Kansas Alumni associate editors join national colleagues at Virginia conference

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Mr. Jefferson’s “Academical Village,” now better known as the prestigious University of Virginia, this week welcomes magazine editors and designers from self-governed alumni associations across the country, including Kansas Alumni magazine associate editors Steve Hill and Chris Lazzarino.

Attendees at the annual conference of communications professionals from independent U.S. alumni associations arrived in Charlottesville from KU, Kansas State, Texas, Texas A&M, Illinois, the Naval Academy, the United States Military Academy, the Air Force Academy, William & Mary, the University of North Carolina, and, of course, host Virginia. The small, collegial gathering has over the past decade become an important opportunity for communicators to discuss challenges and opportunities unique to self-governed alumni association publications, as well as the rapidly changing arenas of digital technology, online publications and social media, and general trends in alumni communications.

The conference is also attractive to attendees and their alumni associations because there are no registration fees, and each year attendees can spend a few days getting to know more about member school’s campuses and their lively college towns. Past conferences have taken the editors to such iconic campuses as Mount Oread, Austin, College Station, Ann Arbor, Annapolis and Chapel Hill.

Monday’s opening session at the University of Virginia Alumni Association’s Alumni Hall was highlighted by Virginia magazine editors discussing the challenges they faced in delivering complete and balanced coverage of summer 2012’s tumultuous and unexpected battle between the university president and the school’s governing Board of Visitors. That was followed by an extensive, student-led tour of the university that Thomas Jefferson embraced as the capstone to his long career of public service and nation-building, and a reception in a faculty “Pavalion” home on the Rotunda’s colonnaded Lawn, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday morning’s session will include a visit with Tom Faulders, president and CEO of the Virginia Alumni Association. After a full day of discussions, the group will adjourn for a tour of Mr. Jefferson’s home, Monticello. The conference wraps midday Wednesday, with the final order of business being selection of the member school that will host the conference in 2014.

Editors Conference–Chris Lazzarino

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Survey says…

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 in Alumni News and News

It’s that time again! The 2013 KU Alumni Survey is being sent this month to all alumni and friends of KU, so check your inbox! This is only the fourth time the Association has surveyed all alumni, with the other efforts taking place in 2003, 2006 and 2009. The feedback is absolutely invaluable to our efforts, shaping programs and communications for years to come. Here are just a few examples.

  • In 2009, alumni across the country told us they wanted more scholarship opportunities and support for legacy students. Since then, we’ve added a new director of legacy relations position, and, thanks to alumni leadership, the Kansas Board of Regents approved the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship for qualifying non-resident children and grandchildren of KU alumni. This year, the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship features the highest award amount among renewable scholarships for non-residents.
  • We also listened in 2009 when alumni told us they wanted more networking opportunities. Today, the Association hosts more than 500 events per year with alumni chapters across Kansas and nationally. We’ve even expanded our international network, with alumni events in cities like London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong. These events for alumni, and student events like our “Dinner with a Dozen ‘Hawks” networking dinners, are a great way to connect with Jayhawks. Online, you can network in our growing Linkedin group with more than 18,000 Jayhawks.
  • Finally, in our last survey alumni told us how much they value our communications, so we’ve modernized our means of keeping alumni connected, launching a new, mobile-friendly website in 2012.   Association members still receive the award-winning Kansas Alumni magazine bimonthly, and now they can read it online when logged into our website. We used email and social media to engage Jayhawks in record numbers last year, because we know that alumni are increasingly active online. As a result, so are we.

Now it’s time to check in with you again. We want to know what you think of these efforts, and where we can improve, so check your inbox and look for the 2013 KU Alumni Survey. The 13-question survey should only take 5 or 10 minutes to complete, and we can’t wait to see what you think.

Where will the results direct our efforts in the coming months? You tell us!

— David Johnston

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‘Hawk Days of Summer offer for members

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 in Alumni News and News

We’re in the midst of our ‘Hawk Days of Summer tour, and it’s been fun meeting alumni all across the country. We have a special gift for members! You can upgrade your membership in the KU Alumni Association through Aug. 31 and receive a free set of four commemorative pint glasses with popular campus landmarks on them.

