Before our staff members hit the road to the Sweet 16 in style in the Jayhawk car—courtesy of our postseason partner, Crown Toyota of Lawrence—they posed for a picture with the iconic ride.
Omaha, the site of the KU basketball team’s matchup tonight with No. 5 Clemson, is Nebraska’s largest city and home to more than 2,000 Jayhawks. We knew alumni would be thrilled to see the Jayhawk car in their city.
Danny Lewis, director of donor relations and athletic programs, mapped out a plan to visit as many local Jayhawks as possible so they could snap a photo and share a little bit of their KU story with us.
Baird Holm, LLP
Rick Putnam, former chair of the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors, rounded up a flock of Jayhawks at his law firm. Putnam, c’77, l’80, is a managing partner of Baird Holm, LLP. He even persuaded the firm’s marketing department to create a special banner for the occasion.
Union Pacific Railroad
Next up on the tour of Omaha: a stop at Union Pacific Railroad, where Sierra Poulson, c’09, works as an attorney.
Poulson earned a degree in psychology with a minor in art history, and she lived in Templin Hall. After leaving the Hill, she earned her law degree at DePaul.
We asked her what she misses most about Lawrence, and she responded “’80s night at the Bottleneck and crunchy chicken cheddar wraps!”
As we were taking the photo, another Jayhawk walked by … Jayhawks are everywhere.
Susan Hunter works as a train dispatcher for Union Pacific. She earned a degree in business and accounting from KU in 1994.
She was a proud resident of Douthart Scholarship Hall, and her favorite memory of KU is Thursday night trips to Carlos O’Kelly’s and watching “Seinfeld” and “Friends.”
KU Office of Admissions
No, KU’s Office of Admissions didn’t move to Omaha—but you may not know that it employs regional admissions representatives across the country, including Angie Bass, who received a degree in elementary education in 2016.
Her favorite memory of Lawrence is the atmosphere of the town when the Kansas City Royals won the World Series. She heard fireworks all over town and ran to Massachusetts Street to celebrate.
Here’s hoping for another Mass Street celebration soon…
We drove the car out to Jet Linx, a personal private jet company started in Omaha in 1999, to see Jamie Walker.
Walker, c’97, is the president and CEO of the company. He earned a degree in English from KU and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Some of Walker’s favorite college memories include nights at the Bull, just down the street from his fraternity house. What does he miss most about Lawrence? The whole town. It’s a pretty special place, after all.
We hope you enjoyed meeting some Omaha Jayhawks! Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more sights and sounds from the Midwest Regional. For more information about pregame events and watch parties during the NCAA Tournament, visit our ’Hawks ’n Hoops postseason hub.
Flying South to Tulsa
Follow the ‘Hawks as they fly through the postseason on our ‘Hawks and Hoops page, where alumni can find the latest updates on tournament games, pep rallies, shoot arounds and alumni watch parties around the country. And watch out for our KU Alumni Association staff on the road. They’ll be hard to miss.
Once again, thanks to Miles Schnaer’s Crown Automotive in Lawrence, your KU Alumni Association staff will be driving to Tulsa in style on the ‘Road to the Final Four.’ Be sure to wave at them in this one-of-a-kind Jayhawk Car.
Our postseaon partners at Crown tell us the Jayhawk car has been a favorite among fans and auto enthusiasts young and old, so if you spot us during March Madness, don’t forget to post a pic and tag #kualumni.
See you on the road!
The road to the Final Four ended abruptly Saturday with KU’s loss to Villanova in the Elite 8. Time to load the car and head for home, but not before looking back on a great “ride” through the postseason.
Thanks to a partnership with Miles Schnaer’s Crown Automotive in Lawrence, our staff was fortunate enough to drive the Jayhawk Car to NCAA Tournament sites in Des Moines and Louisville for alumni events. I asked the lucky staff members who were beyond excited to drive it what it was like to get behind the wheel of the Jayhawk Car:
“It turned heads quicker than a Wayne Selden dunk!”
“It drove the lane more smoothly than Devonte Graham!”
Ugh. Okay, clearly we’ve still got basketball on the brain, but that’s understandable. The Jayhawk Car–a Scion tC, the sportiest model in the Scion line up–visited the venues and other popular sites during the Jayhawks’ postseason run. The car itself was a popular attraction among fans who asked to take pics with it, including one KU alumnus who asked for a picture sitting behind the wheel (he reportedly wanted to send the shot to wife, hoping to drop a hint). This didn’t surprise the team at Crown, who told us the Jayhawk Car has been popular with fans since it was created.
“The relationship with KU is very important because it is a partnership based on each entity supporting one another,” said Crown spokesperson Randy Habiger. “Miles has had a relationship with KU for over 20 years. The car was his idea, and he envisioned it being displayed at KU events, golf outings, etc., so we wrapped it to be a recognizable icon that it is.”
So recognizable, in fact, that it even attracts non-Jayhawks.
“We’ve even had K State and Missouri fans want their pictures taken with the car,” he said. (We’ll have to take his word for it, since we didn’t spot any during this year’s NCAA Tournament.)
Even though the journey had to end, the partnership made for a memorable March. And while the Jayhawks’ drive to the championship didn’t pan out, it was a incredible season …and one great ride!
This year, thanks to a partnership with Miles Schnaer’s Crown Automotive in Lawrence, there will be no missing the KU Alumni Association on the ‘Road to the Final Four.’ Catch our staff in this one-of-a-kind Jayhawk Car, if you can!
The Crown Jayhawk Car is a Scion tC, and take our word for it, this Jayhawk can fly. If you’re lucky enough to spot it on the road, or if you scored tickets to see the Jayhawks play in person, look for the Crown Jayhawk Car and post a pic. According to our friends at Crown, the car has been a fan favorite among Jayhawks and auto enthusiasts young and old.
Follow the ‘hawks throughout the postseason on our ‘Hawks and Hoops page, with the latest information on tournament games, pep rallies, shoot arounds and watch parties around the country. Plus, look for special benefits just for proud Association members. No matter how far our Jayhawks go in the tournament, you can bet we’ll arrive in style!