Superhero skills showcased at annual Jayhawk Jingles event

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Jayhawk Jingles 2016 |

Students came out in droves Wednesday night to show off their Homecoming spirit for the annual Jayhawk Jingles competition and Food Fest. As the crowd filled the parking lot at the Adams Alumni Center, lines formed to sample free food provided by Paisano’s Ristorante, Pita Pit, the Mad Greek, HyVee Market Grille and Hot Box Cookies, and six sorority-fraternity teams huddled up for last-minute preparations before taking the stage.

Participants didn’t disappoint as they displayed their talents in musical performances that honored this year’s Homecoming theme, “Rock Chalk Super Hawk.” More than one team altered the lyrics to the popular song, “I Need a Hero,” and another team performed a comedy skit that depicted Jayhawks overpowering the Oklahoma State Cowboys to win Saturday’s football game. The crowd cheered as one student landed a perfect forward flip after missing the mark on his first attempt. The evening also provided the perfect opportunity for students to dress up as their favorite superheroes, including Batman, Spiderman and Superman.

Judging the event were Catherine Carmichael, c’14; LaRisa Chambers, c’95; and Linda Ellis Sims, e’79, who received the Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award. The award honors Jayhawks who consistently display school spirit, pride and tradition throughout their lives. A stalwart KU volunteer, Sims received the 2011 Fred Ellsworth Medallion for her years of service.

“There’s a reason KU is special,” Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09, president of the Alumni Association, told the crowd as he introduced Sims. “You’re having this experience because of Jayhawks like Linda.”

The winners of this year’s competition were:

First place: Delta Delta Delta, Theta Chi, Alpha Kappa Lambda
Second place: Alpha Delta Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Delta Lambda Phi
Third place: Sigma Kappa, Pi Kappa Alpha, Multicultural Greek Council

Watch a slideshow of pictures below, or click here to view the photos on Flickr. Photos may be downloaded for personal use.

2016 KU HomecomingKU’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 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.

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Reigning Miss Kansas World to lead Homecoming parade

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Homecoming 2015
Catherine Carmichael, the reigning Miss Kansas World and a 2014 University of Kansas graduate, will be grand marshal of the KU Homecoming Parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence. A pep rally on Eighth Street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets will follow the parade.

Catherine Carmichael, Miss Kansas World (submitted photo)Carmichael, who grew up in Manhattan, Kansas, played volleyball for KU while completing her degree in African and African-American Studies with a minor in communication studies. She is now assistant director of football recruiting for Kansas Athletics.

The parade is part of a weeklong celebration that begins Sunday, Oct. 25, and includes daily activities leading up to the KU-Oklahoma football game Saturday, Oct. 31, in Memorial Stadium. The theme for KU’s 103rd Homecoming is  “Ghosts of Jayhawks Past.” A complete Homecoming week schedule is available at, along with an informational packet for organizations participating in the various Homecoming competitions.

In conjunction with the parade, the KU Alumni Association and student-led Homecoming Steering Committee have produced special buttons for the celebration. A variety of downtown merchants will offer one-time discounts during Homecoming Week to customers who present the buttons. Buttons and fliers describing the discounts will be available during Homecoming week at the Adams Alumni Center, 1266 Oread Ave., and at the following Lawrence campus locations:

Monday, Oct. 26: the front lawn of Watson Library
Tuesday, Oct. 27-Thursday, Oct. 29, in front of Wescoe Hall

The student director of KU’s 103rd Homecoming is Caleb Johnson, a Basehor senior in civil engineering. He works with Alumni Association advisers Paige Hofer, student programs coordinator, and Jacey Krehbiel, assistant director of alumni programs. The Association will continue to post details at Jayhawks also can follow KU Homecoming on Facebook, Twitter (@KU_homecoming) and Instagram (@ku_homecoming).

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