It’s easy to upgrade. The graphic below explains the available options, or you can check out the membership options here. Call us at 800.584.2957, email us at kualumni@kualumni.org or upgrade online at www.kualumni.org/upgrade. That’s it! We’ll send out your glasses and you can toast KU. Thank you for your membership!

Membership upgrade | www.kualumni.org

Not a member? You can join the KU Alumni Association at www.kualumni.org/join to take advantage of membership benefits and special offers while helping to strengthen KU.

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Latest issue of Kansas Alumni magazine available

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 in Alumni News and News

If you’re a member of the KU Alumni Association, you already know that our communications staff puts together a pretty great magazine six times each year. We hope that each time you see the latest issue of Kansas Alumni in your mailbox, it brightens your day and helps you feel more connected to KU.

Did you know you can also read the magazine online? For those of you who are addicted to tablets or smartphones, or perhaps you’re a frequent traveler, we’ve got a digital option for you now.

Kansas Alumni 4.13 | www.kualumni.orgJust go to www.kualumni.org/kansas-alumni-magazine. Members have the option to log in and read the entire magazine online; non-members can open a free preview of one of our feature stories. This month, the featured preview is the cover story about the women’s track and field national championship.

Not sure how to log in? Go to www.kualumni.org/register to see if you’ve registered. If not, follow the instructions to register, create a password and update your profile. You’ll need your alumni ID, which you can find on your membership card. (Your alumni ID is not the same as your old KU ID number!)

If you’re already registered, you can go to www.kualumni.org/community to log in. Your username is the primary email address that we have on file– which may or may not be your current email address. If you use our email forwarding system, then your username is your @kualumni.org email address.

We hope you enjoy the latest issue of Kansas Alumni, and we’d love to hear from you. Click here to submit a letter to the editor.

 Not a member? Click here to join so you can start receiving Kansas Alumni magazine in the mail.

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#WorldsBestJob

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Yesterday marked an important anniversary at the Alumni Association: eight years of Danny Lewis, d’05, in the building.

As director of alumni programs, Danny oversees national and international alumni chapters and programs as well as athletic events. In other words, he travels around the country and the world planning events, meeting alumni and helping keep them connected to KU.

Fun fact: Danny attended KU on a football scholarship and played in the 2003 Tangerine Bowl.

Click here to see a few photos of Danny through the years, or watch the slideshow below:

And if you haven’t seen this video already (we shared it here), enjoy a little afternoon entertainment on us.

Congratulations, Danny! Time really does fly when you’re having fun.

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Kent Colvin, Wintermote Award winner

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Kent Colvin | www.kualumni.orgKent Colvin, a Presidents Club member and lifelong Jayhawk fan, was presented with the Dick Wintermote Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award at the KU Football Preview Party event in Liberal last week.

Colvin helped start the Southwest Kansas Chapter of the KU Alumni Association seven years ago, and he has assisted with numerous alumni events including the annual Southwest Jayhawk Tumble. He is also a founding member of the Southwest Kansas Pro Am golf event in Garden City, which benefits the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at St. Catherine’s Hospital.

A resident of Liberal for 57 years, Colvin is the president of High Plains Pizza, where he has worked for 44 years. His father became a Pizza Hut franchisee in 1962, and Colvin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association.

He enjoys playing golf and watching sporting events, especially KU events. Click here to see coverage from the local paper, the Leader and Times.

The Wintermote Award is named for Dick Wintermote, c’51, who served as the executive director of the Association from 1963 to 1983. The annual award is presented to two Kansas chapter volunteers and two national chapter volunteers who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership to their chapter and the Association during a one-year period.

Click here for more information about the award, including alphabetical and chronological lists of past recipients.

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Under construction

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Don’t let the construction scare you away–the Adams Alumni Center is still open for business!

Construction crews are tearing out the brick sidewalk in front of our building and replacing it with concrete. The process is expected to last three days, but in the meantime, there’s an alternate entrance.

