Chisholm Trail Jayhawks spend an evening with Naismith

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 in Alumni News and News

The ever-popular KU Libraries exhibit, “An Evening with Naismith: Artifacts of a KU Legend,” made its way to Scooter’s Coffee Shop in El Dorado last night.

Jayhawks from the Chisholm Trail Chapter had the opportunity to view and hold artifacts from KU’s University Archives that relate to the life and legacy of James Naismith. Staff members from the KU Alumni Association and KU Libraries also shared news and updates from the Hill.

Thanks to Lynn Loveland, assistant director of Kansas programs, for providing pictures. Watch the slide show below, or click here to view the photos on Flickr.

'Hawk Days | www.kualumni.orgThis event is part of the ‘Hawk Days of Summer, the KU Alumni Association’s annual summer sojourn across the country and around the world. The 90-day series of events resulted from a determination to make the most of the summer months. The 2014 tour kicked off on Saturday, May 17, and includes picnics, receptions, baseball games and more. Visit our online calendar to find upcoming events near you.

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Paris trip brings Flying Jayhawks travelers together

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Lynn Loveland, ’76, assistant director of Kansas City programs, recently hosted a Flying Jayhawks trip to France. For more information about the Flying Jayhawks alumni travel program, visit

It was such a pleasure to participate in the Paris Immersion Flying Jayhawks trip. Though a very diverse passenger group, the common bond of the University of Kansas helped bridge any gaps and molded us into a group of friends as well as travelers. What fun it was to compare our KU experiences and laugh about our college days. We found out what a small world it really was with our stories intersecting many times.

Speaking of small worlds, I learned that our very able tour director from France was an exchange student in Kansas during a year of high school. And, what are the chances: she attended my high school and lived with a family a few blocks away from where I lived!

It was the consensus of our group that the educational sessions prior to our excursions were very beneficial. The Art History talks certainly enhanced our time at the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. The information we learned about the history and neighborhoods of Paris allowed us to understand how the country’s history helped shaped the city we see today. With the help of on-site guides, we discovered the charm of Dijon, capital of the Burgundy region; Rouen, the capital of Normandy; and the ancient city of Reims, in the heart of the Champagne region. These types of educational sessions truly set the Flying Jayhawks trips above the rest. I can’t think of a better way to travel than with the Flying Jayhawks!

See pictures from the Paris Immersion trip in the slideshow below, or click here to view the photos on Flickr. Pictures courtesy of Lynn Loveland.

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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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An evening with basketball legends

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Basketball season is over, but that didn’t stop Jayhawks in the southern part of the state from enjoying an evening with basketball legends this week.

KU alumni, fans and friends gathered at the Winfield Country Club to hear from former men’s basketball coach Ted Owens and legendary basketball star Bud Stallworth. Coach Owens led two teams to the Final Four and won 206 games in Allen Fieldhouse. He recently published At the Hang-up: Seeking Your Purpose, Running Your Face, Finishing Strong, and attendees had the opportunity to buy copies of the book.

Staff from the KU Libraries also attended with their popular exhibit “An Evening with Naismith: Artifacts of a KU Legend.”

If you’re in the Winfield area, be sure to get involved with the South Chapter to learn about other upcoming events.

Ted Owens, David Andreas, John T. Stewart and Bob Bourdette.


Lynn Loveland and Ted Owens. Lynn’s grandfather, Dutch Lonborg, was director of athletics at KU and hired Coach Owens. 

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South Central Jayhawks meet Baby Jay

Posted on Dec 10, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Jayhawks in the South Central Chapter area, which includes the Kansas counties of Kingman, Barber, Harper and Pratt, enjoyed the 20th annual Lighted Christmas Parade in Kingman on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Baby Jay visited Citizens National Bank to pose for pictures with alumni and fans, including Mrs. Kansas Airin Rhinehart and Eddie the Eagle, the Kingman High School mascot. Check out the slideshow below to see a few pictures!

Fun fact: There are more than 400 alumni of the University of Kansas who call one of these four counties home. Thanks to Lynn Loveland, assistant director of Wichita programs, for the photos!

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Jayhawk Roundup, up and away

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Thanks to alumni, fans and friends for another successful Jayhawk Roundup!

The Roundup is the largest event hosted by the KU Alumni Association in Wichita, attracting hundreds of people to Murfin Stables each year for a fun evening of dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and KU camaraderie.

Jeff Kennedy, j’81, national chair of the Board of Directors, and Patti Gorham served as this year’s Jayhawk Roundup chairpersons, leading a committee of dedicated volunteers.

Jayhawk Roundup 2013 | www.kualumni.orgGuests enjoyed a dinner sponsored by Security 1st Title and Truffles, followed by remarks from Kevin Corbett, president; Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little; and Lynn Loveland, assistant director of Wichita programs for the Alumni Association.

