Meet the Admissions Rep: Bonnie Ewart-Fisher

Posted on Apr 4, 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 Bonnie Ewart-Fisher, c’13, a native of Wichita. Bonnie recruits students from Butler, Cowley, Harvey, Sedgwick and Sumner counties in Kansas and from the state of California.

What is your fondest memory of your time at KU?EwartFisher
Walking down the hill on graduation day with my closest Jayhawk friends!

What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
I was the vice president of the All Scholarship Hall Council and social chair for my scholarship hall, a student senator, and social chair and secretary for the Japanese Student Association. I also studied abroad in Japan and worked for the Office of Study Abroad. And, of course, I went to basketball games!

Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
Any language class, especially a less common language—KU offers so many opportunities to learn a language and the communities that form around learning these languages are fantastic! You’ll learn to think differently, you’ll be challenged, and you’ll meet some amazingly passionate people.

When did you know you loved KU?
My first night in my scholarship hall freshman year. All of the older residents helped me unpack my car, told me all about campus and were so welcoming—I fell asleep that night while my roommate and I giddily discussed the amazing things we had to look forward to as new Jayhawks.

Describe your perfect day in Lawrence.
My perfect day in Lawrence would be a walk around campus in the fall, followed by a basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse and coffee with all of my friends at Henry’s.

What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students?
Get involved in campus life and study abroad! KU is the best place for both of these activities and that’s where I made all of my lifelong friends.

How do you show your Jayhawk pride?
By guiding prospective students to the best opportunities at KU.

Tell us about your involvement with your local Alumni Association chapter and describe how this network can help prospective/current students.
The Alumni Association chapter in Wichita has helped me to know my hometown in a way I never did before—I have a community of professionals behind me to help me with whatever decisions I make. I love that the Alumni Association also helps me out when I’m in California traveling for work—I always know where to go to feel at home and I always have help when I’m planning an event!

How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life?
The strong academic, research and leadership experience I gained in college is all reflected in my degree. I know wherever I go that my experience is respected because of the quality KU represents.

Click here to visit Bonnie’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Bonnie at 785.864.5213 or by email at bfisher21@ku.edu

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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 jddeboer@ku.edu.

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Meet the Admissions Rep: Christie Holland

Posted on Mar 14, 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.

Christie HollandToday’s post features Christie Holland, j’13, c’13, a native of Hutchinson. Christie is the Transfer Admissions Representative and manages recruitment from the Kansas City Metropolitan Community Colleges, Johnson County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College and Donnelly College.

What is your fondest memory of your time at KU?
Spending a snow day sledding down the Hill with my friends during my senior year.

What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
I was highly involved in Greek Life at KU and loved the time I spent on the Executive Board of the Panhellenic Association. I also enjoyed going to basketball games at Allen Fieldhouse, volunteering at the local library and participating in a local writer’s group.

Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
A foreign language. While French classes were the most academically challenging courses I’ve ever taken, they were also the most rewarding for me when I studied abroad.

When did you know you loved KU?
During my first KU football game when we sang the Alma Mater.

What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students?
Step outside your comfort zone. There are plenty of opportunities to so at KU so I highly encourage students to take advantage of at least one of them.

Tell us about your involvement with your local Alumni Association chapter and describe how this network can help prospective/current students.
I heard about my current job through a fellow KU alumna, and I hope to someday provide a similar opportunity for another KU graduate.

Click here to visit Christie’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Christie at 785.864.5408 or by email at cholland1321@ku.edu

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Meet the Admissions Rep: Paige Gugat

Posted on Feb 28, 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 Paige Gugat, j’07. Paige is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Representative and helps recruit students from the eastern states of Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

img_news_admissions_paigeWhat is your fondest memory of your time at KU?
I loved being on campus during March Madness. Everybody is in such a great mood and the anticipation of the tournament is intoxicating.

What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
I participated in Greek Life and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. I also participated in the French Club which met weekly at Henry’s downtown.

Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
Journalism 101- Media and Society is the course I would suggest for all students. The class teaches you how to become a very precise writer. To this day, when I review a document for work I still think of the writing rules I learned in this course.

