KU Alumni Association sets dates for Homecoming 2020

Posted on Dec 5, 2019 in Campus News and News

KU Homecoming 2020

The University of Kansas will celebrate its 108th Homecoming Sept. 26-Oct. 3, culminating in the KU football game against Iowa State Oct. 3 in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The KU Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Leadership Board will coordinate the week of Homecoming activities. Association staff members leading the effort are Ally Stanton, assistant vice president of student programs, and Megan McGinnis, assistant director of student programs. KU’s Homecoming tradition began in 1912.

Homecoming leaders will meet throughout the spring semester to select a theme and finalize the schedule of activities, which will include competitions for student organizations, community service activities, reunions, the Homecoming parade, and the selection of 10 student finalists for the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership (Ex.C.E.L.) Awards. The winners will be announced during halftime of the football game Oct. 3.

The Alumni Association will continue to update kualumni.org/homecoming as information becomes available.

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University of Kansas announces Ex.C.E.L. Award winners, concludes 107th Homecoming celebration

Posted on Oct 28, 2019 in Campus News and News

Far Above the Golden Valley | KU Homecoming 2019 | Oct. 19-26| Ex.C.E.L. Award 2019

Three University of Kansas students, Tiara Floyd of Junction City, Daphne Lin of Coffeyville and Jalynn Tann of Centennial, Colorado, are winners of the 29th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership (Ex.C.E.L.) Awards. The award presentation during halftime of the KU-Texas Tech football game Oct. 26 in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium concluded KU’s 107th Homecoming celebration.

Floyd, a senior in African American studies with minors in Germanic language and literature and political science, is the 2019-’20 KU student body president. She served as chair of the diversity, equity and inclusion committee and director of policy and development for Student Senate, and she was a student representative in University Senate. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and the Black Student Union, and she served as chair of diversity and inclusion at Douthart Scholarship Hall. She interned at the Kansas Legislature and worked as an administrative assistant at a law firm in Manhattan. She received the KU Black Alumni Network Impact Award in 2019.

Lin, a senior in humanities and pre-medicine, is president of Sigma Psi Zeta, a multicultural Greek organization for women. She also served as the sorority’s chair of community service, social media and academics. She is co-coordinator of the Center for Community Outreach’s Concerned, Active and Aware Students Program, and she has been a member of the Asian American Student Union since 2016, during which time she held several leadership roles. She participates in the University Honors Program, and she was a research assistant in the department of anthropology. She is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity and volunteers at KU Lutheran Campus Ministry. She received the 2017 SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Value in Action Award for her volunteer services.

Tann, a senior in business administration with a minor in Spanish, has been a resident assistant for KU Student Housing since 2017. She is vice president of KU G.E.M.S. and also served as treasurer for the female student organization. She was the freshman action team president and served as treasurer of the KU Resident Hall Government Association. She participated in a study abroad language and cultural immersion program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in summer 2018, and she has worked for the City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space in Colorado for several years. She has volunteered for the Big Event at KU and Harvesters’ BackSnack Program in Kansas City.

The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $250 scholarship to students. Nominees were selected on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations.

The theme for this year’s Homecoming was “Far Above the Golden Valley.” The event was sponsored by Best Western Plus West Lawrence; Crown Toyota, Volkswagen; and the KU Bookstore. Students and alumni participated in several activities throughout the week, including competitions, reunions and tailgates.

The annual Homecoming celebration was organized by the KU Alumni Association and a student-led steering committee, which was chaired by Brianna Gabriel, a senior from Westlake Village, California, majoring in strategic communications; Eli Linder-Taylor, a senior from Overland Park majoring in strategic communications; Brianna Mears, a senior from Georgetown, Texas, majoring in strategic communications; Nick Siegel, a junior from St. Louis majoring in accounting; and Chelsea Stitt, a senior from Ottawa majoring in economics. They worked with Alumni Association staff member Ally Stanton, director of student programs, and Keon Stowers, development officer for the Alumni Association at KU Endowment.

The Homecoming parade was Friday, Oct. 25, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence and featured Chancellor Douglas Girod as grand marshal.

