Wishing you a peaceful holiday season

Posted on Dec 11, 2019 in Alumni News and News

We wish you laughter, joy and peace this holiday season.

Our staff enjoys creating fun holiday greetings for alumni. Click here to see our holiday cards from years past.


Jayhawk holiday greetings around campus

Posted on Dec 21, 2017 in Alumni News and News

It’s time for our sometimes-annual roundup of holiday cards from departments across the University of Kansas campus.

KU School of Music

The KU School of Music’s video greeting includes original music and animation by Leslee Wood, a graduate student working on a doctorate in musicology. The music is performed by the Bellissimo bell choir, directed by KU alumnus Jackson Thomas.


KU School of Law

Dean Stephen Mazza and the entire KU School of Law family are wishing Jayhawks an easy, breezy holiday season filled with peace & good cheer. Their greeting gives a playful nod to Dean Mazza’s area of expertise, tax policy and procedure.

KU School of Law 2017 holiday greetings

KU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

As the fall semester drew to a close, the College took the time to thank those who makes the KU experience special for everyone involved with a snowy picture of the bronze “Academic Jay” outside their office in Strong Hall.

Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor Doug Girod shared a gif depicting the Chi Omega fountain, one of KU’s most famous sights, with an accompanying quote and message:

“And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

Best wishes from the Hill,
Doug and Susan Girod
The University of Kansas

KU School of Education

The School of Education shared their holiday cheer and thanked those who support the school’s mission, accompanied with art from a local first grader.

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KC artist has a banner year with holiday plaza decor

Posted on Dec 14, 2017 in Alumni News and News

John Keeling holiday art | watercolor depiction of the KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony in Kansas City

The streets of Kansas City’s most popular shopping district, the Country Club Plaza, are buzzing with holiday cheer.

The city commissioned local artist and University of Kansas alumnus John Keeling, f’83, to create artwork depicting a winter night at the Plaza. Keeling’s watercolor banners now line the streets in front of the storefronts. His work also appeared on a billboard to promote the KCP&L Plaza Lighting Ceremony, a Kansas City tradition with 88 years of history that seems to grow in spectacle each year.

“(I wanted to invoke) the feelings of joy and wonder that the Plaza Lights experience gives Kansas City and its visitors each year,” Keeling said. “As a watercolorist, I wanted to bring something more emotional to the banner artwork. Of course it has to be about the lights first, but my depiction of them in watercolor hopefully captures the feeling more than a graphic design would.”

Reinventing himself

After a 25-year career with Hallmark, Keeling is now self-employed and offers commissioned works from his website. Transitioning to being his own boss has allowed Keeling to learn more about the Kansas City art culture— and himself.

“I’ve been reinventing myself as a painter for the past four years,” Keeling said. “As an art director and creative director at Hallmark, I wasn’t painting for work. I also didn’t get to know the art community outside of the workplace. There are multiple arts organizations, including ArtsKC and the InterUrban ArtHouse, that I’m now involved with and meeting more and more of the community.”

As Kansas City shoppers hurry to buy their last-minute gifts, the lights will shine on the Plaza and Keeling’s artwork until January 14.

-Ryan Camenzind

John Keeling holiday art | watercolor depiction of the plaza lights in Kansas City

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Happy holidays

Posted on Dec 13, 2017 in Alumni News and News

From our nest to yours, we wish you the best this holiday season.

Please enjoy our sweet gingerbread rendition of the Adams Alumni Center, created by Susan Younger.

Our staff enjoys creating fun holiday greetings for alumni. Click here to see our holiday cards from years past.

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Classic holiday specials drawn to life by Lawrence native

Posted on Dec 8, 2017 in Alumni News and News

Paul Coker Jr, who illustrated classic holiday specialsEvery holiday season brings with it classic TV specials that generations of people have enjoyed. Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus Is Comin’ to TownThe Year Without a Santa Claus and other holiday specials from Rankins/Bass Productions credit a Lawrence native and University of Kansas graduate for their famous style.

