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Annual Report K U A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N


W W W. K U A L U M N I .O R G

Supplement to Kansas Alumni magazine


Dear Association Members ● increased staff resources dedicated to recruiting children of alumni in partnership with KU Admissions. Legacy students retain, graduate, volunteer, join and give back to KU at much higher rates than other students. ● began implementing new programs and technology to better engage millennials and all Jayhawks. Notably, we launched a new mobile app on Commencement weekend, providing a new way for Jayhawks to connect.

appointed a task force to develop a plan to modernize the Adams Alumni Center. We have a tremendous opportunity to tell our story in a high-tech, interactive and meaningful way that includes KU history, traditions, achievements, service, philanthropy and the power of the worldwide Jayhawk Network! We hope to create a welcoming experience that strengthens alumni pride and shows prospective students what it means to be a Jayhawk! ●


he KU Alumni Association and its more than 42,000 members exist to strengthen KU. Thank you for your continued support and loyalty during the 2015-’16 fiscal year, which will be remembered as a year of transition that laid an important foundation for the next evolution of your alumni association. Specifically, we: ● introduced the Association’s new brand messages, including our core values of Pride, Tradition and Connection, and the five ways the Association creates impact for KU: We Advocate, Communicate, Recruit, Serve and Unite.

completed an internal reorganization to align staff with strategic priorities and enhance and build resources through continued growth of the Presidents Club, membership and new business development efforts.

Since 1883, members of your alumni association have built one of the most influential, dedicated and powerful alumni networks in the world. We are proud of the partnership we have with KU, Kansas Athletics and KU Endowment to advance the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

● established a plan to invest heavily in members of the Student Alumni Association, our future alumni. In partnership with KU Endowment, we are providing four-year gift memberships to all incoming freshmen. The objectives behind this investment are to help students make important career connections through alumni, better educate and train future volunteer leaders, and help students understand the responsibilities we all have as Jayhawks to ensure KU remains great! It’s critical that we build a strong bond with students before they walk down The Hill and spread out around the globe.

Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09 President

Rick Putnam, c’77, l’80 National Chair, 2015-’16

Heath Peterson with Robin and Rick Putnam


150 Freshman Jayhawk Generations Scholars from 30 states 402 Total undergraduate Jayhawk Generations Scholars

4,443 Legacy undergraduates (23.1 percent of the 19,243 population)


cademically qualifying out-of-state students from KU families receive partial tuition waivers ranging from $19,968 to $50,368 over four years. Among the 150 freshman Jayhawk Generations Scholars, 116 received the largest award.

1,590 broadcast emails reached combined total recipients of


148,071 email addresses for alumni and friends


ur broadcast of the McCollum Hall implosion drew 2,400 live viewers and 15,000 page views on Nov. 25, setting a one-day record for website traffic. DAN STOREY

{ Legacy Scholarships }

Digital Media

Since the Jayhawk Generations Scholarship began in 2009 and the Alumni Association added a legacy relations staff member in 2012, 884 KU legacy students have benefited from the scholarship, and enrollment of legacy undergraduate students has steadily increased:

3,337 (15.8 percent) in 2009 4,443 (23.1 percent) in 2016 The Association added another legacy relations staff member in 2016 to expand recruitment efforts nationally.

Social media


11,474 22,997 12,483 3,418

Fans on Facebook LinkedIn group members Twitter followers Instagram followers

Professional Honors

he Association won seven awards in the fall 2015 eight-state regional competition sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The awards honored programming, writing and design:

• Silver, Alumni Relations Programs: KU Online Alumni Networking Series • Bronze, Alumni Relations Programs: KU Veterans Alumni Network • Gold, Magazine, Best Articles of the

Year: “The Man With Wings on His Feet,” Issue No. 6, 2014, and platinum honors as one of the 10 best articles in the nation. • Gold, Magazine Editorial Design: "For A Song," Issue No. 2, 2015 • Silver, Magazine Editorial Design: "Face to Face," Issue No. 5, 2014 • Gold, Magazine Cover Design: “Story Lines: Readers, Writers, Teachers,” Issue No. 4, 2014 • Gold, Invitation Design: Jayhawk Roundup, "’Hawks Ahoy," 2014.


On Feb. 26, we partnered with the Langston Hughes Center, Kansas Athletics and the KU School of Business to live-stream The Power of Sport: A Conversation on Business, Race and Sports. The timely event featured a keynote address by Dave Zirin, sports editor for The Nation, and panel interviews with former KU student-athletes Wayne Simien, c’05; Ernie Shelby, f’59; and Lisa Braddy, ’92. Hundreds of alumni from across the country tuned in live or watched the archived video on our website. The success of these live-streamed events, along with investments in our broadcast capability, set the stage for the Association to deliver more live online events in partnership with the University. The KU Alumni Association app launched on May 15 and was downloaded 2,313 times from Commencement to June 30, with more than 190,000 sessions.


H I G H L I GHTS OF T HE YEAR Adams Alumni Center

50,000 guests, 886 events at 1266 Oread Avenue

Volunteers 27 National Board of Directors 49 Kansas City Network 42 Wichita Network 131 Kansas Networks 147 National Networks 32 International Networks 145 Kansas Honors Program 41 Student Alumni

Leadership Board

11 Homecoming 1,613 Jayhawks for

Higher Education

19 Gold Medal Club Reunion Committee 42

Affinity Networks

Total KU Alumni Association Volunteers



Alumni Networks


Revenues—$6,184,241 14%




23 in Kansas 59 national 27 international 5 affinity 280 events 35,000 attendees 16 online networking programs 309 online networking participants