Other 2019 Homecoming event and award winners are:

Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award

Julie Jorgensen, a junior from Cedar Falls, Iowa, majoring in strategic communications

Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award

Lawrence residents Warren Corman, a 1950 School of Engineering alumnus, and his wife, Mary Crissman Corman, a 1973 College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and 1974 School of Health Professions alumna

Overall Winners

Greek Life
1st place: Triangle, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi
2nd place: Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Delta Tau
3rd place: Alpha Tau Omega, Theta Chi, Delta Gamma

Student Life – Large Organization
1st place: Scholarship Hall Council
2nd place: University Daily Kansan
3rd place: Grace Pearson Scholarship Hall

Competition Winners

Greek Life
Décor
1st place: Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Gamma, Theta Chi
2nd place: Triangle, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi
3rd place: Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Delta Tau

Chalk & Rock
1st place: Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Delta Tau
2nd place: Scholarship Hall Council
3rd place: Abbi Dougherty

Jayhawk Jingles
1st place: Triangle, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi
2nd place: Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Delta Tau
3rd place: Alpha Tau Omega, Theta Chi, Delta Gamma

Parade
1st place: Triangle, Sigma Kappa, Alpha Delta Pi
2nd place: Alpha Sigma Phi, Sigma Delta Tau
3rd place: Alpha Tau Omega, Theta Chi, Delta Gamma

Student Life – Large Organization
Décor
Scholarship Hall Council

Most Outstanding Homecoming Participant – Individual
Abbi Dougherty

For more information about this year’s event, visit kualumni.org/homecoming.

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KU couple returns to their ‘Home on the Hill’

Posted on Oct 24, 2019 in Campus News and News

Baby Jay

When Matt Lindberg reached out to us about a special 10-year anniversary surprise for his wife Sarah, we couldn’t pass up the chance to give the Life Members a tour of campus to see their alma mater, old and new.

Ten years since they last visited campus has been 10 years too long for this Jayhawk couple. Matt, j’08, and Sarah Strathman Lindberg, c’09, returned to Lawrence October 11 to find a campus filled with change, but still familiar.

Their day began with a trip to the Oread Hotel, a far cry from the pile of rubble that was once the Crossing. On the 9th-floor rooftop terrace, familiar sights mixed with the new: A giant apartment complex across the street from the nearly 100-year-old Memorial Stadium, and renovated Jayhawk Boulevard and Memorial Drive connecting historic campus buildings.

The Nest

Next, a walk down Jayhawk Boulevard past Fraser Hall where the couple met in French class, and Watson Library, home to studying among the stacks.

“It still feels comfortable walking around. I recognize everything,” Matt said. “It still feels like campus to me.”

The tour brought the pair to Matt’s old stomping grounds at the School of Journalism and the University Daily Kansan, where memories of 2008 came back.

2008 Championship edition of the Daily Kansan

Matt was on the paper’s staff as a student, including serving as special sections editor his senior year.

“After KU won the title, Mario Chalmers came into the Kansan offices asking for a paper, apologizing for not having his KU student ID,” he said. “I think we gave him a dozen copies.”

From there, the couple trekked across campus to the new football complex, which has seen massive changes since the Lindbergs’ graduation after the 2007-’08 Orange Bowl season.

KU Football meeting room

They were able to poke their head into the football facilities, in part due to their fandom: They spent the night camping for front-row seats in the student section during the Jayhawks’ 12-1 season.

The last stop on the tour was the DeBruce Center, where the couple got to check out the “Original Rules of Basket Ball,” an exhibition that features a recording of James Naismith describing his invention.

DeBruce Center
After a full morning of tours, the Lindbergs were sent off to explore Mass Street and Lawrence, thanks to gift cards from KU Alumni restaurant partners Papa Keno’s Pizza, Jefferson’s and Merchants.

Memories

In between stops to see the newest additions to the campus, the Lindbergs were happy to reminisce about memories of the little things.

“For me, it’s been walking up and down the hills,” Sarah said. “I did that so many times, and now here I am doing it again, except now I’m not going to class.”

For Matt, it’s a return to what was once normal. “Going into the Kansan room, I haven’t been there since I graduated. I used to be in there every day.”

Despite everything that’s changed, the campus contains a spirit that continues to last.

“It feels very much the same, but current,” Matt said. “Some things just haven’t changed, and I like it.”

