The inaugural KU Kickoff event in downtown Topeka took place Aug. 9 outside the Celtic Fox at 8th Street and Kansas Avenue. The celebration featured food, music, promotional items and the opportunity to win tickets and more.
Brian Hanni, the Voice of the Jayhawks, hosted the event. Featured speakers included Chancellor Doug Girod, football head coach David Beaty and women’s soccer head coach Mark Francis.
Check out some of the event’s highlights below in our compilation of social media posts! Future events will be held in Wichita, Prairie Village and Lawrence.
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Art has been central to Stacey Lamb’s identity since she was a child, and she went on to earn a degree in fine arts from KU and worked as a greeting card illustrator for thirty years. After a close friend was diagnosed with leukemia, she turned to art to deal with her emotions and help her friend. Read full article.
Former Topekan Walt Riker spent much of his career traveling the world, first as press secretary for Sen. Bob Dole and then guiding McDonald’s Corp. as its vice president of corporate communications. Riker, c’70, j’78, also served on the KU Alumni Association’s national board of directors. Read full article.
Amanda Angell, a 2015 graduate of the KU School of Law, recently joined Koley Jessen, a full-service business law firm based in Omaha. Angell was previously a compliance consultant for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. Read full article.
Donald J. Hall Jr. was awarded the Kansas City area’s highest honor for civic leadership at the 129th annual dinner of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. Hall, g’83, is the fourth member of the Hall family to receive the honor. Read full article.
KU Law School graduates Luke Hangge and Kyle Kitson have joined Littler Mendelson PC as associates in its employment and labor law practice. Hangge, l’16, served as a judicial intern for the U.S. District Court in Kansas City this past year. Kitson, l’13, was previously an attorney with two other firms in the Kansas City area. Read full article.
The Kansan got a chance to have a conversation with Hank Driskill, c’88, a technical supervisor for the film. Read as he discusses his Kansas beginnings, his work at Disney and “Moana.” Read full article.
Richard Rogers was a decorated war veteran, mayor of Manhattan, and member of both chambers of the Kansas Legislature. He graduated from the KU School of Law in 1947 and entered private practice. Read full article.
Una Nowling, e’93, g’93, was the keynote speaker for Trans Awareness Week, which was hosted by the Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity. She shared her experiences of her transition both in and out of her workplace in the STEM field with the audience. Read full article.
Damon Mitchell, a Kansas City native and 2000 graduate of the KU School of Law, was named chief deputy district attorney for Wyandotte County by the newly elected district attorney Mark Dupree. Read full article.
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It’s time to fuel the the frenzy of football season! The KU Alumni Association has partnered with KU Athletics to bring ‘Football in February’. Kansas football head coach, David Beaty and his coaching staff are flocking to Jayhawk fans across Kansas with fantastic festivities throughout February.
The 2015 Kansas ‘Football in February’ events will include a KU Signing Day Party and a Football Fan Fest in Lawrence along with stops in Hays, Hutchinson, Topeka, Kansas City and Wichita.
‘Football in February’ begins Wednesday, Feb. 4, with a Signing Day Party at Abe and Jake’s Landing in Lawrence from 5-8 p.m. Beaty and his KU coaching staff will be in attendance to meet and greet fans, as well as speak to the crowd about the newly-signed Jayhawk class. The Signing Day event is free and will include appearances by Big and Baby Jay, a photo booth and other KU promotional items.
The next stop on the ‘Football in February’ schedule is the KU Football Fan Fest Saturday, Feb. 7, in Anschutz Pavilion from 4-6:30 p.m. KU Alumni Association #ProudMembers, Williams Fund members and football season ticket holders will be admitted at 4 p.m. (with proof of membership* or ticket purchase). The doors will open at 5 p.m. for the general public.
Beaty, the coaching staff, and past and present KU football players will be in attendance at the Football Fan Fest and will be available for autographs. The event will feature a fun zone, face painter, balloon artists, the KU Band and Spirit Squads, Big and Baby Jay and much more.