22 Student Alumni




n Membership Dues n Royalties n Contributions,


n Contributions,


Association attendees

n Sales & Commissions n External Grants n University Support n Investment Income

Operating Expenses—$5,841,725

Association events

8,965 Student Alumni



6% 58%



Kansas Honors Program 36

KHP events


KHP students honored

132,004 KHP students


n Staff n Occupancy,

n Printing & Postage n Events &

Insurance & Depreciation

Hospitality n Other

Operating Expense Efficiency 4% 12%

honored since 1971


The Association is a careful steward of resources, with 84 percent of funding going directly to programming. Highly efficient charities spend 75 percent or more of expenses on programming.* You can be confident that your investment in the Alumni Association is being put to good use! *


n Programming n Membership &


n Management &


Year-End Financial Report Statements of Activities



$1,254,121 1,057,926 980,737 430,373

$1,318,766 1,056,523 1,003,050 2,069,258




Royalties Sales, commissions & event registrations Investment income

1,022,236 594,233 844,615

1,002,431 552,788 814,912




Program Membership development & fund-raising Management & general

4,879,372 708,748 253,605

5,341,931 840,586 459,663








Change in net assets Net assets, beginning of year

(811,685) 22,000,467

317,176 21,683,291

Net assets, end of year

$21,188,782 $22,000,467

Revenues & Support

Membership dues University support & external grants Contributions Bequests & restricted contributions


Excess from Operations Other Changes in Net Assets Unrealized (loss) on investments & beneficial interests in endowments

Note: The figures that appear in the financial summary shown are derived from the 2016 financial statements audited by Mize, Houser & Company, P.A., whichhas issued an unqualified opinion.




s of June 30, 2016, the Association included 42,357 members—reflecting continued growth in Life, Life Jayhawk Society and Student memberships.

Alumni in Kansas

Membership 10,207 Annual Regular 19,242 Life Regular (including 845 new Life members) 6,267 New Graduate Members 1,061 Future Jayhawks 2,737 Annual Jayhawk Society 1,431 Life Jayhawk Society 1,412 Student Alumni Total Members: 42,357 Five Alumni Records staff members made more than 98,000 updates to constituent records during FY 2016.

n Less than 100

n 100-249 n 250-499 n 500-999 n 5,000 + n 40,000 +

n 1,000-4,999

Alumni in the U.S.

Total Alumni Overall: 353,307 Total Alumni in United States, Military & U.S. Territories: 347,737 U.S. Degree-holders: 224,845 Kansas Alumni: 177,233 Kansas Degree-holders: 96,717 International Alumni: 5,570 International Degree-holders: 3,335

Donors 451 Presidents Club members donated annual gifts of $1,000 or more.

Alumni Records Total constituent database:

431,045 6

n Less than 1,000 n 1,000-1,999

n 2,000-2,999 n 3,000-4,999

n 5,000-9,999 n 10,000 +

n 100,000 +

Presidents Club 2015-’16 members The Presidents Club recognizes annual gifts of $1,000 to $10,000 and more in support of the Association’s work to build a network that is an active and powerful community to strengthen the University. Level

$10,000+ Richard A. Billings & Judy Howard Billings Lakewood, CO Donald R. Brada Sr. & Carolyn Cromb Brada Lawrence, KS James Broyles & Terry Broyles Newport Beach, CA Barton L. Duckworth & Debra Dennis Duckworth Houston, TX Archie R. Dykes & Nancy Haun Dykes Leawood, KS William R. Hagman & Dorothy F. Hagman Naples, FL Helen B. Healy & Edward J. Healy Eastborough, KS Forrest E. Hoglund & Sally S. Hoglund Dallas, TX Catherine Holland Russell, KS Monte C. Johnson & Kay Rathbone Johnson Lawrence, KS Barbara McLiney King & Brian C. King Leawood, KS

Dorothy Wohlgemuth Lynch Olathe, KS Gary W. Padgett & Sue Summerville Padgett Greenleaf, KS Laura Smith Ryan & Edward F. Ryan Naples, FL Scott R. Seyfarth & Eileen M. Seyfarth Hinsdale, IL John T. Stewart III & Linda Bliss Stewart Wellington, KS Todd L. Sutherland & Laura B. Sutherland Lawrence, KS

Tom H. Collinson & Jane Fox Collinson Pittsburg, KS

Mary F. Ventura & Randy L. Sedlacek Roeland Park, KS

John Crawford Hays, KS

Albert I. Shank Jr. Liberal, KS

Scott Crawford Hays, KS

Sibyl Goetz Wescoe & David B. Wescoe La Jolla, CA

Cathy L. Daicoff Lawrence, KS William R. Docking & Judy O. Docking Arkansas City, KS Gregory E. Ek & Debra M. Ek Wichita, KS Ronald E. Hill & Sue Hill Lee’s Summit, MO


$3,000 - $4,999 Malcom W. Applegate & Constance L. Applegate Carmel, IN

Jay A. Kerutis & Pat Caldwell Manhattan Beach, CA

Frank J. Becker & Barbara A. Becker Lawrence, KS

Kurt D. Watson & Sue Watson Andover, KS

Kent C. McCarthy & Mary Hodge McCarthy Rancho Mirage, CA

Lyle Billips Bogue, KS


Nancy L. Miles & John D. Miles Lawrence, KS

Kyle D. Vann & Barbara A. Vann The Woodlands, TX

$5,000 - $9,999 John W. Ballard III & Cynthia S. Ballard Overland Park, KS James E. Bredfeldt Bellevue, WA Susan Horejsi Ciciora & John X. Ciciora Oak Brook, IL

David L. Murfin & Janet Lusk Murfin Wichita, KS

Ellen S. Bolen & Dan P. Bolen Mission Hills, KS Aaron R. Brinkman & Molly Brinkman Dallas, TX

Barbara A. Nordling Lawrence, KS

Richard J. Cummings & Laura Herring Cummings Wichita, KS

Larkin O’Keefe & Kristin Pieper O’Keefe Prairie Village, KS

Stephen R. Ellsworth & Barbara Ellsworth Rock Hill, SC

Scott Ritchie & Carol L. Ritchie Wichita, KS

Rick A. Harrington & Susan Davis Harrington Scottsdale, AZ



Steven C. Anderson Wichita, KS Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Denver, CO Marc A. Asher & Ellie Asher Leawood, KS Kenneth L. Audus & Cheryl A. Audus Lawrence, KS Richard J. Ayesh & Patti S. Ayesh Wichita, KS Rick Ball Great Bend, KS Paul W. Barrett & Erin Eppinger Barrett Shawnee, KS Cindy K. Bell Englewood, CO Charles E. Heath & Kathleen M. Heath Lawrence, KS David R. Hoese & Joan Brady Hoese Chicago, IL Zachary D. Holland & Melissa L. Holland Denver, CO William M. Hougland & Carolie Hougland Lawrence, KS Brad Korell & Justin McNulty Austin, TX

