Alumni Profile: Caleb Bobo

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

Caleb Bobo, c’16, is a native of St. Louis who earned a degree in political science with a minor in African and African-American Studies. He is currently a first-year graduate student and diversity fellow at Saint Louis University. Caleb is a member of the KU Alumni Association and served on the Student Alumni Leadership Board as an undergraduate.

Caleb BoboI became a Jayhawk because…

Simply put, there was no competition. I applied to and visited several universities, but none gave me the same feeling that the University of Kansas did. It was the perfect size and distance from home. I found it to be the perfect balance between the social scene of a major, state university and the academic rigor of an elite research institution. Everything one could want out of their college experience, they can get at KU.

How has KU propelled you into your current career?

Graduate school is difficult for many reasons. Professors expect a lot out of their students and most of us balance professional opportunities with classes. Luckily, KU’s academic programs prepared me extremely well for my graduate studies, and the emphasis my professors and advisers put on internships during my undergraduate career allowed me to find employment in my new city.

What’s your favorite spot on campus? and/or What spot do you return to whenever you’re back on the Hill?

The Nunemaker Center is the home of the KU Honors Program. Not only is it an awesome place to study on The Hill, but the staff who works there always made me feel so welcomed when I walked through the doors. I’ve remained very close with several of the faculty and staff I met through KU Honors, and I always try to visit when I come back to Lawrence.

My best advice for college students:

Be flexible with your academic program! A lot of students, myself included, think we have our lives figured out at 17 or 18 years old but that’s often not the case. Allow yourself to be challenged through classes, projects and extracurricular activities outside of your chosen discipline. You never know when you’ll discover an interest or passion that you didn’t know existed.

Describe a moment, during or after your time as a KU student, when you felt the greatest sense of Jayhawk pride.

I was really fortunate to make a great group of friends at the University of Kansas and after we all graduated, it’s been amazing to watch each of them begin their lives post-undergrad. Several are working for major corporations in New York, Chicago and Kansas City. A few moved to Washington D.C. to work for members of Congress or other governmental organizations. A handful ended up in elite graduate, legal or medical programs across the country, and I know a few who became officers in the United States Military. Each and every time I’m able to touch base with them over the phone or via social media, I always feel so much pride knowing that although we have a wide variety of interest and goals, we all walked the streets of Lawrence together.

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Students, alumnus take top honors for KU Homecoming spirit

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

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The 102nd Homecoming at the University of Kansas concluded Sept. 27 after a week that included events for KU students and the Lawrence community.

Throughout the week, KU student organizations collected points for their participation in events coordinated by the student-led Homecoming Steering Committee and the KU Alumni Association, along with campus and community partners. The theme of this year’s celebration was Roll with the ’Hawks. For information on the winners of individual daily events, visit

The overall winners for the week were Delta Delta Delta sorority and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, which together won first prize in the Greek Life division, and the KU School of Engineering, which placed first in the Student Life division. The winners were announced at halftime of the KU-Texas football game Sept. 27.

In addition, Caleb Bobo, a junior political science and African-American studies major from St. Louis, won the Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award. The Homecoming Steering Committee selected him for his spirit and campus service. Bobo is vice president of membership for the Student Alumni Leadership Board and vice president for the Student Endowment Board. He also leads the KU Black Men’s Union as president. He represents the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Student Senate, and he helps recruit students for the Office of Admissions. He received the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship and was selected for the University Scholars program. He also mentors fellow students in the University Honors Program. He is the son of KU alumni Luke Bobo and Rita Holmes-Bobo, who now live in Shawnee.

The award honors Jennifer Alderdice, a former KU Alumni Association staff member who advised the Homecoming Steering Committee and the Student Alumni Association for many years. Alderdice, who still lives in Lawrence, earned her KU master’s degree in higher education administration in 1999.

KU alumnus Scott Simpson of Lawrence received the Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award for his contributions to KU Homecoming tradition through the years. Simpson attended KU from 1980 to 1985 and is the owner of Scott Simpson Productions. As a disc jockey for nearly 30 years, he has presided over countless KU events for Homecoming and pep rallies at home and away games. Most recently, he has helped the Alumni Association host the annual food festival and Jayhawk Jingles competition during Homecoming celebrations. In 2013, he was voted the “Best of Lawrence” DJ by readers of the Lawrence Journal-World.

The Spirit of 1912 Award honors Rich and Judy Howard Billings of Lakewood, Colorado. As 1957 KU graduates, the Billings attended 50 consecutive Homecomings following their graduation. In 2007, they received the Spirit of 1912 Award, which honors the year KU celebrated its first Homecoming. The Alumni Association renamed the award to honor the couple; they have created an endowment to fund future KU Homecoming activities.

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