May 28, 2004

Contact: Sarah Lathrop, public relations chair, (785) 979-9885.

"Hawktoberfest" to be KU homecoming theme Oct. 4-9

LAWRENCE -- The Homecoming Steering Committee at the University of Kansas has selected "Hawktoberfest: Home Is Where the Hawk Is" as the theme for KU's annual homecoming festivities Oct. 4 through Oct. 9. The week will conclude with the KU-Kansas State University football game.

The committee is in charge of organizing the events planned during homecoming week. Although the overall event steering committee plans traditional activities such as "Can"struction and the Chalk 'n' Rock sidewalk chalk-drawing contest, the committees themselves have expanded in scope, hoping to be able to have more large-scale events.

"Our special events committee plans to host a block party/pep rally, a homecoming dance and a well-known speaker or musical act," said Michelle Worswick, Topeka sophomore and homecoming committee co-director.

The committee is trying to expand its outreach to the university community.

"We are all hard at work to make this year's homecoming a great experience for students, alumni and the community," Worswick said. "By programming events on campus as well as in the community and planning more events geared toward alumni, we hope to provide every Jayhawk fan with a homecoming week they will look forward to this fall and for years to come."

Faculty and staff advisers include Jennifer Alderdice, director of student programs, KU Alumni Association; Laura Burrows, complex director for Oliver Residence Hall; Trisha Gresnick, program director, KU Memorial Unions; and Richard Johnson, associate vice provost and dean of students.

Student committee members, their hometowns, majors, level in school in the spring 2004 semester when they were appointed to the steering committee, parents' names, high schools (when available) and committee responsibilities are:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Josh Williamson, junior in accounting and business administration (economics concentration), son of Robert and Carolyn Williamson; Lawrence Free State High School; finance co-chairman/treasurer.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
Lauren Jesse, sophomore in biology, chemistry and psychology, daughter of Colleen Lawler and Kevin Jesse; Shawnee Mission East High School; awards chair and Ex.C.E.L. liaison.

From Olathe
Marlyse Anderson, junior in psychology, daughter of Gary and Chalece Anderson; St. Thomas Aquinas High School; parade co-chair.

From Overland Park
Tom Graves, freshman in pre-law, son of Tom and Trudy Graves; Rockhurst High School; parade co-chair.
Elaine Jardon, sophomore in pre-pharmacy, daughter of Galen and Marta Jardon; Olathe East High School; special events tri-chair.
Adam Sechrist, sophomore in journalism (news and information emphasis), son of Eric and Laura Sechrist; Shawnee Mission South High School; daily events chair.

From Shawnee
Andy Kim, senior in business administration, son of Kyu and Jung Kim; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; special events tri-chair.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
From Coffeyville
Holly Rauch, senior in dance and in theatre and film, daughter of Steve and Vicki Rauch; Field Kindley Memorial High School; finance co-chair/sponsorships.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Michelle Worswick, sophomore in pre-business administration, daughter of Michael and Deborah Worswick; Topeka High School; co-director.

ARIZONA
From Phoenix
Sarah Lathrop, sophomore in journalism (strategic communications emphasis), daughter of Wilson and Bonnie Lathrop; Scottsdale Christian Academy; public relations chair.

COLORADO
From Aurora
Chris Kaufman, junior in journalism (news and information emphasis), son of John and Nancy Kaufman; Eaglecrest High School; co-director.

MISSOURI
From Lee's Summit
Amanda Akard, senior in pre-medicine and psychology; daughter of Kimble and Collene Akard; Lee's Summit Senior High School; community events/service chair.

TENNESSEE
From Clarksville
Keith Ellis, master's degree student in higher education administration, son of Chris and Ginny Ellis; Clarksville High School; special events tri-chair.

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