Jerry D. Skillett & Lenor Skillett New York, NY Jon L. Stewart & Christi Stewart Lake Quivira, KS Robert D. Taylor & Kathleen A. Taylor Misson Hills, KS David A. Van Eekeren & Bridget Van Eekeren Western Springs, IL Jeff Wilson & Vivki H. Wilson Salina, KS Elizabeth Hartley Winetroub Prairie Village, KS

J. Robert Benz & Janet B. Benz Lawrence, KS James E. Berkley & Vicki A. Berkley Stockton, KS

James P. Brown & Christian Weld-Brown Leawood, KS Laurence R. Brown Houston, TX Carol Ann Brown & Clifton L. Brown Jr. Alexandria, VA John C. Bumgarner Jr. & Mary Ann Bumgarner Tulsa, OK F. Taylor Burch & Lisa Howell Burch Lantana, TX Vincent G. Burke & Valeria Howard Burke Overland Park, KS Stephen C. Burns & Janelle L. Burns Edmond, KS Gayle R. Cain & Nancy Johnson Cain Overland Park, KS

Mike Berkley & Debra Berkley Salina, KS

Wesley E. Campbell & Debra Elmore Campbell Garden City, KS

Leslie Sweem Bhutani & Ashish Bhutani Greenwich, CT

David M. Carr & Colette L. Kocour Wellington, KS

Greg Billips Hill City, KS

Francis E. Carr Wellington, KS

Barbara A. Blachly & Robert M. Blachly Paola, KS

Kevin E. Carroll & Lisa M. Carroll Johns Creek, GA

Nicholas M. Blasi & Clare Blasi Fairway, KS

Paul L. Carttar & Mary Frances Ellis Lawrence, KS

$1,000 - $2,999

Anne H. Blessing & William R. Blessing Leawood, KS

Travis O. Abicht & Elise Anne Abicht Prairie Village, KS

Ruth M. Cathcart-Rake & William F. Cathcart-Rake Salina, KS

Wayne J. Boeckman & Patricia Boeckman Fort Worth, TX

Heather E. Abrahamson & Timothy E. Abrahamson Parkville, MO

Ellen C. Chindamo & Bradly L. Chindamo Lawrence, KS

Richard L. Bond & Suzanne S. Bond Shawnee Mission, KS

Michael J. Chun & Bina M. Chun Honolulu, HI

Ellen O. Remsing Manhattan, KS

Donald D. Adams & Ann Wees Adams Hutchinson, KS

Craig Boomhower Garden City, KS

William M. Clem & Debra Potash Clem Wichita, KS

Rick R. Renfro & Nancy Samuels Renfro Lawrence, KS

Jennifer M. Agnew & Samuel J. Agnew Overland Park, KS

Al Boulware & Sasha Flores Boulware Fairway, KS

Christine D. Clisham Parsons, KS

Allyn W. Risley & Jill Bogan Risley Houston, TX

Ray E. Allen & Nancy Smith Allen Liberal, KS

Tom E. Bowser & Judith Strunk Bowser Olathe, KS

Dana K. Anderson & Sue Anderson Lawrence, KS

Leslie Davenport Brett & George H. Brett Mission Hills, KS

Justin R. Anderson & Jean Pinne Anderson Lawrence, KS

Jack H. Brier Topeka, KS

Ryan T. Colaianni & Erinn Schaiberger Colaianni Arlington, VA

David J. Brown & Mickie Brown Wichita, KS

Kent Colvin & Molly Colvin Liberal, KS

Tom McBride & Meef McBride Topeka, KS Marvin R. Motley & Susan Nordin Motley Leawood, KS Lindsay Olsen Leawood, KS Stephen J. Pennington Kansas City, MO Heath Peterson & Carrie Robertson Peterson Lawrence, KS

Miles E. Schnaer & Paula G. Schnaer Olathe, KS Virginia Child Shackelford & William H. Shackelford III Colorado Springs, CO



Donald H. Close & Robbin S. Close Newbury Park, CA Howard E. Cohen & Debra L. Cohen Leawood, KS

Carolyn P. Coulson & Frederick N. Coulson III Prairie Village, KS

Patricia W. Daniels & Bradley A. Daniels Shawnee, KS

John B. Dicus & Brenda Roskens Dicus Topeka, KS

Carolyn W. Coulson New York, NY

Robert M. Daugherty Jr. Reno, NV

Jill M. Corbett & Kevin J. Corbett Edmond, OK

Joseph C. Courtright Little Rock, AZ

Warren Corman & Mary Corman Lawrence, KS

Patrick Crossland Kansas City, MO

D. Jerome Davies & Melanie K. Davies Lawrence, KS

Steve M. Dillard & Gena Gunn Dillard Wichita, KS

Martin J. Cornejo & Jenae Cornejo Wichita, KS

Michael A. Cummings & Pamela Miller Kansas City, MO

Jill J. Coughlin & William H. Coughlin Kansas City, MO

LaDona Hale Curzon & Elliott Rowles Curzon Alexandria, VA

Virginia Colvin Liberal, KS John P. Connolly & Stephen S. Maceli Lawrence, KS

Jane M. DeBaun Kildeer, IL

Steven J. Dillman & Kelly K. Dillman Kansas City, MO Christopher W. Dillman & Melanie M. Dillman Phoenix, AZ

