Twin Cities show ‘KU Cares’ with spooky supply drive

Posted on Dec 10, 2019 in Alumni News and News

KU Cares Twin Cities supply drive

The third annual KU Cares Month of Service brought Jayhawks closer to the communities they call home. One of our favorite events comes from the Twin Cities Jayhawks.

When your doorbell rings on Halloween, you’re expected to answer with candy in hand. But when the Pence family shows up, it’s time to hit the pantry.

Stacy, c’10, and her husband Tyler, d’11, have spent their Halloween evenings for the past six years going door to door in their Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Instead of candy, they collect donations for the St. Louis Park Emergency Program, which provides food, clothing and other assistance for those in need.

“My husband and I did the first trick or treat supply drive only on our block to meet neighbors and help a good cause,” Stacy says. “It was so popular that we decided to make it an entire neighborhood effort the following year.”

The scope of the night continued to grow the past two years as the all-call went out to other Jayhawks to help out as part of the KU Cares Month of Service.

“Generally, it is very well received,” Stacy says. “So many thank yous! Flyers are given to every home in advance so many people are ready with bags of donations. Others are surprised when an adult is knocking on their door on Halloween, but when we explain our cause they run to their kitchen to get something.”

As for the results? They’re spook-tacular:

“I couldn’t count the items as there are literally thousands that fill our entire living room. This year 1,705 pounds were donated, which brings our to-date total over 11,500. Pretty insane.”

Thanks again to all Jayhawks who participated in the third annual KU Cares Month of Service. Jayhawks can make a difference in their community anytime. Visit to learn how you can organize a KU Cares event in your network.

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Meet the Admissions Rep: Liz Sperbeck

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 in Alumni News and News

Alumni play an important role in helping to recruit new students to the University of Kansas, and the KU Alumni Association works closely with the KU Office of Admissions in these efforts. Each year, the Office of Admissions staffs recruiters to represent KU throughout the state of Kansas an in key territories across the country. We asked each of the admissions reps to share a little information with us so alumni can get to know them.

Today’s post features Elizabeth Sperbeck, j’12, a native of Eden Prairie Minn. Elizabeth is the Minnesota Regional Representative.

313144_1508921841616_1669911841_nWhat is your fondest memory of your time at KU?
Homecoming week each year was so special to me. I fell in love with KU because of the traditions and seeing everyone come together to celebrate; KU, the fall weather, and friendly competition just made the time feel really special. I worked on Homecoming for two years and I think it was my favorite activity I was involved in while on campus.

What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
Delta Delta Delta sorority, Panhellenic Executive Board, Homecoming Steering Committee, Social Media Club KU, Rock Chalk Ball 2012, Civic Engagement Awareness Week.

Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
Rhetoric of Sports with Scott Harris. Not only is Mr. Harris incredibly intelligent about this subject, but you get to debate sports all class long. There’s even a section of the curriculum on the Kansas/Missouri rivalry. It’s one of those classes you look forward to all day long.

When did you know you loved KU?
I didn’t grow up knowing I was going to be a Jayhawk, but as soon as I stepped foot on campus I knew that I had to be a Jayhawk. My visit was really when I decided to leave my other college choices in the dust and to pick KU.

Describe your perfect day in Lawrence.
My perfect day would definitely revolve around food. I would try to hit as many of my favorite restaurants as possible while walking off my meals on Mass St. in between. The restaurants of Lawrence are one of the things I miss most now that I live far away.

What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students?
I like to tell the student to major in what they want to do, but minor in something they love. I think  lot of students get caught up in what will get them a big paycheck, or into grad school and forget that they need to like what they are doing. Minoring allows them a few classes that will push them to get through their challenging and tiring major classes.

How do you show your Jayhawk pride?
My non-Jayhawk friends always say, “Do you own anything that isn’t affiliated with KU?” and I usually say “Nope!” My wardrobe is filled with crimson and blue, KU art and decorations fill my apartment and my car is covered in KU stickers. Some people call it an obsession, but it’s just the Jayhawk way.

Tell us about your involvement with your local Alumni Association chapter and describe how this network can help prospective/current students.
I’m currently on the board for the Twin Cities Chapter. I think it’s incredibly important for prospective/current students to connect with other Jayhawks in the area. It will give prospective students a glimpse into the community and connections we have as fellow Jayhawks and current students can still feel like they are connected to KU when they are home for break or on vacation. Our network of Jayhawks is a unique thing that my friends who went to other universities don’t have and they’re jealous of it. That’s not something that you can ignore and should take full advantage of.

How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life?
I am so happy with my Strategic Communications degree. The education I got was thorough and yet still open ended enough that I felt I wasn’t pigeon-holed into one niche of the field. I can use little aspects of projects, lectures and classes in just about everything I do. My fellow strat-commers are in a diverse collection of jobs and it’s great hearing about what they are doing and bouncing  work ideas off of each other to gain further perspective.


Click here to visit Liz’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Liz at 612.790.7940 or by email at

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