It may be hard to believe but sometimes the crisp, cool yet sunny season of fall skips the Hill and, simply put, autumn just doesn’t fall onto campus. Many years the blistering Kansas summers turn directly into chilly, breezy winter days and we’re left wondering…”Where was fall?”
Not this year—fall arrived on the Hill with style
A few days of rainfall turned dreary, dull landscapes into brightly beaming yellows, lively greens and olives and fiery reds fit for a crimson (and blue) campus.
It seems as though the leaves turned overnight, and all of a sudden every scene on campus was picture-perfect. We were even given a warm day with blue skies among a cloudy, cool week.
Last year, the University of Kansas campus closed for an unprecedented three snow days during the spring semester. This year, we’re close to matching that total after a winter storm hit Lawrence and shut campus down for two days this week.
Students and community members flocked to the Hill for a favorite tradition: sledding. Check out this Vine video from the Lawrence Journal-World.
Our photographer, Dan Storey, ventured out into the winter wonderland to snap a few photos of the fun. Click here to see our Facebook album.
And one last fun tidbit from the snow days: a snowball fight on Wescoe Beach organized via social media. Michael Marcus, a junior, sent out a single tweet on Tuesday that led to nearly 50 students showing up for the fight.
Click here to see coverage of the event, including a video, from 6 News Lawrence.
As the fall semester of 2013 winds down– today is the last day of fall finals!– and the Lawrence area prepares for a predicted wintry mix of ice and snow, we’d like to share a video of some of our favorite winter scenes from the Hill.
The KU Alumni Association offices will be closed next week from Monday, Dec. 23 through Wednesday, Dec. 25. We’ll be open again on Thursday, but since this is the only time of the year that might be considered “slow” around here, many of our staff members are taking their much-needed vacation days.
We wish you a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!
If you haven’t seen our holiday greeting, click here to watch the animated video that our amazing creative team of Susan Younger and Valerie Spicher put together.
One of Mount Oread’s most colorful but lesser known fall traditions is nearing its annual renewal, but nobody’s quite sure exactly when. Any day now would probably be a good guess.
The massive ginkgo tree that towers over Grace Pearson Scholarship Hall, overlooking Louisiana Street on the Hill’s eastern crest, will soon begin its lovely transformation; once the leaves reach their peak of glowing color, they do as leaves tend to do in their namesake time of year: fall.
Except in this case, it happens in one day. From sumptuous fall foliage to skeletonized winter timber, just like that.
“They’ll get a real nice, yellow-golden color,” says landscaping project manager Mike Lang, “and then they all tend to drop at once.”
Grace Pearson opened in 1955, and Lang estimates the ginkgo to be at least that old.
“There’s one on the west end of Strong Hall, and a few others around, but nothing like that,” Lang says. “That’s an amazing-sized tree.”