Posted on Jul 2, 2013 in Alumni News, Campus 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.
I 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 that 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.