Roundup chairpersons, leading a committee of dedicated volunteers.

Jayhawk Roundup 2013 | www.kualumni.orgGuests enjoyed a dinner sponsored by Security 1st Title and Truffles, followed by remarks from Kevin Corbett, president; Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little; and Lynn Loveland, assistant director of Wichita programs for the Alumni Association.

The silent auction was open throughout the evening, while live bidding for items such as a one-hour ride in a Beechcraft T-6 trainer and dinner with Sheahon Zenger and John Hadl began after dinner.

Another interesting item in the auction? An 11-foot American alligator. We’re not kidding– Presidents Club member Colette Kocour, c’73, who served on the decorations committee for the Roundup, was determined to find a great item for the auction this year. She made a call to Dr. Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Biodiversity Institute and professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and his staff members found the scaly, stuffed creature.

The story was chronicled by Kocour’s hometown newspaper, the Wellington Daily News. Click here to read the full story.

After the auction ended, Jayhawks kicked up their heels (or boots) and danced to music from Monster Entertainment until midnight.

Proceeds from the Jayhawk Roundup help enhance alumni programs, including student recruitment, career networking and the alumni lobbying program, Jayhawks for Higher Education.

Stay tuned for information about next year’s event! If you are interested in becoming a sponsoring or helping with the event, contact Lynn Loveland at lloveland@kualumni.org or 316.293.2621.

Watch the slideshow below to see pictures from this year’s Roundup, or click here to view the photos on Flickr.

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