KU alumna recognized as one of KC Magazine’s most influential women

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Jessica Nelson | www.kualumni.orgTwenty-nine of Kansas City’s most outstanding female civic and business leaders will be honored tonight for their contributions to the metro’s creative, entrepreneurial and nonprofit communities. Jayhawk Jessica Nelson is one of them.

Nelson, j’11, is director of Kansas City Area Development Council’s (KCADC) talent recruitment initiative, TeamKC: Life + Talent. She heads up the organization’s communication strategies, promoting Kansas City as a top lifestyle and business destination. KCADC ranked as “Best in the Class” in the nation by Development Counselors International, thanks in part to Nelson’s efforts.

In addition to her work with KCADC, Nelson serves on the board of directors for the Alumni Association’s Kansas City network, Art Bra KC and the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Public Relations Society. She also serves as a mentor to young Kansas City professionals through Project Mentor and was the recipient of the 2014 Bill DeLay Award for distinguished service to the Greater Kansas City Public Relations Society of America Chapter.

“We are so lucky to have Jessica’s leadership on our Kansas City alumni network board,” says Betsy Winetroub, c’05, director of the Association’s Kansas City programs. “She brings a diverse knowledge of Kansas City to the group, and has helped us to expand our audience and our reach with her creative ideas, contacts and relationships. She loves KU, and her pride in her alma mater is clear with her efforts on behalf of the Alumni Association.”

For more information on KC Magazine’s 2015 class of influential women, click here.

Photo credit: Paul Andrews

—Heather Biele

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Kansas City Jayhawks toast the holidays

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Last Thursday, more than 80 Kansas City Jayhawks and members of the Alumni Association gathered for a holiday happy hour at Rock & Brews in the new Prairiefire shopping center in Overland Park.

This event was a great opportunity for old and new friends to come together, enjoy delicious appetizers, and toast to the upcoming holiday season.

The Kansas City alumni network hosts events all around the metro area, and we were thrilled to support Rock & Brews owner and KU alumnus, Kirk Williams, c’84, with this event in southern Johnson County.

If you’re in the Kansas City area, be on the lookout for more information about our next event in February. Rock Chalk!

—Betsy Winetroub, director of Kansas City programs

Kansas City Jayhawk happy hour at Rock & Brews

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‘Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 in Alumni News and News

'Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars event in KC

Our popular summer event in Kansas City, ’Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars, was held last weekend at the KU Cancer Center’s Westwood Campus.

Despite having to be rescheduled—it was originally planned for the first weekend in June, but early-morning rains caused a change to the calendar—the event was a great success.

Children picked up complimentary bike helmets and had the opportunity to ride their bikes through a bicycle safety obstacle course, meet and take pictures with Big Jay, and even climb on a fire truck! Many thanks to the Johnson County Consolidated Fire Department #2 for providing a fire truck at the event.

“The weather was just gorgeous and we could not have asked for a better morning!” said Betsy Winetroub, director of Kansas City programs. “It was a rare opportunity for the Greater Kansas City Alumni Chapter to reach a wider audience.”

Prior to the event, the alumni chapter partnered with the Healthy Hawks program at the KU Medical center to host two bicycle donation drives. As a result, 95 bikes were distributed to needy children and their families. Healthy Hawks was founded in 2004 to help children and their families overcome weight-related issues.

“We hope that we were able to leave a positive KU impression on the Healthy Hawks families, and maybe—someday—those kids will attend KU!”

Check out a compilation of tweets and Instagram posts from the event. Thanks to chapter volunteers John Holt, j’81, l’84, and Jessica Nelson, j’11, for sharing the event through social media.

Volunteering at the #KUAlumni Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars event with Healthy Hawks. #KC #instakc #KU

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Had such a great morning with #KUAlumni for Hawks, Helmets & Handlebars! We provided 85+ bikes and helmets to future Jayhawks through the Healthy Hawks program. #KU #KC #instakc #rockchalk #jayhawks #futurejayhawks

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A magical adventure in France

Posted on Oct 18, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Betsy Winetroub, c’05, assistant director of Kansas City programs, recently hosted a Flying Jayhawks trip to France. For more information about the Flying Jayhawks alumni travel program, visit www.kualumni.org/flyingjayhawks.

They say that Paris is a magical city, and I believe there is no more wonderful city from which to start an adventure with fellow Jayhawks.

Our trip began with two beautiful days in Paris and included a bus tour of the most iconic landmarks in the city. From Paris, we traveled on a high-speed train to Lyon, where we jumped aboard the Amadeus Symphony, which took us on an exclusive river cruise through the Rhone River Valley. Our group explored the famous French wine regions of Burgundy, Beaujolais and Provence, walked along the historic Pont du Gard, watched a performance in the ancient Roman Orange Theatre, visited the Papal Palace in Avignon and imagined the human and bull fighting spectacles in the legendary Roman Amphitheater in Arles.

This unique experience was shared by ten faithful Jayhawks, and by the end of the trip, all 140 passengers on the cruise were chanting “Rock Chalk Jayhawk!”

Watch the slideshow below to see pictures from the trip, or click here to view the photos on Flickr.

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Betsy’s best bets for Kansas City visitors

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 in Alumni News and News

img_about_staff_betsyTraveling to Kansas City for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this weekend? We asked Betsy Winetroub, assistant director of Kansas City programs for the Alumni Association, to share her top picks of places to see and things to do in the Kansas City area– when you’re not watching basketball, of course. Without further ado, here are Betsy’s best bets.

Dining

Country Club Plaza fountain via www.kualumni.org1. My very favorite restaurant in Kansas City is Il Centro. The food is amazing, they have a fabulous wine list, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the vibe is quaint and local. Love it! It was also chosen by Zagat as the best Italian food in Kansas City.