The silent auction was open throughout the evening, while live bidding for items such as a one-hour ride in a Beechcraft T-6 trainer and dinner with Sheahon Zenger and John Hadl began after dinner.

Another interesting item in the auction? An 11-foot American alligator. We’re not kidding– Presidents Club member Colette Kocour, c’73, who served on the decorations committee for the Roundup, was determined to find a great item for the auction this year. She made a call to Dr. Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Biodiversity Institute and professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and his staff members found the scaly, stuffed creature.

The story was chronicled by Kocour’s hometown newspaper, the Wellington Daily News. Click here to read the full story.

After the auction ended, Jayhawks kicked up their heels (or boots) and danced to music from Monster Entertainment until midnight.

Proceeds from the Jayhawk Roundup help enhance alumni programs, including student recruitment, career networking and the alumni lobbying program, Jayhawks for Higher Education.

Stay tuned for information about next year’s event! If you are interested in becoming a sponsoring or helping with the event, contact Lynn Loveland at or 316.293.2621.

Watch the slideshow below to see pictures from this year’s Roundup, or click here to view the photos on Flickr.

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Did you know: KU provides law enforcement training for Kansas

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 in Alumni News and News

The Association hosted a dinner Thursday, Aug. 1 for 125 cadets, instructors and leaders of the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, which KU has operated for more than 40 years in Yoder, 12 miles south of Hutchinson. Lynn Loveland, the Association’s assistant director for Kansas programs, and Teri Harris, director of membership, traveled to the KLETC to celebrate the cadets’ graduation, thank them for their service to Kansas communities, welcome them to the Jayhawk network and encourage them to get involved with their local alumni chapter. Since 2011, the Association has hosted two events each year in Yoder.

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center director Ed PaveyKLETC director Ed Pavey was the featured speaker, answering a question common among many alumni: How did the University of Kansas become involved in police training?  When the Kansas Legislature created KLETC in 1968 as the central headquarters for all law enforcement training in Kansas, legislators needed someone to provide organizational oversight. The decision was easy.  KU had been involved in law enforcement training since the mid-1940s through the University’s Governmental Research Unit. Police officers from across Kansas had traveled to the Lawrence campus to attend training sessions and workshops that focused on topics including homicide investigation, crowd control, traffic collisions and other important law enforcement topics.

Once the decision was made that KU’s Division of Continuing Education would oversee police training in Kansas, the question became: Where should the training center be located?

To get up and running quickly, the center needed classroom and office space, as well as dormitory-style lodging that could be used immediately. Buildings on the former U.S. Naval Air Station located 12 miles southeast of Hutchinson were available, and the U.S. government advised the University that two buildings on the base grounds could be used with little renovation: They had been used during World War II and the Korean War for classroom instruction and dormitory housing for U.S. Navy pilots in training.

KU established KLETC in 1969, and the campus has continued to grow.  Two new dormitory buildings that house 231 officers were constructed in 1998 and 2009. The center also features a state-of-the-art Emergency Vehicle Operations Driver Training Facility named after Robert J. Senecal,  retired dean of KU Continuing Education, a 16-station firearms range and adjacent shotgun range, a crime scene house, a tactical shooting house, 15 classrooms and an 800-seat auditorium that can be divided into three separate training venues. The KLETC campus now spans 173 acres.

More than 400 officers from across Kansas are trained annually in basic programs. In addition, more than 5,000 veteran officers attend KLETC-provided or sponsored continuing education programs each year.

The KU Alumni Association is proud to support the KLETC by hosting a congratulatory banquet for new graduates of the training program.

Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, director Ed Pavey and KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little

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Centennial Jayhawk

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 in Alumni News and News

John Sheaks, b’37, g’43, celebrated his 100th birthday on July 3 with a reception in Wichita. Lynn Loveland, assistant director of Kansas programs, attended the birthday party and presented a box of Jayhawk goodies to the centenarian.

According to his daughter-in-law, Mary Nelson, Sheaks attended college at the urging of a neighbor. He received a bachelor’s degree and MBA from KU and later taught at the University. He married Mary Ellen Thornburg in 1937 and they enjoyed nearly 70 years together.

The entrepreneurial Sheaks and his business partner, Larry Reder, owned and operated numerous businesses in north Wichita, including restaurants and grocery, furniture and appliance stores. He later worked in finance, insurance and real estate.

A long life well lived must be in his genes, Mary said– his mother lived to be 105.

Sheaks is pictured below with his two daughters, Judy Sheaks McKenna, c’63, and Susy Sheaks Hammons, c’66. Sheaks also has a son, Mickey.

