Posted on Oct 18, 2016 in Alumni News and News
The 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.
KU’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.