Lawrence community invited to KU’s 3rd annual Trunk or Treat

Posted on Oct 21, 2019 in Campus News and News

Trunk or Treat 2019The University of Kansas Student Involvement & Leadership Center, Student Alumni Network and Center for Community Outreach will host KU’s third annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Adams Alumni Center parking lot, 1266 Oread Ave. on the Lawrence campus. Admission is free.

The family-friendly event features decorated trunks and candy stations for community members and their children to trick-or-trick in a safe and fun environment. Other activities include pumpkin painting, photos with Baby Jay, games and a contest for Best Halloween Costume. Hot chocolate and refreshments will be provided by KU Dining.

Families are encouraged to bring a donation for the KU Fights Hunger food drive, which collects nonperishable food items for Campus Cupboard and Just Food of Douglas County. Items of greatest need include peanut butter, canned protein, beans, whole-grain cereals, pasta and nuts, and canned fruit and vegetables.

Trunk or Treat is held in conjunction with Halloween in the Halls, another community event that runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at KU’s Gertrude Sellards Pearson and Corbin residence halls at 11th and Indiana streets. A shuttle bus will be available to take families between the Adams Alumni Center and residence halls parking lots.

For more information, contact Sarah Bowman, SILC assistant director of student development and engagement, at sarah.bowman@ku.edu or Ally Stanton, KUAA assistant vice president of student programs, at 785-864-3741 or allystanton@kualumni.org.

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Lawrence community invited to KU’s second annual Trunk or Treat

Posted on Oct 11, 2018 in Campus News and News

Trunk or Treat at the University of Kansas
The University of Kansas Student Involvement & Leadership Center, Student Alumni Network and Center for Community Outreach will host KU’s second annual Trunk or Treat from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Adams Alumni Center parking lot, 1266 Oread Ave. on the Lawrence campus. Admission is free.

The family-friendly event features decorated trunks and candy stations for community members and their children to trick-or-trick in a safe and fun environment. Other activities include pumpkin painting, photos with Baby Jay, games and a contest for Best Halloween Costume. The event is sponsored by Hy-Vee grocery stores, with two locations in Lawrence, and is supported by Kansas Athletics.

Families are encouraged to bring a donation for the KU Fights Hunger food drive, which collects nonperishable food items for Just Food of Douglas County. Items of greatest need include canned protein, beans, whole-grain cereals, pasta and nuts.

For more information, contact Erin Kelly, SILC student engagement graduate assistant, at 785-864-9177 or ekelly2@ku.edu. Or, contact Keon Stowers, KUAA assistant director of student programs, at 785-864-4795 or kstowers@kualumni.org.

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KU alumnus leads charge for improving health in rural Kansas

Posted on Sep 25, 2017 in Campus News and News

David Toland: KU alumnus leads charge for improving health in rural Kansas

When faced with decreasing populations and poor health ratings, a Kansas county rallied together to take control of their future.

David Toland, c’99, g’01, serves as executive director of Thrive Allen County, a nonprofit coalition that works to improve the quality of life and economic conditions in Allen County, Kansas.

Toland joined the organization in 2008, when Allen County was ranked 94th out of 105 Kansas counties in overall health by the County Health Rankings. The county of 13,000 came together at a series of town halls and reached a common goal: to become the healthiest rural county in the state.

Now the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has recognized Toland and Allen County’s work as a Culture of Health prize winner. The award honors eight communities making great strides in their journey toward better health.

“It means so much to the people of this community to have their hard work recognized at a national level,” Toland said in response to the award. “It’s an important part of the emotional fuel that people need to keep doing the work.”

County projects

While the work to reach the top continues, the results already in place are stunning.

The county re-purposed an old school bus as the MARV—Meals And Reading Vehicle—which provides a healthy meal and books to read for students during the summer. Miles of biking and hiking trails constructed largely by volunteers have proven so popular that a Kansas City bike shop opened a new location on Iola’s main street. And after a proposal to raise the local sales tax to help build a hospital passed with 72% approval, the Allen County Regional Hospital opened in 2013 with Brian Neely, c’08, MD’12, m’16 as the doctor.

“Something special is happening in Allen County — we are fundamentally changing, for the better, how we live,” said Toland. “And we will keep steadily and quietly working toward our goal: being the healthiest rural county in Kansas.”

“The people in Allen County work hard, but in a quiet way. They don’t seek fancy recognitions or awards or acknowledgments. They know that we are facing difficult odds.”

Read the article or watch the video the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation created that captures Allen County’s work towards creating a culture of health.

-Ryan Camenzind

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