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March 28, 2005
Contact: Melva Landrum, public relations chair, (785) 550-3691.

'Hawks on Haunted Hill' theme to guide KU homecoming events Oct. 22-29

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas homecoming steering committee has selected "Hawks on Haunted Hill: Legends of the Fall" as the theme for the week full of events preceding the Oct. 29 homecoming football game between KU and the University of Missouri.

The steering committee organizes the parade, special events and activities, such as the "Jayhawk Idol" contest, a basketball tournament and the "can"-struction event. The committee is also responsible for large events such as a pep rally, parade and possibly an entertainer.

" We spend about nine months planning for homecoming trying to make it bigger and better every year," said Adam Sechrist, homecoming co-director. "The goal of homecoming is to bring together students, alumni and the community by celebrating KU's history and traditions."

Staff members who work together to help advise the committee are Jennifer Alderdice, director of student programs for the Kansas Alumni Association and adviser for parade and alumni activities; Laura Burrows, complex director for Oliver Hall and adviser for public relations and special events; Leon Hayner, complex director for Ellsworth and Hashinger halls and adviser for daily and community service events; and Richard Johnson, associate vice provost and dean of students as well as the adviser for the co-directors and the finance and awards committees.

Homecoming steering committee members, their hometowns, majors, level in school during the spring 2005 semester, parents' names, high schools and committee responsibilities are:

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
Lauren Jesse, senior in human biology and pre-medicine, daughter of Colleen Lawler; Shawnee Mission East High School; co-director.

From Olathe
Matthew Schoonover, junior in communication studies and in political science with a minor in leadership studies, son of Theresa Schoonover; Olathe North High School; community events chair.

From Overland Park
Adam Sechrist, junior in journalism and mass communications (news and information emphasis), son of Eric and Laura Sechrist; Shawnee Mission South High School; co-director.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Derby
Jen Bedore, junior in psychology, daughter of Robert and Victoria Bedore; Derby High School; public relations co-chair.
Kyle Stearns, senior in communication studies, son of Jim and Lynn Stearns; Derby High School; daily events co-chair.

From Wichita
Amber Hall, senior in pre-secondary education and in psychology with a minor in applied behavioral science, daughter of John and Theresa Hall; Andover High School; special events co-chair.
Bryan Young, senior in accounting and finance, son of Stephen Young; Wichita High School Southeast; finance chair.

ARIZONA
From Tucson
Katie Smith, junior in communication studies and pre-journalism, daughter of Robert and Margaret Smith; Catalina Foothills High School; alumni events chair.

MINNESOTA
From Minneapolis
Melva Landrum, junior in journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis), daughter of Janet Landrum; Patrick Henry High School; public relations co-chair

MISSOURI
From Lee's Summit
Richard Littrell, junior in pre-business (accounting), son of Jack and Lisa Littrell; Lee's Summit North High School; parade co-chair.

OKLAHOMA
From Broken Arrow
Dustin Curzon, freshman in pre-business (accounting), son of John Curzon; Broken Arrow High School; special events co-chair.

From Norman
Sarah Davis, sophomore in journalism and mass communications (strategic communications emphasis), daughter of Patti Davis; Norman High School; parade co-chair.

TEXAS
From Plano
Jennifer Denny, freshman in pre-journalism, daughter of Steve and Rhonda Denny; Plano West Senior High School; awards/Ex.C.E.L. chair.

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