Meet the Admissions Rep: Josh Deboer

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Alumni play an important role in helping to recruit new students to the University of Kansas, and the KU Alumni Association works closely with the KU Office of Admissions in these efforts. Each year, the Office of Admissions staffs recruiters to represent KU throughout the state of Kansas an in key territories across the country. We asked each of the admissions reps to share a little information with us so alumni can get to know them.

Today’s post features Josh DeBoer, c’14, a native of Overland Park. Josh recruits students from Allen, Anderson, Bourbon, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Coffey, Crawford, Elk, Franklin, Greenwood, Labette, Linn, Lyon, Miami, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Osage, Wilson, and Woodson counties in Kansas and Oklahoma.

What is your fondest memory of your time at KU?Joshua Deboer
This is always a tough question to answer, there are too many great memories! Unfortunately, I have to call a draw between two memories. My two favorites from my time as a KU student would be studying abroad in the United Kingdom, as it was a dream come true, and sitting front row for the final Border War vs. Mizzou in Allen Fieldhouse. Both were incredible experiences!

What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
I was involved in KU Student Ambassadors, and I generally gave Friday tours, especially during the fall semester. Once I got done with my Friday morning tours, I would go straight over to the Alumni Association for Home Football Friday to get a hot dog. Still one of my favorite meals and traditions to this day.

Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
I am going to be a bit of a homer to my department, but I would really push students to consider taking COMS 310, which is Introduction to Organizational Communication. Regardless of what your plans are post-graduation, we all function in organizations on a daily basis. It is a fantastic course that opens our eyes to the processes that we have occurring right under our nose on a daily basis. It is a course that everyone can get something out of!

When did you know you loved KU?
Honestly, I think I was in love with KU from day one. However, I can definitely label the moment which I was 100% sure of it. KU Athletics was a big part of my time at KU and cheering on the Jayhawks was very much how I filled my free time. I think that I knew how much I really loved KU when I got to sing the alma mater and Rock Chalk Chant at my very first KU basketball game as a student. Still to this day, every time I go to a KU basketball game, I think of my first game and how proud I was to be a Jayhawk. It is a feeling I still have on a daily basis working at KU!

Describe your perfect day in Lawrence.
As someone who loves food and sports, I think my day would probably revolve around the meals that I would have and what the sports scene looked like that day. Definitely would have to have some cream cheese donuts from Muncher’s Bakery, grab a Smoke burger and truffle fries at The Burger Stand and eat some great General’s Chicken from Encore Café. For the time between meals, I’d watch any KU sports that are on, take a walk down Massachusetts St., maybe throw the football around in one of the parks in Lawrence and just relax a little bit. That would be a great day to me!

What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students?
Learn all about what a school offers you in the classroom, but also learn about what a school has to offer you for outside the classroom educational opportunities, such as studying abroad, participating in research, or what clubs they offer. In college, learning is not limited to the classroom, it is everywhere. Opportunities such as going abroad or joining a club allow you to get even more out of your college experience. You get to major in a field of study of your choice, but you also get the opportunity to major in you as well. These experiences help you grow by learning your passions, making discoveries about the World, and obtain a global context. It is one of the coolest aspects that you are able to obtain during your time in college.

Joshua Deboer

How do you show your Jayhawk pride?
I think that my Jayhawk pride has greatly manifested itself in my wardrobe. I gathered many t-shirts over the years, which seems quite common among any student who attends KU. However, that is not where it ends. I have also collected somewhere around 15 different KU Athletics jerseys, many of which are different basketball players ranging from Darrell Arthur to Sherron Collins to Ben McLemore. Also, I have somewhere around eighteen to twenty different KU polos, which is great now that I work at KU!

How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life?
My degree from KU helps me in everything that I do in my position in the Office of Admissions. My degree is in Communication Studies, specifically focusing in Organizational Communication, with a Minor in Business. I use the concepts that I learned in the classroom on a daily basis, but also the skilsl obtained learning about these concepts such as critical thinking, thinking in a global context, and many others. A degree from KU allows you to not only study a given field, but to also gain a new perspective on how to perceive and analyze the world around you.

Click here to visit Josh’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes his recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Josh at 785.864.5410 or by email at

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