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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KU is going to India

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 in Alumni News and News

The University of Kansas is always looking to expand its international reach, and next week, Jayhawk spirit will be proudly displayed in India.

Shannon O’Hagan, international student recruiter for the Office of International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions, and the International Knowledge Center will host five receptions in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bangalore. All alumni, friends and students are invited—whether current, newly admitted or prospective students.

This is a great opportunity for alumni to share what they love about KU with current and future students, as well as for those students to learn more about the Hill.

The International Knowledge Center is part of GenNext, a company owned by KU alumnus Girish Ballolla, c’95, g’97.

Please RSVP to Shannon at shannon.ohagan@ku.edu if you’re interested in attending a reception, and please spread the word to other Jayhawks in India!

Reception information

Monday, July 21, 6:30-8 p.m.
The Westin
International Business Park, Oberoi Garden City
Goregaon East, Mumbai – 400063

Wednesday, July 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
Le Meridien
8, Windowr Place, Connaught Place, Janpath Road
New Delhi – 110001

Friday, July 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
ITC Sonar
45/IA, JBS Haldane Ave, Gobra, Kolkata
West Bengal – 700046

Monday, July 28, 6:30-8 p.m.
The Westin Hyderabad
Mindspace, Survey No 64, Bldg No 15, Raheja IT Park
Hi-Tech City Road, Hyderabad, Telangana – 500081

Saturday, August 2, 4-6:30 p.m.
The International Knowledge Center
4/2 Millers Road, Opposite: Vikram Hospital
Bangalore – 560052

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Danny and Kevin’s adventure in Asia

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 in Alumni News and News

This summer’s ’Hawk Days tour includes international flair, with planned receptions in Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo, Japan.

President Kevin Corbett and Danny Lewis, director of alumni programs, left Kansas City last Sunday on a jet plane headed for Seoul. They hosted a reception last night for Jayhawks in South Korea.

Unfortunately, the typhoon that is currently unleashing heavy wind and rain on Japan has caused us to cancel Friday’s reception in Tokyo. Stay safe, Jayhawks!

In the meantime, Danny and Kevin have shared photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to document their trip. Take a look at the Storify compilation below to see just how far the Jayhawk network reaches.
Seoul skyline

'Hawk Days | www.kualumni.orgThis event is part of the ‘Hawk Days of Summer, the KU Alumni Association’s annual summer sojourn across the country and around the world. The 90-day series of events resulted from a determination to make the most of the summer months. The 2014 tour kicked off on Saturday, May 17, and includes picnics, receptions, baseball games and more. Visit our online calendar to find upcoming events near you.

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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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Picture the World

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 in Alumni News and News

As a way of highlighting KU’s global reach, the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars sponsors an annual “Picture the World” photo contest featuring photographs taken by alumni, students, faculty and staff traveling abroad, or by visiting scholars and international students and alumni who want to share a bit of their faraway homes with the campus community. Past prizewinners have had their work featured at the Kansas Union, the Art and Design Gallery, the Lawrence Public Library and in Kansas Alumni (“Global Snapshot,” issue No. 2, 2009).

Entries for the 2014 contest will be accepted March 24 to April 4 at the Office of International Programs in 300 Strong Hall. Alumni photographers have their own division, and photos can be entered in five categories: people, places, cultural traces, flora and fauna, and black & white/monochromatic. Photographs must be taken outside the United States and submitted as either film or digital prints.

Selected photos will be exhibited at Watson Library, with an opening reception April 10. For complete rules and a look at the 2013 winners, visit http://international.ku.edu/photocontest.

Fernando Yaluk, Iguazu Falls, Brazil Michelle Wade, Shanghai shops, China

Charles Novak

Photo information: Fernando Yaluk, c’09, g’12, Iguazu Falls, Brazil (top left); Michelle Wade, b’85, Shanghai shops, China (top right); Charles Novak, e’93, winemaker, Croatia (bottom)

—Steven Hill

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Jayhawk spirit in Kenya

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 in Alumni News and News

img_news_kenya_blumeThis year’s Homecoming theme was Jayhawks Around the World, and we shared several stories on our blog from alumni across the globe. One of our favorite reader-submitted stories was from Nicholas Blume, d’09, who traveled to Nairobi, Kenya, last August on a medical mission trip with International Medical Relief. The organization helps provide medical care to underserved populations by recruiting qualified teams of volunteers to conduct medical clinics in areas where health care is difficult to obtain.

While he was in Kenya, Blume helped set up free health clinics that provided health care and education to more than 4,300 people in seven days.

David Johnston, the Alumni Association’s director of internet services and marketing, provided Blume with plenty of Jayhawk stickers to spread school spirit to another continent. It was the first introduction to the Jayhawk for many Kenyans, and Blume shared that many of his team members– including a student from our former rival school to the east– discovered the traditions and history that makes the University of Kansas unique.



Blume chronicled his experiences during the mission trip on his blog, Nick’s Big Adventure. Click here to read more.

Do you have a great Jayhawk story to share? We’d love to hear it! Email us at share@kualumni.org.

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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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Celebrate “Jayhawks Around the World” at Homecoming 2013

Posted on May 31, 2013 in Alumni News and News

img_news_homecoming_logoAs you’re planning travel in the months ahead, remember to reserve a few days in early October for a return to the Hill. Homecoming 2013 will celebrate “Jayhawks Around the World” with daily campus activities beginning Sunday, Sept. 29,  leading up to the KU-Texas Tech football game Saturday, Oct. 5, in Memorial Stadium.

The Alumni Association and the student-led Homecoming Steering Committee selected the theme and accompanying logo to celebrate 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.

The student director of KU’s 101st Homecoming is Erica Witty, a senior from Kingman majoring in business management. She will work closely with Alumni Association staff members and advisers Nikki Epley, director of reunions, and Jacey Krehbiel, alumni programs coordinator.

Other Steering Committee members and their duties include:

Awards: Natalie Scott, a senior from Topeka majoring in psychology

Campus Outreach: Abigail Buchanan, a junior from Chaska, Minn., majoring in business management and marketing; Rylie Durham, a senior from McKinney, Texas, majoring in journalism; and Danny Sanchez, a senior from Lenexa majoring in Spanish and global and international studies

Community Outreach: Chloe Fischgrund, a junior from Leawood majoring in marketing; and Esteban Marquez, a senior from San Juan, Puerto Rico, majoring in human biology

Publicity: Annie Drape, a junior from Leawood majoring in English and film

Parade: Holly Lafferty, a senior from Fairway majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology, and Elle Rose, a senior from Hutchinson majoring in pharmacy

As Homecoming preparations continue through the summer and early fall, the Alumni Association will post details about specific events at www.homecoming.ku.edu. Jayhawks also can follow KU Homecoming on Facebook and Twitter, @KU_Homecoming.

Update: The 29th annual Late Night in the Phog has been set for Friday, Oct. 4. Click here to read more from Kansas Athletics.

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