Rock Chalk Ringers win big at the Kansas Wheat Festival

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 in Alumni News and News

A favorite pastime for KU Alumni Association staff members is the annual Kansas Wheat Festival held in Wellington. We’ve participated in the cow chip tossing contest for a decade thanks to the generous support of John T., b’58, and Linda Stewart, ’60, and alumni hosts David Carr, c’73, and Colette Kocour, c’73.

Two teams tossed patties this year, and the Rock Chalk Ringers, led by Emily Ellison, Danielle Hoover and Colette Kocour, finished in second place. The other team, the Rock Chalk Chuckers, headed up by Tyler Rockers, finished dead last.

According to Heath Peterson, vice president for alumni programs, Tyler convinced the team to go for the toilet rather than the points on the grid, which was a bad idea. “Tyler whiffed out of the gate, which set the tone for everyone else. If they awarded points for both style and bad strategy, we would have won hands down,” Heath said. David Carr and Don Short were also on the team.

After the contest, the teams celebrated their success (and failure) over dinner with several local Presidents Club members.

The group was back in action on Friday night, pulling the Rock Chalk trailer down Washington Street in the Wheat Festival Parade. Baby Jay worked the crowd like a star, and the staff and volunteers tossed T-shirts to the crowd. Many thanks to the Stewarts for once again purchasing the T-shirts.

“This was my first Wheat Festival, and I had a great time!” said Danielle Hoover, assistant director of Wichita programs. “Everyone was friendly and excited that we were there with KU gear during the parade.”

We’ve developed many KU friendships over the years in Wellington, which is a top notch small Kansas town. Each year, the Kansas Wheat Festival is a great opportunity to immerse ourselves in the community for two days and spread Jayhawk spirit.

Wellington Wheat Festival 2015

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Naismith Archives visit the Little Apple

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 in Alumni News and News

James Naismith Archives event, Manhattan
More than 30 Jayhawks gathered June 18 at the Little Apple Brewing Company in Manhattan to view artifacts from James Naismith’s life in a popular exhibit presented by the KU Libraries.

The glimpse into the life of Dr. Naismith included photographs, handwritten notes and even an example of the athletic sock worn by athletes during Naismith’s KU coaching days.

Fun fact: the reservation for the event was held under James Naismith’s name.

KU Libraries will continue exhibiting the Naismith artifacts throughout the Alumni Association’s ‘Hawk Days of Summer tour, including an upcoming presentation at the East Kansas Wine Festival and at events on the east coast. Check the events calendar for upcoming tour dates and cities.

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’Hawks, Helmet and Handlebars success despite stormy weather

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Healthy Hawks Bike Drive, Kansas City

Early morning rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Kansas City area alumni, who were on hand June 6 to distribute bicycles and helmets during the eighth-annual ’Hawks, Helmet and Handlebars event at the KU Cancer Center’s Westwood Campus. The popular event, which pairs the Alumni Association with Healthy Hawks, a program created by KU Medical Center’s department of pediatrics to help children and their families overcome issues related to weight, helps provide children in need with bicycles and the proper gear to ride safely.

Despite the fact that some of the planned activities, including a bicycle obstacle course, had to be canceled because of the weather, KU and Association staff and Kansas City Network alumni volunteers still gave away 52 bikes and more than 75 helmets during the event. Additionally, each child who received a helmet was properly fitted for it, thanks to KU Hospital Heroes.

“Although the weather didn’t cooperate, our families certainly did and we gave away a bunch of bikes and helmets,” says Ann McGrath Davis, c’91, g’08, director of Healthy Hawks and the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles and Nutrition at KU pediatrics.

Photo courtesy Linda Sims, e’79.

