Paul Carttar, c’76, a former member of the KU Alumni Association’s national Board of Directors, shared a photo of a rather unique Jayhawk, created on a beach in Delaware while his family was on a recent summer vacation.
Paul says, “But though we were not in Memorial Stadium, the Jayhawks were never far from our minds, as is evident in this photo of our family’s four KU alumni (three of them are Life Members) and our final—and most satisfying—sand sculpture of the week.”
Do you have a photo of a unique Jayhawk spotted somewhere in the wild? Share it with us! Email it to [email protected], or post it on our Facebook page. Or, tag it on Twitter or Instagram using #KUalumni.
Jayhawk spirit is alive and well across the globe!
Kathy McCurley, who works in the Office of the Chancellor, shared a video with us earlier today of children in Nakivumbi, Uganda, performing the Rock Chalk chant. The video was posted on Facebook yesterday by Cliff Pash, b’73.
Cliff and his wife Julie, former Lawrence residents, live in Jinja, Uganda. Each year, a group of students travel to Uganda to help the couple with their ministry; this year’s mission trip includes four current KU students as well as a graduate of the KU School of Engineering.
Where in the world is your Jayhawk? If you have a great story about how you share your school spirit, we’d love to hear it! Email us at [email protected] and your story could be featured on our website.
The ’Hawk Days of Summer are here! We kicked off the fourth edition of our annual summer sojourn just before Commencement with events in Denver, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City and Paris. Yes, Paris—a group of sixteen Jayhawks are traveling in Europe right now on a Flying Jayhawks trip hosted by Lynn Loveland, assistant director of Kansas programs.
So, what exactly IS ’Hawk Days of Summer?
’Hawk Days events include lunches and dinners, receptions and happy hours, brewery tours and boat cruises, baseball games and trips to the zoo. Alumni Association staff members attend many of the events to make connections with local Jayhawks. And this year, we’re expanding our efforts to share the spirit online, too—so if you happen to live in an area we aren’t visiting this summer, you can still participate in the fun.
Adventures of a Jayhawk
Download our printable Jayhawk—our version of “Flat Stanley”—and take it along on your summer adventures. Whether you’re on vacation or enjoying a staycation, hiking in the mountains or relaxing on the beach, boating on the lake or taking in a baseball game, traveling abroad or just hanging out in your backyard, help us show how far the Jayhawk network reaches.
Snap a selfie with your Jayhawk and send it to us! You can tag us on Instagram or Twitter (@kualumni on both sites) or post your pictures on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/kualumni. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #proudmember and #kualumni so your pictures will show up in our social streams!
Jacquelyn Pedigo, c’05, shared her love for KU from the top of a mountain in St. Lucia.
On a recent vacation to the Caribbean country, she climbed Gros Piton, one of the country’s most well-known sites, with her sister, Jaime Pedigo-Miranda, j’05, her sister’s husband and their aunt, Renae Slusser, c’06, g’12.
Pedigo received a bachelor’s degree in communications and returned to the Hill in 2009, where she works as Outreach Coordinator for the KU School of Engineering while studying for her master’s degree in higher education administration.“To me, there is no place that feels more like ‘home’ than the University of Kansas,” she says. “I get to walk around campus and feel this large, connected family around me that understands what it is like to be a Jayhawk and to feel that pride.”
For the engineering school, she visits high schools throughout the Midwest, recruiting students to KU. “Sharing my passion and then seeing those students come to KU and experience the Rock Chalk spirit makes every day worthwhile! There are still days when I step onto campus and see the beauty and the passion in the students and can’t help but think, ‘I am so lucky to work and go to school at the University of Kansas!’ ”
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. If you have stories of Jayhawks around the world, we’d love to hear them! Email us at [email protected].