Employees recognized for years of service

Posted on May 5, 2015 in Alumni News and News


KU’s annual event honoring faculty and staff for their years of service to the University will be held on Wednesday, May 6, at 1:30 p.m. in the Kansas Union Ballroom.

Service pins are given to 5, 10, and 15-year honorees, and service pins and gifts are given to employees with 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 45, and 50 years of service.

Attendees are invited to celebrate at a reception immediately following the ceremony.

We’re thrilled that eleven KU Alumni Association staff members will be honored at tomorrow’s ceremony, including Tim Brandt, who was director of the Adams Alumni Center for ten years before retiring two weeks ago.

Honorees include:

Stefanie Shackelford, vice president for alumni and membership records, 25 years
Marcia Wilson, office assistant, 25 years
Susan Younger, creative director, 20 years
Chris Lazzarino, associate editor, Kansas Alumni magazine, 20 years
Mike Wick, webmaster, 15 years
David Johnston, vice president of marketing and internet services, 15 years
Steven Hill, associate editor, Kansas Alumni magazine, 15 years
Mike Davis, senior vice president for donor relations, 15 years
Tim Brandt, recently retired director of the Adams Alumni Center, 10 years
Danny Lewis, director of alumni programs, 10 years
Tegan Thornberry, assistant director of membership, 10 years

Congratulations to our staff members and thank you for your dedication! We’ll honor their service again at our own employee recognition festivities next week, where each one—along with five-year student employee A.J. Templin— will be treated to the traditional poetic tributes our staff has come to know and love. You can find short biographies of our staff members on the staff directory page.

See a full list of  honorees at the 2015 Employee Recognition Ceremony here.

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Vegas Jayhawks enjoy ’Hawk Days

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in Alumni News and News

On July 12, the Las Vegas Chapter held their ’Hawk Days of Summer event at the Las Vegas Distillery, the first artisan spirit manufacturer in Nevada.

Around 35 people gathered to hear about the distillery process, from cooking the grains to fermenting the mash to bottling the spirits, during a tour of the distillery.  The group was also invited to try the various spirits—the favorite was “Grandma’s Apple Pie Moonshine”!

After the tour, the group met in the adjoining social area to enjoy fabulous barbecue from Captain Cook’s KC BBQ food truck and to hear updates and news about KU from Mike Davis, senior vice president for donor relations, and Tyler Rockers, coordinator of chapters.  It wasn’t exactly an escape from the summer heat but it was a great opportunity to get together!

—Dee Clifford, Las Vegas Chapter leader

Thanks to Dee for providing a few pictures from the event. Watch the slideshow below, or click here to see 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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Gearing up for game day

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 in Alumni News and News

KU Basketball 'Hawks 'n Hoops | via www.kualumni.org

If the chatter online is any indication, Jayhawks around the world are thinking of one thing, and one thing only right now: Tuesday’s KU basketball matchup with Duke in the Champions Classic.

Don’t worry, we’ve got all the information you need– whether you’re attending the game or watching it at home.

Pregame party in Chicago

The KU Alumni Association is hosting a pregame party in Chicago at the West End, 1326 W. Madison St. Staff members from the Alumni Association will be in attendance, including Mike Davis, senior vice president for donor and membership programs; Heath Peterson, vice president for alumni programs; and Danny Lewis, director of alumni programs.

Of course, since our staff members bleed crimson and blue, a number of others will be there off the clock.

Michael Branicky, dean of the School of Engineering, and Stephen Mazza, dean of the School of Law, will also be in attendance to share news from the Hill with alumni.

Chicago watch parties


The Alumni Association has a strong chapter in Chicago, and there are three locations that will be hosting watch parties for those of you not lucky enough to snag tickets to the game.

Join fellow alumni and fans at the following Chicago watch sites to cheer for the ‘Hawks:

Lottie’s Pub, 1925 W. Cortland St.
The Crossing Tavern, 2548 N. Southport Ave.
Kincade’s Bar & Grill, 950 W. Armitage Ave.

Watch parties around the country

And for those of you who are staying home, many of our chapters are hosting watch parties at local establishments. We’ve even added several new areas to the list, including Iowa City and New Orleans.

Click here to see a full list of official alumni watch parties.

