Have you ever heard of the term “Pareidolia?” Most people haven’t, but surely everyone has experienced it. Pareidolia (parr-i-DOH-lee-uh) is the phenomenon of recognizing familiar shapes in clouds or objects, the man in the moon, religious icons in toast … or Jayhawks in rocks.
Tim Brandt, b’74, director of the Adams Alumni Center, saw this rocky likeness of our beloved mascot while he was running around the Troon North Golf Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was struck by the shape of an outcropping of rock, and he sent us the photo. “All you need is a little paint, and it would look just like the Jayhawk,” he says.
Through the years, alumni have sent images of Jayhawks in clouds, piles of leaves and even puddles. The Adams Alumni Center is also home to a collection of figurines from alumni, including this cute little Jayhawk made from four garden rocks glued together and painted in bright hues. No one knows who sent it or when, but its silhouette does look quite a bit like the rock formation in Arizona.
Studies show that if a person sees images in objects and clouds, an activation in the brain has occurred. Alumni know that when we see Jayhawks everywhere, there’s been an activation in the heart. If you have images of your own “Hawk Pareidolia,” email them to us at email@example.com so we can post them.
The Bourbon County Arts Council in Fort Scott recently sponsored a Bad Art by Good People project, and our beloved crimson and blue was represented in a unique way.
Gary Cullor, b’67, e’67, chose to paint “Blue Cat,” inspired by the “Blue Dogs” paintings by George Rodrigue. Of course, Cullor thought it appropriate to make his cat a KU cat to counter the purple cats that populate our state.
24 “non-artists” submitted original acrylic paintings for the project after they were guided by an artist mentor, and the paintings were auctioned at an evening reception to raise funds for the arts council.
The Bourbon County Arts Council was founded by Cullor and his wife Sally, d’68, in 1971.
Patsy Woods, who retired from KU’s Life Span Institute, recently uncovered this Jayhawk while cleaning out a closet. She doesn’t recall where she picked it up but thought the KU Alumni Association might want to add it to our collection of Jayhawks.
We were delighted to add it!
If you have an unusual, or even somewhat strange, Jayhawk that you would like to donate to the Association’s collection, we’ll put it on display at the Adams Alumni Center with the rest of our historical Jayhawks. Or, if you want to keep your Jayhawk but share its story, we’d love to feature it on our website.
Fall classes on the Hill begin Monday, Aug. 26, but young students in the Lawrence school district are headed back to school today.
We’ve noticed a trend of first-day-of-school pictures monopolizing our Facebook newsfeeds, and many of those photos happen to include Jayhawk gear! It might be a sign that our Facebook friends lists consist mostly of KU alumni, fans and friends.
Since we already have a Facebook photo album dedicated to adorable Future Jayhawks, we’d like to invite parents to send us pictures of your little Jayhawk in their back-to-school crimson and blue.
If you’d like to show off your future Jayhawk, email a photo to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the following information:
Name of the child(ren)
Full names of parents (we will only publish first names, but we’d appreciate it if you include last names so we can verify–and in some cases, update– your information in our records)
KU degree information for the parent(s), if applicable
Child(ren)’s birth date– again, we won’t publish this information, but we’d like to make sure the parents’ alumni record is up-to-date
That’s it! We can’t wait to see more photos of Jayhawks headed off to another year of school.
Did you know that kids can be members of the KU Alumni Association, too? Sign them up for Future Jayhawks, our membership program for kids, and they’ll receive an exclusive, KU-themed gift with each annual membership renewal, along with a special birthday card from Baby Jay and other goodies throughout the year.
Judi Young Knapp, j’63, and Roy Knapp, e’63, g’69, g’73, may live in Norman, Okla.,– the home of the University of Oklahoma, a fellow Big 12 member– but they still show their Jayhawk pride.
The Knapps, Life Members of the KU Alumni Association, were surprised recently when the city rolled out new recycling bins in KU blue instead of the more common brown, gray or beige color that blends in with the landscape (or Sooner red, for that matter).
They decided to go all out and dress up their bin with a Jayhawk to match. “As KU graduates, we are quite partial to ‘true blue Jayhawk blue,’” said Judi.
We love hearing about the unique ways people share their spirit! Email your story to email@example.com.
KU’s annual Commencement ceremony is less than two weeks away! The 141st Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m. Alumni are invited to the Hill to celebrate the newest class of graduates. We also invite you to reminisce about your own Commencement.
Submit Commencement photos
Our Facebook albums featuring alumni weddings and Jayhawk babies have been wildly popular, so we created another album for Commencement photos through the years. Alumni Association staff members kicked off the album with pictures from their own graduation celebrations–let’s just say the photo provided by our esteemed president, Kevin Corbett, isn’t quite what we expected. Click here to check out the album.
