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Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 19

Posted on Apr 19, 2019 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

New KCK Municipal Court judge named | Wyandotte Daily

Meaghan Shultz, l’04, was named a Kansas City, Kansas, Municipal Court judge at the Thursday, March 7, Unified Government Commission meeting. Shultz, currently in the UG prosecutor’s office, has worked at the UG for 13 years, and prior to that, worked at a private law firm. A majority of the UG Commission voted for Shultz after she and another finalist made presentations at the March 7 meeting.
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School of Business Names 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients | The University of Kansas

The University of Kansas School of Business will honor Tom Bené, b’84, and Frank Friedman, b’79, with its 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award. Bené and Friedman will receive the award for their dedication to business excellence, community service and commitment to KU on Thursday, April 18, during a private reception at The Jayhawk Club.
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Tiger Woods’s victory was no personal redemption story. It didn’t need to be. | The Washington Post

Patricia E. Gaston, j’81, is a journalism professor at the University of Kansas and a former editor at The Post. I was in the car, scrolling through the radio for news Sunday, when I learned that the fist-pumping Tiger Woods of old had returned, winning his fifth Masters to wild applause from the crowd at Augusta National. I could envision him in his familiar red Nike shirt and black pants heading toward his family. Of course, a couple hours later, I was glued to my television and could see and feel the roar of the crowd, that warm embrace between him and his son, Charlie, the daps and hugs from other golfers in the gallery. My eyes moistened with tears.
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Dr. Leslie Doyle Named Inaugural Chief Inclusion Officer at Rockhurst University | Diverse Education

Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri has appointed Dr. Leslie Doyle, g’00, as the school’s inaugural chief inclusion officer where she will lead the newly established Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. A Kansas City native who grew up across the street from Rockhurst, Doyle has more than two decades of experience working in higher education, most recently serving as the director of service, diversity and social justice at Fontbonne University, where she has worked for the past 13 years. Doyle received a bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree in business and leadership from Fotbonne University and an Ed.D. from Maryville University.
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Dr. Nancy Damron Appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs | Mid-American Nazarene University

President David Spittal announced the appointment of Dr. Nancy L. Damron, PhD ’05, as Vice President of Academic Affairs effective immediately. Dr. Damron has served in this role in an interim capacity since February 1. Prior to that, she was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences after serving as Dean of the School of Education. “Dr. Damron is an outstanding educator and leader who brings a wealth of expertise and experience to this new role,” Spittal said. “Her commitment to high standards of excellence, quality teaching and learning and innovative programs will support and enhance our university’s strategic goals.”
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Have you heard news about a fellow Jayhawk, or maybe you have news of your own to share? Email us at share@kualumni.org, or fill out our Class Notes form to be included in a future issue of Kansas Alumni magazine. Read more about newsworthy Jayhawks.

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Jayhawk Career Network: Leveraging KU Mentoring as alumni

Posted on Apr 17, 2019 in Alumni News

KU Mentoring is just a platform to help students get jobs, right? Wrong.

Not only do students have access to an expansive network of alumni, alumni also have access to each other. Joel Balzer, c’09, took advantage of this opportunity to harness the power of the Jayhawk network.

Balzer is a development officer for major gifts at KU Endowment and works primarily with the School of Engineering, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Business.

What exactly does that mean? “It’s really about having a conversation with a person and finding out what they’re passionate about, or what their family is passionate about,” Balzer says. “And if it happens to be in the realm of supporting KU philanthropically, then I facilitate that.”

Balzer says KU Mentoring was instrumental in helping him secure his new role. “Obviously I had my own initiative to want to work for KU Endowment, but I wouldn’t have been able to get there without the help of other Jayhawks,” he says.

Balzer has attended several networking events throughout his career, but it was often difficult to identify who else in the room was a Jayhawk. With KU Mentoring, Balzer didn’t have to guess, nor did he struggle to make a connection.

“I’ve never encountered a group that was so willing to help someone that they really didn’t know,” he says. “And to use a platform like KU Mentoring, that just opened up the sector for me even wider because it was an easier way to connect with people.”