Don’t see one near you on the list? Click here for a list of alumni watch sites; many of these places aren’t hosting an official watch party, but Jayhawks may still gather to watch the game. For those “unofficial” watch parties, conversations often take place within chapter Facebook groups (you can find a list of those on our Facebook page).

Information about television programming and channel lineups for KU games can be found here on the Kansas Athletics’ website.

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Student leaders go behind the scenes at Allen Fieldhouse

Posted on Oct 2, 2013 in Alumni News and News

New members of the Student Alumni Leadership Board, along with the board’s executive members, were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of Allen Fieldhouse recently.

Each year, new board members take a field trip to a place on campus that isn’t normally accessible to students. This year, Larry Hare, associate athletics director, gave the students a tour that included the men’s basketball lounge, the players’ walkway to the court, the equipment room that houses all the basketball uniforms, the practice facility– where Bill Self greeted the students– and finally, center court on James Naismith Court.

The students also bumped into a few players along the way, including Andrew Wiggins.

The meeting concluded in the donor atrium with a presentation by Mike Davis, senior vice president for donor and membership programs for the KU Alumni Association.

We are thrilled to welcome new students to the Student Alumni Leadership Board!

SALB members in Allen Fieldhouse

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On the road again

Posted on Jun 14, 2013 in Alumni News and News

KU Alumni Association staff members spend a lot of time on the road, especially during the ‘Hawk Days of Summer. Ever wonder what they do for entertainment during those long hours in the car? Wonder no more.

We’ve documented antics in the car before–check out this video of our esteemed president, Kevin, air-drumming his way across Kansas in 2011– but we stepped it up a notch this year with a dash cam. Typically used to record traffic incidents and positioned to capture what happens outside the car (they’re widespread in Russia), our dash cam is intended to record what happens inside.

Here’s a short story from the road to last week’s Front Range Golf Tournament, along with some beautiful scenery at the Kissing Camels Course at the Garden of the Gods Club in Colorado Springs.



For more photos from the event, click here. Video by Dan Storey.

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Golfing in the mountains

Posted on Jun 10, 2013 in Alumni News and News

More than fifty Jayhawks enjoyed the annual Front Range Golf Tournament in Colorado last Friday. The tournament is held at a different golf course each year, and this year the tournament was in Colorado Springs at the Garden of the Gods Club.

Staff members Mike Davis, Teri Harris, Kelsey Hill and Dan Storey traveled west to welcome the golfers. Thanks to all the Jayhawks who joined us this year!

Click here to see our photos from the event, or watch the slideshow below.

Photos by Dan Storey

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Travel Tales: West coast watch parties

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 in Alumni News and News

When KU Alumni Association staff members took the madness of March on the road last weekend for KU’s opening games of the NCAA Tournament, Mike Davis, senior vice president for alumni, student and membership programs, and his daughter Katie, a member of the KU class of 2014, headed west for California.

The San Francisco Bay ‘Hawks gather faithfully at The Pub, located near historic Ghirardelli Square with a great view of the bay. Alumni who know and love Kansas City barbecue might appreciate The Pub’s claim to fame as the best barbecue in the city.

Chapter leader Peter Curzon, c’08, b’08, hosted nearly one hundred Jayhawks at the watch party Friday night who celebrated KU’s win over Western Kentucky, including former KU quarterback Brian Luke, d’06.

On Saturday, Mike and Katie drove down PCH1 from San Francisco to San Luis Obispo. “We ran into a couple of KU alumni at a gas station in Cambria and had a spirited discussion about how the Jayhawks had played the night before,” Mike says. They enjoyed dinner with Jerry, b’81, and Lenor Skillett in Altadena.

Sunday morning was a beautiful day in Los Angeles–unlike Lawrence, where it continued to snow. Mike and Katie joined chapter leader Maria Skeels, c’97, j’01, and more than 200 Los Angeles Jayhawks at their official watch site, the Parlor in Hollywood. Among the Jayhawks watching KU defeat North Carolina for the third time in five years was famous funnyman Rob Riggle, c’93, and Kansas native, diehard Jayhawk fan and professional boxer Victor Ortiz, a WBC welterweight champion and current contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

As much as we’d like to claim Captain Jack Sparrow as an alumnus of KU, unfortunately he is not.

Mike Davis and Jack Sparrow | www.kualumni.orgMike Davis and Victor Ortiz at the Parlor Hollywood | www.kualumni.org

For more photos from chapter watch parties, check out our Flickr slideshow.

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