Keeping up with Kevin: Austin, a hotbed for KU alumni

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

Kevin Corbett, president of the KU Alumni Association, traveled to Austin last weekend for a dinner with alumni and the KU men’s basketball game. Last week’s post about his weekend in Southern California was popular, so he’s back this week to share a few things about Austin.

Thanks to the tireless work of former national board of directors member, Brad Korell, l’97, Austin has become a hotbed for KU activities. When the Jayhawk basketball team is in town the crowds are even larger!

The weekend began with a small dinner for Presidents Club members from the area as well as Fox 4 anchor John Holt, j’81, and his wife Susie. Lori Piening, b’92, a current member of the national board of directors was there with her husband, Mark; although he’s not an alumnus of KU, Mark serves on the marketing advisory board for the KU School of Business. Also in attendance was Jay Howard, b’71, former Association chair of the board, who is more commonly known as the chief volunteer in the creation of the Jayhawk Generations scholarship for out-of-state legacy students. Aaron Brinkman, j’98, came in from Dallas with his wife, Kerry.   Jim Sauer, d’80, a former KU swimmer and Dell executive attended; his son, Kevin, is finishing his last year of law school at KU. (Jim is looking forward to free legal advice.)

Thanks to the able introduction of KU Endowment staff member, Amy Spikes, j’01, Andres Carvallo also joined the Presidents Club that evening. Andres, e’86,is the chief architect of the first successfully deployed smart grid in the United States!

Todd Reesing and Kevin Corbett

Todd Reesing and Kevin Corbett

Some three hours before the game on Saturday, Jayhawks started arriving at the Alumni Association pregame event at Scholz Beer Garden–think the University of Texas’ version of The Wheel.   Soon it was overrun with Jayhawks and the late-arriving Longhorn faithful couldn’t even get in! One famous Austin native and Jayhawk, Todd Reesing, b’10, arrived decked in his Jayhawk gear along with some friends. Todd is working for Dimensional Fund Advisors in Austin while studying for the GMAT and hopes to begin study for an MBA later this year.

The game itself was never in doubt, so said Mike Davis, d’84, g’91, senior vice president of the Alumni Association. Down by ten points in the second half, Mike said the ‘Hawks would win by six points. He was off one point.

This week? Salina and Hill City for a western Kansas swing of donor visits and watch party for the Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan. Rock Chalk!

Stay tuned for more stories from the road from Kevin!

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Jayhawk fans take over Scholz Beer Garden

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