Posted on May 3, 2017 in News

Bernadette Gray-Little, Chancellor of the University of Kansas

Celebrate the chancellor

Last fall, Bernadette Gray-Little announced her plans to step down as University of Kansas chancellor this summer.

“Now is an ideal time for the University of Kansas to identify a new leader to guide the next chapter in the university’s history,” said Gray-Little, who came to Lawrence in 2009 as a highly regarded administrator and researcher.

Visit the University’s tribute page to Chancellor Gray-Little to learn more about her legacy and see a timeline of achievements during her tenure. Check out favorite photos of the Chancellor at university events and watch videos including her encounter with Little James Naismith and her unforgettable drive in a KU race car.

A Twitter feed on the page displays tributes made by students, alumni, faculty and staff members.

Exclusively for members

The next issue of Kansas Alumni magazine, which will land in members’ mailboxes later this month, will feature a cover story on the outgoing chancellor.

Not a member? Join by Tuesday, May 9, to ensure that you receive this commemorative issue of the magazine.

Make a gift

Jayhawks are invited to donate to two funds Chancellor Gray-Little was instrumental in creating.

The Chancellor’s Doctoral Fellowships help recruit and support doctoral students. Twelve fellowships are awarded each year to provide a $25,000 stipend and cover tuition and fees.

The Rosalie Lanier Gray KU Staff Assistance Fund provides emergency assistance for KU staff members who are struggling due to a natural or personal disaster that has caused financial hardship. Chancellor Gray-Little established the fund in honor of her mother, Rosalie Lanier Gray.

Share your memories of the chancellor online using the hashtag #ThankYouBGL.

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Discounted tickets for Rock Chalk Ball available

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 in News

Rock Chalk Ball- Masters of Time
Today only, we’re discounting Rock Chalk Ball ticket prices for KU Alumni Association members! Take advantage of this flash sale and purchase your tickets today.

A limited number of discounted tickets are available for members, including a special rate for young alumni under age 35. We also have a limited number of discounted tables available for both young alumni and Presidents Club members.

Young Alumni Members: $150 $100

Members: $200 $150

Young Alumni Table Host: $1,500 $1,000

Presidents Club Table Host: $2,500 $2000*

Buy tickets for Rock Chalk Ball


This year’s Rock Chalk Ball theme is Masters of Tradition. The event is black-tie optional, and creative golf apparel is encouraged and applauded! If you need help figuring out what to wear, check out our style suggestions on Pinterest.

Proceeds from the 2017 Rock Chalk Ball will be used to enhance and expand outstanding alumni programs that unite Jayhawks, provide networking opportunities, and engage alumni in student recruitment and other advocacy on behalf of KU.

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Charlie Hustle combines nostalgia and spirit

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in News

We partnered with Charlie Hustle for a fun opportunity during Member APPreciation Month: Association members have access to buy an exclusive KU gameday T-shirt for just $20 through the KU Alumni app. It’s only for members, and only in February.

Who is Charlie Hustle?

Jayhawks in the Kansas City area have likely heard the name or seen Charlie Hustle’s vintage-style T-shirts around town—especially its signature KC heart shirt. But the company’s products are visible worldwide, as evidenced by the stream of Instagram photos tagged with #CharlieTravels.

Watch our new video to learn more about the Kansas City-based company and its staff of Jayhawks, including what inspired its founder and CEO, Chase McAnulty, to create the company and where the name came from.



Get your shirt

There’s still time to take advantage of Member APPreciation Month!

Charlie Hustle shirt with logoDownload the KU Alumni app—free for iOS and Android—and register. You’ll need your 10-digit alumni ID, which you can find at the bottom of any email from us or on your membership card.

Look for the T-shirt button in the app and follow the instructions. Our exclusive T-shirts are available through the month of February only.

Better hustle!

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Where in the world is your game day shirt?

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 in News

Member APPreciation Month launched February 1, and we’ve been busy shipping out exclusive members-only Charlie Hustle game day tees since then.

