Why is the KU Natural History Museum on the road? Museum staff members are on their way to join a Tyrannosaurus Rex dig site in Montana, where KU paleontologists are busy finding and extracting fossils for KU. The #teamTrexKU effort began in May with a crowdfunding campaign that provided the resources for researchers and students to go to the excavation site for up to four weeks. The team arrived the first week of July and has already found part of a rib and part of a lower jaw, adding to the 15 percent of this T. rex already found during previous expeditions. The hope is to bring much more of this exciting find home to KU.
Join fellow Jayhawks at three upcoming events to learn more about this expedition, enjoy beer, and help create an exhibit about microbes for the KU Natural History Museum.
It’s time to fuel the the frenzy of football season! The KU Alumni Association has partnered with KU Athletics to bring ‘Football in February’. Kansas football head coach, David Beaty and his coaching staff are flocking to Jayhawk fans across Kansas with fantastic festivities throughout February.
The 2015 Kansas ‘Football in February’ events will include a KU Signing Day Party and a Football Fan Fest in Lawrence along with stops in Hays, Hutchinson, Topeka, Kansas City and Wichita.
‘Football in February’ begins Wednesday, Feb. 4, with a Signing Day Party at Abe and Jake’s Landing in Lawrence from 5-8 p.m. Beaty and his KU coaching staff will be in attendance to meet and greet fans, as well as speak to the crowd about the newly-signed Jayhawk class. The Signing Day event is free and will include appearances by Big and Baby Jay, a photo booth and other KU promotional items.
The next stop on the ‘Football in February’ schedule is the KU Football Fan Fest Saturday, Feb. 7, in Anschutz Pavilion from 4-6:30 p.m. KU Alumni Association #ProudMembers, Williams Fund members and football season ticket holders will be admitted at 4 p.m. (with proof of membership* or ticket purchase). The doors will open at 5 p.m. for the general public.
Beaty, the coaching staff, and past and present KU football players will be in attendance at the Football Fan Fest and will be available for autographs. The event will feature a fun zone, face painter, balloon artists, the KU Band and Spirit Squads, Big and Baby Jay and much more.
Football Fan Fest will wrap up just in time for fans to move next door to Allen Fieldhouse for Kansas women’s basketball’s ‘Jayhawks for a Cure’ game against Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. The Jayhawks will don brand-new white uniforms with pink trim in honor of the event, which benefits Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the KU Cancer Center. Tickets for the ‘Jayhawks for a Cure’ game start at $5 and for every fan in attendance, a $1 will be donated to the ‘Jayhawks for a Cure’ beneficiaries. Upon entrance to Allen Fieldhouse, fans will receive pink t-shirts while supplies last.
Following the opening two events, ‘Football in February’ will tour the state of Kansas primarily for happy hour events, in addition to one luncheon in Hays. All Jayhawk alumni, fans and friends are invited to events along the tour. Beaty, members of his coaching staff and special guests from the athletics department and Alumni Association will be at every stop. Fans can pick up 2015 commemorative football items and have a chance to win autographed merchandise and tickets.
A full listing of the 2015 Kansas ‘Football in February’ event details are as follows:
Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and a team from the KU School of Social Welfare, the Alumni Association and KU Endowment traveled to Garden City and Hays June 22 to celebrate the launch of KU’s new western Kansas-based master’s in social work. Receptions in each city drew about 50 alumni, students and community leaders.
Through a partnership with Garden City Community College and Fort Hays State University, which host the classes on their campuses, KU began the program June 1 to begin meeting the urgent need for social workers in western Kansas. Among 4,058 social workers statewide who are licensed as clinicians, supervisors and administrators, only 187 work in counties west of Wichita.
Twenty students began KU master’s classes this summer. “I’m so excited,” said Kellie Henderson, a 2013 Fort Hays graduate who wanted to begin her graduate program immediately and stay in her home community. “This will open up so many opportunities for me. I hope to be a school social worker. Kids need mentors who can help them stay in school and set goals.”
In schools, hospitals and agencies, social workers support families and communities in numerous ways. The KU master’s program, ranked among the nation’s top 20 by U.S. News and World Report, “is a powerful tool to enhance the careers of students in the program and enhance the quality of life for people in this region,” Gray-Little said.
Kendal Carswell, s’04, a KU faculty member, coordinates the new program. As a native of Alton, 50 miles northwest of Hays, he earned degrees from Garden City and Fort Hays before completing his education at KU. For several years he taught at Fort Hays and helped expand its bachelor’s program in social work to Garden City. “I’m very passionate about social work and very passionate about the success of western Kansas,” Carswell said at the two celebrations. “Because I am alumnus of all three schools, I see this as three houses united: Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, Hail to Old Fort Hays State and Go Busters!”
We have a lot of events scheduled for the western half of Kansas this summer. The first two big ones were last week in Hays, where we hosted a reception Thursday at the Golden Q and Friday when we hosted a golf tournament at the Smoky Hill Country Club. We had more than 110 people attend — who says there aren’t Jayhawks in western Kansas?