Jay Craig honored with Millie Award

Posted on Dec 10, 2018 in Alumni News and News

Jay Craig | Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award

In recognition of his time and talents given to the University, the KU Alumni Association is proud to honor Jay Craig with the the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award. The award will be presented to Craig, b’85, g’87, at an alumni event in Milwaukee Dec. 13.

After stops in Dallas, San Francisco, and San Diego, Craig’s career in real estate led him to the Milwaukee area. After a couple long nights driving to and from KU alumni watch parties in Chicago, Craig set out to launch a network in his new home.

What began as an attempt to get alumni together to cheer on the Jayhawks has turned into one of the most active KU networks. Milwaukee Jayhawks have enjoyed cruises on the Milwaukee River, brewery tours and charity golf events. They’ve also attended away games together and participated in the KU Cares Month of Service.

Jay completed a bachelor of science degree at the KU School of Business in 1985 while working at the Adams Alumni Center as a bartender. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from the business school in 1987.

In addition to continued participation in the Milwaukee Jayhawk network, Jay currently serves as Vice President – Senior Project Executive at MSI General in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

A life member, Jay resides in Fox Point, Wisconsin, with his wife, Jenny, and their children, Garrett and Halle.

About the award

The Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award was created in 1987 to thank alumni and friends for sustained volunteer service to the University at the local level. The award honors Mildred Clodfelter, b’41, who worked for the University for 47 years, including 42 at the Alumni Association.

—Ryan Camenzind

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Jayhawks give back during inaugural KU Cares Month of Service

Posted on Dec 20, 2017 in Alumni News and News

KU Cares Month of Service
After 19 different events in 16 different cities, the first KU Cares Month of Service brought Jayhawks closer to the communities they call home.

The KU Alumni Association set out to have participants in the Month of Service share the spirit of Thanksgiving by giving back, both in their networks and in the KU community.

A portion of all membership dues collected during the month of November was earmarked for the Wounded Warrior scholarship fund. Thanks to the generosity of those who joined, renewed, or donated, more than $5,500 will be given to the scholarship fund that helps qualified veterans and their family pursue their education at KU.

Continuing on the theme of an earlier post, we wanted to highlight some of the events where Jayhawks made a difference.

Wichita: Ronald McDonald House

Members of the Wichita Jayhawk Network came together to help those staying in the Ronald McDonald house. Volunteers brought, prepared and served dinner to the families with children in nearby hospitals.

Milwaukee: Fill the Freezer

Local KU alumni joined forces with the United Way to fight hunger at the first annual “Fill the Freezer” event. Network leader Jay Craig, b’85 g’87, brought area Jayhawk volunteers together with local chefs to prepare frozen meals for those in transitional housing and family support programs.

Phoenix: St. Vincent De Paul’s Watkins Kitchen

More than 15 Jayhawks gave their Saturday morning to prepare meals for the homeless at St. Vincent De Paul’s Watkins Kitchen. Phoenix Network Leader Chris Colyer, b’04 l’09, thanked everyone for representing KU and showing compassion for their community.

San Antonio: Haven for Hope

Area alumni put on their Jayhawk gear, along with aprons and gloves, and served food to those in need in downtown San Antonio. Network leader Morgan Bertram, d’02, thanked those who helped feed 383 at Haven for Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless find a new beginning.

While the KU Cares Month of Service is over, Jayhawks can get together to give time and talents to their communities anytime! Visit the KU Cares page for more information, and reach out to your local network leaders. View our Flickr album of these events and more from the KU Cares Month of Service:

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-Ryan Camenzind

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