An evening with Naismith, round two

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 in Alumni News and News

An Evening with Naismith and KU Libraries | www.kualumni.orgLast summer, the KU Alumni Association partnered with KU Libraries to take their presentation, “An Evening with Naismith: Artifacts of a KU Legend,” on the road to alumni in Denver, Houston, Dallas and St. Louis. It was so popular during the ‘Hawk Days of Summer that we’ve brought it back for another round.

This fall, Jayhawks in New York City and Washington D.C. enjoyed the presentation, and events were also held in Wichita and Salina. A Nov. 7 event in Overland Park sold out so quickly that we are working to schedule a second one.

In December, the KU Libraries and Alumni Association team will travel to the west coast to visit alumni chapters in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle.

Registration information can be found by clicking on the links below:

If you’re in one of these areas– or if you know fellow alumni or diehard KU basketball fans who might be interested– please consider joining us for a very special evening!

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West coast swing

Posted on Aug 8, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Danny Lewis, director of alumni programs, and Brad Eland, director of academic programs, are in the midst of a 11-day west coast swing visiting alumni and hosting events in California, Oregon and Washington.

Last weekend, they boarded a bus headed for the northern California wine country with 30 of their closest Jayhawk friends in San Francisco. It’s probably no surprise that this popular annual event sells out every year.

The day included stops at the Folie a Deux, V. Sattui, Sutter Home and Domaine Chandon wineries, where the KU group enjoyed tastings, tours and lunch before returning to the city.

Click here to see pictures from the event, or watch the slideshow below:

On Sunday, Danny and Brad hosted a reception for Los Angeles-area alumni, fans and friends at the King Harbor Yacht Club in Redondo Beach. Although the day was overcast, a great group of Jayhawks showed up to hear about happenings on the Hill.

It’s not all work and no play for our staff members though– chapter leader April Pitcairn, j’76, took Danny and Brad out on the water one day during their visit. (Click here for a picture.)

Photos from the Los Angeles reception are available here, or watch the slideshow below:

Other events on the west coast have included a reception in Phoenix and KU Night at Stone Brewing Company in Escondido, Calif. Tonight, Jayhawks in the Orange County area will gather for an event at Ocean Avenue Brewery, and the rest of the week’s activities include a wine tasting at Tagaris Winery in southeastern Washington, a reception in Portland and a picnic in Seattle at the home of Christine, d’96 and Tom Malchow.

If you live near any of these areas, please join us! And if you aren’t receiving our email invitations to events in your area, be sure to register on our website and make sure your alumni profile information is current.

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Travel Tales: West coast watch parties

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 in Alumni News and News

When KU Alumni Association staff members took the madness of March on the road last weekend for KU’s opening games of the NCAA Tournament, Mike Davis, senior vice president for alumni, student and membership programs, and his daughter Katie, a member of the KU class of 2014, headed west for California.

The San Francisco Bay ‘Hawks gather faithfully at The Pub, located near historic Ghirardelli Square with a great view of the bay. Alumni who know and love Kansas City barbecue might appreciate The Pub’s claim to fame as the best barbecue in the city.

Chapter leader Peter Curzon, c’08, b’08, hosted nearly one hundred Jayhawks at the watch party Friday night who celebrated KU’s win over Western Kentucky, including former KU quarterback Brian Luke, d’06.

On Saturday, Mike and Katie drove down PCH1 from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo. “We ran into a couple of KU alumni at a gas station in Cambria and had a spirited discussion about how the Jayhawks had played the night before,” Mike says. They enjoyed dinner with Jerry, b’81, and Lenor Skillett in Altadena.

Sunday morning was a beautiful day in Los Angeles–unlike Lawrence, where it continued to snow. Mike and Katie joined chapter leader Maria Skeels, c’97, j’01, and more than 200 Los Angeles Jayhawks at their official watch site, the Parlor in Hollywood. Among the Jayhawks watching KU defeat North Carolina for the third time in five years was famous funnyman Rob Riggle, c’93, and Kansas native, diehard Jayhawk fan and professional boxer Victor Ortiz, a WBC welterweight champion and current contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

As much as we’d like to claim Captain Jack Sparrow as an alumnus of KU, unfortunately he is not.

Mike Davis and Jack Sparrow | www.kualumni.orgMike Davis and Victor Ortiz at the Parlor Hollywood | www.kualumni.org

For more photos from chapter watch parties, check out our Flickr slideshow.

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Back to Kansas City

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 in Alumni News and News

The Jayhawks are headed back to Kansas City!

Big Jay dances at a KU pep rally in Kansas City | via www.kualumni.orgThe 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.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

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