Brews and baseball on the east coast

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Kelsey Hill, coordinator of chapters for the Alumni Association, spent last weekend on the east coast hosting events for Jayhawks in Hartford, Connecticut; Philadelphia and Boston.

A small but mighty group of Jayhawks from the Hartford Chapter gathered at the Thomas Hooker Brewing Company on Thursday, June 5, for a guided tour of the brewery and a full tasting of its brews.

The following evening, 15 alumni, fans and friends of the Philadelphia Chapter met at Frankford Hall, a beer garden specializing in German food, to hear news and updates from the Hill.

And on Sunday, Jayhawk spirit was prevalent at America’s Most Beloved Ballpark. Members of the Boston Chapter joined Kelsey for a behind-the-scenes private tour of Fenway Park—the place where dreams are made, traditions are celebrated and baseball is forever.

Thanks to all the Jayhawks who joined us for these events!

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

’Hawk Days of Summer is the KU Alumni Association’s annual summer sojourn across the country and around the world. The 90-day series of events resulted from a determination to make the most of the summer months. The 2014 tour kicked off on Saturday, May 17, and includes picnics, receptions, baseball games and more. Visit our online calendar to find upcoming events near you.

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Boston Tragedy

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Following the tragic events that occurred this week at the Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded near the finish line, KU alumni have been sharing their first-hand experiences and perspectives:

  • img_rm_bostonSeveral KU alumni attended either as runners or spectators, including Clifton Railsback, e’97, a former KU distance runner, and Tiffany Francis, who is married to KU soccer coach Mark Francis. Peter Johnston, c’94, l’97, and his wife Sara, c’96, m’00, of Salina, also traveled to Boston with friends and fellow KU alumni Chris Rupe, c’00, m’04, and his wife Abby, c’01, m’05 (pictured together here).
  • Chris, a Salina surgeon, finished seconds before the first bomb exploded and rushed to assist medics on the scene. His story of heroism was reported locally in the Salina Journal and nationally by
  • Ramsey Mohsen, b’05, a Kansas City blogger and social media director, tweeted and blogged from Boston while there to support his girlfriend, Ali Hatfield, who also blogged about her experience. Mohsen’s blog includes a tweet-by-tweet accounting (pictured at right).
  • Another runner was School of Journalism alumna Colleen McCain Nelson, j’97, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Washington, D.C. Nelson, who was editor of the University Daily Kansan while at KU, finished the marathon just before the bombing, and her personal account was published in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal. (Members might recall our feature story on Nelson in Kansas Alumni, issue 3, 2010.)
  • In Lawrence, many KU students joined an estimated 100 local runners in a “Run for Boston” event—similar to those taking place around the country—at South Park organized by KU alumnus Jon King, l’93.
  • Kansas City PR executive, Mike Swenson, j’76, posted this professional perspective on crisis communications and the news coverage that follows events like the tragedy in Boston.
  • Former KU basketball player Paul Pierce, ’98, (@PaulPierce34), who plays now for the Boston Celtics, shared this tweet with followers: “My prayers go out to everybody affected by yesterday. Boston, let’s come back stronger.”

These alumni join all of us in support of those affected.

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