There’s never a bad time to start making connections. Whether it’s today, tomorrow, or years from now, Jayhawks help Jayhawks. Balzer believes these connections help get you where you want to go, but explains there’s more to it.

“Continue to reach out to people because the connections that you make are so imperative towards your future career, or your current career,” he says. “I truly believe that it’s the people that you know are going to get you in to the places that you want to get, and everything that makes up yourself is going to be the reason why they keep you.”

Whether you’re looking to move jobs, change careers, gain industry insights, or simply ask for advice, it’s all at your fingertips with KU Mentoring.

—Brianna Mears

Are you in a position to give your time? Sign up for KU Mentoring! The Jayhawk Career Network provides a central hub to coordinate career connections and networking opportunities for students and alumni at every life stage. Services include KU Mentoring, a job board, informational articles and more. For more information about the Jayhawk Career Network, contact Kristi Laclé, assistant vice president for the Jayhawk Career Network, at kristilacle@kualumni.org.

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Chris Longino named Wintermote recipient

Posted on Apr 15, 2019 in Alumni News

Chris Longino

In thanks for his time and service to the University and his Jayhawk network, the KU Alumni Association is proud to present Chris Longino the Dick Wintermote Volunteer of the Year award. The award will be presented to Longino, b’06, at an alumni event in Tampa Apr. 18.

After a childhood on the move as a military kid, Longino attended Free State High School in Lawrence and later received his bachelor’s degree from the KU School of Business. His career took him to Chicago before a move to Tampa in 2010.

Longino has lead the Tampa-St. Petersburg network since 2016 and has helped organize activities such as a holiday toy drive, a food drive after Hurricane Irma and fundraising efforts for a local elementary school after a fire.

Longino currently serves as a senior field information analyst at the National Insurance Crime Bureau, where he has worked since 2007. He and his wife, Kelley, are expecting their first child.

About the Award

This annual award recognizes network volunteers who demonstrate extraordinary leadership to their network and the KU Alumni Association during a one-year period (July 1-June 30). An internal staff committee within the KU Alumni Association consisting of those who work closest with volunteers meets each year to decide on award winners.

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Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 12

Posted on Apr 12, 2019 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

Special Education Department Announces 2019 Dole Humanitarian Award Winner | The University of Kansas

Shelly London, j’74 g’81, the innovative leader behind Understood.org, was selected to receive the 2019 Dole Humanitarian Award, presented by the Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas. The Dole Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals with connections to the state of Kansas whose efforts have enhanced the quality of life for individuals with disabilities and their families.
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Bob Dole gets honorary promotion to colonel | ABC News

Retired Army Capt. Bob Dole, ’45, has been promoted to colonel. President Donald Trump signed into law Monday a bill authorizing Dole’s honorary appointment to the position. The former senator, now 95 years old, registered for the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps in 1942, when he was a student at the University of Kansas. The following year, he was called to active duty. Dole was severely wounded while deployed to Italy as an infantry lieutenant in the 10th Mountain Division, and went on to receive two Purple Hearts and two awards of the Bronze Star Medal with Valor for his service.
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Marilynn Smith, an L.P.G.A. Founder and Tour Champion, Is Dead at 89 | The New York Times

Marilynn Smith, ’51, who help found the Ladies Professional Golf Association in 1950, when the women’s game was barely a blip on the national sports scene, and went on to win 21 tour events, including two major championships, died on Tuesday in Goodyear, Ariz. She was 89. Her death, which was announced by the L.P.G.A. on its website, left Marlene Bauer Hagge and Shirley Spork as the last survivors among the 13 pioneers of the women’s tour.
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Firm Welcomes Stacey Janssen | Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C.