—Ryan Camenzind

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Crown Toyota, Volkswagen returns as sponsor of KU Homecoming, Alumni Association events

Posted on Oct 24, 2019 in Campus News and News

Far Above the Golden Valley | KU Homecoming 2019 | Oct. 19-26 | Crown Toyota Volkswagen

For the fourth consecutive year, Miles Schnaer’s Crown Toyota, Volkswagen of Lawrence has partnered with the KU Alumni Association and will serve as a presenting sponsor and the exclusive auto dealer partner of the KU Homecoming celebration. The annual event, which began Saturday, Oct. 19, with the theme, “Far Above the Golden Valley,” is organized by the Alumni Association and features a weeklong series of student and alumni activities, including competitions, reunions, tailgates and the Homecoming Parade. The celebration culminates with the KU football game against Texas Tech Saturday, Oct. 26, in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. Best Western Plus West Lawrence and KU Bookstore join Crown Toyota, Volkswagen in supporting this year’s event.

The dealership also returns as a sponsor and exclusive auto dealer partner of the Alumni Association’s postseason basketball activities in 2020. In recent years, Crown has teamed up with the Association during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and showcased its Crown Jayhawk Car, a KU-themed RAV4, at select sites to support the Jayhawks in the tournament.

Crown also will participate in the Alumni Association’s Rock Chalk Ball for the second consecutive year. The Association’s largest fundraising event provides support for student and alumni programs, including the Jayhawk Career Network and the Student Alumni Network.

“Crown has been one of our most loyal partners, and we’re thrilled to continue working with them,” said Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09, Alumni Association president. “Thanks to their dedication and support, we can engage KU alumni, students and fans at Homecoming and other Association events throughout the year.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the Alumni Association this year,” said Miles Schnaer, owner of Crown. “Traditions like Homecoming, postseason basketball and the Rock Chalk Ball align perfectly with Crown’s goal to connect with the Jayhawk community.”

Find a complete schedule of Homecoming events here.

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Ten KU students named finalists for 29th annual Ex.C.E.L. Awards

Posted on Oct 22, 2019 in Campus News and News

Far Above the Golden Valley | KU Homecoming 2019 | Oct. 19-26 | ExCEL Awards
Ten finalists have been selected for the 29th annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas. The finalists, nine seniors and one junior, will participate in the Homecoming parade at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, along Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. Two winners will be announced during halftime of the KU-Texas Tech Homecoming football game Oct. 26 at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $250 scholarship to two students. Nominees were selected on the basis of leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community, academic scholarship and ability to work with a variety of students and organizations. The selection committee included representatives from Student Union Activities, the Board of Class Officers, the Student Involvement and Leadership Center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Homecoming Steering Committee.

The award was first given in 1991 to recognize two students for achievement. Names of winners are listed on a plaque on the fifth level of the Kansas Union. To be eligible, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students with an overall grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Each finalist completed an application and participated in an interview. The finalists and their academic majors are listed below, along with highlights of their campus achievements.

FORD COUNTY

From Dodge City
Kenny Nguyen, a senior in community health and education, is a student ambassador and assists the Office of Admissions with the recruitment of multicultural, first-generation and low-income students. He has been a social justice peer educator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and an orientation assistant for the Office of First-Year Experience. He is building manager for the Kansas Union, and he served as president of the student-led Community Outreach Program. He participates in the Multicultural Education Scholars Program. He is a monitor technician and volunteer at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and he also volunteered at Watkins Memorial Health Center and Skyline Urban Ministry. He was a research assistant in the department of health, sport and exercise science, and a communications and development intern at the Home Nursing Foundation in Singapore.

GEARY COUNTY

From Junction City
Tiara Floyd, a senior in African American studies with minors in Germanic language and literature and political science, is the 2019-’20 KU student body president. She served as chair of the diversity, equity and inclusion committee and director of policy and development for Student Senate, and she was a student representative in University Senate. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. and the Black Student Union, and she served as chair of diversity and inclusion at Douthart Scholarship Hall. She interned at the Kansas Legislature and worked as an administrative assistant at a law firm in Manhattan. She received the KU Black Alumni Network Impact Award in 2019.

HARVEY COUNTY

From Hesston
Jessica Guardiola, a senior in political science and history with a minor in women, gender and sexuality studies, is president of the Student Alumni Leadership Board. She was a student senator and secretary of the diversity, equity and inclusion committee. She interned at the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica, for U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran in Washington, D.C. and at Axiom Strategies, a political consulting firm in Kansas City. She is an assistant in immigration law at Treviño Law Office in Lawrence, and she volunteered with the Human Rights Brigade in Panama in 2016.

