Astronauts Joe Engle, Steven Hawley to serve as grand marshals for Homecoming parade

Posted on Sep 8, 2017 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Homecoming 2017
Retired NASA astronauts and University of Kansas alumni Joe Engle and Steven Hawley will be grand marshals of the KU Homecoming Parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. A meet and greet with Kansas Athletics will precede the parade from 4 to 5 p.m. at South Park. The theme for KU’s 105th Homecoming is “Jayhawks of the Galaxy.”

Joe EngleEngle, a Chapman native and 1955 School of Engineering graduate, was a member of the NASA Class of 1966. He trained for the Apollo 14 and Apollo 17 moon missions before commanding Space Shuttle Columbia, the second shuttle mission, on Nov. 12, 1981. Four years later, he commanded Space Shuttle Discovery. He has been inducted in the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame, the Astronaut Hall of Fame and the National Aviation Hall of Fame. In 1982, he received the University’s Distinguished Service Citation and was recognized as a Distinguished Engineering Alumnus.

Steven HawleyHawley, a Salina native who graduated in 1973 with a degree in astronomy, is a member of the NASA Class of 1978. He served as mission specialist on five space shuttle flights from 1984 to 1999 and logged more than 770 hours in space. He has received several awards from NASA and has been inducted in the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame and the Astronaut Hall of Fame. In 1998, he received the University’s Distinguished Service Citation, and he received the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. He is a professor in the department of physics and astronomy at KU.

KU alumnus and former astronaut Ron Evans, who joined Engle in NASA’s Class of 1966 and served as command module pilot on Apollo 17, died in 1990. The University’s newest astronaut candidate, Loral O’Hara, graduated from the School of Engineering in 2006. She is currently in NASA’s two-year training program.

The parade is part of a weeklong celebration that begins Sunday, Oct. 1, and includes several student and alumni activities, including competitions, community service opportunities and reunions, all of which lead up to the KU-Texas Tech football game Saturday, Oct. 7, in Memorial Stadium. A complete schedule of Homecoming week activities can be found at on the Homecoming website.

The student-led Homecoming Steering Committee is directed by Nellie Kassebaum, a Burdick junior in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She works with Alumni Association adviser Jacey Krehbiel, assistant director of membership and business development.

This year’s Homecoming celebration is sponsored by Crown Toyota-Volkswagen.

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University of Kansas concludes 104th Homecoming celebration

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Homecoming 2016

The University of Kansas celebrated its 104th Homecoming Oct. 16-22. The annual event was organized by the KU Alumni Association and a student-led Homecoming steering committee, which was directed by Katie Gerard, a Hanover senior in supply chain management. She worked with Alumni Association adviser Jacey Krehbiel, assistant director of alumni programs. Homecoming sponsors were Crown Automotive, Coca Cola and Kansas Athletics.

The theme for this year’s event was “Rock Chalk Super Hawk.” Students and alumni participated in several activities throughout the week, including competitions, community service opportunities and reunions. Members of the KU and Lawrence communities collected more than a ton of non-perishable food items for Just Food of Douglas County during the Stuff the Bus competition. They also donated more than 1,000 books for the Lawrence for Literacy Children’s Book Drive, which was sponsored by the Homecoming steering committee and the United Way of Douglas County.

The Homecoming parade was Friday, Oct. 21, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence and featured Bob Davis, the former play-by-play voice of Kansas Jayhawk football and men’s basketball, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist and former KU track and field sprinter Kyle Clemons as grand marshals. A pep rally at Eighth and New Hampshire streets followed the parade. The weeklong celebration culminated with a KU football game against Oklahoma State University Saturday, Oct. 22, in Memorial Stadium.

The 2016 Homecoming event and award winners are:

ExCEL Awards
Jordan Hildenbrand, a senior from Blue Springs, Missouri, majoring in chemical engineering
Abdoulie Njai, a senior from Wichita majoring in human biology

Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award
Sarah Pickert, a junior from Wichita majoring in visual communication in graphic design

Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award
Linda Ellis Sims, e’79, from Independence, Missouri

Overall Winners

Greek Life
1st place: Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Delta Lambda Phi
2nd place: Delta Delta Delta, Theta Chi, Alpha Kappa Lambda
3rd place: Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Tau Delta, Beta Sigma Psi

Student Life
1st place: Omega Phi Alpha, Beta Upsilon Chi
2nd place: KU School of Engineering
3rd place: Student Union Activities, The Big Event, KJHK

For more information and a complete list of competition winners, visit homecoming.ku.edu.