Sandberg Phoenix welcomes Counsel Stacey Janssen, c’85 l’88, who brings more than 25 years of experience to the firm and its clients. As a member of the firm’s business practice group, Stacey will focus on elder law. A graduate of the University of Kansas School of Law, Stacey is a member of the Missouri and Kansas Bars
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KU Announces Women’s Hall of Fame Inductees for Program’s 50th Anniversary | The University of Kansas

Since 1970, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity has honored a select group of women to be inducted into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame. For the 50th anniversary of this prestigious honor, the ETC will celebrate KU’s rich legacy of phenomenal women who have defied limiting stereotypes and barriers to pave the way for those who follow in their footsteps. Recipients include Nedra Patton Bonds, c’70, Stephanie Blackwood, j’74 g’83, Cynthia Hardin Milligan, c’67, and posthumously Dr. Esther Winkelman Overstreet, m’35.
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Hawks Who Brew: KU Alumni in the Beer Industry

Posted on Apr 7, 2019 in Alumni News

Hawks who Brew: alumni working in the beer industry

Something special is brewing. Spring is in the air, downtown streets are bustling with business, and wherever you look people are flocking to fill patios and pints at their favorite breweries.

As if anyone needed more reason to be excited, April 7 is National Beer Day, and all across the country, alumni are applying their KU degrees in the most delicious and refreshingly thirst-quenching ways, working in the beer industry for operations both big and small.

With degrees in Microbiology, Geography and Latin American Studies, Chemistry, Art History, and Atmospheric Science, these alumni are using their diverse talents to create and innovate in their spaces, combining yeast, hops, and water with enthusiasm and a healthy dose of Jayhawk pride.

Meet Geoff Deman, head brewer and director of operations at Free State Brewing Company; Aaron Justus, brewer at Ballast Point; Matt Williams, president and co-founder of Lawrence Beer Company; Victoria Gunderson, brewer at 23rd Street Brewery; and Sean Flynn, associate pilot brewer at MillerCoors. Raise your glass for these alumni as they reflect on their KU memories, careers in beer, camaraderie, and community in the industry. Cheers, and Rock Chalk to our ’Hawks who brew!

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Jayhawks in the News | Apr. 5

Posted on Apr 5, 2019 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

The Day the Dinosaurs Died | The New Yorker

One day sixty-six million years ago, life on Earth almost came to a shattering end. The world that emerged after the impact was a much simpler place. When sunlight finally broke through the haze, it illuminated a hellish landscape. The oceans were empty. The land was covered with drifting ash. The forests were charred stumps. The cold gave way to extreme heat as a greenhouse effect kicked in. Life mostly consisted of mats of algae and growths of fungus: for years after the impact, the Earth was covered with little other than ferns. Furtive, ratlike mammals lived in the gloomy understory. “We can trace our origins back to that event,” Robert DePalma, g’10, said. “To actually be there at this site, to see it, to be connected to that day, is a special thing. This is the last day of the Cretaceous. When you go one layer up—the very next day—that’s the Paleocene, that’s the age of mammals, that’s our age.”
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Kansas Senate approves controversial nominee to lead commerce department | The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Kansas Senate voted Monday to confirm Gov. Laura Kelly’s nominee to lead the Kansas Department of Commerce amid skepticism about his economic development resume, personal attacks leveled by conservatives and criticism of health grants tied to an abortion doctor. David Toland, c’99 g’01, who prevailed 23-14 after a Senate committee rejected the nomination, survived an effort by the Kansas Republican Party, Kansans for Life, Americans for Prosperity and others to derail nomination of the former CEO of an Allen County nonprofit organization that worked on economic and quality-of-life projects in Iola. Kelly said Toland represented the “best and brightest this state has to offer. His energy, expertise and collaborative style will ensure that businesses have the partner they deserve.”
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E&P’s 25 Under 35 2019: The Next Generation of Newspaper Leaders Wants to Keep the Industry Moving | Editor & Publisher

As our industry continues to transform and shift, one thing remains the same: the amount of talent growing in our newsrooms. This year’s list of young newspaper professionals moving our industry forward showcases a wide range of skills. From technology and content to events and marketing, these 25 men and women aren’t afraid to try new things. They believe in the power of journalism, and they’re working hard to make sure it has a future. The list includes Hannah Wise, j’14 who is now the audience development editor for the Dallas Morning News.
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KC Fed announces promotion, retirement | Bank Beat

Tara Humston, b’96, has been promoted to senior vice president of the Supervision and Risk Management Division at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She was also named a member of its management committee, which is responsible for setting the Kansas City Fed’s strategic planning and policy direction, effective May 1.
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Your Neighborhood Breakfast Place Set to Crack its First Egg in Lawrence, KS | Franchising.com

