KU volunteers Larry and Nancy Stoppel receive Homecoming Spirit of 1912 Award

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in Alumni News and News

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The University of Kansas Alumni Association and the student-led Homecoming Steering Committee have named Larry and Nancy Stoppel of Washington, Kansas, winners of this year’s Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award. The annual award recognizes Jayhawks who consistently display school spirit, pride and tradition.

The Stoppels will ride in the Homecoming Parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence and receive their award at the Homecoming Reception, two hours before kickoff of the KU-Texas Tech football game Saturday, Oct. 7.

About the Stoppels

Larry earned his KU bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1973, the same year Nancy graduated with her KU bachelor’s degree in education. He is an optometrist with Drs. Stoppel & Brown, where Nancy also works full time. As Jayhawk volunteers, they served for more than a decade as Washington County coordinators of the Alumni Association’s Kansas Honors Program, which recognizes academically talented high school seniors statewide. Nancy also served on the statewide advisory board for the Lied Center of Kansas, KU’s performing arts center.

The Stoppels led the Flint Hills Network of KU alumni for many years, and they continue to advocate for KU in the Kansas Legislature as Jayhawks for Higher Education members. In 2004, they received the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award for their local volunteer service to KU. From 2009 to 2014, Larry served on the Alumni Association’s national board of directors. The Stoppels are Association life members and Presidents Club donors.

About the Spirit of 1912 Award

The Spirit of 1912 Award commemorates the first year of KU’s Homecoming and honors Rich and Judy Billings of Lakewood, Colorado, who in 2011 created an endowment to fund future editions of Homecoming. The Billings, both 1957 KU graduates, will attend their 58th KU Homecoming celebration this year.

The theme for KU’s 105th Homecoming is “Jayhawks of the Galaxy.” This year’s parade grand marshals are Jayhawks and former NASA astronauts Joe Engle, a 1955 KU graduate, and Steven Hawley, a 1973 graduate who is now a KU professor of physics and astronomy.

A complete schedule of Homecoming week activities can be found online. The Alumni Association and its Student Alumni Network oversee Homecoming 2017, which is sponsored by Crown Toyota Volkswagen and supported by Kansas Athletics, PepsiCo and Student Union Activities.

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Superhero skills showcased at annual Jayhawk Jingles event

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawk Jingles 2016 | www.kualumni.org

Students came out in droves Wednesday night to show off their Homecoming spirit for the annual Jayhawk Jingles competition and Food Fest. As the crowd filled the parking lot at the Adams Alumni Center, lines formed to sample free food provided by Paisano’s Ristorante, Pita Pit, the Mad Greek, HyVee Market Grille and Hot Box Cookies, and six sorority-fraternity teams huddled up for last-minute preparations before taking the stage.

Participants didn’t disappoint as they displayed their talents in musical performances that honored this year’s Homecoming theme, “Rock Chalk Super Hawk.” More than one team altered the lyrics to the popular song, “I Need a Hero,” and another team performed a comedy skit that depicted Jayhawks overpowering the Oklahoma State Cowboys to win Saturday’s football game. The crowd cheered as one student landed a perfect forward flip after missing the mark on his first attempt. The evening also provided the perfect opportunity for students to dress up as their favorite superheroes, including Batman, Spiderman and Superman.

Judging the event were Catherine Carmichael, c’14; LaRisa Chambers, c’95; and Linda Ellis Sims, e’79, who received the Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award. The award honors Jayhawks who consistently display school spirit, pride and tradition throughout their lives. A stalwart KU volunteer, Sims received the 2011 Fred Ellsworth Medallion for her years of service.

“There’s a reason KU is special,” Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09, president of the Alumni Association, told the crowd as he introduced Sims. “You’re having this experience because of Jayhawks like Linda.”

The winners of this year’s competition were:

First place: Delta Delta Delta, Theta Chi, Alpha Kappa Lambda
Second place: Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Delta Lambda Phi
Third place: Sigma Kappa, Pi Kappa Alpha, Multicultural Greek Council

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2016 KU HomecomingKU’s 104th Homecoming celebration, Rock Chalk Super Hawk, takes place Oct. 16-22. For a full list of activities and events during Homecoming week, fun facts and historical information, visit www.kualumni.org/homecoming. Share your photos with us by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #kuhomecoming, and follow the hashtag to see more pictures of the celebration. Click here to read more stories about Homecoming.
 

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Longtime KU volunteer Linda Ellis Sims to receive Homecoming Spirit of 1912 Award

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 in Alumni News and News

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img_news_sims_interview_spirit2The University of Kansas Alumni Association and the student-led Homecoming Steering Committee have named Linda Ellis Sims of Independence, Missouri, as the winner of this year’s Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award. The annual award recognizes Jayhawks who consistently display school spirit, pride and tradition throughout their lives.

Sims will receive her award during Homecoming Food Fest and Jayhawk Jingles at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Adams Alumni Center.

Sims graduated from the School of Engineering in 1979 and has served on the school’s advisory board since 1990, including a term as chair. She also served on the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering advisory board and the Diversity & Women’s Programs advisory board. In 2014, she was recognized as a Distinguished Engineering Alumna. She and her husband, Russ, are Life Members of the Alumni Association and contributors to its Presidents Club. She led a network of Jayhawks in Houston and served on the Association’s national Board of Directors from 1991 to 1993. In 2011, she received the Association’s Fred Ellsworth Medallion for her outstanding volunteer service to KU. She is a KU Endowment trustee and executive committee member, and she helped guide the recent Far Above campaign as a member of the steering committee. A former KU swimmer, she is a K-Club member and donor to the Williams Education Fund.

The Spirit of 1912 Award commemorates the first year of KU’s Homecoming and honors Rich and Judy Billings of Lakewood, Colorado, who in 2011 created an endowment to fund future editions of Homecoming. The Billings, both 1957 KU graduates, will attend their 57th KU Homecoming celebration this year.

The theme for KU’s 104th Homecoming is “Rock Chalk Super Hawk.” The Homecoming parade begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. This year’s grand marshals are Bob Davis, the former play-by-play voice of Kansas Jayhawk football and men’s basketball, and 2016 Olympic gold medalist and former KU track and field sprinter Kyle Clemons. A pep rally at Eighth and New Hampshire streets will follow the parade.

2016 KU HomecomingKU’s 104th Homecoming celebration, Rock Chalk Super Hawk, takes place Oct. 16-22. For a full list of activities and events during Homecoming week, fun facts and historical information, visit www.kualumni.org/homecoming. Share your photos with us by posting on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #kuhomecoming, and follow the hashtag to see more pictures of the celebration. Click here to read more stories about Homecoming.
 

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