Two sides of a Jayhawk love story | Terry and Sharon

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 in Alumni News and News

Whether it was in the midst of Budig 320 or over a crunchy chicken cheddar wrap at the Market, hanging out on Wescoe Beach or at a network watch party years later, countless Jayhawks owe their marriage to their time on the Hill. We’re sharing some of our favorite stories this week in anticipation of Valentine’s Day on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Sharon (Coffeen) Leatherman, j’81, and Terry Leatherman, j’81

Tom and Sharon Leatherman | www.kualumni.orgSometimes, there are two sides to the how-we-met story, as is the case for the Leathermans. But no matter who tells it, the story ends the same way.

“My husband, Terry, recalls that he first saw me sitting on the floor outside of a classroom in then-Flint Hall, waiting for class. He clearly remembers this and claims I was wearing a dress, instead of the usual jeans that I wore on campus. I cannot imagine why I would have had on a dress and hose for class, but okay, I’ll go with it!

However, my memory is different. I first met Terry behind Wescoe Hall, walking up the hill to Flint. I had just purchased a soda from the snack bar at Wescoe, and Terry was walking behind me.  He had on a navy sweater with Sigma Nu letters, and said, “Well, hello!” as we headed to class.  Both of these events occurred in the fall of 1978.

I also worked for Terry in the news department at KJHK 90.7 FM, The Sound Alternative, during 1979 and 1980.  I do believe that we accomplished more flirting than actual news reporting.”

The Leathermans are proud that their daughter carried on their Jayhawk tradition. Robin Leatherman, c’14, earned a degree in applied behavioral science from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

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Homecoming 2014: Chalk ‘n’ Rock

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Homecoming 2014 Chalk 'n' Rock

Chalk ‘n’ Rock, one of the beloved traditions of Homecoming, took place on Wescoe Beach today.

Participating student groups were assigned a section of squares to chalk a design inspired by this year’s Homecoming theme, “Roll With the ‘Hawks.”

Students had four hours to create their designs, which were then evaluated by a panel of judges.

The winning entries are listed below.

Greek Life:

  • Kappa Alpha Theta and Alpha Epsilon Pi, 1st place
  • Sigma Kappa and Sigma Alpha Epsilon, 2nd place
  • Alpha Delta Pi and Theta Chi, 3rd place

Student Life:

  • School of Engineering, 1st place
  • KU Swim Club, 2nd place
  • KJHK, 3rd place

Thanks to the student organizations that participated today! More Homecoming activities are listed on the Homecoming website.

Check out our slideshow with pictures below, or click here to see the photos on Flickr.


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Steve Doocy named Distinguished Kansan of the Year

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 in Alumni News and News

This year’s Rock Chalk Ball emcee can add another feather to his cap.

Steve Doocy, j’79, was named Distinguished Kansan of the Year by Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.

The organization, which was formed to preserve and honor Kansas loyalty and traditions, honored Doocy at a banquet last week. The Distinguished Kansan Award isn’t presented every year, but plenty of other Jayhawks have been honored– including Sheila Bair, c’75, l’78, former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, in 2010 and current men’s basketball coach Bill Self in 2008. A list of past award winners is available here.

A fun fact: Doocy was the first on-air DJ for KJHK, the popular student-operated radio station at the university.

Doocy will serve as the emcee for the 19th annual Rock Chalk Ball, the KU Alumni Association’s premier fundraising event in Kansas City, on April 26.

Click the image below to watch a clip of his acceptance speech. Congratulations, Mr. Doocy!

Steve Doocy |


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Jayhawks blend mariachi roots with rock

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Maria the Mexican | www.kualumni.orgMaria the Mexican, the Americana soul and Mexican groove band led by sisters Tess, c’08, and Maria Cuevas, c’10, will celebrate the vinyl release of their first album, “Moon Colored Jade,” with an in-store performance at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 at Prospero’s Books, 1800 West 39th St., Kansas City, Mo.

As profiled in the latest issue of Kansas Alumni, the Cuevas sisters are classically trained musicians who also grew up playing in the famed Topeka mariachi band Mariachi Estrella, led by their grandmother, the late Teresa Cuevas. “Moon Colored Jade,” originally released last fall on compact disc, melds the traditional folk roots of mariachi with a wide-ranging medley of styles that includes pop, rock, soul and funk influences.

The vinyl release gives the band a chance to showcase its stellar musicianship—and reach audiences old and young who still appreciate the old-school technology of a needle and turntable.

“I think there’s a big difference when you listen to the record on vinyl,” Maria Cuevas says. “It seems to display so much more of the sound; it seems fuller, warmer. It’s just a different experience.

“A lot of younger people, high school and college age, are getting back into vinyl. A lot of older people still have their turntables. My parents were able to pull theirs out and listen.”

Maria the Mexican will also play in the KJHK studios at 8 p.m. Feb. 5 as part of the KU student-run radio station’s live@kjhk concert series. Catch the show as it happens at 90.7 FM, or access the archives here.

— Steven Hill

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