When did you know you loved KU?
My older sister went to KU when I was 13 years old. The first time I visited her I fell in love with Lawrence.  We went to Yello Sub (the original location where the Oread is now) and walked on campus, and I knew then that is where I was going to go to college.  That March we lost to Arizona in the Sweet 16, and I remember hysterically crying. At that point, I knew I was a Jayhawk.

Describe your perfect day in Lawrence.
My perfect day would be a beautiful spring day and I’d spend the entire day hanging out on campus watching people and walking up and down Mass street going to all my favorite spots. Also, throw in a home basketball game that night and it truly is the perfect day.

What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students?
KU provides so many amazing opportunities to our students.  I encourage all the prospective students to really follow their passions and get involved on campus.  There is always something for everyone, and I wish I would have taken more advantage of all the unique opportunities that a college campus has to offer.

How do you show your Jayhawk pride?
I show my KU pride by staying active with the university, and by trying to get everybody around me to love the Jayhawks as well.  Nothing is better than when you run into somebody on the street in Jayhawk gear and exchanging “Rock Chalk”.

Tell us about your involvement with your local Alumni Association chapter and describe how this network can help prospective/current students.
I would encourage all students to get involved with the Alumni Association. I moved to New York City 6 years ago and didn’t know anybody, and I met so many great friends through events thrown by the association. It’s also a great way for current students to network for internships and jobs after graduation.

How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life?
I majored in Strategic Communications through the William Allen White School of Journalism. My degree assisted me in being able to create a message for my prospective audience and how to convey it successfully. I feel that the capability to communicate is harder than people realize, and the School of Journalism made the process simple.

Click here to visit Paige’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Paige at 785.550.5984 or by email at pgugat@ku.edu.

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Meet the Admissions Rep: Megan Ritter

Posted on Feb 14, 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 Megan Ritter, c’12, a native of Overland Park. Megan is the St. Louis Regional Representative.

What is your fondest memory of your time at KU?Megan-Ritter
Well, they say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and now that I have left KU, I look back at my entire experience  fondly. I am grateful for the incredible education and opportunities that KU gave me and the wonderful people and friends I met there that have shaped and enriched my life.

What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
I really tried to take advantage of all of the clubs and organizations that KU has to offer. I was involved in Student Senate and served as Student Body Vice President. I was also a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, the University Honors Program, Oxfam, and a number of leadership boards and committees.

Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
I do not know that I have one class in particular that I think students should take because I truthfully enjoyed all of the classes I took at KU. But I would encourage students to challenge themselves and take courses that are outside of their typical comfort zone. If the student is a math/science person, take a Philosophy course or if the student is an English major, take an Economics course. I think that college should not just teach you information, but rather, how to think  and new perspectives to make you a more well-rounded individual.

When did you know you loved KU?
It was during the beginning of my freshman year. I had already begun taking classes and realized that KU is an incredible academic institution, I made friends with some people that are still my best friends today, and was enjoying attending football games and singing the alma mater and screaming (or jingling my keys). I realized that KU had everything I ever wanted and that I was exactly where I wanted to be. The best part about that feeling, as any Jayhawk would say, it never leaves.

Describe your perfect day in Lawrence.
My perfect day in Lawrence starts with brunch at The Mirth with friends before heading over to Allen Fieldhouse for a home basketball game. Following the victory, we would head back to Mass Street to walk around and grab dinner.

What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students?
Without a doubt, the most important advice I give is to get involved! Join clubs or organizations—they make campus feel smaller and they help you form relationships with like-minded students. Also, go to your professors’ office hours. They are so helpful and really helped me challenge myself and grow academically.

How do you show your Jayhawk pride?
I think that there is little question when people see my apartment or the amount of crimson and blue in my wardrobe. I also show my pride by the way I talk about how incredible my experience at KU was and continues to be (and by watching Jayhawk basketball). Not to mention, I moved into the heart of Tiger country to recruit away future Jayhawks!

Tell us about your involvement with your local Alumni Association chapter and describe how this network can help prospective/current students.
I enjoy attending KU Basketball watch parties with the St. Louis Alumni Chapter. The Jayhawk Alumni network is incredibly helpful. Whether it is resume help, finding prospective employers or career advice, Jayhawks help out other Jayhawks!

