Homecoming Award

Spirit of 1912 Homecoming Award

The Student Alumni Network is pleased to recognize outstanding KU alumni each year during Homecoming. This award was created to acknowledge graduates of the University of Kansas who consistently display school spirit, pride, and tradition throughout their lives.


The “Spirit of 1912” takes its name from two influences—the first Homecoming at KU was held in 1912, and the SAN logo uses the Henry Maloy Jayhawk drawn in 1912. The Student Alumni Network accepts nominations from alumni, students and staff each fall before Homecoming. The SAN members consider these nominations and vote for a recipient at a regular meeting. A graduate or married couple may be recognized. The award was created in 2007 to honor Judy and Rich Billings, both 1957 graduates, for their extraordinary commitment to attending 50 consecutive Homecoming weekends. Their dedication sets an inspiring example of dedication to KU pride and traditions.


Past Recipients

2007 — Rich, c’57, and Judy Howard Billings, d’57 (Lakewood, Colo.)
2010 — Margey Wallet Frederick, j’69, g’78, and the late Bob Frederick, d’62, g’64, EdD’84 (Lawrence)
2011 — Amy Hurst, c’74 (Whitmore Lake, MI)
2012 — Marching Jayhawks Alumni Band
2013 — Topeka Corvette Club 2014 — Scott Simpson, ’89
2015 — Joe, b’61, and Susan Morris
2016 — Linda Ellis Sims, e’79
2017 — Larry, c’73, and Nancy Stoppel, d’73
2018 — Howard, b’79, and Debra Cohen, assoc.
2019 — Warren, e’50, and Mary Corman, c’73, h’74
2021 — Andrew, c’82, and Cecilia Romero Godwin, c’82
2022 — Andrew, ’04 and Lauren Wymore, d’06

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Must be an official graduate of KU.
  • Must be a current member of the KU Alumni Association.
  • Display outstanding school spirit and pride while upholding tradition through involvement and leadership contributions to KU.


  • Online application opens: Sept. 11 at 8 a.m.
  • Online application closes: Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.
  • Winner notification: Oct. 17 by 5 p.m.



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