 

2016 KU HomecomingKU’s 104th Homecoming celebration, Rock Chalk Super Hawk, takes place Oct. 16-22. For a full list of activities and events during Homecoming week, fun facts and historical information, visit www.kualumni.org/homecoming. Share your photos with us by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #kuhomecoming, and follow the hashtag to see more pictures of the celebration. Click here to read more stories about Homecoming.

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Joe and Susan Morris of Leawood to receive Homecoming Spirit of 1912 Award

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Susan and Joe Morris
The University of Kansas Alumni Association and the student-led Homecoming Steering Committee have named Joe and Susan Morris of Leawood as the winners of this year’s Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award. The annual award recognizes special contributions to Homecoming and other KU traditions.

The Morrises are scheduled to receive their award during the Homecoming reception at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union. The reception also honors the 10 finalists for the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership (Ex.C.E.L.) Awards. Two Ex.C.E.L. winners will be named at halftime of the KU vs. Oklahoma football game, which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Memorial Stadium.

Joe Morris graduated from the KU School of Business in 1961 and for decades has assisted KU as a volunteer. He served on the business school’s Board of Advisors and on the national Board of Directors for the Alumni Association from 2002 to 2009, leading the organization as chair from 2007 to 2008. He is a longtime member of Jayhawks for Higher Education. He and Susan are life members of the Alumni Association and contributors to its Presidents Club. He also volunteered for the KU Medical Center as a member of the Heart Advisory Board. The Morrises have participated in numerous KU events nationwide, and they co-chaired the 2010 Rock Chalk Ball in Kansas City. Joe received the Alumni Association’s Fred Ellsworth Medallion in 2006 for his extraordinary volunteer service to KU. In 2009, the School of Business honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The Spirit of 1912 Award commemorates the first year of KU’s Homecoming and honors Rich and Judy Billings of Lakewood, Colo., who in 2011 created an endowment to fund future editions of Homecoming. The Billings, both 1957 KU graduates, will attend their 56th KU Homecoming celebration this year.

The theme for KU’s 103rd Homecoming is “Ghosts of Jayhawks Past.” The Homecoming parade begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, rain or shine, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. This year’s grand marshal is Catherine Carmichael, the reigning Miss Kansas World and a 2014 University of Kansas graduate. A pep rally featuring KU football coach David Beaty on Eighth Street follows the parade.

A complete Homecoming week schedule is available at www.homecoming.ku.edu. Jayhawks also can follow KU Homecoming on Facebook (/KUHomecoming), Twitter (@KU_homecoming) and Instagram (@ku_homecoming).

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Reigning Miss Kansas World to lead Homecoming parade

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Homecoming 2015
Catherine Carmichael, the reigning Miss Kansas World and a 2014 University of Kansas graduate, will be grand marshal of the KU Homecoming Parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. A pep rally on Eighth Street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets will follow the parade.

Catherine Carmichael, Miss Kansas World (submitted photo)Carmichael, who grew up in Manhattan, Kansas, played volleyball for KU while completing her degree in African and African-American Studies with a minor in communication studies. She is now assistant director of football recruiting for Kansas Athletics.

The parade is part of a weeklong celebration that begins Sunday, Oct. 25, and includes daily activities leading up to the KU-Oklahoma football game Saturday, Oct. 31, in Memorial Stadium. The theme for KU’s 103rd Homecoming is  “Ghosts of Jayhawks Past.” A complete Homecoming week schedule is available at www.homecoming.ku.edu, along with an informational packet for organizations participating in the various Homecoming competitions.

In conjunction with the parade, the KU Alumni Association and student-led Homecoming Steering Committee have produced special buttons for the celebration. A variety of downtown merchants will offer one-time discounts during Homecoming Week to customers who present the buttons. Buttons and fliers describing the discounts will be available during Homecoming week at the Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Ave., and at the following Lawrence campus locations:

Monday, Oct. 26: the front lawn of Watson Library
Tuesday, Oct. 27-Thursday, Oct. 29, in front of Wescoe Hall

The student director of KU’s 103rd Homecoming is Caleb Johnson, a Basehor senior in civil engineering. He works with Alumni Association advisers Paige Hofer, student programs coordinator, and Jacey Krehbiel, assistant director of alumni programs. The Association will continue to post details at www.homecoming.ku.edu. Jayhawks also can follow KU Homecoming on Facebook, Twitter (@KU_homecoming) and Instagram (@ku_homecoming).

