Last February, our creative director Susan Younger wrote about pareidolia, the phenomenon of recognizing familiar shapes in clouds or objects, like the man in the moon. Tim Brandt, the director of our building, had spotted a Jayhawk likeness in a formation of rocks while visiting Arizona.
As soon as we shared the photo on our website and in the magazine, we knew that we’d receive more of them, and sure enough, we did.
“I was reading Kansas Alumni and saw the Jayhawk rock photographed in Scottsdale, Ariz. My immediate reaction was that I had taken the same photo a few years ago, but I knew mine was taken in California, in Joshua Tree National Park (near Palm Springs). Gotta be from the same family!”
We love to see Jayhawks in all forms, and we know you do too. A new photo album on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kualumni, is dedicated to these sightings. Next time you see a Jayhawk in the clouds, in your coffee or in a pile of leaves, snap a picture and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Most KU alumni can remember the time when they applied for their first job after walking down the Hill. Years ago, the job application process included writing a cover letter, submitting a resume and, with any luck, receiving an invitation to interview. Your personal life was, well, personal. But that was before the Internet and social media.
Today, KU students are experiencing a new step in that process. Employers increasingly are taking to social media to vet applicants before deciding whether to extend an invitation to interview. Suddenly, that Twitpic from the Wheel or Facebook post from the Cave could cost you the job. I was recently invited to speak with KU students on the topic of how to manage your online reputation. Here are a few tips I shared with them.
Tip #1: Be consistent
We’ve all heard horror stories about incriminating antics surfacing on social media, but those situations are easily avoided with a little common sense. Future employers are really looking to see whether that impressively qualified applicant on paper is a completely different person in real life. On your resume, you’ll naturally include all of the specific attributes that make you a well-rounded candidate. Does your online persona reinforce that image, or paint a totally different picture? Be sure to promote your interests–both personal and professional–when engaging online so that your online image and reputation is consistent with the professional you aspire to be.
Tip #2: Be positive
Perhaps your passion is hard to hide, but recognize that not everyone shares your views on sports, politics or the latest scandal or controversy. More to the point, posts that include inflamatory remarks, foul language and a negative attitude can end up saying more about you than intended. Critical, disagreeable or argumentative posts can add up, affecting your image. Instead, take every opportunity to position yourself in a positive way, and you’ll stay above the fray, expressing yourself with grace and candor. Use social media as an opportunity to showcase your savvy communication skills and good judgement.
Tip #3: Be authentic
Finally, be true to yourself. In marketing parlance we refer to a brand’s personality as its “voice.” If you demonstrate your personality and your values consistently, then you have integrity. Share your interests, your activities and your outlook on life by using social media in a positive way that is consistent with your values. It might cause you to think twice about posting something to the world wide web that could come back to haunt you.
Follow these tips, and future employers will be sure to see the “real” you.
Love it or hate it, Facebook has become the go-to source for people to connect with friends, relatives and long-lost classmates. Alumni of the University of Kansas are no different, and we’ve found that Facebook groups are a great way for Jayhawks around the world to meet each other, plan events and share their spirit.
The Alumni Association offers 22 chapters in Kansas that include all 105 counties; 41 national chapters; and 18 points of contact in an international network. Each of these groups also has a home on Facebook.
Facebook groups also exist for areas where we don’t have an official chapter, but Jayhawk alumni, fans and friends wanted a way to connect with each other.
How do you find a Facebook group to join? There are a couple ways:
Find the chapter’s website. Click here to see a list of affinity and geographic-based chapters; each chapter name links to the chapter’s website, where you can find everything you need to know about the chapter, including their Facebook group.
Or, click here to visit the KU Alumni Facebook page, where you can find a list of alumni Facebook groups– including those that aren’t affiliated with an official chapter.
Recently, we made a big change for our Kansas chapters. Previously, each chapter had its own Facebook Page. However, to stay consistent with how our national chapters are using Facebook, as well as to encourage more interaction among alumni, we decided to start using groups instead. In some cases, we combined several chapter areas into one Facebook group, since many events are of interest to alumni in multiple chapter areas.
If you’re using Facebook to keep in touch with friends or family, consider finding an alumni network, too. And if there’s not a Facebook group in your area, but you’re interested in setting one up, let us know! Email email@example.com and we’ll get in touch with more information.
Fall classes on the Hill begin Monday, Aug. 26, but young students in the Lawrence school district are headed back to school today.
We’ve noticed a trend of first-day-of-school pictures monopolizing our Facebook newsfeeds, and many of those photos happen to include Jayhawk gear! It might be a sign that our Facebook friends lists consist mostly of KU alumni, fans and friends.
Since we already have a Facebook photo album dedicated to adorable Future Jayhawks, we’d like to invite parents to send us pictures of your little Jayhawk in their back-to-school crimson and blue.
If you’d like to show off your future Jayhawk, email a photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following information:
Name of the child(ren)
Full names of parents (we will only publish first names, but we’d appreciate it if you include last names so we can verify–and in some cases, update– your information in our records)
KU degree information for the parent(s), if applicable
Child(ren)’s birth date– again, we won’t publish this information, but we’d like to make sure the parents’ alumni record is up-to-date
That’s it! We can’t wait to see more photos of Jayhawks headed off to another year of school.
Did you know that kids can be members of the KU Alumni Association, too? Sign them up for Future Jayhawks, our membership program for kids, and they’ll receive an exclusive, KU-themed gift with each annual membership renewal, along with a special birthday card from Baby Jay and other goodies throughout the year.
KU’s annual Commencement ceremony is less than two weeks away! The 141st Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m. Alumni are invited to the Hill to celebrate the newest class of graduates. We also invite you to reminisce about your own Commencement.
Submit Commencement photos
Our Facebook albums featuring alumni weddings and Jayhawk babies have been wildly popular, so we created another album for Commencement photos through the years. Alumni Association staff members kicked off the album with pictures from their own graduation celebrations–let’s just say the photo provided by our esteemed president, Kevin Corbett, isn’t quite what we expected. Click here to check out the album.
Want us to include your photo? Email it to us at email@example.com and be sure to include your full name and class year. And if you’ve got a funny story or a touching memory from Commencement, tell us about that, too. We’ll add it to our photo album and then you can like it, share it or tag yourself in it.
Graduating students are invited to celebrate with us on Stop Day at the annual Grad Grill. This rite of passage features free barbecue from Bigg’s and the opportunity to mingle with fellow graduates before starting your final Finals Week.
The event takes place on Friday, May 10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Adams Alumni Center.
Commencement Open House
On the day of Commencement, the Adams Alumni Center will host an open house from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Graduates and their families can stop by for a champagne toast and a light snack, and alumni are welcome to drop by and offer congratulations.