My summer with the Senator

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

For one glorious summer before my senior year at KU, I worked on Capitol Hill as an intern for then-Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum. The Kansas contingent worked closely together, so I got to know many of the hardworking staff members in the Senate Minority Leader’s office when Senator Bob Dole’s influence was at its peak. Politics aside, I recall him holding the respect of everyone in Washington as one of the elder statesmen of the Senate, two years before his presidential bid came up short. It was the summer of 1994: Bill Clinton was in the White House, Dole and Ted Kennedy were Senate stalwarts and Strom Thurmond was still going strong. It was a great time to be in D.C.

Dole_ballAmong the cherished memories I took from my time in Washington, one keepsake still sits in a bookcase in my office. The summer softball league on Capitol Hill is fiercely competitive, and the season finale featured the two teams representing the Senators from the great state of Kansas. The Senator Nancy Landon “Kassebombers” were pitted against the Senator Bob Dole team-without-a-cool-name. While they may not have been political rivals, on the diamond it was a different story.

The hard-fought contest played at sunset on the Mall came down to the final out, which—as fate would have it—happened when I tagged a Dole staffer out at second base. Walking off the field holding the game ball, I decided it would be fun to have both Senators sign the game ball. They did, but it took some work. Senator Kassebaum, of course, relished the request; however it took a few days before a Dole staffer worked up the courage to ask the Senator for an autograph commemorating the losing effort. Senator Dole, always a good sport with a great sense of humor, honored the request with a smile, vowing to whip us the next year. The ball is something I cherish as much as my time working on Capitol Hill with two great senators.

Happy 90th birthday, Senator Dole.

—David Johnston

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Looking for a few good Jayhawks

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

www.kualumni.orgAre you a die-hard, true-blue Jayhawk looking for a way to serve your alma mater? Do you love to spread the Rock Chalk love near and far? If so, we’ve got the perfect opportunity for you.

The KU Office of Admissions is expanding its recruiting efforts and adding three new Regional Admissions Representative positions in St. Louis, the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and the Mid-Atlantic region.

St. Louis and Minneapolis/St. Paul are critical markets to the University, drawing hundreds of undergraduate students each year. The Mid-Atlantic region is a growing market where the University is seeking to increase the number of students who attend KU.

The positions are 10-month contracts and are based in home offices in the St. Louis metro area, the Twin Cities metro area and either the Washington, D.C., metro area or in northern New Jersey. In other words, you must live in the metro areas indicated–or be willing to move to the area.

Extensive travel as well as evening and weekend work is required in these positions. Personal KU experience and general knowledge of the University is also required.

Required qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, graduate of the University of Kansas, at least one year of professional experience and strong written communication skills and public speaking experience.

If you love to travel, meet new people and share your love of KU with prospective students, or if you know someone who would be a great fit for this position, click here for more information about the position and application information.

The online job posting will close on July 8, so don’t wait to apply!

Questions? Contact Elisa Krapcha, assistant director of freshmen recruitment, at or 785.864.5415.

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Planes, trains and automobiles

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

KU Alumni Association staff members Mike Davis, Danny Lewis, Teri Harris, Dan Storey, Kelsey Hill and Brad Eland hit the road last weekend to help spread the Jayhawk madness of March around the country.

They joined hundreds of Jayhawks at official KU Alumni Association chapter watch parties in San Francisco, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Chicago and Washington, D.C. to watch the KU men’s basketball team beat Western Kentucky on Friday night. After the big win, they traveled on to Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis and New York City where they watched the Jayhawks defeat North Carolina for the third time in five years.

Danny, director of alumni programs, and Dan, staff videographer and photographer, captured a behind-the-scenes look at the not-always-glamorous side of travel as they ventured east to visit the Washington, D.C. and New York City chapters. Have you ever seen the inside of an airport at 4:55 a.m.? It’s not pretty.

Watch the video below for more, including an ill-fated decision to reenact a scene from Rocky.

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Back to Kansas City

Posted on Mar 18, 2013 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News

The Jayhawks are headed back to Kansas City!

Big Jay dances at a KU pep rally in Kansas City | via www.kualumni.orgThe KU men’s basketball team earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s South Region, and lucky for us (and them!) it means they’ll play in Kansas City’s Sprint Center– where they won the Big 12 Championship last weekend.

The ‘Hawks will take on the No. 16 seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at 8:50 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 22.

Z-Strike will once again serve as the headquarters for Jayhawk fans, with a pregame party starting at 3 p.m. on Friday. The Alumni Association, Kansas Athletics and will be set up here with giveaways and KU gear available for purchase.

The KU pep band, spirit squad and mascots will take center stage at the pep rally at 5:15 p.m., though Big Jay likely won’t be sporting the adidas “camo” shorts this time.

If you’re a member of the Alumni Association, don’t forget your membership card! Show it at our table and you’ll receive a free, members-only gift.

We’re bringing March Madness to you!

This year, the Alumni Association is taking March Madness on the road. Staff members will host watch parties in eleven different cities on Friday and, should KU advance, on Sunday.

On Friday night, staff members will be in Washington, D.C. (The Bottom Line); Chicago (Lottie’s Pub); San Francisco (The Pub); Colorado Springs (Fox and Hound); Dallas (Park Tavern) and Wichita (Larry Bud’s).

If KU wins on Friday, staff will attend watch parties in New York City (Cornerstone Tavern); Minneapolis (Tiffany Sports Lounge); Los Angeles (The Parlor); Denver (Stoney’s); Houston (Coaches Midtown) and Wichita (Larry Bud’s).

Members can show their cards at the staff-hosted watch parties and receive a free gift.

If you’re near any of these cities, we’d love to meet you! And if you’re not, click here to find a list of official Alumni Association watch sites around the country.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

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