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Feb. 2, 2006
Contact: Jennifer Alderdice, KU Alumni Association, (785) 864-9778.

KU Alumni Association, student steering committee to lead homecoming in 2006

LAWRENCE — The Alumni Association at the University of Kansas will oversee Homecoming Week activities next fall.

The annual homecoming tradition, which KU began celebrating in 1912, has been directed by various campus entities through the years. For the past four years, the Office of the Dean of Students had led the organization of homecoming, adding a student steering committee and daily events on Wescoe Beach.

The change in leadership enables the alignment of homecoming activities with the KU Alumni Association, while still enabling collaboration with university departments.

Jennifer Alderdice, director of student programs for the Alumni Association, has worked with homecoming for several years and will be the association’s adviser to the student steering committee. She has worked at the association since 1996.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for KU students to work with the Alumni Association and for students to see us as their connection to KU after graduation,” Alderdice said. “The association is positioned to ensure a lasting tradition as well as clearly communicate and organize homecoming activities for both students and alumni.”

Along with Alderdice, Tricia Woodward, complex director in Student Housing, will advise the student committee. Two graduate students in higher education administration, Andrea Brown and Ashley Wendler, will be graduate assistant advisers.

The 2006 edition of homecoming will be Sept. 30-Oct. 7. The KU football team will face Texas A&M on Saturday, Oct. 7, in Memorial Stadium.

The following students have been selected to serve on the 2006 homecoming steering committee:

ATCHISON COUNTY
From Atchison
Jake Kenyon, junior, biology, son of Linda Falk, Maur-Hill Mount Academy; co-director.

BUTLER COUNTY
From Andover
Brandon Parker, sophomore, computer science, son of Judi Parker, Andover Central High School; special events co-chair.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
Katie Rash, sophomore, pre-business, daughter of Frank and Nancy Rash, Blue Valley North High School; treasurer.

From Overland Park
Tiffany Harrell, freshman, psychology, daughter of Mark and Valerie Harrell, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School; daily events co-chair.

From Prairie Village
Zach Kerr, junior, pre-business, son of Michael and Diane Kerr, Shawnee Mission East High School; daily events co-chair.

From Shawnee
Andrea Brown, master’s degree student, higher education administration, Kansas State University bachelor’s degree; graduate assistant adviser.

Ashley Wendler, master’s degree student, higher education administration, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School and KU bachelor’s degree; graduate assistant adviser.

OTTAWA COUNTY
From Minneapolis
Alyssa George, sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, daughter of Rodney George, Minneapolis High School; community and EXCEL awards chair.

RENO COUNTY
From Hutchinson
Rachel Barnes, sophomore, history, daughter of Leland and Nancy Barnes, Trinity Catholic High School; special events co-chair.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Adrienne Bommarito, junior, journalism, daughter of Tom Bommarito and Mary Bommarito, Kapaun Mount Carmel high School; parade co-chair.

Hollie Dawson, sophomore, pre-medicine, daughter of Mark and Sherri Dawson, Wichita East High School; publicity chair.

TEXAS
From Plano
Jennifer Denny, junior, journalism, daughter of Steve and Rhonda Denny, Plano West Senior High School; co-director.

OKLAHOMA
From Perry
Meghan Easter, sophomore, chemical engineering, daughter of Blaine and Gwen Easter, Perry Senior High School; awards chair.

From Grove
Hannah Miller, freshman, pre-pharmacy, daughter of Roberta Dushane, Grove High School; parade co-chair.

MISSOURI
From Lee’s Summit
Rich Littrell, senior, business, son of Jack and Lisa Littrell, Lee’s Summit North High School; sponsorship chair.

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