We’re excited to see pictures of the shirts around the world, shared by alumni and friends on social networks.

Check out the Storify below to see some of our favorites. Share your photo online using #kualumni, and we’ll include it in our story!

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Sweepstakes winner revels in KU’s historic hoops victory

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 in News

Carole Haggard, Membership Mania Sweepstakes winner
Carole Haggard, a retired teacher in Olathe, could not believe her good luck in January, when she learned she had won the grand prize in the Alumni Association’s Membership Mania Sweepstakes. Haggard, g’94, who renewed her annual membership to enter the drawing, scored a $1,000 Visa gift card, a basketball autographed by the KU men’s basketball team and four tickets to a home game in Allen Field House.

Her good fortune continued Feb. 13, when Haggard, her daughter-in-law Calla Haggard and granddaughters Sara and Dorothy enjoyed prime seats for the Jayhawks’ improbable comeback 84-80 win in overtime against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The family rejoiced with the rest of the thunderous crowd, which set a new Guinness world record when the roar reached 130.4 decibels, the  loudest in an indoor arena.

“This was an unforgettable night, and I’m truly grateful,” Haggard said. Sharing the experience with her family made it all the sweeter.

Calla Haggard and her daughters, Sara and Dorothy, celebrated with their grandmother, Carole Haggard, during the KU’s memorable home-court win over West Virginia Feb. 13.

Calla Haggard and her daughters, Sara and Dorothy, celebrated with their grandmother, Carole Haggard, during the KU’s memorable home-court win over West Virginia Feb. 13.

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Member APPreciation Month launches in February

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 in News

KUAA Staff in the Charlie Hustle T-shirt

What’s that?

Glad you asked.

Member APPreciation Month is a way for us to show our members how much we love them. Why the emphasis on “APP?” Because we want to encourage you to keep KU in the palm of your hand by downloading the KU Alumni app! During our inaugural love fest, members will have access to buy an exclusive Charlie Hustle game day T-shirt. You might have seen a famous face wearing one at the KU vs. Texas basketball game last week…

Rob Riggle unveiling a Charlie Hustle T-shirt

Members will be able to buy this shirt for just $20 in February, only through the app. You can’t get this shirt anywhere else, and you won’t be able to buy it after February. And did we mention it’s only available for members?

Wait, what if I’m not a member …yet?

Rock Chalk phone walletThat’s okay, you can still join! The KU Alumni app has an easy two-step process to join the KU Alumni Association, and once your membership is processed you will also be able to buy the exclusive T-shirt.

And, to reward new members who join through the app, we’ll also send you a free iWallet for the back of your smartphone! This Rock Chalkin’ accessory will securely hold your credit cards, ID or cash on your cell phone while also showing off your Jayhawk pride.

If you don’t want an extra gift, you can join online at www.kualumni.org/join.

Don’t worry, current members, we haven’t forgotten about you— if you renew through the app you’ll also receive the iWallet.

We’re really excited about this new promotion, and we hope you love the shirt. If you share photos of your shirt on social, be sure to tag us @kualumni or use the #KUalumni hashtag so we can see it!

Member APPreciation Month To-Do List

1. Download the free app.

2. Register.

That’s it.

On February 1, you’ll find all the details about our Member APPreciation Month promotion in the app.

Download the KU Alumni app at www.kualumni.org/app. If you’re having trouble registering, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, or send us an email at kualumni@kualumni.org.

