Southwest Kansas alumni enjoy Jayhawk Tumble

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 in Alumni News and News

The University of Kansas might be located in the northeast corner of the state, but that doesn’t mean we forget about our Jayhawks out west.

Last weekend, the Southwest Kansas Chapter hosted their annual event, the Southwest Jayhawk Tumble. More than 60 alumni, fans and friends attended, including Michael Adrusak, l’13, a recent transplant to the area.

“As a recent KU Law grad who moved to Ulysses to begin a career, I often get puzzled looks when people find out I had never been to southwest Kansas before,” Michael says. “I usually respond that the opportunities available out here cannot be ignored. That said, I acknowledge that getting to know others can be tough.”

“However, it just became easier. I have been both happy and surprised to find a strong Rock Chalk presence in southwest Kansas thanks to the KU Alumni Association. I attended the Southwest Tumble and participated in the silent auction, enjoyed good food and drinks, met some very thoughtful and accomplished alumni and most importantly, watched KU exact a brutal revenge on the Longhorns!”

Michael adds, “I appreciate the Alumni Association’s efforts in bringing together KU’s alumni base in southwest Kansas and look forward to engaging with that fine group of people.”

Chapter president Erick Nordling, c’79, said, “We had a rousing good time at our annual Tumble last at the Country Club in Liberal. We saw a lot of familiar faces, but drew a number of new people to the event too.  The KU Libraries’ Naismith exhibit was a superb look into an important aspect of KU’s history, basketball.”

“And, of course, it was especially nice cheering on KU to beat Texas!” he added.

If you are interested in participating in Southwest Chapter activities, visit the chapter website or join the the Southwest Kansas Jayhawks on Facebook.

Watch the slideshow below to see pictures from Tumble, or click here to download the photos on Flickr.

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Kent Colvin, Wintermote Award winner

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Kent Colvin | www.kualumni.orgKent Colvin, a Presidents Club member and lifelong Jayhawk fan, was presented with the Dick Wintermote Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award at the KU Football Preview Party event in Liberal last week.

Colvin helped start the Southwest Kansas Chapter of the KU Alumni Association seven years ago, and he has assisted with numerous alumni events including the annual Southwest Jayhawk Tumble. He is also a founding member of the Southwest Kansas Pro Am golf event in Garden City, which benefits the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at St. Catherine’s Hospital.

A resident of Liberal for 57 years, Colvin is the president of High Plains Pizza, where he has worked for 44 years. His father became a Pizza Hut franchisee in 1962, and Colvin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Pizza Hut Franchise Holders Association.

He enjoys playing golf and watching sporting events, especially KU events. Click here to see coverage from the local paper, the Leader and Times.

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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