KU News Release

October 30, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Jackson Sanner, KU Alumni Association, 785-864-4760

Students take top honors for KU Homecoming spirit

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LAWRENCE —The 100th Homecoming at the University of Kansas concluded Oct. 27 after a week of celebration that included daily events for KU students and the Lawrence community.

Throughout the week, KU student organizations collected points for their participation in events coordinated by the student-led Homecoming Steering Committee and the KU Alumni Association, along with campus and community partners. The theme of this year’s celebration was “Century Long, Tradition Strong.” For information on the winners of individual daily events, visit online.

The overall winners for the week were Delta Delta Delta sorority and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, which together won first prize in the Greek Life division, and the KU School of Engineering, which placed first in the Student Life division. The winners were announced at halftime of the KU-Texas football game Oct. 27.

In addition, Emily Ferbezar, a junior from Shawnee, won the Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award. She majors in journalism with a minor in sociology and participates in the Student Ambassador program. As a resident of Douthart Scholarship Hall, she serves as a proctor for her hall and as programming and multicultural affairs chair for the All-Scholarship Hall Council.  She is the daughter of David and Ferbezar.

The Homecoming Steering Committee selected Ferbezar as this year’s winner for her Homecoming spirit and campus service. The award honors Jennifer Alderdice, a former KU Alumni Association staff member who advised the Homecoming Steering Committee and the Student Alumni Association for many years. Alderdice, who still lives in Lawrence, earned her KU master’s degree in higher education administration in 1999.

Ferbezar received the honor at the Homecoming reception Oct. 26 following the parade down Jayhawk Boulevard and a pep rally at the Adams Alumni Center. The parade featured grand marshal and Olympic gold medalist Diamond Dixon, a junior from Houston, and the KU Alumni Band, which won the Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 award for contributions to KU’s century-long Homecoming tradition.  Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, a member of the Class of 1945, was the honorary grand marshal for the parade.

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