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Sweepstakes winners announced

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 in News

Membership Mania Sweepstakes

Thanks to everyone who entered the Alumni Association’s Membership Mania Sweepstakes. The following winners renewed or upgraded their memberships, purchased a gift membership or made a year-end contribution to the Association to enter the drawing:

Grand Prize: $1,000 Visa® gift card, 2016-’17 KU men’s team autographed basketball and four tickets to the KU vs. West Virginia basketball game
Carole Haggard, g’94, Olathe

Second Prize: 60-inch Samsung® flat screen television
Wendy Rohleder-Sook, c’98, l’01, Hays

Third Prize: Yeti® Jayhawk cooler and two tumblers
Jason Scheiderer, Kansas City

Fourth Prize: Bose® Bluetooth speaker
Karen Pershall-Wilder, PharmD’08, Olathe

Fifth Prize: $100 Visa® Gift Card
William Nye, c’70, Falls Church, Virginia

Stay tuned for Member APPreciation Month coming up in February—we’ll have a sweet special offer available just for members!

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Young KU fan amazed by Santa Jayhawk’s quick response

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 in News

We received this fun message from Sally Ramseyer Beck, d’77, about the Future Jayhawks program. Visit www.kualumni.org/futurejayhawks for more information or to register your future ‘Hawks. Children up to age 18 are eligible to participate, and membership makes a great gift!

I just wanted to let you know how much I love the Future Jayhawks program! I signed up my two oldest grandsons (age 2 and 3 years) when they were born, and just bought memberships for my two newest grandsons (four months and one month old). The boys are always excited when they receive something in the mail from the KU Alumni Association.

Timing couldn’t have been more perfect when Carter’s most recent gift arrived after I renewed his membership this year. His parents had just taken him to visit Santa, where he proceeded to tell Santa that all he wanted for Christmas was a teddy bear (which was totally different from what he had asked for in his letter to the North Pole, much to his mother’s dismay). When they arrived home an hour later and looked in their mailbox, they were amazed to find a Future Jayhawks teddy bear waiting for him! Carter’s comment was, “Wow, Santa sure acts quickly…I can’t believe he already got it to me!”.

Jayhawk Christmas Tree by Sally Ramseyer Beck, d'77Thank you so much for making this happen! Not only do we all believe in Santa, but also in all that you do at the KU Alumni Association. I love the beautiful ceramic ornaments that you have sent me each year when renewing their memberships and have them hanging on my Jayhawk Christmas tree. I will have to buy a bigger tree in the future, as I look forward to adding the whole collection as I renew Future Jayhawks memberships for each of my grandchildren (and hopefully add some more KU National Championship ornaments to the tree, too).

I am encouraging my friends and relatives to sign their grandchildren up for the Future Jayhawks program! Rock Chalk!

—Sally Ramseyer Beck, d ’77

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Win big with Membership Mania!

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 in News

Membership Mania Sweepstakes

Membership Mania is here!

From now through Dec. 30, Jayhawks everywhere have the opportunity to win big during our first-ever Membership Mania Sweepstakes.

The grand prize is a set of four half-court, chair-back seats to the Feb. 13, 2017, KU men’s basketball game against West Virginia, plus a basketball autographed by the 2016-17 team and a $1,000 Visa® gift card.

Four additional prizes are available, including a Yeti® Jayhawk® cooler and tumblers, a Bose® wireless speaker, a 60″ Samsung® flat-screen television, and a $100 Visa® gift card.

How can you win?

It’s easy: everyone who joins, renews or upgrades a current membership, buys a gift membership for someone else, or makes a contribution of any amount to the KU Alumni Association by Dec. 30 is entered to win. If you buy a gift membership, both you AND the gift recipient are entered!

We’re making holiday gift-giving easy this year. Membership is the perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for Jayhawk on your list, and we have options available for all ages.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

Click here to read the official rules, or call 800.584.2957 to request a copy of the official rules.


Proud Member: David O’Brien

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 in News

David O’Brien, j’86, has been the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Braves beat writer since 2002—but he’s been a Jayhawk since his arrival on the Hill in 1982. David joined the KU Alumni Association as an annual member immediately following his 1986 graduation, and after faithfully renewing for nearly 30 consecutive years, he recently demonstrated his unwavering loyalty by becoming a Proud Life Member. He always enjoys talking baseball, music, motorcycles, cool new restaurants he finds on his travels and, most especially, all things crimson and blue.


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