Chancellor Doug Girod to lead cross-disciplinary major

Posted on Apr 1, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Chancellor Girod announces new major focusing on human biology and rippin’ up the road on a classic hog.Chancellor Douglas A. Girod’s double duty as the 18th Chancellor of the University of Kansas and part-time head and neck surgeon has left him with too much free time. Chancellor Girod is serving as lead advisor of a new major, focusing on the studies of human biology and rippin’ up the road on a classic hog.

“At the University of Kansas, we value students pursuing multidisciplinary education. Nothing would make me prouder than to give degrees to students who I know can both perform an anterior cervical discectomy and take a chopper white lining with the club,” said Doug Girod after leading a meeting while wearing his Jayhawk and flame-emblazoned helmet.

Chancellor Girod could not be reached for further comment, as he was busy constructing a curriculum for Integration of Brain Tissue and Throttle.


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Kansas Basketball to retire Svi Mykhailiuk’s T-shirt

Posted on Apr 1, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Retiring Svi's T-shirt

After a remarkable four-year career at the University of Kansas, Kansas Athletics announced early Sunday plans to retire Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk’s T-shirt he wears underneath his jersey.

“Svi hit that three to force overtime versus Duke and got us to the Final Four. I knew right then it had to happen,” coach Bill Self said. “What better way to honor him than retiring his trademark tee?”

A remarkable story, Mykhailiuk’s journey from arriving in Lawrence as a 17-year-old to hitting more 3s than any KU player in a single season will be recognized by hanging his blank shirt.

Fans can participate in the honor by choosing which color of T-shirt should be raised. Follow @KUHoops on Twitter to vote for white, blue, red or gray to match the variety of jerseys Mykhailiuk wore.

Coach Self has already indicated guard Devonte’ Graham will have his jersey retired after winning Big 12 Player of the Year and being named a consensus first-team All-American.

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Student Rec Center floats out lazy river plans

Posted on Apr 1, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Student Rec Center floats out lazy river plans

After a recent funding resolution passed in Student Senate, the Ambler Student Recreation Center unveiled their plans for a new addition to campus.

“Student health is our number one priority,” said Rec Center president Jay Skwah. “What better way to promote physical health than with swimming? What better way to practice mental health than relaxing on a lazy river in the shape of a Jayhawk?”

“I think it’s a perfect idea,” said freshman Damian Wright. “I never use the services where my student fees go, silly things like career prep, so this is a welcome change.”

Unfortunately, a few campus landmarks will be relocated or removed entirely to accommodate the river rapids near the Chi Omega Fountain and the waterfall near Wescoe Beach. The trees planted along Jayhawk Boulevard in 2014 will be moved to West Campus and replaced with palm trees.

The new lazy river is in line with the Jayhawk Trail that will provide a pedestrian and bicycle path the unifies the entire campus. While a completion date for the lazy river is yet to be determined, current plans call for the river’s entry and exit to be located on lot 90, directly west of the Rec center. KU Parking declined to comment.


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Campus construction leads to discovery of Jayhawk fossil

Posted on Apr 1, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Fossils from the 1912 Jayhawk have been unearthed from deep within Mount Oread.Construction crews digging out the basement to the recently opened Earth, Energy and Environment Center uncovered more than room for a new hadron collider. Fossils from what are believed to be the 1912 Jayhawk were found deep within Mount Oread.

Paleontologists at the Department of Geology are understandably excited, as 1912 Jayhawks are believed to be extinct since 1920. Distinguishable due to their elongated femurs, Jayhawkus Centennialus, commonly known as “Centennial Jay”, will provide students with valuable study resources for years to come.

“As old as it is, you can tell just how cute it must have been,” said freshman Sally Jones. “It’s amazing to think that Centennial Jay peacefully coexisted with students on Jayhawk Boulevard when my great-great grandmother was a student here.”

The exact origin of the Centennial Jay is unknown, however many have heard legends of the Jayhawk’s existence since 1865. Paleontologists on campus are hoping these remains will unearth the beginnings of Jayhawk life on planet Earth.

“My Ecology professor said the remains were thought to have been fighting a tiger when they were fossilized,” junior Michael Tinn said, as he was interrupted by junior Trisha Yellin. “I heard the Jayhawk was eating a wildcat.”


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Breaking: Fake News for April Fools

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 in Alumni News and News

It’s that time of year again! Every year on April 1, the KU Alumni Association plays a playful prank on unsuspecting alumni, sending a special April Fool’s Day edition of our alumni e-newsletter. Last year, many alumni swore they wouldn’t be fooled again, so surely these “fake news” stories won’t make them do a double-take. With that caveat, you’ve been warned, dear reader. Proceed at your own risk, and have a happy April Fool’s Day!

KU Debate team wins argument to have NCAA overturn Elite 8 result

KU Debate TeamIn a surprising turn of events, members of the KU Debate Team successfully argued to have the NCAA overturn the result of KU’s Elite 8 loss to the Oregon Ducks.