Want us to include your photo? Email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your full name and class year. And if you’ve got a funny story or a touching memory from Commencement, tell us about that, too. We’ll add it to our photo album and then you can like it, share it or tag yourself in it.
Graduating students are invited to celebrate with us on Stop Day at the annual Grad Grill. This rite of passage features free barbecue from Bigg’s and the opportunity to mingle with fellow graduates before starting your final Finals Week.
The event takes place on Friday, May 10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Adams Alumni Center.
Commencement Open House
On the day of Commencement, the Adams Alumni Center will host an open house from 12 p.m.-3 p.m. Graduates and their families can stop by for a champagne toast and a light snack, and alumni are welcome to drop by and offer congratulations.
Joey Stallman, c’12, found a unique way to hold onto his college memories without a giant pile of memorabilia taking up space in his house: a quilt and pillows made from T-shirts he collected as a student, representing activities and organizations that tell his KU story.
Perhaps even more impressive? Stallman made the quilt himself, even though he’d never used a sewing machine before. “I looked into it online, and there are companies that will make your old shirts into quilts for hundreds of dollars, so I decided to pursue the cheaper option,” he said. “I knew I would appreciate the final product more because it was made by me.”
He borrowed a sewing machine from his coworker, Shawna Huffman, d’99, and got to work. The shirts represent KU Dance Marathon, Delta Lambda Phi fraternity, Student Senate, the KU Bookstore, Student Alumni Association, Student Alumni Leadership Board and the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. He also included the Class of 2012 T-shirts he received at freshman orientation and at graduation.
Stallman said his most memorable T-shirts are from the KU Dance Marathon, and he included every shirt he had from the organization. He joined the organization as a sophomore who had no experience with the group, and by the time he was a senior his world revolved around the kids and Dance Marathon.
He also included the first and last shirts he received as a member of SAA– it was called Tradition Keepers his freshman year– as the focal point of the quilt, since it was the first organization he joined at KU. “In designing the layout,” he said, ” I thought having the ‘Tradition Starts Here’ logo with every other shirt stemming out from it would kind of tell the story of my time here, my rendition of the tradition that is KU.”
Joey is originally from Hutchinson, Kan., and graduated with a degree in linguistics. He currently works at the Douglas County Dental Clinic as an assistant and is working on prerequisites to attend dental hygiene school in fall 2014. He has had multiple people request that he teach them how to make a quilt, and he’s already begun work on a second quilt. Photos used with permission.
If you’ve spent any time at all in the great city of Lawrence, you know it’s a magical place.
A video making the rounds on the Internet shows that the late actor Michael Landon apparently thought so, too. The video was shot in the early 1990′s, and we don’t know much about it other than it’s long (ten minutes!), nostalgic and filled with bike-riding residents. Landon speaks for about a minute at the beginning of the video, and the rest of it is set to music.
According to IMDB, a portion of “Where Pigeons Go to Die,” a 1990 television movie directed by Landon, was shot in Lawrence.
Without further ado, here’s the magical video. (Click here if you can’t see the embedded video below.)
If you don’t have time to watch the entire video, don’t worry– we did that for you and made note of some points of interest in case you want to skip ahead.
The first five minutes are idyllic scenes of life around Lawrence neighborhoods, featuring lots of kids, bicycles, balloons and family fun.
Our building even makes an appearance! The lobby of the Adams Alumni Center steals the scene at 4:26.
Shortly after the five-minute mark, recognizable landmarks start to appear, like the former home of the Lawrence Arts Center in the Carnegie Building at 9th and Vermont Streets.
At around 5:40, scenes from the KU campus are featured, starting with the Spencer Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum and its Panorama. The alma mater begins to play at 6:50. You’ll spot Chancellor Gene Budig greeting guests at the Outlook around 7:25 just before footage of a Homecoming parade begins at 7:30, followed by scenes of a football game in Memorial Stadium a basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Around the 8:45 mark, South Park is featured, and the video shifts to footage of downtown Lawrence. If you were in town at this time, you’ll recognize a few iconic places of the era: downtown Mexican restaurant Dos Hombres (now the home of Cielito Lindo) and the upscale eatery Fifi’s (now a bar called Crimson and Brews).
The video closes with a few more words from Landon about the magic of Lawrence. We hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane, or for some of you, a look at what life in Lawrence was like twenty years ago!
Thanks to @oxfordist, who tweeted a link to this video last night and caught our attention. Have something fun to tell us about? Tweet it to us at @kualumni or email us at email@example.com.
Although the 2013 basketball season just ended, KU has already gained a commitment for the recruiting class of 2025. This future Jayhawk showcased his skills for Coach Self online, complete with running commentary. Check out Harrison “the human highlight reel” and get excited for the next generation of Jayhawks!
You can sign up your child, grandchild, niece or nephew to be a Future Jayhawk! Learn more about this special Alumni Association membership program just for kids by clicking here.