How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life?
At my job in particular, my KU degree and experience help immensely! Of course, I get to talk about how great KU is daily.  Beyond this, KU helped build my strong skillset of problem solving, critical thinking, and communication.

Click here to visit Megan’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Megan at 314.696.2473 or by email at meganritter@ku.edu.

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Meet the Admissions Rep: Annie Frizzell

Posted on Feb 10, 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 Annie Frizzell, c’10, a native of Prairie Village. Annie is the Southern California Regional Representative.

What is your fondest memory of your time at KU?Frizzel
I would guess this is probably true for a lot of other Jayhawks who were in Lawrence in 2008, but hands down my fondest memory during my time at KU is the 2008 National Championship. My friends and I watched the game in Allen Fieldhouse and were dancing on the court by the time overtime ended. Running full speed to Mass after the game and seeing the crowd grow larger by the second is something that I get chills just thinking about!

What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
I joined Student Union Activities (SUA) as a senior at KU. Having been a devoted attendee of SUA events throughout my first three years on campus, it was so cool to be able to take a leadership position and be able to give back to the KU community. I was able to study abroad for a spring break and summer break during my undergrad career, as well. Walking past the British Museum on my way to class, reading Robert Burns in Scotland,  visiting the moors in Haworth and understanding why Wuthering Heights is the way it is—I felt a really different kind of connection with what I was studying while I was abroad. I spent two summers working as an Orientation Assistant, as well; if you ever want a way to come “full circle” with your KU experience, that’s the perfect way to do it.

Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
I was an English major (if it wasn’t obvious after that last answer) so I’ll take classes in that department off the table because I’m clearly biased. I took two linguistics classes and absolutely loved them. Language and the Mind (with Professor Sereno) was an incredibly compelling class and got me thinking about language in a whole new way.

When did you know you loved KU?
I started referring to Templin and Lawrence as home. I found an incredibly wonderful family of friends in my residence hall and classes and my transition to KU could not have been smoother. We all pushed each other to apply for different programs, honors societies, to “get involved with that group you keep talking about.” Having that support to get out there and jump into something new and different, while knowing I had a family of sorts (who hailed from all over– Kansas City, Pratt, KS, Atlanta, GA) who would welcome me back to Templin really cemented KU as my “home away from home.”

Describe your perfect day in Lawrence.
I’ve had a lot of perfect days in Lawrence. If I had to script it, it would likely involve eating on Mass. St. and watching a KU basketball game.

What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students?
Embrace your KU experience—don’t be afraid to try something new, go out of your way to meet new people, take classes that intrigue you that don’t have a thing to do with your major, and find a way to change KU for the better. You’re only here for four years—make them count! 

How do you show your Jayhawk pride?
Working with Southern California students is a pretty perfect way to show my KU pride every day. When I’m not in and out of high schools and college fairs, I love walking around in San Diego in KU gear and seeing people notice the colorful bird on my clothes and (more often than I ever expected) stop me to tell me they went to KU. There are an awful lot of Jayhawks out here!

Tell us about your involvement with your local Alumni Association chapter and describe how this network can help prospective/current students.
I’m becoming more and more aware of the great network of KU alumni out here in Southern California. During my eight months as a San Diegan, I’ve attended quite a few watch parties at the Boardwalk in Mission Beach with the San Diego Chapter and have noticed that while KU grads are very excited to cheer with you, they’re also interested in who you are and how they can help connect you with other Jayhawks.

How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life?
My KU degree has prepared me to do anything — nothing is out of reach. I am so proud of how I grew as a person during my four years in Lawrence and the confidence I carry stems from the University of Kansas diploma hanging on my wall and the knowledge that I represent a place that has changed so many lives. Also, I get to sign every email I send with a hearty “Rock Chalk!” and I think that’s just the greatest thing ever.

Click here to visit Annie’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Annie at 619.501.5453 or by email at annief@ku.edu.

 

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Meet the Admissions Rep: Liz Sperbeck

Posted on Feb 10, 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 Elizabeth Sperbeck, j’12, a native of Eden Prairie Minn. Elizabeth is the Minnesota Regional Representative.

