Posted on Sep 25, 2014 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News
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An essential ingredient of the annual Jayhawk Jingles Homecoming contest is Jayhawk disc jockey Scott Simpson of Lawrence. As the Jingles competition concluded Sept. 24, Mike Davis of the Alumni Association called Simpson to the stage to receive his own well-deserved applause: Simpson received the Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award for his contributions to KU Homecoming tradition through the years.
“I’m humbled and honored to get this award,” Simpson told the crowd as the Campanile chimed. “It has been a true joy to work with KU folks and the Alumni Association these past 30 years, and I hope for many more years to come.”
Simpson, a Lawrence native, attended KU from 1980 to 1985. As a disc jockey and owner of Scott Simpson Productions, he has presided over countless KU events for Homecoming and pep rallies at home and away games. In 2013, he was voted the “Best of Lawrence” DJ by readers of the Lawrence Journal-World. Simpson is a Lawrence native and a graduate of Lawrence High School. In addition to his involvement in thousands of events, including wedding receptions, he volunteers for Senior Meals on Wheels.
The Spirit of 1912 Award honors Rich, c’57, and Judy Howard Billings, d’57, of Lakewood, Colorado. The Billings attended 50 consecutive Homecomings following their graduation, and in 2007 they received the Spirit of 1912 Award, which recalls the year KU celebrated its first Homecoming. The Alumni Association renamed the award to honor the two, who have created an endowment to fund future KU Homecoming activities.