Meet our team: Emily Ellison

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 in Alumni News and News

We have a pretty great team here at the KU Alumni Association! While many of our staff members travel around the world hosting events and meeting Jayhawks, many others work behind the scenes. In this new series on our blog, learn a little more about the people who make your Alumni Association a positive force for KU—and a fun place to work.

Emily Ellison, c’11, joined the Alumni Association in 2013 after spending a post-graduation year in her native Portland, Oregon. The former Baby Jay missed Lawrence and the University of Kansas and found a perfect fit as coordinator of alumni programs. She helps wrangle event details and registrations, supervises our interns and and helps keep our staff organized as they travel—all while sharing her endless KU spirit and cheerful personality.

What’s your favorite spot on the KU campus?
My favorite spot on campus is the Campanile. I love the tradition it represents, and it is a very peaceful place to sit and let your mind wander, with the exception of graduation and football game days, of course.

If you could have dinner with two people, living or not, who would they be?
Billy Crystal and Steve Martin, because I love nothing more then a good laugh.

Put your iPod on shuffle. What are the first five songs?
“The Payback,” by James Brown, “Let the Groove Get In,” by Justin Timberlake; “Cowboy Boots,” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis; “Is This Love,” by Bob Marley and The Wailers; “B.O.B,” by Outkast.

Emily's dog PhoebeCats or dogs?
Dogs! I have a chocolate lab named Phoebe, named after the character on “Friends.” There is nothing better than coming home to a dog who thinks your arrival is the highlight of their entire day.

What’s the last book you read?
I don’t have the best attention span for recreational reading, but the last book I read was Are you there, Vodka? It’s me Chelsea, by Chelsea Handler

Tell us about something in your office: a favorite photo, trinket or other object or memento.
My favorite object in my office is a photo album my friend Paige made for me when we graduated. It has a collection of pictures from our days as Baby Jay.

What’s your favorite color?
Green.

Favorite KU celebrity?
Big Jay & Baby Jay, of course!

Do you have any hidden talents or unique hobbies?
Though I haven’t been able to do this much since I graduated from college, I have been riding horses for most of my life.

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