Variety shows on KU’s campus trace back to “College Daze,” a revue sponsored by the student union introduced after World War II.
In 1949, Roy Wonder, b’50, wanted a campus variety show with higher student participation.
Check out our online feature to learn more about the storied history of Rock Chalk Revue, one of the nation’s largest student-run philanthropy events. The event has raised more than $1 million for community non-profit organizations throughout its history.
Rock Chalk Revue brings together a variety of students, and sometimes, sparks fly.
Tim, f’00, and Gina McCabe, b’02 are living examples of this. Tim met Gina 16 years ago at a Rock Chalk Revue practice. Gina was a lead actress, and Tim was a lead actor. The rest was history. Tim and Gina were married on June 19, 2004 in Kansas City.
Sixteen years later, two children and one on the way, Tim and Gina have enjoyed their lives as new parents. That’s why Tim put his creative noggin’ to artistic use to create an anniversary video so that his kids will come to learn the story of how their parents met.
We caught up with Tim about his video in this Q&A:
What kind of skills went into the creation of this video?
Well I’ve learned that the art of storytelling is most important. I knew my family would always enjoy being able to watch the story of how Gina and I met at KU. From there it was a matter of painting, drawing, and animating a fun take on our first years together.
How did your children react to the video?
My daughter likes the KU scenes, and the funnier parts like when Dad drives the wrong way to the hospital when Mom is in labor. My son especially likes the scene where he shows up at the end. We are excited to welcome a new baby boy in May, so I suppose I’d better get back to the drawing board with a few additional scenes.
Do you and your family have any lasting connections with Rock Chalk Revue?
Aside from our own marriage, we have lots of lasting friendships from Rock Chalk Revue. A few Architecture friends and I worked hard on the sets for our shows when we were in college. I got to dabble in welding and carpentry… skills I now utilize more as a homeowner than as a digital artist.
Have you gained any attention for the video?
Actually, I made the video two years ago for our anniversary and shared it on Facebook. Recently a friend asked if he could feature it in a series he was doing for his congregation at Heartland Community Church in Olathe. It has helped resurface the video again, and now I’m excited that people are seeing it in time for the next Rock Chalk Review.
What have you been up to after leaving the University?
I am a senior artist at CardFool.com, where you can personalize and send funny greeting cards. You can add your own photo to a birthday card from your computer or social media accounts, and the card then gets printed and sent to your recipient. (Oh… and the postage is free!)
How did your KU experience prepare you for your career?
I’ve been able to utilize all of the skills I learned at KU in my career. Every time you work on a new project, you enter in to the creative process which is what a Fine Arts Degree prepares you for. However, some of my favorite classes were outside of the Art Department, because I have a wide variety of interests.
How would you describe your experience at KU — favorite memories?
I believe there was a real purpose for why I went to KU. I met my wife, made lifelong friends, and got a great sense of family there. Lawrence will always have a special place in our hearts.
Whether it was in the midst of Budig 320 or over a crunchy chicken cheddar wrap at the Market, hanging out on Wescoe Beach or at a network watch party years later, countless Jayhawks owe their marriage to their time on the Hill. We’re sharing some of our favorite stories this week in anticipation of Valentine’s Day on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Jamie Vanderhofe McGee, c’12, and Mark McGee, c’11
Rocks of all kind played a role in bringing the McGees together—from rock climbing to Rock Chalk Revue. Jamie explained how several chance meetings finally led to love.
“We met several times before we really hit it off. Mark says that he can remember going to the rock wall at the Ambler Student Recreation Center to climb, where I was a rock wall assistant and belayed him. (The belayer helps keep the climber safe by monitoring the slack in the rope.) We didn’t really meet then, but Mark claims it was ‘love at first sight.'”
“The next time we ran into each other was at the popular college student hangout The Wheel, where we were formally introduced for the first time by mutual friends. But when we really hit it off was during the fall semester of 2010 at a Rock Chalk Revue In-or-Out function at the Jayhawk Cafe (yes, the ‘Hawk). My sorority was paired with Mark’s fraternity for the fundraising event. I waved at Mark across the room, gestured for him to come over to talk and the rest was history!”
Jamie and Mark were married July 31, 2013. Mark currently serves as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, and Jamie works with preschool children diagnosed with Autism. They live in San Diego with one fur child, Myla, and Jamie says “Future Jayhawks may happen in the next five years!”
The 64th annual edition of Rock Chalk Revue opens tonight at the Lied Center. Alumni fondly remember the singing, dancing and the occasional “Rock Chalk romance” that came from months of rehearsing and preparation. This year’s edition features five great shows, including:
“Joke’s on You” by Kappa Delta and Sigma Nu
“Birds of a Feather” by Gamma Phi Beta and Sigma Chi
“The Catcher Gone Awry” by Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Kappa Phi
“Money Talks” by Delta Gamma
“Liberty by Lunchtime” by Kappa Alpha Theta and Beta Theta Pi
Since 1983, Rock Chalk Revue has raised more than $1,000,000 for the United Way, and this year, proceeds support the Rock Chalk Revue Dreammaker fund through KU Endowment and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County.
A few tickets remain for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows through the Lied Center Box Office online or by phone at 785.864.2787. Can’t make the show? Relive your one bright moment from Rock Chalk Revue by reconnecting with your castmates on Facebook, or learn about the history of Rock Chalk Revue here. Meantime, check out the short video below (also available at youtube.com/ku) produced by KU in 2010. Enjoy the show!