Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1972

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

Homecoming 1972 surely holds very special memories for anyone who was able to see Ray Charles and Della Reese in Hoch Auditorium for the annual Homecoming concert.

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The KU football team lost to No. 15 Iowa State 8-34.

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at share@kualumni.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1951

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

In 1951, for the first time since KU’s Homecoming tradition began, the celebration did not feature a lawn-decorating contest. During the previous summer, rains flooded Lawrence and excess funds were used for cleanup.

However, a Homecoming football game was still played and a Homecoming queen was crowned—Jeannine Neihart, d’53. The Jayhawks were victorious with a 41-28 victory over the Missouri Tigers.

Jeannine Neihart, KU Homecoming Queen 1951

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at share@kualumni.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1936

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

During the 1936 Homecoming celebration, the Sigma Chi fraternity decorated their lawn with a husk of corn trapped inside a cage  pulled by Jayhawks and a sign that read “Let’s Play ‘Em Cagey.” Their efforts helped Sigma Chi tie for first in the fraternity division of the decorating contest.

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Sadly the KU football team was shut out by the #8 Cornhuskers, 0-26.

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at share@kualumni.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 2007

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

The 2007 Homecoming Parade took place on Jayhawk Boulevard on a beautiful fall day. The Homecoming theme this year was “Jayhawk Nation,” and the float pictured below depicted a Jayhawk version of Uncle Sam.

Governor Kathleen Sebelius, g’80, served as the parade’s Grand Marshal.

Homecoming float 2007

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Following in her footsteps

Posted on May 16, 2014 in Alumni News and News

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Tracey Keegan, d’92, and Addison Keegan-Harris, c’14.

For Facebook’s “Throwback Thursday” this week, Tracy Keegan, d’92, shared an image from the day she walked down the hill at KU’s commencement in 1992, noting that she was pregnant with her daughter at the time. This weekend, her daughter Addison Keegan-Harris, now all grown up, will walk down the hill. She’ll be following in her mother’s footsteps—in more ways than one.

Mom Tracy has been a loyal volunteer for the KU Alumni Association’s Ad Astra Chapter in Topeka for years. Her involvement with the chapter has helped KU recruitment efforts, supported university advocacy efforts during KU Day in the Capitol and helped bring talented KU musicians and other programs to alumni in the Topeka area.

This week, Tracy’s daughter Addison was named the recipient of the Donald K. Alderson Memorial Award, which recognizes a graduating senior whose campus involvement as a student benefits fellow students and the greater good. The announcement recognized her Jayhawk lineage—she’s the daughter of two KU alumni—and included just a few of her activities on campus. Ready for this?

Since she was destined to be a future Jayhawk from a young age, Addison jumped right in, getting involved as a resident assistant for GSP and Corbin before becoming an orientation assistant and a research assistant for the Performance Management Laboratory. She also helped found the Applied Behavior Science Undergraduate Student Organization and served as president of Peer Leadership Consultants. As a result of her stellar career at KU, she was named a finalist in the fall for the 2013 ExCEL award, recognizing excellence in community, education and leadership among KU students. She will graduate this weekend with a degree in applied behavior science and a minor in leadership studies.

Clearly, KU involvement runs in the family, and we can think of no greater legacy for a Jayhawk to leave.

—David Johnston

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1978

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

This week’s nostalgic look at Homecomings on the Hill features a display on the lawn of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house in 1978. The men of the fraternity partnered with the ladies of Alpha Chi Omega sorority to create their interpretation of the theme “We Have the Wizard on Our Side.”

KU Homecoming 1978, photo courtesy of University Archives | www.kualumni.org

The Jayhawks hosted the Iowa Cyclones for the Homecoming football game, falling 7-13 in front of a crowd of 32,768.

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at share@kualumni.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 2002

Posted on May 8, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

The University of Kansas celebrated 135 years of tradition in 2002, which inspired the Homecoming theme “Traditions Anew in 2002: A ‘Hawk of a Good Time.” Chancellor Robert Hemenway joined the parade on Jayhawk Boulevard in a Ford Mustang.

Chancellor Hemenway in the 2002 Homecoming parade

The football team lost the Homecoming football game to the Colorado Buffaloes, 29-53.

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at share@kualumni.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1925

Posted on May 1, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

Here’s a fun picture from University Archives at the Spencer Research Library: the alumni band from 1925 in a semi-circle on the football field. The photo is titled “Band of old timers.”

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Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at share@kualumni.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 1988

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet theme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

In 1988, the Homecoming parade officially launched KU’s Homecoming revelries with the theme “Back to the Glory Days.” The parade provided a variety of attractions for the crowd that lined Massachusetts street in downtown Lawrence.

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The Kappa Sigma float took first place in the non-moving parts division. The float featured the evolution of the Jayhawks making their way up the Hill to the Campanile. The Jayhawks lost the Homecoming football game to Colorado, 9-21.

Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at share@kualumni.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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Throwback Thursday: Homecoming 2001

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 in Alumni News and News

KU’s 102nd Homecoming celebration will take place Sept. 21-27 of this year, and we thought it would be fun to share photos and stories from past Homecomings to help get alumni, students and fans excited. So, we’re participating in the internet meme Throwback Thursday, a popular trend on social media sites like Twitter and Instagram where users post old pictures of themselves.

The 2001 Homecoming theme was “A ‘Hawk Odyssey.” The photo featured in today’s post is a float created and built by members of Chi Omega sorority and Phi Kappa Theta fraternity for the Homecoming Parade, which was held before the football game. The Jayhawks fell to the #3-ranked Sooners 10-38.

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 Check back next week for another look at KU’s rich tradition of Homecoming! We’d love to see your Homecoming pictures and hear your stories. Submit them to us at share@kualumni.org, or tag your pictures with #kuhomecoming on Twitter or Instagram.

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