Students celebrate Hawksoween on Wescoe Beach

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 in Campus News and News

The Student Alumni Association wished the students of KU a happy Halloween early Friday morning with a Hawksoween celebration. SALB members served over 400 cups of coffee and cider. It was a chilly Halloween, so the coffee and cider was quite literally a hot commodity! Hawksoween happens each year on Wescoe Beach and it is something KU students look forward to.

Student Alumni Association Hawksoween

Student Alumni Association Hawksoween

—Autrin Naderi, vice president of communications, Student Alumni Leadership Board

Student Alumni AssociationThe Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a level of membership in the KU Alumni Association especially for current students. Throughout a student’s years at KU, SAA provides numerous benefits and opportunities. Members also get to meet Jayhawk alumni, friends and faculty–birds of distinction who will share proud traditions and provide a network of mentors to support you. Join today!

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Student members tour Rock Chalk Park; network with alumni

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Campus News and News

SAA Tour of Rock Chalk Park

This past week has been a busy one for Student Alumni Leadership Board members. In the midst of midterms, members still found time to cheer on the KU women’s soccer team, attend a networking night and dance the day away for KU Dance Marathon.

To start the week off, SALB and SAA members headed over to Rock Chalk Park for a behind-the-scenes tour of the new athletics facilities. After the tour, members cheered the women’s soccer team in their match against West Virginia.

“I enjoyed getting to tour the new facilities that women’s soccer, track and field, and softball share at Rock Chalk Park. I loved how the architects mirrored the look of the Oread Hotel on the interior and how the press box resembles Memorial Stadium,” said Elizabeth Rupp, vice president of legacy recruitment for SALB.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, SAA hosted a fall Networking Night. Although game 1 of the World Series was taking place at the same time, 50 SAA members attended the event and spent the night mingling with KU alumni.

“The alumni were great and had a lot of valuable advice about internships and entering the job market post graduation,” said Autrin Naderi, vice president of communications.

To finish the week, SALB members participated in KU Dance Marathon, an all-day event that raises money for Children’s Miracle Network. This is the first year SALB has participated and everyone who attended had a blast hanging out with the children.

Thoreau asks, “what are we busy about”, and to answer that question: SALB was busy with a little bit of everything. It is a busy time of the year, and this past week is evidence of the various events SALB members have the opportunity to be a part of. Visit our Flickr collection to see more pictures of Student Alumni Association events.

SAA Networking Night

Student Alumni AssociationThe Student Alumni Association (SAA) is a level of membership in the KU Alumni Association especially for current students. Throughout a student’s years at KU, SAA provides numerous benefits and opportunities. Members also get to meet Jayhawk alumni, friends and faculty–birds of distinction who will share proud traditions and provide a network of mentors to support you. Join today! 

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Student leaders experience Rock Chalk Ball firsthand

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Campus News and News

SALB members help out at Rock Chalk Ball 2014Student Alumni Leadership Board members had a blast working the 19th annual Rock Chalk Ball. This year’s theme was Jayhawks and Juleps, and seersucker suits, bright colors and derby hats were all on display. SALB members spent the night manning the auction tables and interacting with KU alumni.

“This year’s Rock Chalk Ball was so fun,” said Rachel Volk, SALB’s vice president for alumni relations. “I enjoyed being able to help organize this event for SALB members.”

Not only is Rock Chalk Ball a lot of fun, it’s a great opportunity for SALB members to see the strong community of KU alumni. With more than 900 Jayhawks in attendance, SALB members met all sorts of KU celebrities.

“I am a huge Celtics fan, so being able to meet Scot Pollard was the highlight of my night,” SALB member Madison Flint said.

Another KU celebrity students enjoyed talking with was Dean Neeli. She has so much enthusiasm and support for KU that being in her presence makes students feel empowered.

At the end of the night SALB members headed back to Lawrence and put another Rock Chalk Ball down in the books. It was a night to remember, and we can’t wait to see what next year’s event has in store.

–Autrin Naderi, vice president of communications, Student Alumni Leadership Board

SALB members at Rock Chalk Ball 2014

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SALB leaders volunteer at Jubilee Café

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 in Campus News and News

Last Friday morning, 5:30 a.m. to be exact, members of the Student Alumni Leadership Board arrived at Jubilee Café to make breakfast for members of the Lawrence community. SALB members spent all morning making pancakes, hash browns, biscuits, eggs, and oatmeal. By 7:30 a.m.,  the doors to Jubilee Café were open and SALB members were busy serving food.

“I really enjoy coming to Jubilee Café because I like interacting with the people that I am helping,” said Autrin Naderi, a sophomore from Roseville, Calif., majoring in strategic communications.

Lawrence welcomes KU students with open arms, so SALB members wanted to have an event that gave back to the community that is so supportive of students.

“I had a lot of fun volunteering, and I think community outreach is something all students should do more of,” said Austin Lear, a junior from Springfield, Mo., majoring in accounting.

By 8:30 a.m., the dishes were washed, the tables were put away and the kitchen was officially closed. Before most students’ days had even begun, SALB members were busy serving breakfast to the Lawrence community.

Jubilee Café provides breakfast for in-need community members in a restaurant-style environment. The program runs from 6-8:30 a.m. Tuesday and Friday mornings at the First United Methodist Church, 946 Vermont. Volunteers have the unique opportunity to build friendships with members of the diverse Lawrence community by serving them with dignity and respect.

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