‘Hawk Days of Summer kicks off today

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Alumni News and News

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It’s the Monday after KU’s annual Commencement ceremony, and here at the Alumni Association that means it’s time for ‘Hawk Days of Summer!

Former Alumni Association staff writer Terry Rombeck coined the term “‘Hawk Days of Summer” two years ago to describe the annual summer sojourn across Kansas and around the country. Our staff wants to make the most of the summer months and connect with Jayhawks in every kind of setting, whether it’s a breakfast in a small town in Kansas or a reception in a major national city.

Over the past two summers, we’ve hosted over 300 events and welcomed nearly 20,000 Jayhawks. We’re still in the process of finalizing details for this summer, but our calendar is already filled with receptions, happy hours, baseball games and many other events.

If you’re a member of the Alumni Association (thank you!), be sure to bring your membership card to a ‘Hawk Days event! You’ll receive a free gift as a token of our appreciation. If you don’t have your membership card handy, you can show our staff member a copy of a recent email from us– have you noticed that our emails now feature your current membership level and status at the bottom?

And even if you’re not a member, you can still participate in ‘Hawk Days events. We’d love to see you! (Click here if you’d like to join and take advantage of the free gift.)

Be sure to follow our summer fun online on our blog, our Facebook page and our Twitter account. See you on the road!

Click here to see pictures of past ‘Hawk Days

Click here to read our blog from ‘Hawk Days 2012

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Alumnus combines love of golf and service to country

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Alumni News and News

profile_dan_rooneyDaniel Rooney, c’96, g’97, felt a calling, but it wasn’t until the flight home from his second tour in Iraq in 2006 that he knew he had to take action. After landing, as the plane sat at the gate in Grand Rapids, Mich., the pilot made an announcement: The body of Brock Bucklin, an Army corporal killed in Iraq, was on the plane. The pilot requested passengers remain on the plane until the casket had been unloaded and a small ceremony on the tarmac was complete.

Mesmerized by the ceremony, Rooney finally looked up. “I was devastated that more than half the people already emptied from the plane. It was an epiphany.” Rooney decided to dedicate his life to helping families of soldiers killed and injured in war. Rooney was a member of the Kansas golf team and is a part-time PGA professional. He also served as an F-16 pilot in the Air Force and Oklahoma Air National Guard. He combined his two loves– golf and service to country– in his volunteer venture.

Rooney created the Folds of Honor Foundation, and since its creation the foundation has raised $13 million for scholarships provided to more than 2,600 spouses and children of those killed in war. Rooney retired from duty in 2010 but remains on inactive ready reserve. “That United Airlines flight interrupted my normal, everyday life so I could tell the stories of these families and the sacrifices they’ve made,” Rooney says. “ I want to be able to educate their sons and daughters.”

–Adapted from story in Kansas Alumni magazine, No. 3, 2012, written by Terry Rombeck

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