Marci K. Deuth Chicago, IL T. S. Dibble & Alice M. Dibble Westerville, OH

Dee Ehling Dillon & David B. Dillon Kansas City, MO

Jeff Kennedy & Patti Gorham ichita attorney Jeff Kennedy is all too familiar with the difficulties that result from inadequate estate planning—“I have been the administrator, the executor, of some people’s estates, and I don’t want to force that on anyone”—yet he has a confession to offer: In part because he and his wife, Patti Gorham, have no children, they had, until recently, never completed their own estate plans. Spurred into action by KU Endowment’s Far Above campaign, which ended in June, they created an unrestricted, $250,000 estate gift to the KU Alumni Association, which Kennedy, j’81, has served as national chair and member of the Board of Directors and many years as an enthusiastic volunteer and leader of the Association’s Wichita network. They left similar gifts to Washburn University’s law school, which they both attended, and Gorham’s undergraduate alma mater, the University of Montana. Their gifts recognize the importance they place on higher education, and Kennedy’s longtime volunteer service reflects the concern he has for its future in Kansas. As a stalwart volunteer for Jayhawks for Higher Education, the Alumni Association’s statewide legislative advocacy network, Kennedy has spent countless hours over the past decade reaching out to lawmakers in Topeka and encouraging others to do the same. “I think it’s just that we were in the right place at the right time,” Kennedy says of JHE’s increased efforts amid threats to 9 higher education funding. “We have been fairly vocal, and I think that will continue.” Though he dreamed of becoming a lawyer since his boy-

hood in Pratt, where he was “one of those weird kids” who trekked to the local courthouse to watch trials, Kennedy’s education took a sudden detour late in his undergraduate years. With just 16 credit hours to be completed before he could walk down the Hill, Kennedy in 1972 decamped for Colorado, where he worked in Waterpik’s Fort Collins factory and spent two winters as a self-described ski bum. When he hurt his back during his “backto-nature period” in Barber County, Kennedy in 1980 saw that it was time to return to Mount Oread and finish what Jeff and Patti he had started. “I left KU after four years because I had decided that continuing to go to school, for me, was a really bad idea. I just needed to be crazy for a while,” Kennedy says from his office at Martin Pringle, where he spent 13 years as managing partner. “When I hurt my back I decided it was time to get serious about my life, so I came back and finish my degree at KU.” His unconventional route through higher education served Kennedy well, and he suggests that others might do well to pay heed when they feel they might need to take a break before completing their education and moving toward lifelong careers. “I think that in a lot of cases they check the next box, because they’ve been ingrained to be a student,” Kennedy says of high-achieving students who begin law school before being truly ready to commit themselves to the profession. “When I came back to school, I was a terrific student. I was a great student.” Once reignited, his enthusiasm has yet to dim. STEVE PUPPE



Jefferson D. Dillon & Tracy M. Dillon Mission Hills, KS Jodi Oelschlager Dineen & Joseph P. Dineen Lawrence, KS Thomas R. Docking & Jill S. Docking Wichita, KS Mark A. Domitrovich Chicago, IL Robert L. Driscoll & Marilyn Rockwell Driscoll Seabrook Island, SC John N. Drowatzky & Linnea Louise Drowatzky Ottawa Hills, OH Shanthi G. Eckert & Bill Eckert Leawood, KS

Cindy L. Fritzel & Tim B. Fritzel Lawrence, KS

Dana M. Fugate & Larry Fugate Wichita, KS Yvonne Garcia & Bob A. Garcia Lawrence, KS Kristen Garlinghouse & Brad K. Garlinghouse Atherton, CA Walter R. Garrison & Jayne B. Garrison Media, PA Tara Tarwater Gatti & John M. Gatti Overland Park, KS

Terry B. Edwards & R. A. Edwards Hutchinson, KS

William T. Geiger & Susan Mayden Geiger Tonganoxie, KS

Kyle J. Eichelberger & Hannah F. Eichelberger Lawrence, KS

Harry T. Gibson & Becky G. Gibson Lawrence, KS

Kenneth J. Eland & Jessica Eland Hoxie, KS

Michael J. Gillaspie Lawrence, KS

John R. Elmore & Rosemary R. Elmore Lawrence, KS

Mark D. Gilliland Winfield, KS

Mark D. Emig & Ann T. Emig Omaha, NE

Jeffrey P. Goble & Sharon R. Goble Mission Hills, KS

John C. Ertz & Kimberly DuBois Ertz Shaker Heights, OH

Cecilia Romero Godwin & Andrew K. Godwin Leawood, KS

Ray D. Evans & Sarah A. Evans Leawood, KS

John H. Golden & Marcia Laing Golden Goodland, KS

Brenda K. Farha Wichita, KS Robert J. Farha & Rebecca Cleavinger Farha Lawrence, KS Martha J. Fee Hutchinson, KS Jan P. Fincham & Diane Fincham Paradise Valley, AZ Lynn R. Fisher Hays, KS Scott H. Fiss & Amy Sailer Fiss Leawood, KS Robert B. Fiss & Kimberly A. Fiss Shawnee Mission, KS Charles L. Frickey & Diane Paris Frickey Oberlin, KS Dean R. Frisbie Fairfield, CA Paul B. Fritsch & Michelle Cozad Fritsch Houston, TX


This year Presidents Club members can show their support with a custom lapel pin featuring the 1941 Jayhawk.

Edward E. Frizell III & Allison Miller Frizell Lawrence, KS

David C. Graves & Linda E. Graves Dallas, TX William S. Green Olathe, KS Brian K. Greenlee & Celeste Migliazzo Greenlee Kansas City, MO Lewis D. Gregory & Laura L. Gregory Leawood, KS Karlyn Ann Greve & Bryan E. Greve Lawrence, KS Robert M. Hagg & Jessica Hagg Mission Hills, KS Jacqueline M. Hall & Sterling G. Hall Sublette, KS Richard W. Hall & Ann A. Hall Prairie Village, KS Teresa L. Hanna Lawrence, KS

