Jayhawks savor wine, KU connections

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 in Alumni News and News

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Jayhawks who share hometown roots in Paola and a love of wine recently toured the California wine country, where they discovered more KU connections.

Paola native Sharon Weaver Vitter and her husband, KU Provost Jeffrey Vitter, gathered family and hometown friends for the journey, which included a stop at the Lang & Reed Wine Company, founded in 1996 by Jayhawks John, f’76, and Tracy Armel Skupny, c’77. The group sampled four Lang & Reed wines on a picture-perfect afternoon, and Becky VanWyhe Thomas, e’86, of Baldwin City shared the souvenir photo. The KU contingent included (left to right):

Jim Otten, assoc., Lawrence
Audrey Vitter, Boston
Don Weaver, e’81, New Orleans
Vickie Otten, assoc., Lawrence
Felicia Weaver, New Orleans
John Thomas, j’83, Baldwin City
Becky Van Wyhe Thomas, e’86, Baldwin City
Provost Jeff Vitter, Lawrence
Sharon Weaver Vitter, p’78, Lawrence
Tracey Armel Skupny, c’77, St. Helena, California
John Weaver, e’79, Goodyear, Arizona
Donna Vitter, Paris, France
Kathy Weaver Steele, p’76, Topeka
Roxane Gonser Weaver, Goodyear, Arizona
Steve Steele, d’76, Topeka
Sarah Thomas, j’79, Leawood

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Jayhawks and wine: a great pair

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 in Alumni News and News

No one could have asked for better weather at this year’s East Kansas Chapter Wine Festival.

Unseasonably cool temperatures greeted nearly 100 Jayhawks as they lounged outside the Somerset Vineyard and Winery, sampling local wine and wood fired pizza. Somerset Ridge is a family-owned vineyard and winery in Paola that has more than 8,000 grapevines and produces more than 5,000 cases of wine each year.

Alumni members received a commemorative KU Alumni Association wine glass for attending the event.  Jayhawk fans were also treated to an appearance by Baby Jay, the world’s most photogenic baby bird.

A big thank you to hosts and sponsors Dennis, c’81, l’84, and Cindy Campbell Reynolds, j’82, of Leawood and fellow sponsors John, j’83, and Becky VanWyhe Thomas, e’86, of Baldwin City. Becky, who plays a big part in organizing the wine festival each year, also serves as the president of the East Kansas Chapter and is a past member of the KU Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

Click here to see pictures from this year’s event, or watch the slideshow below.

Make sure your alumni profile information is up to date so you don’t miss out on fun events like this! Register online at www.kualumni.org/register. Registration is free for all alumni.

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