Football Fan Fest will wrap up just in time for fans to move next door to Allen Fieldhouse for Kansas women’s basketball’s ‘Jayhawks for a Cure’ game against Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. The Jayhawks will don brand-new white uniforms with pink trim in honor of the event, which benefits Lawrence Memorial Hospital and the KU Cancer Center. Tickets for the ‘Jayhawks for a Cure’ game start at $5 and for every fan in attendance, a $1 will be donated to the ‘Jayhawks for a Cure’ beneficiaries. Upon entrance to Allen Fieldhouse, fans will receive pink t-shirts while supplies last.
Following the opening two events, ‘Football in February’ will tour the state of Kansas primarily for happy hour events, in addition to one luncheon in Hays. All Jayhawk alumni, fans and friends are invited to events along the tour. Beaty, members of his coaching staff and special guests from the athletics department and Alumni Association will be at every stop. Fans can pick up 2015 commemorative football items and have a chance to win autographed merchandise and tickets.
A full listing of the 2015 Kansas ‘Football in February’ event details are as follows:
If the past week is any indication, the ’Hawk Days of Summer are still going strong.
Alumni Association staff members hosted a boat cruise with all-you-can-eat crabs in Washington, D.C.; a behind-the-scenes tour of Madison Square Garden in New York City; a harbor cruise Charleston, South Carolina; a wine tasting in Springdale, Arkansas; and a day at the Topeka Zoo. We also co-hosted three events with KU Libraries and their popular Naismith artifacts exhibit in Huntersville and Raleigh, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia.
Our socially-savvy staff and volunteers posted updates and pictures online during each of the events, so we put them together in one place for easy consumption. Check it out below!
A few highlights: the most spirited KU fan ever, a yet-to-be-explained food fight involving baked beans, and the appearance of Caitlin Wise, our former coordinator of student programs who now lives in the Washingon, D.C. area. Enjoy!
@kualumni#hawkdays thru Sunday: Huntersville NC, Denver, Raleigh, Atlanta, Washington DC, Charleston, Springdale AR, Topeka, New York.
This event is part of the ‘Hawk Days of Summer, the KU Alumni Association’s annual summer sojourn across the country and around the world. The 90-day series of events resulted from a determination to make the most of the summer months. The 2014 tour kicked off on Saturday, May 17, and includes picnics, receptions, baseball games and more. Visit our online calendar to find upcoming events near you.
Kansas Athletics and the KU Alumni Association have partnered to bring KU football to Jayhawks across the midwest this spring! If you’re a football fan, don’t miss this opportunity to meet Coach Weis.
You might remember that last spring we hosted several events around the state of Kansas that featured the newly-hired head coach. This year, we’re expanding the events to include a number of cities outside of Kansas.
All Jayhawk alumni, fans and friends are invited to attend the events, which include free receptions, luncheons and happy hours in several cities. Sheahon Zenger, director of athletics, will also be in attendance, along with Kansas Athletics and KU Alumni Association staff members.
Here’s a list of the events, with a link to purchase tickets if there’s a cost involved:
Denver: Thurs., May 2, at Stoney’s Full Steam Tavern (free)
Topeka: Wed., May 22, at Ramada Inn Downtown Convention Center (free)
Commemorative KU football items will be available, and you’ll also have the chance to win autographed merchandise and football tickets. And, if you’re a KU Alumni Association member, be sure to show your membership card to receive a free members-only gift!
Don’t have your membership card handy? We’ve made it easy for you– our emails now include your membership status printed at the bottom, so you can show a recent email to our staff to get your gift. Not a member? Click here to join.
Click here to read about the KU football team’s spring game, held on Saturday, Apr. 13.
Proud papa and Alumni Association Life Member James L. Martin, e’71, g’73 sent us this photo of his son.
Ben Martin, c’08, proudly displays a Jayhawk flag from the cockpit window of the KC-135 refueling tanker he flies over the skies of Afghanistan for the U.S. Air Force.
Ben was a lieutenant when this photo was taken, but he’s since been promoted to captain. He and his wife, Kasey Taliaferro Martin, b’11, live in Spokane, Wash., where Ben is stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base, but both of them still consider Topeka as home.
New football Coach Charlie Weis got to meet and talk football with hundreds of KU alumni and fans this month during the Kansas Football May Tour, which was sponsored by the KU Alumni Association and Kansas Athletics. The nine-stop tour concluded Wednesday with events in Topeka and Kansas City.