Bill Hanna Wichita, KS Joe Hannah Gardner, KS Carol Cooper Hansen & George E. Hansen III Leawood, KS Michael J. Happe & Shannon M. Fitzsimmons-Happe Eden Prairie, MN Saralyn Reece Hardy Lawrence, KS Lindsay A. Hare Leawood, KS Teri Harris Lawrence, KS Ingrid L. Hartman Lawrence, KS Sheri Welter Hauck & Steve D. Hauck Arroyo Grande, CA Charles L. Hedrick & Dorothy L. Hedrick Clymer, NY Steve Heeney & Cynthia M. Heeney Leawood, KS Harry H. Herington Jr. & Cindy Herington Olathe, KS Georgey K. Herron & Craig Meredith Herron Saint Louis, MO Matthew F. Hickam & Stacey Cook Hickam Topeka, KS Kathleen M. Hickert & Alvin J. Kirmer Auburn, KS Hamilton H. Hill & Traci Hill Glencoe, IL William B. Hill & Starla Hill Liberal, KS Chip Hilleary & Tiffany A. Hilleary Westerville, OH

Ernest V. Hodge & Claire Burghardt Hodge Hinsdale, IL David K. Hodgson & Melody Sue Hodgson Washington, KS Trava S. Hoover & Richard A. Hoover Wichita, KS Ashley P. Hopkins & Braden Hopkins Park City, UT Richard C. Houseworth Scottsdale, AZ Shirley Rice Howard Salina, KS Jay Howard & Julia R. Howard Austin, TX Chris A. Howell & Brooke Howell Wichita, KS Charles A. Hughes & Susan J. Hughes Olathe, KS Joan Sherar Hunt Prairie Village, KS Donald L. Hunt Toluca Lake, CA Steven B. Hurt & MJ Hurt Lakeway, TX Roger D. Innes Poway, CA Jerry J. Jennett & Kay M. Jennett Valdosta, GA A. Drue Jennings & Emily A. Jennings Leawood, KS John H. Jeter & Ann Marie Jeter Hays, KS William W. Jeter & Nancy Jeter Hays, KS Cheryl Campbell Jeter & Joseph W. Jeter Hays, KS James H. Johnson & Tami Pabst Johnson Garden City, KS

Jeff M. Johnson & Corey Eley Johnson Wichita, KS

Vaun O. Kampschroeder & Sydnie B. Kampschroeder Chicago, IL

Courtney A. Krsnich & Peter J. Krsnich Wichita, KS

Sean R. Lester & Christine E. Lester Lawrence, KS

Jeffrey A. Johnson & Dawn Boyett Johnson Highlands Ranch, CO

Con M. Keating & Barbara Schmidt Keating Lincoln, NE

Cory L. Lagerstrom & Julianne Leeland Lagerstrom Prairie Village, KS

Kurt Level & Elaine Level Wichita, KS

Kenneth W. Johnson & Amy Johnson McAllen, TX

Charles W. Keller V & Carol I. Keller Lake Lotawana, MO

Michael D. Lafferty & Margaret L. Lafferty Viola, KS

Jacquelyn K. Johnson & Bryan Johnson Lawrence. KS

Eric T. Keller & Pami S. Keller Garden City, KS

Alma Moreno Lahm & Richard E. Lahm Lawrence, KS

Peter S. Johnston & Sara Peckham Johnston Salina, KS Christopher A. Jones Chicago, IL Thomas A. Jones & Patricia Lynn Jones Prairie Village, KS Patricia Euhus Junod & Forrest L. Junod Carmichael, CA Jyll Standiford Kafer & Doug Kafer Lenexa, KS Gregory J. Kallos & Katherine Dunn Kallos Kansas City, MO

Daniel T. Kelly & Janet Lee Kelly Chanute, KS Jeff Kennedy & Patricia A. Gorham Wichita, KS Randall K. Kilian & Terry Kaase Kilian Castle Rock, CO Sharon Lynch Kimbell Hutchinson, KS Lynn H. Kindred & Ann C. Kindred Mission Hills, KS Mike J. Kongs & Cindy Schreiner Kongs Washington, KS Richard G. Kraemer & Marty M. Kraemer Hays, KS Barbara Knecht Kreutzer & Robert L. Kreutzer Garden City, KS

Thomas W. Laming & Jennifer L. Laming Leawood, Ks Sondra M. Langel & Richard D. Smith Wichita, KS Audrey H. Langworthy & A. C. Langworthy Jr. Prairie Village, KS Kathleen Korte Larkin & E. Grant Larkin Lawrence, KS Theodore D. Leeland Phoenix, AZ Susan A. Leonard & Matthew J. Leonard Fairway, KS Steve Leonard & Julie Leonard Omaha, NE

Jim W. Lewis & Tonya Lewis Dodge City, KS John P. Linden Sherman Oaks, CA Shade K. Little Jr. & Bernadette Gray-Little Lawrence, KS Kerri L. Loepp & Herman A. Loepp Overland Park, KS Ashley R. Loomis Minneapolis, MN J. Stephen Lucas & Kimberly Lucas Trumbull, CT James E. Malicoat & Allison S. Malicoat Lenexa, KS William T. Marshall & Denise Marshall Prairie Village, KS Rhonda Rehorn Maun & Steven M. Maun Paradise Valley, AZ


