Updated members-only tailgate information

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Thank you to all of the Association members who attended our first members-only tailgate Sept. 6 on Level 1 of the Kansas Union. More than 200 members and guests attended the event, and we appreciate all of the feedback we received.

To better serve alumni and friends, we have fine-tuned several aspects of the tailgate for the KU-Central Michigan game.

The tailgate will be held from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the Hawks Nest on Level 1 of the Kansas Union.

Some of the changes we’re making include:

  • Double-sided buffet in a more spacious area for quicker service
  • Expanded menu, featuring a Philly Cheesesteak bar: hoagie buns, Philly beef and chicken, peppers & onions; beer-battered sidewinder fries with cheese sauce & chili; marinated vegetable trio; and marbled sheet cake
  • Additional seating inside
  • Larger tables on the patio
  • Kids’ activities will be in the JayBowl—in addition to activities on Level 4

Show your membership card at the door, and you and up to four guests can enjoy the buffet. Each guest also receives two drink coupons for soft drinks and beer or wine for those 21 and over. The cost is $12 per person; kids 5 and under are admitted free.

Don’t miss the fun with the Marching Jayhawks, Spirit Squad and mascots. You’ll enjoy KU camaraderie and a great view of campus—all within a short walk from Memorial Stadium. We will see you Sept. 20!

P.S. KU Band Day will also take place on Sept. 20, and thirty high school bands will perform with the KU bands at halftime. The Band Day parade will be held at 9 a.m. on Massachusetts Street in downtown Lawrence.

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New this year: Members-only tailgate in the Kansas Union

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU Band in Memorial Stadium | www.kualumni.orgAre you ready for football season? It may feel like summer’s barely begun, but the first football game is less than a month away.

And we have exciting news to share: We’ve partnered with the Kansas Union to create a new game-day event for Alumni Association members and their families!

Every Saturday before home football games, make your way to the Union, where you’ll find a festive atmosphere, family-friendly activities and a convenient walk to Memorial Stadium. Our new members-only tailgate will be held in the Hawks Nest on Level 1 of the Union.

The cost is just $12 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on game time, plus two drink coupons for soft drinks or adult beverages for those 21 and older. Socialize with fellow Jayhawks in the Hawks Nest, or enjoy outdoor seating on the adjacent Baumgartner Terrace. Don’t forget your membership card—bring your paper card or the digital version from our emails, and you and up to four non-member guests can attend. If your kids 5 or younger, they can attend for free.

Members of the Marching Jayhawks and the Spirit Squad will perform at the tailgates, and the Hawks Nest has plenty of TVs so you can watch other college football games.

Kids can enjoy activities on Level 4 of the Union, where a balloon artist, Jayhawk coloring sheets and temporary Jayhawk tattoos will be available. Bring your camera for photos with a 7-foot cardboard cutout of Big Jay.

And if you need to stock up on more crimson and blue gear? We’ve got you covered there, too. Stop by the KU Bookstore on Level 2—Association members get a 10-20 percent discount on KU merchandise with their membership cards.

See you on game day!

For more information about the members-only tailgate, game day activities and watch parties, visit www.kualumni.org/gameday. We also have a special football ticket offer for members: Buy a 4-pack of tickets to the Homecoming game against Texas on Sept. 27 for just $99! Log in to reveal the promo code and link to purchase tickets.


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May the fourth be with you!

Posted on May 4, 2013 in Alumni News and News

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The sign in the Kansas Union said “Welcome Future Jayhawks,” but scene looked like something from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

419276_10151692778636874_740491261_nOn May 4th, fans of the Star Wars franchise come out in force to celebrate the date that has become known across the universe as “Star Wars Day” (as in “May the fourth be with you“). Jayhawks are no exception, of course, as KU students, alumni, faculty and staff all joined in the fun last week when several characters from the original and prequel trilogies made an impromptu appearance at the Kansas Union in anticipation of the big day.

The visit may have been the will of the force, destiny or an annual promotion sponsored by KU Dining Services. A clever poster campaign ran throughout the week, and other KU departments even got into act. The KU Parking Department took a lighthearted approach to the dark side by introducing “Park Vader” in Twitter posts (@parkingku), including this ominous Twitpic: “I find your lack of permit disturbing.

Alumni know that the force runs strong in the KU family. Veteran voice actor Tom Kane, c’85, voiced Jedi Master Yoda in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, in addition to many other Star Wars characters. We featured an interview with Kane on this blog in January. And Kari Wahlgren, c’99, appeared in our Valentine’s Day feature story about her Oscar-winning project Paperman, but she too has voiced roles in the Star Wars expanded universe of games, including Knights of the Old Republic and the Force Unleashed.

Visitors on campus stopped to have their pictures taken with the costumed clones, whether to impress their kids—as KU Director of Admissions Lisa Pinamonti Kress did while passing through the union—or because it’s not everyday you get to see Boba and Jango Fett side by side (am I right fellow geeks?). More pics from previous Star Wars Day events on campus can be found on the KU Dining Facebook event page. So, until next year, may the force be with you. Always.

—David Johnston

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