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Time for a new/old KU calendar, and other alumni news

Time flies. It’s hard to believe but fall finals are wrapping up, Christmas is almost here and in less than two weeks I’ll be swapping out my 2015 wall calendar for a 2016 one. Like many other KU Alumni Association members, no doubt, the one hanging in my cubicle has for years been the KU Alumni Association calendar (they send them out free with the Kansas Alumni magazine, and the photos of campus are always really beautiful).

The 2016 calendar is different; it’s full of vintage campus photos, in celebration of the KU Sesquicentennial.

On the cover is Old North College, KU’s first and only building when the university opened 150 years ago. Inside the calendar, each month features a collage of old photos.

The cover of the KU Alumni Association 2016 calendar.

The cover of the KU Alumni Association 2016 calendar. by Sara Shepherd

Some are silly, like the January image of 11 students squeezed onto what appears to be some kind of giant sled contraption on a snowy day in 1928. Some are serious, like February’s shot of a large group of black students on the Strong Hall steps holding signs protesting racial discrimination.

January, from the KU Alumni Association 2016 calendar. The 2016 calendar features vintage photos to mark KU's sesquicentennial.

January, from the KU Alumni Association 2016 calendar. The 2016 calendar features vintage photos to mark KU's sesquicentennial. by Sara Shepherd

My personal favorites are June and July. June’s lead photo is of two men carving the original Dyche Hall “grotesques” more than a century ago — in my opinion the most fascinating and mysterious sculptures on campus. July’s lead photo, from 1925, shows bathing suit-clad people swimming, diving and canoeing in Potter Lake. They’re not even drunk or carrying a goal post. How times change.

June, from the KU Alumni Association 2016 calendar. The calendar features vintage photos to mark KU's sesquicentennial.

June, from the KU Alumni Association 2016 calendar. The calendar features vintage photos to mark KU's sesquicentennial. by Sara Shepherd

In other KU alumni news:

• E-mail service ending: Also starting with the new year, on Jan. 1, the Alumni Association will end its email forwarding service that for 15 years has enabled alumni to have an email address ending in @kualumni.org. In an email to alumni, and on the alumni website, the association said problems with email forwarding services were mounting and, as such, KU’s had become unreliable.

“Few universities or alumni associations are still offering forwarding services, and we’ve seen a sharp decrease in new accounts created since 2011. As a result, the KU alumni email forwarding service that began in 2000 has run its course.”

• Mark your (2016) calendars: The 2016 KU Homecoming date has been set. Homecoming week will be Oct. 16 through Oct. 22, culminating with the football game against Oklahoma State University Oct. 22 in Memorial Stadium. The theme will be chosen later.

— Reach me by email at sshepherd@ljworld.com, by phone at 832-7187, on Twitter @saramarieshep or via Facebook at Facebook.com/SaraShepherdNews.

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KU-themed Valentine’s cards could be great for procrastinators, which we know you are not

I have no doubt that our regular Heard on the Hill readers with significant others have their stuff together enough that by today, Feb. 13, they've got Valentine's gift plans ready.

But just in case you're a new reader (Welcome!), or you want something else to pile on top of your gift stack, here's something you can put together as long as you've got a printer and your Valentine enjoys KU paraphernalia.

The KU Alumni Association offers you six downloadable and foldable KU-themed Valentine's cards right here. Each of them contains a lovely romantic message, and two of them contain adorable mini-mascot Baby Jay. All the instructions you need are on that page.

As much as you might be tempted to send a Valentine's card our way, that's really not necessary. Instead, send your KU news tips to merickson@ljworld.com.

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Site posts KU-themed wedding tips for Sudeikis, Wilde (or KU alumni)

A tip of the hat to the KU Alumni Association Twitter account for this one: As you may have seen, famous KU fan Jason Sudeikis, fresh off a visit to Allen Fieldhouse last month, is engaged to actress Olivia Wilde. A KU fan who writes for the wedding website The Knot reacted to this news by posting a list of KU-themed wedding tips for the couple.

The suggestions, which could be applicable to any KU alumni planning to get hitched, range from the realistic to the ridiculous. None is as ridiculous as Sudeikis' performances as the dancing track-suit guy in the "Saturday Night Live" "What's Up with That?" sketches, though.

Please remember to send all your KU news tips, ridiculous or otherwise, to merickson@ljworld.com.

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