313144_1508921841616_1669911841_nWhat is your fondest memory of your time at KU?
Homecoming week each year was so special to me. I fell in love with KU because of the traditions and seeing everyone come together to celebrate; KU, the fall weather, and friendly competition just made the time feel really special. I worked on Homecoming for two years and I think it was my favorite activity I was involved in while on campus.

What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
Delta Delta Delta sorority, Panhellenic Executive Board, Homecoming Steering Committee, Social Media Club KU, Rock Chalk Ball 2012, Civic Engagement Awareness Week.

Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
Rhetoric of Sports with Scott Harris. Not only is Mr. Harris incredibly intelligent about this subject, but you get to debate sports all class long. There’s even a section of the curriculum on the Kansas/Missouri rivalry. It’s one of those classes you look forward to all day long.

When did you know you loved KU?
I didn’t grow up knowing I was going to be a Jayhawk, but as soon as I stepped foot on campus I knew that I had to be a Jayhawk. My visit was really when I decided to leave my other college choices in the dust and to pick KU.

Describe your perfect day in Lawrence.
My perfect day would definitely revolve around food. I would try to hit as many of my favorite restaurants as possible while walking off my meals on Mass St. in between. The restaurants of Lawrence are one of the things I miss most now that I live far away.

What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students?
I like to tell the student to major in what they want to do, but minor in something they love. I think  lot of students get caught up in what will get them a big paycheck, or into grad school and forget that they need to like what they are doing. Minoring allows them a few classes that will push them to get through their challenging and tiring major classes.

How do you show your Jayhawk pride?
My non-Jayhawk friends always say, “Do you own anything that isn’t affiliated with KU?” and I usually say “Nope!” My wardrobe is filled with crimson and blue, KU art and decorations fill my apartment and my car is covered in KU stickers. Some people call it an obsession, but it’s just the Jayhawk way.

Tell us about your involvement with your local Alumni Association chapter and describe how this network can help prospective/current students.
I’m currently on the board for the Twin Cities Chapter. I think it’s incredibly important for prospective/current students to connect with other Jayhawks in the area. It will give prospective students a glimpse into the community and connections we have as fellow Jayhawks and current students can still feel like they are connected to KU when they are home for break or on vacation. Our network of Jayhawks is a unique thing that my friends who went to other universities don’t have and they’re jealous of it. That’s not something that you can ignore and should take full advantage of.

How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life?
I am so happy with my Strategic Communications degree. The education I got was thorough and yet still open ended enough that I felt I wasn’t pigeon-holed into one niche of the field. I can use little aspects of projects, lectures and classes in just about everything I do. My fellow strat-commers are in a diverse collection of jobs and it’s great hearing about what they are doing and bouncing  work ideas off of each other to gain further perspective.

 

Click here to visit Liz’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Liz at 612.790.7940 or by email at lizsperbeck@ku.edu.

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Meet the Admissions Rep: Elisa Krapcha

Posted on Jan 30, 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 Elisa Krapcha, c’05, j’05, a native of Littleton, Colo. Elisa is the Colorado Regional Representative and recruits students from the states of Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, as well as the western half of Kansas.

What is your fondest memory of your time at KU?Krapcha
I often think about the last semester of my senior year at KU— enjoying basketball games in Allen Fieldhouse, finishing capstone classes while looking for a job, catching baseball games at Hoglund Ballpark, passing time on Massachusetts Street and just trying to do everything I could in Lawrence before I was no longer a KU student.  Then everything culminated on a beautiful day in May as I walked down the Hill with my future husband and a great group of friends, as my family cheered me along. It was the perfect ending to an amazing four years!

What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
My interests and involvement as a student ran the gamut— I was a KU Student Ambassador, an Orientation Assistant, a member of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) through the J-School, a Mount Oread Scholar, intramural sport enthusiast (including one championship!), a student worker at the KU Rec Center, a member of the Crimson Crew (part of the KU football program) and most importantly, an avid camper for basketball games!

Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
I learned so much from my Journalism 101 class, and think the messages of the class about critical and creative thinking is something all students should learn.  Plus, I think the course teaches students to be more informed citizens and better evaluators of news and information, which is very important as the way we receive our news and form and share opinions is constantly changing (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and it will probably continue to change!

