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KU to honor Rob Riggle with Distinguished Alumni award

Posted on Oct 9, 2018 in Alumni News

Rob Riggle Distinguished Alumni Award
Rob Riggle, one of the most recognizable Jayhawk alumni, will be honored this year with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Kansas. He will visit Lawrence in November to accept the award.

Two distinct careers

Riggle has forged two distinct and notable careers since graduating from KU in 1992 with a B.A. in theatre and film. Following a career with the United States Marine Corps during which he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Riggle has become well-known in comedic films and television. He is also known for his philanthropic efforts and as an enthusiastic fan of KU.

“Rob Riggle’s accomplished and varied career exemplifies the many paths open to graduates with a well-rounded education in the liberal arts and sciences,” said Clarence Lang, interim dean of the College. “We are pleased to recognize him and welcome him back to campus.”

“An Evening with Rob Riggle”

The College will host “An Evening with Rob Riggle” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Burge Union. Tickets are required and free. They are available at the Kansas Union. More details on tickets and the event are available here.

In a Q&A with the College, Riggle shared how his KU education has been of value in his career.

“My theatre and film degree helped me tremendously in pursuing my dreams,” he said. “Unless you’re going to specialize in a certain field, like medicine or accounting, I think you should seek an education that is well rounded. You should seek social and emotional intelligence as well as academic intelligence.”

Comedic turns

Riggle is familiar to filmgoers and TV fans alike for comedic roles in films such as “The Hangover” and “Step Brothers,” as well as his stints on “Saturday Night Live” and as a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” His most recent film appearance is in “Night School” with Kevin Hart, which debuted at the top of the box office this fall. On the small screen, Riggle has most recently appeared in “Rob Riggle’s Ski Master Academy,” available on Sony Crackle. For his voice-over talents, he earned a 2012 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for Disney’s “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice.”

Rob Riggle at a KU basketball game | Rob Riggle Distinguished Alumni Award

He is one of KU’s most well-known fans, appearing regularly at football and basketball games. During KU’s appearance last spring in the NCAA Final Four against Villanova, Riggle was the sideline reporter on the Kansas TeamCast broadcast on TNT. He hosted KU’s Late Night in the Phog in 2013 and served as the grand marshal of the KU Homecoming Parade in 2014. Sports fans may also know Riggle from the “Riggle’s Picks” skits during NFL coverage on FOX, or his podcast of the same name.

Philanthropic endeavors

In addition to maintaining close connections to KU, Riggle has kept close ties in the Kansas City area. He is a founder of the Big Slick Celebrity Weekend in Kansas City, an annual fundraising event that benefits Children’s Mercy. He and other celebrity hosts, several with ties to Kansas City, have raised more than $6 million since the initial event in 2010. Riggle grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and attended Shawnee Mission South High School.

As he broke into comedy, Riggle was still on active duty with the United States Marine Corps, which he initially joined at the age of 19. Riggle served in various countries including Albania, Kosovo, Liberia and Afghanistan. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve, having served 23 years total (9 years active duty, 14 years in the reserves) and earned more than 22 medals and ribbons. This fall, he will also be recognized by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) with the 2018 IAVA Veteran Leadership Award.

About the College

As the largest academic unit with the most alumni, students and faculty, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is the heart of KU. The College has recognized more than 50 liberal arts and sciences graduates with its Distinguished Alumni Award since 1996. Alumni have been honored for accomplishments across a span of career paths, including public and military service, business, arts, medicine, entertainment and publishing, and research. The full list can be viewed here.

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Jayhawks in the News | Oct. 5

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our weekly edition of “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.