JOHNSON COUNTY

From Olathe
Jasmine Moore, a senior in information systems with a minor in Spanish, is a student program assistant for diversity, equity and inclusion at the School of Business and has been a resident assistant for KU Student Housing since 2017. She is president of KU G.E.M.S., a campus organization that encourages female empowerment, and she has also served as the group’s vice president and treasurer. She participates in the Koch Scholars Program and the Multicultural Business Scholars Program, and she is a member of the Black Student Union. She was a business systems analyst intern at Flint Hills Resources in summer 2019, and she has volunteered at Hilltop Child Development Center, KU Campus Cupboard, Special Olympics Kansas and the Big Event at KU.

From Shawnee
Taylor Pullen, a senior in marketing, is president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and also has served as the organization’s secretary and treasurer. She was president and vice president of outreach for the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and she also served as the first president of KU G.E.M.S. She was a student development associate for KU Endowment, and she currently is a leasing professional at The Reserve student apartments. She was named Student Leader of the Year in 2018.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

From Coffeyville
Daphne Lin, a senior in humanities and pre-medicine, is president of Sigma Psi Zeta, a multicultural Greek organization for women. She also served as the sorority’s chair of community service, social media and academics. She is co-coordinator of the Center for Community Outreach’s Concerned, Active and Aware Students Program, and she has been a member of the Asian American Student Union since 2016, during which time she held several leadership roles. She participates in the University Honors Program, and she was a research assistant in the department of anthropology. She is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity and volunteers at KU Lutheran Campus Ministry. She received the 2017 SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Value in Action Award for her volunteer services.

SEDGWICK COUNTY

From Wichita
Kasi Ross II, a senior in accounting with a minor in entrepreneurship, is a student ambassador for the Office of Admissions and a tutor and Options Program student leader for KU TRIO. He is treasurer of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and also served as the organization’s social media chair. He was president of the Black Student Union and chair of the Big XII Council on Black Student Government. He interned at Ernst & Young in Atlanta in summer 2019, and has volunteered at Billy Mills Middle School, the Lawrence Community Shelter and Wichita Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY

From Kansas City, Kansas
Adrian Cisneros, a junior in sociology and women, gender and sexuality studies with a minor in social justice and leadership studies, is vice president of programs for the Student Alumni Leadership Board and fine arts coordinator for Student Union Activities. They are an off-campus student senator and an information specialist for KU Info. They are an orientation coordinator for the Office of First-Year Experience and led orientation for International Support Services. They have coordinated programs for the Association of University Residence Halls, and they were a desk assistant for KU Student Housing.

CALIFORNIA

From Oak Park
Abbey Greenberg, a senior in business administration and international business, is president of Student Union Activities and serves as an executive committee member of the KU Memorial Unions Corporation Board. She participates in the University Honors Program and the Business Honors Program, and she is a student ambassador in the School of Business. She is an events assistant for the business school’s dean’s office and a student assistant for the Office of the Chancellor. She was a student coordinator in KU Global Business Studies in summer 2019, and she interned at Lean Venture Partners in Shanghai, China.

COLORADO

From Centennial
Jalynn Tann, a senior in business administration with a minor in Spanish, has been a resident assistant for KU Student Housing since 2017. She is vice president of KU G.E.M.S. and also served as treasurer for the female student organization. She was the freshman action team president and served as treasurer of the KU Resident Hall Government Association. She participated in a study abroad language and cultural immersion program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in summer 2018, and she has worked for the City of Aurora Parks, Recreation & Open Space in Colorado for several years. She has volunteered for the Big Event at KU and Harvesters’ BackSnack Program in Kansas City.

The theme for KU’s 107th Homecoming is “Far Above the Golden Valley.” The Alumni Association and its Student Alumni Network Homecoming Steering Committee oversee this year’s event, which is sponsored by Best Western Plus West Lawrence; Crown Toyota, Volkswagen; and the KU Bookstore. A complete schedule of Homecoming week activities can be found at kualumni.org/homecoming.

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Warren and Mary Corman of Lawrence to receive Homecoming Spirit of 1912 Award

Posted on Oct 15, 2019 in Campus News and News

Warren and Mary Corman KU Homecoming 2019

The University of Kansas Alumni Association and the student-led Homecoming Steering Committee have named Warren and Mary Corman as winners of this year’s Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award. The annual award recognizes Jayhawks who consistently display school spirit, pride and tradition.

