Dick Wintermote Award Recipient: Chris Colyer

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in Alumni News and News

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Heath Peterson, vice president for alumni programs, recently presented the Dick Wintermote Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award to Chris Colyer, b’04, l’09, current president of the Phoenix Network of the Alumni Association.

Chris was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, in a family of Jayhawks: Jim Colyer, c’72; Toni Farha Colyer, d’72; James Colyer, ’00; Kelli Colyer Lieurance, c’02, l’05; and Kami Colyer, p’09. While attending KU, Chris was a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and a manager at the popular just-off-campus watering hole, The Wheel.

Chris graduated from KU with a degree in business administration, and following a brief stint as a financial analyst at Payless ShoeSource World Headquarters in Topeka, he returned to the KU School of Law and earned his Juris Doctor in 2009. He currently works as an environmental and real estate attorney at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in Phoenix.

The Dick Wintermote award annually recognizes up to five network volunteers who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership to their network and the KU Alumni Association during a one-year period (July 1-June 30). Dick Wintermote, c’51, served as the executive director of the Association from 1963 to 1983.

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Jayhawks find a friendly flock in Phoenix

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Ever been away from home during a KU basketball game and found yourself wondering where to watch it? Or better yet, where you could catch the game with fellow die-hards?

img_shop_spiritkitsSean and Sarah, two loyal Jayhawks from Arlington, Va., found themselves in that situation last Saturday when they visited Phoenix, but they knew exactly what to do: check the KU Alumni Association website.

We maintain a list of official alumni chapter watch sites across the country, and it’s a great resource for alumni, fans and friends of KU who need to find a place to watch a game.

Sarah wrote about their experience on her blog:

We headed to Bungalow Bar & Grill a few hours before the game to claim a prime viewing spot.  We weren’t sure how crowded it would be.

When you walk into the bar, the left side is seating for dinner and the right side is the bar with room for standing.  The whole dining side was reserved and what looked like a projector screen was pulled down.  Although we assumed this was for the KU game, there wasn’t a KU fan in sight so we sat at the bar.  As game time came closer the fans began to arrive, crowding into the dining section.  They ranged from fresh out of college to life long KU fans.  And it was clear that many of these folks had been here before and they knew one another.  This was a regular thing for many of them!

There’s a contact person and that person greets viewers and puts out table decorations! The regulars were happy to have us out-of-towners join their viewing party. We sat next to the nicest couple from Kansas City.  They were shocked that Sean was from the Missouri side of KC yet still a KU fan.

We love to hear stories like this! Sarah and Sean have also consulted our list to find watch sites in San Diego and the Washington, D.C. area. It’s always more fun to watch KU basketball games with other rabid fans.

Many thanks to the friendly members of our Phoenix Chapter, led by chapter leader Chris Colyer, b’04, l’09, for welcoming new folks to their watch party.

Next time you’re away from home when there’s a basketball game, be sure to check our website to find out where you can watch with fellow with fellow ‘Hawks!

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