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KU Alumni Association sets dates for Homecoming 2015

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

 

Homecoming 2015 save the date | www.kualumni.orgThe University of Kansas will celebrate Homecoming Oct. 25-31, 2015, culminating in the KU football game against Oklahoma University Oct. 31 in Memorial Stadium.

The KU Alumni Association and a student-led steering committee will coordinate the week of Homecoming activities. Association staff members leading the effort are Paige Hofer, coordinator of student programs, and Jacey Krehbiel, coordinator of alumni 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, various reunions, the Homecoming parade and pep rally, and the selection of 10 student finalists for the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards (ExCEL). The winners will be announced during halftime of the football game Oct. 31.

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

Kansas Athletics has announced 2015 football season ticket prices, including a “loyalty pricing” campaign that enables fans to lock in 2014 prices for the seven-game 2015 season and save money on single-game tickets. The loyalty pricing campaign is open to everyone and will end Jan. 18, 2015. Fans can order by logging into their ticket account at KUAthletics.com/renewals or calling 800-34-HAWKS.

For more information on 2015 ticket packages and how fans can get all seven games for the price of six, click here.

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Jayhawks enjoy South Pacific jewels

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Jacey Krehbiel, coordinator of alumni programs, hosted a group of Flying Jayhawks during a recent trip to French Polynesia. For more information about the Flying Jayhawks alumni travel program, visit www.kualumni.org/flyingjayhawks.

Tahiti. Talk about a place that I never imagined I would visit. However, at the end of January, I had the opportunity of a lifetime and made the trip to the French Polynesia with the Flying Jayhawks. A wonderful group of people from all over the United States joined me in the South Pacific for a ten days of relaxation and breathtaking views.

Our adventure started in Pape`ete, Tahiti. This was my first experience on a cruise ship. Needless to say, the service was amazing and the food was impeccable! From Pape`ete we traveled to Moorea, where we swam with sharks and stingrays. We also enjoyed an authentic Polynesian barbecue with local favorites such as mahi-mahi, poisson cru (fresh tuna, lime juice, and coconut milk), and our choice of locally-grown fruit.

We spent the next several days in Bora Bora. It was in Bora Bora where I really got a sense of the culture in French Polynesia. The island’s economy is almost solely driven by tourism. Whether it is snorkeling, bike riding or sight-seeing, Bora Bora thrives on tourists. A tourist favorite is the restaurant and bar Bloody Mary’s. You may have seen it on E!’s hit TV show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Another popular find in Bora Bora, as well as Tahiti and the other surrounding islands, are the popular Tahitian black pearls. The warm lagoon waters make Tahiti the perfect location to cultivate these ocean treasures. They are beautiful!

Other islands we visited included Raiatea, Rangiroa, Nuku Hiva, and Fakarava.

It was an incredible experience. I met a variety of folks from all over the world, including quite a few Canadians who are now very familiar with the Jayhawk thanks to Andrew Wiggins! It was fun to listen to them talk about Kansas. I look forward to my next adventure with the Flying Jayhawks so I can learn more about another culture and share the Jayhawk pride!

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

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Homecoming 2014 dates set

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

img_home_homecoming_parade_jayhawkJayhawks, mark your calendar!

The University of Kansas will celebrate its 102nd Homecoming Sept. 21-27, 2014, culminating in the KU football game against the University of Texas Sept. 27 in Memorial Stadium.

The KU Alumni Association and a student-led steering committee will coordinate the week of Homecoming activities. Association staff members leading the effort are Paige Hofer, coordinator of student programs, and Jacey Krehbiel, coordinator of alumni programs. KU’s Homecoming tradition began in 1912.

Students must apply for positions on the 10-member steering committee; applications are available online at kualumni.org/homecoming. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 7, and committee members will be announced in mid-February.

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, various reunions, the Homecoming parade and pep rally, and the selection of 10 student finalists for the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards (ExCEL). The winners will be announced during halftime of the football game Sept. 27.

Be sure to check kualumni.org/homecoming frequently for new information!

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Campus collaboration leads to successful student recruitment visit

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

In the realm of student recruitment, campus visits are often pivotal events for prospective students. As a volunteer with the Helpful Alumni Working for KU (HAWK) program, Monique Garcia Pope of Wichita brought six high school students from her community to campus Nov. 15 for a visit led by Greg Valdovino, assistant director of admissions. Pope, c’96, shared this account following a great day on the Hill, which included visits at the Adams Alumni Center with Heath Peterson, vice president for alumni and student programs, and Jacey Krehbiel, alumni programs coordinator.