John Sheaks |

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Wintermote Award presented to Steve Dillard

Posted on May 17, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Congratulations to alumni volunteer, Life Member and Presidents Club member of the KU Alumni Association Steve Dillard, c’75, who was honored as a recipient of the Dick Wintermote   Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award!

The award was presented to Dillard at the KU Football Preview Party luncheon in Wichita on Thursday, May 16.

Dillard, vice president and co-owner of Pickrell Drilling Company, Inc., has served as president of the Wichita Chapter of the KU Alumni Association and has been a chapter board member for six years. He’s also active with the Wichita River Festival and Wichita Wagonmasters.

Lynn Loveland, Steve Dillard, Jeff Kennedy |

Dillard is pictured above with Lynn Loveland, ’76, assistant director for Kansas programs for the KU Alumni Association, and Jeff Kennedy, j’81, chair-elect of the Association’s Board of Directors.

The Wintermote Award is named for Dick Wintermote, c’51, who served as the executive director of the Association from 1963 to 1983. The annual award is presented to two Kansas chapter volunteers and two national chapter volunteers who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership to their chapter and the Association during a one-year period.

Click here for more information about the award, including alphabetical and chronological lists of past recipients.

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KU Alumni staff remember the ’88 championship game

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 in Alumni News and News

We’ve enjoyed reading KU fans’ memories of the 1988 NCAA championship game. Many of our future staff members were at the game or the celebrations that took place afterward, and they shared their memories also.

Lynn Loveland, assistant director of Kansas programs:

I went to the games and had a great seat on the floor.   Very exciting–after the games we went to the Plaza to celebrate.   I thought Kemper Arena was a great place to hold the game. Though the revenue wouldn’t come close to what they make now, everyone could actually see the game from their seats with no big screen needed.

1988 KU national championship parade | | photo courtesy of University Archives

David Johnston, director of internet services and marketing:

We got tickets to the championship at Kemper from disgruntled Duke fans. My seat ended up being right next to the junior high basketball coach who cut me during tryouts the previous year, effectively ending my basketball career! He was incredibly knowledgeable about the game, and we had a great time. At halftime with the score tied 50-50, he turned to me and said “that was the greatest half of basketball I’ve ever seen in my life.” Unforgettable experience.

Susan Younger, creative director:

The night of the win, we headed to campus and were stuck in our car for hours on Oread Avenue. Our kids sat on the window sills of our car and slapped thousands of hands. Everyone had their hands out the window and a steady stream of students ran by slapping them. My palms hurt for a couple of days. For the parade on campus, I took my sons out of school. We were on the boulevard in front of Snow Hall. My 8-year old Garrett said, “I wish someone would throw ME in the air.” A guy next to me grabbed him and before we could do anything, he was being tossed in the air. He was small, so he was being thrown up high and made it all the way down the mob to the front of Strong Hall, then they started to throw him back my way. The boy who grabbed him in the first place grabbed him back and said to me, “I’m so sorry ma’am, I should have asked if that was okay.” My son was a little scared but also excited.

About four guys came down the road carrying a yellow VW beetle and put it in the garden in front of Hoch. Trees in front of Wescoe were so overloaded, you could hear the trunks splinter and see them cracking in half. We were drenched in beer showers. People were shaking cans and spraying beer over the crowd. It was amazing!

Marcia Wilson, office assistant:

I was at the game and then at the team’s hotel after the game for the celebration in the street. The Oklahoma fans were watching from their hotel across the street. It was awesome!

KU 1988 National Championship parade | www.kualumni.orgJulie Lowrance, records specialist and license plate administrator:

I was a junior in high school in 1988. I remember watching the championship game at home with my parents and was so excited when KU won. There was a parade on Massachusetts Street a few days later. They let us out of school for the afternoon and we got to go and see it.   It was so awesome!   A great memory to have from my youth! I also remember my parents buying me a “Danny and the Miracles” t-shirt after KU won. Wish I still had that shirt!

Michelle Lang, assistant director of Kansas programs:

I was nine years old at the time of the 1988 championship game but I have some pretty clear memories of the night.   My family watched the game at my aunt and uncle’s house near downtown Lawrence and I remember right after KU won we went outside and could hear people shooting off fireworks.   Then we hopped in the car and drove through campus…that was the thing to do then instead of going to Mass Street.

Tim Brandt, director of the Adams Alumni Center

I was alive and in my prime at 37.   We were suited up in the bar in the Marriott, where the team was staying. We had just completed a full day of drinking beer at the opening day of Royals baseball and were settled in. Oklahoma, a one seed and KU a one seed — both big 8 schools — not sure the rest of the basketball world cared much. After the game there was a solid mob assembly inside and outside the hotel.   The rest was just a blur — the next day was not quite so much fun as we had to drive back to Wichita.

Photos courtesy of University Archives

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