High school seniors planning to arrive on the Hill next fall have found unexpected surprises in their yards lately: yard signs declaring they are “Rock Chalk Ready.”
Volunteers delivered the signs, a joint effort between the KU Office of Admissions, the Provost’s office, and the KU Alumni Association, to incoming freshmen in Lawrence, Topeka, Wichita and the Kansas City metro area over the past few weeks.
“This was our first crack at welcoming the incoming freshman class with KU yardsigns, and we could not have pulled it off without the collective effort of our KU alumni and staff,” said Joy Maxwell, director of legacy relations. “It has been so fulfilling to watch KU alumni share their time and Jayhawk pride to blanket these major in-state markets with crimson and blue. We hope to expand the campaign statewide and nationally with more funding and volunteer help in years to come.”
Check out our collection of photos below to see the signs:
More than 40 out-of-state Jayhawks gathered Wednesday evening to celebrate a shared success on the Hill: the Jayhawk Generation scholarship.
“The goal of the Jayhawk Generations scholarship is simple: to give legacy students as much assistance as possible to carry on the KU tradition and further enrich the unparalleled atmosphere we have here on Jayhawk Boulevard,” says Joy Maxwell, c’03, j’03, director of legacy relations for the Alumni Association.
Brenna Murray, a senior English literature major from St. Robert, Missouri, says that receiving the scholarship has made a huge impact in her life. “The grant has helped me create many experiences during my time here at KU,” she says. “I have studied abroad and enjoyed internships because the resources were there through the Jayhawk Generations scholarship.”
Maxwell explains that students receiving the scholarship are huge assets to the University. “These students retain well,” she says. “They have excellent graduation rates, and they bring an out-of-state perspective into our classrooms, which only helps to diversify and grow the campus as a whole.”
The Jayhawk Generations scholarship assists out-of-state students who have a parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, great-grandparent or legal guardian who graduated from the University of Kansas. To quality for the partial tuition waiver, incoming freshman students must meet specific requirements for grade point average and ACT or SAT scores. Renewal scholarship criteria for current KU students are based on grade point average and credit hours.
Watch our slideshow below to see more pictures from the recognition dinner, or click here to view the photos on Flickr.
Jordan Nicoll hails from Chafford Hundred, United Kingdom—4,000 miles away from Lawrence—and has only been on campus for a month, but the University of Kansas already feels like home to him.
He first visited campus during summer 2014 with Larry Pfeiffer, b’71, a proud Life Member of the Alumni Association who has known Jordan since the day he was born. It was only natural that Larry would be the one to introduce the young man to the KU experience.
“I had an absolutely fantastic time seeing Lawrence and the campus, which was stunning,” said Jordan at the time. He visited Allen Fieldhouse and the Sigma Chi fraternity house, and sat in on a communications studies class with Larry’s son, Jordan Pfeiffer. “After visiting KU, it has 100 percent convinced me that I’d love to study there.”
Recruitment efforts by Joy Maxwell, director of legacy relations, and other staff members on campus, including Daphne Johnston, associate director of international recruitment and undergraduate admission, paid off—Jordan began his studies on the Hill this fall.
Joy caught up with Jordan recently over fish and chips at the Free State Brewing Company and learned that he has already settled in to his new life on campus. “I’m having the most amazing time here at KU. The classes and my Sigma Chi fraternity brothers are great!” he shared. He enjoys his courses in political science as well as participating in intramural soccer and attending KU football games. He’ll also join the Pfeiffers, whom he considers his American family, to watch the men’s basketball team compete in November at the Maui Invitational.
When Joy asked if Lawrence and KU have lived up to his expectations, Jordan responded with a resounding “yes.”
“I’m very grateful to be living out my dream of studying in Lawrence.”
High school sophomore legacy students were treated to a special KU visit day last weekend, hosted by KU’s Office of Admissions.
A total of 224 people attended the event, including 96 sophomore students and 128 guests. Participants experienced KU in all its game-day glory, and enjoyed campus tours, lunch in the Union and presentations about what it’s like to be a Jayhawk.
One lucky attendee even won a basketball signed by the 2014-15 men’s team, which will surely entice her to enroll at the University in a few years.
After the formal program, students and their guests had a few hours to explore campus and Lawrence on their own or tailgate on the Hill before heading to the football game in Memorial Stadium.
Students and parents, as well as organizers, were pleased with the event. “We really enjoyed the entire program, and thought everything was well organized and informative,” said parent Jay Burgess. “Our ambassador did a great job of showing off the school and answering all our questions—I know I was ready to come back to school at the end of the day!”
Joy Maxwell, the Alumni Association’s director of legacy relations, declared the program a winner. “Saturday’s event was top-notch!”
Students from 17 states gathered last week for a Jayhawk Generations scholarship dinner and reception at Adams Alumni Center. Each scholarship recipient was recognized by class, name and field of study and was given a KU license plate frame and gift card to the KU bookstore. Camille Nyberg, c’96, g’98, national chair of the Alumni Association’s board of directors, also attended.
“The recipients of this scholarship are involved, hardworking and grateful for the opportunity to study at KU,” says Joy Maxwell, c’03, j’03, director of legacy relations for the Alumni Association. “It’s a financial plus and an honor to receive and retain this scholarship.”