2. If you are in Kansas City for the first time, you have to experience the Country Club Plaza. When the weather is nice, the patio at Gram & Dun is hard to beat with their fireplaces and great outdoor seating. You also might try Classic Cup for dinner– it’s a Kansas City staple!

3. If you are enjoying the games and staying downtown, La Bodega is a great spot for a group. Their tapas and sangria are the best in town.

4. When you’re in Kansas City, don’t forget to try our classic barbecue! Arthur Bryant’s, Gates Bar-B-Q and Oklahoma Joe’s are all personal favorites.

Drinking

Bartle Hall in Kansas City via www.kualumni.org1. Luckily for basketball fans, you never have to leave the Power & Light district. Makers Mark is fun if you want a little food with your glass of wine, and PBR Big Sky Bar is a blast for country music, dancing and bull riding if you’re feeling really crazy! Note: PBR stands for Professional Bull Riders, Inc., not Pabst Blue Ribbon.

2. If you are looking for something more low-key, Manifesto in the Regier Hotel Grill & Exchange is a fun experience. The 48-seat cocktail bar specializes in hand-crafted drinks in a speakeasy environment. But plan ahead; you have to call or text in advance for reservations.

3. On the Plaza, O’Dowd’s is a safe bet for a good time. The crowd can be younger, but there’s usually live music on the weekends and the upstairs patio is great for people watching.

Music and Dancing

1. During the tournament, there is sure to be live music in the Power & Light district. The Dubliner usually has a fun Irish band or sometimes even a great 80’s cover band.

2. For traditional Kansas City jazz, you have to go to the Phoenix Jazz Club in the River Market area. Go early and roam the neighborhood.

3. In the Plaza area, The Levee is fun for live music and dancing. It’s situated between the Plaza and Old Westport in historic midtown.

Cultural

Union Station, Kansas City via www.kualumni.org1. Kansas City is fortunate to have one of the country’s best encyclopedic art museums. Spend some time wandering the beautiful sculpture park or the architecture of the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

2. The National WWI Museum at the Liberty Memorial is also worth a stop. The Museum sits on top of a beautiful hill overlooking downtown Kansas City and is an amazing historical experience.

3. If the kids are with you, Union Station and Science City will provide hours of food, fun, and learning.

4. Give yourself a little extra time and travel 45 minutes to beautiful Lawrence! Beside the University of Kansas campus, downtown Lawrence has some of the best restaurants, shopping and entertainment around.

Thanks to Betsy for her list of must-see, must-do attractions in the Kansas City area! What would you add to the list? Email us at share@kualumni.org.

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Betsy's best bets for Kansas City visitors

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 in Alumni News and News

img_about_staff_betsyTraveling to Kansas City for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament this weekend? We asked Betsy Winetroub, assistant director of Kansas City programs for the Alumni Association, to share her top picks of places to see and things to do in the Kansas City area– when you’re not watching basketball, of course. Without further ado, here are Betsy’s best bets.

Dining

Country Club Plaza fountain via www.kualumni.org1. My very favorite restaurant in Kansas City is Il Centro. The food is amazing, they have a fabulous wine list, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and the vibe is quaint and local. Love it! It was also chosen by Zagat as the best Italian food in Kansas City.

2. If you are in Kansas City for the first time, you have to experience the Country Club Plaza. When the weather is nice, the patio at Gram & Dun is hard to beat with their fireplaces and great outdoor seating. You also might try Classic Cup for dinner– it’s a Kansas City staple!

3. If you are enjoying the games and staying downtown, La Bodega is a great spot for a group. Their tapas and sangria are the best in town.

4. When you’re in Kansas City, don’t forget to try our classic barbecue! Arthur Bryant’s, Gates Bar-B-Q and Oklahoma Joe’s are all personal favorites.

Drinking

Bartle Hall in Kansas City via www.kualumni.org1. Luckily for basketball fans, you never have to leave the Power & Light district. Makers Mark is fun if you want a little food with your glass of wine, and PBR Big Sky Bar is a blast for country music, dancing and bull riding if you’re feeling really crazy! Note: PBR stands for Professional Bull Riders, Inc., not Pabst Blue Ribbon.

2. If you are looking for something more low-key, Manifesto in the Regier Hotel Grill & Exchange is a fun experience. The 48-seat cocktail bar specializes in hand-crafted drinks in a speakeasy environment. But plan ahead; you have to call or text in advance for reservations.

3. On the Plaza, O’Dowd’s is a safe bet for a good time. The crowd can be younger, but there’s usually live music on the weekends and the upstairs patio is great for people watching.

Music and Dancing

1. During the tournament, there is sure to be live music in the Power & Light district. The Dubliner usually has a fun Irish band or sometimes even a great 80’s cover band.

2. For traditional Kansas City jazz, you have to go to the Phoenix Jazz Club in the River Market area. Go early and roam the neighborhood.

3. In the Plaza area, The Levee is fun for live music and dancing. It’s situated between the Plaza and Old Westport in historic midtown.

Cultural

Union Station, Kansas City via www.kualumni.org1. Kansas City is fortunate to have one of the country’s best encyclopedic art museums. Spend some time wandering the beautiful sculpture park or the architecture of the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

2. The National WWI Museum at the Liberty Memorial is also worth a stop. The Museum sits on top of a beautiful hill overlooking downtown Kansas City and is an amazing historical experience.

3. If the kids are with you, Union Station and Science City will provide hours of food, fun, and learning.

4. Give yourself a little extra time and travel 45 minutes to beautiful Lawrence! Beside the University of Kansas campus, downtown Lawrence has some of the best restaurants, shopping and entertainment around.

Thanks to Betsy for her list of must-see, must-do attractions in the Kansas City area! What would you add to the list? Email us at share@kualumni.org.

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