Creative KU students put their skills on display this week during the annual Homecoming Sign Competition.
Student groups teamed up to decorate plywood signs with their interpretation of this year’s Homecoming theme, “Ghosts of Jayhawks Past.” The signs were displayed on the Watson Library lawn on Monday, October 26.
Eleven entries were judged on their creativity, school spirit and attention to detail, along with how they incorporated the Homecoming theme into their design. Entries included spooky scenes and plenty of Jayhawks—and even clever nods to popular culture with references to Ghostbusters and The Walking Dead.
This year’s winners include:
1st place, Greek Life: Alpha Gamma Delta and Zeta Beta Tau
2nd place, Greek Life: Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Tau Omega
3rd place, Greek Life: Delta Delta Delta and Pi Kappa Alpha
1st place, Student Life: Omega Phi Alpha and Beta Upsilon Chi
2nd place, Student Life: School of Engineering
The 102nd Homecoming at the University of Kansas concluded Sept. 27 after a week that included events for KU students and the Lawrence community.
Throughout the week, KU student organizations collected points for their participation in events coordinated by the student-led Homecoming Steering Committee and the KU Alumni Association, along with campus and community partners. The theme of this year’s celebration was Roll with the ’Hawks. For information on the winners of individual daily events, visit www.kualumni.org/homecoming.
The overall winners for the week were Delta Delta Delta sorority and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, which together won first prize in the Greek Life division, and the KU School of Engineering, which placed first in the Student Life division. The winners were announced at halftime of the KU-Texas football game Sept. 27.
In addition, Caleb Bobo, a junior political science and African-American studies major from St. Louis, won the Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award. The Homecoming Steering Committee selected him for his spirit and campus service. Bobo is vice president of membership for the Student Alumni Leadership Board and vice president for the Student Endowment Board. He also leads the KU Black Men’s Union as president. He represents the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Student Senate, and he helps recruit students for the Office of Admissions. He received the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship and was selected for the University Scholars program. He also mentors fellow students in the University Honors Program. He is the son of KU alumni Luke Bobo and Rita Holmes-Bobo, who now live in Shawnee.
The award honors Jennifer Alderdice, a former KU Alumni Association staff member who advised the Homecoming Steering Committee and the Student Alumni Association for many years. Alderdice, who still lives in Lawrence, earned her KU master’s degree in higher education administration in 1999.
KU alumnus Scott Simpson of Lawrence received the Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award for his contributions to KU Homecoming tradition through the years. Simpson attended KU from 1980 to 1985 and is the owner of Scott Simpson Productions. As a disc jockey for nearly 30 years, he has presided over countless KU events for Homecoming and pep rallies at home and away games. Most recently, he has helped the Alumni Association host the annual food festival and Jayhawk Jingles competition during Homecoming celebrations. In 2013, he was voted the “Best of Lawrence” DJ by readers of the Lawrence Journal-World.
The Spirit of 1912 Award honors Rich and Judy Howard Billings of Lakewood, Colorado. As 1957 KU graduates, the Billings attended 50 consecutive Homecomings following their graduation. In 2007, they received the Spirit of 1912 Award, which honors the year KU celebrated its first Homecoming. The Alumni Association renamed the award to honor the couple; they have created an endowment to fund future KU Homecoming activities.
As seven sorority-fraternity teams prepared to compete in the traditional Jayhawk Jingles competition Sept. 24, the line of students arriving at the Adams Alumni Center to cheer their favorites—and sample free food—stretched to the corner of 13th and Oread. By the time the first group took the stage, the crowd filled the parking lot for a highlight of the annual Homecoming celebration.
For those who haven’t witnessed the competition, think of Jayhawk Jingles as Rock Chalk Revue song-and-dance skits but with a common Homecoming theme—this year, Roll with the ’Hawks. Two other distinctions are worth noting: Teams have only a couple of weeks’ preparation and rehearsal before strutting their stuff, amd they have only seven minutes onstage to dazzle the audience. Even so, the creative competitors manage to craft lyrics, costumes, choreography and a more than a few cringe-worthy jokes—all set to music provided by venerable Lawrence disc jockey Scott Simpson.
The best seats went to this year’s alumni judges from Lawrence: Julie Thies Dunlap, c’98; Beth Anderson Easter, c’93; and Greg, m’91, and Becky Innes Orth, ’92, who scored the performances and determined the winners.
This year’s Jayhawk Jingles champions are the women of Delta Delta Delta and the men of Alpha Tau Omega. Their skit highlighted a guitar solo, harmony, a hapless Texas Longhorn fan, and energetic dance moves—including a back flip.
Second place went to West Campus Road neighbors Sigma Kappa sorority and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, who incorporated fun facts from the history of KU and favorite board games along with song and dance.
Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity teamed up to take third place for their KU version of Monopoly.
Other teams included Kappa Alpha Theta and Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta and Sigma Chi, Alpha Delta Pi and Theta Chi, and Delta Gamma and Kappa Sigma. After the competition, the Homecoming spirit rolled on, as the performers and the audience took the stage for a rousing final dance. Rock Chalk!
—Jennifer Jackson Sanner
Watch our slideshow below to see pictures from Jayhawk Jingles, or click here to view the photos on Flickr.
The creativity of KU students was on display today as murals depicting this year’s Homecoming theme, Roll with the ‘Hawks, decorated the Watson Library lawn.
Participating groups submitted a sketch of their design to the Homecoming Steering Committee last week, and the signs were displayed from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today.
The winning entries are listed below.
Kappa Delta and Delta Tau Delta, 1st place
Delta Delta Delta and Alpha Tau Omega, 2nd place
Kappa Kappa Gamma and Delta Chi, 3rd place
School of Engineering, 1st place
All Scholarship Hall Council, 2nd place
Hawks Helping Hawks, 3rd place
Another fun twist on this competition: pictures of the signs are posted on the KU Homecoming Facebook page. The picture with the most “likes” by noon on Friday will win their organization an additional 25 points in the Homecoming point contest. Check out the pictures and cast your vote!