North central Kansas Jayhawks enjoy annual Steak Out

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Salina Steak Out 2015

The Salina Steak Out has become a favorite summer tradition for Jayhawks in North Central Kansas. More than 140 alumni and friends enjoyed KU camaraderie on Friday, May 29, and heard a campus update from Rick Ginsberg, dean of the School of Education. Dr. Doug Girod, executive vice chancellor, spoke about the KU Medical Center and head football coach David Beaty shared his excitement for the upcoming season. Former Jayhawk athletes Alonzo Jamison, c’07, and Jake Sharp, d’10, were on hand to share some of their greatest memories of KU.

Special thanks to the Wilson family for once again hosting this wonderful event; to Jim Trower, b’77, North Central Kansas network leader; and to Butch Billips, assoc., and America’s Best Steaks for providing a delicious meal.

See more pictures from Salina Steak Out on Flickr.

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North Central Kansas Jayhawks gather for Salina Steak Out

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in Alumni News and News

The fifth annual Salina Steak Out on June 21 brought more than 120 Jayhawks together to enjoy good food, good music and good news from the Hill.

The large crowd was treated to updates from Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, Director of Athletics Sheahon Zenger and Dale Seuferling, president of KU Endowment. Former KU basketball coach Ted Owens was also on hand to share some of his treasured memories. And, the popular Lawrence-based cover band Sellout provided live music and dance tunes.

Fun fact: Danny Loental, f’05, plays saxophone and sings with Sellout. The morning of the event, he posed this question on his Facebook page: “Can I ride my bike 100 miles this morning and finish in time to shower, drive to Salina and play with Sellout at the KU Alumni Association’s Steak Out at 5:30?”

In case you’re wondering, one CAN ride a bike a hundred miles and still have enough time to drive from Kansas City to Salina—and still have enough energy to entertain the crowd.

Special thanks to the Wilson family for once again hosting this wonderful event; to Jim Trower, b’77, North Central Kansas Chapter leader; and to Butch Billips, assoc., and America’s Best Steaks for providing a delicious meal.

Salina Steak Out 2014

Thanks to staff photographer Dan Storey for taking pictures at the event. Watch the slideshow below, or click here to see the photos on Flickr.

'Hawk Days | www.kualumni.orgThis event is part of the ‘Hawk Days of Summer, the KU Alumni Association’s annual summer sojourn across the country and around the world. The 90-day series of events resulted from a determination to make the most of the summer months. The 2014 tour kicked off on Saturday, May 17, and includes picnics, receptions, baseball games and more. Visit our online calendar to find upcoming events near you.

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Jayhawks have fun at the Salina Steak Out

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 in Alumni News and News

More than 150 Jayhawks gathered in central Kansas this past Saturday, July 27 for the annual Salina Steak Out. For the fifth year in a row, the Wilson family hosted the popular event at their ranch near Salina. Jim Trower, b’77, president of the North Central Chapter of the KU Alumni Association, led the planning of the event. Butch Billips, assoc., of America’s Best Steaks proved the company’s namesake and provided the main course for dinner. Both men are Life Members and members of the Presidents Club.

After dinner, Jayhawks were treated to updates from Mt. Oread by Jeff Vitter, provost; Andrea Hudy, assistant athletics director for sports performance; and KU basketball legend Bud Stallworth. KU head softball coach Megan Smith and head swimming coach Clark Campbell also attended. Following the short program, the KC All Stars entertained the crowd with live music well into the night.

Thanks to the KU alumni, fans and friends who attended this great event!

Click here to view pictures from Salina Steak Out, or watch the slideshow below.

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Boston Tragedy

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Following the tragic events that occurred this week at the Boston Marathon when two bombs exploded near the finish line, KU alumni have been sharing their first-hand experiences and perspectives:

  • img_rm_bostonSeveral KU alumni attended either as runners or spectators, including Clifton Railsback, e’97, a former KU distance runner, and Tiffany Francis, who is married to KU soccer coach Mark Francis. Peter Johnston, c’94, l’97, and his wife Sara, c’96, m’00, of Salina, also traveled to Boston with friends and fellow KU alumni Chris Rupe, c’00, m’04, and his wife Abby, c’01, m’05 (pictured together here).
  • Chris, a Salina surgeon, finished seconds before the first bomb exploded and rushed to assist medics on the scene. His story of heroism was reported locally in the Salina Journal and nationally by
  • Ramsey Mohsen, b’05, a Kansas City blogger and social media director, tweeted and blogged from Boston while there to support his girlfriend, Ali Hatfield, who also blogged about her experience. Mohsen’s blog includes a tweet-by-tweet accounting (pictured at right).
  • Another runner was School of Journalism alumna Colleen McCain Nelson, j’97, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Washington, D.C. Nelson, who was editor of the University Daily Kansan while at KU, finished the marathon just before the bombing, and her personal account was published in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal. (Members might recall our feature story on Nelson in Kansas Alumni, issue 3, 2010.)
  • In Lawrence, many KU students joined an estimated 100 local runners in a “Run for Boston” event—similar to those taking place around the country—at South Park organized by KU alumnus Jon King, l’93.
  • Kansas City PR executive, Mike Swenson, j’76, posted this professional perspective on crisis communications and the news coverage that follows events like the tragedy in Boston.
  • Former KU basketball player Paul Pierce, ’98, (@PaulPierce34), who plays now for the Boston Celtics, shared this tweet with followers: “My prayers go out to everybody affected by yesterday. Boston, let’s come back stronger.”

These alumni join all of us in support of those affected.

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Preserving Family History with KU Libraries

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Here’s a guest post from Katie Coffman, communications coordinator for KU Libraries, about one of their recent events.

With the help of our friends at the KU Alumni Association, we took our “Preserving Family History” show on the road last weekend. After previously hosting this program on the KU campus and in Wichita last year, we decided to team up with the North Central Chapter Jayhawks for another installation.

Downtown Salina’s historic Stiefel Theatre was the perfect venue for a discussion on best practices in preserving family heirlooms. KU Curator of Collections Sherry Williams and Conservator Whitney Baker shared their expertise in maintaining historical collections and offered ideas for preserving photos, papers and news clippings. Rebecca Smith, executive director of Communications & Advancement at KU Libraries, and Brad Eland, assistant director of Kansas programs at the KU Alumni Association, also attended and mingled with the audience of roughly 25 Salina residents, including many proud KU alumni.

Several attendees brought personal items to share with Whitney and Sherry, and everyone had an interest in, and plenty of very detailed questions about, the topic of how to select which of your many priceless family heirlooms to keep and how to preserve them for generations to come.

“We love bringing events like this to communities outside of Lawrence,” Smith said. “Not only is it useful and interesting information being shared by two experts in their fields, it also sheds light on the unique and often overlooked roles played by librarians on KU’s campus.”

Didn’t get a chance to attend any of these installments of “Preserving Family History?” We’ll be at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library on Saturday, May 4, and would love for you and your fellow KU alumni and friends to join us. Visit for more information.

Rock Chalk!

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