Jennifer Jackson Sanner
KU Alumni Association

'Hawks & Highways' returns with KU events in communities statewide

Thu, 07/08/2021

LAWRENCE — After postponing all in-person events last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Kansas Alumni Association, Kansas Athletics and the Office of Public Affairs will resume “Hawks & Highways” gatherings this summer in communities throughout Kansas, part of a multiyear effort guided by Chancellor Douglas A. Girod to expand and strengthen outreach across the state. The series will include events in July and August.

University guests include the chancellor, Director of Athletics Travis Goff, head football coach Lance Leipold, Alumni Association President Heath Peterson and Dave Cook, vice chancellor for public affairs and economic development.

Details for the first two events are complete and listed below. Please visit for information on the rest of events.  

“We’re incredibly excited to get back on the road and connect with KU alumni, friends and fans in their hometowns,” Peterson said. “These events are a great way to strengthen Jayhawk relationships — and thank our loyal alumni and friends, who so often travel from their homes to our campuses to support KU.”

“Jayhawks across the state are outstanding ambassadors for KU as leaders in their businesses, professions and communities,” Cook said, “and we’re eager to reunite with many of them in person to talk about how KU can continue to serve Kansans and fuel the state’s economy.”

For more information and to register for events, visit

Monday, July 12

  • Lunch in Hays: Noon, Smoky Hill Country Club, 3303 Hall St.
  • Happy Hour in Salina: 5 p.m., Salina Country Club, 2101 E. Country Road.

Tuesday, Aug. 3

  • Pittsburg (evening)

Monday, Aug. 9

  • Hutchinson (lunch)
  • KU Kickoff in Wichita (evening)

Friday, Aug. 13

  • KU Kickoff in Prairie Village (evening)

Monday, Aug. 16

  • Topeka (evening)

Tuesday, Aug. 17

  • Garden City (happy hour)
  • Dodge City (dinner).

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