University of Kansas concludes 104th Homecoming celebration

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Homecoming 2016

The University of Kansas celebrated its 104th Homecoming Oct. 16-22. The annual event was organized by the KU Alumni Association and a student-led Homecoming steering committee, which was directed by Katie Gerard, a Hanover senior in supply chain management. She worked with Alumni Association adviser Jacey Krehbiel, assistant director of alumni programs. Homecoming sponsors were Crown Automotive, Coca Cola and Kansas Athletics.

The theme for this year’s event was “Rock Chalk Super Hawk.” Students and alumni participated in several activities throughout the week, including competitions, community service opportunities and reunions. Members of the KU and Lawrence communities collected more than a ton of non-perishable food items for Just Food of Douglas County during the Stuff the Bus competition. They also donated more than 1,000 books for the Lawrence for Literacy Children’s Book Drive, which was sponsored by the Homecoming steering committee and the United Way of Douglas County.

The Homecoming parade was Friday, Oct. 21, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence and featured Bob Davis, the former play-by-play voice of Kansas Jayhawk football and men’s basketball, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist and former KU track and field sprinter Kyle Clemons as grand marshals. A pep rally at Eighth and New Hampshire streets followed the parade. The weeklong celebration culminated with a KU football game against Oklahoma State University Saturday, Oct. 22, in Memorial Stadium.

The 2016 Homecoming event and award winners are:

ExCEL Awards
Jordan Hildenbrand, a senior from Blue Springs, Missouri, majoring in chemical engineering
Abdoulie Njai, a senior from Wichita majoring in human biology

Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award
Sarah Pickert, a junior from Wichita majoring in visual communication in graphic design

Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award
Linda Ellis Sims, e’79, from Independence, Missouri

Overall Winners

Greek Life
1st place: Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Delta Lambda Phi
2nd place: Delta Delta Delta, Theta Chi, Alpha Kappa Lambda
3rd place: Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Tau Delta, Beta Sigma Psi

Student Life
1st place: Omega Phi Alpha, Beta Upsilon Chi
2nd place: KU School of Engineering
3rd place: Student Union Activities, The Big Event, KJHK

For more information and a complete list of competition winners, visit homecoming.ku.edu.

 

2016 KU HomecomingKU’s 104th Homecoming celebration, Rock Chalk Super Hawk, takes place Oct. 16-22. For a full list of activities and events during Homecoming week, fun facts and historical information, visit www.kualumni.org/homecoming. Share your photos with us by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #kuhomecoming, and follow the hashtag to see more pictures of the celebration. Click here to read more stories about Homecoming.

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Bob Davis, Kyle Clemons to serve as grand marshals for Homecoming parade

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Homecoming float

Bob Davis, the former play-by-play voice of Kansas Jayhawk football and men’s basketball, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Clemons will be grand marshals of the KU Homecoming Parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. A pep rally at Eighth and New Hampshire streets will follow the parade.

2016 KU HomecomingDavis began his tenure with Jayhawk Radio Network in 1984 and broadcast eight of the Jayhawks’ 14 NCAA Final Four appearances, including KU’s 1988 and 2008 national championships, and half of KU’s 12 football bowl games, including the team’s Orange Bowl victory in 2008. He also hosted the weekly radio show “Hawk Talk,” which features KU’s football and basketball head coaches. Davis was inducted this year in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Clemons, ’15, is a former KU track and field 400-meter sprinter who earned a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro for running the third leg in the semifinal heat of the men’s 4×400-meter relay. As a Jayhawk, he earned All-America honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was a two-time Big 12 champion in 2013. Since beginning his professional career in 2014, he is a three-time gold medalist at the World Championships and a bronze medalist at the Pan American Games.

The parade is part of a weeklong celebration that begins Sunday, Oct. 16, and includes several student and alumni activities, including competitions, community service opportunities and reunions, all of which lead up to the KU-Oklahoma State University football game Saturday, Oct. 22, in Memorial Stadium. The theme for KU’s 104th Homecoming is “Rock Chalk Super Hawk.”

The student-led Homecoming Steering Committee is directed by Katie Gerard, a Hanover senior in supply chain management. She works with Alumni Association adviser Jacey Krehbiel, d’12, g’16, assistant director of alumni programs.

2016 KU HomecomingKU’s 104th Homecoming celebration, Rock Chalk Super Hawk, takes place Oct. 16-22. For a full list of activities and events during Homecoming week, fun facts and historical information, visit www.kualumni.org/homecoming. Share your photos with us by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #kuhomecoming, and follow the hashtag to see more pictures of the celebration. Click here to read more stories about Homecoming.

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‘Voice of the Jayhawks’ announces retirement

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Memorial Stadium
Saturday’s Sunflower Showdown against Kansas State just got even more momentous, with Tuesday’s announcement that the 3 p.m. game in Memorial Stadium will be the football finale for beloved broadcaster Bob Davis.

Davis, who joined the Jayhawk Radio Network in 1984, will retire after 32 years as Voice of the Jayhawks following the conclusion of the men’s basketball season.

“Bob Davis,” says Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger, PhD’96, “is an institution in the state of Kansas.”

Davis graduated from Topeka West High School and Washburn University, and in 1968 began his broadcasting career for a TV and radio station in Hays. He spent 16 years broadcasting sports for Fort Hays State University, and was inducted in the school’s Sports Hall of Fame.

After joining the legendary Max Falkenstien, c’47, on KU sports broadcasts, Davis continued to expand his reach across the regional sports spectrum: Among numerous other assignments, Davis did play-by-play calls for Kansas City Royals’ TV and radio broadcasts for 16 seasons and spent 20 years as a morning sports anchor with KMBZ radio in Kansas City.

He was named Kansas Sportscaster of the Year 13 times, and in 1991 the Kansas Association of Broadcasters presented him the Hod Humiston Award for Contributions to Sports Broadcasting.

“The people are what made it amazing,” Davis says. “All the people I’ve been able to get close to—great players, the coaching staffs, administrators. I’m going to miss it a lot. It’s been really fun. I’ve also been able to tack on a little baseball on the other side; that, too, was a dream come true. It’s been a lucky situation for me.”

Despite a long career covering high school, college and professional sports, Davis will always be best known to sports fans as the Voice of the Jayhawks. Among those lucky enough to get to know Davis away from stadiums and arenas, he is treasured for good humor and lively conversation.

“Not only is he good at his job, he’s a terrific person,” says men’s basketball coach Bill Self. “He’s fun and has become a very dear friend. I’m happy for him, from a retirement standpoint, so maybe he can enjoy those grandkids a little bit more, which I know is important for him and Linda. But certainly he will be missed.”

Says football coach David Beaty, “Bob, along with Max Falkenstien, is truly a living historian of Kansas athletics and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to work alongside him this year. Bob has one of the most recognizable voices in all of sports, a voice that has captured some of the greatest moments in Kansas athletics history. His voice is synonymous with KU and makes you feel great about being a Jayhawk.”

A nationwide search for Davis’ successor will begin next spring. Interested candidates should direct inquiries to Chris Ferris of IMG College at Chris.Ferris@img.com.

—Chris Lazzarino

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