—Heather Biele

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North central Kansas Jayhawks enjoy annual Steak Out

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Salina Steak Out 2015

The Salina Steak Out has become a favorite summer tradition for Jayhawks in North Central Kansas. More than 140 alumni and friends enjoyed KU camaraderie on Friday, May 29, and heard a campus update from Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education. Dr. Doug Girod, executive vice chancellor, spoke about the KU Medical Center and head football coach David Beaty shared his excitement for the upcoming season. Former Jayhawk athletes Alonzo Jamison, c’07, and Jake Sharp, d’10, were on hand to share some of their greatest memories of KU.

Special thanks to the Wilson family for once again hosting this wonderful event; to Jim Trower, b’77, North Central Kansas network leader; and to Butch Billips, assoc., and America’s Best Steaks for providing a delicious meal.

 
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Jayhawks gather in Beijing, witness surprise proposal

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 in Alumni News and News

China may be half the world away from the Hill, but you’d never know it based on the spirit of our Chinese alumni.

The China Chapter of the KU Alumni Association, part of our international network, held an event in Beijing on July 13 to help send off new Jayhawks to the Hill and give alumni an opportunity to connect with each other.

According to Alan Li, c’13, who coordinated the event, around 40 Jayhawks attended.

One of those who attended was welcomed to the flock in a way she probably didn’t expect—alumnus Johnny Li successfully proposed to his girlfriend at the reception!

Watch the slideshow below to see pictures from Beijing, or click here to see the photos on Flickr.

 

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Vegas Jayhawks enjoy ’Hawk Days

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in Alumni News and News

On July 12, the Las Vegas Chapter held their ’Hawk Days of Summer event at the Las Vegas Distillery, the first artisan spirit manufacturer in Nevada.

Around 35 people gathered to hear about the distillery process, from cooking the grains to fermenting the mash to bottling the spirits, during a tour of the distillery.  The group was also invited to try the various spirits—the favorite was “Grandma’s Apple Pie Moonshine”!

After the tour, the group met in the adjoining social area to enjoy fabulous barbecue from Captain Cook’s KC BBQ food truck and to hear updates and news about KU from Mike Davis, senior vice president for donor relations, and Tyler Rockers, coordinator of chapters.  It wasn’t exactly an escape from the summer heat but it was a great opportunity to get together!

—Dee Clifford, Las Vegas Chapter leader

Thanks to Dee for providing a few pictures from the event. Watch the slideshow below, or click here to see the photos on Flickr.

 
'Hawk Days | www.kualumni.orgThis event is part of the ‘Hawk Days of Summer, the KU Alumni Association’s annual summer sojourn across the country and around the world. The 90-day series of events resulted from a determination to make the most of the summer months. The 2014 tour kicked off on Saturday, May 17, and includes picnics, receptions, baseball games and more. Visit our online calendar to find upcoming events near you.

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A recap of last weekend’s ’Hawk Days events

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in Alumni News and News

If the past week is any indication, the ’Hawk Days of Summer are still going strong.

Alumni Association staff members hosted a boat cruise with all-you-can-eat crabs in Washington, D.C.; a behind-the-scenes tour of Madison Square Garden in New York City; a harbor cruise Charleston, South Carolina; a wine tasting in Springdale, Arkansas; and a day at the Topeka Zoo. We also co-hosted three events with KU Libraries and their popular Naismith artifacts exhibit in Huntersville and Raleigh, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia.

Our socially-savvy staff and volunteers posted updates and pictures online during each of the events, so we put them together in one place for easy consumption. Check it out below, or click here to see the story on Storify.

A few highlights: the most spirited KU fan ever, a yet-to-be-explained food fight involving baked beans, and the appearance of Caitlin Wise, our former coordinator of student programs who now lives in the Washingon, D.C. area. Enjoy!

 
'Hawk Days | www.kualumni.orgThis event is part of the ‘Hawk Days of Summer, the KU Alumni Association’s annual summer sojourn across the country and around the world. The 90-day series of events resulted from a determination to make the most of the summer months. The 2014 tour kicked off on Saturday, May 17, and includes picnics, receptions, baseball games and more. Visit our online calendar to find upcoming events near you.

