Jayhawk Generations Spotlight: Fee Family

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawk Generations | www.kualumni.orgEach fall we welcome new Jayhawks to the Hill, including many who are from KU families. We recognize these families in our annual online publication, Jayhawk Generations. Through our research of family trees, we discover some impressive lineages, including the Fee family of Hutchinson.

Martha Johnson Fee, c’55, and her late husband, James W. Fee, c’54, sent four of their five children to KU: Stacy Fee Shaw, b’80; Allen, c’84; Robert, c’87; and Daniel, c’91. The Fees’ tradition continues this fall, when five grandchildren will attend KU at the same time, including two incoming fourth-generation freshmen who are featured in this year’s edition of Jayhawk Generations.

Daniel Fee, c’91, sent his first Jayhawk to KU this fall. He says that he and his wife, Kimberly Koser Fee, c’92, did not insist that their daughter, Ashton, go to KU but that the memories they have shared with her and their experiences as a family cheering on the football and basketball teams might have played a role.

“As far as what I had to do with her decision making, not much,” he says. “I tried to always let Ashton know that she could go to college wherever she wanted. However, there is a GREAT school in state, at which her mom and I had a wonderful experience.”

“The University of Kansas is such a beautiful campus with very strong traditions,” Ashton says,  “It also has a strong tradition in our family. I cannot wait to be a part of that on both levels. After seeing the experience my grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins had there, I didn’t want to attend college at any other place.”

With the addition of Ashton and her cousin Melissa Fee, 11 Fee grandchildren have graduated or are currently attending KU.

A few more grandchildren have not yet made their way to the Hill, but chances are the Fee KU tree will continue to grow. The tradition began with Martha’s grandfather, Otis Allen, 1896, and was continued by her father, Oliver Johnson, e’26.

To view the 2014 edition of Jayhawk Generations click here.

– Leah Kohlman

Past issues of Jayhawk Generations are also available online.

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Happy birthday to you, KU

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Happy Birthday KU

Classes began at our beloved university on Sept. 12, 1866.

According to KU History, tuition for college classes at that time was $30 per year.

Some of our staff members shared their birthday wishes for KU:

Happy birthday KU! Not everyone can claim that they get better looking every year, but you just grow more magnificent, especially with the recent Jayhawk Boulevard improvements! Rock Chalk, and let the campanile bells sing.  —Susan Younger, creative director

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays KU! Thank you for providing me with unique experiences I will cherish for a lifetime. You have truly molded me into who I am today. —Emily Ellison, alumni programs coordinator

Happy Birthday KU!  May the worldwide network of Jayhawks continue to grow, one of the many reasons being a Jayhawk is so special.  Cheers to the Jayhawk family.  Rock Chalk! —Heath Peterson, vice president for alumni programs

Happy Birthday KU, because of you I have learned what it truly means to #beajayhawk. Here’s to many more years of inspiring students to make discoveries that change the world. —Leah Kohlman, communications coordinator

My birthday wish for KU would be for every future Jayhawk to have the same great experience that I had as a KU student. Rock Chalk! – David Johnston, vice president for marketing and Internet services

What’s your #wish4KU?

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A New Flock Flies to the Hill

Posted on May 28, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawk Generations | www.kualumni.orgThe Alumni Association has tracked Jayhawk family legacies since the early 1900s, when second-generation Jayhawks landed on the Hill. Faithful families have continued to fortify their legacies through the years and, with help from the Office of Admissions and University Archives, the Association has continued to honor legacy students each fall in our Jayhawk Generations tribute. Each fall we are honored to salute second-, third-, fourth-, fifth-, sixth-generations Jayhawks and beyond. Family members and fellow alumni look forward to tracing the histories of KU families and spotting former KU classmates among the photos of parents.

Since 2005 we have featured hundreds of second-, third-, and fourth-generation Jayhawks and highlighted fifty-seven fifth-generation Jayhawks, including Thomas Leach from Jayhawk Generations 2013. Thomas is one of many fifth-generation Jayhawks who are descendants of David Robinson, one of KU’s founding faculty members. We’ve also welcomed three sixth-generation students, including Gabriel Hass, Jayhawk Generations 2012, whose family tradition dates back to 1870. As KU traditions continue to flourish , we look forward to hailing the arrival of freshmen who represent seven generations and beyond.