 

KU Endowment board elects new chair, trustees | The University of Kansas

At the Sept. 28 annual meeting of the KU Endowment board of trustees, the board elected David Dillon, b’73, as chair, William Docking, c’73 l’77 g’77, as vice chair and two other KU alumni as trustees. Dillon succeeds Deanell Reece Tacha, who served as chair since 2014.
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Alumni Spotlight: Keeleigh Smith | KU Center for Undergraduate Research

Keeleigh Smith, c’16, explains how her undergraduate research experience help her prepare for role as a behavior analyst and gives advice to current students looking for research opportunities.
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School of Architecture & Design announces 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards | The University of Kansas

The School of Architecture & Design (Arc/D) at the University of Kansas has announced the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards. This year’s honorees are architect John Guenther, a’76 a’77, Distinguished Alumnus; designer and executive David Hill, f’82, Distinguished Alumnus; and architect Laura Eder, g’10, Young Architect/Designer.
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Black Stag Brewery to open on Mass Street | The University Daily Kansan

John Hampton, c’92, started brewing beers in his kitchen a few years ago. But what started out as a hobby is about to become the family business. Hampton, his wife Kathryn Myers, j’85 l’91 g’05, and her father William Myers, c’62, are opening The Black Stag, a brewery and restaurant at 623 Massachusetts St.
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Monikur app sets boundaries for clients | Missouri Lawyers Weekly

A cellphone, for many small-firm and solo practitioners, is both an excellent servant and a terrible master. Texting and messaging apps enable attorneys to coordi- nate with current clients and chat with potential ones, but they also permit late-night pings from those same contacts, plus numbers unknown. The problem, according to Richard Lozano, l’93, a criminal defense attorney in St. Louis, is that texting and messaging apps today don’t offer a middle ground. Their underlying as- sumption is that people want to be reached by cell.
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On the Job with J-School Graduates | William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications

Alana Flinn, j’18, is now working and living in Chicago, Illinois. As a news & information major, Alana received 13 official job offers by May graduation, including positions as marketing manager, producer, digital coordinator, anchor, reporter. She planned to work in sports broadcast after an ESPN internship her junior year, but ultimately accepted a position as an account manager on the Sitefinity team at AmericanEagle.com Inc.
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Gift to Dole Institute launches Edward F. Reilly Lecture | The University of Kansas

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas announced this week a gift from Edward F. Reilly Jr., c’61, to establish and endow the Edward F. Reilly Lecture. The inaugural lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the institute. The Edward F. Reilly Lecture will be a public program exploring the role of civil discourse and bipartisanship in contemporary politics. The lecture will take place in two- to three-year intervals.
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Video: Sarah Smarsh at Liberty Hall

Posted on Oct 2, 2018 in Alumni News

Watch the video below to hear alumna Sarah Smarsh at her book reading and talk at Lawrence’s Liberty Hall. Read additional coverage in issue No. 5, 2018, of Kansas Alumni magazine.

Hard Stories

Journalist Sarah Smarsh, c’03, j’03, brought her 12-city book tour for Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth to Lawrence’s Liberty Hall Sept. 25. The southeastern Kansas native discussed the role education—including her time at KU—played in her drive to escape poverty while remaining true to the place she calls home.

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KU’s “Kramer” brings Late Night memories

Posted on Sep 28, 2018 in Alumni News

Jeremy Boldra as Kramer at KU basketball games

It’s been 25 years since the 1993-94 basketball season, when Jacque Vaughn introduced himself to the world with an overtime buzzer-beater against Indiana. For some Jayhawks, their experience that season was special not just for what happened on the court, but also in the stands.

Jeremy Boldra spent his sophomore year in the stands as Kramer, Jerry’s goofy neighbor in the hit television series “Seinfeld”. What began as an idea for a Halloween costume put Boldra, d’97 g’03, into Captain Jayhawk-levels of fame for one fun season.

We could try to tell the story, but perhaps it’s best to let the man himself share how Kramer came to be.

Jeremy Boldra as Kramer at KU basketball games

An idea is born

The idea came to me when a roommate saw me with my hair standing up and told me I looked like Kramer. At the time I had no idea who that was, so he introduced me to “Seinfeld,” which we soon were all watching together every Thursday night. As we watched, I knew I could totally play that character. So I decided I’d do it for a Halloween party my sophomore year. That fall, I saw an ad in the Daily Kansan for a sitcom character contest at Late Night with Roy Williams, which was the night before Halloween.

