Jayhawks gather in Beijing, witness surprise proposal

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 in Alumni News and News

China may be half the world away from the Hill, but you’d never know it based on the spirit of our Chinese alumni.

The China Chapter of the KU Alumni Association, part of our international network, held an event in Beijing on July 13 to help send off new Jayhawks to the Hill and give alumni an opportunity to connect with each other.

According to Alan Li, c’13, who coordinated the event, around 40 Jayhawks attended.

One of those who attended was welcomed to the flock in a way she probably didn’t expect—alumnus Johnny Li successfully proposed to his girlfriend at the reception!

Watch the slideshow below to see pictures from Beijing, or click here to see the photos on Flickr.


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Shanghai Jayhawks enjoy KU camaraderie

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks are everywhere!

A group of seven alumni and incoming KU students gathered earlier this month in Shanghai, China, to share some Jayhawk spirit. Alan Li, c’13, coordinated the event, and another alumni reception for Jayhawks in Beijing is in the works for July.

Are you looking to connect with other Chinese Jayhawks—whether you’re from China, currently living there or have plans to visit?Join the China Jayhawks Alumni Chapter group on LinkedIn, managed by Shenji Pan, c’13, the leader of the China Alumni Chapter.

In an effort to update alumni records and expand our international network, we’re also asking Jayhawks from China to complete a short form on our website. Making sure we have your correct email address is the first step to staying informed about alumni events in China!

Jayhawks in Shanghai, China

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Ni Hao from China

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Staff members from the KU Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions are currently in China to host receptions for newly admitted Jayhawks, prospective students, alumni and friends. Daphne Johnston, associate director, provided this summary while visiting Guangzhou in southern China, where the group held its sixth event on Monday, July 1.

www.kualumni.orgI was never more proud to be a Jayhawk than last Friday in Beijing! A group of current Chinese students at KU, recent graduates and alumni contributed to the wonderful success of KU’s second  reception and a pre-departure session co-sponsored by EducationUSA at the Beijing American Center.   The officers in the KU Chinese Student and Scholars Friendship Association did many things to support these events. I can attest to what I saw on Friday afternoon and evening: two special events of which everyone at KU should be proud.

The Jayhawks on hand were an outstanding panel and represented to everyone in attendance the caliber of students who are drawn to KU and find their special niche as well as an American home in higher education. They were most impressive! The EducationUSA advising center staff were truly wowed by our Jayhawk spirit, commitment and focus.

I know thwww.kualumni.orgat the more than 40 people who attended the yield reception– at least 23 of whom are newly admitted Jayhawks–were very impressed and appreciated the willingness of our students and alumni to help them get off to an excellent start. They will be well-prepared and well-connected when they join us on campus in August.

One of those newly admitted students proudly said to me at the end of the evening, “Now I am one of you!”

The 50 attendees at the EducationUSA pre-departure orientation were extremely appreciative of our Jayhawks’ knowledge, experience and willingness to share–students and parents alike.   The session influenced several new   prospective students from that second group who are ready to apply for spring admission, which is another goal of these events.

The KU Alumni Association is currently working to expand its international network of Jayhawks with the establishment of a Greater China alumni chapter. If you’re a Jayhawk who currently lives in China, or is from China, please complete the form at community.kualumni.org/chinajayhawks to make sure your alumni record is up-to-date.

Thanks to KU staff and alumni who work hard to recruit new Jayhawks from around the world to the University. This year’s Homecoming theme, Jayhawks Around the World, celebrates the University’s global reach in terms of international students and faculty, research discoveries that change the world and the achievements of KU alumni, who live in 150 countries around the globe.

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