Legacy visit day helps students kick off their KU story

Posted on Sep 23, 2013 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

High school sophomores got their first taste of life on KU’s campus at the 6th annual Sophomore Jayhawk Legacy Visit on Sept. 21. The annual event, co-hosted by the KU Alumni Association and the KU Office of Admissions, allowed sophomore legacy students to witness KU in all its game-day glory.

Guests were treated to breakfast, pictures with Baby Jay and a special presentation about being a Jayhawk. They also received a T-shirt and two free tickets to watch the KU football team beat Louisiana Tech on Saturday. 62 sophomore legacy students from Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota attended the event with their families.


The Janicke family: Devon, Clayton, Walker, Jordan and Lori

Clayton Janicke, e’91, and his wife Lori Wright Janicke, s’91, attended the event for the second time. Two years ago, their son Walker was sold on attending KU by one of its best ambassadors, Bill Self.

“It was really surreal and fun coming here and seeing everything” said Walker Janicke, who is planning to enroll for the 2014 fall semester. This year, Devon Janicke was the focus of the family of five– who will be back in two years when the youngest son, Jordan, will be a sophomore.

The Janickes have always told their sons about KU, but the legacy visit day offers much more than rhetoric. “The traditions of KU are things we’ve told them about, but until you’re sitting in Allen Field House or Memorial Stadium or walking down the Hill, until they experience it, it’s just us talking about it,” said Lori Janicke.


–Dan Storey

For more information on legacy programs and recruitment, contact Joy Maxwell, director of legacy relations, at jmaxwell@kualumni.org.

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