We are beginning to research the family trees of fall 2014 freshmen, and we will send emails to the families of legacy students who have at least one parent who attended KU and a parent or grandparent who is an Alumni Association member. If you are an Association member sending a legacy freshman to the Hill this fall and you haven’t heard from us by mid-June, please send an email to jhawkgenerations@ku.edu, call us at 800-584-2957 or visit our website. The deadline for submissions is July 18, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy your summer before your Jayhawk leaves the nest and heads to Mount Oread.

Update: The deadline has been extended to Aug. 31! There’s still time to have your legacy student featured in Jayhawk Generations.

—Leah Kohlman

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Jayhawks win two against the Shockers

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 in Alumni News and News

A chilly spring evening isn’t ideal weather for a tailgate and baseball game, but the game must go on. Each season the Kansas baseball team plays a home and away series with the Wichita State Shockers. Earlier this season the Jayhawks hosted the Shockers at Hoglund Ballpark in Lawrence and came away with a victory, 4-2. The Shockers hosted the Jayhawks April 29 at Eck Stadium in Wichita, and the game ended with a Jayhawk win, 10-3.

KU vs. WSU baseball tailgateThe tradition involves more than the game. The Wichita Chapter of the KU Alumni Association and the Williams Education Fund of Kansas Athletics host an annual tailgate before the contest, and more than 40 Jayhawk alumni and Williams Fund members gathered this year with friends and family to enjoy great food and to support their team. Carrie Wiegand, c’99, of Wichita says, “This tailgate was a great opportunity to meet up with fellow alumni and to support our team in our hometown.”

Head coach Ritch Price and senior pitcher Jordan Piche spoke briefly and thanked the brave fans who weathered the cold. Lynn Loveland, the KU Alumni Association’s assistant director of programs for Wichita, says, “I love seeing all the red and blue at Eck Stadium! Many KU fans cheer for WSU, unless we are playing them—then it is KU all the way.”

—Leah Kohlman

Fans at the KU vs. WSU baseball game on April 29.

See more pictures from Wichita Chapter events on our Flickr account.

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Jayhawk softball again honored by Big 12

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Junior Pitcher, Alicia Pille

Junior Pitcher, Alicia Pille

Kansas softball earned its second-consecutive weekly honor from the Big 12, as junior pitcher Alicia Pille on Tuesday was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week. Pille, of Royse City, Texas, threw back-to-back complete-game shutouts, and recorded 12 scoreless innings, in home games against South Dakota State and Jackson State. Her opponents’ batting average was .079 for the two games, and her 10 strikeouts against Jackson State was Pille’s fourth double-digit strikeout total of the season.

Sophomore Infielder, Chaley Brickey

Sophomore Infielder, Chaley Brickey

Sophomore infielder Chaley Brickey, of Haltom City, Texas, was named Big 12 Player of the Week last week. Brickey went 9 for 14 with three doubles, three home runs and six RBI to help the Jayhawks go 4-1 at the Under Armour Classic in Tampa, Fla.

The Jayhawks (19-8) open Big 12 play with a three-game homestand against Oklahoma State March 28-30.
—Leah Kohlman

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Baseball and Softball Opening Day

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 in Alumni News and News

The sun is shining, the wind is blowing, and the sound of a ball pinging off a bat punctuates the blaring music: It must be opening day for KU baseball and softball at Hoglund and Arrocha ballparks.


Michael Suiter


Hoglund Ballpark, named for former player and longtime KU volunteer leader Forrest Hoglund, e’56, has been the home of the Kansas baseball team for more than 25 seasons.  The ballpark continues to undergo improvements to remain one of the finest college baseball facilities in the area. The Jayhawks hosted Oral Roberts March 11, when a late two-run rally in the eighth inning handed the Jayhawks their fourth loss of the season, 7-8. Junior left-fielder Michael Suiter continues to impress with his offensive performance, going 2-for-3.

The baseball team is back in action on Friday March 14, opening Big 12 play against No. 10 Texas.



Chaley Brickey, infielder

Arrocha Ballpark, home of the softball team, is named for Demostenes Arrocha, the father of KU alumna Cheryl Womack, d’75.  The softball team hosted South Dakota State March 11 in a doubleheader. A bright spot for the Jayhawks continues to be sophomore shortstop Chaley Brickey, who blasted a two-run homerun, her sixth on the season. The Jayhawks needed only five innings to shutout South Dakota State in each game, 8-0, 8-0.