When did you know you loved KU?
To preface, family means everything to me and when something catches on in my family, it becomes a part of us forever. During my freshman year, my parents came from Colorado to visit me for Family Weekend, which also happened to be Late Night in the Phog.  No one in my family had ever attended KU and my parents had not experienced the traditions before. When the crowd in Allen Fieldhouse linked arms, swayed and sang the Alma Mater with such pride and passion, I looked over and my dad had tears in his eyes.  He knew this place was special and could finally see in person why I thought it was special. We are now forever a Jayhawk family!

Describe your perfect day in Lawrence.
Wake up, go for a jog through campus and the surrounding neighborhoods, eat breakfast at Milton’s, shop downtown, enjoy lunch at Free State Brewery and Sylas and Maddy’s for dessert, shop some more, have an early dinner at the Burger Stand before an evening basketball victory in Allen Fieldhouse, and wrap everything up with a night on Mass Street with friends!

What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students?
I am always telling students how impactful it can be to go to college away from your home, specifically at KU. I often work with students who travel a good distance to move to Lawrence to attend KU, but I think this is also important advice for students that are from Lawrence, Kansas City or surrounding areas. Moving away for college allows you to step out of your comfort zone and develop a strong sense of independence. It lets you learn about yourself, your goals and ambitions and it expands your network of friends, colleagues, etc. You can still keep all your relationships back home with friends and family, and even return back home after college, but allowing yourself to go to a new environment and embracing that environment will change your life in more ways than you realize.

How do you show your Jayhawk pride?
I would say that within 5 minutes of talking with anyone, whether they’re a perfect stranger or even my mother, I bring up something awesome that KU is doing. Whether its academics, a neat student accomplishment, a hilarious positing from the message boards, a basketball victory, or something from my job, I am always singing the praises of KU. I show my pride by sharing how KU positively impacts the world and my life every day. That, and I never board a plane without “wearing my colors,” as my husband puts it. Sporting the Jayhawk and crimson and blue is typical Krapcha airplane attire.

Tell us about your involvement with your local Alumni Association chapter and describe how this network can help prospective/current students.
While I am not as actively involved in the local chapters in Colorado Springs and Denver as I would like to be, it is definitely  a goal of mine to step this up! I know that alumni can help with KU presence at events KU Admissions hosts, like our Jayhawk Nights, and at college fairs around the area. Having alumni share their experiences with students and families at these events adds “real world” examples to what Admissions shares with students. If any KU alumni want to help out, they can contact Admissions and we will find a way for them to help!

How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life?
While I think a college degree in general helps anyone navigate the world better and find greater success in personal and professional ventures, I think my KU degree specifically helps me think critically, have a better ability to see different perspectives on everything I encounter, and it has given me confidence and the work ethic to know that I can be successful in everything I put effort into. Plus, I expanded my basketball knowledge exponentially while at KU and you can really teach people a lot of things when they are watching a game. Do you know how many people don’t know what a triangle and two defense is?

Click here to visit Elisa’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Elisa at 719.344.9986 or by email at ekrapcha@ku.edu.

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Meet the Admissions Rep: Katie Law

Posted on Jan 17, 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. Click here to read previous profiles.

Today’s post features Katie Law, c’11, a native of Hutchinson. Katie recruits students to KU from a number of counties in Kansas, as well as from the states of Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

What is your fondest memory of your time at KU?Katie Law, KU Admissions representative
There are so many fond memories, it’s hard to pick just one. If I had to choose, it would be graduation day. Meeting up with all of my friends as we made the long-awaited walk through the Campanile and into the stadium– that’s a moment I’ll never forget. The sense of pride, accomplishment and happiness I felt will be hard to replicate.

What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
I tried to take full advantage of everything KU had to offer, which led me to try many new things. A few things I did included joining a sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, studying abroad in Paris, going on a couple Alternative Break trips, serving on the Homecoming Steering Committee and still finding time to camp out for the best seats in Allen Fieldhouse.

Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
Western Civilization, without a doubt. It definitely gets a bad rap because of all the reading, but this is one of the classes that really helped develop me into the person I am today. I had an amazing graduate assistant as my teacher who helped foster enriching and enlightening conversations based on our readings. I think every single student should take this class because it opens your eyes to the world outside yourself.