The Cormans will ride in the Homecoming Parade at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence and receive their award at the Homecoming Reception, before kickoff of the KU-Texas Tech football game Saturday, Oct. 26.

Warren earned his KU bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering in 1950, after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked for the Kansas Board of Regents for 31 years before joining KU in 1997 as University architect and special assistant to Chancellor Robert Hemenway. Throughout his 63-year career, he has overseen the planning and construction of more than 300 building projects at state universities in Kansas, including KU’s Multidisciplinary Research Building, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the School of Engineering’s Eaton Hall and the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics.

In 1999 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Architecture and Urban Design, and he received the Distinguished Engineering Service Award from the School of Engineering in 2004. He also was inducted in the Washburn Rural High School Hall of Fame in 2004. Since retiring from KU in 2010, he has participated in Jayhawks for Higher Education and the Alumni Association’s Endacott Society, and he serves on the Veterans Alumni Network advisory board. He and Mary Crissman Corman, who earned her bachelor’s degrees in psychology in 1973 and health information management in 1974, are Life members of the Alumni Association and Presidents Club donors. They also are longtime supporters of the Kansas Honor Scholar Program.

The Spirit of 1912 Award commemorates the first year of KU’s Homecoming and honors Rich and Judy Billings of Lakewood, Colorado, who in 2011 created an endowment to fund future editions of Homecoming.

The theme for KU’s 107th Homecoming is “Far Above the Golden Valley.” The Alumni Association and its Student Alumni Network Homecoming Steering Committee oversee this year’s event, which is sponsored by Best Western Plus West Lawrence; Crown Toyota, Volkswagen; and the KU Bookstore. A complete schedule of Homecoming week activities can be found at kualumni.org/homecoming.

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KU Chancellor Douglas Girod to serve as grand marshal for Homecoming parade

Posted on Oct 9, 2019 in Campus News and News

Chancellor Girod with Baby Jay on a motorcycle in front of Strong Hall | Grand Marshal
The 18th chancellor of the University of Kansas will be the grand marshal of the KU Homecoming Parade at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. The theme for the University’s 107th Homecoming is “Far Above the Golden Valley.”

Since beginning his tenure as chancellor in July 2017, Girod has focused on making KU a top destination for students and scholars by improving the student experience, strengthening KU’s outreach to the state and expanding University research. Under his leadership, student recruitment and success rates are at an all-time high, and the University launched Kansas Team Health, an innovative model of medical care and wellness for KU student-athletes.

A head-and-neck surgeon, Girod first joined the KU Medical Center faculty in 1994 and became chair of the otolaryngology department in 2002 before assuming the role of executive vice chancellor in 2013. He also served in the United States Navy Reserve from 1982 to 1997, retiring as lieutenant commander.

The parade is part of a weeklong celebration that begins Saturday, Oct. 19, and includes several student and alumni activities, including competitions, reunions and tailgates, all of which lead up to the KU-Texas Tech football game Saturday, Oct. 26, in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. This year’s event is sponsored by Best Western Plus West Lawrence; Crown Toyota, Volkswagen; and the KU Bookstore.

A complete schedule of Homecoming week activities can be found here.

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Alumni Association renews partnership with Best Western Plus West Lawrence hotel

Posted on Jun 26, 2019 in Campus News and News

Jayhawk trailer
For the second consecutive year, Best Western Plus West Lawrence, one of six hotel properties in the Wichita-based Hospitality Development of America portfolio, has partnered with the University of Kansas Alumni Association. The hotel, which opened in fall 2018, is adjacent to the Rock Chalk Park complex in west Lawrence and will serve as a presenting sponsor and exclusive hotel partner of KU’s 107th Homecoming, Oct. 19-26.

Best Western Plus West LawrenceBest Western Plus West Lawrence logo also will support the Student Alumni Network and the Alumni Association’s legacy student recruitment receptions for students and parents when they visit campus this year. In addition, the hotel will provide silent auction donations for two of the Association’s largest annual fundraising events, the Rock Chalk Ball in Kansas City and the Jayhawk Roundup in Wichita, and will offer Association members an exclusive discount on hotel stays.

