Jayhawk, White House staff member reunite during Obama’s visit

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Photo by Nick Krug for the Lawrence Journal-World

Seven-year-old Addison Moore of Prairie Village landed a big interview last week for the Marvel News, published by Mr. Martin’s second-grade class at Belinder Elementary School: Josh Earnest, White House press secretary. Addison’s father, Adam Moore, and Earnest have been friends since their middle school and high school years in Kansas City.

During the interview, Earnest had a question for Addison. Would she and her family like to see the president during his stop in Lawrence?

Sure enough, Adam, Addison, her siblings Peyton and Tyler, and Adam’s mother, Sally Pollock, had front-row seats Jan. 22 for Obama’s speech in KU’s Anschutz Sports Pavilion. Before the president arrived, the family shared a brief conversation and hugs with Earnest.

Adam Moore, l’00, an attorney with the law firm of Rasmussen, Willis, Dickey & Moore in Kansas City, Mo., says Earnest’s values and personality have remained steady despite his quick rise to national prominence. Earnest, who graduated from Rice University in Houston, began working for Obama in 2007.

“Josh is one of the most genuine people I have ever met, and I know that quality has served him well as press secretary,” Moore says. “He works very long hours at the White House, so it was particularly special to get to spend some time with him today in Lawrence on his 40th birthday.

“KU should be commended for hosting a magnificent event. … I was particularly proud to be a Jayhawk today!”

Adam Moore and children Tyler, Addison and Peyton | www.kualumni.org
Moore kids and Josh Earnest during recent presidential visit to Kansas City | www.kualumni.org
Photo Credits
Top: Adam Moore, l’00; his daughters, Addison, 7, and Peyton, 10; and his mother, Sally Pollock, helped welcome President Barack Obama to KU Jan. 22, thanks to Adam’s longtime friendship with Josh Earnest, White House press secretary. Photo by Nick Krug for the Lawrence Journal-World.

Center: Adam Moore and his children Tyler, 11, Addison and Peyton. Photo courtesy of Adam Moore.

Bottom: The Moore children also saw Earnest during a recent presidential visit to Kansas City, Mo. Photo courtesy of Adam Moore.

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A spelling lesson from a Future Jayhawk

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Future Jayhawks like Reagan certainly do know how to spell phog properly, in spite of what her teacher thinks.
Jayhawk spelling test

Thanks to Reagan’s father, George, for sharing this gem with us!
Future Jayhawks | www.kualumni.orgDid 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, like the opportunity to participate in the summer reading challenge.


Future Jayhawks complete summer reading challenge

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Future Jayhawks reading on the Hill | www.kualumni.org

The youngest members of the KU Alumni Association—kids who are members of Future Jayhawks— were invited to participate in our second annual Summer Reading Challenge this past July.

After all the numbers were tallied, this year’s efforts topped last year:

  • 170 kids have turned in their reading sheets, compared to 141 last year.
  • The youngest Jayhawks from birth to age seven read a total of 4,433 books.
  • Older kids from ages 8-18 read a whopping 868 hours during the month, more than doubling last year’s hours.

Members received a certificate and a Jayhawk gift after turning in their reading sheet.

Future Jayhawks | www.kualumni.orgIf your Future Jayhawk completed the summer reading challenge, don’t forget to send in their sheet! To sign up your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews for the program so they can participate in future activities like this, visit www.kualumni.org/futurejayhawks.


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It’s time to read, Future Jayhawks

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Summer is flying by, and the fall semester will be here before we know it.

Future Jayhawks members will have a head start when they head back to school, whether they’re just starting elementary school or joining the new flock of ‘Hawks on the Hill. Last month, members of the program received a reading log in the mail with information about our second annual summer reading challenge. Future Jayhawks are encouraged to read 31 books in 31 days—or listen to 31 books, for those youngsters who can’t read yet— and then mail back their reading log to receive a certificate and a special reward.

Last year, more than 140 kids participated in the inaugural challenge, logging more than 4,000 books and 430 hours of reading! Can we top that number this year? We’ll let you know next month.

Future Jayhawks reading challenge

Future Jayhawks | www.kualumni.orgDid 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, like the opportunity to participate in the summer reading challenge.


KU is going to India

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Alumni News and News

The University of Kansas is always looking to expand its international reach, and next week, Jayhawk spirit will be proudly displayed in India.

Shannon O’Hagan, international student recruiter for the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions, and the International Knowledge Center will host five receptions in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore. All alumni, friends and students are invited—whether current, newly admitted or prospective students.

This is a great opportunity for alumni to share what they love about KU with current and future students, as well as for those students to learn more about the Hill.

The International Knowledge Center is part of GenNext, a company owned by KU alumnus Girish Ballolla, c’95, g’97.