On the north side of the building (from the parking lot), there’s a lovely patio terrace with a glass door. Just inside the door, you’ll find the same friendly faces to greet you from a temporary front desk. Consider this a great opportunity to see another part of the building.

Sidewalk repair | www.kualumni.org

We’ll share pictures of our new sidewalk once the construction is complete, but until then, be sure to stop by and check out the activity!

Photo by Valerie Spicher

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Wintermote Award presented to Steve Dillard

Posted on May 17, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Congratulations to alumni volunteer, Life Member and Presidents Club member of the KU Alumni Association Steve Dillard, c’75, who was honored as a recipient of the Dick Wintermote   Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award!

The award was presented to Dillard at the KU Football Preview Party luncheon in Wichita on Thursday, May 16.

Dillard, vice president and co-owner of Pickrell Drilling Company, Inc.,   has served as president of the Wichita Chapter of the KU Alumni Association and has been a chapter board member for six years. He’s also active with the Wichita River Festival and Wichita Wagonmasters.

Lynn Loveland, Steve Dillard, Jeff Kennedy | www.kualumni.org

Dillard is pictured above with Lynn Loveland, ’76, assistant director for Kansas programs for the KU Alumni Association, and Jeff Kennedy, j’81, chair-elect of the Association’s Board of Directors.

The Wintermote Award is named for Dick Wintermote, c’51, who served as the executive director of the Association from 1963 to 1983. The annual award is presented to two Kansas chapter volunteers and two national chapter volunteers who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership to their chapter and the Association during a one-year period.

Click here for more information about the award, including alphabetical and chronological lists of past recipients.

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Jayhawk Generations calls for bragging rights

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Summer is approaching, and while that may mean slower days for some, activity is picking up here at 1266 Oread Avenue as we prepare to bring you 2013’s edition of Jayhawk Generations. Our alumni records team is busy gathering information about fall 2013 freshmen legacy students who come from KU families. We’re confirming all of the family trees so we can bring you the best-yet version of our online tribute to second-, third-, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-generation Jayhawks and beyond.

In June we will send an email to the families of legacy students whose parents or grandparents are Alumni Association members. We’ll need info about you, your student, your KU forbears, and even some photos.

To view past year’s editions of Jayhawk Generations, click here. You may get some ideas of what to share.

For Association members who know they have a legacy Jayhawk coming to the Hill this fall, keep an eye on your email inbox in the coming weeks. If you don’t hear from Lydia Benda by mid-June, just email Lydia or call 785-864-4767. The deadline for submissions is July 15, so you’ll have plenty of time to savor your summer before we really start pestering you. We are eager to welcome another class of Jayhawk Generations to the Hill.

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KU’s 141st Commencement to be held May 19

Posted on May 8, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Commencement Baby Jay | www.kualumni.orgKU’s annual Commencement ceremony is less than two weeks away! The 141st Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m. Alumni are invited to the Hill to celebrate the newest class of graduates. We also invite you to reminisce about your own Commencement.

Submit Commencement photos

Our Facebook albums featuring alumni weddings and Jayhawk babies have been wildly popular, so we created another album for Commencement photos through the years. Alumni Association staff members kicked off the album with pictures from their own graduation celebrations–let’s just say the photo provided by our esteemed president, Kevin Corbett, isn’t quite what we expected. Click here to check out the album.

Want us to include your photo? Email it to us at share@kualumni.org and be sure to include your full name and class year. And if you’ve got a funny story or a touching memory from Commencement, tell us about that, too. We’ll add it to our photo album and then you can like it, share it or tag yourself in it.

Grad Grill

Graduating students are invited to celebrate with us on Stop Day at the annual Grad Grill. This rite of passage features free barbecue from Bigg’s and the opportunity to mingle with fellow graduates before starting your final Finals Week.

The event takes place on Friday, May 10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Adams Alumni Center.

Commencement Open House

On the day of Commencement, the Adams Alumni Center will host an open house from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Graduates and their families can stop by for a champagne toast and a light snack, and alumni are welcome to drop by and offer congratulations.

Congratulations, class of 2013!

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