“Homecoming is one of KU’s greatest traditions for students and alumni, and we’re thrilled to receive support from Best Western Plus West Lawrence to make this year’s celebration the best in years,” said Heath Peterson, KU Alumni Association president. “Thanks to this partnership, the Alumni Association also will continue to provide a host of programs and services for Jayhawks on the Hill and beyond.”

“As a proud KU alumnus, I fully understand the value of working with the KU Alumni Association to showcase our Lawrence hotel property to alumni, donors, parents and fans. The Association provides creative avenues to market our hotel with our investment going directly to supporting alumni and student programs. We are excited for Best Western Plus West Lawrence to be Jayhawks’ ‘home’ when they are in town to celebrate the great tradition of KU Homecoming,” said Steve Martens, c’75, CEO of The Martens Companies and its hotel development and management subsidiaries. Martens also is a Life Member of the Alumni Association and a Presidents Club donor.

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KU Alumni Association sets dates for Homecoming 2019

Posted on Feb 12, 2019 in Campus News and News

KU Homecoming Parade 2017 | Photo courtesy of Steve Puppe | Homecoming 2019 date
The University of Kansas will celebrate its 107th Homecoming Oct. 19-26, culminating in the KU football game against Texas Tech Oct. 26 in David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

The KU Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Leadership Board will coordinate the week of Homecoming activities. Association staff members leading the effort are Ally Stanton, director of student programs, and Keon Stowers, assistant director of student programs. KU’s Homecoming tradition began in 1912.

Homecoming leaders will meet throughout the spring semester to select a theme and finalize the schedule of activities, which will include competitions for student organizations, community service activities, reunions, the Homecoming parade and pep rally, and the selection of 10 student finalists for the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership (Ex.C.E.L.) Awards. The winners will be announced during halftime of the football game Oct. 26.

The Alumni Association will continue to update kualumni.org/homecoming as information becomes available.

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Jayhawk Career Network Profiles: Carlos P. Beltran

Posted on Oct 17, 2018 in Campus News and News

Carlos P. BeltranThe KU School of Journalism and Mass Communications invited alumni back to its Home on the Hill for J-School Generations, a two-day homecoming event.

One of the highlights was J-Talk, a TED-talk style event featuring alumni sharing stories of lessons they’ve learned through their careers.

Carlos P. Beltran, c’09, j’09, discussed his experiences as a digital content producer, both as a freelancer and for NBC Left Field, a documentary unit that profiles human-interest stories such as a KU alumnus’ classroom museum.

We sat down with Beltran to ask him more about his time at KU and his advice on choosing what to do after graduation.

When did you know what you wanted to do your career?

Ever since I was a child running around with a camera I knew I wanted to do something with video. It wasn’t until my second year at KU that I switched to journalism and decided to do it for a living.

As for what kind of video, it wasn’t until 2013, when I finished a fiction project that took two years of my life and it didn’t pan out the way I wanted. I decided I didn’t need fancy equipment and huge crews. I knew that with a camera, a microphone, a great subject, and my editing skills, I could make good work, and I dedicated myself to documentary filmmaking.

How did you get involved with such a cool production like NBC Left Field?

The unit opened a year and a half ago in Brooklyn, and after freelancing in Venezuela for a couple years I was looking for somewhere to settle down. My good friend Mariana Keller, who works at NBC News Digital told me about the opening, and after sitting down with the leader of the unit they liked my work enough to bring me on.

How did your time at KU help you get to where you are now?

I learned everything from ethics, to how to approach networks with my work, the basics of narrative and storytelling, and of course editing over at Dole, spending days editing on Final Cut Pro 7 in the media labs. Here you’ll learn how to be a great journalist, out there, you practice being one. Once you leave, don’t think you’ll get the perfect job right off the bat. You’ll go through times where you’ll discover what you don’t like to do. It might take years, it took me from graduation in 2009 to 2013 when I realized what I really wanted to do.

What advice do you have for those starting out in their careers?

When I graduated from school, I thought I wanted to work at an ad agency, or work in video, and I wasn’t getting what I wanted. I immediately thought I maybe should go get my masters, but I never did. Someone told me “if you want to be a documentary filmmaker, go make documentaries.” Go make one, and then you’ll have a business card. If you want to work in this industry, don’t wait until someone commissions you. If you find an amazing character, then shoot the story. That two minute video that you produced independently shows your skills and that you’re passionate about your work. Go shoot something, make yourself a portfolio.

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