Jayhawks give back during inaugural KU Cares Month of Service

Posted on Dec 20, 2017 in Alumni News and News

KU Cares Month of Service
After 19 different events in 16 different cities, the first KU Cares Month of Service brought Jayhawks closer to the communities they call home.

The KU Alumni Association set out to have participants in the Month of Service share the spirit of Thanksgiving by giving back, both in their networks and in the KU community.

A portion of all membership dues collected during the month of November was earmarked for the Wounded Warrior scholarship fund. Thanks to the generosity of those who joined, renewed, or donated, more than $5,500 will be given to the scholarship fund that helps qualified veterans and their family pursue their education at KU.

Continuing on the theme of an earlier post, we wanted to highlight some of the events where Jayhawks made a difference.

Wichita: Ronald McDonald House

Members of the Wichita Jayhawk Network came together to help those staying in the Ronald McDonald house. Volunteers brought, prepared and served dinner to the families with children in nearby hospitals.

Milwaukee: Fill the Freezer

Local KU alumni joined forces with the United Way to fight hunger at the first annual “Fill the Freezer” event. Network leader Jay Craig, b’85 g’87, brought area Jayhawk volunteers together with local chefs to prepare frozen meals for those in transitional housing and family support programs.

Phoenix: St. Vincent De Paul’s Watkins Kitchen

More than 15 Jayhawks gave their Saturday morning to prepare meals for the homeless at St. Vincent De Paul’s Watkins Kitchen. Phoenix Network Leader Chris Colyer, b’04 l’09, thanked everyone for representing KU and showing compassion for their community.

San Antonio: Haven for Hope

Area alumni put on their Jayhawk gear, along with aprons and gloves, and served food to those in need in downtown San Antonio. Network leader Morgan Bertram, d’02, thanked those who helped feed 383 at Haven for Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless find a new beginning.

While the KU Cares Month of Service is over, Jayhawks can get together to give time and talents to their communities anytime! Visit the KU Cares page for more information, and reach out to your local network leaders. View our Flickr album of these events and more from the KU Cares Month of Service:


-Ryan Camenzind

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Alumni help recruit future Jayhawks

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Alumni play an important role in helping to recruit new students to the University of Kansas. During the fall semester, hundreds of college information fairs take place around the country, and alumni are often called upon to help represent KU.

The Alumni Association has worked closely with KU’s Office of Admissions again this year to find alumni volunteers to help staff as many college fairs as possible.

Three college fairs were held recently in the San Antonio metropolitan area, with seven faithful members of the San Antonio Chapter helping to spread the KU message to prospective students.

Thank you to the following Jayhawks— all proud Alumni Association members— who volunteered their time: Bruce Barker, j’70, chapter leader; Alan Craven, c’58, g’63, g’75; Andi Sutter, ’12; John Callaghan, c’69; Margee Clark, n’74; and Peter, c’72, and Martha Suess, f’69.

Another college fair will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 4-6 p.m. at Edison High School in San Antonio. If you’re interested in volunteering for a college fair in your area, contact Kim Beeler, college fair and HAWK coordinator for the KU Office of Admissions, at collegefairs@ku.edu.

We’re grateful to our loyal members and volunteers throughout the nation!

Pictured: Margee Clark and Bruce Barker at the Boerne ISD College Fair

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