Membership provides fitness advantage for alumni

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

David A. Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center at the University of Kansas |

Even the heartiest ‘Hawk fitness fanatics are tempted to blow off their workouts now and then. But with access to the Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center on campus, there’s no excuse for not exercising.

Special daily, monthly and annual rates are available for KU Alumni Association members, making this a great opportunity whether you live or work in Lawrence or you’re returning to campus for a visit. Just present a copy of your KU Alumni Association membership card—found at the bottom of your monthly member e-newsletter—and a photo ID to purchase a pass. Spouses and domestic partners of members are also eligible to participate at the special rate.

The Ambler Student Recreation Fitness Center includes 16,000 square feet of cardiovascular and resistance training equipment, four racquetball courts, six basketball and volleyball courts, aerobics and martial arts studios, a suspended walking/jogging track, a 42-foot rock climbing wall and an indoor golf simulator.

For more information, click here.

—Heather Biele

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Future Jayhawks complete summer reading challenge

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Future Jayhawks reading on the Hill |

The youngest members of the KU Alumni Association—kids who are members of Future Jayhawks— were invited to participate in our second annual Summer Reading Challenge this past July.

After all the numbers were tallied, this year’s efforts topped last year:

  • 170 kids have turned in their reading sheets, compared to 141 last year.
  • The youngest Jayhawks from birth to age seven read a total of 4,433 books.
  • Older kids from ages 8-18 read a whopping 868 hours during the month, more than doubling last year’s hours.

Members received a certificate and a Jayhawk gift after turning in their reading sheet.

Future Jayhawks | www.kualumni.orgIf your Future Jayhawk completed the summer reading challenge, don’t forget to send in their sheet! To sign up your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews for the program so they can participate in future activities like this, visit


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Updated members-only tailgate information

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 in Alumni News, Campus 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.

KU Alumni tailgate

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Rob Riggle named Homecoming grand marshal

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Rob Riggle, Homecoming 2014

Exciting news, Jayhawks!

Actor and comedian Rob Riggle, c’93, will be grand marshal of the KU Homecoming Parade. This year’s parade takes place at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, in downtown Lawrence. A pep rally on Eighth Street between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets will follow the parade.

John Holt, j’81, l’84, Fox 4 anchor, and Curtis Marsh, j’92, director of KU Info, will serve as the parade’s emcees.

Speakers at the pep rally will include Riggle; John Reagan, offensive coordinator for the KU football team; Clint Bowen, d’96, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach; and head men’s basketball coach Bill Self.

The parade is part of the weeklong Homecoming celebration that begins Sunday, Sept. 21, and includes daily activities leading up to the KU-Texas football game Saturday, Sept. 27, in Memorial Stadium. KU Alumni Association members have the opportunity to buy a 4-pack of tickets to the Homecoming football game for just $99—log in here to reveal the promo code and link to buy your tickets.

The theme for KU’s 102nd Homecoming is “Roll with the ’Hawks,” which was selected by this year’s Homecoming Steering Committee. Elle Rose, a junior from Hutchinson majoring in pharmacy, is the student director of Homecoming. Rose and the members of the steering committee work closely with Alumni Association staff members and advisers Paige Hofer, student programs coordinator, and Jacey Krehbiel, alumni programs coordinator.

The Homecoming Steering Committee will host two informational meetings for students and groups at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, and Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the Adams Alumni Center. Homecoming competition entry forms will be available Sept. 2 at

Be sure to follow KU Homecoming on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates!

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New member benefit: Lawrence Country Club dining

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

Members, we have a great new benefit for you—just in time for football season!

Whether you still call Lawrence home or you’re traveling from afar, you’ll be able to enjoy access to the dining room at the Lawrence Country Club on the day of and day after* KU football and men’s and women’s basketball games.

This benefit is available for Life Members and Presidents Club members of the Alumni Association. Reservations are required—call 785.843.2866, ext. 6, and then show your membership card when you arrive. A Lawrence Country Club membership is not required to take advantage of this new benefit!

For a list of complete membership benefits, visit Not a member? Visit to see our membership options!

*Excludes Mondays and Fridays

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

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 in Alumni News, Campus 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 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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Lied Center announces new season lineup

Posted on May 7, 2014 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

The Lied Center announced its 2014-’15 season lineup on Sunday, April 27, at a special party that included food, drinks and live entertainment—and lots of social media activity.

Those who couldn’t attend the party in person could still feel like part of the action by following the Lied Center’s Twitter account, @liedcenterks, where staff members shared pictures, videos and teasers of the upcoming season’s performances.

The upcoming season includes performances by The Midtown Men, Vienna Boys Choir, the legendary Japanese taiko drumming group KODO and KU alumnus Mandy Patinkin, an acclaimed actor, singer and storyteller.

Tickets are currently on sale to Friends of the Lied members and KU students. Students can also buy a performance pass for $125 through Optional Campus Fees.

Ticket packages will be on sale to the general public—including Alumni Association members—from May 19-June 6. A party in the Lied Center lobby at 8 a.m. on June 9 will kick off single ticket sales.

Alumni Association members receive a 10% discount on single tickets to Lied Center series performances. Not a member? Join now to take advantage of this special benefit of membership!

We compiled some of our favorite tweets from the season announcement party to share some of the highlights:

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Members receive new discount at the Lied Center

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 in Alumni News, Campus News, and News

The November edition of our monthly e-newsletter for members landed in email inboxes on Tuesday, and it included a new benefit of membership:   a 10% discount at the Lied Center. The discount is available on all Lied Center Presents performances.

Lied CenterThis year’s schedule includes performances by the Turtle Island Quartet and special guest Tierney Sutton, the Peking Acrobats and the Cashore Marionettes.

To receive your discount, contact the Lied Center ticket office at 785.864.2780 and be sure to have your KU Alumni Association membership number ready when you call. This number can be found on your membership card, and it’s also included at the bottom of emails you receive from us.

The Lied Center of Kansas opened on Sept. 28, 1993, with eight performances of “The Secret Garden” and is proud to be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Click here to view a timeline of highlights from the past two decades.

Not a member of the Alumni Association? Click here to join and take advantage of membership benefits like the new Lied Center discount.  

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