Fresh off their own appearance in the quarterfinals of the National Debate Tournament, KU sophomores Jacob Hegna and Henry Walter disproved that the Ducks deserved to win based on the final score, citing KU’s rich heritage in basketball as the prevailing factor– a tradition, they noted, surpassed only by the strong tradition of KU Debate, which includes five National Debate Tournament Championships and 15 final four appearances.

Kansas will take Oregon’s spot in the NCAA Final Four Saturday night against North Carolina. Sorry, Ducks.

Wescoe to rise Far Above

Wescoe Hall via kualumni.orgOn the heels of KU’s most successful fundraising effort, Far Above: the Campaign for Kansas, KU officials announced the campaign’s crowning achievement today. Wescoe Hall will finally be completed, honoring the original plan for KU’s central classroom building to be a 25-story structure.

“Wescoe will rise ‘far above’ as intended all along,” said a KU spokesperson.

Once completed in 2073, just in time for the building’s centennial celebration, Wescoe will finally fulfill its destiny as the tallest building on campus–eclipsing Fraser Hall–while providing much-needed shade for sunbathers on Wescoe Beach.

Steam Whistle under repair, interim whistle appointed

Steam Whistle via kualumni.orgKU’s aging steam whistle blew its top this week after years of tooting duty. To keep KU’s classes on schedule, an interim whistle with worthwhile whistling experience had to be named.

While several Big 12 basketball referees applied for the position, it was widely expected that the job would go to the the famous Fieldhouse whistlers we reported on here. Then, almost serendipitously, a suitable substitute successfully slid into the role. Watch the video below to listen to KU’s new (and we think, improved) steam whistle.


Texas asks for rematch at KU Football’s spring game

KU Football via kualumni.orgStill reeling from last fall’s loss in Lawrence, the Longhorns of Texas reportedly reached out to Kansas Football officials to request a rematch at this year’s spring game, scheduled for April 15 at 1 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

With little left to prove following KU’s 24-21 OT victory in 2016, Coach David Beaty and the Jayhawks continue preparations for the 2017 KU Football season, which opens at home Saturday, September 2 against Southeast Missouri State. Texas will have to wait until Nov. 11 when the Jayhawks come to Austin.

Bill Self adopts bulldog, names it Frank

Bulldog Frank MasonStill emotionally compromised due to the expiring eligibility of “the best guard” he’s ever coached, KU men’s basketball coach Bill Self reportedly adopted a pet bulldog from the Lawrence Humane Society this week, naming the dog Frank after KU senior Frank Mason, who was recently named the AP National Player of the Year.

When asked why he specifically wanted to adopt that particular breed, Self said he happened to be in the market for a “guard” dog.


Top KU stories of 2016

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Top KU stories of 2016 via 

The Best of KU

2016 was an eventful year that marked major milestones and gave cause for celebration. From our Jayhawks in Rio to our 27th Rhodes Scholar, KU alumni had plenty of reasons to be proud of their alma mater in 2016, so we’re recounting the most memorable moments and biggest KU stories of the past year. With help from our crack team of KU experts, a.k.a. your hard-working KU Alumni Association staff, we’ve assembled and ranked the top stories of 2016. So without further ado, we present the best of KU:

25. KU Jazz in Lincoln Center

24. National discount program for members

23. Food, glorious food

22. SAA free for freshmen in 2016

21. April Fool’s Day 2016: Fooled again

20. Junior Naismith steals the show

19. Student and Alumni apps

18. The Power of Sport: A Conversation on Business, Race and Sports

17. Ellsworth honorees commit time, talent and resources to KU

16. Spencer Museum’s big reveal

…How are we doing so far? Can you guess the biggest stories of 2016? Our final 15 feature some beloved KU buildings–both new and old–a few famous Jayhawks and some fond farewells. Keep reading while we reveal the rest of the best…

15. Jayhawks in Rio

14. Bob Davis hands the mic to Brian Hanni

13. Central District celebrated at topping out ceremony

12. Goodbye, Burge

11. Fabulous Freshmen: Incoming class sets record for academic talent




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April Fool’s Day 2016: Fooled again

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Once again, members found a special edition of our member e-newsletter in their inboxes on April 1. Last year’s gag convinced many alumni that the KU Alumni Association was revising its logo to replace the current smiling Jayhawk with the old 1941 Fighting Jayhawk. How did we top that joke this year?

This year’s version shared the exclusive plans for a second building next to the KU School of Business’ new Capitol Federal Hall, doubling the size of the school. Since the first building is shaped as a “K” when viewed from above, the new addition would be shaped as a “U,” naturally.

But we didn’t stop there.

April Fools Day 2016 E-newsletter

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We also informed alumni that graduating seniors would walk down the Hill this year to a new tune, the popular 90’s number “Graduation (Friends Forever),” and that a dazed and confused student was found walking around the McCollum Hall rubble after sleeping through last fall’s implosion. Other “news” included a proud member profile on Clark Kent, the self-proclaimed “superfan” of the Jayhawks and native of Smallville, and an Instagram feature on the Campanile.