Spencer Hartley, a senior in American studies and communication studies from Kansas City, Missouri, participated in the event and spoke briefly to the younger students. “Do your work and use all the resources the University provides to you,” he advised. “This Jayhawk Generations scholarship helped me to make my decision final to come to KU. So do your best to keep it because it’s a good opportunity.”
The Jayhawk Generations scholarship assists out-of-state students who have a parent, step-parent, grandparent, step-grandparent, great-grandparent or legal guardian who graduated from the University of Kansas. To quality for the partial tuition waiver, incoming freshman students must meet specific requirements for grade point average and ACT or SAT scores; renewal scholarship criteria for current KU students are based on grade point average and credit hours.
There are 289 Jayhawk Generations scholars currently on campus.
KU’s long winter break presents an ideal opportunity to recruit high school seniors in their hometowns, connecting them with current KU students from their communities who are home between semesters. To make those connections, the Office of Admissions and the Alumni Association have organized 13 “Home for the Holidays” events in January in key cities.
“These events offer one more way for the University to reach out to admitted students and personalize recruitment efforts, highlighting why they should choose KU,” says Lisa Pinamonti Kress, g’98, director of admissions.
Alumni and KU friends (including parents of current students) often host gatherings in their homes, where high school seniors and their families can meet informally with admissions representatives, current students and alumni. ‘By hosting in the homes of alumni or friends, we are able to showcase the commitment to and love of KU that endure long after graduation’, Kress says.
The expansion of Home for the Holidays events reflects KU’s growing momentum in freshman recruitment. In January 2013, admissions and alumni representatives hosted successful winter break events in six cities, and last fall the admissions office hired six new full-time recruiters in KU strongholds. “Our office continues to expand out-of-state recruitment, and with the success of last year’s events, we decided to reach out to alumni in additional cities,” Kress says. “In the areas where these events have occurred, we have seen increases in students attending KU beyond our traditional numbers from these regions. We also decided to host two events in our feeder areas in Kansas. We appreciate the partnership we have with the Alumni Association and our outstanding alumni.”
2014 Home for the Holidays events
Saturday, Jan. 11
New York City
Hosted by Marshall Bellovin (Gabriel, c’13)
Sunday, Jan. 12
Hosted by Lori Anderson Piening, b’92 Omaha
Hosted by Robin and Rick Putnam, c’77, l’80 San Francisco
Hosted by Eric and Gayle Starr (Daniel Starr, Class of 2015) Phoenix
Hosted by the Hilton-Spiegel family (Shari Hilton, Class of 2016) Washington, D.C.
Hosted by Ryan, c’07, j’07, and Erinn Schaiberger Colaianni, b’07, g’08
Thursday, Jan. 16
Hosted by Kevin Carroll, assoc. Tulsa
Hosted by Tim, b’80, l’83, and Melanie Andersen Trump, b’80, l’83 Wichita
Hosted by Greg Ek, b’76; Camille Bribiesca Nyberg, c’96, g’98; and Jeff Kennedy, j’81
Saturday, Jan. 18
Hosted by Lisa Massoth Brinig, j’83
Sunday, Jan. 19
Northern Los Angeles
Hosted by Robbin and Donald Close, c’60 Memphis
Hosted by Shep and Margaret Fargotstein (Molly, c’12)
Sunday, Jan. 26
Hosted by Debbie Barnes Ward, j’86
If you or your current or prospective student is interested in attending a Home for the Holidays event, please contact Joy Maxwell, director of legacy relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the KU Office of Admissions at email@example.com.
Photo: Robin and Rick Putnam, c’77, l’80, hosted an event in Omaha. Photo by Joy Maxwell.
Fifth-generation KU freshman Marlow Reese, from Brentwood, Tenn., acknowledges that her family tradition strongly influenced her choice of KU. But the deciding factor? “The Alumni Association,” she says. “I received a lot of personal attention throughout the recruitment process, and it really helped.”
Another helpful nudge came in the form of a Jayhawk Generations Scholarship, KU’s four-year, renewable partial tuition waivers for academically qualifying out-of-state students from Jayhawk families. To celebrate the fifth year of the program, the Association hosted a dinner Oct. 29 for 65 Jayhawk Generations Scholars from 19 states. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Association President Kevin Corbett, c’88, greeted the students, and Joy Maxwell, c’03, j’03, the Association’s director of legacy relations, introduced each student and shared the history of the legacy scholarship, which the Association and KU leaders created in 2009 with approval from the Kansas Legislature. “The goal was very simple,” she explained, “ to give legacy students as much assistance as possible to carry on the KU tradition. You see, the KU Alumni Association wants you here just as much as your parents or grandparents do.” She urged the students to become involved in the Student Alumni Association, which offers opportunities for students to connect with alumni: “It’s never too early to begin networking,” she said.
The Association hosts a dinner each fall for the scholars; 218 are on campus this year. Since fall 2009, the program has steadily grown, from 43 freshman scholars in 2009 to 134 freshman recipients in fall 2013. The deadline for fall 2014 scholarship consideration has been extended to Nov. 8.