Alumni play an important role in helping to recruit new students to the University of Kansas, and the KU Alumni Association works closely with the KU Office of Admissions in these efforts. Each year, the Office of Admissions staffs recruiters to represent KU throughout the state of Kansas an in key territories across the country. We asked each of the admissions reps to share a little information with us so alumni can get to know them.
Today’s post features Elizabeth Sperbeck, j’12, a native of Eden Prairie Minn. Elizabeth is the Minnesota Regional Representative.
What is your fondest memory of your time at KU? Homecoming week each year was so special to me. I fell in love with KU because of the traditions and seeing everyone come together to celebrate; KU, the fall weather, and friendly competition just made the time feel really special. I worked on Homecoming for two years and I think it was my favorite activity I was involved in while on campus.
What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student? Delta Delta Delta sorority, Panhellenic Executive Board, Homecoming Steering Committee, Social Media Club KU, Rock Chalk Ball 2012, Civic Engagement Awareness Week.
Name one class you think every KU student should take and why. Rhetoric of Sports with Scott Harris. Not only is Mr. Harris incredibly intelligent about this subject, but you get to debate sports all class long. There’s even a section of the curriculum on the Kansas/Missouri rivalry. It’s one of those classes you look forward to all day long.
When did you know you loved KU? I didn’t grow up knowing I was going to be a Jayhawk, but as soon as I stepped foot on campus I knew that I had to be a Jayhawk. My visit was really when I decided to leave my other college choices in the dust and to pick KU.
Describe your perfect day in Lawrence. My perfect day would definitely revolve around food. I would try to hit as many of my favorite restaurants as possible while walking off my meals on Mass St. in between. The restaurants of Lawrence are one of the things I miss most now that I live far away.
What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students? I like to tell the student to major in what they want to do, but minor in something they love. I think lot of students get caught up in what will get them a big paycheck, or into grad school and forget that they need to like what they are doing. Minoring allows them a few classes that will push them to get through their challenging and tiring major classes.
How do you show your Jayhawk pride? My non-Jayhawk friends always say, “Do you own anything that isn’t affiliated with KU?” and I usually say “Nope!” My wardrobe is filled with crimson and blue, KU art and decorations fill my apartment and my car is covered in KU stickers. Some people call it an obsession, but it’s just the Jayhawk way.
Tell us about your involvement with your local Alumni Association chapter and describe how this network can help prospective/current students. I’m currently on the board for the Twin Cities Chapter. I think it’s incredibly important for prospective/current students to connect with other Jayhawks in the area. It will give prospective students a glimpse into the community and connections we have as fellow Jayhawks and current students can still feel like they are connected to KU when they are home for break or on vacation. Our network of Jayhawks is a unique thing that my friends who went to other universities don’t have and they’re jealous of it. That’s not something that you can ignore and should take full advantage of.
How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life? I am so happy with my Strategic Communications degree. The education I got was thorough and yet still open ended enough that I felt I wasn’t pigeon-holed into one niche of the field. I can use little aspects of projects, lectures and classes in just about everything I do. My fellow strat-commers are in a diverse collection of jobs and it’s great hearing about what they are doing and bouncing work ideas off of each other to gain further perspective.
Click here to visit Liz’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Liz at 612.790.7940 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a die-hard, true-blue Jayhawk looking for a way to serve your alma mater? Do you love to spread the Rock Chalk love near and far? If so, we’ve got the perfect opportunity for you.
The KU Office of Admissions is expanding its recruiting efforts and adding three new Regional Admissions Representative positions in St. Louis, the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and the Mid-Atlantic region.
St. Louis and Minneapolis/St. Paul are critical markets to the University, drawing hundreds of undergraduate students each year. The Mid-Atlantic region is a growing market where the University is seeking to increase the number of students who attend KU.
The positions are 10-month contracts and are based in home offices in the St. Louis metro area, the Twin Cities metro area and either the Washington, D.C., metro area or in northern New Jersey. In other words, you must live in the metro areas indicated–or be willing to move to the area.
Extensive travel as well as evening and weekend work is required in these positions. Personal KU experience and general knowledge of the University is also required.
Required qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, graduate of the University of Kansas, at least one year of professional experience and strong written communication skills and public speaking experience.
If you love to travel, meet new people and share your love of KU with prospective students, or if you know someone who would be a great fit for this position, click here for more information about the position and application information.
The online job posting will close on July 8, so don’t wait to apply!
Questions? Contact Elisa Krapcha, assistant director of freshmen recruitment, at email@example.com or 785.864.5415.
The KU men’s basketball team takes on North Carolina on Sunday, Mar. 24. Jayhawk fans and alumni have one more opportunity to fill Kansas City with crimson and blue!
Join us in the Power & Light District across the street from the Sprint Center for a pregame party and pep rally. KU fans should be very familiar with this area after spending two basketball-filled weekends here. The pregame party at Z-Strike will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, followed by a KU pep rally on the main stage at 2:30 p.m.
The KU vs. North Carolina game tips off at 4:15 p.m.
If you’re a member of the Alumni Association, don’t forget your membership card. Show it to the staff members at our table at Z-Strike and pick up your free, members-only gift. If you don’t have your card handy, just pull up a copy of a recent email from the Alumni Association that shows your membership status at the bottom.
Not in Kansas City? We’re taking the madness of March on the road!
Join staff members Mike Davis, Kelsey Hill, Brad Eland, Teri Harris, Danny Lewis and Dan Storey at official KU Alumni Association watch parties in major cities across the country. If you’re in Los Angeles, Denver, Minneapolis, Houston or New York City, we want to meet you! Click here to view our calendar of events to get details for each location.
Bring your membership card to these events for your free gift.
Find fellow Jayhawks
If you want to watch the game with other KU alumni and fans, check out our list of official KU Alumni Association watch sites around the country. We also have a lot of geographic-based Facebook groups, so you’re sure to find other Jayhawks in your area. Click here to find a list of Facebook groups.
The KU men’s basketball team earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s South Region, and lucky for us (and them!) it means they’ll play in Kansas City’s Sprint Center– where they won the Big 12 Championship last weekend.
The ‘Hawks will take on the No. 16 seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at 8:50 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 22.
Z-Strike will once again serve as the headquarters for Jayhawk fans, with a pregame party starting at 3 p.m. on Friday. The Alumni Association, Kansas Athletics and KUStore.com will be set up here with giveaways and KU gear available for purchase.
The KU pep band, spirit squad and mascots will take center stage at the pep rally at 5:15 p.m., though Big Jay likely won’t be sporting the adidas “camo” shorts this time.
If you’re a member of the Alumni Association, don’t forget your membership card! Show it at our table and you’ll receive a free, members-only gift.
We’re bringing March Madness to you!
This year, the Alumni Association is taking March Madness on the road. Staff members will host watch parties in eleven different cities on Friday and, should KU advance, on Sunday.
On Friday night, staff members will be in Washington, D.C. (The Bottom Line); Chicago (Lottie’s Pub); San Francisco (The Pub); Colorado Springs (Fox and Hound); Dallas (Park Tavern) and Wichita (Larry Bud’s).
If KU wins on Friday, staff will attend watch parties in New York City (Cornerstone Tavern); Minneapolis (Tiffany Sports Lounge); Los Angeles (The Parlor); Denver (Stoney’s); Houston (Coaches Midtown) and Wichita (Larry Bud’s).
Members can show their cards at the staff-hosted watch parties and receive a free gift.
If you’re near any of these cities, we’d love to meet you! And if you’re not, click here to find a list of official Alumni Association watch sites around the country.