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Chisholm Trail Jayhawks spend an evening with Naismith

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 in Alumni News and News

The ever-popular KU Libraries exhibit, “An Evening with Naismith: Artifacts of a KU Legend,” made its way to Scooter’s Coffee Shop in El Dorado last night.

Jayhawks from the Chisholm Trail Chapter had the opportunity to view and hold artifacts from KU’s University Archives that relate to the life and legacy of James Naismith. Staff members from the KU Alumni Association and KU Libraries also shared news and updates from the Hill.

Thanks to Lynn Loveland, assistant director of Kansas programs, for providing pictures. Watch the slide show below, or click here to view the photos on Flickr.

 
'Hawk Days | www.kualumni.orgThis event is part of the ‘Hawk Days of Summer, the KU Alumni Association’s annual summer sojourn across the country and around the world. The 90-day series of events resulted from a determination to make the most of the summer months. The 2014 tour kicked off on Saturday, May 17, and includes picnics, receptions, baseball games and more. Visit our online calendar to find upcoming events near you.

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Danny and Kevin’s adventure in Asia

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 in Alumni News and News

This summer’s ’Hawk Days tour includes international flair, with planned receptions in Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan.

President Kevin Corbett and Danny Lewis, director of alumni programs, left Kansas City last Sunday on a jet plane headed for Seoul. They hosted a reception last night for Jayhawks in South Korea.

Unfortunately, the typhoon that is currently unleashing heavy wind and rain on Japan has caused us to cancel Friday’s reception in Tokyo. Stay safe, Jayhawks!

In the meantime, Danny and Kevin have shared photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to document their trip. Take a look at the Storify compilation below to see just how far the Jayhawk network reaches.
Seoul skyline

 
'Hawk Days | www.kualumni.orgThis event is part of the ‘Hawk Days of Summer, the KU Alumni Association’s annual summer sojourn across the country and around the world. The 90-day series of events resulted from a determination to make the most of the summer months. The 2014 tour kicked off on Saturday, May 17, and includes picnics, receptions, baseball games and more. Visit our online calendar to find upcoming events near you.

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North Central Kansas Jayhawks gather for Salina Steak Out

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in Alumni News and News

The fifth annual Salina Steak Out on June 21 brought more than 120 Jayhawks together to enjoy good food, good music and good news from the Hill.

The large crowd was treated to updates from Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Director of Athletics Sheahon Zenger and Dale Seuferling, president of KU Endowment. Former KU basketball coach Ted Owens was also on hand to share some of his treasured memories. And, the popular Lawrence-based cover band Sellout provided live music and dance tunes.

Fun fact: Danny Loental, f’05, plays saxophone and sings with Sellout. The morning of the event, he posed this question on his Facebook page: “Can I ride my bike 100 miles this morning and finish in time to shower, drive to Salina and play with Sellout at the KU Alumni Association’s Steak Out at 5:30?”

In case you’re wondering, one CAN ride a bike a hundred miles and still have enough time to drive from Kansas City to Salina—and still have enough energy to entertain the crowd.

Special thanks to the Wilson family for once again hosting this wonderful event; to Jim Trower, b’77, North Central Kansas Chapter leader; and to Butch Billips, assoc., and America’s Best Steaks for providing a delicious meal.

Salina Steak Out 2014

Thanks to staff photographer Dan Storey for taking pictures at the event. Watch the slideshow below, or click here to see the photos on Flickr.

 
'Hawk Days | www.kualumni.orgThis event is part of the ‘Hawk Days of Summer, the KU Alumni Association’s annual summer sojourn across the country and around the world. The 90-day series of events resulted from a determination to make the most of the summer months. The 2014 tour kicked off on Saturday, May 17, and includes picnics, receptions, baseball games and more. Visit our online calendar to find upcoming events near you.

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