When I got to the Fieldhouse, I knew I had to make an entrance like Kramer always would. So I swung the door open and stormed in, making so much noise that all the contestants that were already there turned and said “Kramer!” One of the judges literally leaps over a table and tells me “You’re in!”

So it’s time for the contest and we’re in the hallway where the team comes out. They called my name, and I had a plan. I just jogged out there, and once I made it to the free throw line, I wiped out. I hit the floor, then got up shaking, then strutting out to half court. By the time I got there, fans were chanting “Kramer! Kramer!” The chanting went on over the next contestant. One contestant got booed, another got no response. I made it to the finals, the Kramer chants started again, and it was a blast.

Kramer lives on

The next night was Halloween, and we were talking with some cheerleaders at a party who said I should dress up for home games, so after a little convincing I decided to do it.

So I dressed up as Kramer in the student section, and by the second or third game people were asking me for autographs, it was getting a little weird. So I decided to not dress up for the next game. Which was Temple, which we lost. As I was leaving, several people said to me “We lost because you didn’t dress up.” So I start dressing up again and sure enough, we go on a huge winning streak.

I only did it for that year. I had a lot of fun, but it was time. Since then, I’ve run into people who remember me from those games.

Where is Kramer now? Boldra is the superintendent at Flint Hills school district, just outside of El Dorado. Jeremy and his wife, Bryna, have two sons, Landon, 11, and Keenan, 8. This year’s Late Night in the Phog takes place Friday, Sept. 28.

—Ryan Camenzind

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Jayhawks in the News | Sept. 28

Posted on Sep 28, 2018 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

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Crowe & Dunlevy Attorney Named Chair of Texas Bar Antitrust and Business Litigation Section | Crowe & Dunlevy

Crowe & Dunlevy attorney Luke Wohlford has been named chair of the Texas Bar’s Antitrust and Business Litigation Section for a one-year term. In this role, Wohlford, c’06 l’09, will lead and organize professional development opportunities for member attorneys whose practices focus on antitrust or complex business litigation.
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McDonald retires as head of Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program | State of Kansas Office of Judicial Administration

Anne McDonald is retiring as executive director of the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program, created by the Kansas Supreme Court to help lawyers seek treatment for physical or mental illness, substance abuse, or emotional distress. McDonald, l’82, was named interim director of KALAP in 2009, then hired as its executive director. Her affiliation with the program, however, began in 2001 as a founding member of its board. “A privilege, a pleasure, and an honor sum up my feelings about the opportunity to serve as the KALAP executive director these last nine years,” she said.
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Best Lawyers in America 2019 Recognizes Dan Monnat and Trevor Riddle for Criminal Defense Practices | Monnat & Spurrier

Trevor Riddle was recognized for a second consecutive year in the area of Criminal Defense-General Practice. Riddle, l’05, has earned a statewide reputation for deftly handling scientific witnesses such as forensic laboratory technicians, doctors, biomechanical engineers and other expert witnesses in an array of important cases. He was the first attorney in Kansas to argue the admissibility of polygraph evidence under Kansas’ recently amended rules of evidence.
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Five Joseph, Hollander & Craft Attorneys Recognized in Multiple Practice Areas as Best Lawyers in America 2019; Two Receive “Lawyer of the Year” Honor | Joseph Hollander & Craft

Five attorneys from the Wichita, Topeka and Lawrence offices of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC have been honored by the highly regarded Best Lawyers in America® – 2019 Edition, with two of them receiving “Lawyer of the Year” honors in their respective markets. This list includes Ross A. Hollander, l’76; Christopher M. Joseph, l’00; and Casey Y. Meek, c’05 l’09.
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The 2018 Ingram’s 250 | Ingram’s