Donald A. Johnston & Alice Ann Dowell Johnston Lawrence, KS

Danny B. Lewis & Laura L. Lewis Eudora, KS


A. Ford Maurer & Christine Childress Maurer Mission Hills, KS

Rosa M. Mitchell & Brian L. Mitchell Elkhart, KS

Linda Ward O’Hara & John D. O’Hara Saint Louis, MO

Darin P. McAtee & Millicent D. McAtee Brooklyn, NY

Mollie A. Mitchell & John R. Wilson Golden, CO

Maynard F. Oliverius & Sarah D. Oliverius Topeka, KS

Scott H. McCallister & Julie K. McCallister Westlake, OH

Shelley Shepard Mitchell & Alan Lynn Mitchell Gillette, WY

Evan J. Olson & Susan Woodin Olson The Woodlands, TX

Jason C. McClasky & Kristin Patton McClasky Prairie Village, KS

Lawrence F. Montague & Barbara J. Montague Fairfield, CT

Melissa Rodgers Padgett & Brent R. Padgett Lawrence, KS

Kelli Lynn McClure & Michael McClure DeSoto, KS

John D. Montgomery II & Dia Noel Montgomery Hutchinson, KS

Lisa R. Parman & Dwight S. Parman Topeka, KS

Michael T. McCoy & Shelle Hook McCoy Topeka, KS

William H. Moore & Kristin M. Brulez Olathe, KS

Diane S. Parrish & Steven C. Parrish Westport, CT

Janet Martin McKinney & Kent S. McKinney Kerrville, TX

Philip B. Moran & Vicki Moran Sugar Land, TX

Javed S. Patel & Armena Patel Saratoga, CA

Zachary L. Morin & Susan M. Morin Longmeadow, MA

Steven R. Patton & Kristen M. Patton Fairway, KS

Joe C. Morris & Susan A. Morris Leawood, KS

Robert P. Peebler & Susie Mastoris Peebler Houston, TX

Sidney A. McKnight Jr. & Carole Popham McKnight Parker, KS Carrie Wooten McLiney & Casey P. McLiney Overland Park, KS Joseph A. McLiney Jr. & Katherine L. McLiney Prairie Village, KS Mark R. McPherson & Shannon McPherson Englewood, CO David P. Meagher Jr. Beavercreek, OH James R. Mechler & Julia E. Mechler Lawrence, KS Bobb A. Mechenstock & Sharon Blackman Meckenstock Hays, KS Matthew T. Melton & Amy Lindenberg Melton Leawood, KS Earl D. Merkel & Kathleen A. Merkel Russell, KS M. D. Michaelis & Dee Peachee Michaelis Wichita, KS Nathan Millhouse Loveland, OH Jill Simpson Miller & Reed D. Miller Webb City, MO Susan E. Miller & Douglas C. Miller Mission Hills, KS John L. Miller & Stephanie K. Miller Overland Park, KS


Andy Morrison & Katherine Horner Morrison Lawrence, KS Andrea F. Mosher Lenexa, KS Kevin M. Moyer & Catherine Moyer Ulysses, KS Linda M. Mullens & John E. Mullens Lawrence, KS

Richard B. Peil & Tamara Peil Fountain Hills, AZ Cindy Emig Penzler & Craig A. Penzler Lawrence, KS Brandon J. Petz & Bonnie Quick Petz Lawrence, KS Larry Pfeiffer & Morgan Pfeiffer Mission Woods, KS

Julie Seward Nagel & Aaron C. Nagel Lawrence, KS

Ryan L. Pfeiffer & Libby Hall Pfeiffer Prairie Village, KS

George E. Nettels Jr. & Mary Joanne Myers Nettels Pittsburg, KS

Lori Anderson Piening & Mark Piening Austin, TX

John C. Nettels Jr. Leawood, KS

Winifred S. Pinet & Brian C. White Plymouth, MI

Charles R. Newton Visalia, CA Laird G. Noller & Karleen Noller Lawrence, KS Erick E. Nordling & Debbie L. Nordling Hugoton, KS

Stephen B. Pozez Tuscan, AZ Jarrell J. Priess Houston, TX Connie Estes Puett Shawnee, KS

Robert E. Nugent III & Linda D.Nugent Wichita, KS

Richard E. Putnam & Robin Putnam Omaha, NE

Glenn E. Nyberg & Camille Bribiesca Nyberg Wichita, KS

Mark R. Rasmussen & Maureen McLeay Rasmussen Prairie Village, KS

David O. Ochoa Westwood Hills, KS

Stanley L. Rasmussen & Teresa Kramer Rasmussen Lawrence, KS

Virginia Harris Rayl Hutchinson, KS Brett A. Reber & Kathryn Meade Reber McPherson, KS Douglas A. Regnier & Denise M. Aduddell Regnier Rancho Santa Fe, CA Scott P. Rehorn & Susan Beth Rehorn Paradise Valley, AZ Gil M. Reich & Kay Lambert Reich Barrington, IL J. R. Reilly Leavenworth, KS Cathy A. Reinhardt & Norman A. St. Laurent Lawrence, KS Donald R. Reinhardt Apple Valley, CA John A. Reinhardt Jenks, OK Juliana M. Reser Summerset, SD Cynthia Reinhardt Rettig & Raymond Kirk Rettig Cincinnati, OH Charles E. Rhoades & Anne Jones Rhoades Mission Hills, KS Walter F. Riker III & Christine Davis Riker Alpine, WY Dennis A. Riney Liberal, KS Jon Risley & Marlene Risley Dighton, KS E. S. Riss & Janis Dye Riss Mission Hills, KS John H. Robinson Jr. & Kyle Simmons Robinson Kansas City, MO Drew C. Robinson Colorado Springs, CO Michael E. Rockers & Nancy Jean Rockers Greeley, KS Connie Miner Rockers & Patrick N. Rockers Greeley, KS Tyler C. Rockers Lawrence, KS Douglas A. Rockers & Lori K. Rockers Greeley, KS Kellie A. Rogers & Timothy R. Rogers Chicago, IL

Dave B. Roland & Vyonne Roland Excelsior, MN Jay P. Ruf & Lori Ruf Overland Park, KS Kim Uden Rutter & Rick J. Rutter Chanute, KS Robert N. Sanner & Jennifer Jackson Sanner Lawrence, KS Kenneth R. Schmidt III & Stephanie M. Schmidt Lawrence, KS Thomas P. Schroeder & Deborah Rider Schroeder Independence, KS Gregory E. Schwerdt & Laura A. Schwerdt Topeka, KS

Michael K. Seck & Sharon K. Mossman Kansas City, MO Nancy Eckert Selleck & Clyde A. Selleck III Greenville, SC Jody Bosch Sellers & Ricky L. Sellers Council Grove, KS Robert J. Senecal & Evelyn J. Senecal Lawrence, KS Dale Seuferling & Marianne Seuferling Lawrence, KS Roger W. Sevedge Lenexa, KS

Robert F. Shapiro & Alicia Reyes Tampa, FL James C. Shay & Concetta M. Shay Kansas City, MO

Ron Simpson & Mary Jane Simpson Columbus, KS Linda Ellis Sims & Russ Sims Independence, MO

