Jayhawks to fly to Cuba

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 in Alumni News and News


If you’ve ever harbored a desire to visit Cuba, we have a great opportunity for you. Our alumni travel program, the Flying Jayhawks, features an exclusive package developed for the KU Alumni Association by our travel partner, Go Next, Inc.

Go Next, Inc. has been issued a People-to-People license by the U.S Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) that authorizes registered travelers of this educational exchange program to visit Cuba. The trip includes visits to Havana, Cienfuegos, Trinidad and Santa Clara, where travelers will meet with diverse locals including dancers, teachers and entrepreneurs.

This Cuban adventure will take place from Sept. 13-20, 2013, and is limited to around 25 participants. Only a few spots remain on the trip, so don’t miss this opportunity! You do not have to hold a degree from KU to be eligible to travel with the Jayhawks.

Danny Lewis, d’04, director of alumni programs, will host the trip.

If Cuba’s not your thing, we have a variety of other trips available that include both ocean and land journeys in exotic locations such as Africa, Asia, South America and Europe as well as historic tours of North America. Click here to view a list of all Flying Jayhawks programs.

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The Flying Jayhawks Program offers all graduates, former students, families and friends the chance to travel among the camaraderie of fellow Jayhawks through discovery, adventure and education. The program provides enrichment through the exploration of other cultures and lifestyles while strengthening loyalty, friendship, commitment and communication among a unique community drawn together by KU.

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Alumni wine-tasting events

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 in Alumni News and News

The KU Alumni Association plans over 500 events every year for chapters across the country, and wine tastings are a popular event for many groups.

The Colorado Springs Chapter held their third annual wine tasting on April 20 at the Patty Jewett Clubhouse. Jayhawks who attended enjoyed wine and appetizers, along with a silent auction of KU items. Danny Lewis, director of alumni programs, attended the event to share updates from the Hill.

Chapter leader Julie Andrews, d’81, provided photos for us:

The next day, April 21, Jayhawk alumni, fans and friends in the Manhattan area took over the upstairs room at Varney’s bookstore for the Flint Hills Chapter’s wine tasting.

Chad Lohman led a tasting of Italian wines from the Piedmont area, and the event also featured a silent auction and raffle with unique KU items. Dr. Larry Stoppel, c’73, a member of the Alumni Association’s national Board of Directors and frequent event photographer, provided the photos below:

Be sure to check out our list of chapters to find one near you! We’re busy planning the third edition of ‘Hawk Days of Summer, where staff members will travel the country to host events to bring Jayhawks together. A full schedule will be available soon.

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Game day crew

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Can you tell the KU Alumni Association is overjoyed to be in Arlington for the Sweet 16?!

KU Alumni staff | www.kualumni.org

Staff members Danny Lewis, Caitlin Wise, Jacey Krehbiel, Kelsey Hill and Brad Eland worked hard to set up for today’s pregame party and pep rally at the Arlington Convention Center, and photographer Dan Storey was there to capture their excitement when the hard part was over.

Yesterday, Caitlin, Jacey and Kelsey talked to fans during the KU basketball team’s open practice to find out why they love being a Jayhawk. Watch our short video below!

What makes being a Jayhawk special for you? Email your stories and pictures to share@kualumni.org!

Photo and video by Dan Storey

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Planes, trains and automobiles

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 in Alumni News and News

KU Alumni Association staff members Mike Davis, Danny Lewis, Teri Harris, Dan Storey, Kelsey Hill and Brad Eland hit the road last weekend to help spread the Jayhawk madness of March around the country.

They joined hundreds of Jayhawks at official KU Alumni Association chapter watch parties in San Francisco, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Chicago and Washington, D.C. to watch the KU men’s basketball team beat Western Kentucky on Friday night. After the big win, they traveled on to Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis and New York City where they watched the Jayhawks defeat North Carolina for the third time in five years.

Danny, director of alumni programs, and Dan, staff videographer and photographer, captured a behind-the-scenes look at the not-always-glamorous side of travel as they ventured east to visit the Washington, D.C. and New York City chapters. Have you ever seen the inside of an airport at 4:55 a.m.? It’s not pretty.

Watch the video below for more, including an ill-fated decision to reenact a scene from Rocky.

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