#IceBucketChallenge reaches KU

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Updated 8/26/2014: The #IceBucketChallenge has been sweeping newsfeeds across the country, and members of the University of Kansas community have accepted the challenge—including men’s basketball coach Bill Self:


Not familiar with this bizarre-but-funny social media phenomenon? No, it’s not a way to keep cool during the warm summer months. The challenge began as a creative way to spread awareness of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, and quickly went viral. Participants are doused, on video, with buckets of ice water and then post said video to their social networks while nominating their friends to take the challenge.

Those who choose not to take the challenge are encouraged to make a donation to an ALS charity, but it’s obvious that many of the people getting drenched are also making donations. The most popular beneficiary is the ALS Association at alsa.org. Those looking to support ALS research at KU can contribute at www.kuendowment.org/neurology.

According to the ALS Association, as of August 20, they’ve received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.8 million during the same time period last year (July 29-Aug. 18). The donations have come from both existing donors and more than 600,000 new donors.

Other notable members of the Jayhawk community who have taken the challenge:
Neeli Bendapudi, dean of the KU School of Business
Kevin Corbett, president of the KU Alumni Association
Stephen Mazza, dean of the KU School of Law
Ray Bechard, head coach of the KU volleyball team
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Rob Riggle, c’93
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We’ll add to the list as we find more!

Football season is right around the corner, so we’ll leave you with Coach Weis’ version of the #IceBucketChallenge.

What KU celebrity would YOU nominate for the #IceBucketChallenge?

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Gearing up for game day

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 in Alumni News and News

KU Basketball 'Hawks 'n Hoops | via www.kualumni.org

If the chatter online is any indication, Jayhawks around the world are thinking of one thing, and one thing only right now: Tuesday’s KU basketball matchup with Duke in the Champions Classic.

Don’t worry, we’ve got all the information you need– whether you’re attending the game or watching it at home.

Pregame party in Chicago

The KU Alumni Association is hosting a pregame party in Chicago at the West End, 1326 W. Madison St. Staff members from the Alumni Association will be in attendance, including Mike Davis, senior vice president for donor and membership programs; Heath Peterson, vice president for alumni programs; and Danny Lewis, director of alumni programs.

Of course, since our staff members bleed crimson and blue, a number of others will be there off the clock.

Michael Branicky, dean of the School of Engineering, and Stephen Mazza, dean of the School of Law, will also be in attendance to share news from the Hill with alumni.

Chicago watch parties

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The Alumni Association has a strong chapter in Chicago, and there are three locations that will be hosting watch parties for those of you not lucky enough to snag tickets to the game.

Join fellow alumni and fans at the following Chicago watch sites to cheer for the ‘Hawks:

Lottie’s Pub, 1925 W. Cortland St.
The Crossing Tavern, 2548 N. Southport Ave.
Kincade’s Bar & Grill, 950 W. Armitage Ave.

Watch parties around the country

And for those of you who are staying home, many of our chapters are hosting watch parties at local establishments. We’ve even added several new areas to the list, including Iowa City and New Orleans.

Click here to see a full list of official alumni watch parties.

Don’t see one near you on the list? Click here for a list of alumni watch sites; many of these places aren’t hosting an official watch party, but Jayhawks may still gather to watch the game. For those “unofficial” watch parties, conversations often take place within chapter Facebook groups (you can find a list of those on our Facebook page).

Information about television programming and channel lineups for KU games can be found here on the Kansas Athletics’ website.

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