Jayhawks savor wine, KU connections

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 in Alumni News and News

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Jayhawks who share hometown roots in Paola and a love of wine recently toured the California wine country, where they discovered more KU connections.

Paola native Sharon Weaver Vitter and her husband, KU Provost Jeffrey Vitter, gathered family and hometown friends for the journey, which included a stop at the Lang & Reed Wine Company, founded in 1996 by Jayhawks John, f’76, and Tracy Armel Skupny, c’77. The group sampled four Lang & Reed wines on a picture-perfect afternoon, and Becky VanWyhe Thomas, e’86, of Baldwin City shared the souvenir photo. The KU contingent included (left to right):

Jim Otten, assoc., Lawrence
Audrey Vitter, Boston
Don Weaver, e’81, New Orleans
Vickie Otten, assoc., Lawrence
Felicia Weaver, New Orleans
John Thomas, j’83, Baldwin City
Becky Van Wyhe Thomas, e’86, Baldwin City
Provost Jeff Vitter, Lawrence
Sharon Weaver Vitter, p’78, Lawrence
Tracey Armel Skupny, c’77, St. Helena, California
John Weaver, e’79, Goodyear, Arizona
Donna Vitter, Paris, France
Kathy Weaver Steele, p’76, Topeka
Roxane Gonser Weaver, Goodyear, Arizona
Steve Steele, d’76, Topeka
Sarah Thomas, j’79, Leawood

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Jayhawks have fun at the Salina Steak Out

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 in Alumni News and News

More than 150 Jayhawks gathered in central Kansas this past Saturday, July 27 for the annual Salina Steak Out. For the fifth year in a row, the Wilson family hosted the popular event at their ranch near Salina. Jim Trower, b’77, president of the North Central Chapter of the KU Alumni Association, led the planning of the event. Butch Billips, assoc., of America’s Best Steaks proved the company’s namesake and provided the main course for dinner. Both men are Life Members and members of the Presidents Club.

After dinner, Jayhawks were treated to updates from Mt. Oread by Jeff Vitter, provost; Andrea Hudy, assistant athletics director for sports performance; and KU basketball legend Bud Stallworth. KU head softball coach Megan Smith and head swimming coach Clark Campbell also attended. Following the short program, the KC All Stars entertained the crowd with live music well into the night.

Thanks to the KU alumni, fans and friends who attended this great event!

Click here to view pictures from Salina Steak Out, or watch the slideshow below.

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