When did you know you loved KU?
Like many KU students, I started out as a KU basketball fan. The moment I knew I loved the school probably coincides with the moment I realized I would be a diehard fan for life. It was in 2003, when KU lost the NCAA championship game to Syracuse. I was 15 years old and watched every game that season with my father and my grandparents. I didn’t really understand what it meant to win a national championship, but I knew how much it meant to my dad. I’ll never forget the heartbreak I felt when the time ran out on that game. It was at that moment I realized KU had grabbed my heart and I was a diehard KU fan forever.

Describe your perfect day in Lawrence.
Playing with my dog on a perfect clear fall day on the Hill. She is a boxer, so the big hill is the only way I have found to tire her out. I’d follow that with a stroll down Mass St. and dinner on La Parrilla’s patio.

What’s the most important piece of advice you give to prospective students?
Dive into college! It is so easy to be scared when starting college because it’s usually a new town with new friends and the start of a new life. But dive in! The only way you can truly grow and discover who you are is by trying new things in order to find your passion. Try everything, be willing to meet new people and go into every experience with an open mind.

How do you show your Jayhawk pride?
Anyone who knows me knows I am one of the most superstitious people. I wear the exact same outfit for every game during March Madness, my father and I have a text exchange that we make before every game, I will never watch a game at Louise’s West, Quinton’s, or Harbor Lights again and the list goes on and on. So my Jayhawk pride is my sometimes obsessive and very odd superstitions, but hey, it’s only weird if it doesn’t work!

How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life?
I received a biology degree from KU, and I’m currently applying to KU School of Medicine. While I do not use my biology degree directly in my daily life as an admissions representative, my success in my job shows the benefit of a KU degree. KU prepares you not only for your field of study but also assists you in developing critical thinking skills, communication skills and an understanding of the global community that allows you to have many job and career opportunities both in and outside your field.

Click here to visit Katie’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Katie at 785.864.5424 or by email at katiel@ku.edu.

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Meet the Admissions Rep: Liz Raynolds

Posted on Jan 14, 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 Liz Raynolds, c’11, a fourth-generation Jayhawk and Prairie Village native. Liz recruits students from Johnson County as well as from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

What is your fondest memory of your time at KU?Liz Raynolds, KU Office of Admissions
As a freshman, I had the good fortune to score student tickets to the 2008 Final Four and NCAA Championship games. Being in the Alamodome with thousands of other Jayhawks with confetti raining down on us is something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.

What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
Pi Beta Phi, Alternative Breaks, Up ’til Dawn and basketball camping were a huge part of my time as an undergraduate.

Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
Biology of Cancer (Bio 688) was by far my favorite class at KU. As a biochemistry major with an interest in healthcare and specifically oncology, it was the culmination of everything I wanted to learn.

When did you know you loved KU?
I guess I knew I loved KU when I didn’t stop crying all night after Coach Roy announced he was leaving for UNC. My parents weren’t really sure what to do. They consoled me a few weeks later by telling me we’d hired a great new young coach from Illinois and saying I should trust what he could do. My parents, and Coach Self, definitely didn’t disappoint.

Describe your perfect day in Lawrence.
I would spend it eating at Free State, shopping on Mass and ending with a game in Allen Fieldhouse.

What’s the most important piece of advice you give to prospective students?
Keep an open mind and realize how many different options you have at KU. You can come to Lawrence and major in more than 200 things, get involved in 600+ clubs and organizations and get to know the bustling town of 90,000 residents. A lot of high school students think they know what KU is all about because their parents went here or they’ve heard things, but unless you’ve experienced it for yourself, you won’t have a good understanding of what KU can do for you.

Liz Raynolds, KU Office of AdmissionsHow are you involved with your local Alumni Association chapter? Describe how the alumni network can help prospective and current students.
I recently received a life membership to the Alumni Association from my grandparents. A pretty cool Christmas gift, and one that will benefit me, not surprisingly, for life! I can’t wait to see what kind of connections I can form in the local and national alumni chapters. As a fourth-generation Jayhawk, it’s good to know I have such an expansive alumni base to rely on.

 

Click here to visit Liz’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Liz at 785.864.5370 or by email at lraynolds@ku.edu.

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