46 KU alumni have been included in the 2018 “Ingram’s 250,” a compiled list of the most influential business executives in Kansas City, a market of nearly 3 million people.
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New throwing axe-perience comes to Mass Street | The University Daily Kansan

Blade & Timber Axe Throwing hopes to attract students to its recently-opened Lawrence outlet on 8th and Massachusetts Street with a business that combines axe-throwing and traditional retail. Co-founders and University alumni Matt Baysinger, c’09, and Ryan Henrich,’09, opened in Kansas City last year and plan to open more stores all across the country.
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KU alumni’s band reaches more than 200,000 Spotify plays | The University Daily Kansan

From late-night jam sessions to a Major League Baseball stadium, the members of Lawrence-born indie rock band Jean Claude and the Eclairs said they didn’t expect the success they’re seeing now. The band is made up of KU graduates Cooper Scott, j’18; Steve Seyfarth; Garrison Krotz, b’18; and Quinn Maetzold, c’18. “We kind of just wanted to play to play,” said Scott, lead singer of the band. “Then we realized that it’s a lot of fun just to play with your best friends and not really do anything else, but play with your bros.”
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The National Center Announces 2018 Native American 40 Under 40 Award Recipients | The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) is pleased to announced its 2018 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients. Nominated by members of their communities, this prestigious award is bestowed to individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and have made significant contributions in business and their community. Winners include Sharice Davids, ’06, and Jacob Wamego, l’14.
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Three generations of Marching Jayhawks play together at Homecoming

Posted on Sep 26, 2018 in Alumni News

Three generations of Marching Jayhawks Homecoming 1999

Every Jayhawk has his or her own home on the Hill, but for Patrick McCarty, it’s one shared with his family.

McCarty, f’04 g’14, had the special experience of sharing the field with his father Gary McCarty, d’76, and grandfather Philip McCarty, d’52, for alumni band day at 1999’s Homecoming celebration.

“At first, it seemed like a normal game day,” McCarty said. “However, right before the halftime performance, it dawned on me how special of a moment and opportunity it was for myself, my father, and my grandfather to perform together on the campus that we all went to college to. It is probably the first and only time we ever had the opportunity to perform together.”

The McCartys claim three generations in the Marching Jayhawks, but music runs deeper in the family.

“My grandfather was one of the first to study in the beginning stages of the KU music therapy program, and he ended up working in hospitals helping patients cope and recover through the use of music. My father went on to be a high school band director for over 30 years before he retired. My mother (Diane McCarty, d’74 g’81) was an elementary music teacher for many years before retiring. My younger brother is also a professional musician.”

Patrick keeps the music going, too. He’s in his 14th year as a high school or college band director, currently at Olathe North. He points to his time at KU as a reason why.

“The professors, colleagues, and friends that I made during my time at KU in the music education program and band program have been incredibly inspirational towards the musician, teacher, and person that I now am today. The band program provided a great musical and social outlet, including some very special performance memories, like playing drumset in the KU Men’s Basketball Band at the 2002 and 2003 Final Four.”

—Ryan Camenzind

KU Alumni Band performs annually during the Homecoming Parade and at halftime of the Homecoming football game. For more information about alumni band weekend, visit the KU Band Alumni Network page

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Jayhawks in the News | Sept. 21

Posted on Sep 21, 2018 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our weekly edition of “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.

 

Thomas L. Creel, Esq. Joins JAMS in New York | JAMS

JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services worldwide, today announced the addition of Thomas L. Creel, Esq. to its panel in New York. Mr. Creel, E’60, will serve as an arbitrator, special master and mediator with a specialty in intellectual property and technology disputes
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Q&A with KU alumna author, journalist Sarah Smarsh | The University Daily Kansan

Sarah Smarsh, c’03 j’03, begins her latest book “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth,” by detailing her family’s farm. Smarsh comes from five generations of farmers on her father’s side. Her family was poor. Smarsh’s experiences as a member of the rural, white working-class have defined her career thus far.
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VIDEO: KU Mentoring program connects students, alumni

Posted on Sep 19, 2018 in Alumni News

The KU Alumni Association is proud to announce the launch of KU Mentoring, a program that allows Jayhawk students and alumni to share their knowledge and life experiences with other Jayhawks.