I contacted Greg several weeks ago to see if he could help facilitate a KU campus tour for six outstanding students I have worked with through my community involvement in Wichita and as a HAWK volunteer. The group included five students (four seniors and one sophomore) from Wichita North High School and a junior from Wichita West High School who had signed up with their guidance counselors to come for the tour: Brissa Gallegos, McKenzie Ortiz, Samuel Corravubias, Andrea Martinez, Angie Clare and Miguel De Alba Vallejo.

img_news_han_visitNever in my student recruitment volunteer outreach experience have I seen a more diligent group of students who are so smart, involved, motivated and kind, and I’m not just saying that because they’re students from Wichita. Truly, these students are outstanding! They asked great questions throughout the day, and one student brought her notepad with her and was jotting down notes on the drive back to Wichita–very impressive!

Most of the students are taking Advanced Placement classes, and the seniors are going to pursue the Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

I knew that four of the six students had KU at the top of their college choices, but were wavering a bit, and that’s totally understandable at this stage. The list of other schools in contention for this group included Vanderbilt University, Boston College and New York University–but that was before they came to Lawrence!

Upon our arrival the KU Visitor Center, Greg arranged a fantastic housing tour. I could sense the students were really excited as we walked through some of the residence halls. We then returned to the visitor center auditorium with other prospective students, and Lee Furbeck, senior associate director of admissions, gave a great presentation. The bus/walking tour was lots of fun, and we truly enjoyed having lunch with Greg at the Union, asking him questions and hanging on to every word he said.

Earlier thaimg_news_han_visit_aact morning, I had contacted Jacey and Heath to let them know we were in town and, if time permitted, we would like to swing by the Alumni Center. I apologized for the late notice but, as always, Heath and Jacey were available to share information on the Student Alumni Association and a few KU souvenirs. Heath gave us a brief tour of the Alumni Center, and the students were really impressed with the Association and the support provided to help establish the KU Hispanic Alumni Network. They mentioned that they’d like to be a part of KU HAN once they graduate from KU.

Greg suggested that if we had time before returning to Wichita, we could swing by Allen Field House and the Ambler Student Recreation Center. The center is a huge improvement over the Robinson Center I recall, and of course the students had a blast at the Field House.

What made me most proud was the collaboration in action, including Greg in the admissions office and Heath and Jacey at the Alumni Association. On the drive back to Wichita–we might as well have floated back home–the students were all on cloud nine. Some of them even “tweeted” to their followers about what an awesome time they had at KU, and they had clearly made their choice to attend KU because of Friday’s visit.

I cannot begin to express my gratitude to Greg for all that he did, and to Heath and Jacey for their warm welcome. Everyone worked to ensure that these six students had a wonderful experience on their KU campus tour. Without a doubt, all six now are eager to attend KU! Thanks to everyone for all you do.

–Monique Garcia Pope

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Go west, young Jayhawks

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Baby Jay in Garden City | www.kualumni.orgLast weekend, KU Alumni Association staff members Jacey Krehbiel and Emily Ellison, alumni programs coordinators, traveled west to Garden City for Beef Empire Days, an area-wide celebration of the beef industry in southwest Kansas that includes a rodeo, parade and other events. The trip was part of our annual ‘Hawk Days of Summer effort to connect with as many Jayhawks as possible.

The Great Plains Chapter was represented in Saturday’s parade, and Baby Jay made an appearance also. After the parade, KU alumni and friends were invited to take photos with Baby Jay at Stevens Park.

A favorite quote from the trip: “Now that’s ground beef,” by the announcer at the rodeo about a 2000-pound bull lying on the ground. Hey, we don’t have many opportunities to watch rodeos in Lawrence.

Click here to see photos from the trip, or watch the slideshow below. You’re welcome to download photos for personal use. Thanks to all the Jayhawks in western Kansas who joined us, we appreciate your support!

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Game day crew

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Can you tell the KU Alumni Association is overjoyed to be in Arlington for the Sweet 16?!

KU Alumni staff | www.kualumni.org

 
Staff members Danny Lewis, Caitlin Wise, Jacey Krehbiel, Kelsey Hill and Brad Eland worked hard to set up for today’s pregame party and pep rally at the Arlington Convention Center, and photographer Dan Storey was there to capture their excitement when the hard part was over.

Yesterday, Caitlin, Jacey and Kelsey talked to fans during the KU basketball team’s open practice to find out why they love being a Jayhawk. Watch our short video below!

What makes being a Jayhawk special for you? Email your stories and pictures to share@kualumni.org!

Photo and video by Dan Storey

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