Please RSVP to Shannon at shannon.ohagan@ku.edu if you’re interested in attending a reception, and please spread the word to other Jayhawks in India!

Reception information

Monday, July 21, 6:30-8 p.m.
The Westin
International Business Park, Oberoi Garden City
Goregaon East, Mumbai – 400063

Wednesday, July 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
Le Meridien
8, Windowr Place, Connaught Place, Janpath Road
New Delhi – 110001

Friday, July 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
ITC Sonar
45/IA, JBS Haldane Ave, Gobra, Kolkata
West Bengal – 700046

Monday, July 28, 6:30-8 p.m.
The Westin Hyderabad
Mindspace, Survey No 64, Bldg No 15, Raheja IT Park
Hi-Tech City Road, Hyderabad, Telangana – 500081

Saturday, August 2, 4-6:30 p.m.
The International Knowledge Center
4/2 Millers Road, Opposite: Vikram Hospital
Bangalore – 560052

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‘Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 in Alumni News and News

'Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars event in KC

Our popular summer event in Kansas City, ’Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars, was held last weekend at the KU Cancer Center’s Westwood Campus.

Despite having to be rescheduled—it was originally planned for the first weekend in June, but early-morning rains caused a change to the calendar—the event was a great success.

Children picked up complimentary bike helmets and had the opportunity to ride their bikes through a bicycle safety obstacle course, meet and take pictures with Big Jay, and even climb on a fire truck! Many thanks to the Johnson County Consolidated Fire Department #2 for providing a fire truck at the event.

“The weather was just gorgeous and we could not have asked for a better morning!” said Betsy Winetroub, director of Kansas City programs. “It was a rare opportunity for the Greater Kansas City Alumni Chapter to reach a wider audience.”

Prior to the event, the alumni chapter partnered with the Healthy Hawks program at the KU Medical center to host two bicycle donation drives. As a result, 95 bikes were distributed to needy children and their families. Healthy Hawks was founded in 2004 to help children and their families overcome weight-related issues.

“We hope that we were able to leave a positive KU impression on the Healthy Hawks families, and maybe—someday—those kids will attend KU!”

Check out a compilation of tweets and Instagram posts from the event. Thanks to chapter volunteers John Holt, j’81, l’84, and Jessica Nelson, j’11, for sharing the event through social media.

Volunteering at the #KUAlumni Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars event with Healthy Hawks. #KC #instakc #KU

A post shared by Jessica Nelson Palm (@jessicaleepalm) on

Had such a great morning with #KUAlumni for Hawks, Helmets & Handlebars! We provided 85+ bikes and helmets to future Jayhawks through the Healthy Hawks program. #KU #KC #instakc #rockchalk #jayhawks #futurejayhawks

A post shared by Jessica Nelson Palm (@jessicaleepalm) on

Future Jayhawks | www.kualumni.orgGot a future Jayhawk in your house? Sign them up for Future Jayhawks 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. Email a photo of your Jayhawk to share@kualumni.org, and we’ll add it to our Future Jayhawks Facebook album!

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Rock Chalkin’ in Uganda

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawk spirit is alive and well across the globe!

Kathy McCurley, who works in the Office of the Chancellor, shared a video with us earlier today of children in Nakivumbi, Uganda, performing the Rock Chalk chant. The video was posted on Facebook yesterday by Cliff Pash, b’73.

Cliff and his wife Julie, former Lawrence residents, live in Jinja, Uganda. Each year, a group of students travel to Uganda to help the couple with their ministry; this year’s mission trip includes four current KU students as well as a graduate of the KU School of Engineering.

Where in the world is your Jayhawk? If you have a great story about how you share your school spirit, we’d love to hear it! Email us at share@kualumni.org and your story could be featured on our website.

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The power of a Jayhawk sticker

Posted on May 27, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Life member Pam Swedlund, c’86, sent us a note this spring to tell us about the power of a sticker—our Jayhawk stickers, to be exact.

I just wanted to let you know I was in Washington, D.C. for my niece’s ninth birthday. I’ve had her, along with her younger sister, enrolled in Future Jayhawks since the program began. While I was there, Kate received a birthday card from Baby Jay. She saw the envelope and said, “Oh! I got a card from Baby Jay.  I hope there are stickers in it!”.

Jayhawk stickers | www.kualumni.orgShe opened the card and was very happy that Baby Jay wished her a happy birthday and sent her stickers.  Her sister Ava, who turns six in March,  said “I hope Baby Jay doesn’t forget my birthday – I LIKE that Baby Jay!”.  I think the program is working!

On another note, Kate had one of the Jayhawk stickers on her school notebook.  Another girl in her class asked, “How do YOU know about Baby Jay?” Turns out, her parents are alumni of KU, so my brother and his wife (who are alumni as well) have been able to connect with fellow Jayhawks in D.C.

Ah, the power of a sticker.