Keon Stowers, c’15, explains how mentorships changed his life, and Lay’Trion Jones, c’18, shares how his relationship with Keon helped him get to where he is today.

Learn more about the Jayhawk Career Network, and check out mentoring.ku.edu to start connecting today.

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Howard and Debra Cohen of Leawood to receive Homecoming Spirit of 1912 Award

Posted on Sep 17, 2018 in Alumni News

Howard and Debra Cohen of Leawood to receive Homecoming Spirit of 1912 Award

Howard and Debra Cohen of Leawood to receive Homecoming Spirit of 1912 AwardThe University of Kansas Alumni Association and the student-led Homecoming Steering Committee have named Howard and Debra Cohen of Leawood as winners of this year’s Rich and Judy Billings Spirit of 1912 Award. The annual award recognizes Jayhawks who consistently display school spirit, pride and tradition.

The Cohens will ride in the Homecoming Parade at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, on Massachusetts Street in Lawrence and receive their award at the Homecoming reception, before kickoff of the KU-Oklahoma State football game Saturday, Sept. 29.

Howard earned his KU bachelor’s degree in business in 1979 and for nearly 40 years has worked at Deloitte in Kansas City, where he’s a lead client service partner. He chaired the business school’s advisory board and served on the national board of directors for the Alumni Association from 2006 to 2011. He has volunteered as a trustee for KU Endowment since 2003. He is a Life member of the Alumni Association and participates in Jayhawks for Higher Education. In 2005, the School of Business honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Debbi is a dedicated Jayhawk and co-chairs the Women Philanthropists for KU advisory board. She and Howard have attended numerous KU events in Kansas City, including the Rock Chalk Ball, the Association’s largest fundraising event, for nearly two decades. The Cohens are longtime contributors to the Presidents Club and donated to the School of Business’ capital campaign, which raised funds for the construction of Capitol Federal Hall.

The Spirit of 1912 Award commemorates the first year of KU’s Homecoming and honors Rich and Judy Billings of Lakewood, Colorado, who in 2011 created an endowment to fund future editions of Homecoming. The Billings, both 1957 KU graduates, will attend their 60th KU Homecoming celebration this year, serving as grand marshals in the parade.

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Jayhawks in the News | Sept. 14

Posted on Sep 14, 2018 in Alumni News

Jayhawks in the News

Find out what fellow Jayhawks are up to in our weekly edition of “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.

 

Brown fills two Riverside County judicial vacancies | Idyllwild Town Crier

On July 20, Gov. Edmund G. Brown announced the appointment of Timothy J. Hollenhorst, l’02, to the vacant judgeship in the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside. Hollenhorst, 41, of Riverside, has received an interim appointment for a judgeship. In June, he was elected to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James A. Cox. This appointment allows him to immediately assume the position to which he was elected.
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Rex Walters joins Nevada coaching staff | KUSports.com

Former KU guard Rex Walters, d’93, now a veteran of NBA and college coaching ranks, has been named to the staff at the University of Nevada Reno. Walters will operate as a special assistant to Nevada coach Eric Musselman.
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The Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting | Accounting Today

Terry Putney, b’78, CEO of Transition Advisors and Diane Yetter, b’85, president of Yetter Tax have been named two of the most influential people in accounting.
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KU film grad earns distribution rights for Western Kansas murder mystery | The University Daily Kansan

Josh Doke, c’12, spent three years on his first film. After the film, titled “Goodland,” was completed in 2017, he secured distribution rights for the murder mystery set in rural west Kansas. The film takes place in the titular town — Doke’s hometown — after a dead body shows up on a local farmer’s land the same day a mysterious photographer comes to town.
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