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Students take top honors for Homecoming spirit

Mon, 10/07/2013

LAWRENCE —The 101st Homecoming at the University of Kansas concluded Oct. 5 after a week that included 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 “Jayhawks Around the World.” For information on the winners of individual daily events, visit www.kualumni.org/homecoming.

The overall winners for the week were Alpha Chi Omega sorority and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, which together won first prize in the Greek Life division, and the School of Engineering, which placed first in the Student Life division. The winners were announced at halftime of the KU-Texas Tech football game Oct. 5.

In addition, Miranda Wagner, a junior economics major from Shawnee, won the Jennifer Alderdice Homecoming Award. The Homecoming Steering Committee selected her for her spirit and campus service. Wagner serves as a student senator and is a member of the executive board for Alternative Breaks. She welcomes prospective Jayhawks to campus as a student ambassador, and she participates in student programs with the Dole Institute of Politics. She recently studied abroad at the London School of Economics. She is the daughter of Mike and Leilani Wagner.

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.



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