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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Bob Davis, Kyle Clemons to serve as grand marshals for Homecoming parade

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Homecoming float

Bob Davis, the former play-by-play voice of Kansas Jayhawk football and men’s basketball, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Clemons will be grand marshals of the KU Homecoming Parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. A pep rally at Eighth and New Hampshire streets will follow the parade.

2016 KU HomecomingDavis began his tenure with Jayhawk Radio Network in 1984 and broadcast eight of the Jayhawks’ 14 NCAA Final Four appearances, including KU’s 1988 and 2008 national championships, and half of KU’s 12 football bowl games, including the team’s Orange Bowl victory in 2008. He also hosted the weekly radio show “Hawk Talk,” which features KU’s football and basketball head coaches. Davis was inducted this year in the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Clemons, ’15, is a former KU track and field 400-meter sprinter who earned a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro for running the third leg in the semifinal heat of the men’s 4×400-meter relay. As a Jayhawk, he earned All-America honors in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was a two-time Big 12 champion in 2013. Since beginning his professional career in 2014, he is a three-time gold medalist at the World Championships and a bronze medalist at the Pan American Games.

The parade is part of a weeklong celebration that begins Sunday, Oct. 16, and includes several student and alumni activities, including competitions, community service opportunities and reunions, all of which lead up to the KU-Oklahoma State University football game Saturday, Oct. 22, in Memorial Stadium. The theme for KU’s 104th Homecoming is “Rock Chalk Super Hawk.”

The student-led Homecoming Steering Committee is directed by Katie Gerard, a Hanover senior in supply chain management. She works with Alumni Association adviser Jacey Krehbiel, d’12, g’16, assistant director of alumni programs.

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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Jayhawk Olympians return to Lawrence

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Four Jayhawks who competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio returned to Lawrence for a press conference on Friday, August 26.

Watch our videos below to hear thoughts about the experience from Andrea Geubelle, Daina Levy, Kyle Clemons, and Mason Finley.

 

 

 

 
More coverage from the press conference at KUSports.com

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Jayhawks in Rio: Closing Ceremony

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

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Farewell from Rio

We’ve relished the 2016 Olympic Games watching so many talented Jayhawks represent their countries–and their alma mater–in Rio de Janeiro. One Jayhawk, Kyle Clemons, even contributed to Team USA’s historic medal haul in Rio, earning a gold medal for his role running a preliminary heat of the 4 x 400 meter relay.

KU alumni were proud of all of our #JayhawksinRio, sharing social posts throughout the games. Even the athletes got into the act, using the hashtag to chronicle their own Olympic experience and share some of the fun with KU alumni.

Special thanks to Tim Weaver, g’97, who sent us behind-the-scenes stories and photos while working for Team USA track and field as a team manager. He sent the following farewell from Rio, pictured prior to the closing ceremony with Jayhawk and Olympic triple-jumper Andrea Geubelle.

We’ll see you in four years in Tokyo, where KU and Olympic legend Billy Mills made his incredible come-from-behind victory in the 10,000 meters in 1964. Based on what we saw in Rio, alumni can expect more historic feats to connect the Jayhawk nation and make all alumni proud.

Rock Chalk to our #JayhawksinRio!

–David Johnston

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Jayhawks in Rio: Kyle Clemons

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Jayhawk wins gold

Jayhawk Kyle Clemons became the ninth KU track and field Olympic gold medalist on Friday night at the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio. The former KU quarter-miler helped Team USA qualify to the final by running the third leg of the 4 x 400 meter relay in the semifinal, clocking an impressive 44.96. The United States went on to dominate in the final, earning Clemons a gold medal in the same way Diamond Dixon earned gold four years ago in London. With the victory, Kyle Clemons becomes KU’s first male Gold medalist since Al Oerter won his fourth career Olympic gold in 1968 in the discus. Relive the excitement of Clemons Olympic experience in Rio below. Congratulations, Kyle! The Jayhawk nation is proud of you and all of our #JayhawksinRio!

Squaaaaaad 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🏇🏾🏇🏾🏇🏾#openingceremony2016

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The time is near… #rio2016

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There’s nothing more exhilarating than competing for your country on the world’s biggest stage. I truly appreciate all the love and support from everyone. I’m filled with gratitude to have my dream manifested into reality. #rio2016 #allglorytoGod

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Chegamos perto do ouro … Medalha do simpático Kyle Clemons , medalista do revesamento 400 m, ontem tivemos o prazer em assistir à final . Agora conhecemos o atleta na USA HOUSE – IPANEMA . 🏃🏆🏃🏆🏃 #gold #olympics2016 #olympics #usahouse #usa #brasil #brazil #olimpiadas #olimpiadas2016 #rio #rio2016 #medalhadeouro #goldenmedal #boomspdesign

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–David Johnston

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