Jimmy’s Egg® Franchise Group, JE WICHITA LLC, is set to open its first location at 945 Massachusetts Street, to the public on April 15, 2019. As the corporation’s largest franchise partner, JE Wichita, LLC owns and operates locations in Wichita & El Dorado and is currently working to open both the Massachusetts site as well as a location at Bob Billings Highway & Wakarusa within the coming months. Additionally, they have plans to expand into Topeka & Manhattan, KS over the next few years. The group is owned by KU graduate Morrie Sheets, c’82, & businessman, Wink Hartman Sr. and has been in operation for over a decade. This area will be overseen by Ashley Smith, the company’s Area Operations Manager.
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Master of Social Work Graduate Pursues Master of Public Administration to Maximize Public Service | KU Edwards Campus

We all are on a path, so to speak, to find our passion and purpose in life. Something truly magical occurs when one decision creates a spark and causes a chain of reactions, greatly impacting so many lives. In this case, Sheria Howard, s’18, a nontraditional student, wife and mother, chose to come to the KU Edwards Campus with the goal of earning a degree that would allow her to pursue her passion of serving others and extend a helping hand to communities in need. Howard achieved this goal and graduated in May 2018 with a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.).
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Polsinelli Shareholder Denise Drake Earns Litigation Practitioner Award as Part of Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 Women’s Justice Awards | Polsinelli

Polsinelli is pleased to announce that Employment Disputes, Litigation and Arbitration Practice Chair Denise Drake, l’92, has been recognized with the Litigation Practitioner Award, as part of the elite Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s 2019 Women’s Justice Awards. Drake will be recognized on Thursday, April 25, during the annual Women’s Justice Awards dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis. The ceremony recognizes women in the legal profession, including judges, legal scholars and private practitioners.
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Kansan brings new Sesame Street character to life, promotes autism awareness | WIBW

New characters on Sesame Street are making quite a splash – and a Kansas man is bringing one of them to life. Julia’s family debuted this week, in conjunction with April’s Autism Awareness Month. Julia is a little girl with autism who arrived on Sesame Street four years ago. The puppeteer behind her brother Samuel is University of Kansas and Lawrence Free State alum Spencer Lott. “It’s a dream come true,” Lott told 13 NEWS by telephone from New York City, where he now lives. “I grew up a kid in Kansas watching Sesame Street, and to be a small part of that legacy is exciting.”
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Sheila Bair: Is college really worth it? | CNBC

Sheila Bair, c’75 l’78, former Chair of the FDIC, shares key points for deciding if the financial burden of college is worth the cost. It is commonly said that a college degree will generate more than $1 million in additional income during a graduate’s lifetime. Indeed, that seductive statistic can even be found on the Department of Education’s website. Unfortunately, I fear many students and their families have borrowed heavily, lured by this seven-figure “college premium.” Yet this premium is an average and varies widely by the choice of major.
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Law school to honor 3 distinguished alumni with award | The University of Kansas

Three University of Kansas School of Law alumni will receive the law school’s highest honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award, this year. Recipients include Myron Frans, l’83, Linda Legg, d’72 l’75, and Clyde “Butch” Tate, c’79 l’82.
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Jayhawks in the News | Mar. 29

Posted on Mar 29, 2019 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what University of Kansas alumni are up to in our weekly edition of “Jayhawks in the News.” It’s like an online version of Class Notes. If you’ve seen Jayhawks in the news who should be featured, email us at share@kualumni.org.

