Katie McCurry, digital strategist at the University of Kansas, talks playing kickball, needing light rail to Lawrence and more in The Pitch Questionnaire

Twitter handle: @KUirishgirlie

Hometown: Kansas City

Current neighborhood: LFK

What I do: As a digital strategist, I manage social media, digital advertising and web analytics for KU. I love my job. No, I can’t get you #KUbball tix.

What’s your addiction? Coffee. I actually tried to quit last summer. That was funny.

What’s your game? Currently KVKL kickball … go, Johnny’s! #LFK Kickball is on another level and is feeding my competitive nature.

What’s your drink?
Scotch, one cube, or Boulevard beer (Tropical Pale Ale or one of their fantastic IPAs).

Where’s dinner?
Port Fonda! I love that they are here in Lawrence. I used to eat at the KC location all the time, and I’m really happy there is a piece of KC here. I hate to admit it, but I kinda like this one better. Sorry not sorry. Now give me a michelada and a dish of their guacamole, please.

What’s on your KC postcard? A shuttlecock from the Nelson. I have a background in art and love that museum. From the works on display, to the building addition, to the grounds I can play on with my dog Rigby, it’s really a gem for the city.

Finish these sentences: “Kansas City got it right when …” They won the World Series.  

“Kansas City screwed up when …”
It took 30 years to get that win. I say this in jest, though, because I love being a Royals fan, and I think our past has a lot to do with that love. No one compares to the sports fans in this town.

“Kansas City needs …” High-speed rail to Lawrence. Then I could come and go to all the concerts and events I want, easily, without having to drive. I miss my KC buds.

“As a kid, I wanted to be …” I actually just came across a school journal entry from the third grade where I wrote that I wanted to be the first female president and also a journalist. Odd mix. I’m sort of living the dream through social media: I was able to see two presidents in my time at KU, and I’m reporting the news in some fashion, so I can’t complain.

“In five years, I’ll be …” Kicking back with Rigby on a porch and possibly the love of my life, dreaming about the next five years. OK, I just made myself a little nauseous with that cheese, but it’s a hope.

“I always laugh at …” Myself. I’m constantly cracking myself up. From slips of the tongue and misconstrued phrases to my being very gullible — I’m usually blushing and laughing at myself.

“I’ve been known to binge watch …” Game of Thrones. Winter is here and it’s sooooo chill.

“I can’t stop listening to …” Poliça’s latest album, the Kills’ new singles and the Beatles forever.

“My dream concert lineup is …”
This is hard for me. I love so many different styles of music, old and new. OK, here it goes: Start with a couple of songs from Yo-Yo Ma where, in the last song, he plays with Sylvan Esso, then they lead a couple of songs, jam with Big Grams. Then Big Grams hit a couple on their own. That’s just the beginning. The show really takes off with the Raveonettes turning the music to a more rock-and-roll spot, followed by David Byrne + St. Vincent, finished by the Beatles. Assuming people can come back from the dead for this little fantasy. If not, I’ll settle for Sir Paul. If McCartney can’t play, I’ll settle for Led Zeppelin.

“I just read …” A book about web analytics. Spoiler alert: It’s pretty nerdy. And it was awesome.

What’s your hidden talent? I can curl my tongue into a clover. #PartyTrick

What’s your guiltiest pleasure? Either my mom’s fried chicken or my dad’s mac’ n’ cheese. I’m not Southern, but I’ve somehow developed a taste for Southern comfort food.

The best advice I ever got: To not feel sorry for myself. My mom used to tell me this when I would get upset about things explaining that there were so many people who had less in life. I think that is why I’m able to pick myself up and keep going when things get hard.

Worst advice? That I couldn’t get a job because so many other people wanted the same job. I was young and believed a mentor. I shouldn’t have. I now know I can go after anything I set my mind to and accomplish things that seem out of reach. Ad astra per aspera, right?

My sidekick? #RigbytheDog. He’s always by my side and is the best bud a gal can have.

What is your spirit animal?
Uh, Rigby. The dog. (Did you say it like the “Jake from State Farm” ad, too? Haha.)

Who is your hero? My mom. She taught me how to work hard and instilled an adventurous spirit and can-do attitude in me. She taught me how to stand up for myself, love myself and others. I’m the woman I am today because of her. (You too, dad, but you know I gotta give that awesome woman credit.)

Who (or what) is your nemesis? Parking tickets. *shoots Beyonce-formation-style middle fingers to the air*

What’s your greatest struggle right now? Perfecting my kick.

My favorite toy as a child: Barbie. She was just getting into more career-focused roles. Making the dream house a reality for a single, independent lady toy. Haha.

My dating triumph/tragedy? My triumph would be that I’ve remained romantic as ever and haven’t let the bad guys get in the way of my hope for the real deal. Tragedy? Believing and trusting guys that didn’t have my best interest or heart in mind.

My brush with fame:
I think my 15 seconds came (and went) when the Travel Channel featured the Ugly Christmas Sweater Party in 2013. I was on the planning committee (shout out, Ramsey Mohsen and co.). It was fun, but I quickly realized I am very awkward in front of a camera.  

My soapbox: Get active in politics. If you believe in something, act; don’t just talk. I see a lot of chatter on social media, but then don’t see people with enough gumption to call or write to their representatives or other politicians, or truly get involved and participate in the events and activities.

What was the last thing you had to apologize for?
Being late in responding to people via e-mail. The latest would probably be to the editor of this article. Sorry I was so late in turning this in. Dear everyone waiting on a reply: promise I just have too much on my plate. Love, me.

Who’s sorry now? My exes. (winks/blows kiss)

My recent triumph:
Building KU’s social-media strategy from the ground up is something I’m really proud of, and I hope it shows in the product. I couldn’t have accomplished this though without my dynamic and enterprising student team through the years. Each student has made a healthy impact on our strategy, and I hope they know how thankful I am to have had their help.

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