Each year, our creative staff brainstorms ideas for a holiday message to alumni. Past cards have included Jayhawk sugar cookies, Potter Lake ice-skating escapades and animations featuring iconic University locations.
This year, our holiday card gives a nod to the sense of family we have at the Alumni Association—right down to clowning around with “siblings” and never quite nailing that “perfect” family photo. And, in case you’re wondering, the candy cane was broken by the end of the photo shoot.
From all of us to Jayhawks everywhere, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Your loyalty and support are vital to our beloved university. Rock Chalk!
In the world of paper engineering and pop-up books, author and artist Chuck Fischer, f’77, has made a big impact. His Christmas-themed pop-up books include A Christmas Carol, Angels: A Pop-Up Book, and Christmas Around the World. But it’s the re-release of his first book, Christmas in New York, that gives Fischer giant exposure in a new world market—literally!
A firm in Hong Kong reached out to Fischer in September for permission to create a marketing campaign for the book. The company created giant pop-up page spreads which went on public display this week. The oversize sculptures introduce new audiences to Fischer’s work and have delighted the crowds. Fischer was on site for the official unveiling of the campaign. “Needless to say, it’s a thrill to be here and see my work in person, to have it come alive in 3D at this scale,” he says.
The original artwork for Christmas in New York, as well as art from six other pop-up books, interior design murals, china, crystal and fabric are now part of the collection at KU’s Spencer Research Library. The works are an important addition to the holdings that include limited-edition artists‘ books, children’s books and 19th-century scientific books, all of which include varieties of pop-up features and are regularly studied by KU book arts and design students.
Classes began at our beloved university on Sept. 12, 1866.
According to KU History, tuition for college classes at that time was $30 per year.
Some of our staff members shared their birthday wishes for KU:
Happy birthday KU! Not everyone can claim that they get better looking every year, but you just grow more magnificent, especially with the recent Jayhawk Boulevard improvements! Rock Chalk, and let the campanile bells sing. —Susan Younger, creative director
Wishing you the happiest of birthdays KU! Thank you for providing me with unique experiences I will cherish for a lifetime. You have truly molded me into who I am today. —Emily Ellison, alumni programs coordinator
Happy Birthday KU! May the worldwide network of Jayhawks continue to grow, one of the many reasons being a Jayhawk is so special. Cheers to the Jayhawk family. Rock Chalk! —Heath Peterson, vice president for alumni programs
Happy Birthday KU, because of you I have learned what it truly means to #beajayhawk. Here’s to many more years of inspiring students to make discoveries that change the world. —Leah Kohlman, communications coordinator
My birthday wish for KU would be for every future Jayhawk to have the same great experience that I had as a KU student. Rock Chalk! – David Johnston, vice president for marketing and Internet services
As the fall semester of 2013 winds down– today is the last day of fall finals!– and the Lawrence area prepares for a predicted wintry mix of ice and snow, we’d like to share a video of some of our favorite winter scenes from the Hill.
The KU Alumni Association offices will be closed next week from Monday, Dec. 23 through Wednesday, Dec. 25. We’ll be open again on Thursday, but since this is the only time of the year that might be considered “slow” around here, many of our staff members are taking their much-needed vacation days.
We wish you a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!
If you haven’t seen our holiday greeting, click here to watch the animated video that our amazing creative team of Susan Younger and Valerie Spicher put together.
The staff paper dolls make great ornaments for the tree!
Each year, the Association creates a fun email greeting to send to alumni. Susan Younger, creative director, and Valerie Spicher, graphic designer, are the geniuses behind this year’s greeting.
According to Susan, this year’s card was inspired by both last year’s card and the animated ones that we’ve done in the past. Everyone really likes the animated cards, and they wanted to put “the face of the association” on it.
“We built paper doll figures by attaching clothes to staff heads, and we thought the result was pretty funny. We had a lot of fun with the figures, and tried to portray personalities, although I doubt that Bill Green actually wears a Spiderman cap!” Susan said.
If you couldn’t tell, the KU Alumni Association loves humor.
Click below to watch the video greeting. We hope you enjoy it!
A favorite KU tradition this time of year is Holiday Vespers. This year, the KU School of Music is presenting the 88th annual Holiday Vespers Dec. 2 at the Lied Center of Kansas. Tickets are $12.50/general admission and $10/students and seniors and can be purchased by visiting or calling the Lied Center Box Office, 785-864-2787. KU students who show a valid ID are FREE to the 7:30pm performance. Enjoy the sounds of the season with these video highlights from the 2009 performance. For more information about this year’s performance, visit the the KU School of Music.