Future Jayhawks | www.kualumni.orgIf you have a youngster who loves Baby Jay, check out our Future Jayhawks program! It’s open to kids from birth through high school, and members receive an exclusive, KU-themed gift each year along with a birthday card from Baby Jay and other special goodies and invitations throughout the year.


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Meet the Admissions Rep: Michael Chavez

Posted on May 8, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Alumni play an important role in helping to recruit new students to the University of Kansas, and the KU Alumni Association works closely with the KU Office of Admissions in these efforts. Each year, the Office of Admissions staffs recruiters to represent KU throughout the state of Kansas an in key territories across the country. We asked each of the admissions reps to share a little information with us so alumni can get to know them.

Today’s post features Michael Chavez, c’11, a native of Topeka. Michael recruits students from Kansas City, Shawnee and Topeka.

What is your fondest memory of your time at KU?Chavez
One of my favorite memories is attending LeaderShape, a 6-day leadership conference. Not only was I around KU’s finest and brightest, but I gained a much deeper understanding of myself as a leader.  I gained valuable skills that I use in my everyday life now and still keep in touch with the Jayhawks I met during that time.

What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
I was involved with and worked for the University Advising Center as a Peer Advisor. It was a great experience working with incoming freshman and helping them navigate the enrollment and advising process during orientation. It is one of the reasons why I am in higher education today!

Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
I think everyone should take COMS 130, Speaker-Audience Communication. One of the hardest things to do is to speak in front of an audience and I attribute a lot of my success as a presenter to this class. It teaches you how to organize your thoughts and effectively communicate that to the audience. You also gain valuable skills that you can use in other classes at KU and your career.

When did you know you loved KU?
I knew I loved KU the moment I sang the Alma Mater and the Rock Chalk Chant for the first time in Allen Fieldhouse. Being around 16,299 of my closest friends singing along, swaying back and forth and hearing the chant that to this day still gives me goose bumps. That was when I knew that I wasn’t just a KU student, but I was part of the Jayhawk family. That’s when I looked around and said, “Damn, I love this place!”

What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students?
My advice for prospective students is to not be afraid to be different. High school is over and college is a great opportunity to start fresh. Take classes you never thought of taking, join a club you normally wouldn’t join, talk to a complete stranger on campus. You never know what could happen. You may meet your best friend or significant other. You may decide to change your major after taking a certain class. You might even develop a new hobby! Whatever that may be, be open to the new experiences. Challenge yourself to be different. I guarantee that you won’t regret it!

How do you show your Jayhawk pride?
I show my Jayhawk pride by bleeding crimson and blue. I work for KU as an Admissions Representative where I talk about my alma mater as part of my job! My wife loves KU. I have been an Alumni Association member since I graduated and now my 9-month old daughter is a member of the Future Jayhawks program.

How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life?
My KU degree was in Communication Studies. I have used this degree in my everyday life. I have improved my presentation skills, learned how to talk to all kinds of people in different situations, and can write effectively.  All of these things I use not only in my career, but in my personal life and in my graduate program in Higher Education Administration.

Click here to visit Michael’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes his recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Michael at 785.864.5411 or by email at mchavez@ku.edu.

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Take me out to the ballgame

Posted on May 2, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawk baseball plate

Love bicycles and baseball? Or maybe you’re just looking for cheap family fun? Don’t miss this event on May 10!

Bring the whole family for a day of fun at the ballpark. The KU Alumni trailer will be parked along the first base line at Hoglund Ballpark, and staff will be serving free hot dogs, chips, cookies, water and soda.

Fun Zone

The Family Fun Zone will be set up from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. with several inflatables for the kids, plus a balloon artist, face painting and more. Members of our Future Jayhawks program can stop by our table and pick up a special gift!

Helmet Fair

If you have a bicycle-riding Jayhawk, make sure to stop by the helmet fair. The popular event is typically held before the spring football game, but this year you’ll find the fair near the Jayhawk Soccer Complex.

Pick up a free bike helmet for the kids, or bring one from home—safety experts will be on hand to make sure the helmets fit properly. Kids can also bring their bikes for free inspections and ride on a safe course. The helmet fair is also open from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Baseball and softball games

The KU baseball and softball teams both have games at 2 p.m.

The softball team will celebrate Senior Day with a game against Iowa State. Bring your grandparents; senior citizens can buy tickets for just $3.

The baseball game against West Virginia is the “Jayhawks for a Cure” game, with $3 admission for anyone wearing pink. Pink pom poms will be available while supplies last.

Kids ages four and under are admitted to the games free!

Future Jayhawks | www.kualumni.orgPurchase tickets for the baseball and softball games online. Show your KU Alumni Association membership card and receive a free gift at the event! Future Jayhawks members who attend will also receive a special gift. Not a member? Join online, call 800.584.2957 or sign up at the event.

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