George W. Shaw IV & Kristina Kelly Shaw Frisco, TX

Becky Nettels Sloan & Steve W. Sloan Pittsburg, KS

William D. Short Jr. & Sharon Holefelder Short Oxford, KS

Christopher M. Small & Alison M. Small Kirkland, WA

Richard L. Sias Oklahoma City, OK

Gregory A. Smith & Sandra J. Smith Mission Hills, KS

Adam T. Sikes & Mandy Sikes Lawrence, KS Kelly Stavros Simari & Robert D. Simari Mission Hills, KS

Perry M. Smith & Krista Schmidt Smith Great Bend, KS

David Graves s the first member of his family to attend college, David Graves, b’73, calls his KU experience transformational. “It was a wonderful four years of my life, and a time for growth in many ways,” he says, “not just in academic terms, but we all grow up emotionally as well.” Graves’ career as a commercial real estate investment analyst began in his home community of Kansas City, but in 1983, The Travelers insurance company transferred him to Hartford, Connecticut, beginning a journey that took him to several cities across the nation. As the first in his family to move away, Graves says he was thankful he had become of Life Member of the Alumni Association soon after graduation. “I truly did want to stay connected to the University, the state and my family, and my life membership was one way psychologically to do that,” he says. “My commitment to KU has always been strong. I owe a great deal to the University, because I’ve been blessed with a pretty interesting 40-year career.” After 14 years with Travelers, Graves began a 17-year stint with State Farm Insurance companies in Bloomington, Illinois, where he became vice president of real estate and mortgages. When he retired from State Farm, he and his family settled in Dallas. Through the years, Graves had become a close friend of Dallas real estate developer and fellow Jayhawk John Eulich, b’51, who ultimately coaxed Graves out of retirement to become managing director of The Belmont Group, the Eulich family’s trust.

Eulich, who died Sept. 3, and his wife, Ginny Walsh Eulich, c’51, in the early 1980s provided a gift to the Alumni Association to fund the bronze “Eulich Jayhawk” sculpture outside the Adams Alumni Center. Graves has followed their example with his gift of $30,000 to create the David Graves Alumni Excellence Fund , which he hopes can help KU students and young alumni make valuable career connections with successful Jayhawks. He praises the Association’s Dallas Network for linking many young graduates who are beginning their careers. As the second of three siblings, Graves began a KU tradition in his family, inspiring his younger brother, Dean, b’75, to follow him to the Hill, and his David Graves older sister, Donna Cooper Graves, PhD‘94, to choose KU for her doctoral degree. Naturally, their 93-year-old father, Don, is a converted Jayhawk, ardent basketball fan and, until recently, quite the hoops sensation in his own right. “He played basketball about a year ago,” Graves says. “You don’t want to take him on in a game of horse.” Graves returns home several times each year to visit his dad. His January trip will include a visit to Allen Field House to watch his Jayhawks take on the Texas Longhorns as part of his annual birthday celebration with lifelong friend and pledge brother, John Ballard, b’73. “I always chide him into obtaining a ticket for me,” Graves says. “There’s a big piece of my heart that still resides in Kansas at KU.” COURTESY OF DAVID GRAVES




Fredrick D. Smith & Lisa Smith Austin, TX Laine M. Smith & Carl W. Smith Colorado Springs, CO Russell D. Smith & Martha C. Smith Overland Park, KS James D. Snyder & Laurie Lane Snyder Winfield, KS Peggy Spitz & Charles Z. Spitz Wall Township, NJ Kelly McElhinney St. Clair & Paxson St. Clair Mission Hills, KS Pack St. Clair & Jill St. Clair Afton, OK John H. Stauffer Sr. & Barbara E. Stauffer Topeka, KS Peter A. Stonefield & Anne E. Stonefield Charleston, SC Francie Stoner & Bill Stoner Weston, MO Nancy Tade Stoppel & Larry D. Stoppel Washington, KS Angela Riffey Storey & Daniel W. Storey Lawrence, KS Jay B. Strayer & Kay A. Strayer Glen Ellyn, IL Jacob L. Strecker & Andrea Thibault Strecker McPherson, KS Monty E. Strecker & Catherine R. Strecker Ellinwood, KS A. Mark Stremel & Toni P. Stremel Manhattan, KS Kala Mays Stroup Lawrence, KS John B. Sturgeon & Samanta Lee Sturgeon Leawood, KS Daniel J. Suiter & Marcia G. Suiter Pratt, KS Carole A. Swenson Lee’s Summit, MO Fenton R. Talbott & Judith Pierson Talbott Saint Louis, MO Petra T. Tasheff & Roberta L. Patterson New York, NY


Brenda J. Vann & Duane W. Vann Kansas City, KS

Kirk S. Williams Topeka, KS

Thomas E. Vaughn & Corliss Vaughn Chicago, IL

Delbert L. Williamson & Barbara Ossian Williamson Wellington, FL

Kevan A. Vick & Gail Ellena Vick Lawrence, KS

Jacob M. Wilson Salina, KS

Lawrence L. Tenopir Topeka, KS

William B. Vollbracht & Leslie D. Vollbracht Denver, CO

Elizabeth L. Winetroub Fairway, KS

John C. Thomas & Becky VanWyhe Thomas Baldwin City, KS

Kurt W. Vollertsen & Rebecca L. Vollertsen Oberlin, KS

Roger R. Tobias & Deborah K. Tobias Lyons, KS

Kevin R. Wagner & Heather Switzer Wagner Colorado Springs, CO

Kristen V. Toner & Ryan M. Toner Lawrence, KS

Thomas J. Walsh & Teresa Keith Walsh Leawood, KS

Allison Arbuckle Taylor & Matthew C. Taylor Prairie Village, KS William B. Taylor & Marilyn K. Taylor Olathe, KS Beth Greathouse Tedrow Garden City, KS

Joyce McKoon Trower & James A. Trower Salina, KS Melanie L. Trump & Timothy T. Trump Tulsa, OK Lisa Evans Tuchtan & Kenneth M. Tuchtan Bethesda, MD Trent S. Ulrich Savage, MN Jeffrey R. Van Blarcom & Elizabeth Guenzel Salt Lake City, UT Mark A. Van Blaricum & Jackie DeSouza Can Blaricum Lee’s Summit, MO

