Hawks & Highways: KU Alumni Invitational held at Prairie Dunes for ninth year

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

The Hawks and Highways tour stopped in Hutchinson for a Jayhawk tradition unlike any other. The ninth annual KU Alumni Invitational took place June 25 at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

The annual event brought members of the  Presidents Club together to enjoy a round of golf with KU special guests. Chancellor Doug Girod, Bill Self, head men’s basketball coach, and Heath Peterson, president of the KU Alumni Association, all attended.

Championship flightA foursome of Zach Dyer, Will Moore, Cameron Wilste and Kyle Tucker won the championship flight at the KU Alumni Invitational at Prairie Dunes.

The foursome of Zach Dyer, Will Moore, Cameron Wilste and Kyle Tucker won the championship flight.

“The alumni invitational at Prairie Dunes is a fantastic event,” said Moore, l’06.  “Having the opportunity to play one of the best golf courses in the world with fellow Jayhawks is an unbelievable opportunity. The event is well organized and always a great time. I look forward to playing every year.”

“First, it’s a great venue, a first class golf course,” said John Miles. “My group and I played last year and knew we had to come back. The Alumni Association and the Williams Fund do a great job setting up the event and making everyone who participates feel important.”

Kent Deutsch, Kent Richardson, Tommy Castor, and Chris Ugolini made up the first flight leaders at the KU Alumni Invitational at Prairie Dunes

Kent Deutsch, Kent Richardson, Tommy Castor, and Chris Ugolini made up the first flight leaders.

The event was presented by Tickets for Less, a partner of the KU Alumni Association. Campus partners includingKansas Athletics the Williams Education Fund, KU Admissions, the School of Social Welfare, and the KU Medical School also attended.

—Ryan Camenzind


Hawks & Highways is a multi-year effort coordinated by the KU Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics. Tour events feature appearances by KU coaches as well as university administrators and other special guests. 

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2015 Kansas Football in February

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

2015 Kansas Football in February

It’s time to fuel the the frenzy of football season! The KU Alumni Association has partnered with KU Athletics to bring ‘Football in February’. Kansas football head coach, David Beaty and his coaching staff are flocking to Jayhawk fans across Kansas with fantastic festivities throughout February.

The 2015 Kansas ‘Football in February’ events will include a KU Signing Day Party and a Football Fan Fest in Lawrence along with stops in Hays, Hutchinson, Topeka, Kansas City and Wichita.

‘Football in February’ begins Wednesday, Feb. 4, with a Signing Day Party at Abe and Jake’s Landing in Lawrence from 5-8 p.m. Beaty and his KU coaching staff will be in attendance to meet and greet fans, as well as speak to the crowd about the newly-signed Jayhawk class. The Signing Day event is free and will include appearances by Big and Baby Jay, a photo booth and other KU promotional items.

The next stop on the ‘Football in February’ schedule is the KU Football Fan Fest Saturday, Feb. 7, in Anschutz Pavilion from 4-6:30 p.m. KU Alumni Association #ProudMembers, Williams Fund members and football season ticket holders will be admitted at 4 p.m. (with proof of membership* or ticket purchase). The doors will open at 5 p.m. for the general public.

Beaty, the coaching staff, and past and present KU football players will be in attendance at the Football Fan Fest and will be available for autographs. The event will feature a fun zone, face painter, balloon artists, the KU Band and Spirit Squads, Big and Baby Jay and much more.

Football Fan Fest will wrap up just in time for fans to move next door to Allen Fieldhouse for Kansas women’s basketball’s ‘Jayhawks for a Cure’ game against Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. The Jayhawks will don brand-new white uniforms with pink trim in honor of the event, which benefits Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the KU Cancer Center. Tickets for the ‘Jayhawks for a Cure’ game start at $5 and for every fan in attendance, a $1 will be donated to the ‘Jayhawks for a Cure’ beneficiaries. Upon entrance to Allen Fieldhouse, fans will receive pink t-shirts while supplies last.

