Jayhawk Roundup, up and away

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Thanks to alumni, fans and friends for another successful Jayhawk Roundup!

The Roundup is the largest event hosted by the KU Alumni Association in Wichita, attracting hundreds of people to Murfin Stables each year for a fun evening of dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and KU camaraderie.

Jeff Kennedy, j’81, national chair of the Board of Directors, and Patti Gorham served as this year’s Jayhawk Roundup chairpersons, leading a committee of dedicated volunteers.

Jayhawk Roundup 2013 | www.kualumni.orgGuests enjoyed a dinner sponsored by Security 1st Title and Truffles, followed by remarks from Kevin Corbett, president; Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little; and Lynn Loveland, assistant director of Wichita programs for the Alumni Association.

The silent auction was open throughout the evening, while live bidding for items such as a one-hour ride in a Beechcraft T-6 trainer and dinner with Sheahon Zenger and John Hadl began after dinner.

Another interesting item in the auction? An 11-foot American alligator. We’re not kidding– Presidents Club member Colette Kocour, c’73, who served on the decorations committee for the Roundup, was determined to find a great item for the auction this year. She made a call to Dr. Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Biodiversity Institute and professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and his staff members found the scaly, stuffed creature.

The story was chronicled by Kocour’s hometown newspaper, the Wellington Daily News. Click here to read the full story.

After the auction ended, Jayhawks kicked up their heels (or boots) and danced to music from Monster Entertainment until midnight.

Proceeds from the Jayhawk Roundup help enhance alumni programs, including student recruitment, career networking and the alumni lobbying program, Jayhawks for Higher Education.

Stay tuned for information about next year’s event! If you are interested in becoming a sponsoring or helping with the event, contact Lynn Loveland at lloveland@kualumni.org or 316.293.2621.

Watch the slideshow below to see pictures from this year’s Roundup, or click here to view the photos on Flickr.

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Jayhawks for Higher Education: Legislative Update

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 in Alumni News and News

The following message was delivered to nearly 1,500 Jayhawks for Higher Education advocates in Kansas who help communicate the needs of the University and higher education to the Kansas Legislature. Alumni advocacy is a longstanding tradition of the Alumni Association. Learn more about Jayhawks for Higher Education.

The Kansas Legislature is in full throttle at the statehouse in Topeka, with a record large number of new Senators and Representatives settling in to debate key issues facing Kansas.

For the University of Kansas, the session is off to a great start!   In these times of lean budgets, it was encouraging to see Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget recommendations keep state support for KU at a relative even level for the next two fiscal years.   Gov. Brownback has been a consistent advocate for higher education, recognizing that we can’t have a pro-growth strategy in Kansas without strong institutions like KU.

In addition to holding our operating budget even, the governor’s budget also calls for a initial state investment in a new medical education building for the KU Medical Center.   This critically important new facility will provide a modern, state-of-the-art setting for the education of tomorrow’s health care professionals.   It also will enable the School of Medicine to train more physicians each year.   This increase will be especially important for the many Kansas communities that face physician shortages.

We’re grateful for the governor’s recommendations and hope members of the House and Senate can support them, as well.   This year’s budget debate–like so many of late–will be a difficult one, with scarce resources to meet many needs. As the session unfolds, we hope you’ll take time to let your elected officials know you support KU and its key state funding.

And because we are grateful for the budget recommendations from Gov. Brownback, we encourage you to drop him a note to say “Thanks.”

— Kevin J. Corbett, President of the KU Alumni Association and Kathy Damron, Director of State Relations

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