Rock Chalk Ringers win big at the Kansas Wheat Festival

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 in Alumni News and News

A favorite pastime for KU Alumni Association staff members is the annual Kansas Wheat Festival held in Wellington. We’ve participated in the cow chip tossing contest for a decade thanks to the generous support of John T., b’58, and Linda Stewart, ’60, and alumni hosts David Carr, c’73, and Colette Kocour, c’73.

Two teams tossed patties this year, and the Rock Chalk Ringers, led by Emily Ellison, Danielle Hoover and Colette Kocour, finished in second place. The other team, the Rock Chalk Chuckers, headed up by Tyler Rockers, finished dead last.

According to Heath Peterson, vice president for alumni programs, Tyler convinced the team to go for the toilet rather than the points on the grid, which was a bad idea. “Tyler whiffed out of the gate, which set the tone for everyone else. If they awarded points for both style and bad strategy, we would have won hands down,” Heath said. David Carr and Don Short were also on the team.

After the contest, the teams celebrated their success (and failure) over dinner with several local Presidents Club members.

The group was back in action on Friday night, pulling the Rock Chalk trailer down Washington Street in the Wheat Festival Parade. Baby Jay worked the crowd like a star, and the staff and volunteers tossed T-shirts to the crowd. Many thanks to the Stewarts for once again purchasing the T-shirts.

“This was my first Wheat Festival, and I had a great time!” said Danielle Hoover, assistant director of Wichita programs. “Everyone was friendly and excited that we were there with KU gear during the parade.”

We’ve developed many KU friendships over the years in Wellington, which is a top notch small Kansas town. Each year, the Kansas Wheat Festival is a great opportunity to immerse ourselves in the community for two days and spread Jayhawk spirit.

Wellington Wheat Festival 2015

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South Central Jayhawks meet Baby Jay

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the South Central Chapter area, which includes the Kansas counties of Kingman, Barber, Harper and Pratt, enjoyed the 20th annual Lighted Christmas Parade in Kingman on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Baby Jay visited Citizens National Bank to pose for pictures with alumni and fans, including Mrs. Kansas Airin Rhinehart and Eddie the Eagle, the Kingman High School mascot. Check out the slideshow below to see a few pictures!

Fun fact: There are more than 400 alumni of the University of Kansas who call one of these four counties home. Thanks to Lynn Loveland, assistant director of Wichita programs, for the photos!

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