 

University alumna’s journey from hiding $1 eyeliner to Instagram makeup guru | The University Daily Kansan

For Mercedes Bounthapanya, c’18, being a makeup artist didn’t come naturally. “Growing up in a semi-strict Asian family, my mother actually never let me wear makeup,” Bounthapanya said. The Emporia native said her mom gradually allowed her to wear makeup in high school. Receiving a makeup palette as a graduation gift during her senior year was the impetus for her exploring and practicing doing makeup as a hobby in college. The rest is history.
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Playwrights Let Their Hair Down for BRUSHES | Broadway World

Brushes, by co-playwrights Cathy Hamilton, ’78, and Carol Starr Schneider, is set to open at the Whitefire March 30. Cathy and Carol met in 1997 when Carol read about Boyfriend in-a-Box in the Los Angeles Times and wound up optioning the movie rights. The movie didn’t happen, but a wonderful friendship did. They bonded over a warped sense of humor and their life.
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City of Lawrence announces two finalists for city manager position | Lawrence Journal-World

The City of Lawrence has announced final candidates for the position of city manager. The two finalists are Susan Sherman, g’90, and Craig Owens, g’93, according to a news release from the city Wednesday. Sherman is currently the assistant city manager for Olathe. Owens is the city manager of Clayton, Mo. Mayor Lisa Larsen said that all the candidates selected for interviews were strong candidates, but that Sherman and Owens stood out due to the depth of their city management service.
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Alumni Spotlight: March 2019 – Jay Bohanon, M.A. | KU College Office of Graduate Affairs

Jay Bohanon, g’18, is the Program Coordinator for the Office LGBTQI Life at Vanderbilt University. He explains how his time in the Department of Religious Studies prepared him for his current role and gives advice to current graduate students. “Jayhawks are everywhere! No matter where you go or end up doing; if you find yourself in a new city with no contacts, reach out to the local alumni association reps or attend basketball watch parties. My first connections and friends in Nashville were fellow KU alumni.”
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Driving with Jayhawks: Curtis Marsh

Posted on Mar 28, 2019 in Alumni News

Every Jayhawk seems to know, or know of, Curtis Marsh. He’s the quintessential “KU guy,” overflowing with knowledge about everything Jayhawk-related from his years of managing KU Info.

Marsh recently started a new job at KU Endowment as the associate development director for the KU School of Music and the Lied Center.

Marsh, j’92, is in the passenger seat for this edition of “Driving with Jayhawks.” He shares tales of his favorite KU traditions— including a piece of history we bet you didn’t know— and the story of one of the greatest characters born in Allen Field House.

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Thanks to our postseason partner, Crown Automotive, for allowing us to use the Jayhawk car for this series. Click here to watch more “Driving with Jayhawks” videos.

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KU Mini College returns to campus this summer

Posted on Mar 28, 2019 in Alumni News

KU Mini College

KU Mini College, the popular educational program that brings alumni and other lifelong learners back to Mount Oread each year, will be June 3-5 at Spooner Hall. Mini College is open to all alumni as well as adults with no KU affiliation, and there is a modest charge of $30 to participate.

The program was created in 2009 by Jessica Proctor Beeson, c’05, who then worked in the dean’s office for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, as a brief summer retreat for alumni and community members to take classes on the Lawrence campus. After budget cuts forced the University to withdraw support of Mini College in 2016, several alumni volunteers stepped in to keep the tradition alive.

“KU Mini College has been an important part of enriching my life over the last 11 years,” says Meg Buckley, c’97, a longtime participant from Portland, Oregon, who helps organize the event. “I have the chance to not only reconnect with campus and soak in Kansas sunshine in June, but I get to relive the thrill of a liberal arts experience.”

This summer’s courses span a wide range of topics taught by University faculty, staff and alumni from several campus units, including the School of Journalism, the School of Engineering, KU Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Other activities include tours of the bird and fish collections at the KU Biodiversity Institute and Natural History Museum, led by collection managers Mark Robbins and Andy Bentley, and a discussion of the University’s 2019 Common Book.

For more information and to register for the event, visit kuminicollege.org.

—Heather Biele

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Driving with Jayhawks: David Johanning

Posted on Mar 23, 2019 in Alumni News

We hit the road again for our next installment of “Driving with Jayhawks” with David Johanning.

Johanning, f’94, played basketball for the University of Kansas from 1992-94. He is currently the managing partner of The Sandbar, a popular bar in downtown Lawrence.

Johanning talks about what it’s really like to own a bar and his path to KU. Find out more about the game he’ll never forget being a part of. And, he shares some memories about playing for basketball coach Roy Williams.

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