Michael E. Ward & Lissa Leonard Ward El Dorado, KS Milton O. Wardeh & Carole A. Wardeh Newark, DE David O. Weaver & Barbara A. Weaver Aurora, CO Larry Weeda Jr. Memphis, TN Brandon T. Williams & Sarah E. Williams Overland Park, KS

Paul Wise & Donna S. Wise Austin, TX Grant A. Witcher Manhattan, KS Walter C. Womack & Sheri Seibert Womack Kansas City, MO Gordon E. Wood & Christine Lytle Wood Overland Park, KS Rick Worner & Lorie Walker Worner Shawnee, KS Andrew T. Wymore & Lauren Lynn Wymore Prairie Village, KS Richard R. Yoxall & Andrea Groves Yoxall Liberal, KS R. David Zehring & Peggy J. Zehring Le Veta, CO Scott A. Zerger Overland Park, KS

2016-’17 Board of Directors CHAIR • Scott R. Seyfarth, b’83, Hinsdale, Illinois

CHAIR-ELECT • Kevin E. Carroll, assoc., Atlanta, Georgia

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE • John W. Ballard III, b’73, Overland Park • Kevin E. Carroll, assoc., Atlanta, Georgia • Marci K. Deuth, e’05, Chicago, Illinois • Cory L. Lagerstrom, c’94, g’98, l’98, Prairie Village • Jill Simpson Miller, d’01, Webb City, Missouri • Richard E. Putnam, c’77, l’80, Omaha, Nebraska • Scott R. Seyfarth, b’83, Hinsdale, Illinois

DIRECTORS TO 2017 • Donald R. Brada, c’61, m’65, Lawrence • Luke B. Bobo, e’82, Shawnee • Kevin E. Carroll, assoc., Atlanta, Georgia • Marci K. Deuth, e’05, Chicago, Illinois • Gregory E. Ek, b’76, Wichita

DIRECTORS TO 2018 • John W. Ballard III, b’73, Overland Park • Aaron R. Brinkman, j’98, Dallas, Texas • Debi Dennis Duckworth, d’80, Houston, Texas • Jill Simpson Miller, d’01, Webb City, Missouri • Jerry D Skillett, b’81, New York, New York

DIRECTORS TO 2019 • Carrie W. Coulson, b’02, l’05, New York, New York

• Cory L. Lagerstrom, c’94, g’98, l’98, Prairie Village • Cindy Emig Penzler, c’81, m’85, Lawrence • Timothy T. Trump, b’80, l’83, Tulsa, Oklahoma • Albert I. Shank Jr., b’77, Liberal

DIRECTORS TO 2020 • Missy Hodge McCarthy, c’86, s’88, Rancho Mirage, California • Ellen O. Remsing, c’00, Manhattan, Kansas • Dave B. Roland, e’80, Excelsior, Minnesota

DIRECTORS TO 2021 • Ryan Colaianni, c’07, j’07, Arlington, Virginia • Jay Kerutis, c’82, Mesa, Arizona • Janet Lusk Murfin, d’75, Wichita • Portia Kibble Smith, c’78, Overland Park

Association Staff PRESIDENT • Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09

ALUMNI CENTER • Ben Shepley, Director of Adams Alumni Center

ALUMNI, STUDENT & MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS • Brad Eland, b’09, g’11 Vice President of Alumni and Student Programs • Emily Ellison, c’11, Coordinator of Customer Service and Operations • Kiley Gilmore, Assistant Director of Student Programs • Kelsey Hill, c’12, Assistant Director of Kansas City Programs • Danielle Hoover, c’07, Assistant Director of Wichita Programs • Nick Kallail, Assistant Vice President of Alumni and Career Programs

• Jacey Krehbiel, d’12, Assistant Director of Alumni Programs • Michelle Lang, b’01, Director of Academic Programs • Joy Maxwell, c’03, j’03, Director of Legacy Relations • Danny Woods, Assistant Director of Legacy and Alumni Programs



• Debbi Johanning, c’98, Director of Digital Media • David Johnston, j’94, g’06, Vice President of Marketing and Digital Media • Kara Schwerdt, j’10, Assistant Director of Digital Media • Michael Wick, c’83, Web Developer

• Heather Biele, Staff Writer • Steven Hill, Associate Editor, Kansas Alumni magazine • Chris Lazzarino, j’86, Associate Editor, Kansas Alumni magazine • Jennifer Sanner, j’81, Senior Vice President of Strategic Communications and Advocacy and Editor • Valerie Spicher, j’94, Graphic Designer • Daniel Storey, Staff Photographer and Videographer • Susan Younger, f’91, Creative Director

• Laurie Doud, c’98, Event Coordinator • Bryan Greve, Senior Vice President of Hospitality Services • Laura Stephens, ’08, Director of Hospitality


MEMBERSHIP AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT • Teri Harris, Vice President of Membership and Business Developement • Tegan Thornberry, d’05, g’09, Assistant Director of Membership and Business Development



• Heather Hawkins, j‘06, Executive Assistant to the President and Coordinator of Donor Relations • Danny Lewis, d’05, Director of Donor Relations and Athletic Programs • Angela Storey, b’04, g’07, Vice President of Donor Relations

• Bill Green, Senior Vice President of Information Services • Mitzi Eisenhauer, Assistant Records Specialist • Julie Lowrance, Senior Records Specialist and License Plate Administrator • Linda McCaffrey, ’85, Senior Records Specialist • Helen Meseraull, d’66, Senior Records Specialist • Stefanie Shackelford, Vice President of Alumni and Membership Records

FINANCE • Jodi Nachtigal, Controller • Dwight Parman, Senior Vice President of Finance and Human Resources and Treasurer • Karen Whipple, Accountant • Marcia Wilson, Office and Membership Coordinator


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KU Alumni Association Annual Report 2015-2016  
KU Alumni Association Annual Report 2015-2016