Meet our team: Heather Hawkins

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 in Alumni News and News

We have a pretty great team here at the KU Alumni Association! While many of our staff members travel around the world hosting events and meeting Jayhawks, many others work behind the scenes. In this new series on our blog, learn a little more about the people who make your Alumni Association a positive force for KU—and a fun place to work.

Heather Hawkins, j’06, has served as the executive assistant to the president for the past three years. She has a degree in strategic communications, which comes in handy as she helps with projects for the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and works closely with Presidents Club members and other donors. Heather is married to former KU basketball player Jeff Hawkins, c’06, and they have two adorable Future Jayhawks.

Heather Hawkins, Rock Chalk BallWhat’s your favorite spot on the KU campus?
Absolutely Allen Fieldhouse, it doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been in that building, I STILL get the chills!

If you could have dinner with two people, living or not, who would they be?
I’d pick my dad’s mom who passed away when I was little. I would love to have time to hear about all the trouble my dad surely got into as a little kid. My second choice would be Gillian Flynn, author of “Gone Girl” and a KU alumna! Her books are fantastically addictive. I lost sleep after reading each one because I couldn’t get the stories out of my head.

Put your iPod on shuffle. What are the first five songs?
“Single Ladies,” by Beyonce, “Heartbreak Warefare,” by John Mayer, “Ordinary People,” by John Legend, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” by Michael Jackson, “The Age of Worry,” by John Mayer

Cats or dogs?
Dogs, all day, everyday. To be honest, cats give me the creeps!

What’s the last book you read?
I love to read. One of my happiest places in the world is the library. the last book I read was The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, I highly recommend it!

Tell us about something in your office: a favorite photo, trinket or other object or memento.
My favorite objects are the Mother’s Day pictures my son Mav drew and my bulletin board of pictures of my kids, Mav and Sienna, and my husband Jeff.

What’s your favorite color?

Favorite KU celebrity?
I’ve got to go with my charming husband, Jeff Hawkins. Basketball season holds a very, very special place in the heart of the Hawkins household.

Do you have any hidden talents or unique hobbies?
Sadly, no special hidden talents or unique hobbies. However, with two kids, a husband and three dogs, I’m not sure there’s time for any unique hobbies unless I could learn to sleep standing up or function with two hours of sleep—those skills could certainly come in handy!

Heather Hawkins and family

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