We heard from many alumni that they fell for at least some of our jokes. Here are a few of our favorite responses:

“I read the first one and said to my staff person, who went to KU, “Did you know the B-school is getting a 2nd building and they will spell ‘KU’ when it’s done?”. She said “are you sure that’s real?” and I immediately sighed and muttered a mild profanity.” —Chad

“You got me! I did not like that U addition at all and quickly emailed my husband so.” —Katie

“I took a break from busily preparing income tax returns to read todays newsletter. I hate to admit it – you had me going on the business school addition and I have an MBA from the KU School of Business! You also had me going on the Campanile one. Alas, the light finally came on with the McCollom one. Thanks for a good laugh!” —Janet

“What great news stories. As an architect I liked the idea of the new business school building, someone does need to work on that one. The McCollum Hall story did hit close to home as our daughter, now 32, could sleep through anything, did and still does, no joke. I’d wish you a Happy April Fools Day, but looks like you’re already having a great time. Enjoy.” —Leonard

“Genius! So awesome. What a great way of staying in front of members in a fun way.” —Aaron

We hope you enjoyed our special April Fool’s Day stories, and if our good-natured jokes caused any concern, we apologize!

—Debbi Johanning

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Business School plans second building

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 in Alumni News and News

IMG_news_SOBaerialOn the heels of a successful effort to construct a new building for the KU School of Business, KU announced even more ambitious plans today for a second building to be constructed adjacent to the brand new Capitol Federal Hall. The second building will double the size of the school, expanding north to the current site of Robinson Gymnasium, which will be relocated.

Plans for the second School of Business facility reveal a similarly designed U-shaped building, with space for classrooms and faculty offices. Two business buildings, apparently, were all part of the plan.

“We want alumni to recognize their original nest,” a KU spokesperson said, “so we’re making it easy for them to fly home to KU.”

Aerial photos call for the new U-shaped building to be placed next to Capitol Federal Hall, which from above, is shaped as a “K.”

Robinson Gymnasium, meanwhile, will be rebuilt in the style of the 1907 Robinson and return to its original Jayhawk Boulevard location, near Wescoe Hall. Rather than encroach on Wescoe, which still houses classrooms and offices that serve thousands of students and faculty each day, Robinson Gymnasium will simply be placed on top of Wescoe.

–David Johnston

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Sleepy student emerges from McCollum rubble

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 in Alumni News and News

img_news_mcrubbleA KU student was found walking around the McCollum Hall rubble dazed, confused and bit sleepy, though otherwise unharmed today, several months after McCollum Hall had been imploded. Zachary Cumberbatch, age 22, scratched his head when approached by workers removing debris from the site, asking “What’d I miss?”

The fourth-year freshman, who was already on academic probation for sleeping in class, stumbled out of the rubble in a T-shirt, gym shorts and flip-flops, then told medical personnel it sounded like there might have been a party on his floor. After being examined and released, Zachary was sent to class with a tardy slip.

Zachary’s mother, Mrs. Cumberbatch, was unfazed by the incident, explaining that her son could sleep through anything. “A freight train couldn’t wake him up,” she said.

–David Johnston

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Walking to A New Tune

Posted on Apr 1, 2016 in Alumni News and News

img_events_commencement_2013_hillEach May Jayhawks pass through the Campanile, leaving their student status behind and proudly striding down the Hill toward their future as KU alumni.

In honor of the University’s sesquicentennial, we at the KU Alumni Association took it upon ourselves to make the honorable procession down the Hill even more special by introducing yet another tradition.

During our months of brainstorming to create a new Jayhawk tradition, a couple of our favorite possibilities included:

•  Instead of students walking through the Campanile, we would allow students to walk up the Campanile and ring the bell towers, one by one.
•  At the graduation fair, while grabbing caps and gowns, students would also have the option to rent a drone from the Alumni Association. The drones would follow each graduate from Memorial Drive, through the Campanile, down the Hill and into Memorial Stadium. Each drone would have a unique live broadcast on the Alumni Association website. This way, family and friends both near and far could watch their student progress down the Hill. Plus, no need for flimsy balloons in order to be recognized!

Then the perfect idea hit us like a ton of limestone. We’ve all heard the beautiful sounds of the Campanile carillon bells ringing across campus; why not spread another sentimental sound over the Hill during Commencement?

We called for submissions from all Jayhawks: what song would you like to hear over the Campanile bells? We received input from Jayhawks across the world: “How Far We’ve Come” by Matchbox 20, “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper, “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus and the ever-popular “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” by Baz Luhrmann. We were even surprised when a Missouri grad requested “Photograph” by Nickelback.

After much deliberation, we are excited to announce that KU alumni, parents, families and friends will pay heed to the charming tunes of “Graduation (Friends Forever)” by Vitamin C.

After all, what could elevate a moment more than a trendy, one-hit-wonder, ’90s pop song?


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