Brickey, a native of Haltom City, Texas (pictured), was named Co-Big 12 Player of the Week for the week ending on March 9. It is the first weekly conference honor for Brickey who is the first Jayhawk to earn the accolade this season. She helped the Jayhawks to a 4-1 record over the weekend with three doubles, three home runs and six RBI’s. Brickey is also performing well on defense, recording five putouts, eights assists and perfect fielding percentage in five starts.

The softball team hosts the Jayhawk Invitational March 14-16.

– Leah Kohlman

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Pitcher named Collegiate Baseball’s national player of the week

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Frank Duncan

Frank Duncan

Senior right-hander Frank Duncan on Monday was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and Big 12 Pitcher of the Week by the Big 12 Conference. In seven and two-thirds innings against Mississippi Valley State Sunday at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte Florida, Duncan struck out 14 while allowing one run on four hits. He is the first Jayhawk to win the national weekly honor since Shaeffer Hall, d’12, in 2009.

After four games in Florida, the Jayhawks remain undefeated at 8-0. Next up is the Salty Iguana Classic. Due to the projected forecast for this weekend’s home-opening baseball series, the Kansas baseball team has elected to move its games to QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, home of the Grand Prairie Airhogs.
—Leah Kohlman


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Third baseman wins Big 12’s weekly newcomer award

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

Junior third baseman Aaron Hernandez was named Co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after his performance in the first three games of a four-game sweep of BYU in Peoria, Ariz. Hernandez, a transfer from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif., recorded five hits and five RBI in the three weekend games, including a seventh-inning RBI double that broke up a BYU no-hitter in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

The Jayhawks (4-0) beat BYU 10-4, 2-0, 11-10 in 10 innings, and 10-1. Up next is the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla. The Jayhawks face Northwestern on Friday, Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday, Mississippi Valley State on Sunday and St. Bonaventure on Monday.

—Leah Kohlman

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A new season of baseball begins

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Alumni News and News

With piles of snow and frigid temperatures on Mount Oread, KU baseball head coach Ritch Price opened media day Feb. 11 by deadpanning, “First of all, we can look outside and see that the weather is conducive to playing this great game.”

In fact, the winter weather in recent weeks forced the Jayhawks to take a field trip to Dallas, where they enjoyed a rare practice outside. KU opens the season Feb. 14 with a four-game series against Brigham Young University in Peoria, Ariz.

As he begins his 12th season at KU, Price focuses on consistency. “Our thing is we’re trying to win series. We talk with our players about being professional every day and preparing properly every day,” he said. “We try to handle things as a coaching staff if we don’t do well on Friday night. One of the things that we preach is that when you walk into the ballpark, we shouldn’t be able to tell by your body language or how you go about your work if you won or lost the night before. That’s what the best players in the game do.”

Team captains for the 2014 season include senior catcher Ka’iana Eldredge from Honolulu, Hawaii; senior outfielder Tucker Tharp from Boulder, Colo.; and senior pitcher Jordan Piché from Greeley, Colo., who was named to the 2014 Preseason Stopper of the Year Watch List by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Another preseason highlight included the Perfect Game website’s listing of senior right-handed veteran Frank Duncan, San Francisco, 46th on its list of the top 100 college seniors.

—Leah Kohlman

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KU softball team begins season in Florida

Posted on Feb 14, 2014 in Alumni News and News

The KU softball team launched its season Feb. 7 in Orlando, Fla.,  at the UCF Knights Invitational. Unfortunately, rain doused two of the five scheduled games.

Their first game against the UCF Knights was a battle of the pitchers. Sophomore pitcher Kelsey Kessler faced 20 batters over six innings, allowing just one hit, but the Jayhawks struggled to score, stranding a total of seven runners in the 1-0 loss to the Knights.

Against the University of South Dakota, three Jayhawks connected on two hits each; they were center fielder Alex Jones, shortstop Chaley Brickey and designated hitter Taylor Hatfield. Unfortunately, the team scored only one one run on eight hits, leaving 12 runners on base. KU fell to South Dakota, 1-5.

After rain canceled Feb. 8 games against LIU Brooklyn and Fordham University, the Jayhawks came out on top in a pitchers’ duel with Tennessee-Chattanooga, 1-0. Kessler recorded a career-best 15 strikeouts to earn the eighth shutout of her career. First baseman Maddie Stein led the team with two hits and one RBI.

The team is back in action this weekend, heading to Charleston, S.C., for the College of Charleston Classic. In addition to the hometown team, the Jayhawks will take on Fordham University, the University of Mississippi, Western Carolina University  and DePaul University.

—Leah Kohlman

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