Following the opening two events, ‘Football in February’ will tour the state of Kansas primarily for happy hour events, in addition to one luncheon in Hays. All Jayhawk alumni, fans and friends are invited to events along the tour. Beaty, members of his coaching staff and special guests from the athletics department and Alumni Association will be at every stop. Fans can pick up 2015 commemorative football items and have a chance to win autographed merchandise and tickets.

A full listing of the 2015 Kansas ‘Football in February’ event details are as follows:

For detailed information regarding ‘Football in February’ events visit KU Athletics ‘Football in February.’

*KU Alumni Association members can find your membership card at the bottom of January’s eNewsletter email or find your member ID by logging into your profile.

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Did you know: KU provides law enforcement training for Kansas

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

The Association hosted a dinner Thursday, Aug. 1 for 125 cadets, instructors and leaders of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, which KU has operated for more than 40 years in Yoder, 12 miles south of Hutchinson. Lynn Loveland, the Association’s assistant director for Kansas programs, and Teri Harris, director of membership, traveled to the KLETC to celebrate the cadets’ graduation, thank them for their service to Kansas communities, welcome them to the Jayhawk network and encourage them to get involved with their local alumni chapter. Since 2011, the Association has hosted two events each year in Yoder.

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center director Ed PaveyKLETC director Ed Pavey was the featured speaker, answering a question common among many alumni: How did the University of Kansas become involved in police training?  When the Kansas Legislature created KLETC in 1968 as the central headquarters for all law enforcement training in Kansas, legislators needed someone to provide organizational oversight. The decision was easy.  KU had been involved in law enforcement training since the mid-1940s through the University’s Governmental Research Unit. Police officers from across Kansas had traveled to the Lawrence campus to attend training sessions and workshops that focused on topics including homicide investigation, crowd control, traffic collisions and other important law enforcement topics.

Once the decision was made that KU’s Division of Continuing Education would oversee police training in Kansas, the question became: Where should the training center be located?

To get up and running quickly, the center needed classroom and office space, as well as dormitory-style lodging that could be used immediately. Buildings on the former U.S. Naval Air Station located 12 miles southeast of Hutchinson were available, and the U.S. government advised the University that two buildings on the base grounds could be used with little renovation: They had been used during World War II and the Korean War for classroom instruction and dormitory housing for U.S. Navy pilots in training.

KU established KLETC in 1969, and the campus has continued to grow.  Two new dormitory buildings that house 231 officers were constructed in 1998 and 2009. The center also features a state-of-the-art Emergency Vehicle Operations Driver Training Facility named after Robert J. Senecal,  retired dean of KU Continuing Education, a 16-station firearms range and adjacent shotgun range, a crime scene house, a tactical shooting house, 15 classrooms and an 800-seat auditorium that can be divided into three separate training venues. The KLETC campus now spans 173 acres.

More than 400 officers from across Kansas are trained annually in basic programs. In addition, more than 5,000 veteran officers attend KLETC-provided or sponsored continuing education programs each year.

The KU Alumni Association is proud to support the KLETC by hosting a congratulatory banquet for new graduates of the training program.

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, director Ed Pavey and KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

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Congratulations, officers!

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 in Alumni News, News, and Sports

The KU Alumni Association periodically hosts congratulatory cookouts for cadets graduating from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center near Hutchinson. Nearly 80 new officers were in attendance as they completed their 14-week, 560-hour program at the center, which is a division of KU Continuing Education.

The KLETC was created in 1968 and is the central headquarters for all law enforcement training in Kansas. The 173-acre campus has 15 buildings, a 16-station firearms range and a 1.78-mile emergency vehicle operations driver training facility.

“When people think of KU,” says Director Ed Pavey, “they think of the Lawrence campus, or the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, or the Med Center campuses in KC or Wichita, not KLETC in Yoder. The involvement of the KU Alumni Association in hosting these barbecue dinners is truly appreciated and sends a strong signal of the KU Alumni Association’s support of KLETC.”

Congratulations to the new graduates! (View photos of the event above, or view them on Flickr.)

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