Memorial Stadium memories: A conversation with Howard Graham

Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in Campus News, News, and Sports

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As David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium approaches its 100th year, one researcher has set out to find untold stories of the historic building.

Howard Graham, g’09, spends his days in the Office of First Year Experience as associate director of academic programs. He’s also a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Graham’s dissertation has him deep diving into the history of David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium. More than just memories from football games, Graham is looking for the experiences students, alumni, and fans have all shared in the building.

“I want to make sure we have living memories,” said Graham. “I want living stories for future researchers, for students, faculty and staff to be able to go into the archives and read your stories, and to best understand how Memorial Stadium has been a part of this community.”

Conversation with Howard Graham

David Johnston, vice president for strategic communications and digital media at the KU Alumni Association, sat down with Howard Graham to discuss the history of the nearly 100-year-old center of campus.

Part one includes discussions on the commonality of Memorial Stadium experiences, and Johnston, j’94, g’06, shared his own Memorial Stadium memories from attending the Kansas Relays as a boy, which led to him competing for the KU track and field team.

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Part two’s topics include the first walk down the Hill for Commencement, the annual Traditions Night to welcome freshmen, and how the game of football has changed from its violent beginnings.

Alumni are invited to share their memories of Memorial Stadium, whether they include football games, track meets, traditions night, commencement, or any kind of gathering in the historic stadium set at the foot of the Hill.

If you have a Memorial Stadium experience you’d like to share, email your stories to Howard at hgraham@ku.edu.

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A conversation with Provost Lejuez

Posted on Dec 4, 2018 in Campus News, News, and Sports

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Carl Lejuez | Provost Lejuez podcastAt every one of the Student Alumni Leadership Board’s (SALB) bi-weekly meetings, students get a chance to hear from alumni, Association staff and prominent members on campus during what they call the “Alumni Corner.” Following each meeting, Brianna Mears, SALB’s VP of Communications, shares one particularly memorable comment through the Student Alumni Network Twitter account. However, that task became more difficult when Interim Provost Lejuez paid a visit. There were just too many.

Lejuez covered everything including his aspirations for KU, advice on taking advice, and of course, budget cuts. An even bigger question on some student’s minds: What’s a Provost? Lejuez answered that one too.

Mears originally recorded the conversation for accuracy, however when it came time to decide which quip to share on social media, she simply chose to use all of it. As Mears put it, “it was not just what he said that evening, but how he said it.” Originally a professor, Lejuez is comfortable speaking and a natural storyteller. Mere highlights of his conversation with SALB would not suffice.

Using the audio, Mears spliced together a podcast that serves as a pseudo-interview. She provides both context and commentary that is bound to connect with alumni and students alike.

Tune in and enjoy!

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KU Alumni Conversation: 120 Years of KU Basketball

Posted on Mar 14, 2018 in Campus News, News, and Sports

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Creighton Coover and Curtis Marsh | KU Alumni Conversation: 120 Years of KU BasketballKU alumni Curtis Marsh, j’92, and Creighton Coover, b’98, g’01, sat down to talk KU hoops and recall their all-time favorite Jayhawk players and memorable moments on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of basketball at the University of Kansas.

Listen to their take on KU’s top teams, most memorable moments and all-time starting lineups, and let us know what you think. Have a favorite KU hoops memory you’d like to share? Drop us a line and let us hear about it!

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Curtis Marsh is director of KU Info and the DeBruce Center, home of Naismith’s original rules of basketball, at the University of Kansas. An avid KU basketball fan and historian of all things KU, Marsh was an undergraduate in the late 80s and early 90s, when camping for games often involved sleeping outside in a tent. He is one of the famous Allen Fieldhouse whistlers, as covered on this blog, and helped launch (literally) the legend of Captain Jayhawk and the Superfans.

Creighton Coover is a senior account manager with iModules Software, where he spends his days helping alumni associations across the country manage their data (disclaimer: the KU Alumni Association is an iModules client). In his spare time, Creighton continues to pore over data, tracking historically significant stats of his beloved Jayhawks on Twitter. He was a repeat guest on Brian Hanni’s Rock Chalk Sports Talk show for a segment titled Beyond the Box Score.

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