Paul Coker, Jr. began leaving his legacy as an artist as early as high school. While a junior at Liberty High School (soon to become Lawrence High School) in 1946, Coker, f’51, sketched the Chesty Lion logo that is used to this day as the school’s mascot.

As the production designer for over a dozen holiday specials, Coker created the look and feel for the characters that have aired since 1969.

Coker spent most of his career as an illustrator for MAD magazine, illustrating over 375 articles in the satirical publication. The storybook style he used for Frosty the Snowman also was used to design Hallmark greeting cards.

Frosty the Snowman, illustrated by Paul Coker Jr-Ryan Camenzind

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Young KU fan amazed by Santa Jayhawk’s quick response

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 in Alumni News and News

We received this fun message from Sally Ramseyer Beck, d’77, about the Future Jayhawks program. Visit www.kualumni.org/futurejayhawks for more information or to register your future ‘Hawks. Children up to age 18 are eligible to participate, and membership makes a great gift!

I just wanted to let you know how much I love the Future Jayhawks program! I signed up my two oldest grandsons (age 2 and 3 years) when they were born, and just bought memberships for my two newest grandsons (four months and one month old). The boys are always excited when they receive something in the mail from the KU Alumni Association.

Timing couldn’t have been more perfect when Carter’s most recent gift arrived after I renewed his membership this year. His parents had just taken him to visit Santa, where he proceeded to tell Santa that all he wanted for Christmas was a teddy bear (which was totally different from what he had asked for in his letter to the North Pole, much to his mother’s dismay). When they arrived home an hour later and looked in their mailbox, they were amazed to find a Future Jayhawks teddy bear waiting for him! Carter’s comment was, “Wow, Santa sure acts quickly…I can’t believe he already got it to me!”.

Jayhawk Christmas Tree by Sally Ramseyer Beck, d'77Thank you so much for making this happen! Not only do we all believe in Santa, but also in all that you do at the KU Alumni Association. I love the beautiful ceramic ornaments that you have sent me each year when renewing their memberships and have them hanging on my Jayhawk Christmas tree. I will have to buy a bigger tree in the future, as I look forward to adding the whole collection as I renew Future Jayhawks memberships for each of my grandchildren (and hopefully add some more KU National Championship ornaments to the tree, too).

I am encouraging my friends and relatives to sign their grandchildren up for the Future Jayhawks program! Rock Chalk!

—Sally Ramseyer Beck, d ’77

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‘Tis the season

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Alumni News and News

‘Tis the season for a little cheer, so we dressed our loved ones up in silly gear!

Happy holidays from the KU Alumni Association. We appreciate your loyalty as a member.

Need more holiday cheer? Check out our holiday videos from previous years.

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Happy holidays from the staff of the KU Alumni Association

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 in Alumni News and News

We wish you a joyous holiday season! Please enjoy our video greeting below, featuring favorite campus landmarks decked out for the holidays.

Love the photos? Send them to your friends and family! We created shareable versions of our favorite scenes for you to download and share.

Thank you for being a Proud Member of the KU Alumni Association, and Rock Chalk!

Holiday Hours:
The KU Alumni Association offices will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25, for the holidays. We’ll be open again at 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 28. The office will be closed on Friday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day, and we’re back to regular hours on Monday, Jan. 4.

Past holiday cards:
Each year, our creative staff looks forward to putting together a new holiday greeting for alumni. Check out our holiday cards from years past.

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Take in the beauty of autumn on campus

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 in Alumni News and News

The University of Kansas is regularly included on lists of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. We might be biased, but we think our beloved campus tops the list.

Please enjoy this video of some of our favorite fall scenes from Mount Oread.

The KU Alumni Association offices will be closed next week on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll be open again the following Monday, November 30.

We wish Jayhawks everywhere a happy Thanksgiving—we are thankful that you’re part of of the Jayhawk family.

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